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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,647 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,647
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 359
Gots: 751 | 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 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
Photo of wmobley
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

wmobley, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of GreyGhost4
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

GreyGhost4, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Matthew607
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Matthew607, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Luiz0930
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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

ACB, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of bob727
4/5  rDev -6.3%

bob727, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Carl_R
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Carl_R, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of ConradKenney
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

ConradKenney, May 12, 2014
Photo of dspinler
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dspinler, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of Jacobob10
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
Photo of bmoney
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

bmoney, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

nyrblue2, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of nquigley16
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

nquigley16, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of pentathlete
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2005 edition that I had cellared away. Pours a dark ruddy brown that is translucent at the edges. Foam was tightly bubbled but only held up for a minute to two. The nose came roaring out of the bottle and smacked me in the olfactory nerves. This beer screams hops and malt...strong ale indeed. The taste starts off appropriately enough as very malty but is quickly overtaken by the citrusy bitter hops. Everything about this beer is assertive, even the label. The mouthfeel was oily but full. This is a big beer with a big body. The drinkability suffers from the overpowering flavors and the high ABV. I was belching hops far into the wee small hours of the morning. Perhaps I'm just not worthy.

pentathlete, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of VikeMan
2/5  rDev -53.2%

VikeMan, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release purchased aged.

A- Good size yellow brownish head. Slight reddish hue to the muddy light ice-coffee brown liquid. Big patches of lace with holes in them look like skulls.

S- Seems tamer or just like Arrogant Bastard. Some chocolate raisin, pine and grapefruit. Candied fruit and caramel. Like a chocolate covered maraschino cherry.

T- Oh,okay. I get the Double now. I would've liked more but this is pretty rough. These are some tough hops. Very intense making it hard for me to concentrate and pick out all the flavors. Here is what I managed to get: Great but strong alcohol taste no matter the temperature. Pine and grapefruit rind. Lots of malt, that counters more than it balances. Is this a hop bomb or a malt bomb? Both but, I think, in the end, the hop aroma and bitterness are what you remember.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Full bodied. Sticky. You can feel the tingly numbness on your lips from the hop oils, minutes after your last sip.

D- A real treat. A DIPA blast combined with RIS fullness and satisfaction. For how rough this is, drinkablity is amazing. I want more.

A super beer. Super satisfying. Obviously some people won't like this because of how busy it is but I recommend it to all. Even if you don't like it, it'll be quite the experience... just don't pour it down the drain... pass it on to a friend instead.

Yoonisaykul, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of MammothTarantula
3.5/5  rDev -18%

MammothTarantula, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of theghost3
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours a translucent caramel with some ruby highlights. Color reminds me of bourbon. The head is frothy, light yellow, and there's minimal lacing.

The smell is malty, caramel, slight herbal hops, and booze. The flavor is aggressive--herbal, roasted malts, and booze (whiskey) with some caramel. Mouthfeel burns the palate--carbonated at first but then just crisp as it goes down. Medium-bodied.

I liked this, but one glass is enough. That ABV really takes a toll. Would go well with BBQ or an earthy cheese.

theghost3, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of poppyjohn
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Davit, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Jmbbabson
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Jmbbabson, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of socalbrewlvr
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

socalbrewlvr, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of nkeckhar
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

nkeckhar, Jan 29, 2013
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,647 ratings.