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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,656 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,656
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 361
Gots: 755 | FT: 25
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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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely bitter taste, ameloriated by malt. Crimson with hops suds best appearing in a trappist glass. Floral and pine strong hoppy aroma. Grapefruit mid-sip, cheese aftertaste. Alcohol warming, feels like vodka.. Good with strong meat and caution not to have competing patatoes.

perhaps overrated.

Sammy, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

t0rin0, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release.

Pours a murky caramel color with a small 1 inch bone head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Smells of caramel, toffee, sweet malt, and some dark fruits. Very inviting smells. This beer smells very much like a barleywine to me. Taste is very much like the smell and is of caramel, toffee, and sweet/brown sugary malt. Medium bitterness on the palate with each sip. There is a very good balance between the sweetness and the bitterness in this beer. A good level of carbonation leads to a creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a most excellent beer from Stone that I like much better than Arrogant Bastard. I am frustrated that I only got one bottle of this when it came out. I think that this will age very well and I will be on the lookout for more bottles for my cellar.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -6.3%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a nice wheat head and a good deal of lacing.

S: Tropical hops and some roasted malts that bring on a good deal of sweetness.

T: Quite sweet with dark sugars and caramel in addition to the tropical and citrus hops. Slightly earthy with some wood notes.

M: Full body with good carbonation and a bready mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable. This is definitely a bastard of a beer. I had this pretty fresh, and I'd like to try aging a bottle of this to see what sort of complexities comeout.

Thorpe429, May 01, 2009
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.3%

zestar, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -18%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

acurtis, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy coppery amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of caramel malts along with notes of brown sugar and citrus and pine resin hops and hints of alcohol.
T: There are definitely a lot of malts in a beer this strong and flavors of caramel malts are very prominent. A moderate amount of bitterness from the hops is present, as well as some hints of alcohol, brown sugar, malty sweetness and toffee. The taste seems to become more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly sticky on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
O: This beer almost tastes like a “lighter” version of an American barleywine but has rather intense flavors of malts and hops. It is definitely a beer that needs to be slowly sipped.

Note: 2011 release

metter98, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 release

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Rich aroma, filled with caramel, butterscotch, candied apples, pears and chocolate covered cherries

Taste: Opens with a huge caramel flavor, that has plenty of fruity elements in there, too; while the bitter citrus has clearly been matured out of the mix, the caramel apple and pear flavors are very interesting; after the swallow, there is a hint of its bitter past, but the flavors are mellow, like a fine barleywine

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Merry Christmas to me, having cellared this for four years; I didn't much care for the young Arrogant Bastard (puts flak jacket on), but this, with age, is sublime

brentk56, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free."

--Double Bastard bottle

2005 Release. Glowing cherry caramel with amber and orange edges. DBA is a beautiful, multi-hued sunset of a beer. The thickly creamy head is the color of brown sugar mousse whipped with orange juice and is easily the equal of the glorious liquid that it will soon join. Well... maybe not so soon. Thick sheets of buttery lace are slathered on the upper few inches of the nonic pint glass. A remarkable look for such a high ABV ale.

I know the two styles overlap to a considerable extent, but Double Bastard Ale smells like an American barleywine to me. And a great barleywine at that. It's heavy on sweet, sticky caramel, as well as orange zest and candied cherries. I'm glad I let this bottle sit for a year (it took a great deal of willpower) because I get no hint of alcohol in the nose.

This is outstanding beer. I can tell after one large gulp that it's one of my favorite Stone releases. The butter toffee and brown sugar maltiness is monolithic, broad-shouldered, pick your favorite adjective for 'immense', and still has its knees buckled by a deluge of hoppy bitterness. I love it when sweet and bitter kick the crap out of one another and both end up bloodied, but unbowed.

Double Bastard may not be the hoppiest, most bitter Stone brew (I'll bet it's close), but it might be the hoppiest, most bitter American strong ale on planet Earth. I still think of it as a barleywine, since the strong ale style has always seemed like a dumping ground. As the beer warms, the sticky malt makes an even stronger statement and the hops continue their jackhammer-like assault.

It's been too long since I've had an Arrogant Bastard for my memory to be all that reliable, but this beer seems both more assertive and more refined, if that's even possible. I'd love to drink them side by side if I thought I could avoid becoming comatose after 44 ounces of ferociousness.

Alcohol is apparent on the palate, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Some beer revels in the power and the presence that well-masked, but still present, alcohol provides. This ain't no sissy, yella, fizzy beer, this is the BastardBastard (speaking of which, I don't think I've ever seen a cooler bottle). In terms of aging, drinking this big ale prior to one year probably isn't advisable if you're looking for maximum enjoyment.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as full and as viscous as I'd imagined. It's full, it just isn't FULL. Since my motto is 'the bigger the better' with respect to mouthfeel, take that with a grain of salt. It's plenty sturdy enough and is becoming firmer as it sits. The carbonation is nicely buried, which helps as well.

Double Bastard Ale lives up to the hype. It's a beer that will kick your ass up one side and down the other and will earn your respect and adoration while doing so. Thanks to Greg and the boys at Stone for continuing to release quality beer after quality beer that, more often than not, defines the style in which it is brewed. This is a 'by the case' brew if I've ever tasted one.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No doubt a seriously big beer. Not for the timid. Even for American Barleywine lovers, this beer packs a punch.

Has the look of thickness, viscocity, and ultimate maltiness. Pours an array of colors: brown, copper red, burgundy, maroons.... it goes on. Has a thick dense tan head that lingers as long as you want.

Aromas are intense mariage of complex malt, complex hops, and complex alcohol. Deep maltiness, grassy-hoppy, and a grainy twang also present deep into the nose An organic scent that adds complexity to the grain, hop and yeast content.

Malts portray flavors of caramel, brown sugar and molassas. Malts also bring out fruits of figs, dates, and a little in the way of prunes and raisons. Hop complex is highly pronounced from nose to finish. Earhty and grassy like IPA's but more complex and flavor infused. Alcoholic flavors also present throughout.

Mouthfeel is creamy, heavy, and rich; yet disected cleanly by hop bittering. Rather a crisp finish to a high gravity beer.

Aftertaste lingers indefinately with complex malt sweetness and hop bittering. Dark fruits continue to abound.

Impression: A great beer for that mood that hits you every couple months. Not an everyday beer for me. When you need this beer, none other will suffice. It's what Arogant Bastard wants to be when it grows up.

BEERchitect, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of heavy sweet malt with a strong dose of bitter hops. Taste is really sweet with a heavy dose of sweet malt plus a strong bitter hops presence. Body is above average with no discernable trace of alcohol. Very good try at bringing a lot of extreme side to a beer while conserving some balance.

Phyl21ca, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for the bottle.

Poured a cloudy Burn Amber with no head to speak of, some fine bubbles, and lots of eddys of lace swirling in the top. Looks strong in the snifter. Smell first hits you up front with a ton of alcohol, but starts to mellow after a while leaving hints of bourbon and very sweet, almost candy flavors. Some pine hops as well in the back, smell really starts to come out as it warms for a while/ The taste on this was HUGE. Again as it starts there is the alcohol, which at 10%ABV is unmistaken and pronounced. This must be let to set to truly appresicate the other flavors. Mellows out into a highly hopped strong ale, with a big ddry finish. Huge pine, and candied sweetness. This is a BIG beer with BIG teeth, be forwarned. I goes down nicely enough if you are prepared for it, very dry and beautiful texture, not oily and definatly not thin. Crisp, tough, this will kick your ass. It is highly drinkable, at lest for me. It came out as everything I envisioned it would be, Arrogant Bastard or roids! Not for the faint of heart, but for the strong willed hope head, heaven.

mikesgroove, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into a snifter and shared with the roommates.

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a lot of red notes to it. The head is about a finger's worth of cream colored foam.

S: The nose has a nice sweet caramel, toffee, and fruit background. A lot of raisins and oranges, and a touch of floral hops.

T: The flavor is very interesting and while it has the trademark Stone hoppiness, there's a lot more going on. The flavor starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee and perhaps even butterscotch. The raisins and oranges again make an appearance in the middle and are followed by a bitter, piney finish. The biggest flaw is that the beer is a bit hot.

M: The body is fantastic. Very full with an almost chewy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry.

D: As I mentioned before, the biggest flaw with this beer is the alcohol presence. And as the glass warms up, it comes out a bit more. This is a big, big beer, and one you can't drink too much of in a sitting.

womencantsail, Jan 21, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kylehay2004, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jaydoc, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish amber body with a well-formed, sustaining, off-white head. Copious amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aromatic hoppy nose, some sweetish hints to it, and smelling of fresh orange peel, exotic flowers, pine resin, and a splash of pomegranate liqueur. Caramel-scented maltiness underneath. Very, very minor wafts of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel-laden maltiness with a pinch of light brown sugar and a quick drizzle of simple syrup brace themselves for the impact of hops. Quick montage of fruit flavors - oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates, even sweet cherries. This precedes a solid jolt of straight-up citrus and pine hoppiness with a full, sturdy bitterness. Definitely a warming beer, but not quite hot or bracing for me. Drying finish with a touch of booze and more than a touch of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Recommended! I'm ashamed to admit it's been more than a few years since I've had a bottle of this to myself, but I'm more than pleased to be having a fresh bottle and am happy they're finally, at long last, distributing to the state of Georgia.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking brownish amber color. The head was a yellowish white and pretty thick. The lacing was sticky and left a good trail running down the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy hop aromas and some malts. The taste of the beer is also spicy and very hopped up. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and retains a good carbonation. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer and it will surely knock your socks off if you let it.

Knapp85, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was actually the second time I was able to try this awesome brew and man I want more!Pours a rich deep copper with some amber hue with a one finger head that is gone pretty quickly,intense fruity aromas washed with alcohol with some brown sugar in there as well big and bold to say the least.Flavors are just sublime again the intense fruit and caramel up front but the big hop presence is felt to meet the big chewey maltiness half way to make this just exceptional.Thanks to Garagekegger for sharing another awesome beer.

oberon, May 03, 2005
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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