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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 5046
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Jamesthebrit


4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a bottle then it appeared at the growler stand the next week. I had to do it! Also decided to review it before having my udon with red rooster sauce rather than after.

A: Thick semi hazy reddish brown. Perfect amount of carbonation. Head is a little weak at first but leaves good lacing.

S: Very balanced with some good floral hop notes but also some woody herbaciousness. Some sweetness as well. A hint of citrus in there. Very complex.

T: If there was a beer that tasted a 5 this would be it. Hits you at first with the hops which are sharp and not overwhelming. Then it comes in with a woody earthiness that is a sharp contrast to the floral notes at the start. As the taste fades you get hit with some citrus orange lemon acid which again, is in contrast to the previous flavors. Then the bittereness comes back in the end to finish it out. Goes does exceptionally smooth for such a high ABV and the amount of control here is insane.

M: carbonation is rather aggressive. Great flavor development but pretty intense.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had. Insanely well controlled complexity and a variety of flavors. Very palatable for so high an ABV. A must have.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2012 23:54:30 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 1-2 hours from this tasting, from The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip (at home). This glass has proven itself, time and time again, to be the best glass I currently own for the “Bastard” series of Ales.

Pours a thick, one + finger head, it hangs there, then settles to a medium thin film, easily revived with a swirl. This ale is alive!
Deep dark Amber color, beautiful, picture perfect, this is the color of Ale!

The aroma/smell, is a flowery, enticing, hit of hops. In smell seems to fall between Piney + , to Citrusy, then followed by rich malt, very enticing! Then comes the ale type yeast, a very pleasant and enjoyable aroma.

Very distinct, incredibly rich malt on the palate, then the powerful hops take over, making for a very pronounced, ale experience. Nice crispness and perfect carbonation balance it all out. The hops and malt stay neck and neck thru the entire pour. Just flat out delicious!

Long finish of bitter hops and rich malt.

This is an incredible ale. What a great experience. The 10.5% ABV is completely buried by the distinct flavor and aroma, which is so good I could easily drink myself into oblivion.
I don’t know what more you could ask for in an ale, well OK, wood ageing would be perfect.
Also had several drafts as its been on tap for several days now.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2011 21:51:56 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of srandycarter


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 ltr growler.

A - Nice light tan head, tons of lace, over dark amber, somewhat murky ale.

S - Sweet and boozy. Nice deep malt, hops trying to get through.

T - Nice! Big bold malt, booze and hops, leaving clean in the end. Amazing. The heat is hardly even there considering the ABV.

M - Med to heavy, beer is deceptively much bigger than it seems. Hops and alcohol effectively squash the sweet malt.

D - Glad it's only the 1 ltr. :)

Serving type: growler

04-04-2011 02:16:32 | More by srandycarter
Photo of DoubleSimcoe

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Double Bastard, growler filled at Whole Foods Bowery for$13.99.

Appearance: My hasty pour produces a voluminous three-finger head reminiscent of a Belgian brew. Head is mostly white with toffee speckles, thick bubbles on top. Great retention, foamy top lingers throughout. I swear I've never seen the Bastard loloking so good and "heady"! Some lacing, but not much. Color is dark-caramel, very dark and opaque- could be mistaken for bourbon.

Smell: Malt, glue, raisin, crushed ripe cherry. Hops, wooden barrel, bourbon/hard liquor. Beautiful, complex, enticing nose.

Taste: Not as interesting as the nose, with mostly heat, hops and booze. Caramel and tartness follow. Somewhat one-dimensional as compared to the aroma, but still delicious, with whiskey overtones and a burnt-sugar finish.

Mouthfeel: Prickly and hot, stings good and lingers in the mouth for a long while. Some booze, dry hoppy finish, tartness. Full body, medium-full flavor, great carbonation. Sticky, almost chewable but not quite like North Coast Old Stock and other old ales. A little too hot when it warms up.

Overall: A great, unimpeachable American Strong Ale. Might be a little hot when fresh, but it rarely ever disappoints. I've had it on tap, I've had Double Bastard vintages, growlers... a great brew, if you like the style.

I am very glad I reviewed this growler because I had one before that wasn't right. This is how fresh Double Bastard is supposed to taste indeed.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2011 04:24:52 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Photo of oldsailor


4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Waited in line for a long time for the special release of the 2006 vintage. It was well worth the wait. The taste of this was amazing. Smooth and complex, the beer took on a different feel from a typical double bastard. The warmth from the alcohol was definitely there as this beer wasn't messing around. My 2L growler was gone before I knew it.

Serving type: growler

03-20-2011 03:32:27 | More by oldsailor
Photo of MrHirschybar


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage - growler from 2/12/2011 at Stone's Saturday release night
Poured into a New Belgium Globe/snifter

A - Dark copper with off-white head that leaves lacing - copper is dark and not see through even up to the light

S - Malty, bready, initially a mustiness that turned into a sweet bourbon like smell, with hop citrus and a lingering sweetness and alcohol smell

T - sweet, bready, citrus, maltiness - very much reminded me of the similar vintage of 06' Old Guardian -

M - smooth, light coating, minimal to no carbonation, definite alcohol heat on the back-end not sure what remains of the 10% the label states in ABV, but it drinks well despite the heat on the back-end

D - I enjoyed this - a lot of friends of mine that don't like barley wines didn't like this, and my brother - who liked the 06 Guardian didn't care much for this due to the heat on the back-end. I feel it is quite drinkable despite the bit of heat on the finish - seems many were in agreement as they lined up for the release at Stone with quite a few 3L Double Bastard bottles to fill - even a husband and wife couple both with 3L and a couple down from Burbank to Escondido to fill this one up.
Cost for a fill at 2L was around $16... Well worth that price.
Definitely sweetened up from age compared to the '10.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2011 06:04:25 | More by MrHirschybar
Photo of Genuine


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged a 3-liter bottle of this for 9 months..(probably not textbook aged) but decided to open it up and share among friends this past weekend.

Poured a nice dark-reddish in color, with an off white head.

Smell - lots of hops in this one, some citrus.

Taste - this is where it all comes together...obviously very hoppy, you can still taste the alcohol at 10.5% but it goes down smoothly. Tastes better when it warms up a bit.

Mouthfeel - This one felt a bit chunk, probably due to the carbonation, but doesn't take away from it at all.

Drinkability - Based on taste, I could have a few of these...based on alc. percentage, i could only have a couple of these. This is a very big beer!

Serving type: growler

09-29-2010 15:04:38 | More by Genuine
Photo of theghost3


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours a translucent caramel with some ruby highlights. Color reminds me of bourbon. The head is frothy, light yellow, and there's minimal lacing.

The smell is malty, caramel, slight herbal hops, and booze. The flavor is aggressive--herbal, roasted malts, and booze (whiskey) with some caramel. Mouthfeel burns the palate--carbonated at first but then just crisp as it goes down. Medium-bodied.

I liked this, but one glass is enough. That ABV really takes a toll. Would go well with BBQ or an earthy cheese.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2010 03:21:57 | More by theghost3
Photo of Metallix6403


4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the trusty 3 liter Double Bastard growler! Tapped in December 2009. Poured into a pint glass (multiple times).

Appearance - Screams bitchin' beer! Dark and rich amber / copper body with three fingers of a strong tan head. Retains very well.

Smell - A double punch of thick and intense malts and hops. I usually smell some tropical fruits whenever I break open the growler or the bombers.

Taste - Fantastic fruity and sweet flavors. Sugars, caramel, and a hint of butterscotch pairs well with citrus and other fruits. Finishes with a great touch of hops. Beefy yet so delicious! Yeah I said delicious, so what? You wanna fight about it????

Feel - A thick, smooth, full bodied monster. The alcohol is warming even on a cold on a cold pour. Carbonation is delicate and feels like it is cleaning the palate for the next drink.

Drinkability - Amazingly easy to finish multiple pours. A 3L growler goes quick with two or three people. Alcohol is noticeable yet with the taste and experience, it just doesn't matter.

Final Thoughts - This IS my brew of choice when it is in season. On tap, growlers, or bottles, I haven't had a bad experience with DB. As my brother said, "This beer is rocking my fucking world!"

Serving type: growler

04-23-2010 01:07:51 | More by Metallix6403
Photo of inspektor

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crimson myriad of decadence with a moderate head that is accompanied by the same level of lacing.

Hints of alcohol followed by an impressive amount of caramel and blossomy hops upon initial inspection. An array of fruit is present as well to complete the spectrum.

The taste solidifies this double ale's position and superiority over his "younger" brother who is only half as arrogant. Hoppy not overbearing. Strong ABV but not brutal. Well balanced and impressively enjoyable throughout. A bit on the malty side, but that is par for the course in this realm.

The mouthfeel is substantial in girth with lingering traces of malt and hops, followed by a syrupy finish. As the contents of the glass diminishes, the carbonation becomes more apparent, but overall this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment.

Slightly more enjoyable and vastly more complex than Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is definitely an American Strong Ale that excels at drinkability. Very well balanced between all aspect that comprise a beer that can be enjoyed for multiple iterations.

Serving type: growler

12-25-2009 21:30:34 | More by inspektor

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy sweet tea like reddish brown. The head was dense and light brown. The lacing clings to the glass until the last drop all the way down the walls of the glass

S: Bakers chocolate, caramel, pine, citrus... like grapefruit and orange rinds, bread.

T: Bitter sweet chocolate, biscuit, grapefruit, hops, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. As it heats up the flavor bursts, warms the throat, that's for sure.

M: Medium body but smooth smooth, the carbonation isnt over powering tingles a bit. You can definately feel the alcohol and it leaves a slight bitter coffee taste in the mouth with a lingering alcohol slow burn. I like it alot! I definately could drink a few of these.

Serving type: growler

11-03-2009 23:33:35 | More by KALIKGOLD
Photo of cartagena


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

Clear Dark Mahogany color/tan head with a nice floral/spicy/vanilla aroma.

Taste is very similar to some of the barleywine's I have tasted but with more hops at the end.

Got a growler of this bad boy from my local pub (Capone at Norristown PA) and it is definitely an A+ beer.

You gotta try this if you get the chance but be careful...

Serving type: growler

01-19-2009 00:13:27 | More by cartagena
Photo of mcsweep


4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! where do I start. This beer is everything I had heard and more. Reminded me of a barleywine, and I had to sip this beer in order to saver every drop. An intense beer not to be taken lightly. I grew up in San Diego and I wish we had Stone back then. Enjoy!

Serving type: growler

12-27-2008 19:35:21 | More by mcsweep
Photo of taylorhamrick

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red with a giant off-white head. The smell is fairly pungent from hops with a kick of centennial citrus, followed by sweet alcohol, maybe a bit estery. The taste is a bit bitter bu with a sweet, burnt alcohol taste. At times I get a bit of bready malts. It's fairly complex, but I keep tasting the burnt taste from alcohol, which might disguise some more pleasant flavors in the mouthfeel. This beer will more-or-less kick your ass but without leaving a black eye. A growler isn't a good idea without some help.

Serving type: growler

12-19-2008 00:55:25 | More by taylorhamrick
Photo of HeyItsChili


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Stone Double Bastard Ale pours a deep, dark, cloudy copper with a thin tan head that slowly retreats to a foamy film atop the brew.

S - Sweet, fruity, raisins, malty. Very complex

T - The taste is as malty and sweet as the aroma suggests. A little piney with some aftertaste of alcohol giving away the 10.0% ABV. Really amazing, at least to my taste buds.

M - Mouthfeel is good, smooth, medium bodied.

D - Incredible drinkability, especially for such a strong beer. It is just perfect for savoring.

Serving type: growler

12-01-2008 02:45:18 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of rallison


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage - growler filled tonight so nice and fresh (so to speak..)!

A: Cloudy reddish dark amber color with a 1 finger white head that mostly dies.

S: Caramel and toffee. Some hops, but the smell is mostly dominated by the malt.

T: Delicious. Strong caramel/toffee malt base is nicely complemented by mostly piny hops. This beer achieves much better balance with some age on it. Right here, this is nice. My favorite is still probably around 5 years old, but give it at least a year and you will be happy. Too raw fresh in my opinion (and this coming from someone who quite enjoys Sam Adams Triple Bock and Dogfish Head 120 Minute). Trust me, give this a year or three to age.

M&D: Thick, rich and viscous, but still very drinkable. Nice.

Recommended. Obviously, not everyone can try this one aged for 5 years. But, I highly recommend sticking a bottle away for about 2 years. You will be rewarded with a beer that goes from an interesting, strong, but not that great beer to a strong, but balanced, integrated and mellow strong ale that deserves the rating it gets. This is one beer I've had enough of to feel confident in saying that. Prost!

Serving type: growler

11-29-2007 07:14:27 | More by rallison
Photo of sessycuban


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Got a growler fill from the brewery some months ago. These are notes I took from the tasting.

Growler. Poured into Stone Double Bastard Ale glass.

A - The beer pours a rich, amber color. The beer is somewhat murky, but this is to be expected given the age. The tan head didn't retain to well, but again, well for a beer that has been aged and poured from a growler.

S - The smell is very complex. I get a slight toastiness, citrus, tropical fruit, and a slight tinge of hops. This has held up well for such a hoppy beer.

T - I'm getting grapefruit very early on followed by pine notes. The beer finishes with a hop backbone, which is a bit surprising. Given the color, I'd expect a maltier backbone. The balance is spectacular.

M: The taste is a bit chewy, but not too thick. I'd still say this is medium bodied. It has a very nice feel to it for such an aggressive beer.

D: The beer does have some heat to it. But as they say, if you can't handle the heat, stay out of the fire. With that said, supremely drinkable for a 10% abv beer that goes to great lengths to warn you how aggressive the beer is.

Highly recommended to all!

Serving type: growler

10-05-2007 21:33:31 | More by sessycuban
Photo of Budlum


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 edition served from a fresh growler from Capone's.

Pouring this ale produces one inch of creamy, tan head that slowly recedes to a quarter inch layer. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The body is an absolute, textbook amber color displaying excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

The nose of this beer is quite simple yet delicious. A dry, earthy, hop smell blends with a perfectly balanced, sweet, malty aromas. Very balanced in presentation although I expected a little more pop.

The flavors of this beer are much like the smell only with the "pop" that I expected from the smell. An assertive hop flavor provides a strong, earthy taste much like Arrogant Bastard. Unlike the anchor, this version blends in a delicious, honey-kissed malt flavor that balances the hops perfectly. There are still many woody flavors like AB but everything just feels smoother. A faint, wheat malt and hefeweizen yeast flavor also lurk in the background. This is one very fine beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer presents good carbonation mixed with a creamy feel. It is also quite buttery likening to a solid English Ale.

Drinkabilty is excellent. I expected this to be more aggressive than AB but it turned out to be much smoother. This beer is just dangerously drinkable for the 10% ABV.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2007 00:39:59 | More by Budlum
Photo of BlindPig


4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Light cloudy deep amber body. Thick tan head that has good head retention and leaves itself on the side of the glass.
S- Big in your face smell. Some alcohol, dark fruits, citrus hops, and some caramel notes all in it. Maybe some grassy and piney hops too.
T- Big alcohol taste and bit of warming to it. Fruits ranging from plums to some grapefruit all come out. Is more of the grapefruit rind taste than the fruit itself. Nice big bitterness all the way through. Big malt body too. the caramel flavor seems to find its way through all these huge flavors. The aftertaste is made up of the fruits and lingering strong citrus bitterness. Also has the grassy and piney hops in there as well (as well as the taste). That makes for the dry bitterness and finish.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It is very good. I think I preferred the 2005 (I tried it in 06 so I'm not sure if it's due to it being a year old or they are made in different places). It is a sipper. The alcohol just finds it way through a lot on this than the 05.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2006 20:12:26 | More by BlindPig
Photo of zacalabeer76


4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i really would like to review at this time but have no much to said i can said the color and smell is perfect the smell also really good but and the alcohol content>>>>>wow if you are a really good craft beer drinker and you like some good stuff.... go ahead and open a bottle.please forget about that american piss you drink everyday ok and enjoy the really good stuff....try your self!!! this a world class beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 05:53:28 | More by zacalabeer76
Photo of bman13


4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice golden/red amber colored appearance with a 1 1/2 finger head. Next to no lacing at all (11.2% alcohol) so cant ask for much ha

S - nice! Smells sort of like a barley wine but doesn't at the same time. VERY earthy and somewhat sweet smelling. Also a trace of hoppy goodness. Ugh divine!

T - first taste, bitter but well balanced hoppiness character with a malty note as well as some fruity and sugary bite. JUST DIVNE. Tastes sort of like Stone's arrogant bastard as if it was on steroids and just tastes plain awesome! There is such a unique blend of tastes going on it really is HARD to describe in words. Very very VERY flavorful and I can taste so many different flavors going on I can't believe it . This is NOT for the faint of heart as the label describes. If you like STRONG flavored brews with a unique BUT awesome taste. This is literally the one. If you like ASA (American Strong Ale) YOU MUST TRY THIS. or you are not living.

M - Bitter but like I said EXTREMELY and I can't stress extremely enough when I say this, extremely well balanced with the hoppy goodness flavor (earthy) as well as a little not of fruit flavor. Just enough fruit to balance the bitter out but in no way is overly sweet like some beers. This literally is on my top 3 favorite beers of all time... it is very smooth and you can definitely "feel" this one at 11.2% alcohol. Its kind of weird. Once you drink a 22oz like I have you feel the alcohol but it doesn't taste "boozy" at all if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong though, it doesn't taste like a 5% alcohol beer but it tastes FLAVORFUL but not very boozy if that makes sense guys?

O - this one is THE ONE. the golden one if I must say. It is ridiculous how much flavor stone brewing has packed into one beer, but this is in NO way a bad thing. If you are sick of soapy, bland, flavorless beer and demand something bold that stands out of the crowd GET THIS BEER. it is astonishing and just remarkable. If you are faint at heart this isn't for you, if you are scared of full flavor beer, this isn't for you. If you want something ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY ONE OF A KIND, THIS IS FOR YOU!!!

In collusion, I literally think this is my favorite beer of all time. I am a huge huge huge fan of flavorful beer that packs a big ol' punch. This beer is one of a kind and is only served on tap ( if youre lucky ) and in 22oz bottles beginning in November only until supplies last. I have bought out my local buehlers grocery store with this beer . So what if it is $7.99 a 22oz bottle. I have bought 30, yes 30 lol bottles of this 2013 release double bastard and have drank all but 3 of them and plan on ageing the rest till this summer. In will review one more time and let you all know how it tastes after aging 6-8 months. I'm sure it will be even more DIVINE. I LOVE THIS BEER WITH ALL MY HEART. May stone live on and keep producing this beer. My only complaint, is that they make it an all year round beer. But either way, This is my favorite beer of ALL TIME!!! peace guys :)

Serving type: 2013 release 22oz bottle at 45 degrees. ( fridge temperature)

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 18:56:03 | More by bman13
Photo of Ri0


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13

A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.

S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.

T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.

O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:22:37 | More by Ri0
Photo of GinjaSlice


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a great redish amber color to it when poured into a bottle.
S: Smells like a mix between cherry and chocolate.
T: The taste at first was great. Very good hoppiness in the beginning that settled into a more dark fruit flavor. The problem is the after taste. It has a stronger alcohol taste that lingered on the tongue. The first couple sips were amazing but the more and more i drank the more alcohol i tasted.
M: Good, not too carbonated, and not too flat. Was a bit heavy feeling but still great.

Good beer with a high abv that you can taste the more you drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:51:39 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of brutusmuktuk


3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark amber beer with a foamy white head. Smells of caramel and hops. This is a very intense beer, with an overpowering caramel flavor, almost like burnt caramel, with a syrupy feel. The bitterness starts light, but then quickly grows stronger. Like Stone’s Ruination IPA, I found this a bit too much, but at the same time I really enjoyed sipping this over a two hour period. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:55:56 | More by brutusmuktuk
Photo of BoardwalkBock

New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into LT pint glass

Had this beer twice before, 2010 and 2011. Came across a bottle for $6.99 in RI. Steal.

A: Dark red. Almost grapefruit looking. Slightly transparent. I wish I had a single Bastard next to it, but I'm almost confident this double looks lighter than the single. Nice carbonation. Decent head retention.

S: Cherries, dark fruits, toffee, spice, booze.

T: Good hop front, slight grapefruit, cherries, vanilla, some dark fruits I can't identify, big malt profile but well balance with the hops, little bit of toffee. Solid bitterness from the hops to balance the malts. Alcohol is barely present.

M: Solid body, but really not as heavy as I expected. Smooth. It actually feels like I'm drinking a single Bastard aged for a few months or so.

O: Very, very good Ale. Well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden under the intense malt profile. Stone rarely disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:47:08 | More by BoardwalkBock
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,046 ratings.