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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 412
Gots: 1,009 | FT: 32
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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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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Average to small head light brown excellant lacing after each swallow

S-Bready malts,grapefruit hops,with a hint of pine

T- Full bodied taste with a creamy to almost sticky texture,average carbonation and a delightful bitter finish.

M- Is heavy but heavenly the piney and bready flavors linger long after you swallow.

D- This is not for the faint of heart,I can not wait see to how the ones I am cellaring will be next year.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany with ruby highlights, and a thin tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is all grapefruit and piney hops upfront, along with some orange marmalade, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, cocoa, vanilla, oak and some alcohol...really fresh and inviting aroma. The flavor is similar with a big citrusy and piney hop punch initially, along with caramel, toffee, toasted bread, some vanilla and oak, dark fruits, orange marmalade and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is very good considering the ABV. This is a particularly tasty iteration of Double Bastard, easily my favorite of the last few years with an amazing aroma and better drinkability.

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

Let me preface this review with saying I've been waiting a while for the perfect time to review this brew. I'll be reviewing the '09 Vintage (1 year of age presently), and throwing in comparisons of what I remember when it was fresh, and comparisons from drinking the '10 one night ago.

A: Poured into my pint glass, this ASA pours a murky caramel orange with a one inch thick head that has an orange tone to it. Considering that regular Bastard has one of the best looking pours in the beer world, Double Bastard misses the mark just a bit.

S: With one year of age, this brew is still loaded with the piny sticky hops that it was brewed with. Booze and rustic oxidation begin to poke through more. The caramel malt background chimes in, but not as heavy as a fresh 2010.

T: Just like I've heard, this brew is excellent with one year of age. Fresh, DB09 was LOADED with hops....I mean extreme. It was more bitter then some DIPA. Now the hops are still very much present, but mix perfectly with the caramel malt and notes of toffee and brown sugar. 2010 drinks more like a barleywine, and has half of the hops that DB09 had fresh. Actually DB10 was still less hoppy then DB09 aged, which I didn't like. Booze also poke through more on that one (considering the higher ABV).

MF: Mouthfeel is surprisingly refreshing. Sticky hops stick to the back of your pallet. Alcohol leaves a slight burn on the finish.

D: Drinkability is good, and improves with age. Can't wait to see how DB10 ages out.

Overall, I prefer DB09 to this years release, but I already can't wait until 2011.

Photo of emmasdad
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage on tap last night at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Poured a rich dark amber color, with a substantial amount of medium tan foam on top. Sweet malty aroma, with floral hops, dried fruits, and alcohol. On the palate, relatively full bodied and very sweet, almost cloying, with more floral hops, chocolate and booze. Not bad, needs some time to dry out a bit and come together.

Photo of Mancer
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a red amber color with a two finger high, off-white head. The head dissipated fairly rapidly, and not much lacing was left on the glass. The initial smell of the beer was that of pine, spices, citrus and some dark fruity notes. The initial taste of the beer is pine, spice and dark fruits. This progressed to some burnt malts, possibly caramel. Additionally, there is a taste of the alcohol, which is more apparent after the first several sips. The beer has a full body with light carbonation.

Overall, this is a great beer. However, I'm not sure if I enjoy it more than regular Arrogant Bastard. There is more booze flavoring on the tongue than I would prefer, but I can't complain about the other flavors I'm tasting. I'd probably buy this again if given the opportunity.

Photo of beveragesampler
3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

appearance is good; a deep amber color. poured from 22oz bomber into a glass. lightly chilled about 55 degrees at pour. light carbination. thin carmel colored head that dissipated very quickly. body looks thick; lightly coated glass upon a swirl.

smell is very nice. sugary carmel, banana, fig, roasted malt, hint of bakers chocolate. 10.5% ABV but i dont get much of any alocohol nose.

taste. much of the smell comes thru in the taste. nice and complex. hops have mellowed after a year in bottle. just a light bitterness on the finish.

mouthfeel is fairly thick. bitter sweet finish that lingers just long enough to enjoy all the flavors. very well ballanced.

drinkability is average. mostly due to the ABV which is most noticeable 12oz into drinking. this beer will give you that warm, fuzzy, flushed red face, my ears are hot... feeling.

overall very enjoyable and well worth the money. i look foward to drinking the 2010 release and aging it too...


Photo of bs870621345
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2010 version

Pours a deep amber color with a half inch of white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like citrus and pine hops, alcohol, and a small caramel backbone. There are some mixed fruits in there, can't tell exactly what they are.

Taste is slightly bitter, a little caramel, alcohol, and some dark fruits. Seems almost plummy and grapey.

Mouthfeel is good, just as expected.

Drinkability is lowered because of the alcohol taste. Its not overly inviting but nothing bad.

Glad I tried this, but I prefer OAB or AB.

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

Fresh 2010 bottle. Poured a deep ruby-mahogany into a tulip with a finger of long-lasting light khaki head. Sweet and lightly boozy aroma of toffee and a mix of spice and piney hops.

Moderate carbonation and a heavy, sticky mouthfeel. Huge biscuit and toffee malt backbone with a hint of raisin. Immediate hop kick that progresses from mild spice and pine to a tart citrus on the puckering finish.

The high alcohol only adds a warming note on the finish, but the heaviness of this brew makes it a definite sipper. The hop presence, while not overly bitter, is intense enough to keep the sweetness in check. I stuck a couple bottles in the basement and will be interested to see whether the flavors still balance as the hops mellow.

Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are a huge boquet of piney hops. Next on the docket is the sweet caramel malt, citrus and lighter bready malts.

The taste is all hops with bitter citrus and pine. Malts asserts itself in the middle with mainly carmels and pale malts. Very dry and slick/sticky finish from the agressively bitter hop finish. Medium to full body with modest carbonation.

Overall this beer is not for the faint of heart, when it's fresh at least. If you are a hop monster and want a big boy check this guy out. If you want more of a balanced barleywine/american strong ale offering, you can still enjoy this I would just cellar for a year or so.

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Pours a beautiful dark amber color with a one finger head that lingers a bit.

Smells of figs and brown sugar with a hint of alcohol.

Taste brown sugar and figs right up front. Also with the sweetness of the malts i taste a little bit of raisins. After that i'm hit with an ample amount of hops(not too much) and a tart apple/slight alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is syrupy and low in carbonation.

Overall an excellent beer that I may consider buying a case of before it runs out for the year. In my opinion this is a perfectly balance high gravity beer.

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

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange brown color with big rosy head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Malt and hops scents, slightly floral and fruity.

T - Sweet malts and brown sugar to start with with slightly hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very well balanced and carbonated. ABV is well masked which makes this ale very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

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

Thanks to Damian and Lona for sharing this bottle.

2006 vintage

The beer appears a russet brown with subtle crimson highlights. The head is substantial in stature and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of alcohol, malts, and toffee. The hop character of the beer has faded during the aging process, so I am not detecting any of the fruit, hop, pineapple, or citrus flavors I have been told are well associated with Double Bastard Ale. The feel is thick and syrupy, with a strong alcohol presence throughout. I liked this much better than the Stone Old Guardian 2007 we had alongside this. This is a great beer to share a few ways and sip slowly on a cold night.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2010 Release.
In a pint glass the beer was a cherry amber color with a small tan head.
Boozy aroma, sweet caramel, citrus, and flowers.
Very, very hoppy. Grapefruit, piney. Caramel.
A very balanced beer. Alcohol not at all intrusive.
Great beer.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

2009 release tasted fresh

A-Beautiful deep ruby with filtered clarity and a thick creamy dark eggshell head.

S-Citrus and pineapple hops and sweet caramel malts predominate. Not detecting any alcohol

T-Thick, syrupy sweet candied caramel malts give way to a boozy fruit infused midrange featuring cherry and raisin notes chased by an astringent grapefruit hop finish that dances and buzzes on the tongue. Slightly hot and will benefit from some age, but still a very nice brew right now.

M-Heavy, syrup-like with moderate carbonation.

D-A well done, very enjoyable beer. I have a few more of these and I will put them away for a year or two. I imagine this will be utterly fantastic in a few years.

Re-review of the 2010 version fresh off the shelf. Nothing new to report here. Just as lovely as ever.

Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage on tap

A- Dark brown with a thick(!!!) slightly off-white head. Solid lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Hint of cherries and possible caramel malt.

T- Caramel malts. Bordering on barleywine style. Boozy but not too much...alcohol kick at the end. More of the faint cherries. A real treat.

M- Smooth and creamy. Not much carbonation.

D/O- Damn, for 10.5%abv this drinks incredible. I want to drink this faster than I should. Wow. Props to Finnegan's in Plainfield, IL for shooting for the "Most Arrogant Bar in America"...$2 vintage Double Bastard pints? Yeah, I travelled 2 hours for this.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper/red color with a large, tight head that recedes slowly. leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma toasty malts, caramel, some woody notes, slight herbal and mint characters and light fruit.

Taste is full bodied and rich but still maintains balance (at least to me, but I love big beers). There is toasty and bready malts, some fruitiness coming through as some plums and dark cherries (these are faint), some fairly dark caramels and lots of hops bitterness and flavor. The finish leaves some caramel and lingering hop flavors with a nice hop bitterness balancing everything out. The hop flavors are very unique in this beer, not much of the typical West Coast citrus and fruit going on, it's more of a woody, minty aroma and flavor which reminds me of a California Common beer. In fact overall this beer makes me think of an imperial California Common ale (see Anchor Steam Beer).

Mouthfeel is full bodied with above average carbonation, it coats the entire mouth with flavors.

Overall this beer is quite delicious, I very much enjoyed drinking it. It is balanced, strong, not cloying and has some unique flavors that keep things interesting.

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

Not "Only the lonely," as the song goes, but "Only the worthy are invited" according to the label.

Once an arrogant bastard, it is only logical to become twice illegitimate. Gotta be me. Sorry, Mom and Dad. Finally saw this today for the first time this season. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a clear pint glass. Purchased from Capital Market for $7.49. "Liquid Arrogance," two-fold.

A-poured a copper-medium amber with a two-finger, rich creamy head with artsy lacing.

S-Rich, sweet malt aroma with a faint alcohol presence. Very pleasant array of aromas from orchard fruits to toffee sweetness. Nice blend of malts and hops.

T-Like somewhere in time between an ordinary barleywine and an American Strong Ale. It's very good, and close to great. Definite sweet malts reminiscent of dark dried fruits like dates and raisins. A slight alcohol noted in the taste and the bitterness in the finish is very satisfying.

M-Exceedingly smooth for such a big beer at 11.2% ABV.

D-I enjoyed this. It would be much more drinkable if I could get my hands on it other than in November each year. Contemplating hoarding this.

Photo of flannelman808
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 version and this one reads 11.2% abv

A: pours a gorgeous rosy amber color and is very bright. Nice looking light tan head compliments the brew. Good head retention and lacing.

S: The malt certainly drives the aroma though I will say its tough to pull any one driving characteristic out of it. Hints of grain and toffee are there as well as a funky kind of dark chocolate and just the slightest hint of pine. all of these notes are extremely subtle one really has to search for them.

T: Nice... Im loving this actually. More than I remember having last I had it. Subtle smells but not flavor POW... starts off leading with a softly sweet milky caramel and moves to a slowly and increasingly bitter mid palate of resiny goodness. Its good beer, though I will note that its a bit two dimensional. Its got what I would want out of the style but could perhaps use a bit more character from either the hopping or the malt bill.

M: Prickly

D: high for the ABV and you have to throw stone out a bonus point for keeping it under 7 bones a bomber 5bitchs jyeah!

Photo of Kinsman
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2010 release

Beautiful dark amber with orange highlights. Sticky and foamy ivory colored head, about 3 fingers thick to start and leaves behind a thick and beautiful lace.

Sweet and robust malty aroma, full of caramel and fruity scents. A slightly alcoholic kick before the hop aromas come in. Citrus seems to be the most notable hop aroma.

Sweet, a bit spicy, and full of bitterness. Malty upfront with a warming alcoholic kick. Hops make up the finish with lots of citrusy flavors and a nice bitterness to round it all out.

Mouthfeel is chewy and thick. Overall, Stone has another quality brew here. Lots of great things going on here but it will be interesting to see how this one ages.

Photo of tozz8
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage(11.2% ABV) poured into a Stone pint glass

A-Dark, translucent, brown to ruby color. Finger width off-white head that dissapates after about three minutes. Nice lacing

S-Sweet carmel maltiness balances out the floral hop aroma that one would expect from Stone. Slight alcohol presence after warming a bit.

T-Sweet carmel malts do their best to balance out the piney, citrusy hops. Alcohol comes through strong, but not too boozy overall.

M-Medium to heavy body with enough carbonation lighten it up.

D-Definitely Arrogant. This beer demands to be consumed and appreciated slowly. Pour it cold and observe the change from hop-dominated to malt-dominated as it warms

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Note: my bottle says 11.2% ABV.

A - A very dark caramel with a small white head that results in nice lacing.

S - Strong. Strong citrus hops and strong sweet caramel malts. Is that a hint of roast!? Smells much deeper and more complex than the regular Bastard.

T - Starts right out with thick malts which are not nearly as sweet as they smell, very much still present though. Also very robust hop-wise, however it seems more toned down than the regular Bastard, probably due to the higher malt bill. Slightly peppery and medicinal too. There is a weird roastiness that reminds me of barbecue or steak sauce.

M - Fairly heavy in body, but pretty highly carbonated which may make it seem less-so. Likes to linger.

D - Definitely a bastard. I can do a bomber and that's about it. This stuff is so strong in flavor and booze that it's a treat only on occasion.

3-Year Update

This beer has aged beautifully! The aggressive nature of this beer is tamed way down and the alcohol has dialed itself back. The heat is still there, just more subtle. The caramel notes come through prominently as before, but it has started to morph into toffee. Overall, if you can afford to cellar a few, I would recommend it!

Photo of pumptrick
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer. 22oz bombers typically available for 2 months. Buy a lot of them, drink and cellar them. Great off the shelf for a hop fan, terrific out of the cellar, the flavors really open up, hops die off and the barley comes through. I always enjoy getting a new batch and comparing it to the last year.

Photo of NODAK
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The aroma of piney hops is what comes to the nose first...further digging shows some biscuit and sweet malts in there as well.

Pours a deep red in the glass....head of about 1/2 inch or so. Dissipates fairly quickly but leaves good lacing.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick, not surprisingly. Immediately, the taste of oily pine resin hoppiness shows up to greet the taste buds....there's a sweet malt undercurrent there as well that takes second place to the bitterness. The hops stay bitter long into the finish and aftertaste with a bit of an astringent quality. The alcohol also is somewhat noticeable on the finish as well, which isn't a huge surprise given the ABV.

This beer is a lot like the original AB, except it's just bigger in every way and it's more slanted towards the hops. The hops are sharper, the mouthfeel is thicker, the malts are bigger (albeit not as much of a difference as the hops), and the booze shows more. So between the two, I would probably find myself drinking the original AB more often than this.

Photo of SDtastentune
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red amber, no head, no lacing. Kinda bubbly, but not fizzy.

S - Alcoholish, malty, hoppy.

T - Alcohol, whiskey, malts, hops, great aftertaste of refined ale!

M - Hot, definitely carbonated, heavy/large bodied.

D - Drinks great if you can hang with it, definitely a hop head connoisseur type ale with lots of BITE and CRINGE.... I like it. Drinks similar to a barley wine, if I taste tested it blindfold I would call it one. Thumbs way UP, this is one HOT ale!

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

Double Bastard has more of an IPA feel for me. The hoppiness is likely the culprit here. Pours an amber orange color with an off white foam head. Has an nice aroma of caramel, citrus and pine. Great medium body. The maltiness here works perfectly to balance with the bitters. Love it.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,123 ratings.