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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 750 | FT: 25
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

kspongeworthy, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of henskejk
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - brown with a little bit of red color. light tan head

S - smell is sweet and malty with a bit of resiny hop character

T - Big amount of sweet maltiness paired with a lot of bitterness. slight amount of booze detectable at the end.

M - heavy body, slightly thivk, with a good amount of carbonation which helps lighten the heaviness

O - very enjoyable, not something i could drink a lot of at once, but a great beer.

henskejk, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Syzygy00, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2009. Pours hazy dark brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with awesome retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Decent amount of lacing on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, molasses, dark fruit, pine, spiciness, grape, biscuit, toasted malt, a bit of chocolate, orange, and light booze. Some nice and interesting aromas, quite a bit different with 2 years on it than when I had it fresh. Taste of big caramel, molasses, dark fruit, pine resin, spices, biscuit, toasted malt, light chocolate, and citrus. Quite strong bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, molasses, pine, and spices on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and quite full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel as expected. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a warming on the finish and a bit of booziness. Nice balance of flavors and bitterness. Fairly smooth drinking, but is still very much a sipper. Overall this is an excellent brew with 2 years of age on it. Still quite bitter with good hop presence, but the malt definitely shines out more.

superspak, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jesus808, Jan 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

highvolts, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Beer21, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

PaulMc, Jan 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jpotocik, Jan 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

N8DAGR8, Jan 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

alexsergio, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

SeaOfShells, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

effixx, Jan 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

brenjames, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

mmmaaattt, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Ungertaker
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.

Ungertaker, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

rdb4942, Jan 07, 2012
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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.

cooler4life, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

C2H5, Jan 07, 2012
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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.

beerbellydaddy, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

jrohrbacher, Jan 07, 2012
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.