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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,211
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,080 | FT: 38
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque brown with ruby highlights. Tan head, good lacing.

Aroma: Resinous charamel malt character, assertive citrus peel/tropical fruit hop character.

Flavor: First swig, smacked in the face with piney, citrus peel, astringent hop bitterness. Toasty, sweet malt character is present but totally covered. Alcohol is fairly present.

Mouthfeel: Harsh, lingering bitterness, and warming booze in a full bodied, chewy beer.

Overall: The bastard line "won" the race to the bottom in bitterness. It was intriguing to me early in my craft beer career, but today it's not something I desire.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A light tea color or rusty look. Nice head that holds. Lacing on glass is excellent.

S- Big hop and malt, maybe a little toffee or caramel

T- Big malt presence. Nice hop notes begin to kick in midway. I get a little sweet taste that is caramel like. Very good tasting beer.

M- Medium to mildly full bodied and heavy malt presence. Good carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, but I do not mind that.

O- A very good beer. I look forward to the release of this every year. I usually get several bombers to last a a few months. A good end of the evening beer to enjoy slowly.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/6/13.

A: Pours a deep, deep red with brown highlights. Tall, fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly. Almost no lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Super malty aroma. Rich with raisins and caramel primarily. Brown sugar too I'd say. Loads of dark fruits when swirls. Raisins of course but I swear I get dates too. Plums? Very fragrant. Big stale bread notes from the malt.

T: Lots of heavy dark bread. Like a molasses-based bread. Dark fruits but more subdued here as compared to the aroma. Raisiny with a little toffee. The combination is reminiscent of raisin bread in fact - just missing the cinnamon. Minor wave of bitterness in the finish. Definitely some hops in here but I think the big malt obliterates their flavor. Maybe hints of resin and pine? Lots of spicy alcohol lends a fairly dry and almost numbing aftertaste.

M: Pretty heavy but the sharp alcohol cuts it down nicely. Balances out I think.

O: It seems everything Stone makes is very hoppy but I was definitely taken aback by this one. This is a malt bomb instead. Sweet and bready. Heavy alcohol warming the belly. I will have to get some more to age, I think this one will morph nicely over the years. Right now it's quite hot. And I like hot beers! A good accessible strong ale for sure, one of the better out there.

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A - Pours a dark ruby and crimson with a towering three fingers of head that sat above the rim in my snifter. Fluffy lace and big stick. Head retains to a chunky cap around the glass.

S - Malty, woody, booze, citrus, pine, brown sugar, molasses. Big nose on this.

T - Malty, citrus hops, molasses, figs, caramel, strong boozey flavor in the back end - not bourbon, more like vodka. Tasted HOT to me. Full bodied and a chunky mouth feel.

O - This brew is not for the faint of heart. Really good, but tasted a bit hot for me and I would love to put one in the cellar and try again in a year or two.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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