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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,007
Reviews: 2,010
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 389
Gots: 920 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing this one...

Pretty silent looking copper orange body with a solid finger of off white to khaki head that retains and laces well, not much in the way of alcohol legs.

Loads and loads of dense hop notes... bitter dry grapefruit, dripping with tropical fruit syrups, puree, absolutely delightful in this respect... some caramel and faint cinnamon beneath all of that, no real booze character to be spoken for.

Even bigger to the tongue... harsh bitterness plays alongside a more noticeable alcohol presence, tremendous hop bill is very obvious, not quite as smooth and tame as the nose would suggest.

The bitter booze limits the approachability of this one - definitely prefer it with a year or so on it.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a very dark ruby brown color with very little clarity. The head is nice for 11.2% - a one finger light mocha color with nice retention and a wonderful texture. It looks almost like cream floating on top of the beer. There's a nice sheet of lacing down the glass, as well.

S: Don't know why, but the aroma isn't as explosive as I anticipated. The usual suspects of caramel, toffee, and nuttiness are there along with the piny/citrusy hops one would expect from a bastard, but I kind of expected a little more in general.

T: Well, it tastes just like a stronger version of Arrogant Bastard does; I don't know why i expected something different. Nuttiness is strong from the get go, while the finish is a classic Arrogant Bastard 'sneak-up-on-you-with-oily-pine-flavors'. There seems to be a slightly brighter presence of citrus near the finish, and - naturally - the aftertaste is fairly boozy. I can't seem to pick up the faint vanilla presence other reviewers are detecting. The lack of complexity given its gravity is disappointing...but the Arrogant Bastard has never been about finesse, balance, subtlety, or nuance, has he?! Not quite as sweet as I expected, luckily.

M: Smooth and thick like a milkshake - right up until the hop oils sneak up on you. I love the feel of this in general; the boozy/resiny linger on the palate works perfectly for what this is trying to accomplish.

O: Every time Stone lets me down (see: 16th Anniversary IPA, SSR, IPA, and IRS to a lesser extent), I have something from them that restores my faith in them (see: 15th Anniversary black ale and Mint Chocolate Imperial Stout). So I guess this is another beer that helps raise my opinion of Stone somewhat? The shameless, heavy handed nature of Double Bastard is what gives it its charm - it's the ephitet "fuck you" in beer form. I don't really like Arrogant Bastard anymore, so it's good to know that someone else in the bastard family can come through for me.

Photo of silentdonkey
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of funkyaudio
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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

I've always really liked Double Bastard, so I wanted to get a fresh bottle to review. Here it is, 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice ruby-amber with a nice spongy off-white head.

S: Pungent citrus, bitterish resin, doughy grain and thick caramel, herbal, toffee.

T: Tobacco, mint, burnt caramel, oily, leafy bitterness, orange and grapefruit rind, earthy alcohol notes, cakey sweetness in the finish.

M: Somewhat thick-bodied with creamy carbonation. Very bitter on the palate.

O: Still one of my favorite Stone offerings. Bracing and delicious.

Photo of drinkAK
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of harrymel
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2012,
Pours copper, light tan central dome and rim with some confluent etching. Smells of alcohol, hops (weed, resin, grapefruit and some tea) plenty of crystal malts, some more tea some more booze, a bit of nougat and vanilla and banana. Flavor is bitter, boozy and sweet. Lots of malt, lots of bittering hops, plenty of alcohol character. Medium bodied with moderate carb. I don't think I care for this fresh. Not at all.

vintage 2010- 15AUG11 - 2/4/3.5/3.5/4-3.63
A: Pours a turbid copper ale with less than a single finger of light peanut foam. This dissipates rather quickly to a mirror surface and a central cap of foam. No lacing. Surprised at how turbid this is.
S: Caramel malts, toffee, richly blended. Really nice smell, and for some reason, when I take a good long hit of this, I get candied and mulled orange smells. I dig it. Reminds me of a well aged barley wine.
T: Sweet and bready with a midline transition highlighting the alpha acid in here. Then an additional mutation to a slightly oxidized and metallic grain bed. Above average for sure.
M: Medium on heavy for the style with moderate to lo carb. Transient slick on the palate falls dry at the end.
O: Good beer. Look foward to reviewing fresh.

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

I have been trying to get this one for years. Finally, Stone came to Iowa. A 22 oz bomber.

Pours a dark reddish brown. Off white head with good lacing.

Taste: This stuff is intense. Hops galore. A nice malt back ground but really in the back ground. It is hard for me to even identify other tastes but the malt adds a little sweetness and there might be some caramel.

It has a nice creamy finish but the hops are just there to stay. And they make Ruination? I think this is the one that ruins your pallet.

Overall, quite a good beer. I could have aged this to see if it blended flavors.

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of tleifj
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BigBarley
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with a ruby-amber glow through the light. Yeast comes alive slowly, building up to two fingers of head that receds into a light lacing over a couple of minutes. Looks thick and strong

S - The nose is a balance of sour hoppy character wrapped in a sweet, malty caramel. Mild whisky note floating just beneath. Not the strongest smelling beer, but you can sense that there's alot going on here.

T - Balanced and powerful. Immediate hop bitterness and malty sweetness. Caramel, deep biscuity flavors, mild smokey presence underneath a massive hop dose. As I was hoping, this has all the notes of and Arrogant Bastard, only much more bang for the buck. Intense and powerful, not recommended for a novice craft drinker. The hop presence is huge and bitter with mild citrus, but it doesn't detract from the malt body, which is as sweet as the hops are bitter. Impressive flavor, and a definite palate-breaker. High alcohol comes through on the back end.

M - Very thick, very active carbonation. Goes down smooth considering the abv and body. Not something I'd drink to feel refreshed, but as strong as it is, it's still tolerably drinkable.

O - Intensity has always been Stone Brewing's strong point, and this beer is no exception. It's explosive, punchy, and flavorful. Not something I'd like to have on a day-to-day basis, but worth the money every so often.

Photo of ScaryEd
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bomber of the '12 batch to a snifter

Pours a deep ruby brown with a finger of white head. Receded quickly leaving a nice ring, great lacing. Great art bottle work along with the signature narrative putting macro brew beer drinkers in their place.

Smells of hops, caramel, toffee, tobacco, chocolate, and alcohol. Very rich, treat for the nose.

Taste of strong, bitter, and spiced hop. Caramel malts come through well, hints of toffee and butterscotch accompanying hints of alcohol. Not easy to explain, but a very nice blend of bitter front and sweet finish- magnificently executed.

Feel is also strong, very thick and creamy. Dances across the tongue, goes down incredibly smooth.

Overall an amazingly crafted beer, basically an amped up version of arrogant bastard. Everything is well represented, one of my favorite beers to look forward to each fall

Photo of Dwtucker90
5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Jmick28
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dunix
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 warrenout330
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber... snifter in hand

A- pours a clear mahogany Ruby color... THICK white head... turns to a sheet over the beer... heavy lacing to the glass

S- sweet malt candy... Diacetyl buttery taste... maybe from the malt but that's what I get... pine resin

T- sweet malt. Buttery Diacetyl taste again, but in a pleasing form. Hoppy pine resin... bitter sweet taste that stays forever.

M- smooth and creamy. Hop bitterness... sweet lick in the end

O- I haven't had arrogant bastard for some time.. this beer brings new life to that chapter. Thank God I bought a few of these... so worth it

Photo of flyingmick
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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