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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,114
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,001 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of waughbrew
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful mahogany color with a perfect, creme-colored head with great retention. Smell is a medium amount of piney hops, some cherry notes, and little else. Flavor is toffee and toast with a wonderful spciy piney hop presence and big caramelization. More cherry esters with some alcohol in good proportion. Mouthfeel is fine but bothersome at the same time. The carbonation and big body come through all right, but with that Stone characteristic plasticized feel. Halfway through drinking this it started to piss me off. I find it tough to describe, but it is just a rounded, dulled malt flavor/feel that I get from the majority of their beers. Perhaps it is the caramelization of the malt. Hop bitterness and flavor keeps this one very drinkable for its size.

Impressively made, but the malt flavor and feel fails to make a good showing. The great hopping makes up for that deficiency to result in a pleasant creation.

Photo of seand
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 release.

A: Pours a translucent dark brown amber, witha fair amount of dense tan head. A film of head retains on the surface, and leaves good lacing.

S: Heavy roasted malts, with notes of brown sugar, roasted nuts, and sweet booze.

T: Lots of flavor; sweet malt characteristics combined with a big hop note. Nice balance overall.

M: Full bodied, sticky and chewy, almost syrupy. Fairly light carbonation.

D: As drinkable as you'd expect for the style and ABV.

Photo of Elfastball7
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Lothore
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep blackish crimson with light bubbles escaping to the top reminding me of a guiness pour. A small but thick head reins over the top of this monster.

S- Smells oaty, earty, very similar to oaked AB. A little lighter than I would have liked.

T- The taste is sharp with huge alcohol notes interspersed with sweet malt, coffee, mixed dark fruit.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- This is definitely a sipper but for how much it lets the alcohol through, I am surprised I am able to drink so much.

4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle:Oct. 2010 batch:Poured slowly into a Duvel tulip.
A: This brew looks that of a barley wine and the body holds a deep amber hue with a light tan head. Sticky lace lines the glass. and very good head retention holds through all pours.
S: Very high levels of hops, with a nice malt undertone, but very hoppy. A aroma that shows a beer needs to be enjoyed now, but needs some time to develop.
T/M:The front is a malt heavy blast that gives way to a long and well planned flavor profile. This goes into a very hoppy brew, a warm middle balances the hoppy dry after tones of a strong IPA. This is a different brew than I have had it before. The overall intensity is medium to high for the abv in this brew. Not too much boozy character, but can wait to see this brew develop.
D: As we would say in the beer shop I used to work in, "If I cover for you and work a double you owe me a double bastard. Ah, such a reward for a double shift. One of the most drinkable brews for being a double, strong ale. Hidden abv and a nice easy drinking approach. A nice brew I could have on draft in the home unit. The increased abv is very well hidden.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

A: Poured into a snifter. Rich, reddish mahogany, with a nice tan head. Low retention rate, with almost no lacing.

S: Nice mild hoppy aroma, more of a sweet citrus. Some sweet apple tones as well, with a hint of fig.

T: Strong flavors overall. Malts up front with a nice well-balanced hop flavor. Strong alcohol esters. Some smoky hints too.

M: way too smooth for 10%. very well-balanced. not too thick, but not light either...this one was just right. Mild carbonation.

D: not sure if I could handle more than one, but this was definitely a treat for my first time.

Photo of marcpal
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, here is the double the bastard, bastard the double. I had waited so long to drink my 2007 so I waited for the 2008 to have them side-by-side. One of those beers I had really looked forward to, and wasn't completely blown away but still a worthy beer by all means. I would still prefer the Oaked AB, but then again that is among my all time favorites.

22oz bottles of 07 and 08, in that order, alongside some good Indian cuisine. Poured into a Dogfish oversized snifter.

A: Ruby red color, thick and jelly look to it. Pretty dark film for the head and spotty lacing. It has the look of an oaked bastard cooked down to a syrupy consistency, but still with ample carbonation. Saw no difference in the appearance of the two editions.

S: The biggest difference is here between the two bottles, the 08 is mind numbingly sweeter. The mango subtle sweetness comes in brilliantly in the 07 whereas the 08 was more of a smack you in the nostrils sweetness with booze. Butterscotch barreled through as it warmed off some and was the one sticking point.

T: Similar to the aromas, the taste was more pungent and sweet in the 08. The flavors are fine here as well but the true balance and complexity is heightened with a year on the shelf I guess. Carammel, butterscotch malts that fit more into the ballpark of a fine barleywine than anything else. I was anticipating the usual dried fruit flavors but was more drawn to fresh fruit flavors such as cherry and plums.

M: It shines here for both versions. Bubbly, coating, and luxurious- the trifecta of goodness. The creaminess and bitterness for a beer this strength makes it a textbook sipper.

D: The strength Im sure would hide and seek more if shelved for longer but fresh it could be cumbersome. Dont get me wrong, this is delicious, worth the price, and something that I can always find a time and place for.

These two bottles were a perfect accompaniment to a good football game with the second half oddly becoming more enjoyable than the first.

Bastard the double indeed. Beggars cant be choosers but man, what this would be like oaked like the single bastard.

Photo of Nickls
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a decent white head, that dissipated quickly. Hazy copper-brown color

S - Nice, but not overwhelming hops and a good deal of maltiness

T - Huge hop smack up front (burn baby burn), and some warming alcohol pops in before a malty end.

M - Thicker MF, and near creamy. Very light on the carbonation. Almost viscous

D - Despite the whack of hops, this is surprisingly balanced. Alcohol was almost not noticeable, which helped with the drinkability.

Overall, I thought this was fantastic. Definitely takes all the elements of Arrogant Bastard and ratchets them up several notches. Fantastic stuff, and definitely seek this year's out!

Photo of Andrew041180
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Lukafer
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage

Pours a very dark ruby with a finger an a half of tan head.  The nose is as expected, dark fruits, sweet malts, some hops, reminds me of an American Barleywine.  Tastes a lot like the nose, malty, dark fruits, dates with a bitter finish.  You can taste the alcohol for sure but it's not too overpowering IMO.  Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, sticky on the lips and drinkability is medium.  Obviously this beer is designed to cellar but I wanted to try it really fresh, an it's pretty potent but also very good.

Photo of bconsidine
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint:

A: Deep clear copper with white creamy head that laces very well.

S: Smell is of enormous amounts of bready grains, pale malts, minor caramel malts, and alcohol

T: Perhaps the brew was a bit too warm, but the alcohol really showed in this one. Nevertheless, the flavors are immaculate. It has a very dry, almost white wine like finish that is truly remarkable.

Overall, another great brew by Stone

Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of DRTBrewster
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of BEERschlitz
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2006 bottle pours a ruby mahogany color, with a one finger head. Decent retention falls into a blanket of foam. Minimal lace, but not surprising for the ABV.

Aroma is decidedly hoppy, but still shows some malt character. Alcohol is prevalent.

Flavor is huge! Massive amounts of hops, both in flavor and bitterness. Toffee and caramel are present, but almost completely overwhelmed by the hops. Huge in every way possible, and quite nice... Still can taste the original Bastard lurking within. Mouthfeel is slick, oily and full. Drinkability is decent.

I'm so glad that I got this years bottle. I can't wait to have the other bottle that I got in a few years. Should age phenomenally.

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of JamesMN
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent maroon/mahogany hue with a soapy off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Lots of malt. Great caramel aroma with a candied pineapple smell from the hops.

Taste: Not recklessly bitter like I was expecting but still a tongue stinger. The malt bill sticks to the usual caramel and crystal strains you get in the regular Arrogant Bastard but is a little more syrupy here. The hop presence is not as flavorful as I expected. Piny just a hint of citrus and the rest is devoted to pure bitterness. Most of it seems to hit your palate on the back end and in the aftertaste. Lovely dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just about full bodied with average drinkability. Not quite the robust palate engulfing experience I anticipated.

Final Thoughts: High expectations have led to a somewhat disheartened, yet satisfying experience. I think I actually like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale more than this one but it is still a very good beer that I like to think I'm 'worthy of'. Would I drink it again? Yes, I will probably pick up next year's release.

Photo of paulys55
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of gr8zehaman
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Rothobinide
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,114 ratings.