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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

6,204 Ratings
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100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,204
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 431
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,204 | Reviews: 2,055
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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have you had an arrogant bastard and thought..."this would be amazing if only a little more hoppy?" Well then, the double bastard is your answer. Holy crap, I could easily find myself into trouble over this beer. I have never been disappointed by the Stone brewing Co. and this beer was the best of 23 beers at my latest beer tasting. Poured a luscious golden colorl; so provocative that I barely stopped to smell. The smell showed its alcohol content more than the flavor. Actually, I honestly expected some sort of fruity overtones to cover the high ABV of this beer. But in Arrogant Bastard style, they make no excuses for their beer; you can taste hops, alcohol and thats about it. Surprisingly, this made for an enjoyable experience. I would rate this very very high on the repeat scale - if there were one. So, please imagine a 7th criterion of 1.0-5.0 labeled REPEAT BEER and mark it a strong 5!!!!

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An attractive dark red/brown color with garnet highlights and a descent sized sticky tan head. Nose characters are of caramel malts, roasted nutty grains, dark fruits, bing cherry, and a little alcoholic tingle. Taste consists of toasted barley, brown sugar, sour cherries, carmel and big nutty malt notes. A boozy alcoholic punch is prominent from the start and maybe a little metallic. Balanced well by some spicy bitter hop characters. The mouthfeel is really pleasant with a medium body leaving a oily slick coating and fizzy on the edges. Pale malt characters come on towards the end.

Photo of mattster
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap in snifter.

Nice small head atop a dark amber brew.

Smell is of Carmel malts and nice roasty hops. Taste is very strong, of course, but not overbearing. Very nice creaminess and a small hints of dark fruit.

Mouth feel is filling. Slight warming, but not what could be expected from a lesser brew. I wanted another of these, but at 10% ABV, I didn't want to fill up. All in all, A really good brew that I will revisit soon.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very nice dark brown, amber with thick, foamy head which hangs around a bit. Is the same color as its brown bottle.
The immediate aroma is quite hoppy. Not to the extent of, say, a DIPA, but hoppy nonetheless with just a hint of sweetness behind it.
The flavor is a blend of hop and malt sweetness, but to use the word "balance" here is misleading.. While they are both present, the hop certainly is at the forefront and again in the aftertaste. The malt sweetness is just laying under the initial hoppiness while you swallow. The aftertaste is a little too hoppy/spicy/acidic for my liking.
Mouth is moderate. A bit caramel-like, but, again, I didn't care for the aftertaste.
OVerall its a nice drink.. its not really a hop beer like, again, a DIPA or such... it is quite bitter, though.

Photo of vic21234
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
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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4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Release
22oz. Bottle poured into imperial pint.

A- Deep ruby red. Some blood orange highlights against the light. A little haze. Thick off white head about 1-1/2" high. Slowly recedes to a dense, nicely clingy lacing.

S- American hops up front, very nice mix of medium range caramel malts behind.  Really smells great. Specific comparables are hard to nail down, some citrus, maybe pine.

T- The malts come forward! Really almost American barleywine at first sip. Subsequent drinks bring out some really nice floral hop flavor underlies the big malt profile and really helps dry it out a bit. Great caramel sweetness, balanced with a complex bitterness on the finish. Lots going on. Not a specific hop profile coming through but really nicely done. Alcohol stays subdued to a point.

M- Big, sticky mouthfeel up front, but the hop bitterness and flavor seem to help dry out the overall feel. Very tightly carbonated. Soft on the tongue. More drinkable than you might anticipate a 10.5% ABV to be.

Overall, I really enjoyed this.  Sort of in it's own category. Highly recommended for any lover of strong, assertively American style strong ales.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Rose and Raindrop in Portland. My glass of DB was a vibrant ruby-hued copper color with a frothy, sticky head, like whipped egg white. The head left behind a fine lacing that coats the inside of the glass. The aroma was a wallop of floral hops, and sweetish smoky malts...wowsers! The taste matched the aromas well: Huge roasty sweet malts, rounded out with an equivelently powerful bitterness. This is the classic Stone roastiness I am tasting. This is a huge, in your face, MoFo of a beer... a big beer for big beer lovers...like me! The mouthfeel was large, full, smooth, and completely satisfying. This one is so big, so fantastically monstrous, its drinkability suffers somewhat, as one would expect. Bottom line..its Big, Bold, and Beautiful. Thank you Stone for making this beast.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear chestnut with ruby highlights. Light tan head. Big, bold hopping defines the nose, with evidence of caramel and alcohol hidden in there somewhere. The bitterness in this beer is intense -- big and up-front, grabbing hold of the palate and not letting go. There's a good dose of malt in there too, with some toasty notes, lest this be perceived as a DIPA. It's more like an American Brown Ale on steroids. The Cream AND the Clear. The Double Bastard's bitterness would be on the high end even for a Barleywine, but it doesn't have the body and residual sweetness of a BW. Still, my 22 oz. bomber provided over an hour and a half's worth of drinking enjoyment.

DB is big, bold, immensely satisfying, and all the other things you'd expect from Stone. Praise be to the Bastard.

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4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one before. First time I'm reviewing it, though. Absolutely love the bottle and the silk-screened text. This beer has a huge attitude and makes you feel like a complete badass while drinking it.

2011 release bottle poured into chalice. Drank at about 48 degrees F.

A: Pours a deep, clear mahogany with a somewhat quickly dissipating off-white head.

S: Smells heavily of pine, grapefruit, toffee, some wood character, and alcohol.

T: Just a miasma of different flavors going on here. There is a strong hop influence, obviously, that assaults the tastebuds with grapefruit and pine. There are very heavy malt flavors that produce a caramel and toffee-like taste. There's a bit of pineapple-nut bread going on, as well. Alcohol can also be tasted, but not too bad for nearly 11%.

Leaves a long, lingering, bitter aftertaste. Lots of complexity going on here.

M: Thick, cake-like, and velvety smooth. This is a meal of a drink, here.

O: This is one of the best beers ever brewed, in my opinion. There's just so much complexity and flavors that are going on, but they all meld together PERFECTLY. I don't know how Stone managed to make a beer that is this aggressive and complex, yet still make it balanced.

It's truly one of the greats. If you've never tried it, you really, really need to pick it up. It's readily available this time of year. Whether you want to drink it all yourself (what I suggest) or split it with someone else, every serious beer enthusiast needs to try this one at least once.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,204 ratings.