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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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95
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6,108 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 406
Gots: 993 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of avaldivia
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of sacrelicio
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of SageO
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage.

I may be (no, I am) biased – this was the beer that got me seriously interested in craft beer.

Nose is of sweet caramel and hops.

Taste is… surprise! Sweet caramel and hops. Whereas normally the malts would be cloying, this beer manages to circumvent that by suddenly hitting you with a fistful of hops before the sweetness becomes overwhelming. Really the perfect balance in an unexpected and unbalanced way (does that make sense?). Everything about this beer is big.

Perennially my favorite beer. Always a joy to have.

Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of match1112
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep dark amber with copper highlights. a four finger tan head sits atop and leaves big thick sticky clumpy lacing behind. smell to me is mostly sugar, brown and burnt candied sugar. some hops on the nose as well with alot of malts. taste is super sweet at first with all the sugar and a well balanced malt profile carries you thru till the hops grab hold and remind you this is a stone beer. beer feels full and slighty sticky yet oily at the same time. overall this is an awesme beer, it's like drinking two beers at once. first one is almost too sweet and the second one is very hop forward. best of both worlds i guess!

Photo of wrycon
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark and murky orangish-brown. Looks sinister. Robust malt nose underpinned by some floral hop notes. Man, is this good. Sweet, sweet malts up front. Slightly caramel, slightly toasted. Just when the malt feels like it might be too much, a truckload of hops jump on that rocket and both shoot into space. The hops don't attempt to balance the malt, but rather speak louder to create a hugely flavorful brew.

Like It? Oh Yes

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, fresh. Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip glass. Poured aggressively and got a huge 4 inch head, with plenty of lacing. Color is red with orange notes, head is off white. Smell is pine, grapefruit, hard candy, oranges, and a little grassy. Taste wow I have come along way in a year. Last year this beast almost brought me to my knees and now it is just a great beer, doesn't rip my taste buds apart. Starts with a burst of pine, orange, and then a huge burst of grapefruit and very little booze for the high abv. Body is good size, but not crazy. Carbonation is o.k for the size, wish it had a little more life. This is a great beerand pretty damn drinkable for it's abv. 2010/11 side by side is coming in the next few weeks, can't wait to see the subtle differences.

Photo of zimm421
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Appears a dark amber brown color that is pretty hazy. The color is very unique. Has a decent white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Nose is extremely complex. Wonderful. Sweet malts, pine, citrus, dark fruits, and then finishes off with a slight alcohol note. Taste is even more impressive. Again with the extreme complexity. Dark fruits, bready and sweet malts, slight citrus and then finishes with a huge pine kick. Alcohol is better hidden in the taste than in the nose, but still slightly there, as expected from a 10.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and leaves a nice film, but not overly sticky. Good carbonation levels. Overall, an amazing brew. The complexity is out of this world, the alcohol is well hidden and everything works together in great ways. Definitely will be guying another bottle or two to age. Impressed.

Photo of bobhits
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mid dark red hinting on some orange and yellow touches. Bubbles hang to the double bastard glass with a tall nice half finger head (poured into a double bastard glass which doesn't hold much so this is GOOD amounts of head). Not any lacing other than the white fuzz hanging to the sides of the glass. There are some big alcohol legs here and well given the bastardliness of this one (10.5%) the lack of head retention is almost a given.

There is a nice citrus grapefruit opening where the hops really shine through. The back is the sweet caramel and sugary fruit malt back. Not a huge nose and alcohol comes through some, but I like what's here. This isn't "double" the bastard if you will.

First impression, the hops do not lead the flavor which is odd. The first taste is intense sweetness from caramel, toffee, and fruits. This wonderful sweetness is followed by a bite from the hops and then it goes back to sweetness before finishing with intense bitter and citrus hops. The alcohol has the final say here...this one is hot just accept it with the name! I've always felt like double bastard didn't feel "double" but I think my issue is really more with the malt here is stronger than the hops. This years beer is imo more balanced towards the malt than in the past, but fresh I normally just have it on tap. Anyway, the beer is malt forward with an insane amount of hops that still just barely are able to take over for a brief time. There's a good bit of spice and heat here to really clean up the sweetness.

A beer this big is hard to really qualify on mouth feel. It is HOT. It is BIG. It isn't well carbonated. It is what you'd expect for the "style" and the brewer though.

There are a lot of reasons to dislike this beer. It is too bitter, too hot, too sweet, and I say you're just not worthy! Yes, as a beer critic this beer has some very real flaws. It could be better, but damn it, I love the bastardly ways of Stone. This beer is for this beer lover a complete joy from start to finish. This isn't for the beer drinker who wants balance, subtly, drink ability, or anything like those. This was made for the guys who want a beer to beat them over the head, have more flavors than they can dream of, and that can do it for a VERY reasonable price!

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy dark brown ale with copper highlights in the thinner parts of the glass. Thin tan head falls quickly to a thin fillm. Hot, whiskey like nose that clears the sinuses. Malt, dark fruit, burnt cherry pie, caramel blend for a complex and extremely assertive nose. Predominate hop bite in the taste--blistering bitterness with resin. Oily mouthfeel with strong malt, chocolate, raisins, and figs. Love this beer. I can see where some might not like the overly assertive qualities of the beer, but I cherish them. Move up on my all time favorite list and need to acquire some more. Thinking aging might have some very interesting effects as well.

Photo of justintcoons
2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Vintage 2010, aged 1 year.

A: Pours a murky, opaque reddish/copper with a thin layer of head that dissipates slowly. Thin layer of fine lacing.

N: Pretty much smells of Tootsie Roll and toffee with some faint leafy hops still lingering. Also seems to be some brown sugar and molasses.

T: Brown sugar, toffee, molasses and fruity esters upfront followed by some piney hops which is sort of surprising. Again a wave of fruity esters with some possible citrus comes through. Finish tastes like a Tootsie Roll with some pine and leafy hops thrown in.

M: Full bodied, chewy, sticky and dry. Light-medium bitterness is still there.

O: Fresh this is a boozy mess, but put a year on it and it loses it's edge. I don't think I care for Double Bastard one way or another. Worth a try but I'll take any of the other Bastards over this any day.

Photo of Humulus85
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter.

A crowning, cream colored head retains well and left just a bit of lacing. As expected from an 11% brew. It's a gorgeous deep ruby color that browns out when held to light. Very pretty beer.

The nose is intense and complex; fruity and boozy mainly, with some toffee and caramel in there as well.

Dense flavor profile. With layers of cherry, raisin, toffee, molasses, and alcohol. They are so well balanced within themselves. There is an absurd amount of flavor, but somehow it is still a "balanced" beer.

Mouthfeel isn't all that heavy, and is surprisingly smooth. Subtle, but present carbonation. Not syrupy like other American Stronger Ales, yet still a sipper.

Overall this is a good beer, and another solid offering from Stone. Not my favorite +10% ASA I've had, but definitely one of the better ones. Well balanced for how much flavor is packed in, and relatively drinkable; it just didn't scream to me as a truly "exceptional" beer. Recommended to any BA, but it is not for the uninitiated. Cheers!

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

McEwan’s pint glass. 2010 release.

A: What a beauty to behold. As it exits the bottle the Double is a hazy, neon ochre, then settling to reveal a murky, dense, swampy, dark cider red. A little head off the pour—and I poured strongly—that dies very quickly leaving a sparse frothy film. Some slick intermittent lacing throughout, with excellent retention.

S: Wow, wow. Just rich and animated—I had to take my beanie off cos I felt like I needed to listen. Some hops, some light fruits, oranges, grapefruit, but not much. Bready, buttery, caramel. Like a silencer on a hop pistol.

T: Spicy, cutting, ruby red grapefruit hops! Amazing. Don’t get that in the nose; what a great detour. The hops level out after the initial jolt, allowing a floral, fruity, nectar core to push through, and then…wait for it, wait for it, the HOPS come back for a wallop. It’s theatrical, a narrative brew. There’s a twist at the end, and even some banter in the credits. I’ve truly never had such complexity in one sip.

M: Warm, viscous, coating. The ABV really comes through here.

O: Lovely, fantastic tasting beer. Couldn't drink more than one or two without a nap.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an Arrogant Bastard shaker pint glass at Plainfield's Tap House.

And here, finally, the Accidental Highway to Hell Tour comes to a conclusion. What a ride (and (insert inside joke wink here) it doesn't even really end here, per se). Anyway, this brew pours a dark amber-rust topped by a finger of off-tan foam. The nose comprises orange zest, grapefruit zest, caramel, pine resin, toffee, black pepper, and a touch of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with more pine (which is more toward sap than resin here) and the addition of some mandarin orange syrup for good measure. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a richly textured and generally enjoyable brew. Definitely not for the faintest of hearts. Good times.

Photo of Swim424
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into palm glass

A-cloudy amber. nice creamy looking head. bright when put up to a light

S-smells of lots of malt and some hops.

T-hits with some strong malt up front finishing with a nice little hop bite. Cant really describe the taste but its like a dull piney flavor. can taste a bit of alcohol with the hops. this is a hard one for me to describe. very floral hops mixed with the malts up front.

MF- sort of creamy. can taste a bit of an alcohol hoppy lingering in with the creamyness.

O-pretty good. Im just having trouble describing this one. its a pretty good beer.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review No. 250

Had on-tap @ Brewfora Beer Market, Meridian ID. Poured into a tasting chalice, about 8oz I believe.

A: Pours a hazy caramel color with amber hues and a light khaki-colored head.

S: Subdued (might be the temperature)...I gets lots of malt sweetness mixed with floral pithy pine hops...toffee and toasted sweetbread...bitter citrus as well.

T: Initially its all hops-pungent pine, floral hop bitterness and intense West Coast dryness-but the malt bill cuts this down to size with a metric ton of caramel and toffee underneath...in fact the warmer this beer gets, the more the malts dominate...

MF: Decent, medium-thick mouthfeel with some sticky viscosity. Dry finish.

O: This beer isn't overrated, and I can see why people clamor for it...'underwhelmed' might be a better descriptor for me right now...overall its good but not epic. Good flavors...medium drinkability.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, medium copper color with one finger of pale tan head. Good retention but not a lot of lace.

S: Dark fruits, light caramel. Faint spice as well.

T: Like the aromas, but with the caramel more prominent than the fruits. Nice bitter bite on the finish. Overall impression is similar to a good doppelbock. After a bit, banana joins the fruit combination. Nice complexity. Each sip starts semi-sweet, mostly sweet in the middle, and then the finish wipes the sweetness out altogether.

M: Medium body and very nice, smooth oil feel.

O: Very tasty, way too drinkable for such a strong beer. Another reason for frequent beer runs across the border to Illinois. Recommended.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried an '06 bottle next to a '10 bottle

A: Really hazy dark brown color with a good looking off white head.

S: Lots of toffee and caramel along with some hop resin and vanilla. I picked up a bit more booze and apricot in the '06.

T: Coconut, loads of hop resin, caramel, toffee and oak. I don't know how, but the alcohol seems way more present in the 06 and I preferred the '10.

Photo of omnigrits
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. A rich mahogany brown colour with a cream coloured head that vanishes a bit too quickly.

S. Oh my goodness, where to begin. Cherries, cassia bark, molasses, some spiciness. It reminds me very much of an old fashioned cough drop, and in a good way.

T. Wow. All of the above and more. Sweet malts, bready malts, hops, of course, and a superb bitter finish. Strong hints of alcohol

M. Not too heavy for such a big beer, and very, very smooth.

O. Definitely not something Stone should put out year round. It's great to look forward to and even better to actually drink, but a beer like this on hand all the time is... well, you really can have too much of a good thing. I have to get me a couple more of these and stash them away. I think it would turn into something really rather special. I want to see it dry out a little. Fresh, it's fantastic, but a little on the sweet side.

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking for this one for a while and this year it finally made its way to my hometown, I can't wait. This is the 2011 version, poured into a tulip glass. This pours a brown color with an okay off white head which dissipates down to a thin layer which leaves a lacing. The smell is pretty malts, lots of caramel, toffee, a decent amount of pine hops but less than expected. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great, reminds me of an American barely wine. Lots of toffee and a rich malt backbone followed by a bitter hop bite, excellent worth the wait!

Photo of bravejoejoe
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep amber. There is a nice thick head, that dissipates rather quick. Not much lacing left behind.
S - Well i will say i poured it, have a stuffy nose and the aroma still blasted me in the face before i even put it to my nose. Smell is malt, lots of piney hops.
T - Well it is a punch in the face. There are hops that will be there in the morning i'm sure. The hop backing definitely is present as well.
O - For 6 bucks a bomber, get it, it is well worth it. I love AB, it is my stand by for when i want to get a good beer for cheap. and the double is even better in my opinion.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Max's.

Pours a deep garnet with a small tannish head. Loads of lacing down the glass.

Smells similar to a hop profile of an IPA with strong citrus and pine hops, but is backed by a ridiculous amount of toffee and bread malt aroma.

Very complex. A bit of citrus up front. Heavy toffee malt with a little bit of a sugary sweetness. Finishes very sharply bitter and dry.

Chewy Creamy and just about perfect.

Always glad when I get this beer every winter. Incredibly bitter, but enough malt to balance it out very nicely.

Photo of EA728
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Amber/Orange Color, almost identical to AB, not much head.

S: Very hopy

T: Sweet, malty with a bit of hops. Did a side by side comparison with AB, so it didn't taste as hopy as that, but still pleasant. Almost has a Belgian Strong Ale taste with the sweetness.

M: very smooth, thicker than AB, but that's to be expected.

O: I loved this beer, its a sweeter, less hopy, maltier beer than AB.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with vibrant red hues.

Hops fill the nose at first with citrus and pine goodness followed by toasted barley, grains and a nice sweetness.

Taste is perfectly balanced and full flavored. Layers of pungent grapefruit and piney resin flavors fall into loads of toffee-like sweetness. Big wave of bitterness at the end.

Big thick body..almost chewy despite the hop character

This is one hell of a beer.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,108 ratings.