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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,693
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 763 | FT: 26
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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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this guy poured deep brown rose a 2 finger head that diminished to little islands in my sniffer. It smelled of strong of hops and booze i could not get anything else out of the aroma. the tastes is malt as it enters the pallet then is quickly overpowered as the booze and hops take over, but it is a good thing the alcohol and hops are balanced quite well which makes this one an easy drinker but a sipper none the less. this is a powerful beer and it lets you know it, it doesn't try to hide anything what you taste is what you get. This one is very unique and will buy it again.

fastsrt, Jan 14, 2010
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jgluck, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of bigbelcher
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

like many of Stone beers this is a beer that is much better off if you give it time to age. I did a vertical comparison of the last 2 years and the older one is much better since the flavors have had time to meld and come together better. Another of Stones famous limited releases so get it if you can and put it away for a year or two.

bigbelcher, Jul 10, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass; no freshness date

P: Pours a caramel brown from the bottle, and sits deep amber in the glass. Generous pour produces a healthy, 2-fingered head of frothy tan foam that showed great retention! Finally settled to form a nice skin on top, while leaving splotchy laces on the way down. Good first impression!

A: Bready malts, caramel, some toffee, citrusy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Starts a bit sweet with biscuity malt flavors hitting the palate along with some caramel and toffee. Hops take a minute to break through and provide some good citrus flavors to compliment. Caramel seems to linger throughout, while laying underneath the wave of spicy alcohol that seems to build like a wave & crest upon swallow. It never gets overbearing due to the splendid array of supporting flavors, and does a great job of lighting the fire in your chest at the same time. The finish leaves the tongue dry, tingly, and already missing the delicious flavors just left, while being teased by the long aftertaste. This tastes amazing!

M: The Double Bastard is a masterpiece in this department. Full-bodied and viscious, yet incredibly smooth. A very deceptive aspect of this beer, as it really does a great job of hiding its true intentions.

D: Off the charts if it weren't for the heavy-handed alcohol punch that hits like Tyson in the '80's.

Notes: Damn, this one will put some hair on your chest. This is one big, bad ass American Strong Ale not be reckoned with. It gorilla pimp slaps you from the start and leaves you beggin for more! Another outstanding brew from the good folks at Stone. Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Dec 31, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy, dark red, borderline brown color. Not much head on this one, maybe a half fingers worth which quickly fades to a thin film along the top. Some lacing can be seen along the sides of the glass.

S- Lots going on here with the smell. First off and most notably is the alcohol sting. I then get hoppy aromas consistent with what one would get from an IPA. The hoppy aromas seem to be mostly of piney resin, with some citrus. I also get slight hints of dark fruits.

T- I'm biased here since this is one of my favorite beers. A nice hop hit up front, with great piney characters. I also get some hints of an oakiness in this beer. There is also a good alcohol bite, with each sip finishing with a nice warming sensation from the alcohol.

M- Medium bodied, good alcohol bite. A great sipper.

As stated above, Double Bastard is one of my favorites and has been since I got into craft beers. I enjoy all of Stone's "Bastard" variants, and this is by far my favorite of them.

vic21234, Feb 13, 2012
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,693 ratings.