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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,689
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 762 | FT: 26
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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Talz420, Mar 23, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber (2011) to pint glass the beer pours an opaque amber/mahogany color with a tremendous 2.5 finger khaki colored head with nice retention and tons of gobs of lacing. Looks sticky and big. The nose is malty sweet upfront with a definitive caramel malt character. Hints of earthy hops and heat and perhaps even a touch of raisin, though mostly malt. The flavor is rich and bold with the caramel malt sweetness found in the tongue being most prominent. The earthy hop characted provides enough bitterness and flavor to provide a very balanced beer. Very creamy and smooth throughout the beer finishes sticky with a lingering mild bitterness and pleasant sweetness. Very good. Though the alcohol was present in the nose, it's indiscernible in the flavor. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, very drinkable for such a big beer. This is fantastic, a treat, highly recommended.

hopfacebrew, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

QuakeAttack, Mar 19, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. Served in a large snifter. 2011 vintage, no bottling date. 

Pours russet brown with 1.5 fingers rich cream head. Fair lacing. 

The smell is a nice blend of tropical hops and sweet biscuity caramel malts. 

Taste delivers on the smell. A simultanious punch of big sweet malts and orangey hops. Bold, unforgiving and tasty. The alcohol kick blends nicely. 

Mouthfeel is moderately thick without much carbonation at all to get in the way. Fairly resinous, coating the tongue for a long bitter hoppy aftertaste. 

All in all this is a damn fine beer. "American Strong Ale" is a vague style but that's definately what Double Bastard is. It's big, bold and satisfying. I'll be drinking more of this in the future. 

ThickNStout, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

andrewborstein, Mar 18, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

Appearance: Brownish-red and hazy in color. Enormous, tan head slowly recedes away leaving behind some major lacing.

Smell: Very sweet aroma with a very strong malt character. Some scents of dark fruit as well. Alcohol is there but not unpleasant. Very inviting.

Taste: Strong, strong flavor. Sweet malt flavors with a nice balance of hop flavor and bitterness. Smooth finish and the alcohol is well hidden. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy body with medium carbonation. Great mouthfeel for a strong ale.

Overall: An excellent strong ale and another great beer from Stone.

TaySuth, Mar 17, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Pours a thickish, opaque brown with just a little carbonation.
Smell: Aroma fruity (pineapple/melon) with a solid sweet and malty backbone- yet the hops linger just beyond
Taste: Aggressive assault of malty sweetness with a thick layer of hops hanging on for dear life. Malts are deep with notes of cocoa, light coffee, caramel with piney hops lingering straight through to the end of the tasting. Alcohol warmth is a bit more of a burn. Extremely complex and strong beer. These qualities intensify as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel: Thick and brutally warm and smooth.
Overall: Try this as a study in complexity if not for the sheer outrageous taste profile. Recommended!

coalcracker, Mar 17, 2012
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Pat, Mar 16, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,689 ratings.