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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,120
Reviews: 2,037
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 412
Gots: 1,006 | FT: 32
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Mink's on Delk Rd. in the ATL. 2011 vintage bottle.

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a murky-looking brown goo with lots of errata floating around in it. Medium sized head that stuck around for a few minutes before becoming swirls on the top.

-Smell 4.5: Wow! Thick, malty bouquet with roasted grains and caramel notes. Lots of hops present, but none of it the familiar grapefruit. I also pick up butterscotch, pineapple, thick orange marmalade...very complex bouquet on this brew.

-Taste 4.5: The hop assault begins in the front! Lovely alkaline flavors seeping all around fade into a slightly sweet, smooth, big malty kick in the middle. Finish is also slightly sweet, with lots more of the hops and malt. Everything is so wonderfully balanced. Finish is hoppy and lasts for several minutes. I feel like I could ignite a match with my breath after a sip of this beer.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Carbo level is pleasing to the palate and accentuates this beer.

-Overall 4.5: Excellent beer. I mean...EXCELLENT BEER! Amazing melange of hops and barley malt and just hits the bullseye and then some with what makes a beer a beer. Totally AMERICAN in style and taste. I can think of no parallel to this beer. Not to imply that it is the best beer ever, just that it is unique (to me, anyway). Regardless, I heartily recommend it and you'd be out of your tree to pass it up...if you are lucky enough to find it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a dark red brown color with a thin white head.

S: Reminds me of smelling an American barley wine, highly hopped and malty, except on the sweeter side, like a sweet cherry smell.

T: The taste follows the nose well. Has a nice hop bite to it, yet also a big sweet malt back bone to tame the hops. On the end I get a slight pepper/spice aftertaste. Just a slight booziness on the end, but a pleasant sweet one.

M: Medium bodied. Hops linger for a while. Average amount of carbonation, a little sticky.

Overall a great beer. If you like American style barley wines, you will like this beer. If you are looking for a beer with a lot of flavor, this will hit the spot.

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2011 edition. 10.5%

A: Dark amber with a khaki colored head that fades fairly quick to a collar. No lacing.

S: Rich carmel and toffee dominate. A bit of pine hops, but not nearly as prominent as the hops.

T: Nice toffee and carmel maltiness. Bready. Hops are still around for sure, more near the finish. Pine hops. They still have a decent amount of bite too.Just a tad bit of alcohol on the backend.

M: Fuller body. Thick. Didn't remember this was that thick. Nice and smooth feeling. Moderate to lower carbonation.

O: Decent drinkability for the abv. I had the 2011 fresh and I liked it. This is good too, but I think it's kind of in a weird stage where the hops haven't dropped off that much, and the malt isn't doing anything much different yet. Think this would need to be aged another 6 months to a year to really start to shine.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,120 ratings.