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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,126
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 414
Gots: 1,011 | FT: 32
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear amber-red with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, pine, grassy, and floral hops with some caramel malts and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and orange hops with some bitterness and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, some pine, grassy and floral hops come through with some caramelized malts. The finish is mix of grapefruit, pine, grassy, and floral hops with some caramel malts and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big and bold, but very smooth and balanced at the same time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Head craters slowly, unevenly, and unpredictably; leaving dry sticky residue in its wake. Thick, dry, persistent beer ring lacing. Kind of like tree rings....you can measure the drinking experience.

S: Hearty malt, butterscotch, caramel, parchment, a little honey, and a little orange citrus.

T: Sweet, nutty, roasted malt. Bittersweet hop character characterized by a little licorice, with butterscotch. A little bit of a root beer liqueur sort of thing going on.

M: Thick, syrupy, and hearty. Bittersweet start, and a lingering dry bitter finish. But no so much so to be off-putting. Well-balanced. Earthy tone.

D: You might be able to sip this one down....you probably should, but it's really, really good...which might create a conundrum for you.

Atmosphere is great. Great head (and I do like great head), lots o' residue, and the characteristic great Stone lacing. Nose is a great combination of candied malt, and a little fruit....all distinct. Thick and syrupy body, characterized by a very earthy feel, some sweet tones, some bitter tones. Well-balanced. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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

2012 bottling. Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku. It pours a slightly hazy, reddish-amber color with a nice head that has some good retention considering the high ABV and lacing that practically coats the entire inside of the glass. This beer has a fabulous nose. It smells like over-ripe peaches, oranges, and pineapples mixed with rum-soaked cherries. I also pick up notes of marmalade and toast. Yummy!

The beer has a full body and a slick, velvety feel. When they call this a ``strong ale'', they aren't kidding. Sticky, syrupy flavors of sweet malt and toast greet you up front. The sweetness is very well-balanced with a nice mix of bitter, resiny hops and an alcohol warmth that nibbles at you from mid-palate on down. I'm getting flavors of biscuity maltiness, fruity esters providing hints of orange marmalade and cherries, and a bit of diacetyl. Lots of obnoxious booziness on the finish, but I don't mind. In this beer, you just know it's intentional.

This is an excellent beer, but it's definitely not something I would want to drink more than once per year. It's super-strong, but for my palate it doesn't have the complexity of Lukcy Basartd or the drinkability of Oak-Aged Arrogant Bastard. Still, I'm awfully glad I tried it.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,126 ratings.