Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,567 | Reviews: 1,974 | Display Reviews Only:
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
2005 vintage. Tap sample from The Freakin Frog. Brown in colour with hints of amber. Low carbonation. Powerful sweet malt aroma with a nice light hoppy citrus fruit (although not Cascade or Centennial, from what I could tell) overlay. More of the same in the mouth with a bit of an alcohol presence, but what surprised me was the lighter than expected body of this beer. The solid bitterness that kept everything in check too. A very drinkable beer for its size. Well done Stone!
06-26-2006 21:21:12 | More by fisherman34
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
This is a dark brown ale with reddish hues showing through. It has a nice tall cream colored head which laces well.
The aroma is quite sweet with citrus and a bit of hops is in there as well.
Its flavor starts out with caramel malt and follows with citrusy hops and has a dark fruit presence. There is a slight alcohol warmth, but it is hidden quite well for 10% ABV.
The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is nicely carbonated.
Another fine brew by Stone.
12-26-2005 05:40:04 | More by Naes
4.83/5 rDev +13.1%
Dark ruby red body. Slight tan/white head.
Nose is rich with hops and fruit.
Flavor is dark and strong with malt and hops. A symphony on the palate! Very rich and interesting with plenty to consider. Cherries, plums, caramel, malty malt, piney hops on the finish. Alcohol is present and warming, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is syrupy, oily and thick.
Drinkability is head and shoulders above almost any other beer in this class. I have no trouble finishing the whole bomber alone. I can tell from the warming that this stuff packs a wallop, but the taste doees not get too strong or get old.
Stone continues to hit home runs with me.
11-24-2005 01:34:49 | More by ghostwalker
3.65/5 rDev -14.5%
Nice deep red/burgandy color with a nice head about 1/2" think sitting on top. The head settles down to a fine fluff that laces the glass well. I am drinking this out of my Duvel tulip glass by the way...
The flavor is great. Sweet like pineapple, rich with that same smell that really nice double IPA's have. The smell reminds me of Dogfish 120. The taste is bold to say the least. Big hops blast my mouth bitter from the start, bitter til the end. The alcohol is covered up well with the resin-ating hop flavor. (that was sort of a play on words people, yeah, I know, I rule)
The hops are also floral at the end. Tiny hints of sweetness poke through but very slight amongst the hoppy blast. Maybe a little too hoppy... The mouthfeel is that of a strong, dry hopped IPA. Dry, and crisp. This beer is very strong, but unlike several balanced hopped beers, the extreme flavor reminds you that its strong.
02-07-2007 01:03:43 | More by Rudgers73
4.35/5 rDev +1.9%
A- Hazy dark amber, one and a half finger head.
S- Powerful citrusy hops and sweet caramel. Light piney notes are present as well.
T- Sweet caramel maltyness and assertive hop biterness greet you simultaneously. The middle is a big powerful balance between hop and malt character. The malt character stays the same throughout while more hop flavor comes through after mid point. The finish makes you want more in a "I dare you" sort of way.
M- Pretty rich, altough carbonation is moderate, the hop bitterness increases its preception.
D- Aside from the high abv, no complaints.
This is a great beer to have if you are sick of drinking BMC (maybe you were at a wedding and that's all they had). A full out assalt, but it works and is delicious.
01-08-2009 19:45:41 | More by Pauly2X
4.28/5 rDev +0.2%
A-Hazy orange with a white head that dissipated almost immediately which was disappointing.
S-Nose is somewhat complex. It has a stout smell to it. Alcohol is present, but there is some fruits such as apple and a smell that I can only describe as if grapefruit and orange could mate.
T-Grapefruit comes through up front which was expected. Hops dominate but there is a nice malt backbone. There is some caramel in the mix as well. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish and lingers on the back of the throat.
M-Thick, rich, and pretty creamy.
D-This is a monster beer to say the least. It will kick your ass, so I advise to sip it slowly and enjoy this hoppy experience.
Overall, its about what I expected a much stouter version of arrogant bastard ale. A must try for all fans of Stone.
12-05-2009 22:16:18 | More by thegodfather2701
4.6/5 rDev +7.7%
A - A dark orange-brownish color and a thick foamy white head.
S - A sweet smelling malt and quite a bit of hops. citrusy smelling. There are spicy notes floating around in there.
T - Sugary sweetness up front with a bitter hoppy taste growing in the background. grapefruit citrus has a long after taste and a nice note of alcohol.
M - A great full body with decent carbonation.
O - Very good beer. I love the hops and the sweet balance.
09-01-2011 00:40:45 | More by mattboyer182
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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