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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,209
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,079 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,209 | Reviews: 2,055
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured unto a Sam Adams signature pint. 2011 release served 02/04/2012.

Appearance: Pours a clear but slightly dark amber...head is white and comes roughly 1/2" off the body.

Smell: Slight grapefruit skin, not amazing but pretty darn good.

Taste: incredibly this is a beer which improves after every sip (or gulp for some others). Initially above average, but you can taste the barley, slight bitterness and light spiciness.

Mouth: Just perfect, rare you see a beer out of a bottle feel like you had it on tap. Medium to heavy carbonation and aftertaste keeps kicking.

Overall: Incredibly well crafted, I have had this before and will definitely have it again. For all beers drinkers and REAL beer drinkers, Salud!

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3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Booze. Booze. Booze. In a nutshell, that's what this 2010 version of Double Bastard is all about.

Wouldn't know it when you open it up. The nose is like damp stone and not at all overly intense. Hazy-ish Indian red colour with a hefty number of small bubbles lining the glass. Starts with an impressive one inch magnolia head though it thins and retains some density and smoothness. In the mouth it is very heavy, thick, twisted, rubbery, dry, a trace of dried tropical fruit and brutish. Minimal complexity. Totally booze soaked. The ridiculous alcoholic weight power drives a piledriver to the face where the individual elements are left punch drunk in all that lethal liquid.

Like a 1969 ZL1 Camaro without a steering wheel.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bomber poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: 1/2 inch white head with little retention but great lacing that clings to the glass well.

Nose: Darkfruits, grapes and black cherries, oranges, lots of spice then caramel and vanilla. There is still a suggestion of sweetness, though not much mention of the alcohol

Taste: Spicey, almost a hint of cinnamon, tobacco and smoke come through then black cherries, dates, and a hint of oranges as the flavor gives way to the hops, which are bitter and very present for the age. There is the tiniest hint of paper/cardboard at the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky on the tongue, it flows and moves, supported by a wonderful carbonation.

Overall: Awesome beer, there was just the tiniest hint of a papery cardboard note at the end, suggesting that maybe the other bottles I've been aging are ready to be drank.

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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

My beer fridge is currently chock full of beers I haven’t had before, so consequently, I have to drink and review them, not just drink them. Sometimes, I’d rather just knock a good one down, but here I go…please disregard the complaining. My apologies. One should not bitch about having a full beer fridge.

A: Oh my, this beer could be somebody. It’s dark amber in color, and opaque; you can’t see through it, and it’s scaring me. In a good way, that is. The head is light tan in color, 2 cm with a decent pour, and holds for more than two minutes (my benchmark for a good head) before dissolving into lace. I’m optimistic; looking forward to getting my nose into this one.

S: Oh wow, this beer smells like somebody. I’ve been drinking low-ABV lagers, building my tolerance up after fighting cancer, and now I’ve got a beer that I can tell could be big league. At first, I’m getting a blend of caramel, prunes and citrus hops, most likely grapefruit or blood orange. Not only that, the smells are powerful, rather than weak or hanging out in the background; it’s really in-your-face. Me likey!

T: Oh. My. God. Ach. Mein. Gott. Ay. Dios. Mio. O. Mon. Dieu. This beer is fantastic in thirty six languages. I can taste everything I smelled, in the best proportions I’ve experienced in quite some time. I can also taste the alcohol, which, in this case, is welcome. It’s more sweet than bitter, which I find surprising, but amazing. I’m so glad I was smart enough to eat something beforehand; this beer packs a bit of a wallop. I don’t know how to put this, other than to describe it as rich. Oh yeah!

M: Outstanding. This is the first beer I’ve had in a long time that I wish were neverending. Folks, it’s that freakin’ good. It’s full-bodied, it’s just about perfectly carbonated, the palate does the Electric Slide, or headbangs, or gives thanks to Tim Tebow, or does the coolest thing you can imagine. My palate is currently air-guitaring Side 1 of Rush’s ‘2112’ album. And the finish is unbelievably dry, especially given how sweet this beer is. Get your party on! You are NOT ready for this!

O: I’m not a hipster, or one who knocks beers just to knock them. When I taste a beer like this, I stand up and take notice, like when I see Martin Brodeur standing on his head to give the Devils a win. This beer displays sheer artistry, and is applause-worthy. Damn great beer. Next time I drink this, I’m cooking a big ol’ batch of fried chicken, and eating and drinking myself into Valhalla. Until the next time, everybody!

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour to my Double Bastard snifter (yeah, I went there) from a 22oz pry-off bottle, “2011 RELEASE” printed on the side of the bottle (which was October 17 I believe, making this beer about three and a half months old).

Appearance (3.0): Half a finger of khaki head, a mixture of fine and fat bubbles but not particularly tight, but it dissipates relatively quickly. Body is a deep reddish amber, slightly hazy but not much. Basically no lacing, just a couple of spots. It’s not a huge surprise from something 10.5% alcohol, but at the same time the way they hop these Bastards I was expecting more.

Smell (3.5): There’s a very strong, caramel sweetness that comes out first, underlying some bright, fruity apple-like tones. Hop presence is minimal in the nose, just some light grassy and tropical fruit notes behind the malt body.

Taste (4.5): Fortunately, this is where DB really delivers. The big, strong caramel sweetness is there, underpinned by a toasted quality to the malt. Raisins and dark bread, like rye pumpernickel or something along those lines, pop out of the malty body. At the same time, there’s a bright, tropical hop character that floats atop, almost overlooked in the face of that huge malt body. Then the bittering hops lend a very strong presence, giving a grapefruit pithy, piney bitterness that lasts and lasts. Very nice. You can definitely taste the booze, but for something this big, I actually really appreciate it. It’s a reminder that this beer means business.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Very good mouthfeel: it’s got a surprisingly dry finish—very dry, actually—for something so big and sweet. On the full side of medium-bodied, almost thick at times with a slightly syrupy quality to it. Still, the carbonation has two speeds: at once it is surprisingly prickly all over the tongue and velvety at the same time, as a smoothness expands and rolls over the tongue as well.

Overall (4.0): The appearance and smell are certainly lacking on this beer, in my opinion, but the taste is great and the mouthfeel was a surprising high point of the beer, too. It remains true to its name, taking Arrogant Bastard and kicking it in the gut. Granted, this bottle has aged a bit (three, four months tops), but I was still expecting a much bigger hop presence. Had this beer probably three years ago and it was much too much to handle back then, but I can appreciate it now. It’s not a masterpiece but it’s plenty enjoyable. Nice sipping beer, and definitely not everyone is worthy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Pours a thick cloudy chestnut brown, with a light beige two finger head that faded quickly. Sticky lacing of small, tight bubbles clings to the glass.

S – Strong aroma of fragrant grassy hops, toffee, and dark fruits.

T – Simply amazing. Initial taste of dank hops with esters of butterscotch, date, sugarplum, black cherry, raisin, crème brulee, and cookie dough, held together with a hearty toffee malt backbone. Flavors are deep, rich and complex. ABV extremely well hidden. Finishes with lingering sweet malt and earthy hops.

M – Medium to full bodied, with subtle carbonation. Works very well with the flavor profile. Sticky finish.

O – What a brew! One for the ages. The richness and complexity of the flavors continuously entices the palate. A beer lovers delight!

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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