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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,649 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,649
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 359
Gots: 754 | 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 Stunner97
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Nice thick white foamy head, with dark brown beer with slight carbonation and bubbles that can be seen on the edge of the glass, relatively clear in body and can be seen through

Smell- Beautiful sweet strong malty nose, lots of caramel and molasses just rip out of this beer, very sweet sugary nose, slight hops, and maybe slight hints of a milk chocolate,

Taste- thick creamy flavor at the jump off, lots of sweet sugar and malts lead off the early taste, similar to nose to lots of sugar, malts, caramel, and even hits of chocolates smash you up front deliciously, on the finish though you get that ever so slight bitter hops that slowly and slightly build up, an amazing beer with very complex flavors that would be interpeted different by people on each taste, good slight bitterness on finish matches sweet start

Mouthfeel- Very very very soft, creamy smooth and definitely heavy bodied, though so soft it has illusion of light, a nice beauty of a mouth feel

Drinkability- Scarily drinkable considering the 10.5 percent alcohol, its so soft smooth and delicious you want more and more with each sip, a classic beer to me, one to savor each sip, I could find a flaw what so ever in this beer to be honest, so well rounded and yet so complex, hard to put into words just how good this beer is, infact i feel me trying to describe it now isnt doing it justice, if you like the regular bastard try the double its like the ultra reserve of whats already a reserve, enjoy! you wont regret it!

Stunner97, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

agreenman19, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Beefytits4
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Beefytits4, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jeffwright
4/5  rDev -6.3%

jeffwright, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of ACB
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Beervana
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Beervana, May 20, 2014
Photo of nortmand
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, rich ruby with a huge, well sustaining red hued head. Beautiful.

Huge fruity esters dominate the smell. Raisins, bitter hops, it's all there.

Sweet up front, rounds out into an even bitterness. Extreme bitterness lingers for a long time. Alcohol presence a bit much, not balanced out as well as it could be.

Rich, full bodied, with a subdued carbonation, this is a delicious ale that will keep me coming back for more. And more.

nortmand, Nov 23, 2005
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
Photo of nosavingsaccount
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
Photo of Mortarforker
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Mortarforker, Sep 08, 2012
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
Photo of bbrown12
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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

ssgunbond, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of dspinler
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dspinler, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of RyanGoodman
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

RyanGoodman, May 15, 2012
Photo of jesus808
5/5  rDev +17.1%

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

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

yoitsarch, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of cwd
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
Photo of sneth019
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,649 ratings.