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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 750 | FT: 25
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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Photo of dancinwillie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release, served in a chalice.

Pours a very dark shade of mahogany, which doesn't let much light through. As I hold it up to the light, I can see a definite reddish hue, but out of light, more of a brown. A quickly receding beige head, made up of tight little bubbles. Lovely.

I smelled hops as soon as I opened the bottle. But now, as I lean in for a better aroma, I smell citrus and some sort of a cooked or burnt sugar. It smells warm and inviting.

Heavy and sweet malt richness initially, mingling instantaneously with the pine and grapefruit hops. The bitterness is substantial, but it requires attention to notice. If I was really quaffing this, I might miss it. It lingers on the sides of my tongue for about 10 seconds after each drink. If it weren't for the hops, this might be cloying, but there they are. I actually wouldn't mind a heavier hopping, however, this being my only negative observation. I don't notice any of the 10.5% alcohol, but as I had a small lunch, and it is now 8 pm, I definitely feel it after half a glass.

Mouthfeel is assuredly full and robust. This isn't your average drink a case and watch the game beer. This beer makes you sit up and take notice.

Entirely drinkable, extremely affordable, and surprisingly, quite balanced. I need to buy a few to cellar, and enjoy throughout the long Wisconsin winter. IIRC, I paid something like $5.49 for this bomber. This beer ranks 1 step above 2007 Utopias on the BA listing for the style. Do the math, and then pick this up if you have the chance. Although it's a well above average beer, the high ABV would prevent me from drinking more than 2 bombers at a sitting I believe. But that's the way it is, isn't it? They can't all be session beers, can they?

Be arrogant. No, be DOUBLE arrogant! Cheers!

dancinwillie, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew began it's life as a caramel-coated pine tree growing in a candy-coated region of Belgium. The tree is tended to night and day by gargoyled ghosts of sainted trappist monks.

One autumn morning, after receiving the signal from above, the servants collected oak barrels lined with honey and bourbon. Miraculously, the tree began to perspire the sweetest nectar imaginable, and the children of the village laughed and danced as never before. On this day, Double Bastard Ale was born unto the world. Let us be glad and rejoice.

jeffjfindley, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bomber into 500mL mug.

A: dark copper color with foamy light tan head. Not too much lacing, but amazing head retention.

S: maple syrup, alcohol, pine and citrus hops, brown sugar, toffee, figs, raisins.

T: strong pine hop flavor mixing with sweet dark fruit. Warming alcohol, some rye flavors, toffee. Citrusy dry finish.

M: syrupy medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation, dry hoppy finish. Warming alcohol present but still very drinkable.

O: great beer. Strong, hoppy, malty. Just awesome.

ReelBigwigFish, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of dazedandconfused
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dazedandconfused, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of camil1mj
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

camil1mj, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of RyanSchwam
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

RyanSchwam, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of CheftoDeath
4/5  rDev -6.3%

CheftoDeath, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of GatorCoop
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

GatorCoop, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of ReDave
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had this for several years or so, back then i wasn't quite so enamored with it. Not that i didn't like it, i guess i felt if it was double then i was expecting to be blown away with over powering intensive flavors, and if i remember right, i was surprised that it seem mellow in comparison to single bastard.

Fast forward to today...

2006 release. [after several years of double IPA, and other massive ales, I've learned that double doesn't mean approaching painful, in fact many double IPA's are in some ways more mellow that regular IPA's, the extra malt seems to smooth out some of the edges... same for this]
Pours a similar color to single bastard. dark brown amber, more dense, if not exactly cloudy, nice thick creamy head. sticky lace all the way down.

Aroma nice but not intense, some sweet maltiness, with some spices.

Taste, a full flavored beer, when you let the flavors swirl around in your mouth the complexity of many flavors is what attracts me to these bigger ales. an earthy like flavor [a totally good way]
hops complex malts good stuff!

ReDave, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of timtheenchanta
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to dhchatfield for another chance to try this one. Today is a year from when I tried it and rated it higher than any other beer I've tried so I figured I'd revisit today. Let's dive in!

Dark ruby color toward the center and a light orangish shade around the outside... almost colored like a peach skin. There's a half finger light tan head which eventually falls into a thin film atop the beer but never leaves a completely exposed liquid. There's very sticky webby lacing around the snifter.

The nose is boozy like plums soaked in moonshine with some apples and a sweeter fruit like a pineapple or a slight cherry scent.

Big complex taste with a sweet fruity taste. There's some pineapple, a lot of booze, some spicy hops (which leave the mouth extremely dry), some slight orange flavor and even more hop dryness. Whew. That's spicy. It's sweet up front then turns boozy then hits you with a wall of hops.

I have to admit that I absolutely love this beer but it's actually a bit better with about 18 or so months on it. Still a fantastic brew!

timtheenchanta, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of ReverendJon
5/5  rDev +17.1%

ReverendJon, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a huge thick head with large lacing on the glass. The nose as big aroma of caramel and brandy like qualities. The high alcohol level warms the mouth,then the syrupy malt wave controls the heat, until the blast of piney hops counter attacks the big burnt sugar,congnac flavor. All this fades into a sweet citrus finish. Pretty amazing where I found this beer, in a small quicky mart like store next to Venice beach! Gotta Love California...

athensbeermaster, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of kotzbauerm
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

kotzbauerm, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to Jyppy, 2008 release. Into the Goose Island IPA tulip...

A - Nice tawny color with flufy mocha tan head, over two fingers worth. Some retention, some lacing.

S - Toffee and hazelnut sweetness and semi-sweet chocolate create the backbone for this surprisingly balanced aroma. Coffee like roasted bitterness balances it out, with a bite pineapple bite. Textbook for style.

T/M - Again picking up toffee and chocolate in the malt, which is rendered very mild after the huge hopping that followed. Quite fruity, with lots of pineapple and some strawberry. Finishes very bitter, with some lingering espresso. Mouthfeel is almost barleywine-esque.

D - Have to say, this is by far the best Stone product I've had so far. No real complaints, just a nice, big example of an American Strong Ale.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Apr 02, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

meich75, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

oneturbucfan, Feb 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

shick1, Nov 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rflips86, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jbaakko, Jun 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

ChayDudeBrew, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of wingnutter
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the top when the brew was at about 50 degrees or so. Poured into a pint glass. Great clear amber with a one finger head that disappears and leaves a thin film on top. Smells sweet and malty, and hoppy as well, with some floral/citrus notes. A smidgen of alcohol is lurking in there, just to let you know its there. Beautiful nose - theres alot going on here.

Taste: Ummmm - WOW. For such a strong tasting brew, this badboy is SMOOTH. Sweetness hits my tongue first, with hops at the finish. Alcohol is present but not distracting in the least bit. Just a bit of warmth in the back of the throat after a swallow. Slick mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it from feeling sticky.

Taste is complex with malts, a slight sugary sweetness that doesnt even come close to cloying, some citrusy notes, and bitter hops. This beer isnt as in-your-face (taste wise) as its little brother, Arrogant Bastard. I thought the AB had a more aggressive taste. This one comes across as more refined and more organized. That said, this is one tasty brew. Near the end of the pint, I notice almost no lacing whatsoever. Maybe the glass wasnt totally clean, Im not sure. I figured there would be more lacing. Dark, ripe fruit has now made an appearance in the taste. This is unexpected and quite nice. Im Almost a bit disappointed that this beer isnt as extreme in the taste department as the AB. Not that its not a fantastic beer, but I just expected a bit more arrogance out of this one. It almost has a porter feel to it now.

After trying both AB and DB within 3 days of each other, I must say I prefer the AB. Not because its not as strong abv-wise, but because the taste is more raw, untamed and just plain out of control. The AB made my tongue feel like it ran a marathon, where the DB made it feel like it jogged around the block.

A great beer, and worthy of such a high rating, but the black sheep of the family, Arrogant Bastard, and NOT Double Bastard, should hold the title of most arrogant between the two.

wingnutter, Feb 05, 2006
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mborden, Apr 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

BrandonDZ, Aug 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

flyers1980, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

CitizenGrain, Jan 06, 2013
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.