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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,161
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,043 | FT: 34
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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One of Stone's Claim to Fame! I've had quite a few of these over the years but still have yet to review so here goes...but first I'll note, I've enjoyed this beer most uber fresh OR with close to two years of age on it.

The bottle in review is 2011 vintage:

A - Dark cherry red or Mahogony in color, semi- active in the 12oz La Chouffe Tulip I poured it in. One inch head rises from semi-aggressive pour but quickly diminishes. Not much in the rhelm of lacing...GOOD

S - Piney-Prickly hops with sweet pineapple smelling malts and grapefruit. There is also a good scent of cherries in there as well with moderate alcohol fumes. The problem with the Cherry mixing with the alcohol fumes is that it's faintly reminiscent of the smell of cherry cough syrup without ruining the smell of the beer, if that makes any sense...

T - Pretty much same as the nose. This beer is not short on flavor, that's for sure. As it warms it becomes boozier and a sour apple flavor comes into the mix. The mild reminder of Cherry cough syrup is there but again, not ruining the experience. Although the term Strong Ale or "category" is loosely used, this hits it on the head. This is what I would define a stong ale to be.

M - Phenominal for a beer of this magnitude or of 10.5%. Almost as if a big Imperial Red were infused with a Barleywine. The mouthfeel and taste come so close to just walking that fine line of being a Barleywine but was a wee bit shy of making it there. Still a tad bit too boozy, otherwise I would have given the mouthfeel a 5 score.

O - Very good beer. I think this 2011 vintage will be better in a year.

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A: Dense, murky orange-red, with a tan head that quickly bubbles away to almost nothing. Some lacing.

S: The best part of the beer. Lots of grapefruit hops, very sweet-smelling and fruity. Some grassy vegetative smells blended in, and a touch of the bitterness from the hops.

T: Much more bitter and mouth-puckering than the smell. The hops hit strong up front and gradually give way to a sweeter grapefruit-heavy finish. Some warming alcohol on the way down, though it's otherwise very well hidden. Typically delicious and intense Stone offering, but also very smooth and creamy despite the heavy flavors.

O: Another great offering in the Bastard line.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,161 ratings.