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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,171 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,171
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,056 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of zoso493
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Stone Ruination straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Double Bastard pours an ominously dark, burnt amber that is exceedingly murky and thick. Just by looking at this brew, you can tell that it is a big, unfiltered beast of a beer, made by brewers who dare not go cheap on ingredients. Only a wafer thin head forms on top of the beer that consists of only bubbles. The head settles quickly to coat the top of the beer and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Double Bastard has a nose which requires one to get several sniffs to properly decipher the complexity at hand. The biggest scent to be found is a syrupy conglomeration of think, malt that is reminiscent of a big barleywine (what's the difference anyway?). Somewhere in there I can detect a resinous presence of piny hops.

Taste: At first sip, I was convinced that Double Bastard was worthy of the ultimate score. This is a phenomenal beer. The taste generally follows the smell, except it greatly expands on each of the individuals flavors. The massive malt backbone is ever-present and provides tastes of candied cherry and rum-soaked fruit.

The most amazing part about DB is that, though the malts are massive and delicious, the hops play just as large a role in the taste as their malty counterparts. I guess in this respect you might term DB a "balanced" beer, but this would be an injustice to the brewers. The hops are resinous and monolithic in the taste and would make DB a great beer on their own.

Mouthfeel: DB is certainly on the thicker side of things for a strong ale. This comes as no surprise when you consider the amount of malt and hops that must have gone into this bottle. The hops border on cloying but are just sticky enough to provide a pleasantly viscous aftertaste.

Drinkability: DB is no session ale, but the amount of it in this bomber is diminishing quickly. There is absolutely no trace of alcohol in it as well, which is no small feat a beer of 11.2% ABV.

Overall, Double Bastard is a tremendous beer. It is generously hopped, massively delicious, and masterfully crafted. Arrogant
Bastard is a very good beer, but Double Bastard takes it to another level. This is just a fantastically complex and tasty brew. DB is a world-class beer and one that deserves to be consumed in earnest.

Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orangeish-mahogany with over an inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly bitter hops with some sweet malt undertones. There was also a bit of yeasty spice hiding in there. On the tongue, alcohol was the dominant taste, followed by hops, malt and spice.

The body was pleasingly full, but a bit too sticky-sweet. Drinkability was good, but a little rough due to the alcohol taste.

Overall, a decent beer that's much better than the original AB. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of cudmud
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep ruby color with one finger of magnificent head that produces good lace. In all, a gorgeous looking brew.

Smell: Slight malt and hop smell. I was expecting more aroma from this beer.

Taste: Nice malt sweetness followed by a blast of hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and full.

Drinkability: A delicious treat. Lots of hops and alcohol, but not overdone.

Photo of zhanson88
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Double Bastard pours a deep ruby color with about a finger of head. Retention is decent, but there ends up being no lacing at all. At 11% ABV, not that surprising. Still a good looking beer.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, a bunch of resinous hops, and some rummy booziness are all prevalent. It certainly smells stronger than the regular Arrogant Bastard.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malts are very prevalent up front, with some booziness and plenty of hops on the back end. Honestly, this beer reminds of a barleywine with a more roasted malt profile. It tastes very good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied with fairly low carbonation leads to a syrupy, very smooth drinking beer. Very nice. This is a pretty strong beer, and I can tell. It's certainly not a chore to drink, but it's also not the most drinkable beer I've had by any stretch.

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

Appearance wise a decent display. A finger or two of rocky tan head. Along with a cleanly filtered dark copper colored body.

Aroma is dark fruit in the way of over ripe plum, vanilla, sweet dark breads, with a hint of cherry.

The taste is of fig, cherry, thick caramel, and grapefruit hops notes.

Surprisingly well carbonated, chewy a little oily, and very warming in the end.

Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard

Appearance: dark red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty hops and spices.

Taste: strong hops, semi-thick malts, and a faint honey-caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick and explosive.

Overall:
This was much more potent than first imagined. You can't tell from the aroma, but the hops are strong. Nothing seems to be overbearing making this drinkable.

Photo of juhl31
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a review of the "decade of double bastard" from SDBW '10 at stone. i graded the most recent vintage and added some notes for each year

'10
-dark caramel color with a very light caramel colored head. loooks thick

-caramel with some semi-strong hop backing. vanilla too

-strong hops up front...of the lemon and grass variety. the caramel shows up for sure. what up vanilla

-really bitter aftertaste mouth which makes sense as far as the "bastard" is concerned. strong body and is pretty smooth

-tasty...can tell it needs to sit for at least a year

'09
-pretty big hop drop in both smell and taste right off the bat

'08
-wow, fruit flavor really shows up that really wasnt apparent before. some apricot, maybe some peach even. still with that strong caramel background though

'07
-1st noticeable heat showing up. more of the bitterness back, but most of the hop flavor is gone. a bit bitey

'06
-still hot, but some creaminess to this one. big fruit smell

'05
-makes me think i am eating bbq'd peaches topped with vanilla ice cream and a caramel drizzle

'04
-color finally changes noticeably. this is the 1st one that is a lot darker brown and crimson. all the fruit notes are gone. some oak taste in there

'03
-smells like jungle juice with poor ingredients. some wood flavor notes and a hint of smoke

'02
-dark fruit in now. a little old ale/special B malt tasting

'01
-looks like a cognac. can still pull a swirled glass head out though

alike characteristics throughout - head color, caramel backbone
best vintage - '05
least favorite - '09

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

This brew pours a deep red orange, with a one and a half finger yellow tinged head which retains for a bit. It is hazy, with waves of fine particulates swirling about. Carbonation is low, from a visual standpoint, and minimal lacing appears. The aroma is quite bold, with salty malts, strawberries and raspberries, and caramely diacetyls. The hops used appear citric and piney. As we sip, hops overpower the caramel and malts off the bat. This extreme hop bitterness mellows out through the middle, where malts and sweetness take center stage. Here the sweetness is not of berry fruit, but rather of a sugary and apple type origin. This, however, does not last long, as citric hops come crashing down in the finish to rejuvenate the palate with hoppy bitterness, while the alcohol finally rumbles forth to the taste buds. The finish is also a bit salty, towards the backmost part of the mouth. The aftertaste is more of those fresh hops, with a bit of grapefruit. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is on the higher end, as it leaves a tingly feeling on the lips. The mouth is neither dry nor coated, but is left satiated. The abv is certainly getting up there and, while generally absent from the nose, warms the drinker more and more after each sip. This makes for medium drinkability.

Overall, what we found to be best about this brew was the fruitiness in the nose, as well as the boldness of the flavoring. The aroma was probably the most surprising thing about this experience, as we detected unexpected fruits and dark roasty caramel. The taste was also a bit of a nice surprise, as it was a bit of a departure from the aroma. The best description we could come up with was that this beer is the lovechild of a hefty doppelbock and a double IPA, giving us a tasty treat and quite a lot to think about.

Photo of swanny28
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap with redrising at brixies brookfield IL:

A: Dark Red almost opaque : whispy head with a nice deep lacing
S: oh what hops: almost like pulling them off the vine. IMO the hops are the best part.

T: the hops are back. What a great taste....

M: I held this in the mouth as long as i can. What a great hop taste.. malts, very balanced... if you can get your hands on this buy it...

D: loved it: hold it in the mouth as long as you can. just like a fine wine...

so good imo ...

Photo of aepb1
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Red-brown body with a nice white head and good lacing

S- Caramel malts, sweet fruits too

T- Sweet malty dark fruits. A big beer! Finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Great, full, balanced flavor

M- Full-bodied, creamy

D- A very big enjoyable beer

Photo of JizackFH
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a nice hazy deep amber ruby color. It has a nice 2-finger off-white head. The head falls down to a thin layer, leaving decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S - This has a nice hoppy smell with some sweet malts present. There are also notes of caramel, pine, and toffee. It smells great.

T - The taste is awesome. There is a nice big malt presence up front, that is quickly followed by a bunch of hops. The hop bitterness continues to build and get stronger the whole way through. There are nice notes of caramel, brown sugar, and a touch of alcohol. The finish is very hoppy and sticks to the mouth. There is a lingering bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it. The finish is dry and crisp. There is also a bitterness that sticks to the mouth and slowly fades.

D - The drinkability for this is awesome. I love this beer. The taste is great, and I could drink these all night. It goes down very easily, and has a great mouthfeel. I wish I had a fridge full of these. Awesome job Stone, cheers.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

Double Bastard poured a very dark, almost deep brown color with very small head. The smell was infused with biterness. The taste was incredibly bitter, there were no fruit notes, or other flavors notieable, just the taste of ale. The sheer bittnerness makes it hard to drink, nad may be a dislike for some, and you certinly cant switch to another beer afterwards. Overall a great beer, but not for the casual beer drinker.

Photo of rwf08
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in 09 and didn't review it so I better do it this year right?

A: Dark rich mahogany brown with a reddish white head. Good sticky lacing in my glass. Beautiful looking beer.

S: I just don't know. I smells hops, alcohol, sweet syrup, and wood? It smells good, I just can't place it.

T: Candy. Sweet delicious beer and hop candy. To elaborate on that; I taste brown sugar, piney hops, and some slight alcohol. I have been out of my game as of late so just go with it.

M: Medium body, silky and smooth with good carbonation.

D: I'm feeling it but this isn't my first tonight. A good slow sipper on a cold Christmas night by the fire. I love it!

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

A - Pours a very cloudy dark amber to ruby in color with less than a finger of head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice thin layer and decent lacing.

S - Nice caramel malts, some toffee and brown sugar notes, hops are present and well balanced and just a touch of alcohol.

T - Big malt backbone here, sweet caramel, toffee and brown sugar and then you get hit with the grapefruit and pine hops. Nice bitter finish that lingers and invites the next sip. Alcohol presence is surprisingly low.

M - Great balance, creamy and smooth, yet finishes crisp and dry.

D - Such a great beer, big bold taste and great to share.

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

750ml bottle

A- Dark but not opaque, coffee colored head. Turbid with all kinds of awesomeness.

S- Roasted and sweet malts, piney hops.

T- Incredible, it is double the bastard. Roasty and malty, with a juggernaut hop presence. Very complex, some dry bitterness to it. Taste like a bastard, but only better.

M- Medium to heavy.

D- So good. I couldn't stop lapping this one up... I love the bastard and this is even better. Seems to be more small scale and the attention to detail on this brew is out of sight.

If aged, it will blow your mind, trust me.

Photo of chrisgn
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a beast! Dark brown in color, unfiltered with a thin off white head the sticks to the glass. Smells of citrus fruit and malt sweetness which combine to create a pineapple aroma. The taste is absolutely huge, rich, and complex. Very balanced in the front with lingering bitterness and alcohol hotness on the end. All things considered, I do not get and overdose of alcohol flavor here. I would not say this is boozy at all. The ridiculous amount of malt and hops win out. Full bodied and bordering on syrupy. Intense flavor and alcohol hurt the drinkable, but this a great beer. These bastard ales are so over the top with flavor yet balanced. It is incredible.

Photo of thedoubler55
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Darkish Red, very thin off white head that decimates with each sip, not to much lacing around the glass on this one

S - Hops, Citrusy, very sweet malts.

T - The taste on this is very unique, sweet taste of brown sugar with some bitter fruits like grapefruit at the tail end.

M - Nice and thick with little carbination

D - Good beer, definitely would like to try again

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark red color with an off white head

Smell - very hoppy smell just fills my nose with some malty sweetness.

taste - I'm just going to say its delicious since there is no way to describe this beer. I'm lost for words. its hoppy and malty... more hops than malt though... for hop lovers only

Mouthfeel - expected this beer to be dryer by the smell but its very smooth and leaves my mouth watery for more.

Drinkability - if it was a little cheaper i would def be drinking this all the time but you can't cheat on the price to get quality.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into cervoise

This bottle is a 2009 that I opened to see how it's aging. It pours a copper golden colour with nice, slightly off white head. Lacing hangs on for a while. Smell is similar to the regular Arrogant Bastard, but with a more pronounced, caramel malt sweetness. This beer is awesome, you can taste the grapefruit, lemon, orange of the huge hops but is off-set by a nice caramel toffee malt. This beer has a sticky mouthfeel with a resiney aftertaste. Heavier body feel from the alcohol. This beer is huge and after tasting it alongside a fresh DB (2010), age only helps this one. Looking forward to the 06...

Photo of 100floods
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper hue, a little hazy, tan-white head. Super malt aromas. There's some tropical fruit in the mix. I'm thinking pineapple, yum. I'm sensing a whiff of alcohol that I'm sure I'll be tasting shortly. I'm smelling some a little hoppness, but not much. Woah, taste them hops! First sip is a smooth hop bombardment. Slight alcohol warm does a nice job lifting the hop flavors. Lots of pine and wood flavors going on. Slight notes of caramel maltiness. Very chewy hop aftertaste. It's like a pine tree was left behind and I'm chewing its bark. I'm glad there's not thick, sugary aftertaste, that was my fear of how this beer would finish. Score. This is more than less what I had expected from this beer. Certainly not for the faint of heart. A person can easily finish a bomber of this, but then I'd call it a night. This is a good testament to what American strong beers can achieve, within reason.

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

22 oz Bomber Dated 2010
Appearance - Dark as you would expect from a Double Strong Ale
Smell - Nice aroma, not a hop bomb or an overpowering smell of Malt.

Taste - This is where the party goes from 0-60mph in 1 sip. With bottle graphics this intimidating and evil looking, this brew better bring it! The further you get into this 22oz liquid UFC knock-down drag-out fight the more you realize that you have something very rare and special. As a hard core Hop Head, trying anything other than a Imperial or Double IPA takes you out of your comfort zone, but this brew has Hop punches from beginning to end.

Drinkability - This is a sessionable beer, as in,1 bomber per sitting. It is also great to split with a buddy that is worthy and battle-tested.

If you love and appreciate beer then you have to try this one. It will be one that I save for special occasions and celebrations. Stone, in my opinion, has a very, very solid line-up of great beers.

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

A: Hard to pin a color on this, but dark amber, ruby, old copper come to mind. Beautiful bi-colored head. Mostly tan with some white accents. Very inviting.

S: Sweet malt with bitter hops. I'd like to say I smell more here, but really can't. What I am able to sense is good though.

T: Malt is what you notice first, but it doesn't take long for the piney/grapefruity hops to assert themselves. Dry, sticky finish. Malts come back a little in the aftertaste. Really nice how the malt and hops playoff one another. Well balanced.

M: Almost bubbly which is surprising considering how dry it finishes. Some stinging.

D: It'll take a little while to finish a bomber of this by yourself, but with that said, this is a very drinkable beer. The dry quality really slows things down, especially towards the end as the beer warms to near room temp. This beer is too good to rush through anyway. Need to drink some water to rehydrate and reset my palate a bit.

This is one that I've been meaning to pick up for a while and certainly glad I finally pulled the trigger.

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

A- Deep amber with a thick tan head that lingers.

S- Mostly hops but there is a lot of malt in it as well. Floral hop smell and a sweet malt smell.

T- Big malt start to it that gives way to the hop profile. Sweet almost toffee malt flavor and floral/herbal hops. Lot of bitterness on the finish with a sweet malt balance along side it.

M- Big beer with moderate cabonation. Not very boozy but there is a nice warming to it that comes out after about half of it is gone.

D- Good beer but a bomber of this is enough for a night and wont be a quick drink. This is definately a huge beer that lives up to the hype it makes on the bottle

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle:Oct. 2010 batch:Poured slowly into a Duvel tulip.
A: This brew looks that of a barley wine and the body holds a deep amber hue with a light tan head. Sticky lace lines the glass. and very good head retention holds through all pours.
S: Very high levels of hops, with a nice malt undertone, but very hoppy. A aroma that shows a beer needs to be enjoyed now, but needs some time to develop.
T/M:The front is a malt heavy blast that gives way to a long and well planned flavor profile. This goes into a very hoppy brew, a warm middle balances the hoppy dry after tones of a strong IPA. This is a different brew than I have had it before. The overall intensity is medium to high for the abv in this brew. Not too much boozy character, but can wait to see this brew develop.
D: As we would say in the beer shop I used to work in, "If I cover for you and work a double you owe me a double bastard. Ah, such a reward for a double shift. One of the most drinkable brews for being a double, strong ale. Hidden abv and a nice easy drinking approach. A nice brew I could have on draft in the home unit. The increased abv is very well hidden.

Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz into a pint - yikes

A - Pours a dark red, to pretty much ruby color. Strong head formation, eggshell, breaking down to about a 1mm head. Lots of bubbling.

S - Whoa a malty Stone beer. Huge amounts of sweet, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, maybe even a raisin or two. It just screams: Red ale. After more huffing, I can now get some floral hopping.

T - Starts off malty, very innocent. Boom, the comes in a super strong malt profile of caramel and a boat load of floral hopping. Bitterness takes over - for this malt bill is insane. stays somewhat balanced through the finish, sticky, more caramel and toffee. A huge huge beer.

M - Strong body, moderate carbonation. All results in a very full bodied beer. Somewhat stingy on the carbonation at times. Beer is overall very heavy. Huge oily finish on the tongue.

D - I don't know how to define drinkability on this beer. It is frightening. It will hurt you. The Bastard is already scary, this is doubly scary. A bit cloying at times, not very filling , a bit too over the top - probably how i would take it. Share this beer - please.

This is one lacerative mother of an ale - bottle quote. They are not kidding.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,171 ratings.