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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,043 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,043
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 395
Gots: 949 | FT: 33
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 Schmaltzy
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice dark amber with 1 finger head that left lacing in every corner of my glass.

S- Wow, loads of pine/slightly citrus hops with tons of caramel malt on the finish, really great smell.

T- Huge amounts of sticky caramel malt, tastes like some caramel chews, followed by huge amounts of bitter piney hops as it warms it produces a slightly piney/citrusy bitterness and a very warm finish.

M- HEAVY... Very syrupy beer that is rather cloying with how thick it is. I like balanced beers but I think that this is too sweet for me, the hops are there but the caramel taste just hangs around.

D- Hard to drink this beer, at almost 11% it is rather apparent in the heat of this beer and too viscous, drop this beer down due to those facts.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass. 2009 batch.

A- Pours deep copper color. Small head that leaves solid lacing on glass.

S- Very nice sweet malt smell. Molasses aroma with hints of fruits, maybe apple.

T- Like the nose, sweet molasses upfront followed quickly by some bitterness. Hops give it the perfect balance to the malts. Bitterness stays with you however nothing overpowering. Great flavors to it, citrus hops with some apple taste.

M- Medium-full body. Not much carbonation. Smooth drink, with some warming to it.

D- I very much enjoy Arrogant Bastard, and I really enjoy this drink. The alcohol isn't masked as much, however the flavors make up for it. Great beer for a colder night... to bad it's still 90 degrees outside!

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a fresh Double Bastard, although it seems more and more difficult to ensure my local stores actually have fresh ones.

Anyway, the beer pours a nice dark caramel-like color, and the lacing is excellent. It leaves rings down the glass letting me know where I paused after each sip.

The taste is an excellent blend of hops, caramel-like maltiness, and bitterness. I love the balance in this beer. It is definitely a sticky, heavy, sipper, but it is drinkable for what it is.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle from the 2009 release.

Nice copper/almost opaque orange in color. Not much lacing and a with the glass I have...minimal head retention.

Lots of piney hops almost like you just got donw cutting down a tree! Tons of caramel malt on the nose as well.

Wow....what a taste both first and last! WOW!!!
It is sweet no doubt, but I do like it. Nice carbonation, but not overdone. Full malt profile that sticks with you as well as the sticky sweetness as well! For all the hopiness, I am not getting tons of citrus, but they may show up as this warms.

Great mouthfeel. Not cloying from the sweetness, but it does coat the mouth with the taste lingering for at least a full minute. Nice hop bitterness as the sensation fades!

Very drinkable, but you obviously have to be careful with such a high gravity beer! It is very deceitful just as a Bastard should be!

I can't wait to try the oaked version of this when I can find it!

Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one because I vaguely remembered seeing it in the top 100. I didn't know what style it was at all, and sort of expected single bastard times two. Not what I expected at all.

Reddish brown shock of beer with a tan head that left great lacing. Pretty impressive looking.

Smells of hot malts, banana, and booze, which is what dominates the palate too. Some good bitterness at the end for balance, and even some sour bits. Quite hot alcohol taste which I didn't much care for.

Medium heavy body and good bubbles. Booziness and sourness makes it a little tough to drink much of this guy.

Photo of dpcoz
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Originally Reviewed 03/18/2010)

'Church Brew Works' pint glass

Appearance - deep amber, dirty carrot color. Want to say iron ore but it's too dark for that. Little to no head in the pour. What's left is tannish, apparently. Actually, from swirling the glass, a foam head has appeared that kinda reminds me of an orange rind in color - if that makes sense.

Smell - malts and hops in the immediate aroma. Swirling the glass I am picking up some grains. Sensing some grapefruit.

Taste - hops straight down the middle, a warm syrup beween the tongue and walls of my mouth. The hoppiness is exactly what you expect of stone. Finish/aftertase is bitter and dry.

Drinkability - good hops, nice aroma, medium to full body. Was expecting a little more but I'm having trouble finding it. I wasn't really blown away with the Double Bastard as opposed to the standard Arrogant Bastard

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

A-Dark and creamy looking. Looks like a beast.

S-Smells like a big powerful brew. some hop bitterness that plays sidekick to a complex doughy scent.

T-Big taste. Follows the nose. A strong blast of candied cherries comes to the forefront.

M-Full and thick. More bodacious than its little brother.

D-Strong in the booze department. But pretty drinakble.

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

2006 consumed 6-11-10

The pour seems syrupy and the color is murky and brown. Not much head, good retention for what it has.

The nose is showing oxidation similar to an aged Bigfoot or another iconic barleywine. Raisin, caramelized sugars left and right, sherry, dehydrated banana.

The flavors are a rare balance of brown sugar, dough, toffee, and just all out malt richness, with somehow a spicy, mineral hop finish. It's high-octane and more intense than the average Barleywine. The carbonation is low, making the already thick body seem even thicker.

Unusual and oddly addictive. I've enjoyed this fresh and aged alike. It just depends on what tickles your fancy. I do not feel so all alone.

Photo of Luk13
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky brown pour with little head. Nice american hop aromas, some pine and grapefruit some sweetness. Quite bitter, lots of american hops in the taste, a short sweetness to balance it all but the high abv is still being felt. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. This is a little too much for me, I prefer the regular and less bitter Arrogant bastard ale.

Photo of TheOtherMike
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle

I tried this one solely based upon the reviews here and I was not disappointed.

A: beautiful dark red/brown color with thick head and sticky lacing.

S/T: Full-spectrum flavor here. More on the dark side than I usually prefer but very well balanced.

M/D: The ABV does not go unnoticed and as such this is not something to drink for an entire evening.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a reddish brown with a thin white head that left very little lacing on the glass.

S: caramel malts pop out at first whiff alongside hops and booze. It has sweet candy and fruit notes as well.

T: the caramel malts are also big on the taste with nice bitter hops and boozy accents. It also has plums, slight citrus, and with faint brown sugar notes.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but bitter and boozy finish.

D: actually is a very nice sweet hop brew that is pretty drinkable but does pack a punch. I just had a 2000 vintage double bastard and it tasted like a barleywine so you can sit on it for a decade and it will still taste good.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Pours a dark garnet/brown. Thin littel white head,light carbonation. Great aroma of dark fruits and cherries. Taste is not for the timid.
But its great. At first its the hops, a IPA feel, then follows the malt and it slips into the dark ale category. Finally there is the nice warm booze that blends the hops and malt together.
What a great beer. I am going to stock up and have some for this fall when it turns cool.

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

A: Pours a deep, hazy reddish-brown color. The head is tall, densely frothy, and similarly reddish-brown in color. Retention is very persistent, and sticky bits of lacing adhere to the glass.

S: Big notes of brown sugar and caramel maltiness up front, with some toffeeish character. Definite preserved fruit aromas, with pineapple, citrus, and some mild cherry/plum. A bit of rumlike alcoholic presence is also detectable.

T: Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front, along with a darkly bready profile. Almost barleywine sweet up front, but a major dose of hop flavors take over, with citric (white grapefruit), piney, and floral/herbal notes. Definite candied pineapple presence as well. Bitterness builds gradually into a very robust bite, just as a punch of rummy alcohol adds some spicy heat.

M: Unquestionably full-bodied. Sticky and viscous, with light carbonation that contributes to the beer's density. A warming alcoholic contribution lends to a haymaker finish.

D: This is one big-ass beer. I've tasted a lot of double IPAs that tasted like barleywines, and quite a few barleywines that ventured into DIPA territory, but this is the only one that really manages to be both at once. Significantly different from Arrogant Bastard, but they're definitely cut from the same cloth. A fruity, bombastically hopped strong ale that is definitely worthy.

Photo of mjyoung
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was quite clear, almost crisply so.

It smelled of dark fruit, figs and a hint of black cherry. The taste of toasted malt and hops was hidden behind the fruit.

Taste - very good. Strong taste of malt hidden behind the taste of raisin, caramel and hops. So strongly reminiscent of a barleywine, it makes me question the idea of an "American Strong". Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Not super distinctive, but amazingly smooth. No taste nor feel of alcohol.

Very dangerous, 1.5 liters later it still goes down just as smooth (if not smoother) than it did at the beginning. Splitting a 3 liter during a LOTR marathon is quite sneaky.

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

Poured from 3 liter bottle with some age on it into Gulden Draak tulip. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a rich dark cherry red with a bubbly light brown head that slowly receded into a thick film that left a web of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of dark fruits, figs, black cherries, and caramel malt. Slight alcohol vapor and piney hop undertones.
T: Very fruity. Notes of raisins, cherries, black pepper, toasted and roasted malt flavors. Bitterness is strong but not crazy, and has a touch of grapefruit to it. Finish has notes of dark chocolate.
M: Smooth and slightly sticky with low creamy carbonation and a full, rich body. Alcohol is present in the finish and warms the throat nicely.
D: Do I really need to express the drinkability of this beer after I had 1.5 liters of it? This went great with the 12 hour Lord of the Rings marathon I watched while drinking it. Tastes a lot like a barleywine. Very sweet , alcoholic and fruity. Tastes great at room temp and in large quantities ;)

EDIT: Had a fresh 22oz bottle in 2010 and it's more hoppy fresh, but just as potent and aggressive. An extremely flavorful and drinkable beer.

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

22-oz bottle opened at local beer tasting (Underground Bluz). A beautiful brew. The only beer all night that everyone at the table liked: hopheads and malt lovers alike. Sweet and tasty up front with roasty malt flavor. A very nice hop finish. This beer can do some damage because you won't want to stop drinking it!

Photo of harperman69
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage 22 oz bottle poured into a St Bernardus tulip

Poured a hazy Mahogany color, just a beautiful beer with 2 fingers head. Great retention with plenty of lacing in the glass.

Nose of piney hops and caramel malts.

Taste was an explosion of hops and malty sticky sweetness, every sip better than the one before it. A very complex beer to wrap your tongue around. Mouthfeel was on the heavy side due to the stickiness but rather enjoyable.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever enjoyed. Can feel this one after only one 22 oz bottle due to the conent, but I wanted much more. Very dangerous beer.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, 2009 vintage.

This long awaited drink is a slightly hazed woody and deep amber. When poured it looked nearly still and then was able to develop swirls of the very standard off-white.

The nose is loaded with butter, there must be some diacetyl in play. In fact butter pretty much makes up the olfactory side of things. Sweet malt, alcohol, citrus zest are also present in trace amounts. Maybe a bit of pine.

Hops are more evident in the flavor; orange, grapefruit pith and zest, lemon pith. There's the butter again, this time coming off more butterscotch or toffee-like (diacetyl). As promised there is copious alcohol; it caresses rather than burns and emphasizes the sizable rough hop bitterness. I can see potential here and may wish I had another 2009 bottle.

There isn't much carbonation, probably to the Double Bastard's benefit, and the weight in the mouth is truly syrupy.

I've worked this first glass down quite quickly and I'm surprised I'm not really feeling it. Alcohol content wise this will never be drinkable, but its role in the flavor is extremely well integrated already.

Photo of CaptYellow
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I tried it without high expectations. I got it while traveling to share with a friend. It was great. $6 a bomber. I'll happily buy it again. Drinkability was high for me. Not only did I finish it wanting more and looking forward to buying it again, I drank it quickly. Being that I'm a sipper and take forever on any beer, it's drinkability is exceptional. It is 10.5% so, of course, a person who drinks quickly might be limited.

Mouthfeel was medium-heavy. Very malty sweetness. Bitterness evident in the taste and particularly in the aftertaste. A pleasant find was butter in the taste. The alcohol was evident in the best possible way- it had a warming taste to it and I felt my face get warm like it does from alcohol. The only other flavor I'd claim to have tasted was caramel.

This reminded me of Rogue's Old Crustacean.

Not the best beer I've ever had, but it is tops in my book and for a fair price with good availability. A definite recommend and remember.

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

I've seen this one just about everywere I go now. Finally decided to try and rate. Pours thick and has a lingering head. Dark brown in complexity with plenty of carbonation showing. There is a sweet malty aroma with hint of hops. I also get hint of leather and mushrooms. Starts off sweet on the pellet and wham you get hit with the hops and the alcohol. In a good way. Taste like a barly wine. Very enjoyable 09 version

Photo of mralphabet
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass

A: Pours a deep cloudy ruby-orange, with about a fingers worth of tan head. Settles to a nice layer of foam with wonderful off-white lacing that lasted from start to finish. Another beautiful beer from Stone.

S: Very rich & sticky-sweet smelling.... I'm getting molasses, dark fruit and a load of hops. Just a touch of alcohol.

T: Sweet molasses right up front, followed up quickly by bitter hops. Both flavors are very strong... aftertaste is on the bitter side. There is also some alcohol heat floating around.

M: Med to heavy bodied. Smooth and buttery feel, warming effect throughout.

D: ABV is 10.50% and you can feel it. Everything in this beer is turned up to 10.... Sit back and enjoy.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark cherry oak amber color with a small bubbly off white head. Goes down fairly fast leaving some patches of lace.

S - Rich caramel and butterscotch along with a large amount of fruity aroma (apple, cherry, and citrus fruits). Strong amount of floral, citrus and pine hops.

T - Strong caramel and brown sugar malt base. Big hop presence consisting of floral, citrus and pine hops that are extremely strong given the age. Nice fruity liqueur type presence with citrus and cherry along with some apple flavor. Alcohol comes out a bit as well. Great mix of hoppy bitterness and caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium to full body with a little less than average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D - Great balance (don't know how it would be fresh) between sweet and bitter. ABV is a little high but it is a pretty drinkable beer given what it is.

Notes: Vintage 2007. A very enjoyable beer to drink with flavor jumping out and being very strong, but the balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness was nice (again not sure how it would be fresh). I would definitely recommend trying this, very flavorful beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz left here by bobsy - was going to wait until he came back to share his beer with him (nice guy that I am) but it was calling me from the fridge tonight and I had to obey its beck and call (not so nice guy that I am). I owe you one Rob! Bottle states 2009 release.

Pours a murky ass reddish hue with a finger of yellowish head which dies to a collar.

Piney and citric hops buffet your nostrils first and they are followed by a bold caramel biscuit malt. Bloatloads of hops and malt join together with almost vodka-ish fusel alcohol and a touch of roast to make one hell of nose.

This is the kind of beer that, rather than caressing you and pleasing you, bitch slaps you from the get go. This is a huge beer that drinks huge. Loads of caramel maltiness, slight fruitiness with a hint of spice and earth, a touch of cocoa, biscuit, raisins. This meets a truck full of citric and piney hops which provide a harsh bitterness in the finish, which coupled with the alcohol leaves a harsh parting gift. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough bubbles to cut the syrupy-ness.

This is barleywine meets the massive hop attack of an American Strong Ale. Hard to see this as drinkable though I imagine with some significant time in the cellar it might be. You can see the genius in the melding of such mass quantities of malt and hops but at this point it's still too rough, unbalanced and just plain ol' brutish for me.

Photo of glazeman
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a glass and split with a friend.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with minimal head (perhaps half a finger). Nice lacing though.

S: Intense smell. Some grape, caramel, toast, and citrus.

T: Very strong flavors that are fairly well balanced, though the scale leans more toward the hops. As the name implies, this is an intensified version of a regular arrogant bastard. Almost as if they took a six pack of arrogant bastard and distilled it into a bomber. Specific flavors I got were lemons, caramel, some booziness, and a lot of bitter hops in the finish.

M: Smooth, but somewhat under carbonated in my opinion.

D: I enjoyed trying this beer, but to me, the overall sum was not as good as the pieces. Most likely a one and done.

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

On tap at Kickbacks-thanks for tapping this one Steve!

A-A brooding, hazy amber tulip stares back at me with a rocky one finger head that hangs around for quite a while and left tons of sticky lace all the way down.

S-Rich, sweet caramel malt greets my olfactory senses. Following up are citrus and pine hop notes, a slight whiff of booze, some dark cherries and brown sugar. Man, there is a lot here. Some of it I just can't put my finger on.

T-Sweet caramel malt leads followed by a swift bitter kick to the taste buds by some piney hops. The malt and hops are battling for supremacy with neither one prevailing. Both are intense, pleasurable and unrelenting. The brown sugar and dark cherries from the nose are lingering around. A bit boozy, yet I can't call it hot. A faint whiskey like flavor coats the palate on the finish. Exceptional. Just exceptional.

M-Full bodied and sticky, it coats the palate thoroughly. Very chewy. Almost a meal in itself.

D-I ordered another even before I had finished the glass. Its a big beer for sure, but its so enjoyable and complex, it begs another go round.

I love this beer. It reaches up and punches you in the face and makes no apologies. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'll be very, very sad when this keg kicks.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,043 ratings.