Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6,018
Reviews: 2,016
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 392
Gots: 933 | FT: 33
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours glowing ruby amber with a tight head of tan carpet that leaves some trailers. Citrus marmalade, magic marker, barky orange rind, a bit of chocolate malts and a whiff of booze on the nose.
Caramel and fruit compote malts followed by orange and nettle hops. Clingy finish, and a scorched earth aspirin bitterness linger. Medium to big, chewy, sticky, plenty of burn and a saltwater taffy gooiness.
Passionfruit malts and some tropical Simcoe-like hops peek out as it warms.

2010 release: Big malts, big bitterness, yet still remains drinkable. Ironically, the sticky sweetness coats the tongue against the IBUs. But way too hot to be a good drinker.

2007 release: Darker chocolate brown tones, less head, some port and brown sugar aromas, malts have thickened into toffee, hops are gone except of a slight oiliness, much fuller, rounder and smoother.
Whiskey-like after dinner sipper. Makes the 2010 taste like cherry juice.

Photo of DrewZ926
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- pours a nice dirty brown 2 inch head with a translucent copper body

s- really nice piney hops up front, some caramel and toffee, sweet malt backdrop, a little bit of booze in the nose

t- very bold flavor, first is a bitter burst of piney and citrus hops, tasting a lot of fruits too, a bit of raspberry and sour grapes, followed up with a ton of sweet malt and caramel, finishes with a bit more boozy heat than I would have liked but a very complex taste nonetheless.

m- a little thin but a nice amount of carbonation makes this go down well. loses a bit for what I felt was poorly masked alcohol.

d- very tasty, but could maybe use an extra year in the cellar to even out the alcohol (bottle from 2010). was satisfied with one tulip-full.

Photo of ADZA
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep,rich,orange,copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the smell is a combination of sweet honey,sticky caramel and piney resinous hops,it has a nice above medium bodied mouthfeel which is perfectly carbonated to give it a real slick,sticky smooth feel and allows the tastes of jarrah honey,maple syrup,sticky toffee,a hint of peach and sticky resinous piney hops coated in brown sugar all to blend very nicely and overall given its big ABV you cannot really taste it but believe me its definately a creeper and one of those drops that you really only need one of in a sitting to appreciate it and i will most definately buy again without doubt.

Photo of seand
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 release.

A: Pours a translucent dark brown amber, witha fair amount of dense tan head. A film of head retains on the surface, and leaves good lacing.

S: Heavy roasted malts, with notes of brown sugar, roasted nuts, and sweet booze.

T: Lots of flavor; sweet malt characteristics combined with a big hop note. Nice balance overall.

M: Full bodied, sticky and chewy, almost syrupy. Fairly light carbonation.

D: As drinkable as you'd expect for the style and ABV.

Photo of nataku00
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 2010 release bomber into a tulip glass. Color is a beautiful dark crimson red, maybe a little dark brown at the edges. Fairly clear with a slight haze, can see through it though everything has a red tinge to it. Initial finger of off white soapy head with large bubbles quickly dissipate to a bit of collar, leaving large hole lacing on the glass.

Nose is a strong grapefruit mixed with caramel malts. Alcohol presence is definitely there and helps fill the area around the glass with aroma.

For a fresh bottle, this 2010 release isn't as bracingly bitter as the 2008 or 2009 releases that I had drank fresh. The citrus and light pine hops are balanced perfectly by the biscuit and caramel malt backbone. Nice lingering flavor at the back of your throat, aided by a small amount of alcohol heat. Medium bodied beer with soft carbonation provides a great drinking experience, allowing the hoppy malty beverage to shine without being cloying or syrupy.

The high abv does make this a sipper, and the alcohol warmth develops as you work your way through the glass.

Photo of BBP
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Ruby. Good carbonation. Holds a thin head.

S- Sweet with hop notes. Both tropical and pine. Both seem a bit muted, yet are quite noticable.

T- Bittersweet. A ton of tropical hops, citrus, and pine in the aftertaste. All balanced out by a tremendous amount of caramel malt.

M- Full, creamy, smooth, and good carbonation. Slightly sticky and a little dry.

D- Very drinkable and good tasting, but to me it didn't seem to have the sort of character that the other Bastards have. At 11.2% it goes down before you know it.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage.
Looks good. solid cap at first, leaves lacing, there is just a bit of hazy action, cinnamon amber color.
Aroma is pleasent but not a standout, there is caramel and cherry notes but they seem rather diminished. I swirled the glass and tried pouring a bit more in pretty vigerous, and got some more Citrus hints, but they fought to stay hidden.
The hops come through alot more in the flavors, and citrus is most prominant, but this is in no way a bitter beer, there is to much sweet brown sugar and caramel going on over the top of the citrus. The cherry notes are still here, pokes out everywhere they gets the chance it seems. Kinda syrupy.

I like this beer, but it's not something i wait eagerly for, or pick up often.

Photo of JayS2629
2.35/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Either I'm in the minority or this beer was graded on a bandwagon. I don't mind being in the minority, and I know it wasn't a bad bottle because I gave this beer a second chance after a few months just because so many others gave it a good grade. The beer had too many conflicting flavors going on without any semblance of balance.

A- honey brown with red hints, frothy white foam, descent retention and nice lacing.

S- pungent grapefruit, floral notes, caramels, lemon, grapefruit, roasted notes, and an imitation cherry hint. Booze is strong and viscous.

T- Viscous booze throughout along with imitation cherry makes for a medicinal taste watered down with woody, nutty and biscuity notes. Bitter grapefruit, lemon, and brown sugar. A boozy mess of taste with no thought of balance. Almost like a bitter barleywine with imitation cherry.

M- Rich, full bodied, sticky, dry finish with booze burn

D- Definitely a sipper. I couldn't finish it. Bitter and boozy. No sense of balance with flavors.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber (2010 release) poured into a snifter

A: Pours dark reddish-brown, somewhat opaque, coaxed a 1-inch frothy off-white head that lingered for a while.

S: Cherries, caramel malt, floral and slightly fruity (dark) hops, alcohol. Smells very sweet, reminds me of a barleywine.

T: Surprisingly mellow. Based on what I've heard about this 2010 release I was expecting this to kick me in the face but it seems the opposite. Alcohol isn't overly obtrusive (compared to BCBS it's invisible). I get cherry notes, dark sugary fruits (almost candy like), strong caramel malt, floral/earthy hop characteristics, and some alcohol. The initial hit seems very cherry and candied fruit hop punch and a little alcohol, it then smooth outs to caramel malt/floral hops and finishes dry and warm, slightly bitter and sugary. Almost tastes like someone dropped a cherry jolly-rancher in it. This reminds me of a Treble Hook Barleywine with more depth, complexity, and balance.

M: Medium carbonation, fully body, very chewy, viscous - coats everything, very smooth. Finish is dry.

D: As with most beer, this seems to get hotter the further in you get. It's fairly heavy malty body makes it pretty filling as well. Pretty much a sipper.

This is a hard one to rate for me. While the flavor is complex, sweet, and balanced, it's a little too "candy cherry" for my taste. I could see this growing on me though. I Still prefer the Oaked bastard.

Photo of bierkoning
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber (what's with 22oz btw?)

A - Dark amber, honey colored. A little cloudy and brownish. 1.5 fingers of nice cream colored head

S - Delicious (i've never been good at picking out scents) though i can smell some of the alcohol.

T - Very good! Smooth caramel, some lemon? Hops that bite back. a little alcohol on the back end, probably from the 11.2% ABV

M - smooth, consistent carbonation, tight and delightful.

D - Decent. Don't get me wrong, fantastic beer, but with the high ABV this is definitely not a session beer and the hops are so strong they decimate your palate.

Very true to it's style, with is very important in my book.

Pair with a strong cheese for a wonderful night! It went especially well with my hard aged Asiago!


Photo of bboelens
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Photo of goblue3509
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of dubinsky
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of kwjd
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of bigboytim28
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of goldbot
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of wschmit
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of AHNUBIS
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of gfsufb
4.43/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of Cannoneer
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of zoso493
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.45/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of cudmud
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,018 ratings.