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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,113
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 410
Gots: 1,001 | FT: 32
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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear garnet with a mix of tight cream colored head that's mixed with big bubbles and sticks around. Sticky sheets of lacing 3D lacing make for a beautiful looking beer.

S - Rock candy, fresh pine wood, bready yeast, doughy buttered biscuits, warm caramel, citrus hides underneath the pine.

T - Dense caramel malt with a hint of buttered biscuits. Sugary cherries hide underneath the slab of rich caramel malt. Toffee and sticky raisins follow a creamy sticky malt. Floral, pine, and citrus hops provide excellent balance as well as a soft but strong bitterness on the palate. Has a long finish of pine resin with orange oils floating on the palate.

M - Dense, creamy, sticky, thick body.

A highly crafted beer at it's best! It screams quality and a big, rich flavors! The alcohol is hidden very well. It's exactly what you want it to be. Big, bold, rich, and robust.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kjritt
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a bottle into a glass

a. more orange and murky than the arrogant bastard. good head and some lacing. pretty, but not quite as enchanting as typical bastard.

s. earthy, sharp, sweet and smokey like a bar b q with lots of sauce.

t. delicious. like the bastard, intense, smokey, rich, smooth and combatative at once. well deserving of the name double bastard. well done stone.

m. fizzy at the tongue and as it slides further into the mouth it sticks to every crevice like a delectable glass of wine. but better. thick and savory, would pair excellently with a fat, juicy, bloody as hell steak.

o. perhaps over taking samuel smith's oatmeal stout as my new favorite beer. too early to say as of now, but truly a magnificent beverage. thank you stone, once again, for making the happiest guy in the room.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of leansean88
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark, amber hue with a stable head. Dissipates to a long lasting lace. Cloudy, and not too bubbly.

S - Bitter hops, sweet caramel aroma.

T - A kick to the taste buds. Hops, esters, spice and malt blend into a brutal but pleasant flavor. Finishes bitter and malty with a warming feeling thanks to the alcohol.

M - A little fizzy, but still nice. Malt definitely dominates, and stings the tongue. Not that this is a bad thing.

O - An extremely nice beer. Stone does not make crap, and here is a good example of some of their best. Like the Arrogant Bastard before it, this is a man's drink that requires some fortitude to get down and stay standing. Best if served warm.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release

A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with one and a half fingers of light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Nice citrus hops and some pine, but the smell is dominated by tons of caramel malt. A mild alcohol presence.

T - Huge malt presence, mostly caramel. Hop bitterness finally comes in halfway through, with citrus and a bit of pine. A bit of alcohol burn on the finish. Bitterness does eventually catch up with the sweetness to yield a bitter semi-dry finish.

M - Sticky sweet full mouthfeel that burns bitter and semi-dry on the finish.

A - Quite a good strong ale, but halfway through the glass, I kind of wished I had a regular Arrogant Bastard. I love the bitterness, but the sweetness was a bit overwhelming over time.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Braseltonage
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Release
22oz. Bottle poured into imperial pint.

A- Deep ruby red. Some blood orange highlights against the light. A little haze. Thick off white head about 1-1/2" high. Slowly recedes to a dense, nicely clingy lacing.

S- American hops up front, very nice mix of medium range caramel malts behind.  Really smells great. Specific comparables are hard to nail down, some citrus, maybe pine.

T- The malts come forward! Really almost American barleywine at first sip. Subsequent drinks bring out some really nice floral hop flavor underlies the big malt profile and really helps dry it out a bit. Great caramel sweetness, balanced with a complex bitterness on the finish. Lots going on. Not a specific hop profile coming through but really nicely done. Alcohol stays subdued to a point.

M- Big, sticky mouthfeel up front, but the hop bitterness and flavor seem to help dry out the overall feel. Very tightly carbonated. Soft on the tongue. More drinkable than you might anticipate a 10.5% ABV to be.

Overall, I really enjoyed this.  Sort of in it's own category. Highly recommended for any lover of strong, assertively American style strong ales.

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4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a bizarre looking reddish brown, cloudy, good, lasting head and nice lacing.

Smells heavily malty, with pungent hops, sweet citrus. Alcohol presence, as well as a slightly fruity, bitter aroma.

Taste is an explosion! So powerfully hoppy, yet nearly overpoweringly malty all at the same time. Nice and fruity, mid-sweet pineapple, grapefruit, pear seem to squeeze through. A touch of piney citrus rounds out the bitter, smoky wood flavors.

Feel is exceptional. Very rich, thick, and full-bodied. Alcohol warming is very noticeable.

Drink is typically Stone. That's always a good thing.

Re-reviewing the '11 batch. Nothing's changed, this beer is outstanding in every way.

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a dark brown with a very nice red tint to the beer. The head is about 3 fingers thick, but quickly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass. Very nice.

S: There is so much going on with the nose. You get a very good amount of sweet malt and wet hops. The beer almost smells like a pineapple.

T: Oh boy this is a strong beer. There is so much malt and hops that it is almost overpowering.

M: This is so smooth for such a strong ale. It just goes down without hardly any burn at all. It also feels like my mouth is coated with hop oil.

O: This is a great beer. I think that this beer would be better with age. This beer is not for starters, thats for sure.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Bfarr
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

’11:Clear red hued amber, thin tan head with great retention. Caramel and barley w citrus notes. Up front a citrus bitterness tempered by caramel and warming alcohol. Moderate hop linger of citrus and pine. Light fuzzy mouthcoating with a slick feel.

Incredibly hoppy for a big beer but what do you expect for an Arrogant Bastard x2? Strong alcohol taste but unmistakable Stone blast of flavor. It’s good to see they haven’t tried to even it out like their Barleywine.

’10: More caramel sweet aroma and more alcohol. Nice orange finish and sweet linger. Definitely a different beer.

’09:Mild, balanced sweet citrus and caramel and silky smooth with still a light bite.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,113 ratings.