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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 5052
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber in color with a small to medium, 1.5 finger head. Body is relatively translucent despite the haze and darker color. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S- First impressions of the the scent are toasty, hoppy, and strong. Mild malts hit your nose first, but hops bitterness quickly displaces the malt with a piney punch. Scents of strong booze underlie both previous scents. Malts make somewhat of a comeback and blend with the hops, reminding me of an American style barleywine.

T- Starts off with some mild hops bitterness and some strong malt flavors mixed in with a boozey profile. Bitterness takes over in the middle of the drink and both hops and dull malt bitterness take over. Bitterness is fairly strong, but not overly so, and is somewhat balanced by other malt characteristics. Bitter malt and hop profile presides until the end of the drink, then the hops linger with their bitterness the longest.

M- This beer has low to medium carbonation and is rather smooth, but not too thick across the palate. Very strong alcohol presence, yet somehow, the mellow, not too bitter flavors keep this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall, I think this is much better than regular Bastard. More balanced with malt and hops and less aggressive in the taste department than regular Bastard is oxymoronic to the name. A very good, very strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:45:56 | More by boilermakerbrew
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

The color is a deep amber, bordering on the burnt orange with a brilliant copper luster. The bastard has depth. The head forms into a pleasant off-white at about a finger width and retains itself for a few moments. As expected, some real nice lacing is present throughout the experience.

The aroma instantly represents heavy malt character intimating dark dried fruits such as fig and black cherries but much roast. This hints at toffee more than caramel. There is surprisingly not too much hop bitterness on the nose.

The taste is where this bastard gets its arrogant power. It sneaks in with a smooth, almost buttery warmth, with gentle hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark dried fruits. Then play time is over. An intense hop wallops the palate with piney punishment. It cuts through the initial malt and lingers well into the aftertaste, and it's very welcome.

The mouthfeel works here. It has a light, prickly and fizzy carbonation that appropriately balances out the warmth of the alcohol and the velvety texture of the body.

Overall, this beer represents a well-crafted balancing act of all those things we love, and it knows it. I would pair this with a strong aged cheese or save it for dessert and enjoy with a rich vanilla and toffee creme brulee or pineapple upside down cake.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 15:18:35 | More by Copernicus
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black in color, lots of lacing as always
Heavy malt notes and perhaps some fruit and definite hops
Very hoppy just like the regular bastard, more bold and deeper malt depth though, definitely more bold in the ABV department, its masked pretty well, but at 11% you’re going to know it’s there.
I recommend this one over the regular bastard, it’s not something I drink all the time, but it is a welcome change.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:05:37 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with some carbonation, off white head
Fruity, alcohol smell
Taste is a mix of sweet fruit and hops. A mellow taste, not strong.
Mouthfeel is good with definite tingle from the carbonation
Overall it is ok, but not outstanding. My least favorite Stone offering so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:39:54 | More by lou50rp
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this fine brew a few times now. So I figured now I would rate it to avoid any snap judgement on it.

I've always liked most of Stone's offerings, especially earlier in my exploration of beer when hops were the only thing that seemed to matter (how naive hah!). I always appreciated Arrogant Bastard as a decently-balanced ale with good character and widespread appeal. So when I found out about Double Bastard, I was intrigued to try a more extreme offering of the Bastard, and ready to compare the two.

You've no doubt read a few times about the lacy white head, coppery color, etc. I'll just skip to the taste and impression.

Wow! Is all I could say after having a few sips. It has a strikingly bold start, but nothing overwhelms or hits you with one profile. All the hoppy characteristics of regular Bastard are there, but with better malt balance to even it out and also a more boozy sweetness.

You can definitely tell its potency after a few gulps. However that potency is more subdued than the 11.2% ABV might have you believe. A few friends of mine who have tried it were all shocked to learn it was that alcohol-infused, they guessed about 8.5-9%.

All in all, I believe this brew to be far superior to regular Arrogant Bastard. I am more partial lately to "extreme" style beers with strong ABV and character. It is a definite recommendation that you pick up a bottle if you fall in line with those tastes. I have already given it a good review amongst peers who are looking for something new and different in the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 21:51:47 | More by BrausBeforeHaus
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Release.

A: Pours a mostly clear copperish ruby with an off white head. Head takes a couple minutes to dissipate leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Very mellow aroma on this one that reminds me of a farmhouse I used to visit as a child. Malts add a big richness that overwhelm the hops. Certainly fig, raisin or another dried dark fruit pushes through.

T: Very bold flavor on this one. A wallop in the face of intense malt flavors that barely beats out the dramatic hop entrance. Carmel or toffee adds some sweet flavors. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full body with moderate to low carbonation. A bit dry on the finish from the amount of hops. Not too hot considering the ABV but certainly warms you up.

Overall this one is just screaming to be aged. Haven't had one in a couple of years and am really able to appreciate this beer now. A very serious bastard that will leave you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:52:23 | More by CloudStrife
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Stone Double Bastard is an American strong ale with a big 11.2%ABV~ Pours light to medium brownish/burnt orange with tons of sediment~ Nice big, full body robust head that sat pretty for several minutes~ Nose is malty, sweet, hoppy, bready, raisin, pine, fruit and vanilla~ Feel is smooth, creamy, full, warming, bitter and boozy~ Taste is intense, as per usual with Stone Brewery : Caramel, Malt, Bread, Brown Sugar, Grapefruit, Pine, Dough, Bourbon, Peach, Oatmeal, Plum, Oak, Cherry, Banana, Citrus, Toffee and Butter Biscuits~ Just an absolute Jaw Jacker... BIG, Heavy and Full flavored to the max! This liquid glory absolutely floors and round house drop kicks the Fu€k out of the taste buds and palate, satisfies and covers the 11% like a champ... Overall: 95

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:42:42 | More by BrewUSA
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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce Beer Club Mug-$7

A- Deeper orange in color.2 finger lingering head.

S- Hop was evident, pine and citrus with bready aroma.

T- Not as hoppy as I anticipated, smooth. nice full piney taste.


O- I liked it much but it is a dangerous beer. Knocked me over big time. Sip slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 20:48:44 | More by LisaEisMe
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dangerous beer. %11.2 Abv
Bottle to glass.
A- I'm really surprised about how little amount of head I got compared to other reviews on this page. Only about one fingers worth but it didn't settle as I drank and lacing was evident all the way through.

S- Molasses and black cherries. Deep dark fruity feel in the aroma.

T- Raisins, cherries, molasses with a slight bitter bite following. Yum!

M- Smooth and very creamy. The taste lingers on the sides of the tongue while the creamy taste rolls down the middle.

O- Great after dinner beer for sitting around and chatting. Pairs wonderfully with pineapple and other creamy deserts (chocolate fondue anyone?) This label screams eat with devil's food cake.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 00:58:58 | More by Ohmmygawd
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:53:10 | More by vickersspitfire
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,052 ratings.