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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,111
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 407
Gots: 998 | 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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4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent maroon/mahogany hue with a soapy off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Lots of malt. Great caramel aroma with a candied pineapple smell from the hops.

Taste: Not recklessly bitter like I was expecting but still a tongue stinger. The malt bill sticks to the usual caramel and crystal strains you get in the regular Arrogant Bastard but is a little more syrupy here. The hop presence is not as flavorful as I expected. Piny just a hint of citrus and the rest is devoted to pure bitterness. Most of it seems to hit your palate on the back end and in the aftertaste. Lovely dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just about full bodied with average drinkability. Not quite the robust palate engulfing experience I anticipated.

Final Thoughts: High expectations have led to a somewhat disheartened, yet satisfying experience. I think I actually like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale more than this one but it is still a very good beer that I like to think I'm 'worthy of'. Would I drink it again? Yes, I will probably pick up next year's release.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Red copper color. Cloudy.

S - Tons of malt. Hops are also there.

T - A very sweet and malty start which is followed a couple of seconds later by a kick in the mouth by booze and hop bitterness.

M - Very silky. Full bodied and if there is such thing as perfect, this beer is close to it.

O - This beer is fantastic. A really good sipper. Or a slammer if you're in to that sort of thing. (I certainly am)

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from Frugles.

A - cloudy, brownish red. One finger head that dissipates into lace.

S - grapefruit, hops, some brown sugar.

T - good balance, not as much hops the nose would indicate, but they are upfront and strong. A dark fruity sweet malt balances it out. Definitely some alcohol heat on the finish.

M - borderline awesome. Slightly low on the carbo side, but altogether exceptionally solid.

O - another solid Stone offering. By the end you will understand what you have done.

Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a bottle then it appeared at the growler stand the next week. I had to do it! Also decided to review it before having my udon with red rooster sauce rather than after.

A: Thick semi hazy reddish brown. Perfect amount of carbonation. Head is a little weak at first but leaves good lacing.

S: Very balanced with some good floral hop notes but also some woody herbaciousness. Some sweetness as well. A hint of citrus in there. Very complex.

T: If there was a beer that tasted a 5 this would be it. Hits you at first with the hops which are sharp and not overwhelming. Then it comes in with a woody earthiness that is a sharp contrast to the floral notes at the start. As the taste fades you get hit with some citrus orange lemon acid which again, is in contrast to the previous flavors. Then the bittereness comes back in the end to finish it out. Goes does exceptionally smooth for such a high ABV and the amount of control here is insane.

M: carbonation is rather aggressive. Great flavor development but pretty intense.

Overall this is one of the best beers I've had. Insanely well controlled complexity and a variety of flavors. Very palatable for so high an ABV. A must have.

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Reviewed from notes from 11/14/12

A- Pours a deep amber with reddish hues and a voluptuous off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S- Pungent aroma of ripe, dark fruits (figs, plums), caramel, and a hint of banana. A bit of piney hop aroma pushes through along with a little bready yeast. Super complex nose!

T- The first thing I notice about the taste is that it has a lot of roasty malt and a lot more hop-bitterness than expected from the nose. This is a thick, bready, and complex beer! The caramel sweetness takes over in the middle of the palate before giving way to some fig and raisin. It goes out with a bang, assaulting your palate with a load of dry, bitter, piney/grassy hops.

M- Thick, and doesn't hide the booziness much.

O- This beer lives up to the hype! Can't wait to try my other bottle w/ a year or so on it!

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4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been thinking about trying this one for awhile. Would love to buy the $100 3 litter bottle at my local beer establishment. Not sure how to chill it though. Settled for a nice 22oz bomber. Not dissapointed! Yes it is strong. As the bottle states "diatribe" on the label a perfect discription to say the least.
Pours a lovely dark mahogany into my favorite tulip. At least 2 fingers of glorious white foam that settles into and excellent lacing of delicate bubbles.
This smells like Christmas, sweet and spicey and everything nicey.(sorry about that one). A very enticing aroma of cranbery and nutmeg with a dash of maybe cinnamin and pumpkin pie.
As I slowly pour this over my tongue it hits you right away. Very sugaring and hoppy and I knew this one was loaded. It does remind me of a fresh barley wine type ale and it lingers on my tongue and into my nose for some time after a good swallow. Definately a unique flavor for sure. They certainly didn't hold back on the suger and hops!
It feels great but as the label implies it is not for the weak. This is a one to sip slowly and cautiously and let it warm a little as I believe the flavor gets more complex over time.
Again if you try read the label, it says it all. Stone is really wise in its ways and has again come up with a winner!
Yummy. I will sleep with a smile.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,111 ratings.