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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,043 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,043
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 395
Gots: 950 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2+ fingers of head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is a dark amber brown.

S. Quite a bit of hop aroma, and a big blend of malty goodness. Caramel malt mixed with some piney hops. Brown sugar, molasess, raisins, and spice come out more as it warm. Gives the beer a sweet spicy aroma reminsescent of a cookie. Really like the smell on this.

T. Has hop bitterness up front, followed by caramelt malt sweetness. Surprised by the amount of bitterness in this one. Spices come out on the back of the tongue, hard to pin down individual flavors. I have difficulty getting passed all of the bitterness.

M. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Wish the taste followed the aroma more closely. I prefer Strong Ales or Barleywines with more sweetness than this. Not sure if some of that bitterness will fade over time or not. Right now it seems to be a beer contradicting itself.

Photo of Trooper
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again an amazing Double Bastard from Stone Brewing. Hits right away with big molasses flavors and bitter bite. We paired it first with grain crackers, this brought out the dry biscuit flavors, then we paired it with sharp cheddar. This eliminated all bitter flavors and smoothed out the florals, then we had unshelled salted nuts, after this the brew was sweet, bold and flavorful.
All the things I love in a brew, big hops, big malt body, great head, amazing.
Just saying I will have four or five of these stashed for trading.

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of gr0g
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanksgiving 2012.
Comparison of 2011 and fresh 2012 bombers.
After a year, both hops and alcohol are muted. Still, there's a solid bitterness that hits almost immediately and lasts throughout. The rich, toffee-like malt body is much more prevalent in the flavor profile, making this very much like AB on steroids.
Fresh 2012 DB, now back up to 11.2% ABV, is a total ass-kicker. Bitterness is at DIPA levels. Huge malt and hop contributions in both aroma and flavor. Distinct pineapple note upfront. Some booziness present, seemingly appropriate.
Either fresh or after being laid down, DB is a hugely flavorful ale. Consume now if you want big IBUs and don't mind a bit of a fuel note, or let it sit so that the malt body shines through.

11/24/2011.
Bomber, 2011 release. No bottling date.
Pours a reddish-brown with a thin head that fades to a small ring of tiny bubbles that clings to the sides of the snifter. Some woody aroma notes; prodigious hopping imparting some pine; caramel sweetness and ripe fruit also, with a slight fuel note. Very complex, multidimensional aroma overall. Bitterness hits the tongue first, not surprising for a Stone brew. Malt sweetness follows, though much more subdued from my memory of last year's release; have to assume that one had aged more. Sweet raisin, fig notes more prominent as it warms. Hop bitterness picks up again toward the finish, lingers for a bit afterwards. This is an awesome brew when young, provided that you don't mind a blast of hops, and will only get better as it mellows out over time.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Arrogant Bastard tap takeover at House of Beer in Gaiensville. Clear deep amber pour with creamy off white head. Heavy caramel toffee aroma, some fruit, but mostly focused on the huge malts here. Flavor is very dry with malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, biscuits, plenty of bitter to boot. Alcohol warmth is strong with this one, but not overwhelming. Big brew, yet not syrupy on the palate. Nice.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JGcontraman
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-''::Pour::''-
No aggression is needed for the pour and you can see a lot of action going on as it fills up in a Weyerbacher pint glass. Quickly but swiftly, the head reaches the top of the glass, about roughly an inch thick. In fact, the glass almost overflowed.

-''::Appearance::''-
Sort of a dark amber copper color. The head maintains a very nice light tan where you can see micro bubbles endlessly flow up from the bottom of the glass. Simply put, just one of the beautiful moments for a beer enthusiast to see.

-''::Head & Lacing::''-
The head retains itself quite well but you will notice after a while that it will start to fade. Very foamy view from the top of the glass, as if I’m visualizing a cloud of foam where I can barely see any porousness. The lacing sticks well to the glass as if it’s not going anywhere for the time being, even when the head starts to fade down more and more.

-''::Nose::''-
Right off the back you pick up notes of citrus and pine along with a buried scent of grain alcohol with deeply hidden caramel that indicates the balance of malt and hops overall. It’s hard for me to tell what other aromas linger.

-''::Palate::''-
There is a steadily hint of the alcohol blended with citrus and pine straight up front. Of 11.2% ABV you really get the taste of the grain alcohol, but not as much as you would if you were to sip high ABV spirits. It simply doesn't bother me, since I’m use to hard spirits with a rough taste, and in general it just seems quite sessionable regardless. In that regard, I actually develop more appreciation for the alcohol taste as it is backed up by other complex and intense varieties of flavors that tend to sneak in which I can’t really put my finger on.

In the back, the hops creep up nicely, I guess that may be the lingering of the citrus and pine flavor of them steadily undermined by the bittersweet malt flavor, which is indeed quite complicated to comprehend for myself even. I do also get a hint of caramel and maybe somewhat of a rye or whole grain bread flavor but overall this seems to be a stronger version of the ordinary Arrogant Bastard Ale as far as the palate serves. There may be other flavors I can’t pick up, but maybe that is because I am overwhelmed by the mentioned flavors.

Overall with the flavor, there is a pretty good balance of malt and hops, but I think in the end I get more of a balance of the bittersweet malt mixed with the taste of alcohol. I guess one can imagine the taste as if it was a more sessionable Tequila, except it tastes nothing like Tequila and Tequila tastes nothing like it. Especially as it warms up, the malt flavor seems to dominate but when it was cold I was definitely able to sense the balance of hops up with the malt.

-''::Overall::'-
This is just about the best damn beer I ever had. Demonstrated is a very relinquishing balance of hops and malt with a pleasant blended hint of alcohol along with other varieties of complex flavors. Not much more can be expected or should be expected here. I always wish for every beer I have had though, that the flavor can have more bitterness to it. On the definite side, this is definitely just a stronger and more improved Arrogant Bastard Ale.

It was either this or the Oaked Arrogant Bastard I was posed with getting at the Liquor Store just the other day and needless to say, I am delightfully satisfied. Next time I’ll be sure to pick up the Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and do a review on that as well. Taking a look at the beer is also a site to see, especially for those beer enthusiasts. Aroma is heavily inviting for the next sip with the palate to back it up. Lacing remains to stick to the glass from the start.

Pours with ease and it’s not for the weak hearted to drink as it mentions on the bottle. Be warned though, you will taste the alcohol. However, I think the alcohol taste is simply the best thing about this beer because it gives it that robust spark to back up the palate just a little bit more than an ordinary beer would with a lesser ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the local shoprite which has recently opened up a liquor department. Not sure how long this has been sitting on the shelf:

It has a nice smooth red copper appearance with a non-heady pour. I was expecting this to be a way too strong IPA, but its not and i was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes the high alcohol content makes me feel like I'm drinking vodka and not a beer. But i felt this was just right. And while this may not be the best IPA I've had this year, month or week; its certainly not that bad.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cellared above 45 degrees for 2 years. This bomber is a November 2010 release.

A - A perfect brown color with a lacy medium tan head.

S - A nice balance of hops and malt. There's certainly an essence from what might be considered a barleywine.

T - Pungent plum and then a rich peach candy flavor toward the end. The flavor is quite rich.

M - It definitely has a sharpness to it.

~ This is a very entertaining beer. I am very in. It has a goodness to it that come through big time just like the big time 11.2% abv. Get one!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,043 ratings.