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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,204
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 431
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 37
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: 6,204 | Reviews: 2,055
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%

Photo of briiguy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Dolfan907
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of timoteo833
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 Mark5252
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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 MisledTitan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MCain04
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.

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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.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice dark robust amber-brown color with a finger of creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

S- Not too strong, I get piney/grassy hops and some malt. Caramel and lightly toasted malt comes out as it warms.

T- This is too cold right now, but as it starts, I'm getting bitter piney hops mainly. As it warms, I get a little sweetness--like a cherry twinge or something. Still piney. Rum-raisin flavor lingers. Alcohol in the background is masked well. This is nice! I remember first trying this when I was a new BA and thinking it was horrible... definitely something that you have to be ready for. Caramel and a slight biscuity sweetness comes out too--actually, big malt flavors come out as it moves along.

M- Not bad, a decent amount of carbonation to keep things moving, pretty creamy and full though too. Syrupy.

D- This is a big beer, definitely a tough one to move through quick. I would only have one of these at a sitting and then reach for something else. Definitely like a rich Barleywine, IMO, I like it a lot. I would compare it to a harsh Old Guardian, honestly.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber comes forth a stunning deep amber copper color witha nice thick head about two inches thick. It thins out slowly yet still reamins fothy.

Aroma: Big sweetness aroma a bit like molasses. Nice hop charcter to this monster of a beer. The malts ar big, bad and devious I love it. It has smoky undertones with mild alcohol notes.

Taste: Wow what a wallop this one has out of the gate. Big sweetness from the malts wtih great molasses flavor. It does slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is a little smooth with a bit of a biscuity texture. A little bit of hoppiness but mercy is this beast sweet.

Notes: This one is beastly and very devilish all in one. I'm glad I picked this one for my 100th review. If you do not respect this beast it will slay you. I recomend fearing this one to keep it from slaying you. What an absolutley kick ass beer. Or maybe I should say a mastepiece. Cheers

Photo of waltonc
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed some of this courtesy of abfraser. Appearance is hazy amber with fair amount of head. Smell is fragrant hops and sweet malts. Taste is more of the same. Very strong, sweet flavors that are well balanced with the hops. A pleasant contrast to the regular and oaked Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with pretty significant carbonation. Drinkability is hampered by the ABV and hops. But overall, one of the better Stone brews I've had. I'd definitely drink this one again.

Photo of climax
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The body pours a deep red, more of a reddish copper hue than the original. The head is a creamy even tan layer which fades pretty quickly.

The aroma is complex and intriguing.... very much so. In fact, it's lovely enough to yield a 5. This is what you get when sweet ripened fruit, snappy hops, wood aged goodness, a substantial malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol have an orgy. Dashes of mandarin orange citrus and herbal notes stand out enough to please hop-head's nostrils. Yet, the sweet ripened plum, caramel, clove, banana, warming alcohol, and wood barrels keep me sniffing. If Stone made a Double Bastard potpourri, I'd buy a pallet.

The alcohol shows it's true arrogance in the taste, letting me know I'm not worthy enough to quaff it as quickly as I initially intended. It's warm from beginning to end, while the flavors come and go. Sweet buttery biscuits and caramel rolls satisfy the sweet tooth, while the hoppy dry bitterness balances it out perfectly.

The feel is excellent, Stone really has this aspect down to an art. The carbonation stings with the alcohol initially. That dies down quickly and allows a bold dryness to take over. The body is very full, yet the dry finish urges me to sip on. This beer is not joking. A bomber of this bass turd goes a long way.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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