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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,383 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 316
Gots: 663 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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jegross2

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Double Bastard from Stone Brewing Company.
Score: 92

2011 bomber bottle served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red-mahogany, translucent-opaque color with two and a half fingers of monstrous khaki-colored head that settles into a thin, frothy layer. Absolutely amazing lacing; this beer sticks to the side of the glass like glue. 4/5

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Figs, raisins and creamy chocolate, some dark cherry. A little molasses. Smells like a complex stout with notes of booziness. 4.5/5

Taste: The complex flavors in this beer are extremely balanced. The front is loaded with piney hop bitterness and some light citrus, while the mid-palate is malty-sweet. Grapefruit upfront, a little apricot and peach too. Detecting caramel malts, figs and a hint of bitter dark chocolate on the mid-palate as the beer layers. Hard to discern specific flavors because of the sheer balance of the brew. Finish is acidic, bitter, and lingering. Finish is also a little spicy and a touch boozy. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium, maybe medium-light, bodied with very little carbonation. Creamy and dry. Finishes bitter and acidic. 4/5

Overall: An absolutely brilliant strong ale.

Recommendation: Despite the balance, the flavors of the beer are likely a little too intense for casual beer drinkers (who should heed the beer label's warning). Beer geeks, on the other hand, absolutely need to seek this complex brew out.

Pairings: Spicy mexican food or a sharp cheese.

Cost: $7.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 08:37:39 | More by jegross2
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monkeylice

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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kevo237

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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jacobtulloch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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darkmoon66

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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amitch

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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draheim

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2010 release) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous, crystal clear amber mahogany w/ a monstrous khaki head that leaves behind sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich caramel malt, toffee, dried apricots, figs, dates, brown sugar, and a healthy dose of alcohol.

Taste generally follows nose. Super caramelly and hoppy, chewy. Rich, sweet, complex, dense. Lots of smoky, fruity booze.

Overall just a great beer and the epitome of what an American strong ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 05:14:17 | More by draheim
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amber copper color. tan/ golden head. good retention. good lacing. crystal clear. i dont know how this beer could look and better.

hops are immediately apparent in the bouquet. citrus aroma. floral aroma. malty sweetness is also very strong. caramel and toffee. and a faint aroma of alcohol. basically the beer smells like its going to taste huge. very nice balance in the aroma between hops and malts.

sweetness from the malts immediately apparent along with warmth of the alcohol. finish is bitter bitter bitter. and FULL of hop flavors of citrus and grass clippings. i dont think that this beer has aged any, the bottle says 2011, but i seem to taste sherry. overall the flavor is just big. balanced and not lacking in anything. the middle is sweet and bitter at the same time. hoppy and malty at the same time.

thick and syrupy. big mouthfeel. soft carbonation.

yea this beer is about perfect. i dont know what else to say. definitely one to keep about twenty of in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:44:49 | More by spitInTheOcean
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peter53

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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Texas

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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Texas

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Tennessee

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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mjaggers

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Minnesota

3/5  rDev -29.7%

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adamant1912

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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jtk

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,383 ratings.