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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,454 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,454
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 682 | FT: 27
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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effixx

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-09-2012 01:18:34 | More by effixx
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bbadger

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-08-2012 18:19:42 | More by bbadger
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brenjames

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-08-2012 15:05:57 | More by brenjames
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mmmaaattt

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-08-2012 01:37:01 | More by mmmaaattt
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage, courtesy of Vanlingleipa- one of the best extras I could ever ask for in a trade! Bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- The color resembles a copper kettle. A white, sudsy, 1/16" head adorns the top throughout and leaves a foamy, syrupy lacing behind with each sip.

S- caramel, toffee, vanilla, booze, apple crisp.

T- This starts off with a maltiness that transitions to vanilla and caramel. The finish is boozy with hints of apples and raisins.

M- very pleasant. The medium body is accompanied by a subtle carbonation that compliments it well.

O- I have not had fresh Double Bastard before. After drinking this, I don't know if I ever will. The balance was unbelievable. I am going to crack a 2011 bottle soon, but I don't anticipate anything near the deliciousness of this! I may just have to save the 2011 bottles until 2015.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 20:06:12 | More by Ungertaker
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towlea25

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-07-2012 18:09:52 | More by towlea25
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pushstartnow13

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-07-2012 16:36:48 | More by pushstartnow13
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rdb4942

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-07-2012 09:30:34 | More by rdb4942
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

A: Pours a deep pine straw orange brown. Two finger off-white head that settles to a thin cap. Some carbonation can be seen racing to the top around the edges. There is already some lacing left behind from the receding head.

S: Just about brings a tear to my eye from the purity of the hop juice, grass, smoke, pineapple, and molasses.

T: Hits the palate so smooth and then wham! Caramel, peat, sour blueberries. Behind the sweet flavors there resides an enormous hop and malt profile. Alas, my taste buds are eradicated.

M: The micro-carbonation is really fantastic, leaves your palate neither wet nor dry, just somewhere floating in between. Smooth, oily, and full bodied.

O: I feel beat up like I was strapped to a merry-go-round by a bully and thrown off at high speeds. Would I attempt to escape this abuse if the bully was a 'Double Bastard'? Not a chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 07:49:30 | More by cooler4life
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C2H5

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-07-2012 04:40:12 | More by C2H5
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beerbellydaddy

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounces of Double Bastard Ale at 10.5% alcohol.

This stuff pours a full, cloudy copper beverage, with a decent head, and some notable lacing. It has a nice blended scent of malts and hops with few other excesses. Its initial flavor is subtle; like so many of the excellent Stone brews, it is full and satisfying, but not insistent. It is straight beer, which I like, not chocolate or sweet, but mostly hopped up with a malty balance – a fair and decent ale. God, it’s good.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 04:31:33 | More by beerbellydaddy
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-07-2012 04:25:18 | More by jrohrbacher
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Stoffel

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-07-2012 04:11:45 | More by Stoffel
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durwood64

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18%

01-06-2012 23:37:36 | More by durwood64
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rbrefbeerman

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-06-2012 21:13:59 | More by rbrefbeerman
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blackwingedhorde

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-06-2012 05:50:56 | More by blackwingedhorde
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livewire05

Georgia

2/5  rDev -53.2%

01-06-2012 04:11:51 | More by livewire05
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Codytucker13

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-06-2012 03:44:36 | More by Codytucker13
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RandyBoBandy

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-06-2012 01:25:34 | More by RandyBoBandy
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josssmith

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-05-2012 22:01:54 | More by josssmith
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vitters03

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-05-2012 21:43:56 | More by vitters03
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hannaho

Washington

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-05-2012 21:17:41 | More by hannaho
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-05-2012 17:24:13 | More by disemgrowler
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SpenceLillywhite

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-05-2012 05:35:23 | More by SpenceLillywhite
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Double Bastard tumbler. 2011 vintage.

A - Almost no head on the pour. Mostly cloudy burnt orange body with no lacing.

S - Sweet hops very much like a barleywine. Some good lemon scents.

T - Hops are much more harsh here even though there is a slight sweetness to open it up. It definitely flows from a caramel, chocolate, and molasses to the bitter flavors of hops and sweet grapefruit.

M - Fairly pedestrian. Medium carbonation and medium body. No complaints but nothing stands out either.

O - This beer grows on you as you drink. Nice balance between the sweet malts which make it a strong ale and then lots of hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 04:53:01 | More by RuckusDu
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,454 ratings.