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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,208
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,078 | FT: 38
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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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Ratings: 6,208 | Reviews: 2,055
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

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 vintage. Pours a cloudy reddish orange with one finger of foam and good carbonation evident. Good lacing. Nose is sweet and malty but not so rich as to be syrupy. A little nutty but mainly it just smells like a massive beer. Very nice mouthfeel for such a big beer. Full bodied but the carbonation doesn't let it sit too heavy on the palate. For a beer with no evidence of hops on the nose it is surprisingly bitter on the palate. A malty sweetness comes on smooth and is balanced out by a mouthful of resiny hops. The finish is hoppy but not overly so. The malt balances quite well here so the finish is light, long, and very enjoyable. Not as clean a finish as the Lucky Bastard but similar in character. One of the best beers over 10% abv you will find and worth every penny.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone pint glass that I was fortunate enough to get for $2.00 with the purchase of the brew. The brew pours a brownish amber color with an ample amount of foamy off white head that lingers nicely for a bit on the top of the brew. Double bastard leaves a significant amount of lacing on the glass. The beer has a great scent of hops with a slight grapefruit note and a nice underlying medium malt note that helps to counter the hop intensity a bit. Double Bastards taste nearly precisely matches the scent but there is a slight alcohol sting that kicks it way through just to remind you that it is a strong ale. Overall, the brew drinks as smoothly as something that offensive and intense possibly could and only furthers my assertion that Stone is making some of the best beers on the planet. If you have never had a brew by Stone you have never had a beer.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Two-finger head of off-white, thick foam. Dissipates at a moderate rate, leaving solid rings of foam around the glass. Deep amber red/orange and cloudy.

S - Grapefruit hops with toasted malts and caramel in the background. A bit of the alcohol pushes through, too.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops. Tons of bittering hops. Lemon and orange rind, grapefruit. Malts are very subdued. The big ABV is well-hidden as a long finish of hops stays planted in the middle of the tongue.

M - Good carbonation. Well-defined body from the high ABV. Long, lingering finish.

D - It's a sipping hopfest; a beer that should be paired with a meal.

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

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Nice thick head on top of a copper brew. Very sexy beer.

Smell: Hops, fruit esters, amber malt, and phenols.

Taste: Smooth, almost too smooth. Starts creamy, shifts to a thick amber malt, and toffee flavor. Ends in a mixture of strong alcohol, spicy/citrus hops, and a lingering bitterness. Balanced and smooth.

Drinkability: Magic elixir and gods gift to humanity... I wasn't going to rate this brew this high, but it's the right mix of complexity and taste.

Photo of jjanega08
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a deep amber color with a beautiful tan colored head on it that holds great retention and lacing on the glass. Pretty much what I expected.

S= smells deep of hops and sweet malts. The balance leads to a more fruity character in the hops. There is a good caramelly sweetmess to it that melds very well with the hops.

T= the taste is strong hops as well as the sweet caramel. The hops seem a little faded in a way but still hold strong. The alcohol makes itself evident in a little way.

M= smooth and creamy with a little heat behind it.

D= this beer is tasty and im happy I tried it but I'm also happy I didn't have to trade it. Worth trying for sure and its tasty but nothing out of this world.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.26/5  rDev -23.5%
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
2.43/5  rDev -43%
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
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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!


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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,208 ratings.