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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,010
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 390
Gots: 927 | FT: 32
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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4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of RootedFool
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw bombers of Double Bastard at my local co-op, I had to pinch myself to not yelp from the surprise, the sheer gratitude I felt, confronted with this much heralded beast.

Pours a deep crimson. Not much head, maybe you can blame my pouring, but what's here is dense and leaves a thick sheet of cascading lace on the glass.

A rich and sweet maltiness permeates the first shot to my nose, followed by faint hop undertones. And again on taste, malt takes the lead and leads slowly -- oh so slowly, the metaphors I could attach to this transition are better left unsaid, it's pornographic -- into a spicy hop aftertaste. The high alcohol content is not overpowering, it's warming. Warming and, of course, arrogant.

This beer punches you in the face and massages your soul with its strength and balance.

Three orgasmic yelps for another brilliant beer by Stone.

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

This beer pours a very dark nearly opaque amber with a 1 fingered head. The smell is of caramel, citrus, malt and alcohol. The taste is loaded with malty goodness, a big caramel flavor with a citrus end. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth there is just a slight dry feeling in my mouth after each swallow. A beast of a beer with malts, I think drinking 2 of these would be an accomplishment, but one of these is beautiful.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,010 ratings.