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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,657 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,657
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 361
Gots: 755 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of bboelens
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at WOB poured into a snifter

A-A deep chestnut with hints of orange, medium creamy head that dissipated rather quickly (due to the high abv i would assume) however leaves excellent lacing

S-Hops, citrus and brown sugar, hints of caramel and alcohol

T-The taste is like the smell but much much more, the alcohol and citrus take a lot more of the flavor here than in the nose, there is still an extreme hop presence that drew me to the beer in the first place

M-Medium body with decent carbonation the hop and alcohol sting and bubble is one of my favorites out there

D-Overall another great brew from stone, however I didn't enjoy this one as much as their Arrogant or Oaked Arrogant but that's not an important point. What is important is the fact that this is a great beer

bboelens, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a two finger head which stays at a skim and gives way to gobs of lacing up and down the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and other sweet malts with a citrus hop bite. The taste is of a nice sweetness but not overly sweet, caramel malts, toffee, and a little breadiness. At the backend there is a nice citrus hop bite that bring great balance. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and a little creamy. The drinkability is great, there is no presence of the high alcohol, great balance of alcohol to flavors. The flavors are also balanced greatly, and overall great beer.

goblue3509, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release poured from the bottle into a C&B Bruges snifter

A - This beer pours a nice hazy dark brown/deep amber ruby red color. A nice pour yielded a 2-finger off-white foamy head. The head dissipated down to a thin layer, leaving decent lacing on the side of the glass with bubble clinging to the side.

S - I can tell this is going to be a beast of a beer. The aroma is rather malty with a healthy dose of hops. I'm also getting caramel, pine, and toffee. Some alcohol is present as well.

T - The taste is awesome. I dont generally like malty beers, but this one is so well balanced. It has a sweetness, but like unlike other malt forward beers, this one is not too sweet to offend me. The maltiness is immediately backed up with a huge hop presense, leaving a slightly bitter finish. The alcohol burn is smelled is not present in the taste.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it.

D - The drinkability for this is awesome. I know its 11.2% abv, but honestly i cant tell. It goes down very easily, and has a great mouth-feel, with ZERO alcohol burn. Great job Stone.

dubinsky, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Finger of thick light tan head on top of a brown and amber mixed.

S: a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Slight sweetness. Alcohol a little. Surprisingly complex.

T: lots of caramel and a little bready. Lots of citrus hops and grapefruit. A bit bitter and alcohol present. Didn't love the taste.

M: fuller body with slightly lower carbonation.

D: This is a sipper and the mouthfeel wasn't incredible, but okay. The taste wasn't incredible.

OnThenIn, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of kwjd
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on at at Burp Castle in New York City. Pours an amber brown colour with thin off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing around much of the glass. Smells of citrus hops with a huge caramel malt. Really well balanced with sweetness and bitterness, almost like a fresh, hoppy barleywine. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't make this undrinkable or anything. Thick, medium-bodied mouthfeel. I love this beer.

kwjd, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer was poured into a pint glass, with an amber-brown color, very vibrant and deep. The beer has a thin, cream colored head. There is a strong, heavy caramel smell to the beer. The taste is also very heavy, with a strong, sweat quadrupel style flavor. There is a sharp, roasted malt finish, with a sweet and sour/bitter aftertaste. The finish was kind of rough, and the sweetness seemed to be a bit unbalanced. I guess I was expecting a little bit more after hearing so much about this beer. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it didn't seem to live up to the hype.

GarthDanielson, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of bigboytim28
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. dangerously smooth, for the 11.2% alchohol will definetly creep up on you. im a total hophead and this beer still pleases the pallet. be careful. definitely wouldnt be a good first beer, but work up to this one, definite cant miss

bigboytim28, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber brown, translucent, with thick, off-white to tan head. Great head retention with some lacing. Rich, malty aroma, bready, some caramel with raisin and dark fruit as well. Resinous hop aroma is subdued but pleasant. Flavor is sweet and malty as well; more rich dark fruit with notes of spice and some licorice. Bitter but not intensely so. Hits a smooth balance with plenty of planty, resinous hops. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, little to no alcohol presence. For a huge strong ale this one is incredibly well balanced and smooth.

goldbot, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of wschmit
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Perfect Pint.

A: A syrupy, slightly cold pour leaves a maple body with a finger of slightly golden head. Not much carbonation up through the body, and fine, resinous sheets of lacing lingers. Looks really nice.

S: I almost feel drunk smelling this. Not boozy specifically, but a large malt nose with a good, but somewhat gentle dose of hops. The usual raisin or stone fruit notes in a malty brown beer are there. Really fine sense of balance in this nose, but I might like a bit more complexity.

T: Not at all too sweet--just barely, even. Good, slightly bitter maltiness, backed up with that same mild hopping. It starts off with a bit of brown sugar, but finishes quite dry, with a blend of dark chocolate and vaguely floral hops.

M: No burn whatsoever. Leaves the mouth dry and satisfied. Not overly sticky feeling, just a little. Pretty well executed.

D: Almost too high. For the price, the alcohol content, and the quality, this is pretty hard to beat. I like it more than some beers that handily trump this in price. To admit my bias, I have found other Stone beers underwhelming, but this comes through. Certainly not a summer chugging beer, it suits the current winter perfectly. Well done, Stone.

wschmit, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of AHNUBIS
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really surprized me. My main problem with Stone's regular Arrogant Bastard Ale is its alcohol aftertaste. Maybe im just trippin guys. I know the Double is like 11% but I'm not detecting an alcoholic flavor. Granted with the Double you inherently take smaller swigs. Anyways my ninjas, this Double really friggin delivers and 1 bottle will be enough for 1 person to get sufficiently buzzzin!

I enjoy Stone products because I live near San Diego. I however don't feel that they are an A+ company. I enjoy the freshness and feel that the Double is their best product, but it is not a go-to beer. It is something I'll bring a couple bottles to a party and fill 5 plastic cups up halfway and get a bunch of people's reactions. Its not a staple so for that it loses points. For what it is it is great. You must try it.

AHNUBIS, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of gfsufb
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bottle at Fifty Brews in Orlando. I was curious if I would like this as I respect but was not a huge fan of arrogant bastard. This beer takes it to a new level. Mouthfeel is unlike almost any beer out there. Alcohol content is high but not terribly noticeable. Taste is very complex and very interesting. Would recommend this to all true beer lovers. 22oz probably a little too much would have really enjoyed a nice pint of it on draft.

gfsufb, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Cannoneer
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Over the top" is what comes to mind when drinking this potent brew. Not that it's a bad thing, necessarily. But it does give a new meaning to the phrase "too much of a good thing" after one bottle.

Pours a rich darkwood color with decent head, which doesn't stay on for too long. Smells, quite ominously, of exotic fruit, alcohol and burnt sugar.

I can best describe the impression from the first gulp as - it's like biting into an otherworldly juicy fruit. Kind of like a persimmon from a different planet. An exceptionally bitter, flavorful, grassy persimmon. It occupies entire mouth and assaults every taste bud with a gamma of aromas. I can't make out initial taste, or the aftertaste - it's just one huge taste bomb. Bitter, juicy, sweet, woodsy, chocolaty, almost a liquid dessert.

I'm puzzled by this beer. It's definitely not a session beer, I can't imagine it going well with any kind of food, really...yet it does create an experience. I can't say I'm a fan, though. Maybe I have to try another bottle.

Cannoneer, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of zoso493
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Stone Ruination straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Double Bastard pours an ominously dark, burnt amber that is exceedingly murky and thick. Just by looking at this brew, you can tell that it is a big, unfiltered beast of a beer, made by brewers who dare not go cheap on ingredients. Only a wafer thin head forms on top of the beer that consists of only bubbles. The head settles quickly to coat the top of the beer and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Double Bastard has a nose which requires one to get several sniffs to properly decipher the complexity at hand. The biggest scent to be found is a syrupy conglomeration of think, malt that is reminiscent of a big barleywine (what's the difference anyway?). Somewhere in there I can detect a resinous presence of piny hops.

Taste: At first sip, I was convinced that Double Bastard was worthy of the ultimate score. This is a phenomenal beer. The taste generally follows the smell, except it greatly expands on each of the individuals flavors. The massive malt backbone is ever-present and provides tastes of candied cherry and rum-soaked fruit.

The most amazing part about DB is that, though the malts are massive and delicious, the hops play just as large a role in the taste as their malty counterparts. I guess in this respect you might term DB a "balanced" beer, but this would be an injustice to the brewers. The hops are resinous and monolithic in the taste and would make DB a great beer on their own.

Mouthfeel: DB is certainly on the thicker side of things for a strong ale. This comes as no surprise when you consider the amount of malt and hops that must have gone into this bottle. The hops border on cloying but are just sticky enough to provide a pleasantly viscous aftertaste.

Drinkability: DB is no session ale, but the amount of it in this bomber is diminishing quickly. There is absolutely no trace of alcohol in it as well, which is no small feat a beer of 11.2% ABV.

Overall, Double Bastard is a tremendous beer. It is generously hopped, massively delicious, and masterfully crafted. Arrogant
Bastard is a very good beer, but Double Bastard takes it to another level. This is just a fantastically complex and tasty brew. DB is a world-class beer and one that deserves to be consumed in earnest.

zoso493, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orangeish-mahogany with over an inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly bitter hops with some sweet malt undertones. There was also a bit of yeasty spice hiding in there. On the tongue, alcohol was the dominant taste, followed by hops, malt and spice.

The body was pleasingly full, but a bit too sticky-sweet. Drinkability was good, but a little rough due to the alcohol taste.

Overall, a decent beer that's much better than the original AB. Certainly worth trying.

beertunes, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of cudmud
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep ruby color with one finger of magnificent head that produces good lace. In all, a gorgeous looking brew.

Smell: Slight malt and hop smell. I was expecting more aroma from this beer.

Taste: Nice malt sweetness followed by a blast of hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and full.

Drinkability: A delicious treat. Lots of hops and alcohol, but not overdone.

cudmud, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Double Bastard pours a deep ruby color with about a finger of head. Retention is decent, but there ends up being no lacing at all. At 11% ABV, not that surprising. Still a good looking beer.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a bunch of resinous hops, and some rummy booziness are all prevalent. It certainly smells stronger than the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malts are very prevalent up front, with some booziness and plenty of hops on the back end. Honestly, this beer reminds of a barleywine with a more roasted malt profile. It tastes very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation leads to a syrupy, very smooth drinking beer. Very nice. This is a pretty strong beer, and I can tell. It's certainly not a chore to drink, but it's also not the most drinkable beer I've had by any stretch.

zhanson88, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance wise a decent display. A finger or two of rocky tan head. Along with a cleanly filtered dark copper colored body.

Aroma is dark fruit in the way of over ripe plum, vanilla, sweet dark breads, with a hint of cherry.

The taste is of fig, cherry, thick caramel, and grapefruit hops notes.

Surprisingly well carbonated, chewy a little oily, and very warming in the end.

TheSarge, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard

Appearance: dark red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty hops and spices.

Taste: strong hops, semi-thick malts, and a faint honey-caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick and explosive.

Overall:
This was much more potent than first imagined. You can't tell from the aroma, but the hops are strong. Nothing seems to be overbearing making this drinkable.

megahurts4, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of juhl31
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a review of the "decade of double bastard" from SDBW '10 at stone. i graded the most recent vintage and added some notes for each year

'10
-dark caramel color with a very light caramel colored head. loooks thick

-caramel with some semi-strong hop backing. vanilla too

-strong hops up front...of the lemon and grass variety. the caramel shows up for sure. what up vanilla

-really bitter aftertaste mouth which makes sense as far as the "bastard" is concerned. strong body and is pretty smooth

-tasty...can tell it needs to sit for at least a year

'09
-pretty big hop drop in both smell and taste right off the bat

'08
-wow, fruit flavor really shows up that really wasnt apparent before. some apricot, maybe some peach even. still with that strong caramel background though

'07
-1st noticeable heat showing up. more of the bitterness back, but most of the hop flavor is gone. a bit bitey

'06
-still hot, but some creaminess to this one. big fruit smell

'05
-makes me think i am eating bbq'd peaches topped with vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle

'04
-color finally changes noticeably. this is the 1st one that is a lot darker brown and crimson. all the fruit notes are gone. some oak taste in there

'03
-smells like jungle juice with poor ingredients. some wood flavor notes and a hint of smoke

'02
-dark fruit in now. a little old ale/special B malt tasting

'01
-looks like a cognac. can still pull a swirled glass head out though

alike characteristics throughout - head color, caramel backbone
best vintage - '05
least favorite - '09

juhl31, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep red orange, with a one and a half finger yellow tinged head which retains for a bit. It is hazy, with waves of fine particulates swirling about. Carbonation is low, from a visual standpoint, and minimal lacing appears. The aroma is quite bold, with salty malts, strawberries and raspberries, and caramely diacetyls. The hops used appear citric and piney. As we sip, hops overpower the caramel and malts off the bat. This extreme hop bitterness mellows out through the middle, where malts and sweetness take center stage. Here the sweetness is not of berry fruit, but rather of a sugary and apple type origin. This, however, does not last long, as citric hops come crashing down in the finish to rejuvenate the palate with hoppy bitterness, while the alcohol finally rumbles forth to the taste buds. The finish is also a bit salty, towards the backmost part of the mouth. The aftertaste is more of those fresh hops, with a bit of grapefruit. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is on the higher end, as it leaves a tingly feeling on the lips. The mouth is neither dry nor coated, but is left satiated. The abv is certainly getting up there and, while generally absent from the nose, warms the drinker more and more after each sip. This makes for medium drinkability.

Overall, what we found to be best about this brew was the fruitiness in the nose, as well as the boldness of the flavoring. The aroma was probably the most surprising thing about this experience, as we detected unexpected fruits and dark roasty caramel. The taste was also a bit of a nice surprise, as it was a bit of a departure from the aroma. The best description we could come up with was that this beer is the lovechild of a hefty doppelbock and a double IPA, giving us a tasty treat and quite a lot to think about.

TheBrewo, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of swanny28
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with redrising at brixies brookfield IL:

A: Dark Red almost opaque : whispy head with a nice deep lacing
S: oh what hops: almost like pulling them off the vine. IMO the hops are the best part.

T: the hops are back. What a great taste....

M: I held this in the mouth as long as i can. What a great hop taste.. malts, very balanced... if you can get your hands on this buy it...

D: loved it: hold it in the mouth as long as you can. just like a fine wine...

so good imo ...

swanny28, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-brown body with a nice white head and good lacing

S- Caramel malts, sweet fruits too

T- Sweet malty dark fruits. A big beer! Finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Great, full, balanced flavor

M- Full-bodied, creamy

D- A very big enjoyable beer

aepb1, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of JizackFH
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a nice hazy deep amber ruby color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head. The head falls down to a thin layer, leaving decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - This has a nice hoppy smell with some sweet malts present. There are also notes of caramel, pine, and toffee. It smells great.

T - The taste is awesome. There is a nice big malt presence up front, that is quickly followed by a bunch of hops. The hop bitterness continues to build and get stronger the whole way through. There are nice notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. The finish is very hoppy and sticks to the mouth. There is a lingering bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it. The finish is dry and crisp. There is also a bitterness that sticks to the mouth and slowly fades.

D - The drinkability for this is awesome. I love this beer. The taste is great, and I could drink these all night. It goes down very easily, and has a great mouthfeel. I wish I had a fridge full of these. Awesome job Stone, cheers.

JizackFH, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Double Bastard poured a very dark, almost deep brown color with very small head. The smell was infused with biterness. The taste was incredibly bitter, there were no fruit notes, or other flavors notieable, just the taste of ale. The sheer bittnerness makes it hard to drink, nad may be a dislike for some, and you certinly cant switch to another beer afterwards. Overall a great beer, but not for the casual beer drinker.

vette2006c5r, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in 09 and didn't review it so I better do it this year right?

A: Dark rich mahogany brown with a reddish white head. Good sticky lacing in my glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S: I just don't know. I smells hops, alcohol, sweet syrup, and wood? It smells good, I just can't place it.

T: Candy. Sweet delicious beer and hop candy. To elaborate on that; I taste brown sugar, piney hops, and some slight alcohol. I have been out of my game as of late so just go with it.

M: Medium body, silky and smooth with good carbonation.

D: I'm feeling it but this isn't my first tonight. A good slow sipper on a cold Christmas night by the fire. I love it!

rwf08, Dec 26, 2010
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,657 ratings.