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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

5,379 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,379
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 316
Gots: 663 | FT: 24
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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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

Double Bastard pours a dark amber color w/ a one finger cocoa head. Nice lacing on the side of my snifter glass. You can still see through to the other side of the glass, in spite of this being a big beer. The nose is nice- big time hops, malt, cherry, orange, with a hint of grass. I don't smell any of the 10.5% alcohol, in spite of this being a new bottle. The taste, thankfully, is a notch up from the nose. Hops, malt, caramel, fruit, grass, and alcohol explode in your mouth- in a good way. This is a big beer in every sense of the word. Feel is is silky and malty, with a definite hop presence as well. Very full bodied, with a hint of dryness on the aftertaste. It's not too dry though, which would take away from this brew. Overall, this is a really great beer- for the style, or for any style. It would be interesting to age a bottle of this.. Maybe if I can leave one in my fridge long enough, I'll find out what that's like. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 17:23:18 | More by jayhawk73
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Another6Pack

Michigan

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-26-2011 14:45:19 | More by Another6Pack
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11millsown113

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-26-2011 01:47:50 | More by 11millsown113
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dphillips

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

11-26-2011 01:28:35 | More by dphillips
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-25-2011 20:41:27 | More by WhitmansNiece
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frazbri

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-25-2011 18:54:59 | More by frazbri
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EricCioe

Montana

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

This pours medium amber with a small head rising and falling quickly. On the nose there is a long note of acetone and booze riding roughshod over caramel malts and pine. I have no problem with big booze notes in big beers, but to me this seems less than well-integrated into the rest of the brew. In the mouth, the heat melds a bit better into the big caramel and sugary sweetness and the piney hops, which make a bigger statement in the mouth than on the nose. The body is medium full, sticky, well-carbonated, and there is a nice long finish of bitterness and heat as the caramel dies away first.

Overall, I didn't like this as much as I expected. Perhaps some time would allow the heat to integrate a bit better rather than riding over everything else.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 18:37:50 | More by EricCioe
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n00blar

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-25-2011 18:36:57 | More by n00blar
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-25-2011 17:17:36 | More by LSUPT
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joelBfrasier

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-25-2011 16:57:12 | More by joelBfrasier
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thedoer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-25-2011 13:37:00 | More by thedoer
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nh2032

New York

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-25-2011 13:01:00 | More by nh2032
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-25-2011 04:50:15 | More by barnzy78
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nubz77

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-25-2011 03:15:35 | More by nubz77
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

11-25-2011 02:58:58 | More by nmann08
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assman79

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-25-2011 02:23:01 | More by assman79
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KidRagnarok

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-25-2011 01:28:24 | More by KidRagnarok
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lokiikol

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-24-2011 21:31:52 | More by lokiikol
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morimech

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release
Pours a dark amberish copper that looks murky at first but is actually clear because of the dark color. One finger of head forms and slowly settles to half its height. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Smells like an English Barleywine. Just a deep, sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste takes a big step away from the aroma. Nice citrus, earthy, and pine hops takes hold of the palate. How were the hops completely missed in the aroma? Those hops balances the sweet caramel malt. There is a large dose of sweetness that comes in mid-palate. A little alcohol flavor in the finish. It is warming.

Full bodied with a gentle carbonation. I think the carbonation would hold up over time.

Pretty good beer fresh. Not sure why the aging is advised. I like the hops in this beer and the alcohol is not too hot.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 17:53:46 | More by morimech
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abp02

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-24-2011 16:26:53 | More by abp02
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-24-2011 16:15:34 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.1%

11-24-2011 14:30:03 | More by Rochefort10nh
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-24-2011 06:57:22 | More by twelveinches
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ChugginOil

Illinois

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

2010 vintage on tap @ The House Pub

Pours a reddish brown color that is quite dark but still transparent. There is a fingers worth of off-white that dissipates quickly.

The nose is very sweet and malt with bread-like notes. Some tobacco and leather is also noticeable, as well as a touch of heat.

The taste is beastly and has notes of caramel, butterscotch, and some sweet malty goodness. The abv is brought down significantly from the year of age. There is a bread-like taste in the finish.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and big bodied. There is a stickiness to it that leaves it's flavors across my palate.

Overall, very enjoyable, big-bodied ale that takes to age very nicely.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 01:10:13 | More by ChugginOil
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groetman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-23-2011 18:39:56 | More by groetman
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,379 ratings.