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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 412
Gots: 1,009 | FT: 32
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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 nhindian
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free."

22oz bottle poured into a Double Bastard glass.

A - Pours the color of a deep sunrise; dark orange with a burst of ruby interspersed. Only builds a slight head, about a finger's worth at most. Very nice lacing, thin but covers most of the glass.

S - Smell is actually a bit more balanced and maltier than I would've expected, but much more complex. It's still aggressively hopped, but I'm getting some fruits and sweet malts as well to counter-act that. Make no mistake, this thing still threatens to destroy your mouth. I'm getting some alcohol heat as well.

T - The taste has an intense hop bite at the hop, but it is quickly neutralized by sweetness. Not overwhelming, but enough to curb the hop bitterness. Slight grapes and sugar come through midway, before having the alcohol make a resurgence. Not sure I'd peg this at 11%+, but the alcohol is no stranger in this beer. Finishes bitter and long.

M - After drinking a bomber of this alone in a moderately short amount of time.... I'm doubting that I am worthy of this beer. About 3/4's through and my mouth is a mess; hops, alcohol, and sweetness have wrecked my palate and are settling in for good. It's moderately thick with good carbonation and lingers for minutes afterward.

D - Drinkability is high. While it's not the hop bomb I was expecting from a Stone beer, it borrows some balance excellence from Old Guardian and is incredibly easy to drink. The alcohol is only there to tempt you while the flavors pop long after the sip is done, but unfortunately as it warms the alcohol becomes MUCH more prominent.

Photo of Jeriba
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my brand new Ikea $2 snifter.

A: Dark ruby color, kinda hazy. Lingering cream-colored bubble bath foam.

S: Intense malt and raisin aromas, and spice.

T: Starts out with a punch of sweet raisin and date, followed shortly by toasted malt, which fades into a lingering hop finish. This is how I imagine that gum in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" that takes you through an entire meal while you chew it. Is the brewmaster at Stone an oompa loompa?

M: Lovely texture of tiny bubbles. Rich and creamy but not oily. The mouthfeel really brings out the flavor.

D: This beer should have been named "Sneaky Bastard" for the way it hides the 11.2% ABV.

Photo of tbern007
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome artwork on the bottle. I like the essays on the Stone bottles telling you that you are not worthy of it and can't handle it. Pours a beautiful ruby, copper with some orange around the edges - thick tan creamy head that lasts and good sticky lacing throughout.
S - malty, earthy, citrus, pine.
T - great googly moogly! This really is a double bastard. It truly is double strength Arrogant Bastard - all around. Sweet maltiness is balanced by bitter hops. There is some orange peel citrus, earthy, can taste the alcohol.
M & D - smooth considering the strength of the taste as well as the ABV. You can taste and feel the high content. This would be a great one to cellar for a while and see how it changes. Drinkable if in the mood but can't have more than one and cannot drink this quickly - very strong in many ways. Great beer.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and nice big presence of hops. In the taste, dark fruit, a nice balanced alcohol burn, and a nice hop presence. A hop bite with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop and a alcohol aftertaste. Big hops in a barleywine. nice alcohol presence, but still mellow.

Photo of weller1js
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a vibrant hazy orange-red, light carbonation and light foam, consistency is slightly thick.

smell: sweet and floral, tangy citrus notes of grapefruit, hops are bold and pronounced, but not overpowering.

taste: hops are at the forefront of the taste, consistent and bold throughout, the hops blend well with a light yet adequately noticeable taste of the alcohol and sweet-tanginess, finishing with a hoppy lingering that bitter-tangy-sweet.

mouthfeel: I typically do no review mouthfeel, but the hop sensation provides for a bold biting mouthfeel, yet the carbonation is a bit lacking.

drinkability: this has everything a well-hopped beer should have, dynamic hops, high abv yet not overpowering taste of alcohol, and fresh yet ageable taste, definitely one to be enjoyed.

Photo of ramseye4
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Typical Stone screenprinted label with a long paragraph about advertising and its effects. Pours a beautiful darkish amber/brown color with a monster 2 finger head, massive amounts of lacing. Alcohol hits the nose first, with a bit of hops, huge sweet malt, and dark fruit. Very complex. Complex taste as well, with sweet malt, loads and loads of alcohol, dark fruit, cherries, caramel. Mouthfeel is excellent and serves to complement the complex taste, and the drinkability is excellent for a beer of this ABV, I could down two or three bombers of this easily, though I unfortunately would pass out piss drunk afterwards.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/6/2011

A: ruby/copper red brown, ½ finger off white head, leaves no lacing

S: malts, caramel, dark fruits (plums or prunes)

T: dark fruits, sweet and dark malts, can taste the alcohol

M: mild carbonation, creamy

D: a nice warming winter beer


Photo of gopens44
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Great color on this one. Dark orangy-ruby with a cloudy, hazy middle-ness. We also experienced a nice, pretty 1.5" foam head that sticks around a little while

S - Well, what hit me first was a sweet yet evil mixture of hops and cherries that gives way quickly to something oaky and chocolately, and then ultimately changes back to an earthy fruity smell again. So beautiful and so strange... (my apologies to Mudvayne for stealing their lyric)

T - Never has a smell and taste matched so well without being able to fully explain either. There was such a bold and confident delivery of sweet burning dark fruit hops here that you could almost forget that it was waiting in the glass for further contemplation. The finishing taste is that of a more caramel covered alcohol carrying hop truffle.

M - Very full bodied and not overly carbonated. Finish is dry with an after taste that doesn't hang around too long.

I love most everything from Stone, and this is no exception. This was a wonderful punch in the mouth that kept up its offensive party throughout the entire beautiful bomber.

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

Had this on 2011-02-03 in Redondo Beach, CA. 2010 release.

A - Cherry red with a short tan head. Some initial lacing that fades away.

S - Prune, plum, dried cherries and grainy malt.

T - Cherry, plum, sweet caramel, spice, orange peel, warming alcohol and bitters. Not yeasty. Great balance of flavors, sweetness and bitterness. Aftertaste lingers for quite awhile and is very pleasant. As it warms, the smell and flavors improve.

M - Medium-to-thick body and low carbonation. Lightly oily. Clingy.

D - It's really delicious and a quite a treat. Not thirst quenching but something to be savored. Like a fine, hoppy wine.

Photo of Janderson91
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage poured into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pours a slightly cloudy dark red with a one finger tan head. Recedes to a thin head that remains for the duration. Little to no lacing.

S - On the nose this smells similar to a barleywine. Very malty with some nice hop aroma and some alcohol.

T - For 11.2%, the alcohol in the taste is pretty well hidden. This beer is very well balanced and has some nice hop bitterness with a remarkably clean finish for the thickness of the beer.

M - Full bodied, wonderful.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the alcohol content. No problem drinking the 22 oz by myself.

Another great beer from Stone. Better than the Arrogant Bastard, will be trying Lukcy next.

Photo of climax
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The body pours a deep red, more of a reddish copper hue than the original. The head is a creamy even tan layer which fades pretty quickly.

The aroma is complex and intriguing.... very much so. In fact, it's lovely enough to yield a 5. This is what you get when sweet ripened fruit, snappy hops, wood aged goodness, a substantial malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol have an orgy. Dashes of mandarin orange citrus and herbal notes stand out enough to please hop-head's nostrils. Yet, the sweet ripened plum, caramel, clove, banana, warming alcohol, and wood barrels keep me sniffing. If Stone made a Double Bastard potpourri, I'd buy a pallet.

The alcohol shows it's true arrogance in the taste, letting me know I'm not worthy enough to quaff it as quickly as I initially intended. It's warm from beginning to end, while the flavors come and go. Sweet buttery biscuits and caramel rolls satisfy the sweet tooth, while the hoppy dry bitterness balances it out perfectly.

The feel is excellent, Stone really has this aspect down to an art. The carbonation stings with the alcohol initially. That dies down quickly and allows a bold dryness to take over. The body is very full, yet the dry finish urges me to sip on. This beer is not joking. A bomber of this bass turd goes a long way.

Photo of Pardishcreel
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow what can I say except arrogant bastard but twice the flavor and less the bitterness.
This beer is what beer should be anything that may be considered a negative in this beer is a high abv. That lowers the drinkability just slightly. I suggest this beer to any stone fan.

Photo of AdamBear
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark murky brown with a nice light tan head, good lacing that stays

S-a little bit of brown sugar and nice citrusy hops. not very strong though.

T-come in with a very bitter and strong hit of molasses and ends with some really good citrusy hops. there's a strong bitterness that stays. there's a slight alcohol burn in there towards the end.

M-a good medium carbonation with a slightly dry finish

D-well its a heavy beer, the ABV is noticeable, but its a very enjoyable beer all the way through. if i wasn't leaving this bar right now, i would have another. i liked this a lot and was very lucky to find this on tap.

Photo of FosterJM
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

223rd review on BA
bottle to stone pint

2010 release

App- A murky hazy brown color, almost like melted milk chocolate but a bit lighter. Very little head formed as well.

Smell- So complex on the nose. Runs the gamut from malt, hops, citrus, bread, chocolate. Smells change every time you bring the glass up for a sip.

Taste- Huge malt and caramel in each sip. Get a bit of hops at times but very faint. So flavorful and complex. Each year just gets better and better.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Its a bit dry at the finish but very good.

Drink- I feel worthy now. No real explanation needed. Just a very good very BIG beer.

Photo of CannonSP
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so I hope I don't sound like an idiot (not that I'm not an idiot, but I just don't want to sound like one). Anyway...

Serving type - bottle/pint glass

A - Cloudy and dark copper color with a nice thick head. Very good looking beer IMO

S - Hoppy smell, but not that strong. Crisp and clean

T - Strong taste of hops but sweet after taste. Can definitely feel it on the tip of my tongue when I take a sip. You know you're drinking a BEER when you sip this.

M - I guess this goes with what I said about taste.

D - Very good for a cold winter night while watching hockey.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich amber with a full off white head. Good lacing.

Alcohol, fruit, toasted bread, rich malt. Good aromas here.

This one is complex and a sipper. Browned toast, toast malt sweetness/bitterness, fruit, then woody notes, then vanilla, then bitterness and burnt sugars. Just -wow.

Full bodied -- sipper.

I shared this and needed to. Boozy and rich, worth a try.

Photo of busterthecat
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick dark red/ caramel. Some head that fades, leaving little carbonation present.

S- Sweet tangy pineapples. A bready malt background. Hops stand out.

T- Under ripe pineapple. A sweet caramel malt. Bitterness with some burnt notes. Light alc detectable.

M- Thick and chewy. Lingering in both flavor and bitterness. Big and wet.

D- Only slight alc. A great beer.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Bastard Vertical
09 pours a cloudy amber color with nice off-white head. 10 looks similar other than the head is a bit smaller. 09 has much more barleywine-style aromas than the 10. 10 definitely has more hop aromas. Sweet caramel and delicious dark fruits in the 09 that are not as "in your face" as the 10. The tastes are similar, but have some distinctions. The 10 is definitely more boozy. The alcohol in the 09 has blended nicely with the malt and hops to make somewhat of a hoppy barleywine taste. Almost like a bolder Sierra Bigfoot. The 10 is quite hot with more hoppiness lingering than the 09. Mouthfeel is similar on the two, but drinkability seems to be easier on the aged one. I'm choosing to review the 09, as I believe this should be enjoyed after aging.

Photo of jsprain1
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an amberish copper with a thin white head that retains to a slick and leaves hints of lacing.
S- Pine, citrus, slight malt, definite alcohol. All very nice, but on the nose it's just like Arrogant Bastard but with more alcohol...
T- Ahhhh. It seperates itself here. Slight toasted malt, and a WHAM of aggressive hopping. Alcohol is definitely present, but I never would have thought 11.2. Splendid.
M- Absolutely smooth on the front end. Pretty dry on the back end. Alcohol warms the mouth.
D- I was a bit worried this wasn't going to differentiate itself from regular Arrogant Bastard enough, but it sure did. Dangerously drinkable for 11.2, though I'm near the end of the bomber and the warmth begins to set in. At the price point I got it at ($9 a bomber), it was a solid deal. Not an every night beer, but only because i am not worthy.

Photo of rlee1390
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2010 bottle poured into a snifter

A-A deep amber with about one finger head, that lingers and leaves behind some lacing.

S-Pine, Earthy, Maple notes

T-Earthy, woody, pine. Starts of sweet and ends with some bitterness. Could have been balanced a little more for my liking.

M-Light, smooth and dry

D-The dryness hurts the drinkability for me, but extremely flavorful the 11% abv is not really noticed. A good beer but I liked the Oaked Aged Arrogant Bastard better. Will definitely have this one again though.

Photo of Brewfanatic55
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this 22oz bomber from a fellow beer lover and good friend for Christmas this year. From the 2010 batch. This was certainly worth holding onto for exactly a month.

The pour revealed a near perfect deep, dark, burnt cedar tone. The appearance is almost so intense that I'm intimidated haha. Pushing on..

The odor is slightly pine-like, huuuge citrus. A little toasty aroma is in the background as well.

Damn is this smooth or what? Pretty rich alcohol taste, followed by a nice bittersweet finish.

Drinkability wise, I cannot get passed how delicious this is. I can't say much else. Enough said...

Photo of bierguru
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A -
deep amber copper tan head pours thick laces of fairly thick

S -
piney sweet caramel huge bold grapefruit

T -
caramel hops and a huge bold grapefruit hop taste at the end

M -
smooth up front light on the tongue bitterness on the backend leaves a tingling in the mouth

D -
a bit of dryness in the mouth in the mouth but my only issue is that it tastes to much like the regular bastard maybe a little more hopy but nothing really jumps out to me that it is really really different but all in all its still really good

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010 release poured into a pint glass, giving off a massive head from the pour as big as your fist if not bigger. Somewhat brown/tan/honey to tight cream colored head that will not go away. Very dark red brown body but also kind of cloudy. Excellent retention with the head falling evenly throughout the glass.

Kind of a closed nose on this but an interesting one of chewy malt and burnt spices. Fruity mush bananas also. Unfortunately it's not very open and easy to enjoy.

Taste though is a big improvement and a surprise. A giant rush of cinnamon comes through first with sweetness and sugars, even some nutmeg. Hop bitters come next and some lime astringency feel. Silky in the mouth, and some banana comes through in the taste also.

This is quite good, but the nose leaves me a bit disappointed. I would easily have this again but I would have to be in the right mood for it, it isn't something I am going to be dreaming about or reminiscing about for much or if at all.

Photo of paulginva
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: An intense, murky looking mahogany color with a 1.5" frothy tan head that dissipates very, very slowly with excellent lacing. The seemingly slight carbonation seems almost suspended within the heavy particulates.

AROMA: Mild burnt sugar and faint caramel aroma. A heavy citrus and pine hop with a light floral accent and light toasted malt completes the complex delight.

TASTE: A light burnt sugar and caramel taste compliments the heavy hoppy taste of floral and grapefruit, making this a somewhat bitter delight to the senses.

MOUTHFEEL: Exceptionally smooth and creamy, the modest carbonation after pouring struggles to break free from this thick bodied brew. the initial flavor is somewhat sweet and bitter. There is a heavy bitter finish that lingers for a moderate amount of time. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: I'm a sucker for a good strong ale and this is probably the best I've ever tasted -- a memorable beer experience that blasted my taste buds. At just under 75 cents an ounce (bar price), it's a good value given the quality of the brew. I'd definitely buy it again -- as a matter of fact, I plan to do so the next time I visit my nearby beer bar.

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

Was initially hesitant, but very glad I tried this.

A - red mahogany, with an off-white head with good retention

S - excellent piney and fruity hop nots; buttered popcorn?; burnt sugar, caramel, malts

T - sweet malt note gives way quickly to hops - plenty of bitterness, but well balanced (I was ready for a lot more bitterness) well done, but I would like greater complexity

M - served a little cold, but as it warmed up it proved itself to be quite accessible, well carbonated, good malt texture

D - given its size it is quite drinkable

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,123 ratings.