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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

5,582 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,582
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 343
Gots: 728 | FT: 26
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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chuckv

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-19-2013 05:20:11 | More by koveras225
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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BeerChanticleer

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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GinsuDave

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

2009 Vintage

Opened this up with a 2008 to do a side by side, but I’ll review the 2009 as I feel the 08 had dropped off a bit. Poured like a strong ale with a solid whiff of resinous hops and that signature “Stone Smell”. Flavor is on point with a strong ale with the dominant flavors being sweet malts (bready and biscuit like), sugared plums, raisin, dates, and a finish of light pine cone. Age has mellowed this out nicely and it was a real treat to try it.

06-18-2013 23:43:56 | More by taylor714914
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schwemjw

Ohio

4.56/5  rDev +6.8%

A: Brown. shades of gold with little head retention. Big alcohol legs.

S: dark fruit, cherry and a roasted quality up front. A little vegetable quality in there as well. Earthy pine with fig and a great caramel malt. molasses to round it all together.

T: Molasses. Caramel malt, toffee, raisin, tart cherry and hops, hops, hops. A touch of licorice. Its piney, earthy and herbal. A long hoppy DIPA finish that goes for days.

M: Full bodied. silky and syrupy. It works for this brew.

O: Wow. not what i was expecting but so much better. starts almost like a barley wine before finishing as a DIPA. complex, in your face and delicious. amazing offering here. /95

06-18-2013 20:22:49 | More by schwemjw
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sudsy2drunk

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

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atinman

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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RyanCave

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%

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ShreddedThumb

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +3%

A gurgling froth from the obsidian-lined depths of Hell, Stone Brewing Co.'s Double Bastard Ale found its way into my local beer store. Here comes the hype, y'all: the coveted Double Bastard, the successor to the acclaimed Arrogant Bastard Ale, is said to be even more enjoyable and iconoclastic than its predecessor. With full disclosure in mind, I must admit that I did not particularly enjoy Arrogant Bastard. Yet, I am an open-minded beer snob. With that, let's crack open a bomber of Double Bastard and see if we can't have sympathy for this devil of a brew.

The Dorm Room Review

Poured from a 22 oz. Bomber into a Stone Brewing Co. licensed Arrogant Bastard pint glass. (I must admit, Stone's line of pint glasses stand out as the most appealing drink-ware I have ever seen. Guinness, eat your heart out.)
Also, before I get into the liquid review, I must reflect upon the excellent graphic design with which Stone specializes. Beer after beer, it's obvious that the Professional Writers and graphic designers have a special job at Stone. The "Diatribe" rearing the bomber (taking up at least 15 oz. of the Devil's nectar) arrogantly lambastes Macro brewers of both domestic and international origin. This academically-charged (and possibly Thesaurus-quoted) indictment of the likes of AB and Miller-Coors eviscerates the "yellow swill-drinking" majority, divisively separating the craft beer junkies from the ball-park crowd. Also, the Frank Miller-esque Devil caricature adorning the bottle acts as both an invitation an a warning; you don't even know what you're getting yourself into.

Appearance: The Double Bastard pours dark copper, almost ruby red in color. Sort of an extreme amber, if you will. Clearly, the beer is intended to be malevolent: nearly opaque, huge, thick alcohol legs, off-white & cappuccino head. Without direct light, this ale is opaque, red, and very, very dark.

Smell: Certainly complex. Malty flavors and scents prevail. Some smoky characteristics accompany the malted front, but an offensive, unabashed uppercut of alcohol assaults the nose. The hop-forward miasma does not beg to be noticed, as it wafts cruelly into the taster's cartilage. As the beer warms, some spices, dark fruits, cinnamon, and raisins become apparent. The olfactory sense is taken aback by DB; admittedly, the most diverse and experienced palates will identify the cornucopia of flavorful facets this ale has to offer.

Taste: Goodness gracious, great balls of fire! A concussive BOOM of hop bitterness onomatopoetimizes (new word) this ale's relentlessness astringency. While the scent is mostly malt-forward, the immediate taste revolves around a universe of tongue-shriveling bitterness. According to Stone, Chinook, Magnum, and Cascade hops are incorporated in the brew. The second aspect noticeable is the intense carbonation. Combining the astringent hop notes with the overarching carbonation, Double Bastard truly assaults not only the taste buds, but the entire mouth as a whole. The alcohol as mentioned from the smell is back again. Honestly, it tastes like scotch. The warmer concoction tastes bready and even maltier and more bitter. All the while, DB is smooth and drinkable. Yet, one should sip this carefully and thoughtfully, lest they invoke the disapproval of the brand's company Devil. Is it a red? A barleywine? An IPA? A strong ale? Double Bastard is in a class of its own: intense.

Mouthfeel: DRY. The prevailing mouthfeel is somewhat sweet and malty, but one cannot exclude the Sahara-like dryness emanating from all portions of the mouth. No one said the Devil was ever sweet.

Overall: Drinking a beer such as Double Bastard encourages me to develop my palate even further; moreover, it would be doubly important just to comprehend what I just consumed. Those with the most sophisticated tastes for alcohol will ultimately enjoy Double Bastard the most. Yet, even after reading the vociferous screed against the mainstream beer shysters, I firmly believe that any beer connoisseur should invest in a bottle of Double Bastard to sip with like-minded friends over good food and great conversation. They say the devil is in the details: if the Devil is this complex, one may wonder if the red incubus is simply just misunderstood.

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Virginia

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California

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Virginia

3/5  rDev -29.7%

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,582 ratings.