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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,169
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,051 | FT: 34
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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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium brown in color but turns dark ruby red when held to the light. The head is thick and froth with excellent retention. Lacing is moderate.

S - Pine resin, orange peel, pineapple some malty sweetness. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T - The taste is very well balanced. Tons of bitterness and tons of sweetness. Maple, pine, citrus.

M - Creamy and smooth as hell. Carbonation is just right.

O - Not too complex but damn tasty. The balance on this beer is superb. Top notch brew. I would buy this over a Dead Guy bomber for the same price any day. Just sayin.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a sam adams cup

A- deep copper, 2" cloud like khaki head

S- mango, papaya, orange, vanilla, caramel, funky hops, alcohol

T- mango, orange, vanilla, caramel, grapefruit bitterness, alcohol

M- creamy, average carbonation, alcohol heat

O- someone recently said, if the 4 bastards were the last beers on earth, i would be happy. I then released i feel the exact same way. These brews are basically perfect and i would have no problem drinking them everyday. This one is probably my 2nd favorite of the bunch. This year, stone upped the adv's from 10.5% to 11.2%, and sadly it shows. Other then that, i can't think of anything negative to say about it.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a snifter, 2009 vintage

A: Pours a clear, but dark amber color with a finger of very dense white head. Head retention is superb, maybe the best I've seen in any beer.

S: Raisins and prunes dominate this aroma. In the background, I get a bit of caramel. I also get a bit of dark cherry and licorice to add to the complexity.

T: Wow - so smooth. Toffee sweetness is now upfront with a perfect amount of hop bitterness to keep the beer from ever becoming too sweet. Dark fruits are still there, I get a nice amount of raisins that go well with the toffee. Brandy soaked cherries help round out the flavor. There is no hint of booze.

M: Thick mouthfeel with extremely creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is phenomenal. There is so much complexity in the flavor, this beer has developed into something truly remarkable. It is also nicely balanced, I think I've hit a sweet spot in age.

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3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 12/9/12

Note: After this beer, I will have reviewed 100/100 of the Beers of Fame. 2012 goal complete. It's good to have such productive goals.

Appearance: Somewhere between moderate amber and deep copper - pours with a foamy, off-white head - fades to a little cap, leaves some nice streaks and spotty lacing

Smell: Cooked, lightly burnt caramel - roasted grains, with a load of herbal elements and some grass - earthy hops - some sweetness, with sweet caramel, toffee, and a touch of molasses - some dark fruits - overall, a bit too earthy and overcooked for my taste

Taste: Cooked, roasted grains - caramelized grains, cooked caramel, and some roasty notes - cooked, dried out dark fruits - hoppy, in a very earthy, herbal, and leafy way - some citrus as well - moderate, earthy bitterness - some concentrated citrus rind as well

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, adequate carbonation, lightly oily, with a lingering bitterness

Overall: An accurate name, but not necessarily ideal

Double (Arrogant) Bastard sounds like a good idea, right? Unfortunately, it's not ideal. This beer doubles the earthy, leafy, herbal dirtiness that I do not particularly care for in Arrogant Bastard. I had this about 4 years ago, and I wasn't a big fan. My current assessment is about the same. But maybe it improves with some aging.

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3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark brown amber. Ruddy. A tiny collar. White, loose and bubbly. Pours with minimal carbonation. A little heavier than expected on the pour.

Smell: Roasted, slightly toasted, deeply caramelized malts. Seriously cooked and overcaramelized a touch. Some nice mild citrus hopping. Pine needles. Grapefruit and some fleshy orange. Some earthy undertones coupled with a nice floral element. Big biscuity malt presence. Undercooked dough.

Taste: Odd earthy undertone to some sweet biscuity malts. Caramel malt sweetness. Some overcooked and deeply caramelized malts. Grapefruit flesh coupled with some pine needles. Lingering bitterness maintains an even keel. Big malty backbone. Chewy malt sweetness. Some backing alcohol. Almost tropical at times, something akin to pineapple. Some roasted and mildly toasted malts. Sharp bit of aspirin bitterness on the finish as it warms. So much aspirin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Carbonation is moderate. Some clinging bitterness with a nice dryness on the finish.

Overall: Double the Bastard, Double the Fun. Double your pleasure with Double Bastard. (Except not)

A slightly larger version of it's younger brother. Maltier than it should be. Lacks some of the overall roasted profile is lacking. Hops seem a little off as well. Something less than stellar from Stone, and that hurts.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,169 ratings.