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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,631
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 356
Gots: 748 | FT: 25
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

Growler filled 1-2 hours from this tasting, from The Fridge, Lancaster, PA

Poured into a Corsendunk Tulip (at home). This glass has proven itself, time and time again, to be the best glass I currently own for the “Bastard” series of Ales.

Pours a thick, one + finger head, it hangs there, then settles to a medium thin film, easily revived with a swirl. This ale is alive!
Deep dark Amber color, beautiful, picture perfect, this is the color of Ale!

The aroma/smell, is a flowery, enticing, hit of hops. In smell seems to fall between Piney + , to Citrusy, then followed by rich malt, very enticing! Then comes the ale type yeast, a very pleasant and enjoyable aroma.

Very distinct, incredibly rich malt on the palate, then the powerful hops take over, making for a very pronounced, ale experience. Nice crispness and perfect carbonation balance it all out. The hops and malt stay neck and neck thru the entire pour. Just flat out delicious!

Long finish of bitter hops and rich malt.

This is an incredible ale. What a great experience. The 10.5% ABV is completely buried by the distinct flavor and aroma, which is so good I could easily drink myself into oblivion.
I don’t know what more you could ask for in an ale, well OK, wood ageing would be perfect.
Also had several drafts as its been on tap for several days now.

JTSbeerislife, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of agomega
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

2010 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel color with a large frothy head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: The overwhelming aroma is biscuity with some sweet caramel overtones. In addition there are hints in the background of dark fruits and even some hints of citrus.

Taste: A ton of darker roasted caramel flavors with hints of raisin and fig - surprisingly sweet. A resiny, piney hop character is present in the beer which reaches out and punches you in the face on the finish. Even though the sweetness and the bitterness are close to balanced they clash a little in the finish

Mouthfeel: A big thick mouthfeel with a lot of residual sweetness. The hop resins are very apparent and since they are decidedly piney it is almost like a small amount of tree sap was added to the beer.

Overall: A good beer that any lover of big american beers should appreciate. The only downside is the large format bottles. With the finish sweetness and the 11.2 percent alcohol content it is a very difficult bottle to finish by yourself.

agomega, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of waltersrj
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

2011 Vintage

Pour: Dark cola brown with a slight red/orange hue. Small off white head at first...recedes into a floating, soap like head that lasts.

Nose: caramel, burnt sugars, piney, citrus hops, fig, dates, raisins, and alcohol.

Taste: Strong piney, citrus hops, large caramel malt backbone, burnt sugars, slight alcohol, bready finish with smooth caramel and slight heat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderately heavy, moderately carbonated. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: This is pretty great now but will make a fantastic beer after a few years to cool down the heat. Really great either way though.

waltersrj, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

Poured bomber into 500mL mug.

A: dark copper color with foamy light tan head. Not too much lacing, but amazing head retention.

S: maple syrup, alcohol, pine and citrus hops, brown sugar, toffee, figs, raisins.

T: strong pine hop flavor mixing with sweet dark fruit. Warming alcohol, some rye flavors, toffee. Citrusy dry finish.

M: syrupy medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation, dry hoppy finish. Warming alcohol present but still very drinkable.

O: great beer. Strong, hoppy, malty. Just awesome.

ReelBigwigFish, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of fox227
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Didn't get much head, pouring into a snifter, but its traces are off white, and the beer is a deep dark amber.

S: Dark fruits, caramel, maple syrup, fig newtons.

T: Taste follows the nose, and happily! But the big payoff is the fresh hop burst on the palate - resinous, piney, and maybe some very subdued grapefruit.

M: Very full bodied and bitter, with a long lingering (good) aftertaste. If you don't like aggressive hops, then I would recommend cellaring this beer for a couple of years.

O: A year ago, Stone's Double Bastard Ale was my first real "big" beer, that being above 10% abv, and my fond memory of that first bottle now has to stand up to my far more experienced beer palate, and I'm happy to report that it's still awesome.

fox227, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

This is a 2006 bottle.

Poured a darker copper color with about an inch of off-white head on it. Decent lacing as well.

Smell is very malty with some alcohol coming through as well.

Taste is much like the smell. Malty throughout with alcohol taste coming through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium and it's reasonably carbonated.

Overall I liked this beer. It's something different than I normally drink but I enjoyed sipping on this one. I'd try it again if I came across it.

richkrull, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of olfolxholme
3.63/5  rDev -15%


Enjoyed on tap at Mill Valley Beerworks, served in an Augustijn chalice. I like this kind of beer in a snifter, a tulip, or a chalice and they are always nice about accommodating that.

A - nice tan head filled with bubbles, about one finger thick at first. Traces of it lingered til the very end. Some lacing. Beer is a very dark copper. Looks about right for a beer called Double Bastard.

S - not much aroma for me. Not upfront and not throughout. I'm surprised. It's a strong ale in a wide mouthed glass - I thought there would be a big aroma. Just didn't happen for me. Weird!

T - sweet hop flavors - tastes like a grapefruit. Rind and all. Not grapefruit juice - an actual grapefruit. I love grapefruit, so this was great for me! I didnt pick up a lot of other flavors. There was a trace of copper penny, though. The pure grapefruit was pretty consistent for me thoughout the whole glass. Yum!

M - somewhat thin, somewhat astringent. Like a grapefruit, makes you pucker. This lasts with the aftertaste. Simultaneously, feels good across the tongue, with some creaminess.

O - I would try this again and happily recommend it to fans of "bitter" beers. If you love grapefruit then this is for you. I hope to have it again on tap and will probably pick up a bottle.

olfolxholme, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of pmarlowe
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

Tulip glass. Fresh bottle from the 2011 release.

A: Pours clear dark amber with a half finger of greyish light khaki head, which dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a little lacing.

S: Sweetish toffee and caramel malt, a little floral, citrus, cherry and pomegranate notes. Some alcohol also.

T: Bitterness and some caramel. Bitterness throughout the entire sip, not just on the finish. A little abrasive.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation with bite. Alcohol is a little noticeable at the end.

O: Too bitter for the style. I've got to think this improves with some age, once the bitterness has mellowed out. Until then, this is a pretty difficult beer.

pmarlowe, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of MEsoJD
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

[poured into duvel large tulip glass] ۞2011 release۞

B: Very attractive bottle with a humorous story(expected from stone).

A: A dark amber body(red tint) with a large fluffy head(slow dissipation) and adequate lacing.

S: Sweet malt that's very noticeable, earth, faint black cherry, and citrus hops. I feel the alcohol mask the flavors.

T: Bold... as expected from stone the hops stand out, grapefruit citrus, apricot, earthy/bready, sweet malt/brown sugar, and some caramel. The alcohol and the hops initially made it hard to pick out the other flavors.

M: Strong alcohol presence, starts smooth but ends strong, low to med carbonation, and full bodied.

O: Double Bastard is not for the weak. Only the minority will be able to fully appreciate the complexity of this beer. This is truly a beast that can play the violin. I defiantly couldn't recommend this to just anyone, no.... only those true beer enthusiast with a wide range of taste. Defiantly worthy of my mantle. CHEERS!!!

MEsoJD, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of mkotsayfan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a very dark amber/brown color with a finger of head. The aroma has lots of hops and malt character, along with a biscuity smell. The taste has some of that hop bitterness, but a nice balance with the malts. There's also a toffee/dark boozy fruits and bourbon quality to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, especially for a beer that is 2 years old. Also of note is the smoothness and relative obscuring of the ABV content, which is high at 10.5%. I assume that some of the mellowing is because it is a vintage.

This is a great beer, and all I hoped it would be as a fan of Arrogant Bastard. This was my first Double Bastard and it was cool that my first try was a vintage.

mkotsayfan, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Marty30
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

2010 vintage. Poured into a Duvel tulip at around 55 degrees.

A. Body is a brownish copper. 2 finger wheat colored head. No lacing but it's expected.Nice alchohol legs.

S. I get a big earthy tones some bready malts, wheat. There is a sweet sugary malt. Abit of cherry.

T. Same as the smell, kid of sweet really mellowed with a year on this. Alot of bread crust,with some caramal and brown sugar. Still get a good amount of alchohol/

M. Feel is awesome. Nice heavy,creamy. Not tons of carbonation,just right. Dry finish.

Overall I love this beer i would love to get some older vintages and see how this progresses. A must try.

Marty30, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of jsanford
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

2009 vintage. 22oz bomber poured into a Stone Double Bastard Snifter.

A - Pours a murky orange-brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just a slight ring. Looks like liquid caramel.
S - Sticky-sweet aromas of amber malt, caramel, and resinous grapefruit hops. While the intense hops of a fresh bottle have obviously faded, what's left is an amazing candied-orange-peel and caramel bomb that just begs to be drank.
T - Yeah, right on with the nose, lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt with a candied orange peel and grapefruit hop profile. Surprisingly smooth, and lacking in noticeable alcohol "burn", but I suppose that's attributed to the age.
M - Sticky and big, with a full mouthfeel and lowish carbonation. Your lips literally stick together while drinking this! Definitely a slow sipper, but a very enjoyable one.
O - Stone never fails, and this is no exception. A great beer fresh, a great beer with age, definitely a world-class brew!

jsanford, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

100th review!

A - Dark amber body, lofty white head with excellent retention, attractive lacing down the glass.

S - Heavy malt profile, caramel, dark berries, over-ripened fruit and alcohol.

T - Wow! A cornocopia of big punchy flavours. Sweet caramel, fruity citrusy hops, bitter orange peel, oak.

M - Full thick body, syrupy, dry finish.

O - Definately a sipper here. It has some heat, plenty of lip smacking hop bitterness (100 IBUs) and an array of malt complexity. This mean bastard delivers a real arse-kicking to your palate.

dansmcd, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of WickedSluggy
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%

When I had it fresh 2010 Double Bastard seemed a different beer to my previous experiences with the beer - alcohol presence was much more noticeably, and hops character was not as outstanding as with previous years.

Now, in September it's more drinkable. I cellard in my cold cellar 45 degrees. It is now a luscious beer with a complex nose. Alcohol, still noticeable. Malty aroma is nice, and it is not overly oxidized (have had overly oxidized DB off the shelves. The flavor is a bitter and malty (good balance) with quite a bit of cherry and caramel. Mouth feel is velvety. Wow, I am glad I saved most of these.

WickedSluggy, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of ezperkins2
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

Stone Double Bastard – 2007
Poured from a bomber into a tulip (09/14/11)

A: A beautiful mahogany with traces of golden orange when held to a light. A standard pour garnished a decent ¼ inch off white almost light brown head that stuck around for a short while. Decent lacing

S: I believe the age on this bottle has hurt the nose a bit. Without the hop presence there are a lot of subtle smells but nothing over powering. Malts come first followed by sweet dark fruits. I even picked up a very subtle cola like aroma.

T: If the age hurt the nose it was more than made up for once it was tasted. It definitely still has that very distinct bastard malt character but the subtle nuances of the other flavors are fantastic. The first taste mirrors the nose with a very sweet raison/fig taste but there is still a bitter finish. The citrusy piney flavors are gone but the bitterness still shows up in the finish. There is still a bit of booze but is welcome to help cut the sweetness.

M: Thick and oily with a great lingering taste. This one stays with you for a while. Once the bomber was gone I tasted it for while. Carbonation was spot on and even gave a nice pop upon opening.

O: Fresh Double Bastard is good but I feel the years have been very kind to this brew. I have a few more 07’s and 08’s left in the cellar and will treasure them. Saying this is a big beer is an understatement. Most barley wines do not have the complex power this brew packs. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys aging beer to grab a handful of double bastards and stash them away for years to come.

ezperkins2, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

A - A dark orange-brownish color and a thick foamy white head.

S - A sweet smelling malt and quite a bit of hops. citrusy smelling. There are spicy notes floating around in there.

T - Sugary sweetness up front with a bitter hoppy taste growing in the background. grapefruit citrus has a long after taste and a nice note of alcohol.

M - A great full body with decent carbonation.

O - Very good beer. I love the hops and the sweet balance.

mattboyer182, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

From my notes:

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversize snifter. Pours a cloudy amber color with a soapy, creme colored head that reduces to a skim with nice retention around the sides.

Has an intense malt aroma, with plenty of hops and yeast, and underlying hints of currant. Has an earthy, almost leathery smell to it, like you're smelling something old.

Has an intense earthy taste, which smooths out after a few sips. Somewhat like a barleywine, this starts with a sweet grape taste with notes of currants and apricots. This has a strong malt backbone, with a yeasty, almost biscuity taste. Astringent bitterness hits mid-tongue, before finishing with a nice hit of hops.

Medium to full-bodied, which dries out as it finishes.

Oh yeah, this is a beast of a beer that demands you respect its authoritah as you sip it down. Certainly one the short list of brews to have if I ever do a strong ale flight for a beer tasting.

TheHoppiest, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of TheRealBigC
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

On tap at 775 Gastropub

Looks really nice - deep copper, close to red, with a thick, sticky head.

Smell is complex, but the alcohol is clearly there. This transfers into the taste as well, but the taste is even more complex. It's incredibly hard to pick apart the flavor, but the strength of the alcohol (11.2%!!) is obvious. Not too hard to put down - all things considered, it is a pretty smooth beer - but it's no gulper.

I respect this beer more than I enjoy it, but that's not to say I don't enjoy it. It is a fantastic beer and nice to have here and there, but I think I'll be drinking the standard Bastard more often, because this one is really a BASTARD. I can't believe 775 serves this in a 19oz. glass. That's absurd.

TheRealBigC, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

This beer pours a copper to brown color that is slightly murky. There is a large off white head that last a fair amount of time and leaves some lacing on the glass as it recedes. The smell is huge hop slap in the face with earthy spicy hop character almost burning the inside of my nose. This is followed by and alcohol presence that is fairly pleasant. the flavor follows the smell exactly with the hops kicking you in the face up front followed by the alcohol burn. There is also a decent malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel is medium to full with great carbonation. This beer is great

rowingbrewer, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -15%

This beer poured out as a murky looking brownish amber color. The head was a yellowish white and pretty thick. The lacing was sticky and left a good trail running down the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy hop aromas and some malts. The taste of the beer is also spicy and very hopped up. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and retains a good carbonation. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer and it will surely knock your socks off if you let it.

Knapp85, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of jgagne
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

A-Deep amber body with lacey light brown head. Great look

S-Sweet and spicy notes. Nice toffee, candied sugar smell with prominent spicy hopy smells.

T-This is one powerful beer. Very sweet at first taste but then a massive bight of hoppy goodness attacks your palate. Wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with medium carbonation.

O-I love this beer. Drinking this is an experience. One of the most powerful beers i have ever had. Watch out though i only drank one snifter and i definitely could feel it.

jgagne, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

With a name like "Double Bastard," and the slogan "You're not worthy" imprinted on the bottle cap--plus the extensive text on the back label that is essentially a several-hundred-word arrogant rant about how awesome the beer is and how you're exactly the opposite--this 2008 release had better be a damn good brew.

On the nose, it has a distinct bi-level aroma, part Jolly Rancher-type sugary fruit, and part bitter hop, creating a warning that the drinker had better pay attention to what's coming next.

On the tongue, the hops are immediately apparent, coming on strong like a high-grade IPA. However, the hops are far more balanced and nuanced than might be expected, and thankfully aren't strong enough to knock out the rest of the flavors. Those come in after the initial hop shock has worn off slightly, revealing a wonderfully fruity, brown sugar underbelly that's just dying to be hauled up to lover's lane like a prom date, and do something naughty in your back seat. Flavors here include fruit esters, toffees and caramels, as well as a touch of dark chocolate, and perhaps a smidgen of tobacco.

Combine those flavors in a perfect balance with the hops, and you get one great ale--that is, if you're a hops fan, such as I am. But as one reviewer has already noted, if you're not a fan of hops, you won't like this one at all. 4.5 stars, you bastard.

jondeelee, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

2008 vintage bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip. Mahogany isn’t quite the right word for the shade of the body, as there seems to be some dark orange in the mix as well. A huge light tan head is raised initially. This slowly settles into an uneven layer of rocky foam with peaks and valleys. Excellent retention, plentiful lacing.

When fresh, Double Bastard screams Citrus! Caramel! Booze! It’s raw, aggressive and I love it. With a few years of age, it turns into almost a different beer entirely. The nose has smoothed out considerably. While you wouldn’t call it gentle, it’s certainly a complex blend of with honey, toffee and baked bread providing the heftier malt aromas. Hints of milk chocolate, vanilla, orange, baked apple and sherry bring the complexity. The massive bitterness is long gone, but exceedingly juicy sweet citrus- orange, tangerine, touch of pineapple- remains. Brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, chocolate. Hints of sherry and brandy. Stray notes of tobacco and cedar(?). So much going on here. A viscous, almost slippery and oily brew, but there’s enough carbonation to keep things moving along nicely. Exceedingly warm lingering finish.

Overall impression: Incredible sipper. I’m a huge fan of Double Bastard fresh, but your patience will certainly be rewarded if you care to age it for a while.

PDXHops, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Double Bastard is an impressive looking beer. A deep brown color with a cherry amber tint, this has a very full foamy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace. Eventually it dies down, which does not surprise me given the strength of the beer.

Smell: Lots of sugary sweetness, bown sugar, toffee, caramel. Tons of grapefruit hops in here as well.

Taste: Brown sugar and toffee smooth sweetness up front, bringing an intensity unlike I would expect to see from anything but Double Bastard. The sweetness gradually turns into an ever-rising bitterness. Grapefruit flavors dominate a huge hop bill. There is a bit of an alcohol bite from the middle of the sip on.

Mouthfeel: This truly is 'one lacerative mother of an ale.' Almost immediately, the tingle from the alcohol and hop bite causes my tongue to tingle. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat and warms the stomach. The body is quite full, with carbonation that is creamy but still provides a bit of crisp character.

Overall: The only thing that really gets in the way of my pure enjoyment of this is the strong alcohol bite. A very good beer, one that I will savor and enjoy slowly.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a Maudite snifter...

Appearance-Cloudy dark burnt orange. Head is about two fingers of off white beautifulness. Dissipates fairly nicely for such a high ABV beer.

Smell-Citrus hops at first then becomes a nice malty caramel aroma. Some spice notes and some booze on the finish. Very balanced, really works together.

Taste-Complex, but simple. The flavors are so pronounced and really smacks you across the face. Huge caramel malts and some dark fruits at first that transforms into a bittery citrus aroma with some spice. Alcohol is there, but very underwhelming.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really coats the tongue nicely. Perfect mouthfeel.

Overall-Unreal complexity and balance. Stone really nailed this one. And it's 6.50 a bomber!

SWMeyer4141, Jul 31, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,631 ratings.