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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,455
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 323
Gots: 684 | FT: 27
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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3.5/5  rDev -18%

11-02-2012 19:02:08 | More by ACY73
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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 release, ~4-5mo. old.

A: Dark copper/ruby red with off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is decent

S: Big sweet caramel aroma dominates. Behind it are a touch of spicy and earthy hops. Very slight alcohol.

T: Sweet caramel mixed with a noticeable amount of alcohol bite. Aftertaste is a spicy hop, oak + vanilla, with a tiny bit of pine coming through.

M:Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Silky smooth and dry.

O: I haven't had this fresh so I'm not sure how it's "supposed" to taste like but I like it. Malt heavy with not much of a bitterness. It may just be an older bottle, but this wasn't as "arrogant" as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 06:45:23 | More by arfenhouse
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-11-2013 23:30:25 | More by jacothom
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-27-2014 01:45:23 | More by thkrb99
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-01-2014 02:53:54 | More by Seattle_Suds
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3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with almost no head whatsoever. Nothing to see here.

Smell: Piney hops in the front with a slight caramel sweetness along with a good amount of alcohol. Smells very inviting, until....

Taste: Piney hops....overly bitter piney hops. That is all you get. There is no balancing sweetness, no hoppy complexity. Nothing but overly bitter piney hops. I really enjoy the Arrogant Bastard ale, but this is definitely a step backwards.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth a bit too much with the too bitter flavor of the beer. A less than enjoyable flavor is something you don't want sticking around for such a long time.

Drinkability: This is probably the lowest review that I have given such a highly rated beer. I was disappointed by the one dimensional taste and the high ABV makes it hard to enjoy too much. Stick with the Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is not an improvement as far as I am concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 05:42:41 | More by hellcatsjg
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-29-2013 21:55:13 | More by sorvats
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

10-17-2012 17:56:15 | More by CorneliusBunker
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

02-19-2014 06:08:09 | More by cjohns73
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2014 01:41:29 | More by Aewachiw
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-24-2013 04:00:10 | More by SwG237
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-23-2014 02:03:43 | More by tpgraham
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

12-26-2013 02:34:04 | More by Kappakoosh
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

02-25-2014 00:03:31 | More by BMos
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-04-2014 22:14:38 | More by JohnnyNicks
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

06-11-2014 22:09:19 | More by DrunkAl
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3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber. Poured a deep copper with a fairly decent head that stuck around, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is very malty with plenty of hops. Taste is well.... some people can find malt in there, well all I taste is hops, hops and more hops. Mouthfeel starts out smooth and mildly sweet, then what rears it's mightly head? hops, hops, and more hops! To me this is just another IPA, more than a Strong/old ale. A true hop lovers dream. But for me it is just overpoweringly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2003 02:29:10 | More by Indybeer
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown with thin head that retains decently well and leaves some shimmering lace on the sides of the glass, along with syrupy legs.

Sweet malty caramel and brown sugar aroma.

First sip brings about a huge malt presence composed of caramel, grain, and all of the good stuff, starts to get sweet just as a huge rush of bitterness hits and holds strong for a long ride down the back of the tongue. After the rush of bitterness the molasses and brown sugar come back and this finishes sweet and warming.

Full bodied, light on the carbonation.

Alcohol isn't that noticable really. A Flavor adventure every sip. A beer to be cherished.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 19:14:33 | More by beersarang
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: A clear, deep brownish maroon color. A finger and a half of tan head that dissipated fairly quickly and left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Huge whiff of flowers as you open the bottle. Underlying hints of pine and grapefruit with a backbone of caramel malty goodness and a slight alcohol presence.

Taste: The beer starts off with a sweet banana-like flavor with just a touch of pine. Very assertive caramel malt and molasses presence also in the front end. Spicy alcoholic and biscuity middle with a touch of chocolate. Finish rather dry with a moderately intense pine and grapefruit hop bite. A hint of pineapple comes through in the front as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, and chewy. Incredibly smooth with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Wow, this stuff burns on the way down (reminds me of a good Scotch). Filling, and a bit of a challenge to the palate, but makes a great sipping experience and highly drinkable for the ABV.

Final Notes: You might want to skip dinner, I can feel the calories just piling up as I drink it. A huge, bold, beautifully complex tasting beer that will take you all night to discover all the hidden nuances. Drink it nice and warm as to attenuate the alcohol. Also drink this one by itself as you'll likely not taste your food with it! Incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 00:38:17 | More by bagpiper2005
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark red with a one finger tan head. Recedes to a thin head that remains for the duration. Little to no lacing.

S - On the nose this smells similar to a barleywine. Very malty with some nice hop aroma and some alcohol.

T - For 11.2%, the alcohol in the taste is pretty well hidden. This beer is very well balanced and has some nice hop bitterness with a remarkably clean finish for the thickness of the beer.

M - Full bodied, wonderful.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. No problem drinking the 22 oz by myself.

Another great beer from Stone. Better than the Arrogant Bastard, will be trying Lukcy next.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:31:26 | More by Janderson91
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-20-2013 02:35:55 | More by mjenkins5
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

04-12-2013 20:02:17 | More by Cluker
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

08-29-2012 22:16:13 | More by emceecue
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-28-2014 04:04:16 | More by emac1224
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 DB poured from a 22oz. "bomber".

The beer poured out a very dark amber color, with a small head. To its credit, the small head lasts until the bottom of the glass. The bear is fairly clear for a heavily-hopped monster.

The smell is a mixture of different citrus smells, and a bit of pine, and a definite strong alcohol odor. The scents are most notable when the beer is first poured, and seem to dissipate quickly in the glass. It smells a lot like regular Arrogant Bastard, but a little stronger.

The taste has a number of flavors woven together. I can taste carmel, sweet toffee, and light molases. These are contrasted with a strong hop bitterness, which seems like the same mixture of orangey citrus and pine that you pick up in the smell. In all it's pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is very full, almost syrupy. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it is less than I would have expected. It has a dry finish that shows up right after you get past the hop bite.

The drinkability is surprisingly good for something with so much hop bitterness. At least one 22oz. bottle will be pretty easy to finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 00:29:42 | More by westweasel
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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