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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,581 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,581
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 343
Gots: 728 | 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 MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a slightly turbid chocolate raspberry brown topped by a creamy, beige head that dies down a little but retains nicely.

The aroma is nice and creamy, loads of caramel and citrus hops. Like caramel covered grapefruit.

This is a full on flavor assault as caramel meets piney bitterness in a battle to the death. Only it ends in a tie and they both get to live. Because man is this ever balanced. It's too bitter and too malty at the same time. In the best possible way. Bitterness is slow to fade in the finish. There's a slight milk chocolate aspect at play as well.

Full bodied, slick and pervasive, it's like a bitter hoppy oil slick in your mouth, without being too heavy handed. Very smooth and easy drinking despite the heaviness.

My palate may be a little challenged as this reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard almost to the point of being interchangeable with it. And no bad thing, seeing as I have that an A-. Although this one made me really thirsty I think It's just that little bit heavier and...well...better. But I'd be just as happy with either, just so we're clear.

03-19-2010 01:04:22 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of DrDemento456


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Red brown hazy in color with a slight faded head.
S - well I mostly smell coffee malt and oak.
T - Slight citrus hops with oak as the predominant flavor.
M - Alcohol well balanced with flavor. Bitter finish
D - Well I will have to have this again.

Overall a very bitter yet drinkable beer. Even though I bought it over 2 months ago the bitter floral hops really hit the tounge.

03-18-2010 01:45:33 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.09/5  rDev -4.2%

Warning, this is a huge beer. Big dark ruby and brown pour, massive amounts of everything.

If there was ever a beer that is a malt bomb and uber hoppy, this is it. Chewy, but oh so bitter. Chinook smack to it. Mouthfeel is so puckering. Share this one with someone. Good price for what goes into it, but damn if you'll have two of these in a sitting.

This beer is challenging. Full of a ton of ingredients. But its good, but oh so warming.

03-17-2010 13:43:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

2009 bottle. The copper/mahogany color of a used penny, thick, stiff off-white head, good retention and lacing. Whiffs of tropical fruits and pine, backed by sweet toffee and carmely malts, brandy and fusel alcohol notes on the back end. Taste up front is bitter and pungent piney and tropical/citrus hops... the next taste is a big boozy taste, almost that of a cheap, unaged brandy, very fusely. The malts are very nice, sweet and nutty, but covered up by the booze. Big bodied, sticky, chewey but manages to be smooth... dunno how to explain it. Nice big bold beer with big bold flavors but couldnt overcome the off-boozy flavors. Probably needs age.

03-17-2010 13:08:03 | More by rfgetz
Photo of aval89


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

I was totally blown away by this brew. I was expecting this to be super hoppy and overwhelming 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, burnt resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, booze. but it goes down so smooth. you do get that tad burning sensation going down, but its bareable. Gosh i love this beer!

edit: i have never had a barley wine, but i imagine this taste like that haha. but i know, its an american strong ale ;D

03-17-2010 09:21:58 | More by aval89
Photo of bminor7

New York

4.1/5  rDev -4%

22 from Healthy Living in Burlington.

Cloudy chestnut brown with decent foam. Sweet hop and malt scent with neither being overpowering...and in that I don't know what to expect with so many superfluous comments about in regards to this beer. A bit of candi sugar in the front of taste, with an assertive malt bill holding up the rest. Raisin and spice in the end, with a little alcohol bite, which is not kept a secret. That will creep up on you. MF is creamy, and quite nice.

03-15-2010 03:18:34 | More by bminor7
Photo of Daktyls


4.4/5  rDev +3%

A birthday present from my brother, mmm tasty.

A: Pours a dark coppery-brown color. A little head from the pour which dissolved fairly quickly leaving a slight amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Very complex aromas. Piney hops were detectable with a very slight fruity smell.

T: The taste of alcohol becomes increasingly apparent as it is left in your mouth. Malt and fruit tones were apparent towards the beginning but quickly overpowered by the alcohol.

M: A mildly carbonated full bodied beer. Slightly creamy and smooth, finishing with a hoppy feeling.

D: Very drinkable, as the bottle says, "Loved by few, hated by many"

03-14-2010 21:36:00 | More by Daktyls
Photo of Evil_Pidde


4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

I bought myself a 65 cl long-necked brown bottle. The label is really cool-looking; red & white with two devils (bastards) - one white, one red.

A: It pours very cloude brown/red with a reddish head, quite small, but compact, oh how compact. The slow dissipation leaves very rich lacings.

S: American floral as well as bitter hops in great balance. Citric and piney. Sweet caramell malt. Very complex. Fruity and flowery. Faint chocolate and dark dried fruits.

T: Syrupy piney. Sweet caramell malt. FLoral and bitter hops. Citric - pineapple. Very complex.

M: The aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds both syrupy sweetness and dry bitterness. The body is full and the carbonation is light.

D: You'll get what you pay for - I bought it in Sweden for ~$13 - worth every penny.
Macro-beers: eat your hearts out!!!

03-13-2010 09:34:16 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of oceanman


4/5  rDev -6.3%

Complete spectrum of aromas, from fruity to chalky. Some barleywine-type characteristics stand out on the nose, but with heightened intensity, and oriented towards the hoppy aspects. Some floral, plenty citric.

Huge, broad bitterness covers the tongue. On the palate the hops are expressed primarily through the bitterness. Starts bitter then gets more bitter on the finish. Tastes like there is a barleywine hiding under there somewhere, but it has been hopped way beyond recognition. Leaves the mouth very hot. There is also a malty/yeasty component to this beer that is quite musky, earthy, dusty, grainy.

I might call it a big brother to Yakima Twilight. But this one is truly unlike any other beer. Not a total joy but definitely an experience.

03-13-2010 01:14:53 | More by oceanman
Photo of dqrull


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a beatiful deep red, almost wine red, with a dirty modest head that leaves a little spotted lacing.

Smells of sweet fruits with cookie dough and fudge, I also seem to perceive a hint of wet dirt!

Initially sweet fruits with... almost like pastry-dough, with a very filling malt prescense that brings a fudge-ness along with a hint of bread syrup. Tastes very well up to the middle, but an overpowering bitterness quenches the experience somewhat.

A creamy mouthfeel with small, soft bubbles.

03-10-2010 18:19:25 | More by dqrull
Photo of jneiswender


4/5  rDev -6.3%

Served out of a 22oz bomber bottle into a hotel plastic cup. Served cold.

A-murky and dark burnt orange body and a somewhat sandy head

S-very assertive grain smell, bready and a light hop scent

T-sweet, very alcoholic, piney hop finish.


D-very much a sipping beer. Great beer for grainiacs. Would recommend taking this one slow.

03-05-2010 02:22:41 | More by jneiswender
Photo of jhtipton


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Enjoyed a bomber (22 oz) at Union Jack Pub and Restaurant in historic downtown Winchester. Thank goodness our founding fathers didn't have this or we'd never have chased those pesky Redcoats away. Back to the matters at hand, though. I did, however opt out on the 100 oz bottle that our waiter offered with much despair, and settled for the bomber and a pint glass. Had I know beforehand my brother-in-law was buying, however, I may have delved into that 2 foot tall bottle. Anyway, the beer delivered the hoppiness that I was accustomed to from a Stone Ale and had some faint fruit hints with little attention drawn to the alcohol. Poured a nice brown with a reasonable finger and one half of head. It tasted a tad heavy but not so much as to make it akin to a stout. A very drinkable beer but had I ordered one more bomber I would have surely tripped on the cobblestone and felt drinkers remorse in the morn. I would have to say it was much lighter than the shepherd's pie that accompanied it.

03-04-2010 09:09:28 | More by jhtipton
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

2007 Vintage poured into a Snifter

A crystal clear copper brown with warm red hues; a full light tan head and copious lacing. In a word, stunning.

Sweet barley aroma, rich caramel grain sweetness. No noticeable hop aroma and a small boiled vegetable scent.

Assertive hop bitterness remains after aging, however hop flavor is no where to be found. Tastes of toast, raisins, and caramel , are quickly turned upside down by a bitter wave of hop bitterness. Alcohol burn is both noticeable and pleasantly mellow at the end, while a smooth lingering bitterness is all but harsh.

Medium/high carbonation, slightly oily, definitely mouthcoating. Full bodied character and good weight.

Highly sippable for thar style. Not harsh. Overall mellow and delicious.

03-03-2010 14:53:59 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of wescj


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is similar to a barlywine; deep ruby color, good clarity, and a rocky, tan head.

The aroma has a subtle complexity, with notes of orange and warm sugar. The aroma of barley is so strong that it reminds me of visits to the local brewery. Very warm.

Taste is smoother than I expected, given the name. Very malty, but the hops balance it out pretty well. Rests heavy on the palate, with a tangy aftertaste and a touch of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is chewy. Drinkable for the gravity, though.

03-03-2010 02:41:02 | More by wescj
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.68/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a light head. Seems to be rather carbonated. I get a fruity aroma off the beer...maybe cherries? Can't place it. Tastes rather hoppy and alcoholic with fruit oozing through as well. I don't want to hold it in my mouth long due to the alcohol getting a little overpowering. Because of that aforementioned alcohol, its not very drinkable...one bomber of this should be all for the night. Its a nice beer, but I only think I'll get it on special occasions.

03-03-2010 02:21:11 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of randawakes


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Another house favorite at 163 e Park ave. Stone never ceases to test my stomach strength.

Sweet, strong smell of hops. Not for the faint-hearted, Malty backbone that holds its way through to the bitter end. Booziness ooozes throughout the tasting. Carmalized sugar, some faint fruits, and sweet malt presence for the entire 22 bomber. Try it, just dont buy a case and expect you and 2 others to drink it all in one week!

03-03-2010 01:18:20 | More by randawakes
Photo of McKibben25


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

I respect this beer, appreciate this beer, and love everything about it with the exception of its drinkability. This is a beer that I would want a small serving of in a snifter and thats it. Too overpowering and harsh to drink alot of. Don't get me wrong, the flavors are amazing and it is very wonderful to throw back, but in very small doses. This is a rare breed of bare that I love to enjoy, but few and far between.

03-01-2010 22:54:33 | More by McKibben25
Photo of bret27


3.73/5  rDev -12.6%

2008 bottle (1-2 yrs old)
Probably should have saved it longer, but when you need a beer you need a beer.

S: Caramel, toffee, crackers, grassy hops

A: Amber/brown w/light tan head. Decent lace but head dissipates quickly.

T: caramel, sweet malt mostly, mild booziness from mid to end of mouth. Some hops at the end, leaving a lasting bitter grassy finish.

M/D: Full good mouthfeel. Fairly sweet balanced by the hops. Pretty drinkable for abv.

Overall: This was ok. I remember it being better. With so much malt I almost wonder if the underlying style would be an imperial amber type. Come to think of it... it does resemble their Levitation amber somewhat.
I think I opened this bottle at the wrong time. Still a solid assertive yet drinkable beverage.

03-01-2010 07:43:15 | More by bret27
Photo of hardy008


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Reddish brown color with a light tan head which recedes quickly. Smells of sweet caramel malt, booze, also some subdued hops. The taste is dominated by the malt which surprises me, but it makes no difference. Very good.

Full bodied, sweet with a somewhat bitter aftertaste, as the hops make their presence known. Decent carbonation, and it finishes dry. A nice drinkable brew.

03-01-2010 01:47:02 | More by hardy008
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%

Split two 22oz bombers with a buddy, using a duvel glass. Pours a very dark red thats slightly clear. Decent amount of foam forming at the top of the glass, and lots of lacing on the sides. The very first sip has that alc% grabbing attention, but then it switches into a smooth malty dark fruit taste. Very subtle and mellow flavour. So I think these two bottles have matured a bit since bottling last year. Very decent beer overall, wouldn't say its anything special though. Very easy to drink considering the 10.5%. Not bad.

02-27-2010 19:30:55 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of kreeper


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer is of special character. It is good and it knows it. A bit of a strong smoked fruity bite to it mellowing into a nice hearty roll down your throat smile. Pours dark brown with an offwhite head. It feels so good sliding down to the belly.wow.

02-27-2010 04:23:52 | More by kreeper
Photo of DosBeerigos


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

C. Pretty Clear
H. Dark Red
N. Sweet almost like candy then a nice hint of hops lingering around there

Well, this was a beer that I highly anticipated ever since I heard that it was coming out down here this year. All I could think was Stone is making their version of Double Dead Guy (one of my favorites). Well this is probably the fifth time I have sat and drank this beer, but the first time I have actually written while drinking. I love this beer, but it seems like every time I drink it I get something new from it. The inconsistency brings me back every time for an additional sip. Now with that said I think I was pretty wrong in assuming that it was like Double Dead. This beer starts out with a perfect harmony of malt and hops then leaves a bastard of a lingering bitterness on your tongue. I love it. Stone did make this bad boy ready to cellar, and I have had one in that state since November. One of the good things I love about all stone beers is that they never let you down. This is a great beer from a great brewery. Pick it up if you can still find a bottle lying around! Worth a few tries!
Score; 4.3453

02-26-2010 18:30:18 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of Phade42


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

Let's see if I can write this review before I finish the bottle.

Been eying it in stores for awhile and finally decided to pick one up, along with Stone's 09.09.09 Vertical Epic (after having last year's)... anyway back to the Double Bastard.

Poured to go with a steak and gratin potatoes that I had just made.

A - Pours a deep copper red with a fluffy pale tan head that sat about a half inch over the beer but dissipated pretty quickyl. Like a blazing fireplace, looks warm and inviting.

S - Smells sweet, toasty. The 10.5% ABV definitely hits your nose but not so much that it's offensive. a bit of pine hops and fruity notes.

T - A little harsh up front, with bitter hops pushing through. Finishes sweet. Delicious caramel malts on the after tastes.

M - Heavy, almost cough-syrup consistency with light carbonation. Not offensive, but not what I would call pleasant.

D - I gave drinkability an Average score because I'd probably turn down a second serving without some water or a beer with a less powerful taste/mouthfeel in between. Definitely not a session beer (alcohol content notwithstanding), but not a struggle to get through a glass.

This bottle will definitely go in my collection and I may get another one down the line to age properly in a cellar.

02-18-2010 02:53:14 | More by Phade42
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

My 100th review!

A: Pours a hazy mahogany with an off white head and great lacing. Excellent head retention as well.

S: Very boozy with major citrus and pine hops, along with a hint of fruit.

T: There is so much going on here. First a caramel malt flavor matched with booze and huge presence of hops. The after taste is somewhat fruity and bitter-caramel-like.

M: Heavy and syrupy, yet really smooth. Very boozy, in a good way.

D: Fantastic, but, man, watch out for the ABV.

02-18-2010 02:07:27 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of CharlatanSin


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

The Bastard was one of my first craft loves, as is true with many of us, and so I figured it was finally time to try the big brother. The beer pours a deep reddish brown. Very little head, which was disappointing, though there was some lacing.

The smell was sharp hops, dark fruit, and booze. The combination of the three is a very alluring herbal cocktail. The taste is quite complicated. Paradoxically, Double Bastard is less of a kick in the face than the Arrogant one. The booze is more pronounced, true, but the other flavors are more subdued. It's very clean and bitter and delicious.

I definitely need to find a bottle with a few years on it. This new bottle was so smooth that I can't imagine how sublime a sipper an aged version would be. Nobody would mistake this for a everyday beer, but it's an excellent occasional sipper.

02-16-2010 19:34:52 | More by CharlatanSin
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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