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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,209
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,079 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt 6 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/30. Consumed on 12/3. Written from notes.

A - Light reddish brown. Transparent. Very light head with no lasting lacing. Very distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Somewhat faint. Apples, raisins, with a touch of sweetness. Malts are noticeable, and to a lesser extent, the hop aroma comes through.

T - Dark fruit, bitter malty breadiness, slight sweetness, caramel, and red apple, with a hint of grapefruit. Hops do come through. Alcohol there but not overwhelming. Slightly peppery.

M - Lightly bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Smooth.

O - Very good quality. Very easy to drink despite alcohol content and not overwhelming in any manner. Hops come through which is a nice touch. Still, nothing really amazes me. It's just pretty good.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I took on this Double Bastard in my snifter at cellar temperature.

Looks a lot like Arrogant Bastard, but with a slightly smaller head. It's got that same clear, blood ruby hue to go with the off-white foam.

The floral citrus and caramel sweetness of Arrogant Bastard are also in this beer's aroma, along with some cherries, raisins, and molasses. There's a more pronounced malty, doughy breadiness in this one.

Woah. The flavor packs some serious power. It has profoundly huge and hefty hop flavor throughout an entire swig, from first contact on my tongue to the substantial finish. There's a nice little citrus zing at the beginning, and then I get a mix of dark fruit flavors, spicy breadiness, and what I like to call "caramelized hops" in the middle. The finish delivers even more hops, now becoming astringent, woody, and pine-tinged. While there IS a bit of a boozy burn after I swallow this stuff, this is a case in which alcohol heat complements, and I daresay enhances, everything else that's happening. Complex, and incredibly delicious. Damn.

The feel is certainly excellent as well. It's thick, but also really smooth and velvety. Awesome.

This is one of the tastiest liquids I've ever imbibed.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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