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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,212 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,212
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,080 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
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: 6,212 | Reviews: 2,055
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!


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

Had on-tap at WOB poured into a snifter

A-A deep chestnut with hints of orange, medium creamy head that dissipated rather quickly (due to the high abv i would assume) however leaves excellent lacing

S-Hops, citrus and brown sugar, hints of caramel and alcohol

T-The taste is like the smell but much much more, the alcohol and citrus take a lot more of the flavor here than in the nose, there is still an extreme hop presence that drew me to the beer in the first place

M-Medium body with decent carbonation the hop and alcohol sting and bubble is one of my favorites out there

D-Overall another great brew from stone, however I didn't enjoy this one as much as their Arrogant or Oaked Arrogant but that's not an important point. What is important is the fact that this is a great beer

Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice deep ruby color with a two finger head which stays at a skim and gives way to gobs of lacing up and down the glass. The nose is of caramel malt and other sweet malts with a citrus hop bite. The taste is of a nice sweetness but not overly sweet, caramel malts, toffee, and a little breadiness. At the backend there is a nice citrus hop bite that bring great balance. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated and a little creamy. The drinkability is great, there is no presence of the high alcohol, great balance of alcohol to flavors. The flavors are also balanced greatly, and overall great beer.

Photo of dubinsky
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release poured from the bottle into a C&B Bruges snifter

A - This beer pours a nice hazy dark brown/deep amber ruby red color. A nice pour yielded a 2-finger off-white foamy head. The head dissipated down to a thin layer, leaving decent lacing on the side of the glass with bubble clinging to the side.

S - I can tell this is going to be a beast of a beer. The aroma is rather malty with a healthy dose of hops. I'm also getting caramel, pine, and toffee. Some alcohol is present as well.

T - The taste is awesome. I dont generally like malty beers, but this one is so well balanced. It has a sweetness, but like unlike other malt forward beers, this one is not too sweet to offend me. The maltiness is immediately backed up with a huge hop presense, leaving a slightly bitter finish. The alcohol burn is smelled is not present in the taste.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. It has a smooth and creamy feel to it.

D - The drinkability for this is awesome. I know its 11.2% abv, but honestly i cant tell. It goes down very easily, and has a great mouth-feel, with ZERO alcohol burn. Great job Stone.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Finger of thick light tan head on top of a brown and amber mixed.

S: a bit of a citrus hop aroma. Slight sweetness. Alcohol a little. Surprisingly complex.

T: lots of caramel and a little bready. Lots of citrus hops and grapefruit. A bit bitter and alcohol present. Didn't love the taste.

M: fuller body with slightly lower carbonation.

D: This is a sipper and the mouthfeel wasn't incredible, but okay. The taste wasn't incredible.

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

Had this on at at Burp Castle in New York City. Pours an amber brown colour with thin off-white head. Nice head retention and lacing around much of the glass. Smells of citrus hops with a huge caramel malt. Really well balanced with sweetness and bitterness, almost like a fresh, hoppy barleywine. Some alcohol is noticeable, but it doesn't make this undrinkable or anything. Thick, medium-bodied mouthfeel. I love this beer.

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

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer was poured into a pint glass, with an amber-brown color, very vibrant and deep. The beer has a thin, cream colored head. There is a strong, heavy caramel apple smell to the beer, with old world fruit and a o ple highlights. The taste is also very heavy, with a strong, sweat quadrupel style flavor. Toffee, caramel, subtle char, fig, and date, all blending with a booze overtone to provide a big, beefy palate. There is a sharp, roasted malt finish, with a richly sweet and char bitter aftertaste. The finish is boozy and rich, with a very cloying linger. Big beer.

Photo of bigboytim28
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. dangerously smooth, for the 11.2% alchohol will definetly creep up on you. im a total hophead and this beer still pleases the pallet. be careful. definitely wouldnt be a good first beer, but work up to this one, definite cant miss

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

Deep amber brown, translucent, with thick, off-white to tan head. Great head retention with some lacing. Rich, malty aroma, bready, some caramel with raisin and dark fruit as well. Resinous hop aroma is subdued but pleasant. Flavor is sweet and malty as well; more rich dark fruit with notes of spice and some licorice. Bitter but not intensely so. Hits a smooth balance with plenty of planty, resinous hops. Thick, chewy mouthfeel, little to no alcohol presence. For a huge strong ale this one is incredibly well balanced and smooth.

Photo of wschmit
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Perfect Pint.

A: A syrupy, slightly cold pour leaves a maple body with a finger of slightly golden head. Not much carbonation up through the body, and fine, resinous sheets of lacing lingers. Looks really nice.

S: I almost feel drunk smelling this. Not boozy specifically, but a large malt nose with a good, but somewhat gentle dose of hops. The usual raisin or stone fruit notes in a malty brown beer are there. Really fine sense of balance in this nose, but I might like a bit more complexity.

T: Not at all too sweet--just barely, even. Good, slightly bitter maltiness, backed up with that same mild hopping. It starts off with a bit of brown sugar, but finishes quite dry, with a blend of dark chocolate and vaguely floral hops.

M: No burn whatsoever. Leaves the mouth dry and satisfied. Not overly sticky feeling, just a little. Pretty well executed.

D: Almost too high. For the price, the alcohol content, and the quality, this is pretty hard to beat. I like it more than some beers that handily trump this in price. To admit my bias, I have found other Stone beers underwhelming, but this comes through. Certainly not a summer chugging beer, it suits the current winter perfectly. Well done, Stone.

Photo of AHNUBIS
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This really surprized me. My main problem with Stone's regular Arrogant Bastard Ale is its alcohol aftertaste. Maybe im just trippin guys. I know the Double is like 11% but I'm not detecting an alcoholic flavor. Granted with the Double you inherently take smaller swigs. Anyways my ninjas, this Double really friggin delivers and 1 bottle will be enough for 1 person to get sufficiently buzzzin!

I enjoy Stone products because I live near San Diego. I however don't feel that they are an A+ company. I enjoy the freshness and feel that the Double is their best product, but it is not a go-to beer. It is something I'll bring a couple bottles to a party and fill 5 plastic cups up halfway and get a bunch of people's reactions. Its not a staple so for that it loses points. For what it is it is great. You must try it.

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

Served from a 22oz bottle at Fifty Brews in Orlando. I was curious if I would like this as I respect but was not a huge fan of arrogant bastard. This beer takes it to a new level. Mouthfeel is unlike almost any beer out there. Alcohol content is high but not terribly noticeable. Taste is very complex and very interesting. Would recommend this to all true beer lovers. 22oz probably a little too much would have really enjoyed a nice pint of it on draft.

Photo of Cannoneer
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Over the top" is what comes to mind when drinking this potent brew. Not that it's a bad thing, necessarily. But it does give a new meaning to the phrase "too much of a good thing" after one bottle.

Pours a rich darkwood color with decent head, which doesn't stay on for too long. Smells, quite ominously, of exotic fruit, alcohol and burnt sugar.

I can best describe the impression from the first gulp as - it's like biting into an otherworldly juicy fruit. Kind of like a persimmon from a different planet. An exceptionally bitter, flavorful, grassy persimmon. It occupies entire mouth and assaults every taste bud with a gamma of aromas. I can't make out initial taste, or the aftertaste - it's just one huge taste bomb. Bitter, juicy, sweet, woodsy, chocolaty, almost a liquid dessert.

I'm puzzled by this beer. It's definitely not a session beer, I can't imagine it going well with any kind of food, really...yet it does create an experience. I can't say I'm a fan, though. Maybe I have to try another bottle.

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.

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

-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

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

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

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

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

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

-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

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

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

-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 ...

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,212 ratings.