Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
07-24-2006 19:32:12 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
06-27-2005 01:22:21 | More by BEERchitect
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
02-15-2007 11:51:32 | More by mikesgroove
4.18/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-21-2010 07:02:49 | More by womencantsail
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
11-13-2008 01:49:47 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.63/5 rDev -15%
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.
08-16-2011 02:41:13 | More by Knapp85
4.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
05-03-2005 01:15:53 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -6.3%
Served in an Arrogant Bastard shaker pint glass at Plainfield's Tap House.
And here, finally, the Accidental Highway to Hell Tour comes to a conclusion. What a ride (and (insert inside joke wink here) it doesn't even really end here, per se). Anyway, this brew pours a dark amber-rust topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, caramel, pine resin, toffee, black pepper, and a touch of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine (which is more toward sap than resin here) and the addition of some mandarin orange syrup for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a richly textured and generally enjoyable brew. Definitely not for the faintest of hearts. Good times.
11-09-2011 06:01:43 | More by TMoney2591
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
A - Poured out an opaque, burgundy/copper color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, small head. It left some trails of lace.
S - It smelled of sweet fruits, some caramel and some toffee.
T - It really had a rich taste, unlike anything that I've ever tasted. It had a fruity sweetness and caramel taste with a very spicy hop and boozy alcohol kick.
M - It was sharp and crisp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied ale.
D - This is a very unique brew that does not fit into style guidelines. It is delicious but very potent and a little hard to drink,
02-05-2009 02:35:40 | More by zeff80
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
Double Bastard has a slightly more rounded flavor than the standard Arrogant Bastard - the malt is more pronounced, completely engulfing the palate at first, though the hops do come through quite strongly in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. The aroma leaps out of the glass; fruity yeast, caramelized malt, powerful pine and citrus hops. The appearance is equally impressive, with a moderate-but-lingering head, curtains of lace, and a translucent ruby color. This isn't something I'd care to drink in large quantities, but it's a great beer to share with a friend during the winter months.
11-18-2006 01:16:23 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
This beer pours a clear, dark ruby hue, with a thin cap of beige head, which leaves wispy lace at the edges. It smells of caramel, fig, raisin, toffee sweetness, booze, and some very mild citrus hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, stewed raisins, and toffee, with some citrus and pine hops coming on later in the game. The carbonation is quite mild, the body thick, oily, heavy, and fairly smooth, and it finishes with a growing hoppiness to quell the consistent dense malt. The resident lofty alcohol is scarily well-hidden.
It's been a few years since I've had a regular Arrogant Bastard (those words don't seem to go too well together), but this sure is reminiscent of that beer, as a beefed up, but consistent, older brother.
02-09-2010 23:41:18 | More by biboergosum
4.7/5 rDev +10.1%
2001 batch. 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, very deep ruby-tinted russet brown with a densely creamy light tan head that holds extremely well and leaves some nice lace. Exceptional. The aroma offers bold notes of pineapple, soft grapefruit and berries as well as some grassy, earthy and piney hops - all of which reside above a candyish and lightly caramel tinged maltiness. The body is full with a very fine, median carbonation that's creamy and just slightly syrupy in the mouth.The flavor starts quite sweet, reveals its deep fruitiness and then some very rich caramel maltiness along with some clear alcohol. A solid bitterness balances well against the rich malt - solid, but not overly bitter. The finish is surprisingly clean and dry for such a sweet and malty beer. I was really surprised by this beer. Firstly, at how different it was from the Arrogant Bastard; secondly, at how directly the fruitiness found in their flagship pale ale was carried over; and thirdly, at how good it was! This is a really exceptional beer that may smooth a bit with some age on it; although I don't think the alcohol will cool much further.
11-13-2002 21:34:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4.4/5 rDev +3%
Off notes 11-3-2006. Pours ruby colored with thick lacing. Minimal nose- slightly citric. Very hoppy as expected, but with a slight tangy edge - almost sweet. Over time that flavor smoothes out and the sweeter side comes out but stays consistent and smooth. Feel is smooth with a great amount of carbonation on the mouth. Very drinkable, until you start to realize that 10% is kicking in hard.
12-30-2007 06:32:15 | More by RblWthACoz
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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