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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,450 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,450
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 682 | FT: 27
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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Photo of ckeegan04


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into mug

A - Hazelnut brown color with thin foam layer that quickly dissipates. Tiny bubbles of lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy aroma with a strong scent of alcohol in the back. No real attempt to mask the 10%.

T - Very smooth and sweet up front. Flavors of caramel and cherries. Also some piney hop bitterness. Alcohol is there but not dominate like it is in the aroma.

M/D - Excellent carbonation and increadibly smooth and easy. The 10% merits a little caution. Wouldnt be a bad idea to have somebody to split the bomber with. Home alone this weekend though so I guess I will have to finish it myself. poor me...

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 21:02:53 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber

A: Poured into a snifter. Rich, reddish mahogany, with a nice tan head. Low retention rate, with almost no lacing.

S: Nice mild hoppy aroma, more of a sweet citrus. Some sweet apple tones as well, with a hint of fig.

T: Strong flavors overall. Malts up front with a nice well-balanced hop flavor. Strong alcohol esters. Some smoky hints too.

M: way too smooth for 10%. very well-balanced. not too thick, but not light either...this one was just right. Mild carbonation.

D: not sure if I could handle more than one, but this was definitely a treat for my first time.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 19:29:20 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of yemenmocha


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown with contrasting white head that doesn't retain too long.

Nose has brown sugar, miscellaneous candy, black tea, and dry brown paper bag smells.

On the palate is a strong malt presence that is syrupy and reminds me of caramel or other similar chewy candies, but the hops and alcohol kick in to balance it out. Overall it is a big, chewy, savory beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 05:01:23 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this one, my first and certainly not my last beer from Stone. 22oz bottle partially poured into a Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a super dark and clear cherry wood with a two inch super tightly packed sandy white head which is impressive to see on a beer this size. It goes away and fades to a ring which was to be expected I suppose but still leaves some amazing lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: This is something right here. So many times beers this size whack you over the head with over-the-top aromas this beer is an exercise in balance and subtleness. The rich malts are balanced out by a strong hop backbone that keeps everything in check. Good amount of resiny hops, blackstrap molasses, cherries, wonderful.

T/MF: This beer reminds me a whole helluva lot like Bigfoot but smoother and less of a hop nuclear bomb. Deep and mellow citrus, like pineapple, sweet grapefruit and cherry all work together in a wonderfully slick bittersweetness of an opening. The mouthfeel is incredibly silky in spite of this bitterness and is where the maltiness gets to shine though in all of its wonderfully rich indulgent sweetness. I feel that this beer does not need that many words, it is an experience in itself. Huge and small at the same time.

D: This is a big beer and is like I said before sweet in spite of its bitterness, this sweetness is unlike anything else, it is rich and heavy and demands your attention. Great beer from a great trader and I am happy I had the change to experience something that is not distributed to my area.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:33:26 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of Biscuit033


4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear reddish brown with dense light tan head with good retention and great lacing.

S: Huge caramel, brown sugar, and molasses with nice hop notes mainly pine, citrus, and light floral hints.

T: Caramel, cream, brown sugar, mint, pine, flowers, honey, and a bit of alcohol coming through.

M: Creamy with a long hoppy finish that the alcohol dries out.

D: This is a great late night/after dinner sipper. I will have no problem finishing the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 02:28:08 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thought I'd find something special for review number 100 and this definitely fits the bill. I'm sure I'm not worthy, but nevetheless here goes:
Dark coppery pour into a Duvel tulip glass.
Off white head wells up from the depths.
Intense fruity aroma, sweet fruits, alcohol dominate the nose.
Flavor is a beautifully balanced blend of malty sweetness and a deep grapefruit bitterness which lasts a very long time in the finish.The depth of the flavors is quite impressive. This beer would stand up to any of the great Belgian ales for complexity although the hops put it into a category of its own. The more it warms the more interesting it becomes and the hops become more intense. Alcohol becomes a bit more prominent as well.
Syrupy, prickly mouthfeel which becomes softer as the beer warms. Carbonation lasts forever on the tongue.
For such a strong beer, this is very easy to drink. THe alcohol is there and I'm sure I'll pay soon enough, but for now it's not really obvious that this is a 10% abv beer. I've pretty much sworn off of cheese for health reasons but I have to have a super sharp cheddar with this beer.
Worthy or not, I do plan to drink this beer again, whenever I can find it. One of the world's great beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 03:40:02 | More by kwakwhore
Photo of Boppar

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Nice dark brown color with off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Big malty sweetness, definite notes of bittering hops.

T: Wow! This is what A.B. was supposed to be. I had feared that everything I didn't like about A.B. would be amplified in its "Doubled" version, but somehow, this was not the case. it tastes like they beefed up the malt backbone but didn't add many (if any) more hops. this was a rather judicious decision. The result is a big malty brew that masks the 10% ABV rather nicely.

M: Thick, chewy... no messing around.

D: Considering it's an American Strong Ale (whatever exactly that is) I'd say it's pretty good.

Definitely worth seeking out, even for those of us who are not the biggest fans of A.B. Classic.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:43:31 | More by Boppar
Photo of rgb2807

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is intense, it almost knocked me to my feet. Pours a very dark brownish, orange color, a true dark amber color. The smell is subdued, giving only a slight idea of what is to come. The first sip is glorious, strong, very strong, but sweet at the same time, not as bitter as you would think a 10%beer would be. This stuff is dangerous, it is insanely drinkable for the alcohol content. I am definitely grabbing some of this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:17:33 | More by rgb2807
Photo of Pencible


4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this right after the Oaked Bastard, and it poured pretty much the same. It smelled quite different, though, more like a barleywine with prunes and roasted malt scents mixing with citrus hops and some alcohol smells. It tasted very strong like orange hops, cherries, and brown sugar, with some alcohol warming. It was oily with almost no carbonation, and had an ultra smooth and long lasting aftertaste that was both very bitter and nicely sweet. Overall this was a very complex, very strong, and very delicious beer. More please!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 20:11:25 | More by Pencible
Photo of illidurit


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color in my snifter. Head is tan and thick, with a full 2 fingers of height. The lacing is enormous.

Aroma is hugely hoppy with tons of west-coast citrus and pine, but there's also a big caramel sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose pretty closely, as malty sweetness fills your mouth, nearly inducing chewing. Hops then rip through the palate with a massive dose of oily grapefruit rind. Alcohol is quite apparent but not in a yucky way. It's more peppery and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and well-carbonated. The booziness gets to be intrusive with some warmth and the drinkability takes a dip for this. Killer beer overall though.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 07:51:46 | More by illidurit
Photo of JDV


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MiguelMandingo on BA for sharing this bottle! Wasn't expecting too much from this as I wasn't a terribly big fan of the Arrogant Bastard, but was very pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark maroon color, a bit murky, and a nice beige head atop. Taste is rich, sweet maltiness in the form of dark toasty caramel and nicely and appropriately hopped. Smooth with no rough edges, yet crisp and with a nice mild bitterness. Creamy caramelly, hopped flavor and much superior to Arrogant Bastard, I thought. Thanks again Mike!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 21:37:48 | More by JDV
Photo of jeremyd365


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark with light head. It smelled very strongly of hops. It felt slightly bitter with minimal bubbles in his mouth and tasted very hoppy yet smooth. It wasn't quite as amazingly smooth as the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it was close. Still remained pretty drinkable despite how heavy and high in alcohol it was. Good, but still liked the original Bastard the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 23:17:26 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of sholland119


3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Stone snifter.

A-a clear caramel with a small tan head. the head dissipates rather quickly with little to no lacing.

S-Very strong caramel sweetness and noticeable alcohol. Not much on the hop side.

T-Caramelly sweetness throughout with a noticeable alcohol warmth at the end. Again, less hop character than I am used to in a Stone beer.

M-Moderate carbonation, a little thick on the tongue.

D-Too much noticeable alcohol for me to enjoy more than one.

Probably the only disappointing beer I have ever had from Stone. Well maybe this and Vertical Epic '07.

And maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had been expecting a barleywine style. This beer may be technically characterized properly as an "American strong ale" but that's not what it drinks like. To me anyway.


Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 21:15:07 | More by sholland119
Photo of Bitterbill


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear red with a 1 finger head of foam which shrinks during the session to a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is very malty with lots of caramel. Nice. There's also a fairly faint, compared to the malt, nose of hops.

The taste has notes of caramel malt up front followed by some fruit(black cherry), and citrus and piney hops and a pretty big dose of alcohol.
Lots of warming during and after the swallow.

The more sips I take, the less I notice the alcohol and now I'm able to really start focusing on the flavours and man, it's so tasty and so well balanced that I don't want the bottle's contents to leave. *Very* nice sipping Strong Ale and with its creamy smooth mouthfeel and nicely done light carbonation, this is certainly a great brew worthy of its reputation. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 20:37:08 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of MMAJYK


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a short review into my Blackberry at our Stone tasting.

A- Caramel color with mahogony colors too. Opaque and head is minimal into my snifter.

S- Caramel and hoppy with a killer alcohol smell. Just a small bit buttery.

T- Alcohol is strong for sure. The malty backbone is prominent along with brutal bittering hops.

M- Medium to thick and high carbonation.

D- Nice brew but very stong on all of the senses.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 02:03:02 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of dnichols


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bomber (22 ounces) with a friend while bottling two home-brew batches.

A: It poured a clear and amber body with a slightly off-white, very modest head that fell fast and left little trace or lacing.

S: It hit me with a blast of floral hops followed by sweet malts and hints of alcohol.

T: It initially had a strong grapefruit bite from the hops. As the beer reseted the hop presence receded and the strong creamy and sweet toasted malt flavor come to the front. Like other big Stone brews this one was balanced robust malt flavors with sharp and flavorful hops.

M: It was medium bodied and syrupy with little carbonation and a clean and warm finish.

D: This is a very substantial sipping beer. Solid hop and malt balance with a warm and clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 20:36:34 | More by dnichols
Photo of marksto


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 release, poured from 22 oz bottle with a long, nonsensical diatribe imprinted on the back that just begs for analysis after you've had a few...

Pours a ruby-caramel color with medium head, good retention, and some noticible viscocity. Aroma displays thick, chewy malt sweetness, a matching fruity undertone, and a touch of hops and alcohol. Flavor has nice depth, dimension, and balance; with malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and alcohol intermingling nicely. Coats the tongue with a tangy, fruity, hop and malt concotion that begs for more as it fades.

Overall, this beer stradles the line between an old ale and barley wine, though it has that citrusy hop essence that defines it as an all-American version of either. Very nice beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 03:08:36 | More by marksto
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber. The head eventually settles to a thin wispy cap with a thicker collar. Some spotted lacing no doubt attributed to the hops left behind despite the minute head.

Very boozy and comes off as a barleywine's cousin. Lots of citrus hops. Interesting hints of caramel and possibly chocolate. A tad too much fusel going on for my nose.

Taste tart and bittering due to the hops, but the mouthfeel is creamy and top notch. Balanced in a jangled Stone sort of way. The caramel is surely present to fight a losing battle with the grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bashing of alcohol and hops. Its difficult to tell where the bitterness from the hops start and end and the alcohol takes over.

A sipper and a bomber worthy of sharing. I think I may prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard because its less brash. Maybe I'm just not worthy? Comes off as an American Barleywine in my book, but who cares for style guidelines?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 02:10:26 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of charlzm


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled, consumed 11/13/07.

Pours a deep golden brown with a plentitude of swirling tiny bubbles. The head is modest off-white/tan and dissipates quickly to a thin off-white skin.

Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit with some molasses notes, too. Thick, slick mouthfeel with a cola-like carbonation/mild burn. Sweet and malty in the front and cleanly bitter and lingering in the back. Alcohol flavor is there, but not as noticeable as you'd expect a 10% beer to be.

Man, this is a good, well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:34:47 | More by charlzm
Photo of RedHaze


2.65/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 Release.

Pours a deep mahogany with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving a thick sheeting of foam behind.

Smell; brown sugar and caramel malts dominate this one, but there's also a mild undercurrent of some fruits. Oranges and peaches, with a toch of cherries. Some alcohol adds a bit of spiciness to the aroma.

Taste; sweet, with brown sugar, caamel and sugar covered dates and then a big wave of hop bitterness kicks you in the mouth. The fruits are present, but are a bit harder to pick out idue to a harsh bitter, almost metallic taste, with an overpoweringly strong alcohol presence. .

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit on the syrupy/sticky side, and the drinkability is low due to the big alcohol presence and off metallic flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 01:29:00 | More by RedHaze
Photo of Atron67


3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to london1o1 for the trade. So sad that there is no stone in wisconsin, makes me miss new york

A- poured a reddish amber pretty dark almost brown with a heavy tan head of tight knit bubbles which laid on top for a little bit but didnt stay long at all. Clear body

S- amber scents, some hop bitterness underneath, smooth slightly piney hop character. Lots of malts throughout

T- heavy maltiness smooth, amber character, strong bitterness, more bitter than floral character, solid smooth, the bitterness grows as the beer leaves your tongue, giving a nice almost grassy piney character which is a really nice finish

M- full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty sweet ale another solid drinking choice

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 02:21:37 | More by Atron67
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from d0ggnate in a trade- Thanks! Pours surprsingly red and cloudy. It's a dark reddish orange, quite hazy, and almost syrupy in pour consistency out of the bottle. There is little head, but what is there settles to a ring. Big, spicy malty aromas up front followed by some nice orangey citrus and piney hops. This beer has a quite interesting malty flavor profile up front- almost as if there were toasted rice and barley in it. This is followed by a fruity sweetness that is furthr followed by a long bitter citrus flavor and a nice oily, piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is pure and clean but big and with a touch of sweetness. This isn't sticky or cloying at all and is quite balanced by the toasted flavors and the hops. Surprisingly drinkable. Not as harsh and more integrated than many Stone brews. I'm not always a fan of all of their brews, but this one deserves its accolades. Huge, interesting, nicely hoppy, balanced, and generally well done

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:13:02 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of ojiikun


4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found on draft at the strong beer fest at Collins in Seattle. Presumed to be the most recent vintage.

Served in a 10oz stubby wine glass, the body is dark, muddy brown with near zero head. There's a loose ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass and a bit of doily lace on the surface.

Smell is of citrus zest and white sugar. Light caramel notes appear as things warm up. The first wave reminds me raspberry preserves.

Sweet! Tons of candied hops and lots of blonde malts. Alcohol doesn't even remotely try to hide, but this is used to good effect as would be expected in a Brandy or Cognac. Hops manage to be tart rather than sour or bitter. Early finish is of very unripe green apple skins and is trailed by a somewhat leathery and minty cocoa.

Clean on the lips but heavy on the throat, this brew needs more bubbles! The saving grace here is a total lack of bitters. For it's gravity and hop profile, this is quite drinkable. Too drinkable. I love it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 01:51:59 | More by ojiikun
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Sampled the regular Arrogant Bastard, and the Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard, but this is by far the best of the three, hands down...
Appearance is a beautiful dark-copper, mahogany, ruby-red colored hue with a massive foamy and frothy head that was very hesitant to recede...
Smell was literally bursting with fresh hops, caramel, and slight malts - very strong and powerful smell, full of character...
Taste is in-your-face, bursting with flavor, top-of-the line stuff... Replete with fresh hops, balanced by a nice touch of malts and esters, and rounded out by a hint of caramel, vanilla, honey, and bittersweet sugars...
Ultra-rich, and thick mouthfeel, bursting with noticeable flavor and super-rich character...
One of the best beers I've ever sampled from Stone... excellent stuff, without a doubt...
Drinkability only took a slight hit due to the very hefty 10% ABV, which, by the way, is hard to detect behind a rich conglomeration of amazing flavors...
Great stuff... Definitely recommended...

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 23:35:05 | More by dsa7783
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4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely orange shade pours with a large-bubbled head, served in a small goblet off a keg from '06.

A singular flavor indeed, it has a fullness of flavor that most ales can only dream of...it is of course a large proposition, with a massive amount of hops, and while the body is quite strong, the 10% does not sneak up on you so much as smack you in the face.

When your hops haven't mellowed any more that this in two years, you've put a lot in!

A pleasure. Thanks to the Papago B.C. in Phoenix for putting this one on the lines.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2008 03:36:00 | More by BretSikkink
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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