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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,447
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 321
Gots: 682 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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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
Photo of sunkistxsudafed

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
Photo of claireoakhammer

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
Photo of goalie33

New York

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into 13oz tulip glass.
A: Ruby color with a hint of brown. Slight ring of tan head around the edges of the glass. Leaves nice legs in the glass.
S: Sweet citrus with a ton of malt. Very balanced aroma. Hides the alcohol well for a 11.2%abv beer.
T: This beer wastes no time in making its presence known. Huge malt taste upfront with a hoppy, bitter finish. Very nice warming feeling. A bit of booze as the beer warms.
M: Full, viscous body. Really coats the mouth. Very heave beer.
D: The bitterness and high abv hurt the drinkability on this beer. A bomber may be tough to finish in one sitting.

Wow, what a beer! Huge, immense flavors, well balanced between hops and malt. Lots of character. This beer is definitely not for the faint of heart.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 19:17:22 | More by goalie33
Photo of JLeege


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage, 11.2%, poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pours a murkey copper color with a one finger sandy colored head. Good retention and lacing for the size of this beer.

Smell- Dark fruits and caramel. Some faint citrus and pine notes.

Taste- Caramel and dark fruits, notes of raison, cherry, very malty. Maple syrup sweetness in the middle. Not cloying at all. Finishes with a slight piney hoppyness with some citrus fruit (pineapple/grapefruit). The finish is fairly dry, beging for you to drink more. Pretty complex actually.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and thick, lower side of carbonation. Viscous. There is an alcohol warming, but I would not call this "hot".

Overall- Great beer, very drinkable for the abv's! Finished the bomber by myself, no problem. Not the best strong ale I have had, but it is up there.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 05:30:22 | More by JLeege
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz bomber into St Bernardus chalice. 2009 batch. Some floaties and sediment near the bottom of the bottle,

A- Dark amber with a thin head.
S- Fruity and pronounced caramel. Noticeable liqour scent.
T- Very full on the palate with robust malts. Hoppy astringency that balances it all out very well.
M- Very good mouthfeel... could use a wee bit carbonation but it is right bout on point.
D- Very high all considering the 10.5% ABV. A little sneaky if you ask me. Balanced between syrupy, spicy, hoppy and malty.

Very good and definitely deserving of a top 100 spot!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 02:04:16 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of Vierenner


3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured / looked / tasted ordinary. I feel like I can purchase a beer of this quality at a far cheaper price. Poured a lighter color and more cloudy than I expected. It also seems like the hops overpower other flavors which might be present in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:24:19 | More by Vierenner
Photo of Rickythejeweler


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 - 11.2% abv

A - Dark mahogany with garnet hues, 1 and 1/2 inch yellowing head (the color of old paper) Lacing is great, lasts the entire glass.

S - At first I only got faint hints of hops but after a few swirls the aroma intensified giving off scents of alcohol, apple, hops, and raisons.
(reminds me of Raison D'extra and Old school barley wine from DFH)

T - Bold, aggressive, bitter hops, grapefruit, boozy, apple skin. Nice maltiness in the background.

M - Super smooth, pretty thick.

D - one 22oz is plenty, a sipper for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 17:09:14 | More by Rickythejeweler
Photo of ne0m00re


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review of a 22 oz bottle.
A: Dark copper amber, poured with a nice head that died to a thin collar.
S: Cheesy citrus (grapefruit), resiny hops, caramel biscuit malt in the front; nice and welcoming. Tastes a lot like a Midwestern style IPA, honestly. Very welcoming.
T: Nice bitter burn with the hops, the alcohol is gin with a nice orange juice. Caramel fades into roasted malts (like brandy with chocolate), raisins and grapes seem to be present in the backgound. Again, cheesy gin lingers minutes after the sip.
M: Moderately thick with mild carbonation.
D: OK. One glass is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 04:17:33 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The classic. The first beer I attempted to cellar some 5 years ago.
This here is the 2009.
Hideous red, plumes of malted citrus. Smooth, easy drinking. Heavy and chewy malts, still a huge hop presence, though not overly bitter. Big alcohols still reside in this ridiculous ale. Still a bit fusel.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 01:19:04 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely my favorite strong ale, and quite a doosey at that... just drink a bomber like me and you'll know why. Stone hits another one out of the park. Their IRS is definitely my favorite beer, and this one is right up there. Keep 'em comin' stone!!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:02:36 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of StormKing47


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

What did I get myself into? Have drank this beer for years and always enjoyed it, but thanks go to petesuphi for a 3 liter surprise. Shared with him and Jwiss22. Reviewed from notes and so the journey begins...

A- A deep reddish brown almost a mahogany color with a nice medium sized off-white/tan head. Good amount of carb that dissipates the head quickly. Surprising that there is that much carb in such a large bottle, but I guess that's what makes it a bastard.

S- Very surprising that a strong ale has that much of a pungent citrus smell, but we are talking about Stone those bastards. As it continues to warm the familiar sweet malts come out and are very soothing to inhale. A little more warming and I can pick up some faint and subtle piney hop smell melding with the citrusy over tone. I am also picking up some sugary perhaps brown sugar from the malts. Very enjoyable.

T- A well concocted strong ale, that finds a great balance with the citrus and grapefruit nuances up front and a little sweet, brown sugar finish. Has a slight warming from the high abv, but no burn like one would expect. Some continued sipping brings more of the sweetness in the finish, but also allows the hop profile to build up in the initial taste. Very nice and enjoyable.

M- A nice and viscous strong ale that borders on chewy. The abv warmth contributes in the feel as well with an almost syrupy feel. The carb is lively, but not overwhelming very mellow and smooth.

D- Definitely especially in bomber format, but the 3 liter is a must share it is simply a big double bastard. Seriously you need two hands to pour it. The bottle has a lock and key for christ's sake. A very nice balance of hops and malts that hides the alcohol well. Dangerous bastard I would say.

A great offering from Stone that gets better each year. Keep those aggressive bastards coming! Thanks again petesuphi for unlocking a 3 liter mega bastard!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 05:34:58 | More by StormKing47
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter. 2010 Vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a finger of khaki head that settles in a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet citrusy notes of grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine, floral hops, heavy sweet malt character and a noticeable boozy aroma on the nose.

Taste: Bitter hops, piney, bitter grapefruit and some sweet pineapple, caramel malts, heavy booze aftertaste on this, but I love a boozy beer.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and boozy (I like that though).

Drinkability: I always enjoy this when I can get it and have another 2010 aging to see how it mellows, even though I like the boozy heat.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:11:41 | More by Axic10
Photo of EgadBananas


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. 11.2% ABV for this year.

Sort of light blood red in color, with lots of hues of orange. A finger of beige head that laces a bit sites on top.

The aroma is slightly hoppy, with some caramal malt sweetness candied sugar and a hint of booze.

There's a bit of a hop bite at first, and then it moves to a sweet, rich malt taste, caramel, butterscotch. The booze is there, but it's well hidden for what it is, despite some of the complaints I had heard about the booze this year.

Lightly carbonated, medium in body, and a sort of creaminess.

Solid drinkability. I think this will do great with some age, and I'm gonna find out.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 02:10:43 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of TheBrother

New York

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 22oz bomber, gracious diatribe against bro beers on back, release year (2010) on side. Poured amber/mahogany into perfect pint glass. Half finger off white head.

Smell: Floral and citrus, somewhat orange. Sweet and inviting.

Taste: Wow! Sweet up front followed quickly by a huge wave of hops (my girlfriend HATED it), medium-bodied and smooth lingers and spreads across the tastebuds. Fades bitter and has a bit of a bite on the after-taste but leaves you craving for more.

Drinkability: Probably a sipper, you'll notice the high ABV, but one I wouldn't mind sipping all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 03:22:37 | More by TheBrother
Photo of comfortablynumb1


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone pint glass...

A - Pours mahogany with a one finger tan head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, and there is not much lacing to be had...

S - Citrus, hops, and the sweet smell of malt...

T - Lots of fruits followed by some brown sugar. Ends on a grapefruit note with a nice balance of hops added in. If I didn't know better, I would probably think that I was drinking a Belgium. Has alot of characterisitcs of a Quad. Abv is well hidden. You only get a slight warmth of alcohol at the end. Tasty...

M - Nice and thick with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - Another good offering from Stone. Definitely something I will be revisiting in the near future.


Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 06:09:50 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of PicoPapa


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. 2010 Release. Note: bottle says 11.2% ABV, not 10.50% as stated on BA. Pours a brackish brownish auburn color with a good sized head. Nice lacing. I may be crazy but this beer smells like banana bread with booze in it. The taste is boozey with some hops. Not only does it smell like alcoholic banana bread, but it tastes like it as well. This beer has that alcohol burn to it but it still has a nice drinkability. This is another solid beer from Stone and I look forward to aging one of these to see how it'll taste down the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 05:57:11 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of machostacos


3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from chilled 2010 release bomber into a tulip glass. Bottle shows an ABV of 11.2%.

A: Gorgeous clear deep reddish mahogany with a tight half-inch head that shrinks down to a thin film and ring that grips the glass. Nice think lacing. Just a beautiful looking beer.

S: Smells of lovely dark sticky fruits, sweet malt with a decidedly Belgian quality (almost like a Quad) - no real perceivable hop character, though I suppose I'm detecting a very slight piny resinous component. Very rich and inviting, with a touch of booze that stings the nose. Chomping at the bit to give this a taste.

T: Flavor isn't as complex as the nose, unfortunately, though it's still quite tasty. Lots of that Belgian-esque fruity quality up front with a very slight chocolaty flavor, followed by a little bit of alcohol burn with a short, slightly dry and bitter finish. The alcohol is quite well-hidden for being 11.2% ABV, which can certainly lead to trouble if you're not careful. Not as complex as the rich aroma would suggest, but certainly no slouch either.

M: Quite viscous, not much carbonation. Very sticky on the lips. I love thick, rich beers, and this is near-perfection for my taste.

D: 11.2% ABV alone kinda kills the drinkability of this one. The flavor isn't heavy enough to really overwhelm the palate, and thus doesn't become cloying or unpleasant, and therefore would be much more conducive to enjoying on a larger scale if not for the ABV. I'm a big guy and I'm definitely feeling it after a pint, so 1 or 2 would certainly be plenty. A shame, really, since it's so damned tasty.

A fantastic brew that I would certainly pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 07:29:51 | More by machostacos
Photo of gregshead


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Mahogany red color with a nice finger of head.

S: Nice sweet malty smell w/ strong fruit and hop smells mixed in.

T: sweet malt with a belgian yeasty taste along with fruit hops. The bitter hops balance the other tastes very nicely.

M: Good carbonation fits for this beer.

D: A very impressive brew. I must get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:03:35 | More by gregshead
Photo of pants678


2.65/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

All kinds of cloudy with an eggshell head, body is an orangish brown sugar color.

Weak aroma of orange and peppermint.

A boozy quad is what it comes off as initially. There would be a very clean finish were it not for the soapy alcohol. A grainy cinnamon, pine base holds up tinges of grapefruit with an offsetting mint with the strongest hops. I can't help but sip at it, the alcohol is too much.

Little heavier than medium bodied. The creamy texture seems off-base, but not problematic. A Belgian kind of smooth carbonation. Still, not at all easy-going.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 04:09:59 | More by pants678
Photo of ButterScotch


4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 release from a bottle, bought while on a trip to California. A very fine brew. To me, the balance between hopiness/maltiness/alcohol was extremely good. Do not drink quickly...savor it. On my next trip to California I will definitely buy again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 22:59:21 | More by ButterScotch
Photo of Tifore


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Melt Bar & Grilled. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a deep amber that is mainly orange in color, mahogany looking. Slightly hazy not so clear. Has a one finger off white head that leaves fair lacing and turns into a little ring around the glass.

S - Smells of booze and hops. Lots of alcohol comes first followed by grapefruit, orange and lemon zest, and some pine. Some light sweetness going on as well.

T - Tastes of booze first and foremost. Lots of dark fruits come after with a big burst of carmely malts. Very complex. I just wish the alcohol was toned down a tad so that the dark fruits would come through more.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty heavy. Medium amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is nice for this beer. I enjoy this part the most out of the brew.

D - You definitely feel the alcohol percentage on this beer. One pint and I could feel it slightly but I will have a few more of this until the keg is tapped. I have a bottle here at home that I hope will age well over the next few months to a year.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 01:37:40 | More by Tifore
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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