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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,689 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,689
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 762 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of bowersdm
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle partially poured into a pint glass.

A - ruby color with a 2cm buttermilk/cream colored head.

S - hops: grapefruit, pine. malt and a fruity aroma that reminds me of a barleywine.

T - malt and fruity, then hoppy. the hops eventually just disintegrate into bitterness. the change from sweet/malty to hoppy/bitter is gradual and makes this beer very interesting. also, i found this beer to be LESS bitter than Arrogant Bastard. I don't know whether that's normal, but that's the way it is. when the beer warms, the alcohol starts to burn

M - just like Arrogant Bastard.

D - it's more drinkable than Arrogant Bastard, and it does taste better, but I'm not big into hops, so...

bowersdm, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of MVotter
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell from the top of the freshly opened bottle - pine

This one was poured from a 22 oz. bomber with the familiar, incredible artwork adorning the bottle.

Nice, thick sounding pour down the middle of a pils glass features an exploding, quick rising cream/tan head. The head settles back to two fingers within a few minutes. The brew is a slightly foggy, deep amber.

Smell from the glass - very interesting combination of hops and malts ... smelling sweet malts here!

Taste - um, holy crap. Hops for sure, but not bitter ... the smoothest tasting hop flavor greets you in the beginning, then the malts make an entrance, and it's sheer joy; a party on your palate. It's paired with such a delicious blend of malts ... the balance is stunning. Really.

The mouthfeel is thick, silky ... silky ... silky. Did I mention that the mouth is silky?

Drinkability. Well, pace yourself ... don't be a fooo! Relish this brew ... don't think you're entering into this relationship without any responsibility. Relax. Enjoy. Savor, every ounce.

This brew lives up to its billing. It's creation is the result of the tender care of true artisans.

The only other brew that I have rated at "perfection" is Ommegang's Abbey Ale.

I understand that a perfect score is reserved for truly exceptional brews. Well, I can see no good reason to deny this one a perfect score. And, I believe that the truly exceptional brews should be recognized as such, and duly rewarded.


MVotter, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

a-deep, foggy red; nice, thick foamy lacing...again, thickish head that is beat only by Guinness stout...

s-not as impressive as the Ruination. but my nose isn't spot-on today, i sense...i do know this is hoppy (rolls eyes...).

t-more (gloriously) runinous than the Ruination (which was 'smoother' in it's volatile attack!). the hops really sing here! it truly is a double-barrel'd attack. one possible criticism...it's almost sweet...almost. i don't like sweetness in beer. but it's not. it's just ALMOST sweet...

m-excellent. hitting all points of the map (tongue, roof of mouth, olfactory) at once, there is incredible depth to this, despite it's flare for feigning some sort of blitzkrieg. you get bowled over, but you survive, smiling. again, a perfect Stone balance of neither too thick or thin. very quaffable in an almost suicidal way...

d-very. very much so. a couple of bites of Trader Joe's dark chocolate made it neither better nor worse. just different. i almost want to try this with thai food. then mexican. etc. etc...

mempath, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours near red with amber hues. Minimal head and only slight lacing.

Nose is a piney, citrusy mix with the hops dominating everything as expected. The nose somehow still hints at the heavy body that SDB possesses.

Mouthfeel is huge, thick and slighty syrupy. The beer has a suprising sweetness to it for as much hops as are present. You taste hops in the hit, the swish, and the finish.

One of the great ones.

beer2day, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 6fl oz bottle into samuel smith pint glass.

A - darker than the oaked, with the same colored head (cream). the body is coming onto the side of opaque, a darker copper colour.

S - a bit fruity with hops and some of the musty barley from the regular bastard. a bit of pine in the far back with some booze taste.

T - sweet, hoppy, booze. there is pine, sweet sugar, bitter sour fruits, and so much more all over the taste; too much to explain in one sitting. extremely complex. far beyond the other bastards. this deserves more contempleation and another review.

MF&D - perfect, no complaints , subtle crisp carbonation with creamy soothe body and perfectly viscous.

erz316, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of jdg204
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter's Pub in Easton, PA once again paved the way for me trying one of "the greats". There new big bottle offerings put this considerable offering in front of me.

A: Lovely dark, reddish amber with a thick creamy head that slowly descends to leave of lacing down the glass.

S: Wonderful aroma filled with caramel, pear, and chocolate.

T: Opens with a huge caramel flavor, with plenty of fruity elements in support make an amazing malt. Then the wonderful hops fully emerge to overtake the maltiness. The malt, however, remains intact and give the hops a solid backbone. Flavors are nicely layered and well balanced.

M: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability: Another incredible winner from Stone, this was as impressive as it's reputation. I've had most of Stone's biggies (IPA, RIS, Bastard) and I can say I'm officially a huge fan and have yet to be disappointed. This is definitely not for the faint of heart as the bottle states and not an everyday drinker, but you should definitely go out of your way to try this amazing brew. I'm sure I'll fondly return to it in the future.

jdg204, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hold this bright orange beer up to the light and you'll swear it's radioactive. And for such an active looking beer, the taste doesn't disappoint.

Double Bastard Ale is packed with flavor. Thick, sweet caramels balanced by bitter hops, toasted grains, citrus fruits (mainly grapefruit), herbal tealike flavors and mild spices all find their way in.

Flawless mouthfeel with great carbonation that punches your taste buds, but finishes dry and crisp.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy dark amberl-copper color with a 1/2" tan head. Seemed to almost glow when held up to a light. The head slowly dropped to a skim and held on all the way down, leaving a fair amount of sticky web lace down the glass.

S= This was a heady mix of caramel, hops, and alcohol. Deceptively simple yet rich and sophisticated. Very aromatic and delicious smelling.

T= The taste started out with a rich caramelly sweet malt base, followed by a spicy and bitter West Coast hop profile. The finish dried out considerably and lead into a pleasantly intense alcohol and hop aftertaste. Nice throat/chest/belly warming sensations in the finish too.

MF= Heavier side of medium bodied with a perfect, mildly crisp yet slick mouthfeel.

D= It seems too obvious to say, but this is really just a bigger version of the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale...and I mean that as a compliment. Same great taste, just intensified a bit and with higher alcohol presence. Despite the unflinching alcohol presence, this is still a damned drinkable ale. I really liked this beer and will have more every chance I get.

spointon, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Circle Liquor Store in Somers Point, NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, deep amber/red body. Tall foamy tan head. Lacing left sticking to the entire legnth of the glass.

S: Full of sweet malts, caramel. Faint piney hop backing.

T: Big flavor. Sweet caramel malt beginning quickly balanced by a bitter hoppiness. Some alcohol in there as well.

M: Full bodied and smoothe.

D: A good tasting beer. Very nicely balanced. Reminiscent of some barley wines. The big flavor and high alcohol make this a nice sipper or one to split with friends.

Jerzdevil1116, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 150th review and my 40th top 100 beer!

Pours an unassuming dark copper with a one finger eggshell head that sticks around a while.

Scent is similar to a regular ipa.. Light citrus and pine hop scent with a slight sweet twist.

Taste similar to the smell, falls somewhere between a dipa and a barleywine. Quite good.

Mouth body and carbonation are medium.

Easy to drink in spite of it's alcohol content. I prefer this to it's little brother.

sonicdescent, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber and I must say I love the silkscreen bottle.

Pours a beautiful carmal color with a small foamy head which quickly dissolves. Though it's an American Strong Ale, it reminds me of a barley wine pour.

I sense an aroma of sweetness right after the pour. Black cherry and raisins come to mind.

On initial sip I get a spicy jolt which quickly turns into a creamy, velvet smooth taste. There is a faint aftertaste but not distracting or displeasing.

A very drinkable beer though the high alcohol can get you (and me) in trouble.

Another great beer from the SB group though I wish this was brewed all year around though I do get excited every year for the Double Bastard release.

kaseydad, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was unable to go to the EBF so I decided that I would have my Double Bastard to celebrate even though I was left out this year.

Poured from a 1 Pt. 6oz. bottle. into my Guinness pint glass.

The color is a dark orange/red and a little amber and gold at the same time. Not clear but cloudy with a thick off-white head.

The smell is very hoppy. Is a bit floral and a bit sweet with malt but also has a bastard of a smell that I can not place. It is the signature smell of the Arrogant Bastard brew.

The taste is strong, it is at first sip a little citrusy, has a great hanging aftertaste that is reminding me that this is a true to form craft beer. Is very creamy and is a bit flavorful than the orignal bastard.

This beer has a nice finish. It has a nice bite but is not overwhelming in it's texture. It is just right is it's combination and is very mush the brew worth the wait..

Duhast500, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a small white head. The head shrinks quickly to a covering of the top of the glass which lingers a while. Light lacing. Smells pretty good, mostly sweet malts.

Tastes very good. I missed all the piney hops that other reviewers mentioned. This beer tasted very much like an English Barleywine - malty, sweet with the most prominent taste being caramel malts. Somewhere along the line, there is a bit of Belgian dark fruit in the mix.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and smooth. There is no alcohol burn like many barleywines of the same abv.

Drinkability is good...too good. The sweetness and strong taste make this a sipper but it goes down way better than a 10.5 beer should feel. If I didn't know what I was drinking, i would have had much more!!!! Very nice.

JayQue, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of biker30x
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009, poured into a pint. Thin nose of bready yeast and burnt caramel with some floral sweetness. Deep red with a thin white head that quickly fades. The taste is an all out assault on all fronts. Hops pierce the tongue in a million tiny darts of piny floral wonderfulness. Malt rules with a deep caramel and molasses sweetness, backed by an overburnt coffee bitter tang. Some fruity tones balance all and leave you wanting more. After the swallow, the throbbing burn of the hops is matched by the warm glow of the malt sweetness. The alcohol glow is noticeable and welcome. A 10.5abv that drinks like a 6. I prefer this to it's soft single cousin! What a bastard!

biker30x, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the 2007 batch. Carefully and lovingly cellared

A light brown red with a light tan head. This is a paradigm American Strong Ale. Generous head with accompanying retention and lacing. Clarity is inviting and lovely. Retention and lacing are exemplary.

Aroma is an intoxicating blend of caramel malts and burnt sugars. My snifter is a receptacle of beer porn. Sweet and roasted. Floral and piney. Deep and rich like hot chocolate.
Taste is big smooth malts with a huge grapefruit and pine blend that makes it all drink like a neighborhood lager at the corner bar. Feel is somewhat heavy and syrupy. Superb carbonation is microfine and omnipresent. It allows what should be too much to become exemplary.Drinkability is the benchmark for the style. If you take the glass to your lips you are warned. This stuff drinks like water and kicks like a mule or mustang.

scootny, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of BeerStine
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 release. 22oz poured into a pint glass

Pours a cherry brown with an off-white fluffy head. Smells of pineapple, citrusy hops with a biscuity maltly smell. The malts taste are the first thing to jump out. Biscuits and caramel. Hops are secondary as a dark fruit, shmuckers jam kick. Mouth feel is fairly light with light carbonation. It's very drinkable as a 10.5% beer. The intense malts might become a little overwhelming if I had too many of these.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer. Not the best beer in the world, but a solid beer nonetheless.

BeerStine, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of linnet
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colour, cloudy, small tan head, creates a lid, lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, honey, jam, almost vinous, noticable ABV, reminiscant of belgian quadrupels. Flavour is more hoppy than the aroma indicated, dark fruit, spices, hops. Mouthfeel is lively but quite smooth. Very complex but yet easy to drink. My second beer from Stone and they impress me again!

linnet, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Traquairlover for this bottle.

Poured into a beer mug at 51 degrees

Appearance: A golden brownish color that is hazy. The head is one finger that is ivory, creamy, foamy, and has retention. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer, visible by the bubbles on the side of the mug. The clarity of the beer is clouded but a little bit of light is visible in the brew. There is lacing on the glass

Nose: A very strong malted nose with grapefruit, pine and floral esters.

Taste: A very strong malted taste with citrus, pine and floral esters. There is a touch of sweetness and some fruitiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and slightly carbonated. A medium finish that is bitter by hops. This beer is huge there is a lot going on with such a few ingredients. There is subtle sweetness but you really can't tell the alcohol is in the beer. Stone makes some damn fine brews. I like this beer better than the original arrogant bastard. I will be sipping this for while. There is not much to critique, all around a great brew.

colts9016, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice red color, cloudy. Fruity nose. Taste of fruit mixed with a little caramel. Big long finish a little too much alcohol present but not overwhelming. Very clean feel in my mouth. The alcohol warmed my belly and numbed my senses. I enjoyed this ale but one was all I needed.

MaineBirdMan, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogany with red around the edges in the lights. 750 mL bottle with a freshness date of 2008.

S - Definite pine and pineapple smell. Nice hoppy smell that overtakes the nose.

T - Lots of bitterness up front, citrusy, piney, I'm surprised at the amount of hoppiness in such a strong ale. Malt is hard to detect. Phenolic qualities are evident, as is the "burnt sugar" taste.

M - Creamier than expected, balances out the hops and bitterness brought on by carbonation. Very smooth finish.

D - High a.b.v., warming, but a bit overwhelming, wouldn't include this one in a session.

raoulduke37, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Bootleggers in Topsham, a new favorite store with a great selection. Pours dark brown, extremly hazy, very little head. Smells slightly piney, malty. Tastes quite piney, bitter, citrusy, slightly malty in the background. It isn't as hoppy as expected, maybe slightly less so than Arrogant Bastard. Overall though I really do like it, I'm glad Stone is available in Maine, and this beer is a nice traat. Enjoy!!

Manosbeeroffate, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful dark amber that is actually pretty hazy. A great almond colored head that seemed extremely frothy, and looked great next to the amber ale. The head receeds to about 1/8" and leaves abundant lacing.

The hops were dominant in the nose. It smelled fruity, but I wouldn't say citrusy...more like pears or apricots. It was actually a very inviting smell.

I thought this beer tasted pretty woodsy and bitter. Pine flavors are right there with the bitterness. An eye opening taste would be a good explanation. The alcohol is detectable, but minimal compared to what I was expecting @ 10.5 ABV.

The bitterness lasts well beyond the smooth swallow. It has a nice puckering and drying effect. My mouth is definitely waiting for the next quenching rinse. My mouth is dry and my tongue has a slight arousal, tingle from the carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. The alcohol will be your limiting factor. I can easily say that I would be drunk before I got my fill of this well crafted ale. The great flavors with a smooth character is dangerous.

ncstateplaya, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful cloudy dark cherry red. The head dies down quickly. The rose color seems to glow from within.

The smell is sweet but dark cherry and grainy barley. Just this side of a barleywine aroma. A very mild citrus/floral hop.

Deep roasted but sweet malt flavors. Cocoa and cherry cordials. Liqueur like a dark brandy. The hop is mild and flowery by comparision. Malts are deep, rich and bittersweet. Dark and rich. As it warms, bitter hops really push through.

The mouthfeel is chewy and thick. Remains on the palate for must a smidge. This baby is a slooow sipper. Might as well be a heavy barleywine. A real thick choker, but a heck of a good beer.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears hazy clouded amber with lite-medium carbonation, little head that reduces quickly to a ring & leaves no lacing. Smells of very dry and floral hops, very aromatic with a touch of alcohol. Some grape and pine aroma with some burnt malts. Very pleasant!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lots of dry floral hops, lots of burnt biscuit like bitterness lingers on the palate. Some citrus flavor is present with little sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present, but more so as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and full bodied.

Drinkablility/Final thoughts - This beer is very, very delicious and rich, but to me, there wasn't to much complexity to it. Just lots of intense floral hops with allot of burnt biscuit like aftertaste, which isn't bad! I'm just making a point, I also think because of the high ABV, its allot less drinkable. So I would enjoy maybe 1-2 of these once in a while.

I still really enjoyed this beer though. Very good, very delicious, definitely recommended. Cheers!

PintOHops, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, burgundy/copper color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, small head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet fruits, some caramel and some toffee.

T - It really had a rich taste, unlike anything that I've ever tasted. It had a fruity sweetness and caramel taste with a very spicy hop and boozy alcohol kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is a very unique brew that does not fit into style guidelines. It is delicious but very potent and a little hard to drink,

zeff80, Feb 05, 2009
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,689 ratings.