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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,441
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 679 | FT: 27
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-21-2013 19:42:48 | More by fivetime
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-29-2013 01:51:46 | More by nkeckhar
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-01-2013 01:48:15 | More by Screper
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Ruby. Good carbonation. Holds a thin head.

S- Sweet with hop notes. Both tropical and pine. Both seem a bit muted, yet are quite noticable.

T- Bittersweet. A ton of tropical hops, citrus, and pine in the aftertaste. All balanced out by a tremendous amount of caramel malt.

M- Full, creamy, smooth, and good carbonation. Slightly sticky and a little dry.

D- Very drinkable and good tasting, but to me it didn't seem to have the sort of character that the other Bastards have. At 11.2% it goes down before you know it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 22:55:44 | More by BBP
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2013 20:51:00 | More by Franch
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-19-2013 22:30:25 | More by Cyclone8
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

12-19-2012 18:46:06 | More by King_KongDCO93
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-07-2013 05:34:09 | More by Azrael
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-13-2013 18:45:20 | More by 21Maestro8
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To be honest, I wasn't expecting to like this beer. Sweet, high malt and alcohol beers aren't among my favorites. But DB is different. Yes, it has a strong malt character that seems somewhat carmel in nature and obviously is high in alcohol, but this thing is hopped like an IPA. Flavor explodes the second it hits your tongue. But it's definitely not all about the malt. The hops do way more than just balance this beer. Hops seem piney in nature. DB finishes well although the 10% ABV is evident. Pours a dark coppery red with a nice tan head. Both malt and hops can be noted in the aroma. Very drinkable for a beer of this magnitude. Awesome beer with great malt AND hop character! Had this beer 2 days ago and I can't get it off my mind. I only wish I could get more, but I'll likely have to wait until next year. This was the first year Ohio's beer laws allowed Double Bastard in the state. Much to my dismay, the supply in bottles was gone before I attempted to purchase some. But all was not lost, a local pub had received 1 keg (according to the bartender there were only 2 shipped to the entire distributing area). I was lucky here because my freind and I drew off the last 2 pints. Next year I won't be tardy on the arrival of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2002 10:23:53 | More by PhantomVodoo
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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 release. I had last year's quite a bit both on tap and in the bottle. I'm glad to have a fresh one to review.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass a dark russet brown with some crimson notes. The head starts out just under one finger and shrinks slowly to a thick collar and full surface covering. Quite good.

SMELL: Big hops with a malty base to match. The beer smells sweet and bready with a sticky sweet resinous dose of the traditional Stone hop profile. Piny and citrusy, they certainly make their presence known, but don't overshadow the malt base which is an equally important component in this beer.

TASTE: It starts as a huge alcohol bomb; the 10% is quite evident. It's tremendously sweet with the alcohol almost serving to cut through and balance it. But the hops come soon enough and don't overpower the malt at all. In fact, they could be more intense.

MOUTHFEEL: It thick and slick and carbonated on the lower end of things. The beer lingers long after you swallow and coats your mouth entirely.

DRINKABILITY: It suffers considerably with a high ABV that really shows itself. Really, this drinks like an American barleywine. One bottle please, maybe even to split.

It definitely seems a bit harsh when fresh and I'm sure aging would help in that regard. But the already weak hops (comparatively) would surely dissipate more, so it's a bit of a catch-22. Still, it's a very nice beer, and I'll be buying at least 1 bomber each year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 02:50:15 | More by jmalex
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-20-2011 19:01:08 | More by celticfutblclub
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-27-2014 15:55:19 | More by 1Sundown2C
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-14-2013 00:40:37 | More by CanisMajor
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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Double Bastard- Poured into a pint glass. My first time trying Double Bastard (finally!)

A- A bright, ruby red, brown color- really beautiful to look at. Incredible lacing, lasting throughout my entire glass of DB.

S- Smell was very sweet- caramel, some toffee, and some hops.

T- Wow. Can you get any smoother than this? This was surprisingly sweet- lots of flavors here ranging from the sweet (caramel, brown sugar, maybe even some oak) to the bitter (the hops)- perfect balance and something to be savored.

M- Sticky. Very sticky. Sleek and oily on the tongue. No burning at all. My lips are coated with double bastard as I type speak.

D- At 10%, it dosen't get anymore drinkable than this.

Surely something to savor and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 01:32:42 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a finger of khaki head that settles in a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet citrusy notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine, floral hops, heavy sweet malt character and a noticeable boozy aroma on the nose.

Taste: Bitter hops, piney, bitter grapefruit and some sweet pineapple, caramel malts, heavy booze aftertaste on this, but I love a boozy beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and boozy (I like that though).

Drinkability: I always enjoy this when I can get it and have another 2010 aging to see how it mellows, even though I like the boozy heat.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:11:41 | More by Axic10
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2012 01:21:25 | More by FalconA
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-12-2014 05:07:11 | More by yoitsarch
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-24-2013 00:07:55 | More by dedbeer
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-26-2011 20:30:19 | More by Romulux
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-26-2011 14:45:19 | More by Another6Pack
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-08-2013 18:18:29 | More by DMarlinJ
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-13-2014 07:25:53 | More by ssgunbond
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Finally i managed to chase down a bunch of bottles of this, very hyped, brew. 2007 vintage!

A: Dark red with a yellow/beige lace that looks quite creamy.

S: Malts, Caramel, Dark fruit, Citric notes, Hint of pine, Raisin.

T: Orangepeel, Caramel, Bread, Butterscotch, Spices, Ripe fruit.

M: Quite thick with low carbonation. Lots of hops but the malts help to balance it out a bit.

This tastes like a DIPA mixed with a barleywine or something. Very heavy and complex and so very different from the Arrogant bastard. This is a good brew to sip on during cold nights. Outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 20:46:51 | More by baggio
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-22-2013 03:09:04 | More by kevindp9
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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