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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,212
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,080 | FT: 39
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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Ratings: 6,212 | Reviews: 2,055
Photo of ChadQuest
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.
Looks good. solid cap at first, leaves lacing, there is just a bit of hazy action, cinnamon amber color.
Aroma is pleasent but not a standout, there is caramel and cherry notes but they seem rather diminished. I swirled the glass and tried pouring a bit more in pretty vigerous, and got some more Citrus hints, but they fought to stay hidden.
The hops come through alot more in the flavors, and citrus is most prominant, but this is in no way a bitter beer, there is to much sweet brown sugar and caramel going on over the top of the citrus. The cherry notes are still here, pokes out everywhere they gets the chance it seems. Kinda syrupy.

I like this beer, but it's not something i wait eagerly for, or pick up often.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Red, and very hazy. Like, much, much too hazy. Thinnish head, less than one finger.

S: Extremely hoppy, sort of a cooked citrus sort of aroma, with some input from malts. 2010 release, so relatively fresh. It's a very intense aroma that greeted my nose as soon as I opened the bottle and just exploded as I poured.

T: The taste mostly follows the aroma. A brief, rough bitter hop assault followed by the mellow merging of hops and malt into an intense but smooth tasty party. The citrus dovetails into a broader array of flavors including some spice and piney notes. Alcohol is just barely noticeable, perfectly so.

M: Very good. It's big and bold but not heavy. Excellent carbonation.

D: Sippable, but not so much that the alcohol is going to sneak up on you.

Photo of berley31
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a small-to-moderate, off-white head that dissipated to a thin film within a few minutes. Body is a dark amber color, and slightly hazy.

S: Very complex aroma... lots going on. Lots of fruit (strawberries, raspberries), very sweet... slight alcohol presence as well.

T: Wow. The fruitiness and sweetness come through, with it turning into a bitter bite at the finish (which is still slightly sweet, overall). Very nice.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, average carbonation, with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D: A fantastic sipping beer. Could I drink it all night? Absolutely not, and that wouldn't be good for me anyway, but it's extremely complex and rewarding. Something I'd like to have on hand at all times for the occasional reward!

Photo of Mark5252
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this for weeks. I had managed to buy a bottle and not touch it for two weeks. This Saturday night I broke down and I am glad that I did. Amber in color with almost no head even after an aggresive pour. The first thing that I noticed was how smooth this beer was. Hops, malt, blaaaaa, complex, overwelming, and delicious! Let this one warm up a bit in the glass, the flavors really come out then. A bit like a barley wine but even better. Very warming as it goes down. When my 22oz. bottle was gone I could have cried. I must get more!

Photo of freed
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer bears a somewhat intimidating label that is suggesting I shouldn't buy the beer, let alone drink it. I can make my own decisions.

The beer is almost a ruby color under the incandescent lights. Very clear for a big beer. There is almost no head, and the little that congealed disappeared after a couple sips. There was no lacing.

The aroma is perplexing. There is a massive spicy malt aroma mixed with a massive spicy hop aroma. Complimenting the aroma is a slightly orange peel and alcoholic sensation. Still pleasant though.

The taste is quite robust. Bountiful even. Strong malts that provide a mix of sweet, almost syrupy drink. A mix of hops and malt provide a nice spice compliment to the syrupy flavor. There is also an alcoholic sharpness that compliments quite well.

Drinks well, and the 22oz isn't too much. That's kind of surprising considering its strength. Maybe the challenge on the label works.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Murky deep amber / brown. Pours with 1+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap; great retention. Ample lacing.

S- Spicy, earthy, piney hoppiness, and a good deal of bready malts.

T- Piney and spicey, with some grapefruit bitterness. Solid bread-n-caramel maltiness fills in the rest. A lot of bold flavor here.

M- Moderately low carbonation with a medium - full feel. Alcohol warming is well noted, but far from harsh.

D- Good. Big and flavorful, this high ABV brew makes for a nice drawn out drink, but I would be hard pressed to go beyond one 22oz'er.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I've got another one kicking around here somewhere, so I'm set for now...

Photo of cletusdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Paid $6.75 for a pint. Unsure of abv.

A-Pours a dark brown with lots of reddish hue. It has a two finger tan head that has some awesome staying power. There is some nice lacing left in between sips.

S-Starts out with a lot of apple aroma. Citrus hops and pine also jump out. There is also some sweetness to this one.

T-The apple that was so strong in the nose is also very upfront in the mouth. Sweet malt, brown sugar, citrus, banana, raw pine, and some roast malt all are evident. There is a little bit of booze as it goes down. It ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Thicker bodied with a smooth carbonation level.

D-It tastes big. A great beer full of flavor and complexity.

I had never had this on tap and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the perfect cold weather beer. Well worth seeking it out.

Photo of willjschmidt
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber marked "2006 Release" into my Stone Double Bastard glass.

A: A dark amber color, looks a lot like brandy. A thin head forms on the beer and quickly recedes.

S: Lots of sweet aromas on the nose in the form of sweet dark malts as well as the classic scents of hops.

T: Holy crap! An incredibly smooth, complex, rich and tasty brew. The flavors are all over the place on this thing but I'll do the best I can to describe. It starts out with the hops. Pine and some fruits such as grapefruit and pineapple. With an incredibly smooth transition the fruits slides into sweet caramel and burnt sugar. The finish goes right back to the hops with a bitter finish and aftertaste. An incredible blend and medley of flavors. The 10% is a bit warming at the end.

M: Full bodied and syrupy yet with an oily hop finish.

D: Very drinkable, even with the 10%, due to the incredible smoothness of this beer. An entirely unique American craft brew, Stone has really outdone themselves with this masterpiece.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz. bomber that had the creepy looking label which reminds the buyer that this brew could be too much MACHO for most men. The appearance is reddish- copper brown but not too dark a brown. The head is decent sized and settles to a sticky lace.
The aroma has a bite of it's own as one can detect malts,caramel,hops and spicy alcohol. The taste is so complex for me so I will try my best to describe this awesome brew.

It is piney and sweet,but the malts blend so well with the hops. The fruit flavors are popping with a looming alcohol presence.The beer is spicy but not so much to classify it a spicy beer and roasted malts seem to keep things in check.
There is a hint of bitterness too, yet I believe this improves the finish. The feel to this brew would be medium body with a smooth,crisp yet creamy finish. One can not ignore the after taste of hops,bitter and sugar on the tongue.
The alcohol does spring to life as it warms.
The beer is exceptional but nothing to be afraid of. Simply respect it and realize that it can get to you quite suddenly.

Photo of timontheroad
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/01/2010:

2009 Vintage. 22 oz bottle served at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This beauty pours an extremely murky, brick-red color with 2 full fingers of foam. It looks like it came from an advertisement.

S: An intense aroma of sweet caramel malts, potent piney hops, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol esters fills the nose. It smells like a very hoppy barleywine.

T: It is a delicious balancing act between the sweet caramel malts and intense piney and floral hop character. A citrus kick comes in late with alcohol rearing its head as well.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a long-living flavor.

D: This is a very good brew but it almost becomes a chore to drink.

Photo of Evarigan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of twelvsies
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is almost identical to the color of the bottle it came in; dark but clear brown, seaglass brown if you will, with a nice tan head leaving behind a trail of lace. Smells ripely malty, and of dried sticky fruits and raisins. Taste is insane, in a word. The complexity comes at you in levels, and challenges the drinker as promised by the blurb on the back of the bottle. Out front sweetness is followed by a bitter hoppy kick contrasted with a sturdy malty backbone. Getting a lot of syrupy molases sort of tastes and the contrast of that to the bitterness is fricken great. A fun beer to drink for sure. Super slick smoothness in the mouth. For a beer this big it's surprisingly easy to drink, though it's not a beer to pound by any means... it pounds you. Word.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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