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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,996 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,996
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 386
Gots: 914 | FT: 31
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Opened this up with a 2008 to do a side by side, but I’ll review the 2009 as I feel the 08 had dropped off a bit. Poured like a strong ale with a solid whiff of resinous hops and that signature “Stone Smell”. Flavor is on point with a strong ale with the dominant flavors being sweet malts (bready and biscuit like), sugared plums, raisin, dates, and a finish of light pine cone. Age has mellowed this out nicely and it was a real treat to try it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was a 22 oz bomber from 2000. It was not labeled with the year, but it was kept specifically to age it. So this was about 4 years old.

The color is a brownish red cloudy color with a great head. The head thins as expected from a barley wine style beer. The nose is of soy sauce, caramel, molasses, and salt. The flavor is clean and complex with a toasty character. It has caramel and nuts in it and is a bit like a porter.

I drank this beer with some friends who were not as into it as I, so I finished most of the bottle by myself. I had tasted the beer many times before, but aged it is just superb. I enjoyed every last sip of this bottle, so the drinkability has to be a 5.

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I liked this one better than Arrogant Bastard. It's got a bit more of everything that AB has, but it's a bit more balanced. It's a bit whiskey-like and really packs a punch.

Since I just tried the '02 version, I'm updating (and upgading) my orginal review. This beer is nothing short of beer bliss. Yes, it's packed with hops, but it's also packed with malt and an amazing array of flavors: similar in flavor and complexity to a good cognac. Don't pass on this one if you see it around.

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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.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,996 ratings.