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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,441
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 679 | FT: 27
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.

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

this is a review of the "decade of double bastard" from SDBW '10 at stone. i graded the most recent vintage and added some notes for each year

-dark caramel color with a very light caramel colored head. loooks thick

-caramel with some semi-strong hop backing. vanilla too

-strong hops up front...of the lemon and grass variety. the caramel shows up for sure. what up vanilla

-really bitter aftertaste mouth which makes sense as far as the "bastard" is concerned. strong body and is pretty smooth

-tasty...can tell it needs to sit for at least a year

-pretty big hop drop in both smell and taste right off the bat

-wow, fruit flavor really shows up that really wasnt apparent before. some apricot, maybe some peach even. still with that strong caramel background though

-1st noticeable heat showing up. more of the bitterness back, but most of the hop flavor is gone. a bit bitey

-still hot, but some creaminess to this one. big fruit smell

-makes me think i am eating bbq'd peaches topped with vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle

-color finally changes noticeably. this is the 1st one that is a lot darker brown and crimson. all the fruit notes are gone. some oak taste in there

-smells like jungle juice with poor ingredients. some wood flavor notes and a hint of smoke

-dark fruit in now. a little old ale/special B malt tasting

-looks like a cognac. can still pull a swirled glass head out though

alike characteristics throughout - head color, caramel backbone
best vintage - '05
least favorite - '09

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 05:12:11 | More by juhl31
Photo of TheBrewo


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

This brew pours a deep red orange, with a one and a half finger yellow tinged head which retains for a bit. It is hazy, with waves of fine particulates swirling about. Carbonation is low, from a visual standpoint, and minimal lacing appears. The aroma is quite bold, with salty malts, strawberries and raspberries, and caramely diacetyls. The hops used appear citric and piney. As we sip, hops overpower the caramel and malts off the bat. This extreme hop bitterness mellows out through the middle, where malts and sweetness take center stage. Here the sweetness is not of berry fruit, but rather of a sugary and apple type origin. This, however, does not last long, as citric hops come crashing down in the finish to rejuvenate the palate with hoppy bitterness, while the alcohol finally rumbles forth to the taste buds. The finish is also a bit salty, towards the backmost part of the mouth. The aftertaste is more of those fresh hops, with a bit of grapefruit. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is on the higher end, as it leaves a tingly feeling on the lips. The mouth is neither dry nor coated, but is left satiated. The abv is certainly getting up there and, while generally absent from the nose, warms the drinker more and more after each sip. This makes for medium drinkability.

Overall, what we found to be best about this brew was the fruitiness in the nose, as well as the boldness of the flavoring. The aroma was probably the most surprising thing about this experience, as we detected unexpected fruits and dark roasty caramel. The taste was also a bit of a nice surprise, as it was a bit of a departure from the aroma. The best description we could come up with was that this beer is the lovechild of a hefty doppelbock and a double IPA, giving us a tasty treat and quite a lot to think about.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:42:17 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of swanny28


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

Had on tap with redrising at brixies brookfield IL:

A: Dark Red almost opaque : whispy head with a nice deep lacing
S: oh what hops: almost like pulling them off the vine. IMO the hops are the best part.

T: the hops are back. What a great taste....

M: I held this in the mouth as long as i can. What a great hop taste.. malts, very balanced... if you can get your hands on this buy it...

D: loved it: hold it in the mouth as long as you can. just like a fine wine...

so good imo ...

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 04:58:07 | More by swanny28
Photo of aepb1


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

A- Red-brown body with a nice white head and good lacing

S- Caramel malts, sweet fruits too

T- Sweet malty dark fruits. A big beer! Finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Great, full, balanced flavor

M- Full-bodied, creamy

D- A very big enjoyable beer

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 18:32:22 | More by aepb1
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a nice hazy deep amber ruby color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head. The head falls down to a thin layer, leaving decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - This has a nice hoppy smell with some sweet malts present. There are also notes of caramel, pine, and toffee. It smells great.

T - The taste is awesome. There is a nice big malt presence up front, that is quickly followed by a bunch of hops. The hop bitterness continues to build and get stronger the whole way through. There are nice notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. The finish is very hoppy and sticks to the mouth. There is a lingering bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it. The finish is dry and crisp. There is also a bitterness that sticks to the mouth and slowly fades.

D - The drinkability for this is awesome. I love this beer. The taste is great, and I could drink these all night. It goes down very easily, and has a great mouthfeel. I wish I had a fridge full of these. Awesome job Stone, cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 06:38:35 | More by JizackFH
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South Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Double Bastard poured a very dark, almost deep brown color with very small head. The smell was infused with biterness. The taste was incredibly bitter, there were no fruit notes, or other flavors notieable, just the taste of ale. The sheer bittnerness makes it hard to drink, nad may be a dislike for some, and you certinly cant switch to another beer afterwards. Overall a great beer, but not for the casual beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 23:03:01 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of rwf08


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

Had this in 09 and didn't review it so I better do it this year right?

A: Dark rich mahogany brown with a reddish white head. Good sticky lacing in my glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S: I just don't know. I smells hops, alcohol, sweet syrup, and wood? It smells good, I just can't place it.

T: Candy. Sweet delicious beer and hop candy. To elaborate on that; I taste brown sugar, piney hops, and some slight alcohol. I have been out of my game as of late so just go with it.

M: Medium body, silky and smooth with good carbonation.

D: I'm feeling it but this isn't my first tonight. A good slow sipper on a cold Christmas night by the fire. I love it!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 05:41:51 | More by rwf08
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


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

A - Pours a very cloudy dark amber to ruby in color with less than a finger of head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice thin layer and decent lacing.

S - Nice caramel malts, some toffee and brown sugar notes, hops are present and well balanced and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Big malt backbone here, sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar and then you get hit with the grapefruit and pine hops. Nice bitter finish that lingers and invites the next sip. Alcohol presence is surprisingly low.

M - Great balance, creamy and smooth, yet finishes crisp and dry.

D - Such a great beer, big bold taste and great to share.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 21:42:44 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of DPFRD


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

750ml bottle

A- Dark but not opaque, coffee colored head. Turbid with all kinds of awesomeness.

S- Roasted and sweet malts, piney hops.

T- Incredible, it is double the bastard. Roasty and malty, with a juggernaut hop presence. Very complex, some dry bitterness to it. Taste like a bastard, but only better.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- So good. I couldn't stop lapping this one up... I love the bastard and this is even better. Seems to be more small scale and the attention to detail on this brew is out of sight.

If aged, it will blow your mind, trust me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 08:50:57 | More by DPFRD
Photo of chrisgn


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a beast! Dark brown in color, unfiltered with a thin off white head the sticks to the glass. Smells of citrus fruit and malt sweetness which combine to create a pineapple aroma. The taste is absolutely huge, rich, and complex. Very balanced in the front with lingering bitterness and alcohol hotness on the end. All things considered, I do not get and overdose of alcohol flavor here. I would not say this is boozy at all. The ridiculous amount of malt and hops win out. Full bodied and bordering on syrupy. Intense flavor and alcohol hurt the drinkable, but this a great beer. These bastard ales are so over the top with flavor yet balanced. It is incredible.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:27:03 | More by chrisgn
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Darkish Red, very thin off white head that decimates with each sip, not to much lacing around the glass on this one

S - Hops, Citrusy, very sweet malts.

T - The taste on this is very unique, sweet taste of brown sugar with some bitter fruits like grapefruit at the tail end.

M - Nice and thick with little carbination

D - Good beer, definitely would like to try again

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2010 20:19:59 | More by thedoubler55
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4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark red color with an off white head

Smell - very hoppy smell just fills my nose with some malty sweetness.

taste - I'm just going to say its delicious since there is no way to describe this beer. I'm lost for words. its hoppy and malty... more hops than malt though... for hop lovers only

Mouthfeel - expected this beer to be dryer by the smell but its very smooth and leaves my mouth watery for more.

Drinkability - if it was a little cheaper i would def be drinking this all the time but you can't cheat on the price to get quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 22:00:20 | More by jmarvin4189
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into cervoise

This bottle is a 2009 that I opened to see how it's aging. It pours a copper golden colour with nice, slightly off white head. Lacing hangs on for a while. Smell is similar to the regular Arrogant Bastard, but with a more pronounced, caramel malt sweetness. This beer is awesome, you can taste the grapefruit, lemon, orange of the huge hops but is off-set by a nice caramel toffee malt. This beer has a sticky mouthfeel with a resiney aftertaste. Heavier body feel from the alcohol. This beer is huge and after tasting it alongside a fresh DB (2010), age only helps this one. Looking forward to the 06...

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 20:02:19 | More by OakedCanuck
Photo of 100floods


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

Pours a dark copper hue, a little hazy, tan-white head. Super malt aromas. There's some tropical fruit in the mix. I'm thinking pineapple, yum. I'm sensing a whiff of alcohol that I'm sure I'll be tasting shortly. I'm smelling some a little hoppness, but not much. Woah, taste them hops! First sip is a smooth hop bombardment. Slight alcohol warm does a nice job lifting the hop flavors. Lots of pine and wood flavors going on. Slight notes of caramel maltiness. Very chewy hop aftertaste. It's like a pine tree was left behind and I'm chewing its bark. I'm glad there's not thick, sugary aftertaste, that was my fear of how this beer would finish. Score. This is more than less what I had expected from this beer. Certainly not for the faint of heart. A person can easily finish a bomber of this, but then I'd call it a night. This is a good testament to what American strong beers can achieve, within reason.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 19:30:54 | More by 100floods
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North Carolina

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

22 oz Bomber Dated 2010
Appearance - Dark as you would expect from a Double Strong Ale
Smell - Nice aroma, not a hop bomb or an overpowering smell of Malt.

Taste - This is where the party goes from 0-60mph in 1 sip. With bottle graphics this intimidating and evil looking, this brew better bring it! The further you get into this 22oz liquid UFC knock-down drag-out fight the more you realize that you have something very rare and special. As a hard core Hop Head, trying anything other than a Imperial or Double IPA takes you out of your comfort zone, but this brew has Hop punches from beginning to end.

Drinkability - This is a sessionable beer, as in,1 bomber per sitting. It is also great to split with a buddy that is worthy and battle-tested.

If you love and appreciate beer then you have to try this one. It will be one that I save for special occasions and celebrations. Stone, in my opinion, has a very, very solid line-up of great beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 16:07:17 | More by HopDiggityDawg
Photo of titosupertramp


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hard to pin a color on this, but dark amber, ruby, old copper come to mind. Beautiful bi-colored head. Mostly tan with some white accents. Very inviting.

S: Sweet malt with bitter hops. I'd like to say I smell more here, but really can't. What I am able to sense is good though.

T: Malt is what you notice first, but it doesn't take long for the piney/grapefruity hops to assert themselves. Dry, sticky finish. Malts come back a little in the aftertaste. Really nice how the malt and hops playoff one another. Well balanced.

M: Almost bubbly which is surprising considering how dry it finishes. Some stinging.

D: It'll take a little while to finish a bomber of this by yourself, but with that said, this is a very drinkable beer. The dry quality really slows things down, especially towards the end as the beer warms to near room temp. This beer is too good to rush through anyway. Need to drink some water to rehydrate and reset my palate a bit.

This is one that I've been meaning to pick up for a while and certainly glad I finally pulled the trigger.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:33:19 | More by titosupertramp
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber with a thick tan head that lingers.

S- Mostly hops but there is a lot of malt in it as well. Floral hop smell and a sweet malt smell.

T- Big malt start to it that gives way to the hop profile. Sweet almost toffee malt flavor and floral/herbal hops. Lot of bitterness on the finish with a sweet malt balance along side it.

M- Big beer with moderate cabonation. Not very boozy but there is a nice warming to it that comes out after about half of it is gone.

D- Good beer but a bomber of this is enough for a night and wont be a quick drink. This is definately a huge beer that lives up to the hype it makes on the bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 01:03:12 | More by Spiekerbox


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

22oz bottle:Oct. 2010 batch:Poured slowly into a Duvel tulip.
A: This brew looks that of a barley wine and the body holds a deep amber hue with a light tan head. Sticky lace lines the glass. and very good head retention holds through all pours.
S: Very high levels of hops, with a nice malt undertone, but very hoppy. A aroma that shows a beer needs to be enjoyed now, but needs some time to develop.
T/M:The front is a malt heavy blast that gives way to a long and well planned flavor profile. This goes into a very hoppy brew, a warm middle balances the hoppy dry after tones of a strong IPA. This is a different brew than I have had it before. The overall intensity is medium to high for the abv in this brew. Not too much boozy character, but can wait to see this brew develop.
D: As we would say in the beer shop I used to work in, "If I cover for you and work a double you owe me a double bastard. Ah, such a reward for a double shift. One of the most drinkable brews for being a double, strong ale. Hidden abv and a nice easy drinking approach. A nice brew I could have on draft in the home unit. The increased abv is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 06:22:13 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of katan


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz into a pint - yikes

A - Pours a dark red, to pretty much ruby color. Strong head formation, eggshell, breaking down to about a 1mm head. Lots of bubbling.

S - Whoa a malty Stone beer. Huge amounts of sweet, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, maybe even a raisin or two. It just screams: Red ale. After more huffing, I can now get some floral hopping.

T - Starts off malty, very innocent. Boom, the comes in a super strong malt profile of caramel and a boat load of floral hopping. Bitterness takes over - for this malt bill is insane. stays somewhat balanced through the finish, sticky, more caramel and toffee. A huge huge beer.

M - Strong body, moderate carbonation. All results in a very full bodied beer. Somewhat stingy on the carbonation at times. Beer is overall very heavy. Huge oily finish on the tongue.

D - I don't know how to define drinkability on this beer. It is frightening. It will hurt you. The Bastard is already scary, this is doubly scary. A bit cloying at times, not very filling , a bit too over the top - probably how i would take it. Share this beer - please.

This is one lacerative mother of an ale - bottle quote. They are not kidding.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:27:39 | More by katan
Photo of JToad


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

Finally got around to reviewing one of my favorites. It's a tad intimidating, having a full bomber of such a strong beer to finish yourself, with the two menacing gargoyles staring back at you. But I think I am worthy.

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass directly out of the fridge a beautiful dark orange. Very nice tan head made up of lots of tiny carbonated bubbles.

Smells of hops and candied sugar right away. A tad smoky in aroma.

Tastes initially of hop bitterness, with some smooth sweetness on the middle, then finally the harsh sharpness on the back end. You really start to feel the alcohol burn after you swallow. Flavors a mix of tangerine and pine, with light tobacco and even a little butterscotch. The sweetness really shines thru after it warms a bit.

It's interesting, this was one of the first craft beers I ever had, way before my palate was prepared for this. I remember describing it at liquid razor blades back then. Now it tastes almost sweet to me. It's amazing how things change.

This beer never disappoints. Stone is consistently one of the most solid breweries out there. I can always buy a Stone product and never be worried it is a waste of money. This is always a great option for me. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 02:25:08 | More by JToad
Photo of zoso1967


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

Pours a muddy orange brown color with a fairly frothy looking light tan head. The head is sticky looking and has pretty good staying power. It leaves some nice gloopy lace on my glass as a slowly savor this brew.

The aroma is a head on collision between bright piney citrus hops and rich caramel malts. Dark caramel, toffee, candied fruit and some booze mingle with grapefruit, orange and dank pine. Definitely a big smelling beer.

The malt edges out the hops a bit more in the flavor. The predominant character is that of rich candied fruit and caramel malts. There is also a hint of toffee and a bit of brown sugariness. This beer also possesses, of course, a pretty solid dose of citrus and piney hops, and a serious amount of bitterness that leaves a bit of a dank cannabis like finish after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is on the fullest edge of medium, but is not what I would call full. It is a bit sticky after swallowing, but smooth going down.

It took me awhile to finish this glass and I was glad to share the bomber. That being said, I was not expecting this to be super drinkable and I was looking for an abrasive beer and got it. This is a great one to warm up to on a winter night, especially when sharing it with friends. Don't be a double bastard and keep it all to yourself.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 23:02:47 | More by zoso1967
Photo of ManuelHerrera


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

So I just got knocked on my ass. Thanks again Stone!

I decided to treat myself to some Double Bastard Ale for my birthday, you know, because I figured the good people at Stone would now how to humble a guy and entertain him on a lazy birthday! Somehow I feel more awake...

Anyways, the beer comes in a bomber with TWO fiendish looking gargoyles on the cover and a diatribe about how I don't deserve to drink this beer. So I told them to "Suck it" and proceeded to drink it anyway. The brew pours a murky golden brown with a head the doesn't give a $%@#.

The aroma has hints of pine, carmel, malts, hazlenut, and a hint of honey-bourbon. The flavor hits you like a ton of bricks, although tempered slightly by the light carbonation. This beer is going to take you on a rocky ride whether you like it or not - I can't even pin down all the flavors coming at my palate. There's a buttery overtone with strong hop-citrus, balance by thicker malt flavor for balance...and surely a host of other flavors.

Overall this beer will set your soul on fire, spit on it, then make YOU pay for parking. Tread with caution.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 21:16:46 | More by ManuelHerrera
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 1.5" head which took a long while to dissipate. Hazy copper color. Smell and taste are hoppy IPA but there's definitely "more" in the taste, quite obviously a double whollop. There's a deep rich flavorful hoppy fruitiness, sweet malts, and an oppulent mouthfeel. To me it's a big step up from regular Arrogant Bastard, and believe it or not the lady of the house loved it too and wants repeats. She knows her bastards.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 09:46:23 | More by MoreThanWine
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New Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- rich red/maple color with a nice off white head, lacing the glass very well.

S- hop. i can already tell this is going to be a beer for the seasoned beer drinker.

T- very hoppy upfront with a carmel malt coming in on the end. it finishes very nicely, much like Arrogant Bastard.

M- the higher proof leaves the whole beer a little hot, my only real complaint about this beer, but still smooth.

D- for what it is, this a surprisingly drinkable brew. probably wont be buying another. I still think that lucky bastard is a better buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 03:56:56 | More by sunkistxsudafed
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my mouth is collapsing into a singularity

my head is going to implode

i feel like a mummy whose mouth has been packed with hops instead of linen

hops, hops, hops

amazing beer, very bitter with some malty flavors coming through behind overwhelming hoppy bitterness and alcoholy burn

very good, nice carbonation and mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 23:05:59 | More by claireoakhammer
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,441 ratings.