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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

5,454 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,454
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 682 | 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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stakem

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear redish amber color with a yellow stained head. Lace clinging to spots all along the glassware. Head has pretty decent retension. Nose has a (almost lemon-like) citrus, grassy and pine hop aroma that pierces through the malt sweetness. Alcohol comes through in the nose to the point of almost being tingly, burning and uncomfortable if too deep of a whiff is taken. It reminds me of the daunting essays that appear on the back of these bombers. I have to laugh because it's comical that the characteristics of the beer are really fitting to the profile of the "bastard" they portray in writing. Taste is brutally bitter if you don't brace yourself for what you are in for with this beverage selection however it's bitterness is paired well with the malt sweetness that comes through in the body and the big alcohol taste. Lingering taste of resiny hops is left in the mouth that at times feels a bit oil-like but other sips give way to more of the alcohol and malt character. It is quite a warming beer, the 10.5 abv is not hidden, it plays well with the rest of the bold flavors and aromas.

My urge to consume hop heavy bitterness = cured.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 01:39:58 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-28-2012 13:09:29 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper in color. The beer has a finger tall dark beige head that quickly reduces to a small patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of caramel malts and brown sugar along with some lighter notes of citrus and pine/resin hops. Additionally there is some moderate amounts of alcohol present.

T: This beer is extremely malty with a ton of caramel malt & toffee malt sweetness and quite a bit of brown sugar/molasses as well. There is also a moderate amount of hop presence and bitterness from the citrus and pine/resin hops. Light alcohol presence and the flavors seem to get even more complex as it warms.

M: On the fuller side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky with some dryness in the finish.

O: Seems to be right on the border of a American Strong Ale and an American Barleywine - the presence of the alcohol is not well hidden (I would have liked it to be more well hidden). There is a nice complexity to the smell and taste. Not the easiest beer to drink and needs to be sipped slowly over the course of a couple of hours.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 00:36:35 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger cream head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Clear, red/amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malts, raisin and alcohol, starts with a distinct alcohol flavor some sweetness, finishes sweet & sour. 22oz bottle for $5.95 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 23:03:17 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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

Pours a cloudy medium brown colored brew.

Smell is heavenly! Sweet malts and fragrant flowers and grapefruit hops smell!

Taste is malty and hoppy at the same time. Very thick brew, as a barley wine should really be. Malty with a rounded bitterness. I would like a bit more malt but this is good. Could have a more complex flavor, there is a point at which "More Hops" becomes a LIABILITY! This brew is right at that point.

Mouthfeel is the thickest brew I have yet tasted.

Drinkable? More like sipable. Tasty brew that could learn some thing from Belgian brew masters about balance.

Still it is Light Years more balanced than “Arrogant Bastard!”

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 04:15:21 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Received from d0ggnate in a trade- Thanks! Pours surprsingly red and cloudy. It's a dark reddish orange, quite hazy, and almost syrupy in pour consistency out of the bottle. There is little head, but what is there settles to a ring. Big, spicy malty aromas up front followed by some nice orangey citrus and piney hops. This beer has a quite interesting malty flavor profile up front- almost as if there were toasted rice and barley in it. This is followed by a fruity sweetness that is furthr followed by a long bitter citrus flavor and a nice oily, piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is pure and clean but big and with a touch of sweetness. This isn't sticky or cloying at all and is quite balanced by the toasted flavors and the hops. Surprisingly drinkable. Not as harsh and more integrated than many Stone brews. I'm not always a fan of all of their brews, but this one deserves its accolades. Huge, interesting, nicely hoppy, balanced, and generally well done

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:13:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-17-2012 14:18:27 | More by DrunkinYogi
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-21-2013 06:30:18 | More by zestar
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DoubleJ

California

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very intiminating beer. Intiminating alone that it's 1) made by Stone, 2) 10% ABV, and 3) clocked at over 100 IBU's (per Stone's website). The back of the label even warns that if you hesitate, do not buy it. I've been joyeously waiting for this moment for months. The few beers I had in the night were just mere sideshows for this, the main event. From the 2006 release, let's get on to this beer:

For best results, I've given this beer about a half hour out of the fridge to warm up from ice cold. Pours an outstanding head with a rich copper color. Lots of tropical and piney scents in the beer. Now the ride begins, and down the hatch it goes. Oh my goodness! Unbelievably smooth and sweet. Gigantic amounts of tropical fruits in the flavor, a bit of chocolate and sugar, and very warming alcohol. Very syurpy and sticky as it goes down.

What's scary is the drinkability of this ale, so watch out. There's certainly bitterness in there, but it doesn't seem like it's a 100 IBU beer, it's so smooth. A bomber of this and you're done for several hours. It's a beautiful beer that everyone should try....if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 20:18:32 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Release

Poured into an Stone Arrogant Bastard 22oz. glass a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, hints of toffee, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly bitter, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The alcohol is present, but hidden fairly well. Medium body. Very drinkable.

2007 Release

Poured into an Stone Arrogant Bastard 22oz. glass a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, hints of toffee, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly bitter, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The alcohol is present, but hidden fairly well. Medium body. Very drinkable.

2006 Release

Been sitting on this one for a little over a year. Poured into an Stone Arrogant Bastard 22oz. glass a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty/hoppy, hints of toffee, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty/hoppy, slightly bitter, nice touch of toffee/caramel. The alcohol is present, but hidden fairly well. Medium body. Very drinkable, I like this brew so far when it is aged for a year or so, highly recommended.

2005 Release

Pours a dark amber color, not much carbonation, small head, some lacing. Not much of a scent, but could notice some sweet hops/malt. Nice taste of hoppy malts and a sweet aftertaste. Could tell there is a high alcohol content. Medium body. Drinkable another nice brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 00:46:25 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

02-17-2014 06:02:11 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage

Poured into Carolous glass

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades down after a few minutes. Color is a murk copper orange.

Aroma: Lots of caramel malts. Reminds me of an old winter yulesmith. Some faded earthy hops with bready notes. I have a feeling the taste won't be good.

Taste: Lots of bready and caramel notes. The hop profile is earthy but faded big time. Some heat shows. This beer needs to be drank fresh. This one is not holding up well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, boozy, hot, and not very bitter. It tastes like a vodka mixed drink. Medium bodied with a medium to low amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky and malty.

Overall, this one is a big letdown. I thought it might have help up a little bit, but it is drinking terrible. I doubt I will even bother with the rest of my glass. This beer will probably get drainpoured.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 23:16:12 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" of tan head over the clear deeply copper brew. Head is resilient, long-lasting, and laces amazingly, with solid foam being left down the side as the head recedes. Aroma is the solid, sweet scent common to most strong ales, tending towards a bit of fruitiness if one can bypass the obvious alcohol presence. Taste is, as expected sweetly malty, but well contrasted by the strong hops presence, which almost seem to provide a grainy feel to the tongue, they are so strongly present. Mouthfeel is great for the style, and drinkability is good, although I fear eventually the malt sweetness might get a bit tiring. An excellent strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 23:13:02 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's a few weeks ago, found this review in my pocket.

A- DB came to me with a rusty ruby and some dark red blotches. Looks like it has a nice build just from looking at it. A dark tan head swirls up creating a creamy layer for some time which fades, but leaves nice lace patches.

S- This smells strong, I believe this was from a 2009 keg and it shows. Big amounts of hop bitterness and the same goes for malt sweetness. I cant help but to whiff out some alcohol. Some pine with caramel, toffee and dark fruits with apple slices. A lot going on here, but not the most balanced.

T- And so it begins, Im blasted by some alcohol burn and some bittering hops with pine and grapefruit punches. The malt is large and sweet but are not quite winning the battle just yet. The finish consists of some fruit along with some earthy hop taste on the tounge.

M- A little rough around the edges at this young state, but for what it's worth, this is a strong beer and right now it's showing off it's guns. The heat and alc need to calm down. Above medium bodied with ample crisp carb.

D- Cant do much with this one with the high ABV. This has the potential to go down or uphill depending on what a few years will do to it. Right now this is good beer, but my score will be revised when I revisit a cellared bottle or tap offering, Im hoping it goes up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 23:59:48 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

08-16-2012 09:44:07 | More by ejimhof
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

2007 Vintage - sampled 17/03/09

Raw sienna and burnt umber combine (along with a splash of clamato) to make for a very murky yet extraordinarily gradient colour scheme. In fact, the beer fragments into many different tones when held into the light, this outpouring of colour is radiant and bright despite the dismal clarity. Head is minimal but signs of carbonation are quite apparent (and sticky).

Prepare to have your nose barraged by an onslaught of succulently sweet malts and an enormous eruption of bitter, resiny hops. This has as much caramel *and* as much pine serum as is likely possible to find in a beer, not to mention the sheer amount of grapefruit. I'm always impressed by beers that can manage to be both extremely hoppy and malty. I'd probably rupture a 'pleasure gland' if there was such a thing...

This hoppy/malty concoction is deliciously tasty. There is a giant flaring up of dark fruity notes (plum, currants, red grapes, figs) as well as sugary confectioneries (brittle, truffles, sweets and sticky toffee pudding). The suggestion of cinnamon and nutmeg combine with the above to resemble plum pudding. The hops also impart distant but discernible notes of citrus.

Despite all these fireworks of flavour, the beer's composure and alcohol content never rupture. It is smooth, mellowed, and deceitful about its real strength. Some of this may have to do with the bottle's age although not all. The people at Stone definitely deserve credit for disguising such a big, aggressive-minded beer as something so ripe, softened and mellow.

Don't listen to that write up - go home with a bottle whether you feel worthy or not. If you are worthy you'll certainly appreciate it and if you aren't, you soon will be. Double Bastard is at least twice as good as most beers on the shelves. A beer like this really raises one's standards about what they put in their body and how they choose to spend their money.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 02:52:43 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-11-2013 02:59:33 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Damian and Lona for sharing this bottle.

2006 vintage

The beer appears a russet brown with subtle crimson highlights. The head is substantial in stature and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of alcohol, malts, and toffee. The hop character of the beer has faded during the aging process, so I am not detecting any of the fruit, hop, pineapple, or citrus flavors I have been told are well associated with Double Bastard Ale. The feel is thick and syrupy, with a strong alcohol presence throughout. I liked this much better than the Stone Old Guardian 2007 we had alongside this. This is a great beer to share a few ways and sip slowly on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 15:16:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this beer more if I hadn't had it right after the 10th Anniversary DIPA. For that matter, I wonder if Stone has tweaked the recipe over the years, as I've found this beer far more appealing in the past then I did at Frisco's last night.

The beer pours a darkish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite impressive. On the nose I get sweet malt, cider and roasted nuts. Again, this beer smells very impressive, although the high abv. is noticeable even on the nose. On the palate the beer is sweet, rich and very alcholic, but with a drying hop burn in the finish. The beer is impressive, but frankly I don't feel as if the high abv. blends in all that well with the very sweet malt and hoppiness. I found the beer somewhat tiring on the palate, with this beer coming across as a sweet, but then ultimately very hoppy, barleywine.

The beer is very warming and, while impressive, is just not all that enjoyable. In the same style I much prefer the Bigfoot, where the sweet malt has been dialed down a tad. A good beer, but not what I would call terrific.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2007 17:42:41 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2009. Pours hazy dark brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with awesome retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Decent amount of lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, dark fruit, pine, spiciness, grape, biscuit, toasted malt, a bit of chocolate, orange, and light booze. Some nice and interesting aromas, quite a bit different with 2 years on it than when I had it fresh. Taste of big caramel, molasses, dark fruit, pine resin, spices, biscuit, toasted malt, light chocolate, and citrus. Quite strong bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, molasses, pine, and spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and quite full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a warming on the finish and a bit of booziness. Nice balance of flavors and bitterness. Fairly smooth drinking, but is still very much a sipper. Overall this is an excellent brew with 2 years of age on it. Still quite bitter with good hop presence, but the malt definitely shines out more.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:35:24 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-20-2011 03:21:18 | More by brandoman63
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-27-2012 18:19:04 | More by drewone
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-09-2011 04:21:09 | More by rab53
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured similar to its little brother, a dark crimson red which was topped off by a flat sandy beige colored head which quickly fell. A moderately fair lacing was left afterwards. Perhaps most intriquing was its dark brooding nature.

S: The nose was pungent and evident from the first pour with the Chinook hops providing dried grapefruit scents mixed with pine. A nice malty aroma filled with light roasted character blends nicely with the dried citrusy nature.

T: The flavor was malty, with dried pine and grapefruit hopping. A sugary malting lies underneath the rich, and dried hoppy character. Boozy with some warm alcohol and cask notes with a dry flowery lacing coats the tongue after the swallow. Really smooth overall with some light dried fruitiness of raisins as well some bitter chocolate hints.

M: warm and luscious, with an oily viscosity medium full in nature and a light to moderate carbonation showing

D: Drinkability was good I thought, much smoother and refined then the original bastard. A dark ale that was rich, malty and arrogant, yet somehow very smooth and easy to put down despite its abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 23:44:13 | More by beerthulhu
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650ml bomber. Poured a amber/burgundy with a nice off-white head about 1 1/2 fingers. Head didn't stay long and clinged to the side of the glass fairly well; spotty.
Smell of grapefruit and tangerine. Some grassiness and sweet malt. Some good biscuit hints that were checked by the hops.
Felt a bit oily, then sweet, some bitterness and a sweet to dry finish. A bit complex for this ole boy.
Alcohol was a bit much for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 16:45:03 | More by Mebuzzard
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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