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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,644
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 358
Gots: 750 | 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 robbyc1
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber, nice highlights, with solid 1 1/2 off white head, great lace all the way down.

Smell has fresh hop nose, spicy, amarillo or similar hops. Nothing special just nice.

A hop bite up front, with a solid backbone of maltiness, and a slight alcohol burn at the finish, strong ale for sure, not quite a barleywine as some have said. I've had the Arrogant Bastard which I think I like just as much as this one. Both are nicely balanced. Maybe I was simply expecting more here. It has a good not great strong ale flavor, much easier drinkability than it should at 10%.

The mouthfeel is a bit light, and the finish is very nicely balanced between spicy dry and sweet. Intriguing. I'm going to say that this stands up to Bells Old Ale, but I'd take Bell's over this.

robbyc1, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of MickeyHops
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

MickeyHops, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

nosavingsaccount, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of mtrog313
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

mtrog313, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of beerhast
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of hoplover82
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a hazey, rich copper color with a medium, super creamy ivory colored head that has excellent retention and excellent lacing.
S-The aroma right off the bat has a huge burnt caremel note. Impressively, there is no alcohol aroma. On a secondary note, there is plenty of earthy hop aroma to keep the nose from being one dimentional. Way in the back there is some dark fruit notes as well.
T-The flavor is chock full of sweet, malty, burnt caramel notes. (Very barley wine like)
There is plenty of bitterness and earthy hop flavor to keep this palate satisfied for sure.
In the back the dark fruits consist of prunes and raisins and even sweet dates.
M-This beer has a huge body, huge creamy body. Huge bitterness along with medium to mild carbonation, makes this beer very balanced in the american barley wine sense. It's very aggressive to be sure but at the same time it is balanced.
O-Overall I am veru glad to have had the opportunity to try this delightful beer from stone brewing company. I highly recommend it to any craft beer lover like myself.

hoplover82, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

gr8zehaman, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

ssgunbond, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Beervana, May 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

RyanGoodman, May 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jesus808, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

LSUPT, Nov 25, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

yoitsarch, Apr 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

cwd, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber. The head eventually settles to a thin wispy cap with a thicker collar. Some spotted lacing no doubt attributed to the hops left behind despite the minute head.

Very boozy and comes off as a barleywine's cousin. Lots of citrus hops. Interesting hints of caramel and possibly chocolate. A tad too much fusel going on for my nose.

Taste tart and bittering due to the hops, but the mouthfeel is creamy and top notch. Balanced in a jangled Stone sort of way. The caramel is surely present to fight a losing battle with the grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bashing of alcohol and hops. Its difficult to tell where the bitterness from the hops start and end and the alcohol takes over.

A sipper and a bomber worthy of sharing. I think I may prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard because its less brash. Maybe I'm just not worthy? Comes off as an American Barleywine in my book, but who cares for style guidelines?

Jmamay22, Mar 09, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

GreyGhost4, Feb 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,644 ratings.