Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

6,301 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,301
Reviews: 2,073
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,142 | FT: 41
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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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Photo of Foxman
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a coppery amber with dancing ruby highlights. A little less than a finger of off-white head dwindles rapidly to wisps of froth. Sticky swirls of lacing cling tenaciously to the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a muscular wave of toasted malt sweetness battling a king's ransom of floral citrus hops. A caramel note wraps itself around a definitive nasal invasion of alcohol, muting the overall potency slightly.

Simply....Wow! The first sip brings a tongue lashing of poignant malt sweetness smoothly carrying the expected note of caramel, and even some berry holds its ground briefly before being utterly innundated by a dry grapefruit and florally creamy tsunami of hops. The dense pockets of flavor also pack a solid wallop of alcohol, keeping you attentive. It doesn't so much finish as thunder to a close with a legacy of currants and a mouth-drying hops bitterness. Bold and brash, it impressively balances some pretty big ticket flavor elements.

Heavy bodied, it lubricates slickly and coats sweetly, filling the mouth with chewy texture and leaving the tongue glowing hoppily.

It's meaty, beaty, big, and bouncy! Delivering on a reputation that's obviously well-earned, it's all I hoped for and more. Because of the hugeness the balance seems precarious, but it never falters. Like the rest of the beer, the ABV is big too, and it will smack you down if you let it. Still, I'd drink as many more of these as I could until I fell down, but I'm sure I'd be sorry come morning. I just wish every bastard I knew was as fun to be around as this one!

Photo of TripelJ
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Now Quaffing: Stone Double Bastard ~ 650ml

Pours a deep, dark, hazy ruby with an agressive, sticky tan head. Nice webs of lacing as the beer recedes. Aroma is sweet, with noticeable hops and a light medicinal presence. Thick and smooth, with a nice malt presence in the beginning of each sip. Dark cherries with hints of alcohol followed by a citrusy hop presence, which dominates the finish, but balances out the beer on the whole. There is a slight medicinal aftertaste, which lingers a little longer than desired. Drinkability is not as good as some high abv beers I have had.

Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tight, sticky, beige head sits atop the beautiful mahogany colored liquid and leaves behind wonderful lacing.

The aroma acts as a warning of what is to come. Citrus comes first with grapefruit and pineapple, followed by fresh pine. Next inviting scents of toffee and caramel maltiness let you know things will be alright. Then the smell of alcohol mocks you now that you're drawn in.

Flavor is very complex. Begins very smooth and creamy. Toffee, burnt sugar, fruits, and caramel kick things off. Toasted malt follows and then the tounge gets a lashing. Grapefruit and piney hops takeover allowing an earthy-woodiness to settle in the backround. Then comes the alcohol to say its peace as it warms the belly and lets you know the rollercoaster ride of flavor is over.

Full-bodied and creamy with mild carbonation. Drinkability takes a hit due to the richness and high alcohol of the brew.

This is a huge beer that is amazingly balanced for something that can be so malty and so hoppy at different times. The flavors tease each other to make something menacingly delicious. It smacks you around as you ask for more. Cheers to the Bastard!

Thanks to Jeff (brewmesum) for making this experience possible.

Photo of soper2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally able to snag a bottle of this fabled brew at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. 2003 edition, It poured an amber red with a nice cream collar. I was expecting a huge hop profile but I was surprised when my first taste had more malt than hops! The hop flavor came through after I got over my initial shock. There is a little bit of alcohol evident which becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. There is a slight oily feeling left on the tongue which i actually enjoy. If drinking slowly the drinkability is amazingly high as I was able to finish off 2 bombers of this in one night(over about 3 hours) without fatiguing my palate. I love this beer and may have to stock so I can enjoy it year round.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'03 release. I've been sitting on this for a few months now, and settling in to watch "Boondock Saints" with a lovely lady seemed the right time to pop open the DB. She loves hops, so that helped a bit. Pours a deep mahogany. Very sticky beer, on the palate, in the glass...stickiness is the nature of this beast. Candy sweet nose, plenty of hops and alcohol as well. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. I actually expected this to be hoppier than it was. Don't get me wrong, there's a shitload of hops in this brew, but the maltiness is HUGE! Very roasty, moreso than its younger sibling. I'm glad that malt profile is so big, it balances this brew out so well. Resinous wood and pine notes are noticeable as well. Loads of flavor, a fantastic beer. I wouldn't expect anything less from the kids at Stone.

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

Pours a brownish copper color....impressve looking...little head...nose is malty and seet...dark fruits...cherries...plums...also some excellent molasses/brown sugar notes....body is firm, full and it exhibts a slightly spicy mouthfeel from the alcohol..definitely a sipper....big beer all the way..

Very tasty...sweet dark fruits and brown sugar dominate....alcohol spiciness slices into the sweetness(the alcohol spiciness feels almost like grain alcohol at times )....closes with a late piney hop feel...

Outstanding beer....feels like a BW to me...a standout....

Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2003 release that I drink at room temp.
The brew pours ruby/mahogany in color and a beige fluffy tightly packed head foams up easily and fades to a edge layer around my snifter.
The aroma is very fruity with hints of apple and pears also a floral hop aroma is present.
First sip reveals a gentle carbonation and creamy smooth texture.
The flavor is malty sweet up front with some earth and piney flavors in the middle and finish. The finish is also a little dry and vinous. I definitely get alcohol warmth on the way to my belly. This is a pretty tasty brew and fairly easy to drink for a 10% abv!

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle, enjoyed in paper cups at the Warwick NY Disc Golf Ice Bowl. This beer is the ultimate, huge, flavorful, over the top and strong. Big nose, big malt, crushing hop bitterness. Alcohol obviously present, but well in the background, Thick body feel, dances on and coats the tongue and entire mouth.Stone is setting the standard. Perfect brew for a winter, BBQ. Went great with spicy chili and hot sausage sandwedges.

Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to WRXbeerwagon for this. Pours a maple syrup reddish-brown with a sticky off-white head. Smells of sweet malts, rich caramel, and noticeable alcohol. Hops are bastardly huge. Taste: huge malt sweetness. Alcohol. Brandy. All balanced by big resiny hops. A little raw methinks, age might do this beer some good. Mouthfeel is thick, sugary, and big. Drinkability: I'm not worthy (every night).

Photo of xgrigorix
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Twenty two ounce brown bottle, 2003 release.

Pours out a glowing chestnut brown. Clear, with swift moving small bubbles of carbonation. Topped by a thin, dense tan head, that leaves some spotty lace behind.

Complex, toasted malt, plums, resinous piney hops, & a whiff of alcohol.

Wow! Wonderfully sweet toasted malt, caramel, juicy ripe plums, & hints of apple. A brash tongue searing hop flavour takes control with notes of orange zest & pine balance this out. The hop oils linger pleasantly & beg another sip.

Slick, thick, slightly syrupy, modest carbonation.

Is it an IPA? Is it a barley wine? I don't care! A bold & brash sipping beer, that takes regular arrogant bastard out back, beats it with a switch, & takes off with its wallet.

Photo of sprackops
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very cool bottle. Pours dark amber, almost black into my nonick pint glass. Low to medium carbonation. Thin but adequate head, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, caramel, molasses all melding into what I can only describe as a pineapple-like scent. Both the hops and malt take over the room by exploding in this delicious bouquet the moment you unleash it from the bottle. Through all of this I can hardly detect the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and fruity at first, opening up to an incredibly complex array of flavors. Tangy juicy hops battle dark malts with an almost scotch-like smoky caramel flavor for dominance. Never bitter or cloying, the balance of this brew is just perfect. Barely detectable alcohol presence. Very satisfying.

Mouthfeel: The thickness of this brew's malt backbone coupled with the hop oils is something unique which I regret to say I've never experienced before, not even in imperial stouts or heavy barleywines. I hesitate to describe it as syrupy, but I think in this case it is an apt description which applies only in the most positive of ways. Gentle carbonation releases new flavors on the tongue. Truly exceptional.

Drinkability: I could easily knock back several of these in a night, rather unusual for such thick, high abv brews. Truth be told it just tastes and feels so damn good that you can have one after another until you're absolutely plastered if you don't stop yourself.

One of many reasons we should be proud of the microbreweries here in North America. This is truly innovative, worldclass beer.

Photo of travolta
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Head lasted a while and was right on the money with formation and color. It was mocha in color and frothy, just like a cappuccino. Color was toasty red. maybe even a brown ruby Lacing is very nice.

Nose: The smells explode out of the glass. It is very sweet, with fruits, citrus, malt.

Taste: Quite foamy in the mouth. It started bitter and ended with alcohol. The bitter hoppines and alcohol made for an interesting aftertaste. Carmel, fruit, citrus, hops, wheat are all present. there is a mean hop bite in the middle of your mouth.

Notes: This is an excellent brew. For sure a brew you want for yourself, dont share!

Photo of truthbrew
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, 2003 Vitange which I brought back from Ohio.

Muddy red with light tan head that fizzles quickly. Tastes a bit more balanced that regular AB. I picked up a minty flavor when swallowing, which was surprisingly not unpleasent. A very think and chunky mouthfeel. A nice BW/OA style beer, but didn't stand out as anything overly special. It's highlights surely were the balance and drinkability.

Photo of filabrazilia
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark orange with a small head that forms generously around the circumference of the glass. Very nice lacing leaves a memory of the beer on the glass.

This smells like a wonderful barleywine with copious malts and hops. There is an undertone of carmel and chocolate.

The taste is malty and sweet with a strong hop finish. This tastes like a world class barleywine. Wonderful.

Mouhtfeel - Full bodied and creamy in the mouth with a strong bitter finish. Great balance in the mouth and a fine drinking experience.

Very drinkable beer. At 10% ABV, this would be difficult to consume in rapid succession. This beer is meant to be savored and quaffed slowly. Enjoy in moderation.

Photo of masterbruewer
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with nice carbonation and a decent head, about a half inch, that sticks around. Very nice lacing

The smell is sweet, lightly grainy and a little hoppy all at the same time.

The flavor is a little coffee like, a little carmelized grain with a hop kick. There's a fruity flavor playing hide and seek in the background and some nice spice. A nice mix of flavors.

The feel is substantial but not heavy or gritty. A solid beer.

Drinkability is good. This beer is full of flavor and no off-flavors.

Photo of freed
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer bears a somewhat intimidating label that is suggesting I shouldn't buy the beer, let alone drink it. I can make my own decisions.

The beer is almost a ruby color under the incandescent lights. Very clear for a big beer. There is almost no head, and the little that congealed disappeared after a couple sips. There was no lacing.

The aroma is perplexing. There is a massive spicy malt aroma mixed with a massive spicy hop aroma. Complimenting the aroma is a slightly orange peel and alcoholic sensation. Still pleasant though.

The taste is quite robust. Bountiful even. Strong malts that provide a mix of sweet, almost syrupy drink. A mix of hops and malt provide a nice spice compliment to the syrupy flavor. There is also an alcoholic sharpness that compliments quite well.

Drinks well, and the 22oz isn't too much. That's kind of surprising considering its strength. Maybe the challenge on the label works.

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

Poured a very dark amber -- looked almost black in the nonick, but coppery when held to the light. It had a small to moderate creamy brown head that soon dissipated into a thin film of bubbles. The aroma was thick, sweet malt. The taste was BIG -- hints of chocolate, roast, and a smooth bitterness (?) in the aftertaste. Full, honey-consistency in the mouthfeel. This is a real nice brew.

Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 release deep reddish-brown in color with a beautiful creamy beige head that leaves sticky sheets of lace in the glass. Strong hoppy aromas of grapefruit and candy, citrus, bready and fruity flavors kind of like pineapple cake. Full bodied with a thick almost syrupy mouthfeel, alcohol is very well hidden. Thanks to herbjones for this bastard.

Photo of bewley
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Release.

Woa! Nice, very nice.

I usually don't notice the abv % before drinking a beer, so this one really crept up on me in a most pleasant way. I was just about finished reading the label's "diatribe" when I thought, 'This is better than I thought when I first tasted it a few minutes before.' So, I looked at the label for the abv and saw the 10% and said, "Oh, this is pretty good. I want another."

Thanks for sharing.

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.
ng

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.

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!

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.

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?

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 !

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,301 ratings.