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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,383 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 316
Gots: 663 | FT: 24
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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Bustersuess

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-14-2013 18:38:38 | More by Bustersuess
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PintOHops

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears hazy clouded amber with lite-medium carbonation, little head that reduces quickly to a ring & leaves no lacing. Smells of very dry and floral hops, very aromatic with a touch of alcohol. Some grape and pine aroma with some burnt malts. Very pleasant!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lots of dry floral hops, lots of burnt biscuit like bitterness lingers on the palate. Some citrus flavor is present with little sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present, but more so as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and full bodied.

Drinkablility/Final thoughts - This beer is very, very delicious and rich, but to me, there wasn't to much complexity to it. Just lots of intense floral hops with allot of burnt biscuit like aftertaste, which isn't bad! I'm just making a point, I also think because of the high ABV, its allot less drinkable. So I would enjoy maybe 1-2 of these once in a while.

I still really enjoyed this beer though. Very good, very delicious, definitely recommended. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:47:34 | More by PintOHops
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Screper

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-01-2013 01:48:15 | More by Screper
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jpaulsen

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-16-2013 17:53:47 | More by jpaulsen
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-27-2013 20:14:19 | More by MightiestBeard
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Jd2391

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

06-08-2014 17:05:16 | More by Jd2391
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jeffwright

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-20-2013 01:35:00 | More by jeffwright
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-27-2013 03:21:00 | More by lilnicky068
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gabedivision

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a DFH Snifter globe.

Pours a dark and deep reddish brown muddy water, with a 1 finger head that turns to a solid thin tight bubbled lace around the top, with partials of foam here and there. Looks alot like a nice Quad. Smells of strong cherry wood, sweet malts, bready and heavy. Piny, floral, and citrus, hop notes all swirling around, subtle hints of chocolate and lots of brown sugar. The taste has all of the aroma packed into one big punch. Notes of dark fruits and dark sugars also. Finishes with bitter sweet red wine note, that leaves the mouth dry and begging for more. The alcohol is hidden well in both aroma and taste but warms up the chest and belly nicely. Big and heavy on the mouthfeel and body, this beer is aggressive and smooth at the same time, its bold and mellow, its up its down its all around... pretty fucking good! I dont know how else to say about this beer, its an ass kicker for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 04:08:00 | More by gabedivision
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard, when one Bastard isn't enough.

Poured beautifully into my Sam Adams Glass. Sorry Stone, love your beers, lack your glass wear.

Amber body, with ruby highlights. Just a small amount of thin semi sticky lace.

Being a big fan of both Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I have to say this is a whole other beast.

The first thing, is the amount of complexity. It's unreal, how the flavors meld in and out with each other creating something beautiful. For 11.20% there is absolutely no alcohol present in both the nose and the palate. Very remarkable.

Aroma is very malt forward. Just deep, earthy malts. Some sweet vinous notes in the background, along with tobacco, leather, and fresh pine needles.

Taste is something to behold, and changes with each sip. Becomes more and more complex as the beer warms. Upfront sweet and malty, a barrage of pure unadulterated American Strong Ale. This is some SUBSTANTIAL malt presence. That is why it's in it's own category. This makes Barleywines look tame. Huge malt backbone - earthy, rich, caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee - with that viscosity of syrup. Very aggressive. Then you add in the next huge factor. The oh so delicious hop balance. Holy hell, I bet it took a lot of attempts to get the hopping right on this one. It had to be unreal. But somehow, it manages the perfect equilibrium between both worlds. The resinous pine needle assertive hops really bring this one to a whole nother level.

I should smack myself for waiting this long to try Double Bastard. After this it makes Arrogant Bastard seem like a BMC offering. Holy shit, this is one amazing beer...

I have to say this is by far one of the better beers I've had in quite a while and has to be near the top of Stones offerings. I may never buy another Arrogant Bastard again. This is on a whole other level.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:20:38 | More by HoustonTX
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guezarka

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-09-2012 19:12:10 | More by guezarka
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release

A - Pours a maroon/mahogany with puffy off-white head

S - A bit of malt at first, slightly toasted with roasted grain. Both dark and light fruits, raisins, cherry, some floral hops. Very good smelling brew.

T - Candied sugar, dark fruits, with a little kick of cherry. You kinda get hit with a lot of booze in the middle before it fades into some floral hops.

M - Again, quite boozy. Good thickness as well.

Overall - Good not great. I felt like there was a little too much heat in this one that it masked some of the flavors. Certainly a fine strong ale, but one that has more potential.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 13:44:42 | More by BeerBuckeye
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dedbeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-24-2013 00:07:55 | More by dedbeer
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miadw3

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-10-2013 06:27:55 | More by miadw3
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hpthebull

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-20-2011 00:13:55 | More by hpthebull
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cantfindme

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-04-2012 23:40:26 | More by cantfindme
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1Sundown2C

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-27-2014 15:55:19 | More by 1Sundown2C
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-01-2014 01:01:59 | More by RKing44
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ssgunbond

Belgium

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-13-2014 07:25:53 | More by ssgunbond
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reminded me somewhat of the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. Has the big-time malt and body, but also shows plenty of hoppiness in the taste and aroma. Almost a little "green". Initially, I smelled (and tasted) grapefruit. Dark appearance, with foamy head and good retention. Overall, a wonderful mix of "old ale" maltiness, and double IPA hoppiness. I thoroughly enjoyed this, it's good for what ails you! The alcohol is only noticed in the after-effect, not in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2003 06:52:20 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Did a five year vertical of 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. My personal preference put the 2009 first, 2006 second, 2010 third, 2008 fourth, and 2007 last.

We started with the 2006 first and we worked our way to the most recent version. All of the versions have a great amber color that gets darker towards the heart of the beer. The most recent versions own a very fluffy white head that actually sticks around for awhile. The 2006 version had the viscosity of honey, every vintage just resembled oil more and more the older it was. The older vintages had thick, wine like legs that were beautiful.

The smell of the 2006 was of incredibly sweet malts, light alcoholic booze, honey, and belgian candy sugar. I should just say that the 2006 and 2007 versions just smelled like booze and sugar. The 2009 and 2010 versions had more hop presence in it, and I would have to say the hops start to develop into an almost fruit punch smell in later vintages. One thing I did notice is that the alcohol booze smell is a very strong character in all of the vintages. The hops died out, the malts and biscuit flavors developed into sweet candy sugar, booze stays the entire way.

I love the fresh hops that are in the 2010 version, but I also love the almost 'liquor' characters that the 2006 has. Like I said in the smell category, this is probably more accurately described as a barleywine, not only because it fits the general characters of the style but it also ages like one. It owns a very strong hop character when fresh, and that fades pretty fast. What a really great beer that is such a great candidate for aging.

The mouthfeel of this one gets better with aging. The early vintages does have a great hop bitterness with the malty sweetness, but with age this develops a more oily character and for me becomes more enjoyable. Really glad that this one finally came together and I was able to enjoy it with some great friends.

J

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 04:14:26 | More by Jmoore50
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badboy7113

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-21-2013 11:39:29 | More by badboy7113
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Goobastic

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

12-26-2013 03:16:54 | More by Goobastic
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cjac

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

03-22-2013 02:03:02 | More by cjac
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zerk

California

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light amber, with a persistant off white head. Aroma is perfumy and sweet, with caramel, floral, citrus, and pine notes. Flavor is very sweet and malty, beginning with caramel, then becoming somewhat buttery, with a very aggressive dose of spicy, citrusy hop bitterness. The flavors balance pretty well, but this beer is just BIG. It's bold in every facet. The moutfeel is oily and thick, with moderate carbonation. A great beer, although for regular consumption, not quite as drinkable as its little brother. Big thanks go out to DavidBanner for this bottle!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 15:00:45 | More by zerk
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,383 ratings.