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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,687
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 761 | FT: 26
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Mac19872, Mar 15, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

SIEVS, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of egohepar
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank the beer some weeks ago, a whole bomber for myself...oh my. When I opened the bottle and poured the beer into a large snifter, the gorgeous and powerful aromas stroke me at once. The beer looked nice and the head was pretty big, it left some remains on the glass afterwards. The smell was big and bold, the smells of a regular am. IPA was there with its tropic fruits, but I also smelled sweeter notes, more of pineapple than grapefruit. When I tasted it, it felt crazy. So much to handle here! It was sweet at first, syrup and honeymelon I would call it. Pretty cool with the hints of melon, it was probably the contrast with the bitter, hoppy finish which created the sensation also. Not superhoppy, but hoppy. The feel was heavy too, you didnt feel much of the alcohol but you felt the heavyness of it all. Maybe a bit extreme and powerful to me, but I still liked it. It felt almost as perverted as California itself.

egohepar, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

yokken, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Trumbullout, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

laymansbeerfan, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

sonomaroma, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

FalconA, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

juliusseizure, Mar 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

gilbert, Mar 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

PKing, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jorgemir, Mar 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

AndrewRoecker, Mar 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

StaindProject86, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straight copper, clear, with some gold in the light. A huge khaki head leaves plenty of lace, and hangs on until the finish.

Smell is toasty, caramel, lightly sweet with piney undertones.

Taste is pungent toasted caramel malt. A light boozy astringency that finished off with a bitter piney aftertaste.

Feels incredibly smooth for such a big beer. The medium body is almost viscous and is dangerously drinkable.

A classic for sure, almost a barleywine. Huge, big, and bold, a signature Arrogant Bastard.


Drinkerofales, Mar 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

cymru, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone at it again: here comes the Double Bastard. The original Arrogant Bastard was one of my first go-to craft brews, and the Oaked version was even better; let’s see how this Bastard stands the double treatment.

“Winter 2011 Release” on the back of the bottle, so it’s about four months old or so.

A: Looks like a homemade apple cider, a thick, earthy body with a reddish-brown hue. For about a minute after I pour, a group of bubbles moves from the outside of the glass (completely encircling it) to the top of the body. It culminates in a thin, fizzy head, which is completely gone in just a quick second; seriously, with this body color and lack of any carbonation, it looks like fruit juice. Actually, there’s a little bit of light cream just around the edges of the glass.

S: Not a ton of hoppy aromas, but a big caramel maltiness front and center. Fig, cinnamon-raisin, wheat toast, and honey, just as malty and earthy as can be. Robust alcohol reaches out with resiny woodiness, herbal spice, and brandy-like sweetness. A little pineapple and mango hoppiness shows through as it’s wrapping up, leaving the nose light, yet still mostly dark and fruity.

T: Strong, bold! Really, everything is huge: the malts are rich, the alcohol is spicy, the hops are puckering. Full-flavored tastes of citrus wheat, caramel, brown sugar, roast, and dried cherries from these syrupy, earthy grains. In just a smooth second, though, it’s all about hops: piney, resiny, and thickly bitter (like hop syrup, pretty much). Essentially, I’m getting a loveable balance in a moment of pure, glorious power. And then there’s some peppery alcohol and warm apple cider flavors, like some kind of spiked juice; sweet, bold, and deep. Finishes with sweet hop oils, a big salty dryness, and pure lemon juice.

M: Like the palate, it’s oily. The carbonation is tiny, like the lack of head suggested, so the beer remains chewy for most of its drink. Still, it leaves a lasting impression with its heat and astringency.

O: The best Bastard yet – an excellent beer. I think the label “American Strong Ale” is the perfect description for Double Bastard: it’s definitely strong. I’d buy this again, especially to age…who knows what it would be like in a year and-a-half?

BarryMFBurton, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

perennialpursuit, Mar 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

BillHem, Mar 07, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a 12oz glass.

This monster brew has a deep earthy, umber maroon color with a full 3 finger that settles down to nice carbonation and retention that laces the glass as if sticky.

I get lots of caramel malts, alcohol, pine, oily hops, some darker fruits underneath, a slight earthiness and a slight smoky wood.

This yells smoothness from the initial sip. It has a medium body, nice carbonation retention, even as the beer warms. I get caramel and pineapple citrus right off the bat, alcohol warmth, hops, oily slick chewy piney alcohol middle and a nice warm ending with more of a caramel and malty sweetness and more balanced alcohol warmth. superbly balanced for such a potent brew. Was expecting more hops to this, but definatly not disappointed for a great take on a strong olde ale.

Well done Stone!


ryantho00, Mar 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

neckbracesub, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

saxclar123, Mar 06, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,687 ratings.