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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,873 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,873
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 377
Gots: 861 | FT: 28
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kylehay2004, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into a snifter and shared with the roommates.

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a lot of red notes to it. The head is about a finger's worth of cream colored foam.

S: The nose has a nice sweet caramel, toffee, and fruit background. A lot of raisins and oranges, and a touch of floral hops.

T: The flavor is very interesting and while it has the trademark Stone hoppiness, there's a lot more going on. The flavor starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee and perhaps even butterscotch. The raisins and oranges again make an appearance in the middle and are followed by a bitter, piney finish. The biggest flaw is that the beer is a bit hot.

M: The body is fantastic. Very full with an almost chewy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry.

D: As I mentioned before, the biggest flaw with this beer is the alcohol presence. And as the glass warms up, it comes out a bit more. This is a big, big beer, and one you can't drink too much of in a sitting.

womencantsail, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking brownish amber color. The head was a yellowish white and pretty thick. The lacing was sticky and left a good trail running down the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy hop aromas and some malts. The taste of the beer is also spicy and very hopped up. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and retains a good carbonation. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer and it will surely knock your socks off if you let it.

Knapp85, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Release.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish amber body with a well-formed, sustaining, off-white head. Copious amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aromatic hoppy nose, some sweetish hints to it, and smelling of fresh orange peel, exotic flowers, pine resin, and a splash of pomegranate liqueur. Caramel-scented maltiness underneath. Very, very minor wafts of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel-laden maltiness with a pinch of light brown sugar and a quick drizzle of simple syrup brace themselves for the impact of hops. Quick montage of fruit flavors - oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates, even sweet cherries. This precedes a solid jolt of straight-up citrus and pine hoppiness with a full, sturdy bitterness. Definitely a warming beer, but not quite hot or bracing for me. Drying finish with a touch of booze and more than a touch of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Recommended! I'm ashamed to admit it's been more than a few years since I've had a bottle of this to myself, but I'm more than pleased to be having a fresh bottle and am happy they're finally, at long last, distributing to the state of Georgia.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 13, 2008
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

SocalKicks, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was actually the second time I was able to try this awesome brew and man I want more!Pours a rich deep copper with some amber hue with a one finger head that is gone pretty quickly,intense fruity aromas washed with alcohol with some brown sugar in there as well big and bold to say the least.Flavors are just sublime again the intense fruit and caramel up front but the big hop presence is felt to meet the big chewey maltiness half way to make this just exceptional.Thanks to Garagekegger for sharing another awesome beer.

oberon, May 03, 2005
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Double Bastard has a slightly more rounded flavor than the standard Arrogant Bastard - the malt is more pronounced, completely engulfing the palate at first, though the hops do come through quite strongly in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. The aroma leaps out of the glass; fruity yeast, caramelized malt, powerful pine and citrus hops. The appearance is equally impressive, with a moderate-but-lingering head, curtains of lace, and a translucent ruby color. This isn't something I'd care to drink in large quantities, but it's a great beer to share with a friend during the winter months.

largadeer, Nov 18, 2006
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Arrogant Bastard shaker pint glass at Plainfield's Tap House.

And here, finally, the Accidental Highway to Hell Tour comes to a conclusion. What a ride (and (insert inside joke wink here) it doesn't even really end here, per se). Anyway, this brew pours a dark amber-rust topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, caramel, pine resin, toffee, black pepper, and a touch of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine (which is more toward sap than resin here) and the addition of some mandarin orange syrup for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a richly textured and generally enjoyable brew. Definitely not for the faintest of hearts. Good times.

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 version.

This beer pours a clear, dark ruby hue, with a thin cap of beige head, which leaves wispy lace at the edges. It smells of caramel, fig, raisin, toffee sweetness, booze, and some very mild citrus hops. The taste is sweet caramel malt, stewed raisins, and toffee, with some citrus and pine hops coming on later in the game. The carbonation is quite mild, the body thick, oily, heavy, and fairly smooth, and it finishes with a growing hoppiness to quell the consistent dense malt. The resident lofty alcohol is scarily well-hidden.

It's been a few years since I've had a regular Arrogant Bastard (those words don't seem to go too well together), but this sure is reminiscent of that beer, as a beefed up, but consistent, older brother.

biboergosum, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, burgundy/copper color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, small head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet fruits, some caramel and some toffee.

T - It really had a rich taste, unlike anything that I've ever tasted. It had a fruity sweetness and caramel taste with a very spicy hop and boozy alcohol kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is a very unique brew that does not fit into style guidelines. It is delicious but very potent and a little hard to drink,

zeff80, Feb 05, 2009
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i would borderline call this a barleywine. pours a murky auburn color with a foaming tan head and just a little suspended sediment. smells quite hoppy, piney in that regard, with plenty of sweet malts backing it up. flavor is sort of like avery's hog heaven, but perhaps switch the intensity of the hops with the sweetness of the malts in these two beers, thats double bastard. lost somewhere between imperial ipa and a barleywine. lots of spicy sweetness in the finish. feel is very thick, almost milkshake-like. pretty solid carbonation and a decently disguised alcohol content. this would be a brutal bomber to drink alone, good thing i had eager mates! i think i still prefer the regular bastard though.

StonedTrippin, May 04, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 batch. 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, very deep ruby-tinted russet brown with a densely creamy light tan head that holds extremely well and leaves some nice lace. Exceptional. The aroma offers bold notes of pineapple, soft grapefruit and berries as well as some grassy, earthy and piney hops - all of which reside above a candyish and lightly caramel tinged maltiness. The body is full with a very fine, median carbonation that's creamy and just slightly syrupy in the mouth.The flavor starts quite sweet, reveals its deep fruitiness and then some very rich caramel maltiness along with some clear alcohol. A solid bitterness balances well against the rich malt - solid, but not overly bitter. The finish is surprisingly clean and dry for such a sweet and malty beer. I was really surprised by this beer. Firstly, at how different it was from the Arrogant Bastard; secondly, at how directly the fruitiness found in their flagship pale ale was carried over; and thirdly, at how good it was! This is a really exceptional beer that may smooth a bit with some age on it; although I don't think the alcohol will cool much further.

NeroFiddled, Nov 13, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a white and red silk screened label, mirror image if the gargoyle is creepy. Short essay about the meaning of life and why you are probably no worthy to drink this beer yet is on the back. No freshness dates though I am sure with its strength it does not worry about petty freshness dates. I am a little worried about going further … I must trek on.

Appearance: Deep and dark reddish mahogany brew with a thick light tan lace, this is a devil’s brew … devious in colour and taunts you to drink it. Even the bright clarity coerces you to drink it yet tells you to be fearful.

Smell: Citric and piney, caramel and spicy alcohol. Very aromatic, chocolate covered cherries laced with brandy is quickly suggested, higher alcohols will intimidate the nostrils. Almost vodka like in the fusel alcohols.

Taste: Exquisitely smooth right off the bat, it’s a well place carbonation … its placed out of the way but still hangs around to hold up the full body of malt and slightly syrupy mouth feel. Huge fruitiness with a bossy caramel maltiness, alcohol is sweet and fumy with a spicy overtone. Slight roasted malt and over caramelized flavour hits the tongue with chicory and faded burnt sugar. Hop bitterness pushes through the double doors of this beer and sets this beer even and balanced in a chaotic arrogant way. Piney and grapefruit rind hops flavours invade the taste buds. Warming alcohol increases with each sip, sweetness is large throughout but the hops and alcohol keep it in check right into the finish. Malt sweetness just can’t let go but hops and burnt sugar flavours tag along so the sweetness does not get too flamboyant.

Notes: Yikes! Barley Wine in character but don’t say that in front of the beer because it will set you straight, this is a American Nitro No Holds Barred Monster Truck Bitch Slappin Strong Ale. You’ll feel the redness on your checks after this one slaps you around, you’re probably better off not drinking this one alone just from the dominance and arrogance let alone the whopping 10% abv.

Jason, Jul 27, 2001
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From winter '03,

Appearance: Deep copper amber hue with a nice tan frothy two finger sized head leaves behind perfect speckled lacing oh yeah. Aroma: Pine cone this is my second bottle this year plus one I taste last year excellent brew with the perfect mix of hops and malt awesome. Deep plum and other fruit tones that send chills up my spine this is how this beer reacts, with slightly burnt orange rind and huge malty layers of amazement. Taste: Full flavored malty to beginning to end of fruit mainly charred citrus peels with malty backbone that little or no brewer's can believe this beer is awesome with syrupy mixtures of sweetness and pine cone flavored hops this is a masterpiece, just too good. Full meaty blend of malts and hops adding to this beer's addicting personality just way too good to express within flavor guidelines. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy sensation with an exubrently carbonated beer that stands infront of you just drops the jaw of your face. Drinkability: Each year this beer continues to amaze me for the flavor content and complexity I can't question it's goodness that would be unfair to me.

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2004
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 release, poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pretty complex with caramelized malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and a lot of hops.

T: The taste is about as well-balanced as any beer that I’ve ever had. There’s a strong hops bitterness and a hearty malt character, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. For a beer with 10.00% ABV, the alcohol burn is very mild. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet. To me it seems to taste very similar to Old Guardian, but something that I can’t put my finger on just makes it taste even better than both OG and the regular Arrogant Bastard.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, this is flat out just a damn good beer. I simply can’t say enough good things about Stone, because they continue to impress me. Even amongst the Stone beers this one is one of the best.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Half a finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves thick lace.

S - Moderate aroma of pine scented hops mixing with dark malts to give off a distinctive barleywine note of mustard and pepper. There are some sweet malt notes as well; toast, toffee, and caramel.

T - Thick, rich toffee and caramel malt at first, followed shortly by velvety pine hops. Sugary malt in the middle, lots of caramel and toffee with a bit of red apple yeast. Gets spicy towards the end with more of the pepper/mustard notes from the aroma and a nice, strong wave of bitterness to push back the malt. This beer lingers on the tongue long after the last sip with notes of peppery tobacco, coffee, and mouth-coating hop bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a big one! At first, I was a little underwhelmed, but a few sips in, it started to open up. The is that of a classic, mustardy, American barleywine and the flavor is a complex interaction of caramel malts and dark, bitter hops. It reminds me in many ways of Brooklyn monster, except this tasting requires me to take down a whole bomber of this big, intense beer. Seems like this would be well worth laying down for a couple of years to mature.

nickfl, Dec 05, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2012 Edition. Pour a deep coppery amber with a frothy off-white head. Retains with some fizzy ringing around the edges of the glass. The aroma smells of floral and citric hops, dark roast and a combination of malt and alcohol sweetness. It’s full in the nose, with the hops and malt making an equal push. The taste is similar but even more aggressive, with roast and hop bitterness really hitting the tongue hard. Toffee sweetness comes in strong off the sides, helping to balance things. The finish on this is tough though, with a burnt and bitter feel that lingers. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a good bit of alcohol sweetness mixed in. It’s not overly stinging but will definitely warm your face up a bit. Arrogant Bastard to the extreme indeed, this packs a wallop in the flavor and alcohol departments yet still remains surprisingly accessible. A winner every year.

Kegatron, Aug 05, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Off notes 11-3-2006. Pours ruby colored with thick lacing. Minimal nose- slightly citric. Very hoppy as expected, but with a slight tangy edge - almost sweet. Over time that flavor smoothes out and the sweeter side comes out but stays consistent and smooth. Feel is smooth with a great amount of carbonation on the mouth. Very drinkable, until you start to realize that 10% is kicking in hard.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle at Thirsty's in East York, PA. I shared this ale w/ octopus87- bomber split into two snifters.

A - A dark amber and ruddy brown mingled liquid w/ a big and rocky cream head of about 2 fingers which settles to tiny bubbly film.

S - Rich malt aromas and earthy deep piney hops w/ a strong alcoholic nose. Very much like pine cone's intensity in the scent w/ a hint of booze coming in close second.

M - This malty strong beer has a nice smooth sweetness which surrenders to sharp and bitter feeling on the tongue. Mildly carbonated and intense alcohol textures create a whirlpool of hoppy bold feelings and an astringency of many grapefruits.

T - Almost off the bat the hops jump and hold the tongue hostage in a very aggressive taste of piney and sharp w/ a nice supporting flavor of strong ale w/ sufficient malt to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter to stand. An aggressive bitterness w/ slightly sweet malt and dry acidic finish. The acohol warms all the way down and the hop taste pummels the palate in a true hop assault.

D - Not a very drinkable ale, but you knew that already since it is "Double Bastard" and that indicates an extreme beer - Strong ale in the truest sense. The taste is very over the top and should probably always split this unless you can handle super ball sized wasabi. It was a very intense beer before bedtime and I think this works best with a hearty meal for instance Shepherd's pie

Slatetank, Dec 14, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version

Pours caramel/red with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Breadyness & earthy hops

T: Earhy herbal & piney hops along with big tome breadyness up front. Slight brown sugar & alcohol warming follows along with dryness & hints of caramel. Piney hops linger on the tounge along a hint of oakyness & cinamon

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks pretty good, just a little too hefty to session on, especially when they are served up in bombers. This is a nice strong ale, but overpriced IMO. I doubt I'll buy this next year, just ain't up to the hype . Might be worth cellaring, but not at this price

russpowell, Dec 12, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,873 ratings.