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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,055 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,055
Hads: 6,419
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 478
Gots: 1,241 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,055 | Hads: 6,419
Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber 2014 vintage poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruby garnet with 1/2 finger of off-white head and a fine lace

Smell: Hops with a lot of pine and earthy hop aromas

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with a lot of earth tones similar to the aroma and finishes with caramel and toffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium but lighter and not as sticky as the ABV would suggest

Overall: A fantastic winter sipper that I look forward to. I haven't had it cellared but when fresh there is an overwhelming hop bitterness and flavor that is enjoyable. The hoppiness helps to balance the high alcohol content. I personally find this to have a real "old-school" hop flavor. A lot of earth and pine notes as opposed to something like Enjoy by IPA.

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Photo of BrewClint
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not very good at writing reviews for beer, but I try.
This is just too flowery and bitter for my liking. Not really sure why they call it an American Strong Ale. I have really lost confidence in anything labeled as American now.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage, bottled on 9/16/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome strong ale style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma initial faint resinous hops fading to a fruity malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with a slight hit of hops which instantly is overwhelmed by a fruity maltiness with a bit of alcohol entering the nose; the hops return as a short-lived bitter aftertaste. No diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

220z poured into snifter

A: Gorgeous murky Carmel color like a brackish brown nice head and it finishes into a ring around the beer and then it laces the glass to the finish

S: like a resiny hoppy mess it just smells like it's going to make you pucker it's piney Sticky smell

T: It's dripping hops and full on your face bitter with a smooth malt back bone that eases the bitterness into nothing. It's shocking this beer you just expect to be bitter and abrasive but it's smooth.

M: has full to medium feel

O: I had this last year and it was more abrasive in your face. this year it's smoother I'm not sure it's a bad thing. It's so smooth it's smell promises sticky and bitter but the taste is there without the over-the-top ness of bitterness.

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Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A-Red brown clear colour with a tan head that quickly dissipates
S-At 11%, alcohol hits the nose! along with a malty prune and disguised spice
M-Carbonation is light and let's the alcohol through
T-Malty, toasted goodness,gets balance of bitter and sweet with a soar note
O-Drank this fresh, not aged, I wish I had bought another or store in the cellar. Delicious beer that packs a punch, full bodies and very complex flavour. It takes some solid brain power to digest this wonderful beer, highly recommend.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
3.79/5  rDev -11%

Quick review-

I found Double Bastard to be less appealing than regular Arrogant.

The 11+% ABV is not noticed, which is neither here nor there. But the taste is simply too sweet for my liking.

(Lukcy Bastard > Double by a full rating point- IMO.)

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Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

There is no way to add to over 2000 (at this writing) reviews. This is from a 2014 version, 22 oz.

The aroma lets you know you are in for it. Malts, some bitter hiding in there, and 11AVB you can feel in the back cavity of your nostrils. Big, malty goodness up front, with more in the finish. Some balancing bitter to cut the stickiness. The finish coats the tongue with the caramel maltiness but burns it good on the way down.

This will punch you in the mouth because you asked for it.

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Photo of amsguitarist
4/5  rDev -6.1%

First time drinking this beer. Strong hops, strong malt presence. Interesting aroma, similar to what RR sours smell like... some sort of fermented apple scent. Very complex taste, bitter fades but the malt lingers for quite awhile. Alcohol presence is there, but actually not too strong for something around 11%. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bought the Bastard box on a whim, haven't had many of these for awhile except for a couple enjoy boy's.
Too bad that a lot of these don't get the love that the rare beers get. Inexpensive, and quite delicious.$5 a bomber in this pack.

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Photo of LouZ
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft. So good. Poured a nice, caramel-like copper color. Nice, sweet aromas from the glass. This was a nice surprise of hop aggressiveness, which I love, with a sweet barleywine finish! A new favorite from Stone, and worth the wait to try.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Plenty of good reviews have already been written on this beer in standard beer-review format so I decided to write a haiku about this one:

beautiful red brown
bitter creamy malty booze
I am satisfied

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 22oz on 11/24/14 into tulip glass; bottled 10/24/14

A: murky, brown-amber with a 1/4", light tan head that lasts only for a few minutes except for the edges of the glass. A far amount of lacing throughout consumption.

S: An initial, punchy blend of of maltiness and hops, pseudo-sweet (raisin) and a hint of fresh-from-the-oven bread, and grapefruity-citrus. A slight wiff of alcohol lures you in just as much as it may scare you away.

T: Living up to the 'liquid arrogance' moniker posted all over the fun label, this one isn't for the faint of heart. The amount of maltiness here is generally a bit higher than I like, but is cut and balanced well with the same aggressiveness from the hopiness. A bit of carmel upfront with citrus on the finish leading to a fairly complex taste that enjoyably lingers for a few seconds. The maltiness calms a bit as this one warms.

M: Deliciously smooth carbonation with a medium to full body

O: A lot of beer within a beer as you might expect from the name and description. Surprisingly balanced, as the 1-2 punch I hoped for. Not for the faint of heart and worth trying if you enjoy other Stone offerings. Aging may mellow out the aggressive profiles, but I'd hesitate to make it maltier than it already is.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, vintage 2014, bottled on date 10/14/2014 printed on the bottleneck. My first encounter with the Stone Double Bastard. A long ridiculous nonsensical rant printed on the bottle, as always. My bottle lists an 11.00% abv. Not entirely sure what to expect here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a muddled ruby reddish colored body. Less than a finger of soft tan head that goes down quick. Some minor spotty sticky lacing on the glass. It comes off in appearance as a thick and heavy beer.

S - The aroma is sweet and malty - caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with dank resinous hop notes - pine, grapefruit, tea leaves. Some mild solventy alcohol presence is

T - Sweet & herbal. Tea leaves, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, pine, resins, grapefruit, notes of wood & vanilla present themselves.

M - The feel is fairly smooth and creamy, mildly bitter, resinous, and piney on the finish. Semi-dry. Very easy drinking though, despite the high 11.00% abv. Full-bodied with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, a tasty, layered, rich, and complex beer that grows on me more as it warms. Definitely recommended drinking, and I would for sure be interested to see what some serious age would do to one of these bottles.

Stone Double Bastard Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with excellent clarity. A trace of khaki colored foam covers the majority of the top of the beer, and especially around the rim of the glass. Aroma is comprised of plenty of amber malt and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is intensely malty and alcoholic. There's a warmth on the tongue that becomes a slight burn in the fade and you are left with the aftertaste of intense maltiness. A malty alcoholic bomb. Not my thing.

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Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

APPEARANCE - Orange with no head.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, piney. Not sweet.

TASTE - Hoppy, dry, bitter. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Pleasant, dry, little carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer, almost chuggable.

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Photo of Double07Inc
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance: Medium brown in color

Smell: The aromatics on this beer are great you can smell the hops, grapefruit, pine and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: This medium bodied beer is great. Good hoppie bitterness and you can taste the chocolate malts and roasted flavors and the alcohol is like a smooth whiskey.

Mouth feel: it goes down smooth, if your not use to hoppie beers, keep to your fuzzy wussies beers like the bottle say, cause your not worthy.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz 2014 release bottle into a snifter.
Appearance - a cloudy, mahogany with noticeable sediment; a thin, beige head that leaves fairly weak lacing.
Smell - booze, caramel, oak, brown sugar, maple syrup.
Taste - unique, complex and flavorful! Characteristics of both an Imperial IPA and a Quad!
Feel - demands another sip due to it's complexity! Bold, bulky, and undeniably brash! Boozy, but hidden well; aggressively bitter!
Overall - a brilliantly crafted ale, worthy of it's very high praise.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A - A dark amber with a redish tint. Almost no head and minimal bubbles. Barely any light passes through.

S - Malts, citrus fruit, sweet and fruity.

T - A malty and sweet front that transforms into a mild bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste is strong.

M - Smooth, heavy body. Not a lot of carbonation, some alcohol burn.

O - The smooth heavy body combined with the malty sweet taste makes for a pleasant drink. The bitterness is fairly mild, which I like.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Realease

A - Pours a hazy brown with a one-finger off-white head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee, and dark fruits.

T - Taste starts off sweet with brown sugar, toffee, and caramel malts. The is a good deal of piney hops mid palate. The finish is bitter hops and an alcohol burn.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - This is a big beer with big flavors. This is a slow sipper that really opens up as it gets warmer.

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Photo of Decrypticshadow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

As a former resident of Southern California, now living in New York City I can't believe I waited so long to try this phenomenal ale. These World-Class ratings are spot on by both the Bros and the BA score. So smooth, yet it tastes fresh with hoppy flavor. This beer leaves my mouth watering for more and more with ever sip I take.

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Photo of rjs246
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Delicious. I'm arbitrarily docking points for being less drinkable than the original, but it isn't designed to be consumed in quantity anyway. Tons of flavor, tons of ABV, outstanding beer.

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Photo of samtrillo
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Nose smells of rich caramel and some pine hoppiness. Reminds me of an American barleywine.

Taste is very similar but a little more bitter than expecting, but I like how it balances out the rich sweet candied dark fruit and caramel malt. It definitely comes as an American barleywine; in mouthfeel, too. Very viscous and bit syrupy. It's something you have to get into. I happen to enjoy that style of mouthfeel. The alcohol is well masked by the malt and hop presence. An awesome beer.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

This beer is a revelation. Tons of caramel/butterscotch, and tons of hops. If someone told me this had been barreled, I'd believe it—it's got pronounced alcohol notes, but is incredibly smooth, and there are definitely hints of what could be (but aren't actually) oak and bourbon. Incredibly solid.

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Tap from Maltitude. Pours cloudy amber with white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of bitter hops, caramel, and more hops. Bitter hoppy finish. Very tasty.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.