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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,854 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,854
Reviews: 1,996
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 375
Gots: 852 | FT: 28
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Canti4341, Apr 04, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into two glasses, a tulip and a snifter

pours a dark, deep cheery color with a nice tan head. poured a little two vigerously into the 1st glass, a little to slowly into the 2nd. overall, i'd say it was 2 fingers with decent lace.

smells of hops, caramel, cherries, and caramel.

tastes of hops, malt, and rich caramel. gets even deeper as the beer warms

great beer, dark and deep, better served cool, but not warm and not cold. seems to have that perfect taste 1/2 way through

Anthony1, Jun 23, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jburd19, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Strong Bros., Fayetteville, TN.

(Transcribed from notes taken on 2/2/06)

A: Dark amber color, thin mocha head. Very foamy.

S: Strong apple and hop aroma, some spices and strong fruitiness.

T: Very strong hop flavor, some fruit and crisp bitter aftertaste, Alcohol very present in flavor, dominates aftertaste. As beer warns, strong maltiness comes to dominate. Alcoholic, almost liquor-like warming feeling.

M: Very thick mouthfeel, low carbonation.

D: Very drinkable given the alcohol and hops.

danielharper, Feb 18, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

lpayette, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

gory4d, Jan 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

straightlambic, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dedbeer, Jun 24, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 series.

Poured from a bomber with a "defecation of the mouth" verbose sermon on the back, like H.S, Thompson when stupidly polluted, funny though.

Pours a dark amber with a small cloud and nice two finger rocky head sticks to the glass before I even take a sip.

Smells of sweet, sweet grain. Caramel malt and sweet date, plum, raisin. Hops are fruity and very present and add to the wonderful sweet aroma. Slightly metallic aroma is a little off putting, but I really don't know what to make of it, its strange like a handful of bloody pennies.

Flavor is intense alcoholic malt. Malt is sweet and substantial. Hops are bitter and almost astringent, strong as hell, I don't know if I would like this one fresh if this has layed down for a year. Hops are piney, peppery and resinous with an intense hit of oil. The alcohol is very present on this beer, it has a very warm hit to it. Wow, the alcohol flavors almost overpower everything else.

Mouthfeel is thick, lush and viscous. Carbonation is perfect.

Wow, this is a huge beer. Something that would do well to lay down maybe a little longer.

wheatyweiss, Mar 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

MammothTarantula, Jan 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

KornWallace, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

PaulyB83, Oct 22, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Anam Cara in Brookline, MA.

Nice deep reddish-brown color. Poured into a red wine type of glass without much head at all. Did not leave a lot of lacing or retain its head very well. Sweet, malty aroma with the presence of alcohol. Very complex flavor but the alcohol taste and aroma is unavoidable. The mouthfeel is incredible. Very creamy texture which makes it a great after dinner beer. Very easy to drink despite all the alcohol in it.

I was not overwhelmed by this beer, but I feel it would be most enjoyable as a dessert beer or something to sip after a nice meal.

Jacobob10, Dec 05, 2004
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle

Double Bastard Ale was orange-brown in color and a little hazy. It had a beige head with good retention. The smell sweet malt and fruit with some piney hops coming through. The taste was very good with sweet carmel malt and dried fruit flavors and plenty of bitterness to balance. The finish was long with some lingering bitterness. It was full bodied with medium- light carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

afinepilsner, Jan 05, 2014
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1.45/5  rDev -66%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

What a boozy mess! It pours an inviting red; indeed, I was rather excited after the pour. However, the nose was alcohol mixed with hops. I mean, I like alcohol and I like hops, but there ought be malt somewhere in a brew this strong. The taste followed the nose, but rather than merely being unpleasant it was downright offensive. Incredibly hot alcohol followed by numbing hops. Why? The mouthfeel is paper thin, not completely out of place given the rest of the brew, but by no means pleasant.

I was told this brew would turn me around regarding Stone . . . instead, it has done to opposite. If I had to choose between this beer and BMC, I'd say that BMC lite ice wins. Utterly unpleasant, totally unbalanced.

shbobdb, Feb 17, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

harrylee773, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

atoulouk, Jun 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

TrojanRB, Jun 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 28, 2013
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bomber poured into Sam Adams boston lager glass

A: Pours light-dark brown, thin head, lighter than ABA
S: sweet and malty. hops. smells again like similar to other stone brews
T: Bitter, malty sweet very complex, alcohol is noticeable. good hop after taste
M: syrupy and coating.
D: drinkable, yes, more than one no not in the same day

rootbeerman, Nov 14, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to london1o1 for the trade. So sad that there is no stone in wisconsin, makes me miss new york

A- poured a reddish amber pretty dark almost brown with a heavy tan head of tight knit bubbles which laid on top for a little bit but didnt stay long at all. Clear body

S- amber scents, some hop bitterness underneath, smooth slightly piney hop character. Lots of malts throughout

T- heavy maltiness smooth, amber character, strong bitterness, more bitter than floral character, solid smooth, the bitterness grows as the beer leaves your tongue, giving a nice almost grassy piney character which is a really nice finish

M- full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty sweet ale another solid drinking choice

Atron67, Mar 02, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

yoitsarch, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

marcobrau, Dec 23, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Release – Double Bastard. 10% ABV.

Appearance: Dark blood red brown body with a cherry wood look. It's like looking through a perfect pomagranite. Nice tan head that lasts for a bit.

Nose: Not much hop aroma, which is a bit surprising considering the style. Has a sweet malty nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Whoa!!!! What was lacking in nose is definately present in taste. Considering the massive, almost overpowering maltiness and hops,it still has a nice complexity. Very nice hoppy aftertaste. Hops are not overpowering in the fore-taste.

Mouthfeel: You definately know this beer is in your mouth. A thick, malty, slighty carbonated beer.

Drinkability: This ain't a sipping beer, but it's pretty damn close. This should be the last beer of the day, preferably sitting in front of a fireplace, or watching a thunderstorm while sitting on the front pourch. Don't rush it.

Overall: This beer ain't for everyone. I'm a hop-head, so I love it. If you love big beers, this is a beer for you.

theopholis, Nov 19, 2006
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,854 ratings.