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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,373 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 315
Gots: 661 | FT: 24
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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tjkinate

Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a well overdue, but finally I got around to drinking Stone's Double Bastard Ale. I love stone and Arrogant Bastard was my first beer from them, but after tasting their year round brews I just kinda forgot to go back and try this one. Big mistake on my part.

A: DEEP amber color, almost looking thick and creamy leaving the bottle. It had a one finger head atop a traditional pint glass with minor lacing and low carbonation.

S: Incredible smelling brew, almost entirely composed of sweet malts. The high alcohol was also prevalent with undertones of what seemed to be caramel or toffee.

T: Sweet, almost entirely carmel flavored at first, quickly followed by that signature Bastard hop bitterness. The bitterness resonates primarily from the rear of your tongue and doesn't diminish quickly.

M: Coats your entire mouth and gives your gums a tingle almost describable as burning.

O: Exceptional beer, among the greatest I have ever tasted, I suggest you go out and grab a bomber NOW if you haven't experienced this beer already.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:25:18 | More by tjkinate
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BJA

California

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

2006 Vintage - Poured from 22oz bottle into perfect pint glass. My girlfriend drank some out of a snifter which I sniffed quite a bit.

I picked two bottles up at the grand opening of the Stone South Park, San Diego company store last week.

A: Deep copper/red color and slightly hazy. A finger and a half of creamy head stuck around for a few minutes and left nice lacing. Average carbonation on appearance. It looks very impressive: especially the deepness of color.

S: There is a strong malt aroma followed by hot alcohol. These dominate. I can also smell a bit of floral-pine-like scent mixed in. It is a full scent but not over powering. No hop smell to speak of.

T: Very malty flavor with an alcohol flavor on the end. This is what dominates. There seems to be a lot going on initially but it is quickly taken over by the alcohol. The aftertaste is long and is dominated by the malt and alcohol (like the initial smell and taste). Finished with a bit of caramel sweetness and alcohol.

M: medium mouthfeel (very malty) and carbonated quite well.

O: This is my first taste of Double Bastard. It is not distributed to Asia where I have spent the past several years and I failed to pick any up while it was still available around Christmas time this year. I look forward to trying the fresh version and other vintages and varieties (since I am so close to Stone now!), so I can make a better comparison. I have one more bottle of the 06’ vintage left. I will save it. I don’t think it will age any better though, and I suspect that this vintage is well on the other side of its peak. Despite the this, I greatly enjoyed the beer, and my girlfriend had no complaints.

If you can't tell from the review, the alcohol kind of dominated this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 00:10:25 | More by BJA
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Cavery

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750 ml bottle poured into a Stone Nonic.

Shared with Klym last weekend, review from notes.

A: Deep brown carmel with an appearance of darker fruit teas. Curtains of lacing loft over the former 2 1/2 finger head. Looks like something I want to drink.

S: Sweet alcohol rises to the nose, it ventures into toffee and dried lighter fruits. The nose is noticeably restrained (potentially from age), and made err on the side of a watery finish. That said, the lightness really isn't unwelcome, as it contrasts the up front alcohol.

T: Carmel and grainy brown sugar. Really smooth slow roast to caramelized flavors. Really great simmering malt sweetness with a complimentary deep cocoa-esque bitterness in form of an herbal hop end. Dried nectarine flesh lingers.

M: A light mouth that compliments the flavor. A master pairing of syrupy viscosity and rapidly dissipating small bubbles. A mouth that livens the taste buds and primes the drinker for rapid sipping.

O: All in all very good, but the volume needed to be turned up a bit to warrant the higher ABV. Strong alcohol with delicate feel and flavors. An illusion of barrel aging is testament to the craftsmanship of stone brews. Even with some novelty aging on this brew, it maintains a signature character that I can't imagine fading. I might prefer this fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 03:30:32 | More by Cavery
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Klym

California

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

Another morning beer with Cavery... I think we're going to need a long break after this fourth consecutive session!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a hazy maroon with a modest head (but one that stays through the session) of off-white color like a 75/25 mix of white and brown sugar. Lovely lacing to boot.

S: Hops, chocolate, lavender and roast in the nose. Already getting a sense of a crossed experience here with hops and lavender like an IPA and chocolate and roast like an RIS. Definitely interesting.

T: Suspicion confirmed, definitely getting a whirlwind of flavors here from different extremes of the beer spectrum. Hops, floral flavors, peanut brittle, chocolate, wood, and more all coming in and overlapping at different times. Each flavor seems to stick out on its own, and they don't blend together too much even when they are simultaneous.

M: I was worried about the carbonation because I didn't get much of a head even on a pretty violent pour but the carbonation was fine; no issues with the mouthfeel.

O: Really an interesting beer, not sure I've had anything much like it. While I would say it's tastey, its best quality seems to be its novelty. I could see some like this significantly more than others. If you like well blended, smooth beers, this one probably won't do too well by you. If you like kicks and punches in your beer this should grab your fancy.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:54:37 | More by Klym
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: A dark amber color with a dark tan head that almost matches. The transition in the glass from beer to froth is almost seamless, pretty impressive.

S: The aroma is expectedly hoppy with some hints of lemon and orange citrus.

T/M: Tastes predominantly hoppy from the beginning to end with bits of citrus barely noticeable and some nuttiness at the end that helps smooth out the bitterness.

If you’re in the mood for hops, just one of these should do you for a week. I really wasn’t at the time, so I’m set for a month.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:27:42 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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hmph

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to get a couple bottle of the 2008 release a few weeks ago and am going to try to save at least one.

S: Love the smell, really malty with an almost candy sweetness to it. Barely if any hint of its 10.5% ABV

T: Almost creamy when it first hits the mouth, definite malt and caramel taste and feel with the slight bourbon note at the end

Overall: Another really well made beer by Stone, they usually have such a well blended complexity to most of their brews and this one is a new favorite of mine now. A really good casual drinker. Highly recommend the 2008 Release but its likely the others are just as well done.

I'd like to try another release to have something to compare to. message me if you'd like a trade!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 19:17:54 | More by hmph
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FARGO619

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a tradition review, but one I've been meaning to do for some time. Stone started it all to dive into craft beer. May not have been a stone beer, but it was surely at Stone. A little over the top for me, but will/can drink it if it's available. Shared with family and friends. It was the last drink of the night and had it with dessert. It was a kick in the stomach for me. After a few sips it just went down too strong. Very bitter. One that will go good with spicy food. Great with meats too.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 00:14:19 | More by FARGO619
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colt45n

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aparently this was a pretty rare find on tap..

A: Nice burbon brown pour, with a slight bubbly off white head, I can already tell this one is going to be great

S: Lovely malt and some sweet toffee in the nose, maybe a slight amount of bourbon in there as well

T: Malt, Toffee, and a little bourbon, def a thick sipping beer.

Overall I thought the double was absolutly wonderful, this was what the regular was missing.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 19:18:23 | More by colt45n
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Fikash

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY. Vintage 2007.

What a treat this was. A 2007 brew on tap in 2011. You don't find many surprises like this at your local pub very often.

This ale ages VERY well. The bourbony/alcohol notes are strong, but the beer is ultimately very drinkable (just don't chug the thing). The 12oz pour I was treated to was sipped on over the course of an hour, and what a wonderful hour that was.

Oak, smoke, alcohol esters dominate this brew. It is not for the faint-hearted. This is a powerful beer, both in alcohol content and in flavor. I would almost call it a beer for the whiskey-drinker, it's just that strong. This is just such an exceptional beer, I feel so lucky to have been treated to it. If you can find this beer, the patience it requires to age it to this extent should be difficult, but ultimately worth it. When was the last time you took a first sip of a beer, closed your eyes, and just smiled?

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 06:41:00 | More by Fikash
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beagle75

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
2010 vintage

A: Hazy, medium amber color with a diminishing residue of parchment-tinted foam. No lacing remains on the glass, and some scattered yeast sediment is visible at the bottom.

S: Intensely malty, showing prominent toffee and caramel with some delayed fermented vinous fruit. It gives a suggestion of treacly sweetness to come, but little booziness.

T: Begins off-dry, with strong but balanced caramel malt and dark orange citrus hop aromatics. Husky and spirituous malt persists as heavy bitterness develops in the middle. Flavors are remarkably clean into the finish, with little else besides grain and bitterness contributing. The bitterness is profound at its most intense, seeming pure and undiluted, but it doesn't linger overlong.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous, syrupy, and warming on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While Arrogant Bastard may have started life as a happy accident on the part of Steve Wagner, this beer obviously tries hard to be as big and as bitter as possible. It packs barleywine-scale malt with a bittering hop profile of such immensity as seen in few other beers. Perhaps most impressively, it is even able to give a nod to balance amidst all of its extreme-ness. Acidity never becomes an issue, staying passive and allowing the layered malt qualities to develop. While the rare oaked version of this beer from 2006 is legendary in my personal estimation, the standard is pleasurable in its own right--and my personal favorite of Stone's big and well-distributed seasonal beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 02:50:17 | More by beagle75
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard 2007
A - Pours a murky caramel brown color with a nice 1 inch foam that just lays there leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - All malty sweet with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Not alot left on this one.

T - Lots of malty sweetness, caramel and candi sugar. There is still just a touch of the alcohol present but overall its very smooth.

M - Thick bodied and sticky maltiness coats your throat, still has some decent carbonation with just a touch of alcohol burn left.

D - Not bad, i'd like to try this one fresh and I'm sure it would be better. I'll have to find one soon. Still very drinkable though for its age.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:58:22 | More by mikereaser
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the 2010 vintage pours a medium copper color with a cap of tiny-bubbled tan head. Retention pretty good, lacing not so much.

Piney, juicy, tropical and oozing caramel. Just dripping with malt and hops, the cool thing about the aroma is the balance and heft of the two battling for ultimate supremacy...sorry had to get my Wu-Tang quote on.

Taste somehow seems smoother than the ABV and hoppiness would indicate. It is sweet. And it definitely is bitter. Big beer, syrupy and clingy and the lupulin glands seem to make permanent residence in the pockets of my tastebuds. Resinous finish lingers longer than any beer I can remember. Mouthfeel is full till it's spillin, but damn, it is easy to drink! I like this better than regular bastard, easily. I could see this aging well, but I like it rough and leafy right now. Fun ride and really not all that difficult to polish of the bomber by myself, surprisingly. Well done Stone, well done...I have not had a beer this strong and so good in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:10:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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mryuk

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered dark orange amber with a finger of head.

smell is very sweet and malty with a lot of molasses and some coffee.

taste has lots of flavor but it is sweeter than i normally expect from stone. lots of sweet malt at the start with a slightly bitter finish. alcoholic and a bit nutty.

mouth is thick with light carbonation.

overall ok but not up to what i usually expect and enjoy from stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 15:10:28 | More by mryuk
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 batch,from a bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber w/ a reddish hue. A finger’s width off-white colored head, which slowly dissipates to a residual film that stays throughout the drink, leaving a significant lacing.

S: Sweet malts w/ predominate fruity aromas and a slight citrus character. There are also hints of caramel, and maybe even some chocolate aromas coming out. After a couple sniffs the alcoholic esters are certainly noticeable.

T: This beer is complex, w/ its taste varying from sip to sip. Alternating between burnt roasted malts, earthy hoppy bitterness, and dominating alcohol flavors. The sweet/fruity aromas that dominated the smell, aren’t really appreciated in the taste, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With all the complexity it manages to stay pretty well balanced. If one taste predominates the sips it’s an initial roasted malts followed by a hop bitterness finish. At some point as the beer warms I noticed some caramel and chocolate malt flavors, and occasionally the alcohol really comes out.

M/D: Remarkably smooth and easy to drink considering its 11.2% ABV, which is, for the most part, hidden very well.

O: Overall, a very good offering from Stone. I will try again and recommend to those who like strong ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:58:18 | More by zac16125
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard, when one Bastard isn't enough.

Poured beautifully into my Sam Adams Glass. Sorry Stone, love your beers, lack your glass wear.

Amber body, with ruby highlights. Just a small amount of thin semi sticky lace.

Being a big fan of both Arrogant Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard. I have to say this is a whole other beast.

The first thing, is the amount of complexity. It's unreal, how the flavors meld in and out with each other creating something beautiful. For 11.20% there is absolutely no alcohol present in both the nose and the palate. Very remarkable.

Aroma is very malt forward. Just deep, earthy malts. Some sweet vinous notes in the background, along with tobacco, leather, and fresh pine needles.

Taste is something to behold, and changes with each sip. Becomes more and more complex as the beer warms. Upfront sweet and malty, a barrage of pure unadulterated American Strong Ale. This is some SUBSTANTIAL malt presence. That is why it's in it's own category. This makes Barleywines look tame. Huge malt backbone - earthy, rich, caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee - with that viscosity of syrup. Very aggressive. Then you add in the next huge factor. The oh so delicious hop balance. Holy hell, I bet it took a lot of attempts to get the hopping right on this one. It had to be unreal. But somehow, it manages the perfect equilibrium between both worlds. The resinous pine needle assertive hops really bring this one to a whole nother level.

I should smack myself for waiting this long to try Double Bastard. After this it makes Arrogant Bastard seem like a BMC offering. Holy shit, this is one amazing beer...

I have to say this is by far one of the better beers I've had in quite a while and has to be near the top of Stones offerings. I may never buy another Arrogant Bastard again. This is on a whole other level.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:20:38 | More by HoustonTX
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jsulko

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a brownish carmel color with a large off white head.

Smell is malty, could not pick up much else

Taste with a stronger dark fruit flavor on the backend. Alcohol makes it presense known in the finish and lingers as well.

This is a well made beer but it doesn't really hit a home run for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:39:32 | More by jsulko
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MikeM40

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy pour into a Duvel tulip from a 22 oz. bomber produces a medium foamy off white head and ample carbonation. The beer is a deep carmel color...and looks delicious. The nose is incredibly fruity,sweet citrus and plums,apricots,and dark fruit with hints of sweet apples are all present. This beer smells delicious. The mouthfeel is medium and seems just right for this brew. The first sip reveals bitter hops up front which give way to a complex variety of fruits,both citrus and dark fruits and this beer does a great job balancing all of the flavors. The taste does not have the sweetness that the smell implies,there is deep bitterness that runs through this beer but somehow a slight sweetness remains on the tongue. The finish is a lingering hoppy bitterness. This beer also does a great job masking it's high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 20:50:54 | More by MikeM40
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vande

Illinois

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

A: Darker copper color.

S: 1st thought ~ malt. Nose couldn't really get past that.

T: Carmel malt and candied fruits surrounded by presence of alcohol. Malt heavy with hints of something on the back, can't quite put my finger on though.

M: Boozy, hot and hugged the palate on the way down.

O: Another solid offering from Stone. I'm not sure that I've had something from them that I DIDN'T enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 15:04:47 | More by vande
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LittleDon

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Compared to the draft version, I found it to be sweeter, slightly more carbonated, and less complex. Much of this may be due to the age of the brew. I had it one to two months after purchase. Very hazy brown-red with what appears to be lots of particulates. Thin head with moderate retention and no lace. Big caramel aroma. Yes it is hoppy, but there's lots of sugar there, too. Caramel, molasses, raisins, and a good amount of alcohol. The alcohol is definitely there. Not nearly as hidden as the draft version. Medium to medium-heavy body with a moderately tingly mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 21:03:29 | More by LittleDon
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap and from bomber into pint glass. Pours a dark reddish amber color with a nice, cream colored head that lingers nicely and leaves good lacing throughout. Aroma is intense. A lot of hops, malty, both piney and citrusy. Notes of malt whiskey also noticeable in the finish. Last note in the nose is a bit of dark fruits and some malt. Taste is suprisingly mild. Very "wet" mouthfeel, medium bodied. the hops are strongly bitter in the finish, but up front, the beer is a bit weak for a double. Although, as it warmed, the beer became much more balanced and the hops began to be noticed more immediately, and semi-sweet malts started to come out of hiding. Overall a good beer and definitely better than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Though, the Oak wins it all.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 03:57:26 | More by CuriousMonk
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Release, poured into DFH Signature glass.

A: The color is an auburn brown with amber highlights. The head off-white and a finger thick. Dissipates after a few minutes and leaves some lacing down the glass.

S: The smell is sweet upfront, pretty malty. There are hints of dark fruits or cherries, caramel and some alcohol is present. Very sweet smell with fruitiness, an excellent and complex scent.

T: This is an aggressive beer, as expected it's malty. It has a bit of a spicy alcohol taste to it but also has some sweet malts coming through. The finish is dry with slight caramel notes with some bitters coming through for the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. The feel is boozy and spicy with bitters coming through. This beer is very aggressive and complex.

D: This is definitely not a beer for the average beer drinker, this is an aggressive beast of a beer. It's not incredibly high in alcohol, but the 11% is all there, hardly masked at all. It's very complex, lots of different tastes coming through, sweet, spicy and fruity. A different beer, but a good one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 23:41:26 | More by mavbrew
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber with tan head.

Smells of bread, biscuit, caramel, sweet, some hop comes through.

Sweet front, almost fruity but bitterness lingers to help balance out the sweetness. It is complex and sweet. The hop flavor compliments the sweet malt.

Chewy mouthfeel that is sweet but not too heavy.

This is a big beer with a sweet, barleywine character and enough hops to make it complex and worthwhile.

*2011 bottle

Pours a deep amber/red with an off-white head.

Smells of caramel/crystal malt, some roast, biscuit, cracker, pine and spicy hop notes, raisin and fig also comes through.

Tastes of up front bread/biscuit and caramel that fades into a spice/citrus almost grapfruit hop character and ends on a bitter kick that lingers with sweetness and caramelly complexity. There are notes of roast, fig, and raisin that are quite subtle and nice. Great flavors all around.

Heavy body with medium to low carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden but present, which gives it a barleywine-esque quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:50:34 | More by TenHornsProud
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brandon0350

California

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

2008 vintage poured into Duvel Tulip

A: Pours a dark brown, when held up to light you can see some red shine through, very good beige colored head

S: smell is good, picking up carmel, vanilla, maybe a little chocolate undertones?

T: wow, 2 years of aging did this brew good, lost all the boozyness, hops are toned down, definatly can taste carmel and vanilla, this is delicious

M: good body, not to thick, once again the aging helped with this bad boy

O: my favorite offering from stone is so much better with age, will definatly be saving more bottles

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 21:23:53 | More by brandon0350
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mjw1200

Ohio

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

I have yet to find something by stone that disappoints and this was not the first. Hops, Malt, caramel, and cherries were what came through to me the most. the 11.2% abv came through but was not overpowering. Fantastic beer. Real treat.

This is definitely a beer I want to keep on hand. It is joining the normal rotation of beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 14:46:31 | More by mjw1200
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legalpete19340

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured orangish brown with a solid finger of orangish khaki head. Retention was minimal and lacing the same.

S: Great malt and hops combo. Pine and juicy grapefruit are somewhat sweetened by an apple maltiness. Bit of toasted waffle and bread.

T: Comes on with nice juicy grapefruit then moves into great malt notes of pumpernickel bread and toast. Quite sweet and buttery with caramel and burnt sugar. Ends with pine hops giving way to acute bitterness and then the lingering alcohol in the nose. This is a strong beer somehow hidden but yet not.

M: Wanted to be syrupy but wasn't. Held its own heavier than medium line and burned the tongue.

O: Its AB on steroids in the best way. Hops, malt and booze are amped in a glorious balance that works.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:59:00 | More by legalpete19340
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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