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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,481 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,481
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 330
Gots: 691 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-05-2014 06:39:56 | More by rflips86
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-05-2014 04:10:48 | More by Lfty357
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-30-2014 18:22:30 | More by Adkins721
Photo of ReverendJon


5/5  rDev +17.1%

09-17-2013 08:24:10 | More by ReverendJon
Photo of Trueant1


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown/red color. Clear, but some sediment at the bottom. Off white average head that leaves incredible coating of the side of the glass. This is usually an indication of a very malty beer.

SMells incredible. Where is the 10%abv?. Smells bisquity, sweet, spice, even some mild chocolate malts. Yiest smell. Very mellow smell for a "double". But the smells are memorable.

The taste is a surprise from the smell. I smelled no hops. I taste heavy heavy heavy hops. Pine hops with all the oily hop bitterness of a dipa. But, this brew has intense sugars to balance!!! Almost syrupy sweetness. But the bitterness balances any over malt sweetness. Brilliant! I have spices from this brew coming out my nose!!!! Clearing my nostrals!!!! WOW! Ohhhh...ok...there is the alcohol! Almost sips like a barly wine.

Is this brew an DIPA???? Is this brew a barly wine??? Is this brew a Brown ale??? Is this brew a belgem????

WHat is it??? Holy beer world....it is all of these things! ALl blended by the Stone brew makers!

I will call it a kick ass beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 01:10:46 | More by Trueant1
Photo of hophead247


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass..Big strong citrusy hop aroma with caramel, sweet thick malt aroma. A touch of alcohol also noticeable. Dense tan head that recedes slowly and coats the sides of the glass very nicely. Roasted malts hit first followed by a quick hit of sweet caramel and then the big hop flavor. Plenty of supporting maltiness and huge bitterness. Alcohol comes to the fore toward the finish before being subsumed with hop flavor and bitterness. Long after you've finished drinking you'll still taste the lingering hops. Body is quite full with smooth creamy mouthfeel. This one is over the top in all regards. If you like big, strong, hoppy, bitter yet malty and sweet beer, this one is a must.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 05:24:20 | More by hophead247
Photo of 100floods


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper hue, a little hazy, tan-white head. Super malt aromas. There's some tropical fruit in the mix. I'm thinking pineapple, yum. I'm sensing a whiff of alcohol that I'm sure I'll be tasting shortly. I'm smelling some a little hoppness, but not much. Woah, taste them hops! First sip is a smooth hop bombardment. Slight alcohol warm does a nice job lifting the hop flavors. Lots of pine and wood flavors going on. Slight notes of caramel maltiness. Very chewy hop aftertaste. It's like a pine tree was left behind and I'm chewing its bark. I'm glad there's not thick, sugary aftertaste, that was my fear of how this beer would finish. Score. This is more than less what I had expected from this beer. Certainly not for the faint of heart. A person can easily finish a bomber of this, but then I'd call it a night. This is a good testament to what American strong beers can achieve, within reason.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 19:30:54 | More by 100floods
Photo of bret27


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle (1-2 yrs old)
Probably should have saved it longer, but when you need a beer you need a beer.

S: Caramel, toffee, crackers, grassy hops

A: Amber/brown w/light tan head. Decent lace but head dissipates quickly.

T: caramel, sweet malt mostly, mild booziness from mid to end of mouth. Some hops at the end, leaving a lasting bitter grassy finish.

M/D: Full good mouthfeel. Fairly sweet balanced by the hops. Pretty drinkable for abv.

Overall: This was ok. I remember it being better. With so much malt I almost wonder if the underlying style would be an imperial amber type. Come to think of it... it does resemble their Levitation amber somewhat.
I think I opened this bottle at the wrong time. Still a solid assertive yet drinkable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 07:43:15 | More by bret27
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-15-2011 15:58:02 | More by mikennat
Photo of Sensaray


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

First off, cool bottle. Pours a deep dark burnt amber with a off white fluffy head that lasts.

Citrus, floral hops, vanilla, caramel, tropicals, booze, sweet malt in the nose. Very nice.

This beer is just a picture of balance, yet its still packs a hop punch and still has a huge malt flavor. First there's a nice spiciness, leading to a toffee like sweetness, maybe some light choco, not a lot, combining with citrus, floral, piney and earthy hops to close with an enjoyable bitterness. The alcohol is there, but doesn't punch and is enjoyable. Finishes like a much stronger beverage, ever though this is a beast.

Great mouthfeel. Medium with good carbonation.

Overall, delicious and will be trying to get more.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:55:19 | More by Sensaray
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-20-2013 13:47:50 | More by BrandonDZ
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-04-2012 18:53:59 | More by BBrewington
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New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

01-12-2014 10:31:38 | More by shadowofthereaper_666
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

03-16-2014 20:49:08 | More by Hrdqore
Photo of Roman5150


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle purchased from Stones River Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN.

appearance: hazy dark brown, copper with a large off white/tan head. Lot's of intricate lacing.

smell: earthy hops, malts, alcohol, subtle citrus

taste: bitter hop bite, with a prominent malt backbone. Alcohol does not try to hide in this beer, it is very warming and has a punch to it, but a very pleasant smooth one at that. The end is a warm bitter hoppiness. For an 11%, this is very easy to drink, for me that is.

mouthfeel: slight carbonation

overall: A monster of a beer, this one hits hard. Very strong for a beer, but smooth for an 11% abv. Very balanced, like you would expect from Stone, great full flavor, and you will get a buzz off this one. A lot stronger than the Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:43:18 | More by Roman5150
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-16-2014 16:58:37 | More by Desimoaj
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-14-2014 23:55:55 | More by fuzzbalz
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Double Bastard is dark brown with some ruby highlights. The head is tan and thick, and it dissipates slowly.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity. Malts take control here.

Flavor: Earthy and woody. Spices play on your tongue and the ale feels a little burnt.

Taste: The moment you take a sip, hops hit you. They fill every corner of your mouth sticking around while malt sweetness slowly goes down your throat. And then the warmth of this strong brew hits you from within. This ale "is not to be wasted on the weak." It is quite powerful and flavorful. Feels like malts and hops are competing for your attention.

I think Double Bastard falls into "love it or hate it" category. I love it. This was my choice last time I went camping. All this power goes down smooth in the woods. The best part is once you are done you feel “worthy.”

Tasted from a 22 oz. bomber. 2004 release.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 21:04:41 | More by ikats
Photo of punkrkr27


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany pour, ruby highlights, and a small dense tan head. Smells of dark fruit, citrus, caramel malt, a hint of spice, and a little alcohol. Very complex flavor with lots of intermingling of figs, caramel and and in your face hop bitterness. Nice full body but slightly sticky.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 17:35:51 | More by punkrkr27
Photo of veech


2.98/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer just seemed an example of trying to do too much. The appearance and smell both seemed to bode well, with a very complex array of scents and aromas, everything from grasslike hints to a spicy cinnamon. I found the taste to be sort of all over the place. It was very obtuse with a very strong alcohol feel throughout. The hops seemed to work in opposition to the early maltiness and the alcohol burn was another confounding factor with the spices seemingly out of kilter as well. It wasn't terrible, just not particularly pleasing. The mouthfeel was nice but not really noteworthy as well. I found that the whole beer could be summed up in one word: unbalanced. I was surprised considering the amount of hype surrounding this brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 18:29:51 | More by veech
Photo of natasharai


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 release

Appearance: Poured with a tan creamy smooth head that dissipated leaving a thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a dark brown with a reddish-orange tint, and it has a small amount of haze to it.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, very nutty like roasted peanuts and almonds, some pine hops, very sweet toasted sugar, and roasted marshmallow.

Taste: Sweet toasted sugar, small nutty flavor, really bitter but not much hop character other than that, and a bit of an astringent flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, a bit syrupy, nice carbonation, strong bitter feeling, leaves mouth covered in an oily film.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the sweet malt flavor is not as strong as I would like. The strong bitterness is not balanced out with any other flavors. In the smell the malt character is really good, nice sweet roasted nut aroma, but in the flavor that malt character takes a back seat to the strong hop bitterness. I hoped that waiting a bit to drink this would help the malt come through with the hops muted a little but I either didn't wait long enough or that doesn't happen with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 05:16:01 | More by natasharai
Photo of GordonQuid


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Dark amber with a ruby tinge around the rim of the glass. Rocky two inch head that dissapates to a half inch wisp and thick spidery lace.

Smells of dark fruit, bitter orange peel, grapefruit, chinooked to hell and back.

Taste is chocolate, amber bisuit malts chinook hopped to the depths of hell and back. Wow, this is a double BASTARD! As it warms it becomes extremely complex. The yeast variety used creates a distinctively different spicey and fruity finish a mixed the bittered cruelty of the bastard.

Wonderful heavy drinker. Only drink one and switch to somethng less paralyzing.


Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 14:28:08 | More by GordonQuid
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-01-2014 03:49:00 | More by LoFiDave
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-08-2013 14:28:47 | More by GoBlue12
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-13-2013 18:55:09 | More by Skott1123
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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