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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,205
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 37
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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Ratings: 6,205 | Reviews: 2,055
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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle bought today and drank today. I bought 6 more for my closet cellar. Damn I wish I would have added a little cellar room in my house. Closet cellaring isn't nearly as convenient or cool as a walk in room. This is the first time I have had the beer. Good stuff and I will pick up another drink it now bottle. It's a little boozey but not to the point that its not enjoyable. It smells sweet and the taste seems sweet until you get into it a bit. In reading the reviews I am looking forward to trying this in a year.

Enjoyed the lucky as well. Will definitely grab a couple more of those for now drinking.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated October 19, 2012.

Beer pours a clear amber hue. Large off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

Nose contains a big sweet caramel malt scent, along with wood. Mixed with that is lots of pine resin and citrus. Really an example of strong malt and hops, with neither really dominant.

Taste is like the nose. Caramel malt, burnt toffee and wood. Lots of pine and citrus. Both malt and hop result in huge flavours. The alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant. Quite bitter.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Oily.

Overall, very good. A big beer for sure.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

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

Many thanks to my brother for holding back on drinking those older vintages so we could have this awesome tasting!

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter. This formal review is on the 2012 release (fresh).

(Appearance) Reddish Sunset orange with clarity, billowing creamy tan head with good retention. Slight pulpy matter included, mild carbonation. 4

(Smell) Spicy cinnamon rye bread, heavy sweet caramel, medium balanced bitterness, faint to no alcohol in the nose. 4

(Taste) Slick sweet caramel with a medium bitterness, mild dark fruit. Alcohol is faint. 4

(Mouthfeel) Medium carbonation, slick but chewy. Alcohol presence is medium-low. Body is high. 4

(Overall) A lot more malty and rounded than Arrogant Bastard, with a more robust but balanced profile. As compared to older vintages, fresh is decent but this beer has lots of additional complexity and depth to reveal with a couple of years behind it. 4


Vintage Reviews:

2011 (1 year aged):
Creamy head still, albeit a creamier tan turned white. Good retention. Aroma highlights growing malt character but a still prevalent hoppy bitterness, creating a conflict with the direction of the beer. Flavor is indicative of a deepening caramel malt character with a bolder, more robust body and a clean, solid finish. Alcohol presence is medium, emergent somewhat by fading bitterness. Superior over the fresh batch although muddied somewhat, it needs more time to balance the flavors.

2010 (2 years aged):
Notably less clear appearance, copper with a thin paler head than the fresh vintage. Balanced aroma- although muted somewhat, there’s still significant hoppy character with less invasive bitterness. The caramel bread has developed mild fruity tones and the yeast has worked wonders on the complexity of this beer; hints of developing raisin and dates pair well with the caramel bread. The flavors are clean and mildly sweet, still moist, and the alcohol, while notable is largely concealed. I found this a well-rounded beer with two years of age on its belt; the flavors are more thoroughly developed. Highly recommended vintage.

2008 (4 years aged):
Murky muddy copper appearance, thin depleted head. Aroma is fuller; notably fruitier and smoother with bold caramel and traces of booze. Much fainter bitterness to taste and smoother malts with a slight touch of remaining grainy bread character persist and grow dominant. Dryness is growing on this vintage as many of the flavors have been lost to time. Alcohol presence is medium, a touch easier to discern than in more recent years. Mild oxidation doesn’t impart largely offsetting flavors but instead a lasting fruity, if not murky finish. I would argue that by 4 years of age, Double Bastard is past its prime.

Best Recommended Age: 2 Years

Stone Brewing Company's
Double Bastard Ale (2012, 2011, 2010 & 2008 Vertical Tasting)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Clear copper-amber pour with a touch of crimson. Two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing. Complex malty, floral nose with hints of sticky pine resin, burnt sugar, apricot, grapefruit, yeasty bread, and subtle cinnamon and coriander. Taste follows suit and really opened up as it warmed with lots of bitter pine, brown sugar, booze, caramel, toffee, orange peel, grapefruit, grass, dark fruit, coriander, and just a touch of vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly syrupy and oily with a great tangy bitter hoppiness with subtle warming on the finish. Another outstanding offering from Stone.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark red with a foamy white head which last a while considering the abv.

The smell is sweet malts and citrus hops.

The taste is bitter and hoppy. The citrus hops are really in full force here. You can't taste the alcohol at all. As you let the beer warm up up a sweet malty back bone becomes apparent.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and syrupy low carbonation.

Overall a pretty good beer extremely hoppy and bitter.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My share of a three liter bottle. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Double Bastard pours a clear blood red, with some amber highlights. Two fingers or so of khaki colored foam tops the beer. Head retention is very good, and good sized chunks of lacing dot the glass. The nose features aromas of caramel, booze, pine, and a bit of grapefruit peel. The balance between all those moving parts is wonderful though. The flavor profile leads off with a healthy swirl of caramel, before an aggressive bitterness and a gentle warming alcohol presence set in. The potent hop finish has plenty of pine, and just a bit of grapefruit peel. The body is somewhat sturdy and the carbonation is lively enough to elevate the hops, very solid mouthfeel overall . There's not much more to say about Double Bastard, it's one of the OGs as far as American Strong Ales go, and a great one.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay Chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep-cherry/dark-brown color and leaves behind nearly no head, maybe a half finger.

Smell: Figs and malts along with caramel and hops. Surprisingly light scent overall.

Taste: Hops, caramel, malts and alcohol. It is actually pretty well balanced but the alcohol definitely comes through in a big way. A sipper, but a pleasant sipper.

Mouth-feel: Not overly thick, but definitely has a syrupy quality to it. Not a whole lot of carbonation detected, but some which is nice.

Overall: A satisfying brew. This is a good beer, and a bomber is definitely one to share, as it kicks pretty hard. The combination of the hops and the alcohol and complexity make this a very interesting beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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