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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,708
Reviews: 1,977
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 775 | 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 TheRealBigC
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter
2010 release

A - It pours copper with an inch of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel malt with dry, citrus nuances.

T - It starts out with the caramel malt. It finishes dry with some bitterness. Quite bitter actually.

M - smooth and oily

O - The bitterness has held up well from last year. It is very smooth drinking. The alcohol is hidden well.

buschbeer, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of WillCarrera
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brilliant amber/copper color, almost red, I poured this on my deck and with the light hitting it it looked almost fluorescent. Semi-opaque, pouring out of the bottle it looks thick. Produces a thin layer of tan head that quickly shrinks to a thin film. The bottle is also the most abusive one I've yet seen from Stone Brewing, and possibly the only one I've ever seen that has the words "masturbatory" and "line 'em up against the wall" printed on it.

S- Fruit, sweet malts and then alcohol, lots and lots of powerful, rum-like, semi-sweet alcohol.

T- There's just so much going on with the flavor on this beer. It's very sweet, with lots of sweet and warming alcohol, spice, giant fruits, and caramel, but the hop flavors (pine, citrus, hop oil) and malts are also huge and help keep everything balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied, thick, palate-coating feel that is kept in check with great carbonation.

O- An incredible beer and packed with intense, aggressive flavor. Exercise caution, this stuff is pretty easy to drink and the 11.20% ABV can sneak up on you.

WillCarrera, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of ptykozoon
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dirty mahogany. Toffee head with a layer that sticks around.

Cherry, caramel, light hops (a few years have killed these off).

Chocolate/vanilla, orange, raisin, dry hops. Brilliant taste, this beer is delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is spot on, dense and deep.

This beer is one of the absolute best for aging. Killing off some of the ABV/hop intensity without sacrificing complexity rounds this out perfectly. A 5+ year vintage would be exceptional. Bravo.

ptykozoon, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from notes, bottle at flying saucer, loving life
A - 22 oz bomber with reflecting beasts daring you to eat some shrooms and have a drink! pours a deep mahogany that you wish your deck looked like with amber edges, amazing retention and lacing all the way down.

A - roasted caramel malt, elegantly daring invitation. massive hell burnt sweetness clash with aggressive hops and flashes of alcohol to keep you in line.

T - woody oak flavors, smashing sweetly cooked caramel, hops that stand to fight for a balance teamed with a clean alcohol. the taste is divine, strong, boss. the beer is never cloying which others attempting this feat would certainly achieve.

M - Medium to full body, flows and sloshes uniformly to warm the throat and coat everything in its path.

O - a dark haired hellbound spanish devil moving provocotively yet classisly around its victim while swiftly unsheathing the sword of a thousand throats, beautifully slicing through the air without breaking speed as it collides with the flesh, sprouting a gorgeous ruby red trophy for all to be sprinkled with, only then to stand and applaud this masterful performance. crazy? no.

JayAre46, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Diesel76
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After falling in love with the og Arrogant Bastard, I couldn't wait to give Double Bastard a try. It did not disapoint. It is a very strong ale in both taste and alcohol content. I am not one to get buzzed easily off a 22oz bottle, but half way thru the Gargoyle had me in its claws.

As much as I would love to get my hands on their 3 liter bottle of this bad boy, that would be quite dangerous!

Diesel76, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby hue--quite red actually--and hazy; gorgeous thick and steady head; decent lacing

S: Sweet and bready with subtle citrus hops--but really lots of toast, bready grains--no booze aroma to speak of which is surprising--also some light woody characteristics

T: Wonderful hop bitterness with loads of bready sweet malts on the back end; some boozy notes on the back as well; really the bitterness balances the sweet bready malts so well

F: Creamy and sticky--such a nice medium body

O: This is sweet, chewy, bready, boozy, balanced liquid awesomeness

dbossman, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Deep mahogany with an off white head about an inch thick that fades into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Alcohol, fruit and pine with a strong sweet malty back bone.

Taste: Sweet malty mouth with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with a noticeable alcohol burn and medium carbonation.

Overall: Still boozy, it will be nice to see how it ages, once the alcohol mellows out a little bit.

jamescain, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It has been a well overdue, but finally I got around to drinking Stone's Double Bastard Ale. I love stone and Arrogant Bastard was my first beer from them, but after tasting their year round brews I just kinda forgot to go back and try this one. Big mistake on my part.

A: DEEP amber color, almost looking thick and creamy leaving the bottle. It had a one finger head atop a traditional pint glass with minor lacing and low carbonation.

S: Incredible smelling brew, almost entirely composed of sweet malts. The high alcohol was also prevalent with undertones of what seemed to be caramel or toffee.

T: Sweet, almost entirely carmel flavored at first, quickly followed by that signature Bastard hop bitterness. The bitterness resonates primarily from the rear of your tongue and doesn't diminish quickly.

M: Coats your entire mouth and gives your gums a tingle almost describable as burning.

O: Exceptional beer, among the greatest I have ever tasted, I suggest you go out and grab a bomber NOW if you haven't experienced this beer already.

tjkinate, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of BJA
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage - Poured from 22oz bottle into perfect pint glass. My girlfriend drank some out of a snifter which I sniffed quite a bit.

I picked two bottles up at the grand opening of the Stone South Park, San Diego company store last week.

A: Deep copper/red color and slightly hazy. A finger and a half of creamy head stuck around for a few minutes and left nice lacing. Average carbonation on appearance. It looks very impressive: especially the deepness of color.

S: There is a strong malt aroma followed by hot alcohol. These dominate. I can also smell a bit of floral-pine-like scent mixed in. It is a full scent but not over powering. No hop smell to speak of.

T: Very malty flavor with an alcohol flavor on the end. This is what dominates. There seems to be a lot going on initially but it is quickly taken over by the alcohol. The aftertaste is long and is dominated by the malt and alcohol (like the initial smell and taste). Finished with a bit of caramel sweetness and alcohol.

M: medium mouthfeel (very malty) and carbonated quite well.

O: This is my first taste of Double Bastard. It is not distributed to Asia where I have spent the past several years and I failed to pick any up while it was still available around Christmas time this year. I look forward to trying the fresh version and other vintages and varieties (since I am so close to Stone now!), so I can make a better comparison. I have one more bottle of the 06’ vintage left. I will save it. I don’t think it will age any better though, and I suspect that this vintage is well on the other side of its peak. Despite the this, I greatly enjoyed the beer, and my girlfriend had no complaints.

If you can't tell from the review, the alcohol kind of dominated this one.

BJA, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Cavery
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 750 ml bottle poured into a Stone Nonic.

Shared with Klym last weekend, review from notes.

A: Deep brown carmel with an appearance of darker fruit teas. Curtains of lacing loft over the former 2 1/2 finger head. Looks like something I want to drink.

S: Sweet alcohol rises to the nose, it ventures into toffee and dried lighter fruits. The nose is noticeably restrained (potentially from age), and made err on the side of a watery finish. That said, the lightness really isn't unwelcome, as it contrasts the up front alcohol.

T: Carmel and grainy brown sugar. Really smooth slow roast to caramelized flavors. Really great simmering malt sweetness with a complimentary deep cocoa-esque bitterness in form of an herbal hop end. Dried nectarine flesh lingers.

M: A light mouth that compliments the flavor. A master pairing of syrupy viscosity and rapidly dissipating small bubbles. A mouth that livens the taste buds and primes the drinker for rapid sipping.

O: All in all very good, but the volume needed to be turned up a bit to warrant the higher ABV. Strong alcohol with delicate feel and flavors. An illusion of barrel aging is testament to the craftsmanship of stone brews. Even with some novelty aging on this brew, it maintains a signature character that I can't imagine fading. I might prefer this fresh.

Cavery, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another morning beer with Cavery... I think we're going to need a long break after this fourth consecutive session!

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a hazy maroon with a modest head (but one that stays through the session) of off-white color like a 75/25 mix of white and brown sugar. Lovely lacing to boot.

S: Hops, chocolate, lavender and roast in the nose. Already getting a sense of a crossed experience here with hops and lavender like an IPA and chocolate and roast like an RIS. Definitely interesting.

T: Suspicion confirmed, definitely getting a whirlwind of flavors here from different extremes of the beer spectrum. Hops, floral flavors, peanut brittle, chocolate, wood, and more all coming in and overlapping at different times. Each flavor seems to stick out on its own, and they don't blend together too much even when they are simultaneous.

M: I was worried about the carbonation because I didn't get much of a head even on a pretty violent pour but the carbonation was fine; no issues with the mouthfeel.

O: Really an interesting beer, not sure I've had anything much like it. While I would say it's tastey, its best quality seems to be its novelty. I could see some like this significantly more than others. If you like well blended, smooth beers, this one probably won't do too well by you. If you like kicks and punches in your beer this should grab your fancy.

Klym, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: A dark amber color with a dark tan head that almost matches. The transition in the glass from beer to froth is almost seamless, pretty impressive.

S: The aroma is expectedly hoppy with some hints of lemon and orange citrus.

T/M: Tastes predominantly hoppy from the beginning to end with bits of citrus barely noticeable and some nuttiness at the end that helps smooth out the bitterness.

If you’re in the mood for hops, just one of these should do you for a week. I really wasn’t at the time, so I’m set for a month.

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of hmph
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I managed to get a couple bottle of the 2008 release a few weeks ago and am going to try to save at least one.

S: Love the smell, really malty with an almost candy sweetness to it. Barely if any hint of its 10.5% ABV

T: Almost creamy when it first hits the mouth, definite malt and caramel taste and feel with the slight bourbon note at the end

Overall: Another really well made beer by Stone, they usually have such a well blended complexity to most of their brews and this one is a new favorite of mine now. A really good casual drinker. Highly recommend the 2008 Release but its likely the others are just as well done.

I'd like to try another release to have something to compare to. message me if you'd like a trade!

hmph, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of FARGO619
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a tradition review, but one I've been meaning to do for some time. Stone started it all to dive into craft beer. May not have been a stone beer, but it was surely at Stone. A little over the top for me, but will/can drink it if it's available. Shared with family and friends. It was the last drink of the night and had it with dessert. It was a kick in the stomach for me. After a few sips it just went down too strong. Very bitter. One that will go good with spicy food. Great with meats too.

FARGO619, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of colt45n
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aparently this was a pretty rare find on tap..

A: Nice burbon brown pour, with a slight bubbly off white head, I can already tell this one is going to be great

S: Lovely malt and some sweet toffee in the nose, maybe a slight amount of bourbon in there as well

T: Malt, Toffee, and a little bourbon, def a thick sipping beer.

Overall I thought the double was absolutly wonderful, this was what the regular was missing.

colt45n, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of Fikash
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY. Vintage 2007.

What a treat this was. A 2007 brew on tap in 2011. You don't find many surprises like this at your local pub very often.

This ale ages VERY well. The bourbony/alcohol notes are strong, but the beer is ultimately very drinkable (just don't chug the thing). The 12oz pour I was treated to was sipped on over the course of an hour, and what a wonderful hour that was.

Oak, smoke, alcohol esters dominate this brew. It is not for the faint-hearted. This is a powerful beer, both in alcohol content and in flavor. I would almost call it a beer for the whiskey-drinker, it's just that strong. This is just such an exceptional beer, I feel so lucky to have been treated to it. If you can find this beer, the patience it requires to age it to this extent should be difficult, but ultimately worth it. When was the last time you took a first sip of a beer, closed your eyes, and just smiled?

Fikash, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
2010 vintage

A: Hazy, medium amber color with a diminishing residue of parchment-tinted foam. No lacing remains on the glass, and some scattered yeast sediment is visible at the bottom.

S: Intensely malty, showing prominent toffee and caramel with some delayed fermented vinous fruit. It gives a suggestion of treacly sweetness to come, but little booziness.

T: Begins off-dry, with strong but balanced caramel malt and dark orange citrus hop aromatics. Husky and spirituous malt persists as heavy bitterness develops in the middle. Flavors are remarkably clean into the finish, with little else besides grain and bitterness contributing. The bitterness is profound at its most intense, seeming pure and undiluted, but it doesn't linger overlong.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly resinous, syrupy, and warming on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: While Arrogant Bastard may have started life as a happy accident on the part of Steve Wagner, this beer obviously tries hard to be as big and as bitter as possible. It packs barleywine-scale malt with a bittering hop profile of such immensity as seen in few other beers. Perhaps most impressively, it is even able to give a nod to balance amidst all of its extreme-ness. Acidity never becomes an issue, staying passive and allowing the layered malt qualities to develop. While the rare oaked version of this beer from 2006 is legendary in my personal estimation, the standard is pleasurable in its own right--and my personal favorite of Stone's big and well-distributed seasonal beers.

beagle75, Jun 18, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 5,708 ratings.