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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,384 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,384
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 316
Gots: 664 | FT: 24
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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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SkunkWorks

New York

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

22 oz bottle into pint glass. 2009 version (its now mid-September 2010).

Pours reddish brown, slightly amber with a little haze. The head is thin but reasonable and is a little orange in color. It left behind a lot of lacing on my glass. A little carbonation is visible but not much.

The smell is fairly potent. I mostly get the malt and booze. There are also some hints of fruit and hops in there as well.

The taste is dominated by the malt and the alcohol like the aroma is. Its not as hoppy as Arrogant Bastard is by any means and definitely was not as bitter, so its a very sweet beer. There are also hints of fruit. It strangely tastes more like a barley wine than Arrogant Bastard.

The mouthfeel is that its very full bodied. The 10.5% ABV definitely is noticeable and I think that's what Stone was going for with this one.

Drinkability wise, its very easy to drink despite the forwardness of the alcohol because of how sweet it is. I had to pace myself purposefully to take it slow and enjoy this beer.

Overall, I really liked this beer. I had been unable to find it when it came out but happened upon a bottle of it while buying other beer in a local store so I knew I had to pick it up. It is very good and I'll be stocking up on bottles to age if I find any new ones in the future. It was definitely worth the wait and proves why Stone Brewing remains my favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 15:07:30 | More by SkunkWorks
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cjacobsen

Illinois

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

22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Had 2006, 2007 and 2009 versions

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a medium to thin beige head on it that stays throughout the drinking of the brew.

The smell was of roasted malt, hops and alcohol.

The taste was strong, bold and upfront with aromas of hops and roasted malt. The alcohol has thinned out and melded well with the rest of the flavors in the 06 but the separation could be noted from the 06 to the 07 and then much stronger in the 09. The 09 boasts a 10.5% ABV while the 06 and 07 were straight 10%. Aging this beer does very well if done correctly.

The mouthfeel differed from the years. The 06 was smoother than you'd normally expect from a Bastard but it still had that spicy bit to it from the Belgian yeast strand and alcohol. The 09 was more aggressive on the palette but didn't put off the will to drink.

This beer means business. I'm a fan of the Arrogant Bastard and this bigger brother makes a decent mark. Can't have too many of these but a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:16:59 | More by cjacobsen
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bohemiandonut

California

3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 version.

Perfect for my Peanuts era Welch's mini-jar.

Nice and creamy ecru head, murky orange caramel body. Head could be thicker but for the style it's not bad. Swirls up readily. Label and artwork on the bottle get this an A++.

Smells and feels like a Stone heavy-hitter. Stone hops amidst boozy caramel with notes of roasted malts. The hints of chocolate and coffee add a nice depth to what is a mostly toffee/caramelized-orange-peel concoction. Can't help but wish there was a bit more chocolate. Bit of anise in there too. A lot to ponder over.

Tastes like all of the above. I can't help treating this like a barleywine, though it's supposed to be an Arrogant Bastard hybrid. Either way, this ale would be just fan-fuckin-tastic if it were oaked or -baled to any extent. That Bastardly bitterness comes on late and careful with its spartan hops and bourbony-sweet thickness.

This doesn't quite blow me away as for the style (or "Strong Ale"), but it certainly fills out the Stone lineup nicely. For a single drink I would probably look elsewhere. With a bit of mellowing, again, this could be an exceptionally out-of-this world beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 19:39:13 | More by bohemiandonut
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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

Reviewed from notes on 8-6-10.

A: Pours a dirty, murky brown-amber into my snifter. A medium pour yields a tiny head that leaves behind a clumpy, long lasting beige film that cover the majority of the beer. The carbonation bubbles mosey at a medium march. A parabolic arch of lacing is left behind with each sip, which breaks into dots and snaky lines. This beer looks mysterious.

S: A thick, musty caramel malt scent is the biggest player in the smell play. This is very sweet smelling with some raisin, fig, and plum notes also prominent. A banana breadiness is also climbing into my nose, along with a slight citrus hop presence. DB smells huge and delicious and it makes me very excited to drink it.

T: Musty, sweet caramel malts are also the dominant taste, but there is an earthy hop bitterness accompanying the malts that I did not pick up in the smell. This hop presence certainly does not balance the sweetness, but it does add a wonderful cleansing of the palate at the finale of each pull. The raisin, plum, fig, and banana bread notes that I found in the smell add a nice complexity to the overall taste and round out a big and phenomenal beer.

M: DB is creamy and full bodied with an appropriate hop bite at the finish. The sweetness really coats the palate with a nice film and then the hop cleansing dries off the film nicely.

D: Well, it took me the better part of two hours to drink this behemoth, so I'm not sure how "drinkable" is really is, but do know this: it's damned good and I really enjoyed exploring its nuances.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:01:51 | More by TCHopCraver
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Spica66

Indiana

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

2009 Release - 22 oz bottle poured into tulip.

Got this as an extra from GoGriz. Thanks, Cody!

A: Very dark amber, thick-looking pour. Light khaki head with excellent formation and retention. Very nice looking in the glass!

S: Strong is the first word that comes to mind. Strong maltiness, strong sugar, strong hops (sort of earthy smell to the hops). Quite a pleasant assault on the nose!

T: Wow! Very intense flavors. Roasted malts, caramel, slightly fruity. Hops give a really strong show on the aftertaste. This beer reminds me of NOTHING that I have ever had before!

M: Full-bodied, creamy, smooth. The 10.5% shows itself, but you don't seem to notice because your tongue is using every bit of your available brain power trying to process the wonderful taste overload...

D: This bottle disappeared so fast that it should come with a warning not to have more than one in the house at a time.

This is going on my favorites list!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 17:21:26 | More by Spica66
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infi

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 release, 22 oz. bomber. Shared with BA brun.

Poured into a tumbler.

Pours a murky brown-red color that releases a tan/light brown head that slowly dissipates to a thin and loosely bubbled cap, with little to no lacing on the glass. Smell is immensely malty with a strong and sugary dark fruitiness towards the back-end. Huge candied sugared aromas, which overpowers any hoppy presence in the aroma. Something notably new, especially compared to regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste is initially sweet and malty, but then ends on a huge earthy and piney bitterness from the hops. Truly double the hops and malts in every aspect. The bitterness is especially notable in the flavor profile. The 10.5% is quite noticeable in every sip too. As the glass warms, the fruitiness and candied sugars become even more prominent and the hop bitterness becomes a bit more muted and less as prevalent towards the end. Quite an experience for a monster beer.

Mouthfeel is beautifully smooth and full-bodied, considerably more than original AB. Considerable bitterness towards the end, but not too overpowering. Drinkability is a bit moderate, especially for how bitter and boozy it is. It might be rough for some people and yet desirable for others. A totally different monster from AB. Really worth a try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 01:29:15 | More by infi
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release purchased aged.

A- Good size yellow brownish head. Slight reddish hue to the muddy light ice-coffee brown liquid. Big patches of lace with holes in them look like skulls.

S- Seems tamer or just like Arrogant Bastard. Some chocolate raisin, pine and grapefruit. Candied fruit and caramel. Like a chocolate covered maraschino cherry.

T- Oh,okay. I get the Double now. I would've liked more but this is pretty rough. These are some tough hops. Very intense making it hard for me to concentrate and pick out all the flavors. Here is what I managed to get: Great but strong alcohol taste no matter the temperature. Pine and grapefruit rind. Lots of malt, that counters more than it balances. Is this a hop bomb or a malt bomb? Both but, I think, in the end, the hop aroma and bitterness are what you remember.

M- Medium to high carbonation. Full bodied. Sticky. You can feel the tingly numbness on your lips from the hop oils, minutes after your last sip.

D- A real treat. A DIPA blast combined with RIS fullness and satisfaction. For how rough this is, drinkablity is amazing. I want more.

A super beer. Super satisfying. Obviously some people won't like this because of how busy it is but I recommend it to all. Even if you don't like it, it'll be quite the experience... just don't pour it down the drain... pass it on to a friend instead.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 23:39:02 | More by Yoonisaykul
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 10.5% ABV, Age at Cellar temp (55°F) or below. 2009 Release.

Thanks to sweemzander for this bottle!

A - DB pours out quietly with some viscosity. Hazy brown amber in color, it's topped by a dense light khaki head with great retention and minor patchy lace clinging to the glass.

S - Double the bastard, double the malts I suppose. This one is both a hop and malt bomb. Tons of gooey caramel and toasted dense bread make up the heavy amber malt nose. Lots of earthy hops come though in support as well. Decently balanced and really strong.

T - What a punch in the mouth even at about a year old. Thick roasted amber malts, sticky caramel, and dense bread really come out strong with an almost minor dark fruity alcohol kick to it. No booziness but the alcohol is definitely there. Strong earthy and floral bitter hops kick the end into high gear.

M - Massively full-bodied and rich with a smooth and throat-coating viscosity, the alcohol isn't so much tasted as it is felt in the finish that's got a lot of warming sensation. Largely bitter and sharp too, the mouthfeel of Double Bastard is pretty complex.

D - Still drinkable for how rich it is, this strong ale is double the bastard to you when the bottle is finished I'm sure. A nice beer with good profiles going on here.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 17:18:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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uhhhaaron

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

consumed 03-17-2010, 22oz bomber into snifter.

I was totally blown away by this brew. I was expecting this to be super hoppy and a beefed up version of AB, but i was wrong. But its a good thing! this thing is so drinkable it almost brings a tear to my eye. smell was the AB smell but more sweet and boozy. taste was magnificent. Hops, sweet malt, caramel, burnt resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, booze. but it goes down so smooth. you do get that burning sensation going down, but its bearable. delicious ass beer.

very similar traits to an American Barley Wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 08:59:15 | More by uhhhaaron
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 1/1/10 (just after the turn of the new year)

2009 vintage

Medium brown color. Rather dense & very murky. Not quite pond-water-murky but close. Hues of amber, copper & rust. One finger head dissipates to a patch of bubbles & a thin skim around it. Swirling congers some bubbles but retention is thin. Some initial lacing but it's gone by the end.

Robust malt aromas; toffee & caramel upfront with hints of candied malts & darker sugars. Brown sugar notes & hints of molasses. Candied fruit undertones. Faint earthy notes, too. Not particularly hoppy.

Hops are more appreciable to taste than in the nose. Moderate piney bitterness upfront that leads into an intense malt profile that is strikingly similar to the nose - lots of toffee, caramel, brown sugar & candied malts. More sweet than bitter but not drastically disproportionate. Faint notions of fresh baked sweet & dark breads.

Full bodied with moderately low carbonation. Ample amount of resiny grit - very nice. Toasted & burnt malts linger on the finish with a touch of bitterness.

Bold? Yes. Intense? Sure. "Sublime extacy?" I don't know if I'd go that far. Nevertheless, it's something of a force with which to reckon.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 01:48:02 | More by Ryan011235
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BDJake

Washington

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

I finally decided I was going to go balls out and buy the $85 101.4 oz bottle that's been sitting at Whidbey Beer Works for the last six months, and here's my take:

A- dark, translucent copper with an inch of foamy, beige head that laces and sticks around for quite some time

S- sticky sweet molasses, fig, butterscotch, caramel, and maybe a bit of raisins

T- sweet, syrupy caramel malts, fig, molasses, some hop bitterness and a strong dose of alcohol

M- very heavy, with a dry, bitter finish and tons of alcohol warmth

D- I clearly couldn't polish off two of these behemoth bottles, but I'd probably be reaching for another after I finished a bomber of this

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 09:19:01 | More by BDJake
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

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

2009 release bomber

A- a bright clear copper color with darker highlights, with a nice soft 1/2" thick off-white head that remains to the bottom of the glass. tremendous lacing left behind.
S- smell is of floral hops, but as in warms, changes to more of a milder spicy aroma
T- taste starts off malty, a little sweet. then hops flavor builds through the finish. very well balanced and blended flavors.
M- full bodied, creamy head, which seems counter-intuitive for the color of the brew, but much appreciated.
D- no hint of the increased ABV. overall, a fantastic beer that definitely one-ups the "regular" arrogant bastard. no problem polishing off the bomber myself fairly quickly

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 23:13:15 | More by jmdrpi
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mjaskula

New York

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

Served in a sniffer. I haven't had the regular arrogant bastard in a while, so I can't make that comparison, if it were appropriate.

The beer is a nice dark red color with a huge tan head. The head thins, but sticks around and leaves a bit of lacing.

Big Sweet malt fills the aroma, there's carmel and dark fruits. It ends with some pine aroma from the hops. The flavor starts off sweet malty and viscous, matching the aroma, and it's followed by huge hop flavor and bitterness. Lots of pine comes through and the bitterness is strong. After that it dries right up. The alcohol is well hidden. The carbonation is moderately low and fits well with the beer. Overall I really like this beer, it is surprisingly drinkable for its size.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:13:37 | More by mjaskula
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bundy462

Texas

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

A: Leathery brown with a frothy tan head, good retention.

S: Very interesting mixture: piny hops, slight caramel sweetness, roasted malts, citrus, earthiness, and booze.

T: Big roasted malt base. Big fruit flavors. Sugary in the middle and a huge bitterness lingering in the finish. Woody hint also. Very complex.

M: Extremely smooth, sort of oily feel.

O: Good brew, very complex as expected. No disappointment here.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 00:43:51 | More by bundy462
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JordonHoltzman

New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thick off-white head, a nice clear ruby red body. lacing is great.
the aroma is not as arrogantly strong as i thought it would be. i get caramel malt and hop aroma. i can tell there is plenty of it in there, but its pretty straightforward.
taste is stronger than the aroma. well balanced between malts and hops. not an alcohol taste to speak of which is impressive for a 10.5% beer.
i am getting a slightly gritty mouthfeel? carbonation is fine.
its a strong beer which i enjoyed, but would i say its very drinkable? not quite. overall its a solid beer and i would get it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:32:15 | More by JordonHoltzman
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken on 6/2

A - Nice brownish ambery colour with a small 1 finger head that leaves healthy lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Like walking through a pine forest! Just a bombardment of pine and citrus.

T - Malts right up front which leads to that nice bitter pine/citrus that was upfront on the nose. Just a solid balance of malt and hops.

M - Little too sticky for me. Really would like some more carbonation with this one. I know its a strong beer but it feels like it should be lighter on the mouth.

D - Just plays off of the mouthfeel. I want to drink this but I'm not digging the mouthfeel. Taste is nice, smell is great, just isnt doing it for me. Of course, did try to put back the full bottle in one sitting. Maybe the label is right...

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:43:19 | More by rudzud
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Schmaltzy

California

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

A- Pours a nice dark amber with 1 finger head that left lacing in every corner of my glass.

S- Wow, loads of pine/slightly citrus hops with tons of caramel malt on the finish, really great smell.

T- Huge amounts of sticky caramel malt, tastes like some caramel chews, followed by huge amounts of bitter piney hops as it warms it produces a slightly piney/citrusy bitterness and a very warm finish.

M- HEAVY... Very syrupy beer that is rather cloying with how thick it is. I like balanced beers but I think that this is too sweet for me, the hops are there but the caramel taste just hangs around.

D- Hard to drink this beer, at almost 11% it is rather apparent in the heat of this beer and too viscous, drop this beer down due to those facts.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:21:40 | More by Schmaltzy
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HosP

Indiana

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass. 2009 batch.

A- Pours deep copper color. Small head that leaves solid lacing on glass.

S- Very nice sweet malt smell. Molasses aroma with hints of fruits, maybe apple.

T- Like the nose, sweet molasses upfront followed quickly by some bitterness. Hops give it the perfect balance to the malts. Bitterness stays with you however nothing overpowering. Great flavors to it, citrus hops with some apple taste.

M- Medium-full body. Not much carbonation. Smooth drink, with some warming to it.

D- I very much enjoy Arrogant Bastard, and I really enjoy this drink. The alcohol isn't masked as much, however the flavors make up for it. Great beer for a colder night... to bad it's still 90 degrees outside!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:16:03 | More by HosP
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

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

I love a fresh Double Bastard, although it seems more and more difficult to ensure my local stores actually have fresh ones.

Anyway, the beer pours a nice dark caramel-like color, and the lacing is excellent. It leaves rings down the glass letting me know where I paused after each sip.

The taste is an excellent blend of hops, caramel-like maltiness, and bitterness. I love the balance in this beer. It is definitely a sticky, heavy, sipper, but it is drinkable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 00:51:28 | More by DeutschesBier
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denflyr

Texas

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

Poured from a bomber bottle from the 2009 release.

Nice copper/almost opaque orange in color. Not much lacing and a with the glass I have...minimal head retention.

Lots of piney hops almost like you just got donw cutting down a tree! Tons of caramel malt on the nose as well.

Wow....what a taste both first and last! WOW!!!
It is sweet no doubt, but I do like it. Nice carbonation, but not overdone. Full malt profile that sticks with you as well as the sticky sweetness as well! For all the hopiness, I am not getting tons of citrus, but they may show up as this warms.

Great mouthfeel. Not cloying from the sweetness, but it does coat the mouth with the taste lingering for at least a full minute. Nice hop bitterness as the sensation fades!

Very drinkable, but you obviously have to be careful with such a high gravity beer! It is very deceitful just as a Bastard should be!

I can't wait to try the oaked version of this when I can find it!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 20:06:20 | More by denflyr
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Chizoad

California

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

Got this one because I vaguely remembered seeing it in the top 100. I didn't know what style it was at all, and sort of expected single bastard times two. Not what I expected at all.

Reddish brown shock of beer with a tan head that left great lacing. Pretty impressive looking.

Smells of hot malts, banana, and booze, which is what dominates the palate too. Some good bitterness at the end for balance, and even some sour bits. Quite hot alcohol taste which I didn't much care for.

Medium heavy body and good bubbles. Booziness and sourness makes it a little tough to drink much of this guy.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:30:27 | More by Chizoad
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dpcoz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Originally Reviewed 03/18/2010)

'Church Brew Works' pint glass

Appearance - deep amber, dirty carrot color. Want to say iron ore but it's too dark for that. Little to no head in the pour. What's left is tannish, apparently. Actually, from swirling the glass, a foam head has appeared that kinda reminds me of an orange rind in color - if that makes sense.

Smell - malts and hops in the immediate aroma. Swirling the glass I am picking up some grains. Sensing some grapefruit.

Taste - hops straight down the middle, a warm syrup beween the tongue and walls of my mouth. The hoppiness is exactly what you expect of stone. Finish/aftertase is bitter and dry.

Drinkability - good hops, nice aroma, medium to full body. Was expecting a little more but I'm having trouble finding it. I wasn't really blown away with the Double Bastard as opposed to the standard Arrogant Bastard

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 17:40:27 | More by dpcoz
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark and creamy looking. Looks like a beast.

S-Smells like a big powerful brew. some hop bitterness that plays sidekick to a complex doughy scent.

T-Big taste. Follows the nose. A strong blast of candied cherries comes to the forefront.

M-Full and thick. More bodacious than its little brother.

D-Strong in the booze department. But pretty drinakble.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 05:44:46 | More by VelvetExtract
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 consumed 6-11-10

The pour seems syrupy and the color is murky and brown. Not much head, good retention for what it has.

The nose is showing oxidation similar to an aged Bigfoot or another iconic barleywine. Raisin, caramelized sugars left and right, sherry, dehydrated banana.

The flavors are a rare balance of brown sugar, dough, toffee, and just all out malt richness, with somehow a spicy, mineral hop finish. It's high-octane and more intense than the average Barleywine. The carbonation is low, making the already thick body seem even thicker.

Unusual and oddly addictive. I've enjoyed this fresh and aged alike. It just depends on what tickles your fancy. I do not feel so all alone.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 02:06:34 | More by brownbeer
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky brown pour with little head. Nice american hop aromas, some pine and grapefruit some sweetness. Quite bitter, lots of american hops in the taste, a short sweetness to balance it all but the high abv is still being felt. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. This is a little too much for me, I prefer the regular and less bitter Arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 18:40:30 | More by Luk13
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,384 ratings.