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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,054 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,054
Hads: 6,416
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 477
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,054 | Hads: 6,416
Photo of ngandhi
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drew for the sample.

Syrupy, chewy with hops and malt. Arrogant Bastard with some more citric and brown sugar tones. Double Bastard displays wonderful fruit but doesn't let it overpower like 120 or Avery 10. It's concentrated and rich, but still beer, still . . . how do I say it? It isn't 120, it isn't Avery 10. It's everything those beers are without any of the faults. That's right, that's it, this beer has no faults, nothing I would ask more of it. So I can give it a perfect rating, right? No, not just yet; maybe after I get a couple more bottles of it -- it might happen some day.

Go ahead, make something better.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From winter '03,

Appearance: Deep copper amber hue with a nice tan frothy two finger sized head leaves behind perfect speckled lacing oh yeah. Aroma: Pine cone this is my second bottle this year plus one I taste last year excellent brew with the perfect mix of hops and malt awesome. Deep plum and other fruit tones that send chills up my spine this is how this beer reacts, with slightly burnt orange rind and huge malty layers of amazement. Taste: Full flavored malty to beginning to end of fruit mainly charred citrus peels with malty backbone that little or no brewer's can believe this beer is awesome with syrupy mixtures of sweetness and pine cone flavored hops this is a masterpiece, just too good. Full meaty blend of malts and hops adding to this beer's addicting personality just way too good to express within flavor guidelines. Mouthfeel: Full bodied chewy sensation with an exubrently carbonated beer that stands infront of you just drops the jaw of your face. Drinkability: Each year this beer continues to amaze me for the flavor content and complexity I can't question it's goodness that would be unfair to me.

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Photo of Gusler
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Release 2003
On the pour a translucent deep garnet color and the head portly in size and spumescent in texture, the color a toothsome light tan with the resultant lace a satiny veil to obscure the glass. The aroma of the hop flowers quite evident along with the fusel alcohol, malt sweet at the back, fresh and a portent of things to come this nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top a full in its feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops omnipotent and the 10 percent ABV instantly warms the tummy, droughty aftertaste that maintains the bitterness alcohol and hops to the very last. One of the beers I wait for each year, a six pack for the fridge, and a case for the cellar.

Release 2002:
On the pour a crystal clear deep Sanguineous color with the head majestic in size and frothy in texture with the lace a thick glutinous sheet. Nose is malt; hop floral, caramel, hints of butter and light fusel alcohol tones. Front is ambrosial, the top middling, the finish is devastatingly hopped, peacefully acidic, the aftertaste is beastly alcohol bitter, a major league “Belly Warmer to boot". Oh God, how I love this magisterial brew, it’s a Jekyll and Hyde beer, good at the start, brutal at the finish.

Release 2001:
The beer pours a deep ruby color with a portly reddish-brown head that is semi-creamy and after its decomposition a fine sheet of lace forms to cover the glass. Nose is buttery, sweet, hints of brown sugar, and traces of hops. Begins malt sweet with the top full in its feel and the carbonation moderate, the acidity moderate, also the finish is loaded with hops and the aftertaste dry and alcohol bitter with the 10 percent ABV warming the tummy. Another great beer from this most magnificent brewery, but as they say "Not Meant For Everyone", so beware!

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

mmm...double bastard. the 2003 edition pours a cloudy amber colour with a tan creamy head (maybe 1/2 inch thick) which holds nicely throughout. the smell is, well, it's just...wow! everything from alcohol to pineapple to coconut to banana and other sweet smells. smelled kinda like there was a pina colada in my beer, but not as fruity. different and awesome. this is a medium bodied brew that was actually a bit lighter than i expected with notes of spice, sweetness, bitter, alcohol then sweet again all with a heavy hoppiness throughout. the carbonation here was just right to make for a smooth, quite drinkable brew. yum.

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Photo of faernt
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer bends light. I poured it into the chalice so I could enjoy the nose (which is hopmalty...very balanced) and the appearance of this beer caught my eye. It must be the big body that makes the light bend (but the big body is not the syrupy business of an EKU 28 that requires it to be served very cold...but that's another subject).

I tried this beer before and chose not to review it since I had previously reviewed Arrogant Bastard and thought Double Bastard to be too much ABV to be worthy of a review. Today is a different story. I choose to drink it on a Sunday afternoon before I think about what to eat for Sunday dinner ( My wife, Bridget,'s Olive Cheese Enchiladas) (Try her "Day after Thanksgiving" Turkey Enchiladas...email me...food geeks...one word... triptophan...sp) This beer, for as big as it is, is not asking to be an aperitif beer, but( my first choice) is !YO! This hippie has found his R Crumb,Mr Natural aperitif beer. It's better than Anchor Liberty as an aperitif! I must stock up. This is dangerously drinkable. Serve it first only to the experienced. Is anybody out there?

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with big off-white head. Head recedes moderately leaving enormous gobs of lace on the glass. Aroma is toffee, bubblegum, citrus fruits, caramel, wow, complex !
Flvaors picked up were toffe, chocolate, some earthy peat notes, toffee, chocolate, caramel and a touch of spice. Taste is incredibly complex and changes signifincatly as beer warms in the glass. Brew leaves a sweet aftertaste that is balanced some powerful, yet mellow hops.
I've been waiting for a Stone Beer to love. All their beers have good/very good but I didn't seem to have the reverance that other BA's had. I know have that reference, Double Bastard is a truly phenomenal beer. I am worthy !

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Photo of RootedFool
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw bombers of Double Bastard at my local co-op, I had to pinch myself to not yelp from the surprise, the sheer gratitude I felt, confronted with this much heralded beast.

Pours a deep crimson. Not much head, maybe you can blame my pouring, but what's here is dense and leaves a thick sheet of cascading lace on the glass.

A rich and sweet maltiness permeates the first shot to my nose, followed by faint hop undertones. And again on taste, malt takes the lead and leads slowly -- oh so slowly, the metaphors I could attach to this transition are better left unsaid, it's pornographic -- into a spicy hop aftertaste. The high alcohol content is not overpowering, it's warming. Warming and, of course, arrogant.

This beer punches you in the face and massages your soul with its strength and balance.

Three orgasmic yelps for another brilliant beer by Stone.

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Photo of bditty187
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Four bombers of this elusive beast landed in my possession thanks to my cousin Scott in Las Vegas and thanks to DESTRO for all of the information needed to track it down.

Double Bastard seems fitting enough for my 600th review on BA.

Dark crimson-brown in hue with coppery highlight, it is fairly dense in the middle with great color depth, a finger and a half of light beige head was impressively fluffy with great retention. As I quaffed unorganized sticky lace was produced. As a whole this is a lovely beer in appearance. The bouquet has more balance than I was expecting, the maltiness is has great depth, there is a touch of sweetness upfront, toasty behind the sweetness and caramely in the finish, the hoppiness is noticeable but more restrained than I was expecting, in no way is that a negative assessment. The hops in part an aroma of pine and grapefruit. The nose is very inviting. One sip of this nectar and I swear I got misty-eyed! Oh momma is this tasty! Upfront the palate has a quick burst of alcoholic heat that is swiftly encompassed by a rush of thick, hearty hop bitterness with a forest of tasty pine trees and groves of grapefruit. The hoppiness is long-lasting and powerful, as conceived by Stone the massive malty qualities close the beer with a big, sweet, caramely thud. It is huge in sweetness but far from cloying. The threesome between the alcohol heat, hops bitterness, and malt sweetness is beautiful in its grace, threatening in its power, and orgasmic in its taste. The huge flavors all work in harmony, each taking center stage on different sips. The aftertaste is so great you have to sit back in your chair and ponder the beauty that resides in your glass. I might be gushing but it is absolutely worth the praise. Full bodied, period, there is nothing “medium” about it, the strong malt backbone and firm carbonation creates a mouthfeel that is sturdy enough to support the big taste. Arrogant Bastard was great but swill in compassion to its older, angrier brother. Even with the whopping alcohol potency it is highly drinkable. It is quite the belly warmer. What a great beverage, it is as simple as that. If you have not tried this demon yet I highly advise you do. Wow!

2003 Release.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
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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Photo of HiroProtagonist
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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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is not just the "Big Brother" to Arrogant Bastard; this is the "Big Brother who's an All-Star linebacker, 6'6"", 285 lbs., kind of a cross between Todd Alstrom and Arnold Schwarzenegger." If you think the li'l Bro is too hoppy, you won't like this... You are definitely NOT worthy.

It pours a dark amber, with a tan head. Aromas are Grapefruit, caramel, malt, pine. The first predominant taste is malt, surprisingly enough for such a hop monster, and it's balanced pretty well against the hops insanity. Also present are caramel, currant, grapefruit, cola, toffee. A smooth mouthfeel French-kisses you like Cathy Keane did in the car after the movies.Then, the linebacker comes out to finish you upside the head with grapefruit and pine.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh yea! I was worthy again!

This beer pours a deep dark amber in color. A nice slightly off white head is met at the top of my glass. It stayed for a few but slowly faded away.
The aroma was of a sweet pine but hints of malt are in there. As I take in another breath, the malt seems to be a bit more dominating that the pine but wait, the taste will get the hops into play. Yes, the flavor is outstanding. Malt, citrus and pine are bouncing around. It is nicely balanced and has a smooth creamy feeling to it. The flavor of this beer hides the 10% nicely. Truly an outstanding brew!

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Photo of Suds
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a 22 ounce, brown, and very amusing bottle.
Dark brownish amber ale with a tan, bubbly head. Initially pine, hops, and alcohol are the backdrop of a very aggressive aroma. Fresh hops abound in the smell. The first taste is malty and quite sweet…as you work through the glass, the malt aspects of the aroma become more and more intense. A little spice and a lot of fruit tastes. A really nice mix of sensations. After a few sips the alcohol warming sets in. Big, soft, full mouthfeel. The mix of flavors blend into a huge and bitter hop finish. This beer is amazingly complex, decidedly rough-edged, enticingly challenging, and wonderfully tasty.

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Photo of granger10
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now I know why the bottle cap says "you're not worthy". After consuming this beer I realized that it was one of the most intense beers I have ever had, so complex and strong, this one's not for the timid. The color is absolutely beautiful. Mohagony color with auburn highlights and an airy tan head that dissipated quickly. The nose is citrusy, hoppy, malty, and strong in alcohol. The taste was super complex. Starts off with a thick, sappy malt syrup flavor then follows with an acidic taste with some sweetness (grapefruit w/sugar added). Alcohol comes in strong and throws me back. Intense bitter hops blow my taste buds away. Burning sensation down my body. I was astounded. This was my last beer in 2003 because I wanted to get a little more bastard in me before the new year to cleanse the soul!

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Photo of stegmakk
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance...Poured a beautiful dark amber with a thick tan head...and good lacing...
Aroma...a little weak to what I expected...caramel malt roasted malt tiny bit of hops...but mostly the caramel malt
Taste...simply put...big...complex...caramel malt, piney hops, extremely well balanced slight bitter finish...big and good tastes
Mouthfeel...full and actually bit creamy...
I liked this alot...very good beer

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bastard now means good! It pours a deep orange/amber color with a full off-white head and loads of clinging lace. A potent piney hop aroma blasts forth during the pour. Smells of sweet malt, fresh floral hops and alcohol are also easily noticeable. The full sweet malt entraps tastes of toffee, candy sugar and buttered biscuits. Abundantly hopped with raw whole bud-like qualities, releases bitter flavors of grapefruit, lemon zest and piney esters. The big alcohol blast is in tune with the other assertive aromas and flavors. I enjoy having 3 or 4 beers per night, this one has to count for 2.

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Photo of cbill
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2003 edition
deep red color, like cherry varnish, with a tan head that thins out quickly
smells sweet again like cherries with a mild citrus hop
tastes a lot sweeter than i thought it would, not really too much hop bitterness. very warming and full of fruit flavors. covers your whole mouth with the flavor coating every inch
surprisingly drinkable for the strength and heaviness buti think i could drink this all night

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep cherry wood / mahogany tone. Thin beige head leaves spotty lace. Aroma is quite malty. Sweet. And some NW hoppiness to it as well. More malt than hops on this nose though. The body of this beer is full and has a viscous feel to it. Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy. This, along with the nice taste, leads to a high drinkability even though it's 10%. The taste is quite exotic. A virtual cornucopia of fruit flavors. Passion fruits. Pineapple. Ripe melon. Grapefruit rind. All this is accompanied by a noticeable EtOH heat and a high alpha acid hop bitterness. The malt tones are what really make this beer great though. The toffee and caramel tones are quite delicious. What an accomplishment in brewing. This is a dandy.

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Photo of mschofield
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddened brown with a tan head that quickly turns to film.
Citrus hop and malty aroma, with pine, an alcohol kick, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit.
Strong citrus hop taste (strongly grapefruit), nutty, caramel, pine, peppery (alcohol). It was like drinking an IPA mixed with a brown, mixed with a Barleywine.
Sweet malt flavor grows with warming
Full and robust feel, a little rough but a very robust and flavorful brew.
I was concerned that DoubleBastard would be messing with Arrogant Bastard, but I was wrong. This is great, I think it would get even better with aging.

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

Wow is this complex. Pours a dark amber with a nice tannish head. Aroma has floral hops, with citrus and a light malt sweetness. Taste is something else. I think I tasted about three or four different styles of beer within this. Malty, woody and a bit smoky. Citrus notes. Bitter hops that in some ways remind me of some kind of stout or porter, as the bitter aftertaste hangs around for a while. Wow, I just can't get over how much is going on in this beer, and so damned smooth too. Really, really impressive. I'll come back to this one.

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Photo of Weissenheimer
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pint is beautiful. The light gives it a wonderful, lambent coppery caramel appearance. Lots of little bubbles slowly ascend to the foamy marshmallow fluff fawn head. I take a sniff. My fear that this would be "like Arrogant Bastard, but moreso" were unfounded. The scent doesn't even remind me of Bastard except for the citrus constituent, and even that is not immediately detectable. The smell is sharply hoppy with a sweet citrus overtone.

I take a taste, and... Mmmm. This is much more balanced than Bastard. It's tasty, astringent, woody, and malty, with plenty of molasses and a hint of smoke. It's really impressively complex, and with each sip I become more amazed at the elaborate and languorous progression of flavors. First comes a malty, woody, slighty smoky taste. Then I get a wave of citrus which reconfigures itself into a hoppy bitterness. After that comes a scorched, ashy phase and finally a tart, bitter finish which lasts well over thirty seconds. Yes, I was actually so impressed with the taste progression that I timed it.

This beer has certain qualities of Belgians, most noteably a marked complexity. However, it's most definitely its own animal, and unmistakably American. I'll be getting more of this.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice, frothy, three-finger-deep, barely off-white head of various-sized bubbles and good clumping; cling is okay but not particularly sticky. Color of bronze with near-garnet highlights; copper glow and dark, orangey-honey... changing all the time as I move the glass through different lighting conditions... hey, what color is this, anyway? Aroma: honey, cinnamon, bit of nutmeg. Cane-sugar maltiness up front; leafy, cool hops at back of nose achieve near strawberry tones; slight touch of warm alcohol. Where to even start with the flavor? Malts up front, enormous brown sugar and butterscotch all over the palate, then huge hops come barrelling through, unbelievably fresh, flowery hops! grapefruity and tannic; alcohol warmth in midpalate and is that rosemary?! rye whiskey? Wolloping mouthfeel is just body, body, body that BITES; firm, pervasive, lingering. Drinkability gets high marks because you just keep coming back to explore the flavors. In a word? Vast.

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Photo of taez555
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark brown ruby red body with a small tan head.

The nose was a dark, sweet malt smell. Soft citrus tones. Sweet and actually a little fruity. A slight touch of bread and biscuit even.

This beer was very thick and fully bodied. Lots of dark malts, with big juicy fruit with a strong citrus hop taste. It basically starts off very juicy, almost like an apple. It then proceeds into this dark malt taste, and then... it's followed by a huge, very loose, centennial type high alpha acid hop taste. Smooth and very present, but really all over the place hop wise.

Overall I was really impressed by this beer. I'm sure the description doesn't do it justice. I've never been a big fan of the arrogant bastard. I can admire it, but it just seems like all the flavors are stuck together as if it's coal being pressed into a diamond. This though.... The flavors are all there, it's very drinkable, and just very tasty. A superb beer, my new favorite from Stone.

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

Double Bastard pours with a large frothy head that is quite long lasting. The head eventually dissipates to a thick light brown lace. Reddish brown in color and clear, yet becomes hazy on later pours and white sediment eventually collects on the bottom of the glass. This brew is wonderful, but tough for me to wrap my arms around. The aroma is strong with notes of dark fruit and caramel malt. I picked up some slight vinous notes on the nose as well, along with loads of hops and alcohol. The start is smooth with dark fruits and a touch of oak and alcohol (rum, whiskey, bourbon, can’t really put my finger on it). The hops kick in mid swallow, and last through the finish. Alcohol melds with all the piney, grapefruity hops and leads to a rather warming finish. Some roasted notes are also noticeable in the end reminding you that the malts have never faded from the picture. The aftertaste lasts forever. Rich, complex brew. At 10% ABV, this is one that is great to enjoy slowly during an evening. Flavors develop even more as the brew warms a bit, making a slow paced drinking of this brew even more rewarding.

I bought 4 of these this winter, and have made sure to put one aside for next year. The rest won't make it through the month.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bomber. Poured a deep copper with a fairly decent head that stuck around, leaving some lacing behind. Aroma is very malty with plenty of hops. Taste is well.... some people can find malt in there, well all I taste is hops, hops and more hops. Mouthfeel starts out smooth and mildly sweet, then what rears it's mightly head? hops, hops, and more hops! To me this is just another IPA, more than a Strong/old ale. A true hop lovers dream. But for me it is just overpoweringly bitter.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.