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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,041 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 2,041
Hads: 6,356
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 5.4%
Wants: 461
Gots: 1,171 | FT: 40
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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Reviews: 2,041 | Hads: 6,356
Photo of do_ob
2.74/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/14/14. Sampled and reviewed on February 19, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Poured a very nice dark, roasted amber. Almost red, yet, almost brown. Barely any head whatsoever, mild carbonation. Smelll is weak, but hints of hops, citrus, lemon, orange, and apples. The first sip sent a chill down my spine. Very hoppy, with hints of spices. Also citrus/lemon is pretty apparent to me. Leaves with a dry finish. Lingering zest and hops after every sip.

I really wanted to like this beer, especially after being a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. But honestly, this one is just too much. I tried this by itself and with food, and it just dominates no matter what. Simply stronger than I prefer my beer. I decided to try it given the World Class rating, but it just didn't do it for me. Should've taken heed to the warning on the back I guess. (903 characters)

Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved Arrogant Bastard, and was excited to try Double Bastard, because I thought I would like something even more intense. However, I did not enjoy this beer. It was far too much for me. Given the flavor of these two beers, maybe something called Bastard and a Half would be better for me. (291 characters)

Photo of nelser01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting more hoppy like Arrogant Bastard. Flavor is more like an American Barleywine. I still prefer Double Dog as a benchmark for a double IPA. (154 characters)

Photo of BillCheck
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic beer. Very Malty presence accompanied by a pleasant hop bitterness along the lines of grapefruit. Also smoother than I had thought at 11%. (155 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard, British pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a lovely, rich, dark rust and ruby color. Forms about a finger of quickly dissipating, medium tan colored head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 2.25 - Smell is pretty boring to me. Light touches of malt and hops with a strong imperial pilsner aroma.
T - 3 - Beer is quite a malt bomb, definitely needs time to age even though the labeling states to enjoy fresh as well. Upfront there are sweet extremely malty tones, reminiscent of an imperial IPA that has sat too long, but in someway you can tell it is intentional here. This fades into the classic, over the top hoppy bitterness Arogant Bastard is known and loved for. There are some more subtle notes of things like raisins and dark fruits in the back, but these but is just too malty for me.
F - 3.75 - Decent bodied beer.
O - 3 - Middle of the road score here. Wish I had let it age a bit longer, but Stone should not encourage the drinking of this beer fresh on their bottle! I think more breweries should follow in the footsteps of Deschutes and put a best AFTER date on their bottle! All in all, and OK beer as is, can taste potential with some aging though! (1,199 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Donnelly's Public House in Fairport, NY.

Pours a clear dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like burnt pine, wood, leather, caramel, and toffee.

This is essentially a hoppy barleywine. It's much better than Arrogant Bastard, if I can be honest. It tastes like burnt pine, wood, leather, caramel, toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, with a pretty heavy bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. The bitterness lingers really strongly after each sip.

This is really an excellent beer. I didn't think I'd like it much after not loving Arrogant Bastard, but this is much better. (682 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Champagne's for $7.99 22oz bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that is gone within a minute to a film. Dark amber gold color. Super dark almost brown.

S- A lot of malt here. Tons of hops.

T- Super rich and complex. Honey galore. Scotch overtones.

M- Super thick and creamy.

O- Nice beer but very heavy. Enjoyable fresh and am looking forward to an aged one in a year or two.

Food Pairing

This wonderful big beer went well with....... Chicken wings with medium hot sauce. Blue cheese really pairs well.

Enjoy (570 characters)

Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014
I have a more fully developed palette since I drank it last time

This time, all I taste is malts, malts, and malts with a hint of malts. Aside from the malts, this is still a really good beer. I drank it at around 13C and you can definitely taste the fruitiness of the body. You can barely taste the alcohol. (315 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 2014 Stone box set:
Nice mostly clear ruby brown color. Head grows thick and lasts, lacing the glass with copious amounts of residual head that clings. Nose is a tad weak, but has some sweet candy-like notes (dark cherry-ish), some dark fruit, but an abundance of hops bite (woody, even piney).

The taste does have a certain boldness of hops, but is a bit more balanced than I expected (but not actually balanced). This is a Stone Arrogant Bastard, after all. Cola-like candy flavor is the first taste that hits. It turns with the addition of hops bitterness into an earthy flavor, almost a bit of coffee ice cream flavor for a fleeting moment before the hops reach their full power. Woody in nature, the hops just linger with the candy flavor, providing a weird long-term taste that isn't my favorite. Body is fairly full, carbonation plays perhaps just a tad too much.

Not a big flavor profile difference than regular Arrogant Bastard, I don't think (even if I described them differently). The final hop/candy flavor is just off-putting enough for me to rate it any higher. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one powerful beer! It is a strong ale that will be remembered once you drink it. It has a ton of complex maltiness and hopped nicely. This beer packs a serious punch. (174 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Looks like practically every other beer in the Bastard line-up: Murky dark red/brown with a big 2 finger tan head that retains for a long time and leaves awesome lacing.

Smell - Caramely, toasty malts with a musty, sweet fruitiness. Some piney hops hide underneath. Booze is all over the more, but in the most mellow, pleasant of ways.

Taste - Not half as abrasive as I was expecting... The high alcohol content really tempers the flavors. Sweet, caramely, toasty malts are up front with LOADS of musky fruitiness and nuances of yeasty spice and cocoa. The hops reinforce the somewhat tropical fruitiness, then begin to creep in to balance with a well-rounded pine and citrus bite. Finishes semi-sweet with toasty malt sweetness hanging on tightly and moderate pine resin bitterness that seems to build; a slight alcohol burn lets you know this is a huge beer. Otherwise, any specific fusel booziness is nonexistant.

Feel - Decidedly, this is a full bodied monster of a beer with a viscous feel that coats the mouth. Thankfully the carbonation is executed perfectly - smooth and creamy but ample enough to lighten the feel, which is quite drinkable for a beer of this heft. Awesome.

Overall - Finishing a bomber of this isn't just "having a beer", it's an event. Super flavorful, super complex, this Bastard is much more well-rounded than I thought it would be: the huge flavors really marry together well and the booze is ridiculously well integrated. The musty fruitiness of this beer almost reminds me of a Belgian quad. A bit sweeter than I'd prefer, this is still one hell of a brew by Stone, I'm impressed (and a little buzzed). (1,675 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber 2014 vintage poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruby garnet with 1/2 finger of off-white head and a fine lace

Smell: Hops with a lot of pine and earthy hop aromas

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with a lot of earth tones similar to the aroma and finishes with caramel and toffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium but lighter and not as sticky as the ABV would suggest

Overall: A fantastic winter sipper that I look forward to. I haven't had it cellared but when fresh there is an overwhelming hop bitterness and flavor that is enjoyable. The hoppiness helps to balance the high alcohol content. I personally find this to have a real "old-school" hop flavor. A lot of earth and pine notes as opposed to something like Enjoy by IPA. (750 characters)

Photo of BrewClint
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not very good at writing reviews for beer, but I try.
This is just too flowery and bitter for my liking. Not really sure why they call it an American Strong Ale. I have really lost confidence in anything labeled as American now. (233 characters)

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; 2013 vintage, bottled on 9/16/2013. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, floral, grass, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, pine, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome strong ale style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,588 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma initial faint resinous hops fading to a fruity malt
Head small (2 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to a 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing fair – partial rings and small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor begins with a slight hit of hops which instantly is overwhelmed by a fruity maltiness with a bit of alcohol entering the nose; the hops return as a short-lived bitter aftertaste. No diacetyl.
Palate medium to full, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75 (611 characters)

Photo of SomethingClever
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

220z poured into snifter

A: Gorgeous murky Carmel color like a brackish brown nice head and it finishes into a ring around the beer and then it laces the glass to the finish

S: like a resiny hoppy mess it just smells like it's going to make you pucker it's piney Sticky smell

T: It's dripping hops and full on your face bitter with a smooth malt back bone that eases the bitterness into nothing. It's shocking this beer you just expect to be bitter and abrasive but it's smooth.

M: has full to medium feel

O: I had this last year and it was more abrasive in your face. this year it's smoother I'm not sure it's a bad thing. It's so smooth it's smell promises sticky and bitter but the taste is there without the over-the-top ness of bitterness. (753 characters)

Photo of SSS
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A-Red brown clear colour with a tan head that quickly dissipates
S-At 11%, alcohol hits the nose! along with a malty prune and disguised spice
M-Carbonation is light and let's the alcohol through
T-Malty, toasted goodness,gets balance of bitter and sweet with a soar note
O-Drank this fresh, not aged, I wish I had bought another or store in the cellar. Delicious beer that packs a punch, full bodies and very complex flavour. It takes some solid brain power to digest this wonderful beer, highly recommend. (509 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
3.79/5  rDev -11%

Quick review-

I found Double Bastard to be less appealing than regular Arrogant.

The 11+% ABV is not noticed, which is neither here nor there. But the taste is simply too sweet for my liking.



(Lukcy Bastard > Double by a full rating point- IMO.) (254 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

There is no way to add to over 2000 (at this writing) reviews. This is from a 2014 version, 22 oz.

The aroma lets you know you are in for it. Malts, some bitter hiding in there, and 11AVB you can feel in the back cavity of your nostrils. Big, malty goodness up front, with more in the finish. Some balancing bitter to cut the stickiness. The finish coats the tongue with the caramel maltiness but burns it good on the way down.

This will punch you in the mouth because you asked for it. (488 characters)

Photo of amsguitarist
4/5  rDev -6.1%

First time drinking this beer. Strong hops, strong malt presence. Interesting aroma, similar to what RR sours smell like... some sort of fermented apple scent. Very complex taste, bitter fades but the malt lingers for quite awhile. Alcohol presence is there, but actually not too strong for something around 11%. Definitely a sipper. (333 characters)

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Bought the Bastard box on a whim, haven't had many of these for awhile except for a couple enjoy boy's.
Too bad that a lot of these don't get the love that the rare beers get. Inexpensive, and quite delicious.$5 a bomber in this pack. (235 characters)

Photo of LouZ
4.91/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draft. So good. Poured a nice, caramel-like copper color. Nice, sweet aromas from the glass. This was a nice surprise of hop aggressiveness, which I love, with a sweet barleywine finish! A new favorite from Stone, and worth the wait to try. (240 characters)

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Plenty of good reviews have already been written on this beer in standard beer-review format so I decided to write a haiku about this one:

beautiful red brown
bitter creamy malty booze
I am satisfied (200 characters)

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 22oz on 11/24/14 into tulip glass; bottled 10/24/14

A: murky, brown-amber with a 1/4", light tan head that lasts only for a few minutes except for the edges of the glass. A far amount of lacing throughout consumption.

S: An initial, punchy blend of of maltiness and hops, pseudo-sweet (raisin) and a hint of fresh-from-the-oven bread, and grapefruity-citrus. A slight wiff of alcohol lures you in just as much as it may scare you away.

T: Living up to the 'liquid arrogance' moniker posted all over the fun label, this one isn't for the faint of heart. The amount of maltiness here is generally a bit higher than I like, but is cut and balanced well with the same aggressiveness from the hopiness. A bit of carmel upfront with citrus on the finish leading to a fairly complex taste that enjoyably lingers for a few seconds. The maltiness calms a bit as this one warms.

M: Deliciously smooth carbonation with a medium to full body

O: A lot of beer within a beer as you might expect from the name and description. Surprisingly balanced, as the 1-2 punch I hoped for. Not for the faint of heart and worth trying if you enjoy other Stone offerings. Aging may mellow out the aggressive profiles, but I'd hesitate to make it maltier than it already is. (1,271 characters)

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

22 oz. bottle, vintage 2014, bottled on date 10/14/2014 printed on the bottleneck. My first encounter with the Stone Double Bastard. A long ridiculous nonsensical rant printed on the bottle, as always. My bottle lists an 11.00% abv. Not entirely sure what to expect here.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a muddled ruby reddish colored body. Less than a finger of soft tan head that goes down quick. Some minor spotty sticky lacing on the glass. It comes off in appearance as a thick and heavy beer.

S - The aroma is sweet and malty - caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, with dank resinous hop notes - pine, grapefruit, tea leaves. Some mild solventy alcohol presence is

T - Sweet & herbal. Tea leaves, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, pine, resins, grapefruit, notes of wood & vanilla present themselves.

M - The feel is fairly smooth and creamy, mildly bitter, resinous, and piney on the finish. Semi-dry. Very easy drinking though, despite the high 11.00% abv. Full-bodied with good moderate carbonation.

Overall, a tasty, layered, rich, and complex beer that grows on me more as it warms. Definitely recommended drinking, and I would for sure be interested to see what some serious age would do to one of these bottles.

Stone Double Bastard Ale -----4/5. (1,283 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,041 ratings.