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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,693
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 763 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Release

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Poured think out of the glass bottle, color of deep burgundy with some caramel colored head that dissipated somewhat quickly. Some lacing can be noticed, served garaged temped (ice cold). Smells of sweet maltiness, sugary nutty tones, and a liberal dose of hops in toe. Intense malt at the beginning followed by a major blast of those killer hops to finish, its BIG. Thick as oil, sticky and a nice lacing on the palate which is favorable to say the least. Great sipper, a stellar winter warmer with no question. ABV is noticeable, but not distracting. Recommended the those who enjoy the big ones... arrogance is bliss.

BuffaloTapHugger, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this many times but this is my first time reviewing.

Pours a cloudy amber color. A very nice light tan head formed at the top and a thin amount stayed the whole time. Some lacing down the glass.

Smell is not entirely string but hops dominate the aroma. Some sweet caramel malt comes through.

Taste us great. I love this beer. I is like a toffee, caramel IPA. First some bitterness hits the back of the tongue and then you taste the sweet caramel and toffee. It finishes with a lingerng bitterness and a slightly dry feeling. Very awesome.

Mouthfeel is awesome. Don't have much to say on this one.

Overall an awesome brew that can be drank all night and often. Everyone should try this brew.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of PerzentRizen
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a great beer by Stone. I ended up having this one with some great Mexican food. I also let a miller lite drinker have a taste - that look was priceless.

Poured into a Duvel glass from a 22 oz bomber at around 45 degrees. The color is a slightly hazy burnt amber color. The head is off white with large bubbles. This looks like an ale from any old English movie (I don't know why I mention this except that it's the first thing that came to mind).

The smell is so full and complex. It's amazing to have such a huge aroma. I can usually tell when a beer is going to have that oily hop character and I thought I was picking that up. It's like a resiny hop floral that is very heavy in the nose. There is also plenty of malt backbone.

The first taste is like a punch in the mouth. This beer is huge and extremely complex. The oily, hoppy flavor is very rich. If this weren't so tart and bitter (in a good way) it could alost be decatant enough for dessert (I had to have a Ten Fidy for dessert by the way).

The mouthfeel is velvety. I would say that the aroma, flavor, and mouthfeel all closely resemble Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. I wonder if I'm the only one to think this. I love it!

Drinkability is a tough one to grade. On one hand I ended up drinking this bomber by myself and I loved it. I could and would drink another if I had it. On the other hand it is ten and a half percent and a huge beer with tons of flavor. Do you really need two or more...absolutely not. Respect beer and keep it at one bomber.

PerzentRizen, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of jerseyjoe
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22ounce bomber at Rutherford Wine Shoppe, Rutherford NJ

A- dark reddish copper color with a thick white creamy head that lingers throughout.

S- Pine, Grapefruit, Pineapple, Hops and Malt...my nose is all over the damn place!!

T- Hops and Pine with a bitter kick. Honestly this beer is all over the place just like the smell. Every sip is a pleasant surprise. Smooth with light carbonation. I enjoyed this beer very much and enjoyed it even more than my beloved Arrogant Bastard.

Side note: Stone Brewing oompany maked the most creative bottles in the business. Art work and design is superb.

jerseyjoe, Mar 01, 2009
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
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,693 ratings.