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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,693
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 763 | FT: 26
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Arrogant Bastard shaker pint glass at Plainfield's Tap House.

And here, finally, the Accidental Highway to Hell Tour comes to a conclusion. What a ride (and (insert inside joke wink here) it doesn't even really end here, per se). Anyway, this brew pours a dark amber-rust topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, caramel, pine resin, toffee, black pepper, and a touch of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine (which is more toward sap than resin here) and the addition of some mandarin orange syrup for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a richly textured and generally enjoyable brew. Definitely not for the faintest of hearts. Good times.

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Swim424
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into palm glass

A-cloudy amber. nice creamy looking head. bright when put up to a light

S-smells of lots of malt and some hops.

T-hits with some strong malt up front finishing with a nice little hop bite. Cant really describe the taste but its like a dull piney flavor. can taste a bit of alcohol with the hops. this is a hard one for me to describe. very floral hops mixed with the malts up front.

MF- sort of creamy. can taste a bit of an alcohol hoppy lingering in with the creamyness.

O-pretty good. Im just having trouble describing this one. its a pretty good beer.

Swim424, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 250

Had on-tap @ Brewfora Beer Market, Meridian ID. Poured into a tasting chalice, about 8oz I believe.

A: Pours a hazy caramel color with amber hues and a light khaki-colored head.

S: Subdued (might be the temperature)...I gets lots of malt sweetness mixed with floral pithy pine hops...toffee and toasted sweetbread...bitter citrus as well.

T: Initially its all hops-pungent pine, floral hop bitterness and intense West Coast dryness-but the malt bill cuts this down to size with a metric ton of caramel and toffee underneath...in fact the warmer this beer gets, the more the malts dominate...

MF: Decent, medium-thick mouthfeel with some sticky viscosity. Dry finish.

O: This beer isn't overrated, and I can see why people clamor for it...'underwhelmed' might be a better descriptor for me right now...overall its good but not epic. Good flavors...medium drinkability.

Scotchboy, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, medium copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention but not a lot of lace.

S: Dark fruits, light caramel. Faint spice as well.

T: Like the aromas, but with the caramel more prominent than the fruits. Nice bitter bite on the finish. Overall impression is similar to a good doppelbock. After a bit, banana joins the fruit combination. Nice complexity. Each sip starts semi-sweet, mostly sweet in the middle, and then the finish wipes the sweetness out altogether.

M: Medium body and very nice, smooth oil feel.

O: Very tasty, way too drinkable for such a strong beer. Another reason for frequent beer runs across the border to Illinois. Recommended.

AmericanGothic, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried an '06 bottle next to a '10 bottle

A: Really hazy dark brown color with a good looking off white head.

S: Lots of toffee and caramel along with some hop resin and vanilla. I picked up a bit more booze and apricot in the '06.

T: Coconut, loads of hop resin, caramel, toffee and oak. I don't know how, but the alcohol seems way more present in the 06 and I preferred the '10.

notchucknorris, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of omnigrits
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. A rich mahogany brown colour with a cream coloured head that vanishes a bit too quickly.

S. Oh my goodness, where to begin. Cherries, cassia bark, molasses, some spiciness. It reminds me very much of an old fashioned cough drop, and in a good way.

T. Wow. All of the above and more. Sweet malts, bready malts, hops, of course, and a superb bitter finish. Strong hints of alcohol

M. Not too heavy for such a big beer, and very, very smooth.

O. Definitely not something Stone should put out year round. It's great to look forward to and even better to actually drink, but a beer like this on hand all the time is... well, you really can have too much of a good thing. I have to get me a couple more of these and stash them away. I think it would turn into something really rather special. I want to see it dry out a little. Fresh, it's fantastic, but a little on the sweet side.

omnigrits, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this one for a while and this year it finally made its way to my hometown, I can't wait. This is the 2011 version, poured into a tulip glass. This pours a brown color with an okay off white head which dissipates down to a thin layer which leaves a lacing. The smell is pretty malts, lots of caramel, toffee, a decent amount of pine hops but less than expected. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great, reminds me of an American barely wine. Lots of toffee and a rich malt backbone followed by a bitter hop bite, excellent worth the wait!

DavidST, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of bravejoejoe
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber. There is a nice thick head, that dissipates rather quick. Not much lacing left behind.
S - Well i will say i poured it, have a stuffy nose and the aroma still blasted me in the face before i even put it to my nose. Smell is malt, lots of piney hops.
T - Well it is a punch in the face. There are hops that will be there in the morning i'm sure. The hop backing definitely is present as well.
O - For 6 bucks a bomber, get it, it is well worth it. I love AB, it is my stand by for when i want to get a good beer for cheap. and the double is even better in my opinion.

bravejoejoe, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Max's.

Pours a deep garnet with a small tannish head. Loads of lacing down the glass.

Smells similar to a hop profile of an IPA with strong citrus and pine hops, but is backed by a ridiculous amount of toffee and bread malt aroma.

Very complex. A bit of citrus up front. Heavy toffee malt with a little bit of a sugary sweetness. Finishes very sharply bitter and dry.

Chewy Creamy and just about perfect.

Always glad when I get this beer every winter. Incredibly bitter, but enough malt to balance it out very nicely.

jmarsh123, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of EA728
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Amber/Orange Color, almost identical to AB, not much head.

S: Very hopy

T: Sweet, malty with a bit of hops. Did a side by side comparison with AB, so it didn't taste as hopy as that, but still pleasant. Almost has a Belgian Strong Ale taste with the sweetness.

M: very smooth, thicker than AB, but that's to be expected.

O: I loved this beer, its a sweeter, less hopy, maltier beer than AB.

EA728, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with vibrant red hues.

Hops fill the nose at first with citrus and pine goodness followed by toasted barley, grains and a nice sweetness.

Taste is perfectly balanced and full flavored. Layers of pungent grapefruit and piney resin flavors fall into loads of toffee-like sweetness. Big wave of bitterness at the end.

Big thick body..almost chewy despite the hop character

This is one hell of a beer.

TheMultiYeast, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of rand
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to snifter

A: Ruby-red in color, opaque, but not from haze - this brew is dense, and forms a frothy head with lacing everywhere.

S: sharp pine and citrus notes, typical of an IPA, meets waves of sweet bready malts. The nose is big, and several subtones are noticed - tropical, peppery spice.

T: The taste follows, and the huge ABV yields huge flavors. The hoppy pine flavors are really bitter, the honey-sweet malts are really sweet...REALLY sweet. Strangely, the beer is quite drinkable - there are plenty of big beers like this that ruin your palate far more than this one. The beer finished mote sweet than bitter, but alcohol and bitter residues linger long after the swallow.

M: Full bodied, ample carbonation.

Once you wrap your palate around the bold profile, Double Bastard is almost more drinkable than it's little brother. Still, of Stone's infamous lineup of big, bold, aggressively bitter beers, this one sits at the top.

rand, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: An intense aroma of citrus hops up front. Also some earthy hops and pine resin. Solid backing of caramel and toffee malts in the background. There's even some hints of dark fruits. Very citrusy all around.

Taste: Just as intense as the smell leads. Citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange. Lots of pine resin and floral notes throughout. Light hints of dark fruit and oak in the middle. A solid base of bready caramel and toffee malts adds some balancing sweetness. A little alcohol heat but its masked well by the sharpness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very chewy and creamy. A little heat is felt but its still pretty smooth.

Overall: A very good strong ale/DIPA. The blast of hops is very strong but well balanced by the malts. Very bold and tasty.

MattyG85, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of MountainBeagle
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 release from a 22 bottle, a few weeks old. 10.5 percent 100+ ibu

First Thoughts: Damn this beer is sweet, has it always been like this? However, it has some special b or peat malts that are really good.

The Good: Hop monster of a beer with slight smokiness and arrogance. The taste is of hoppy whiskey but in a good way.

The Bad: Malt monster of a beer, it's too sweet for my liking. 2010 was better.

The Bottom Line: Ye shall know the bastard and the bastard shall set you free! A good beer but you better be ready for it. I'd put in the strong ale/barley wine category.

MountainBeagle, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of WankelEngine
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a deep brown-ruby color with a medium one finger head of tan foam which dissipates to a ring around the edge of the glass quickly. There is little to no lacing.

S: The smell is dominated by hops. Warm brown malts rise out of the glass and are complemented by a variety of fruit smells. There is a noticeable tropical peach or mango as well as some citrus. Hops add a decent dose of floral and grass scents.

T: The malt and fruit scents from the smell are similarly present when I take a sip but they are balanced very nicely with more prominent hop flavors. As I savor the sip, the beer gradually becomes more bitter until the aftertaste is a pleasant combination of grass trimmings and fruit. There is little indication of the high alcohol content.

M: This beer is well carbonated with a moderate thickness. It is just a little bit oily.

O: Very well balanced for such a strong beer. The alcohol content is well hidden. I hadn't expected the beer to be so fruity but it all comes together nicely.

WankelEngine, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head.

S Lots of hops in the form of pine, with maybe a bit of tropical fruit. Hard to find but there is a bit of some caramel or toffee type malt.

T Again the hops dominated with lots of strong bitter grapefruit like notes followed by some sticky sweet malts. The alcohol is not all that noticeable.

M Very thick and syrupy which works quite well for this one.

Overall I think that this beer is quite good yet a tad overrated. To me it is a very hoppy mess of a beer that still somehow manages to be good. Would be interesting to try with some age on it.

beerandcycling88, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of rapidsequence
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, $7.66 from Pints O'Plenty. 2011 release.

Appearance: Pours an attractive, clear, garnet color with a very nice off white head. Great head retention and fantastic lacing.

Smell: Big hoppy presence with pine, earthiness, and some sweet citrus. Toasty and aromatic malts. Some sweet fruity notes too like overripe peach or dried apricots and a little raisin. Despite some pretty assertive aromas, nothing really overpowers-- hoppy, sweet, and malty.

Taste: Upfront its very sweet and boozy and it closes out with a stiff hoppy bitterness and lasting alcohol presence. In the middle, waves of sweet, toasty, and fruity malt mixed with bitter citrus and pine . Delicious, but quite a boozy sting, and the multiple flavors are just slightly muddled.

Mouthfeel: Slick, slightly sticky, resiny. Softly carbonated-- maybe a hair too softly.

Overall: This is a great beer and a neo-classic. I've had it many times and can't believe I haven't reviewed it until now. This one is great in various stages of age, but also quite good fresh.

rapidsequence, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of BigB415
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 2011 vintage pours dark red into my 22oz glass. Slight head with heavy lacing.

S: Intense hops and I think I smell oranges too. Nothing else for me.

T: More hop bombs and oranges. This time I get caramel notes which I like.

MF: The hops leave an immense bitter taste in my mouth followed by the lingering of the caramel that I can still taste as I type this a minute after my last sip.

O: To be honest I was expecting a hot boozy mess which could only be cured by aging but I found a smooth beer that I really like fresh. I am really anxious to see how the one I put in my cellar turns out.

BigB415, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of 3nlightenedfool
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My bottle reads 10.5% as well.

This beer is a kick in the teeth by the finest woman in the world. For a hop lover it's there for you in true IPA fashion, but this is no IPA...this is a double and as such it's more like a sweet hop wine. This is one of the best double IPA's I've had. The malts are there and they don't disappoint for those who like a smooth beer, but the hops are the driving flavor and aroma. I feel like it could use a tad more carbonation, hence the 4.5 on the mouthfeel, but seriously....that changes as the beer sits anyway so maybe it really deserves a perfect score.

I never poured the beer into a glass because I don't care what it looks like. If you drink beer for it's appearance you are...well I'd better not say.

3nlightenedfool, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 2011 Bottle reads 10.5% ABV

A: deep brown/orange crimson shimmer body, trace
white head, patchy lacing

S: raisin/fig, faint apples, spices, barley, malt

T: sweet barley, spices, malt, sticky/oily long bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, oily/sticky mouth
like Spiderman webbing coating your palate!

O: Oh, Stone, how I love you! Not ONLY
do you make delicious beer, but you
delivered an yummy Strong Ale. One of my
favorite styles from one of my favorite breweries.
Need to run out and grab another bottle and
save it for an artic evening by the fire. This is
like a Barleywine's fellow superhero, potent
amazing, complex, and makes the world
a better place.


BeerLover99, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Release

A - Pours a maroon/mahogany with puffy off-white head

S - A bit of malt at first, slightly toasted with roasted grain. Both dark and light fruits, raisins, cherry, some floral hops. Very good smelling brew.

T - Candied sugar, dark fruits, with a little kick of cherry. You kinda get hit with a lot of booze in the middle before it fades into some floral hops.

M - Again, quite boozy. Good thickness as well.

Overall - Good not great. I felt like there was a little too much heat in this one that it masked some of the flavors. Certainly a fine strong ale, but one that has more potential.

BeerBuckeye, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with a fellow BA.

2010 Vintage.

A- Murky maroon color, one finger beige head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass, splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is pleasant, big malt bready aroma, dark fruits (plums), brown sugar.
T- Big heat on the initial sip and as it goes down, big malt presence, bready nutty notes, dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar.
M- Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, big heat, dry finish.
O- I’ve had this bottle since I started trading, forgot it was in my cellar, solid overall, interesting with age on it, complex and enjoyable.

Chriscrundwell12, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Release

First off, cool bottle. Pours a deep dark burnt amber with a off white fluffy head that lasts.

Citrus, floral hops, vanilla, caramel, tropicals, booze, sweet malt in the nose. Very nice.

This beer is just a picture of balance, yet its still packs a hop punch and still has a huge malt flavor. First there's a nice spiciness, leading to a toffee like sweetness, maybe some light choco, not a lot, combining with citrus, floral, piney and earthy hops to close with an enjoyable bitterness. The alcohol is there, but doesn't punch and is enjoyable. Finishes like a much stronger beverage, ever though this is a beast.

Great mouthfeel. Medium with good carbonation.

Overall, delicious and will be trying to get more.

Sensaray, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 in the house!!!

Nose: Sweet ripe strawberry, candy apple, light caramel malts. Delightful.

Taste and feel:

Old-tasting dank sweet/bitter/semi-sour. Feels like it came out of a barrel - it's dry tasting but not on the feel.

I've got an image: fuzzy, leafy hops dried up and slathered in sweet barley syrup, left to dry again, then toasted and eaten with a burnt-sugar and butter dipping sauce. Mmmm.

So much going on, which I've come to expect from Stone. Finish is dry bitter hops bite. Alcohol warms and dries the palate a bit on the finish as well, which surprised me as I smell and taste minimal booze, even at 11.2%.

Excellent outing. Good show. I don't know if I'd still call it an American Strong at this point . . . but you know, potato:potato. (That's doesn't translate well in type, does it?) I still like Arrogant Bastard better, but this is a doozy!!!! I could rant about Stone, but I won't. I like what they do, especially considering the scale at which they do it.

Also, I highly, highly recommend letting this one get up to at least 55F.

CheezyBlaster, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The ever elusive double bastard finally makes it to my local watering hole here in sunny Texas. It has a deep amber color with a lovely tan head. One of the prettiest brews I've seen in awhile.

The double bastard smells a lot like the regular bastard. Malts that are roasted, full and sweet. The hops are there but not as dominating as the grains.

A tasty beverage to say the least, double bastard is a nice flavor bomb. It leads off with a heavy dose of malts that are thick, sweet and slightly toasted. Those flavors then subside and let a nice hop twang come through. Simple but full flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick and boozy but not in a bad way. It coats your face hole and leaves you with a kind lingering malt flavor. The combination of hop bitterness and booze leave your throat feeling a little raw but satisfied. The regular bastard is good, this one IS better but not twice as good. The ABV does sneak up on you because it is such a smooth brew. I've got a nice buzz after my second and can't wait to try some more!

jbphoto88, Nov 03, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,693 ratings.