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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,011 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,011
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 391
Gots: 928 | FT: 32
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of OskarL
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy with yeast particles, amber red color with a brownish head that leaves lacing.

Smell - Fruity, mostly dark sweet fruits and fudge.

Taste - A lot sweeter than the smell! Fudge and wweet malt with the same dark fruits and finishes with a long lingering bitterness that I find a bit overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Full body with soft carbonation and smooth to drink.

Photo of adam42381
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with hints of ruby and a fluffy tan 2-3 finger head. Very nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Very nice mixture of pine, citrus, caramel, dried fruits and malts.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor up front followed by a very nice hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is mostly and grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with very light carbonation. Very smooth from the beginning. There is a definite alcohol bite at the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability despite the very high ABV. This is one to savor. It gets better as it warms and also gives you a nice warming sensation. I'd recommend stopping after 1 bomber if you know what is best for you.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend trying this. This is one monster of a beer. One of the best I've had in a while.

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew has been aged for 4 years, brewed in 2006. Served on tap in an elongated chalice.

A: Two finger head, off-white and creamy. The body is dark brown with ruby tints. Very rich looking and very clear. Lacing looks promising and the head lasts forever. As I begin drinking, the lace is sticking everywhere in perfect sheets. BEAUTIFUL!

S & T: Hints of dark fruits, cherry, strawberry and a light alcohol aroma on a deep inhale. Heavy malts, bready, roasted caramel, doughy, sweet, woody. The hops are secondary. How often can you say that about a Stone brew?

M: Just a little hot but in a very appropriate way. Not a surprise as this brew clocks in at just under 11%. Mouth coating but not cloying. Medium full mouthfeel. Slick. Bitter finish with just enough sweetness to keep the mouthfeel balanced. Wonderfully lively carbonation cuts through the semi-syruppy texture

D: This beer is so good I had to have two. Couldn't risk the keg kicking before I got a chance to indulge for the second time. A real treat from Stone, a brewery that I am not whole heartedly fond of. One of, if not their best offering in my opinion. I need this beer at my disposal. I plan on buying some bottles so that I can age them myself and I recommend anyone reading this review do the same.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a deep amber, with hints of dark reds.

S: It smells of citrus and pine resin hops and lots of caramel.

T: I imagine going to the fair in the near future and seeing caramel covered hops, just because of this beer.

M: It has some alcohol tingling finish, as well as a hinty bitterness to it.

D: I wasn't really feeling this one, maybe I should try it again sometime, but it was just to sweet and syrupy.

Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 release. Served appropriately in a "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies!" Stone Brewing pint glass from an awesome looking brown bomber. Drank with dinner: lightly seasoned steak, mashed potatoes, garlic broccoli. This was definitely a "steak & potatoes" beer.

A - Hazy copper with a thick tan head. Nice retention, some lacing.

S - Srong and hoppy! Dark sweet fruit...definitely cherry.

T - Wow! This brew isn't playing around! Nice sweet and buttery toasted malt comes in at the first sip, but it doesn't take long for the heavy metallic hoppy flavor to kick in. There's such a strong piney flavor here...it almost resembles gin. After a few sips, you swear you're drinking a cocktail, not a beer. This stuff will kick you in the ass!

M/D - Fairly carbonated, and even though it's a tough drink, it's actually fairly drinkable for the style.

The style says it all...this is one strong ale. Be respectful with this one...it won't be long before that 10.5% abv kicks in. Stone never ceases to impress!

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

Pours a slightly turbid chocolate raspberry brown topped by a creamy, beige head that dies down a little but retains nicely.

The aroma is nice and creamy, loads of caramel and citrus hops. Like caramel covered grapefruit.

This is a full on flavor assault as caramel meets piney bitterness in a battle to the death. Only it ends in a tie and they both get to live. Because man is this ever balanced. It's too bitter and too malty at the same time. In the best possible way. Bitterness is slow to fade in the finish. There's a slight milk chocolate aspect at play as well.

Full bodied, slick and pervasive, it's like a bitter hoppy oil slick in your mouth, without being too heavy handed. Very smooth and easy drinking despite the heaviness.

My palate may be a little challenged as this reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard almost to the point of being interchangeable with it. And no bad thing, seeing as I have that an A-. Although this one made me really thirsty I think It's just that little bit heavier and...well...better. But I'd be just as happy with either, just so we're clear.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Red brown hazy in color with a slight faded head.
S - well I mostly smell coffee malt and oak.
T - Slight citrus hops with oak as the predominant flavor.
M - Alcohol well balanced with flavor. Bitter finish
D - Well I will have to have this again.

Overall a very bitter yet drinkable beer. Even though I bought it over 2 months ago the bitter floral hops really hit the tounge.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warning, this is a huge beer. Big dark ruby and brown pour, massive amounts of everything.

If there was ever a beer that is a malt bomb and uber hoppy, this is it. Chewy, but oh so bitter. Chinook smack to it. Mouthfeel is so puckering. Share this one with someone. Good price for what goes into it, but damn if you'll have two of these in a sitting.

This beer is challenging. Full of a ton of ingredients. But its good, but oh so warming.

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

2009 bottle. The copper/mahogany color of a used penny, thick, stiff off-white head, good retention and lacing. Whiffs of tropical fruits and pine, backed by sweet toffee and carmely malts, brandy and fusel alcohol notes on the back end. Taste up front is bitter and pungent piney and tropical/citrus hops... the next taste is a big boozy taste, almost that of a cheap, unaged brandy, very fusely. The malts are very nice, sweet and nutty, but covered up by the booze. Big bodied, sticky, chewey but manages to be smooth... dunno how to explain it. Nice big bold beer with big bold flavors but couldnt overcome the off-boozy flavors. Probably needs age.

Photo of aval89
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was totally blown away by this brew. I was expecting this to be super hoppy and overwhelming but i was wrong. But its a good thing! this thing is so drinkable it almost brings a tear to my eye. smell was the AB smell but more sweet and boozy! taste was magnificent. Hops, sweet malt, burnt resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, booze. but it goes down so smooth. you do get that tad burning sensation going down, but its bareable. Gosh i love this beer!

edit: i have never had a barley wine, but i imagine this taste like that haha. but i know, its an american strong ale ;D

Photo of bminor7
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 from Healthy Living in Burlington.

Cloudy chestnut brown with decent foam. Sweet hop and malt scent with neither being overpowering...and in that I don't know what to expect with so many superfluous comments about in regards to this beer. A bit of candi sugar in the front of taste, with an assertive malt bill holding up the rest. Raisin and spice in the end, with a little alcohol bite, which is not kept a secret. That will creep up on you. MF is creamy, and quite nice.

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

A birthday present from my brother, mmm tasty.

A: Pours a dark coppery-brown color. A little head from the pour which dissolved fairly quickly leaving a slight amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Very complex aromas. Piney hops were detectable with a very slight fruity smell.

T: The taste of alcohol becomes increasingly apparent as it is left in your mouth. Malt and fruit tones were apparent towards the beginning but quickly overpowered by the alcohol.

M: A mildly carbonated full bodied beer. Slightly creamy and smooth, finishing with a hoppy feeling.

D: Very drinkable, as the bottle says, "Loved by few, hated by many"

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

I bought myself a 65 cl long-necked brown bottle. The label is really cool-looking; red & white with two devils (bastards) - one white, one red.

A: It pours very cloude brown/red with a reddish head, quite small, but compact, oh how compact. The slow dissipation leaves very rich lacings.

S: American floral as well as bitter hops in great balance. Citric and piney. Sweet caramell malt. Very complex. Fruity and flowery. Faint chocolate and dark dried fruits.

T: Syrupy piney. Sweet caramell malt. FLoral and bitter hops. Citric - pineapple. Very complex.

M: The aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds both syrupy sweetness and dry bitterness. The body is full and the carbonation is light.

D: You'll get what you pay for - I bought it in Sweden for ~$13 - worth every penny.
Macro-beers: eat your hearts out!!!

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

Complete spectrum of aromas, from fruity to chalky. Some barleywine-type characteristics stand out on the nose, but with heightened intensity, and oriented towards the hoppy aspects. Some floral, plenty citric.

Huge, broad bitterness covers the tongue. On the palate the hops are expressed primarily through the bitterness. Starts bitter then gets more bitter on the finish. Tastes like there is a barleywine hiding under there somewhere, but it has been hopped way beyond recognition. Leaves the mouth very hot. There is also a malty/yeasty component to this beer that is quite musky, earthy, dusty, grainy.

I might call it a big brother to Yakima Twilight. But this one is truly unlike any other beer. Not a total joy but definitely an experience.

Photo of dqrull
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beatiful deep red, almost wine red, with a dirty modest head that leaves a little spotted lacing.

Smells of sweet fruits with cookie dough and fudge, I also seem to perceive a hint of wet dirt!

Initially sweet fruits with... almost like pastry-dough, with a very filling malt prescense that brings a fudge-ness along with a hint of bread syrup. Tastes very well up to the middle, but an overpowering bitterness quenches the experience somewhat.

A creamy mouthfeel with small, soft bubbles.

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

Served out of a 22oz bomber bottle into a hotel plastic cup. Served cold.

A-murky and dark burnt orange body and a somewhat sandy head

S-very assertive grain smell, bready and a light hop scent

T-sweet, very alcoholic, piney hop finish.


D-very much a sipping beer. Great beer for grainiacs. Would recommend taking this one slow.

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

Enjoyed a bomber (22 oz) at Union Jack Pub and Restaurant in historic downtown Winchester. Thank goodness our founding fathers didn't have this or we'd never have chased those pesky Redcoats away. Back to the matters at hand, though. I did, however opt out on the 100 oz bottle that our waiter offered with much despair, and settled for the bomber and a pint glass. Had I know beforehand my brother-in-law was buying, however, I may have delved into that 2 foot tall bottle. Anyway, the beer delivered the hoppiness that I was accustomed to from a Stone Ale and had some faint fruit hints with little attention drawn to the alcohol. Poured a nice brown with a reasonable finger and one half of head. It tasted a tad heavy but not so much as to make it akin to a stout. A very drinkable beer but had I ordered one more bomber I would have surely tripped on the cobblestone and felt drinkers remorse in the morn. I would have to say it was much lighter than the shepherd's pie that accompanied it.

Photo of TheJollyHop
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage poured into a Snifter

A crystal clear copper brown with warm red hues; a full light tan head and copious lacing. In a word, stunning.

Sweet barley aroma, rich caramel grain sweetness. No noticeable hop aroma and a small boiled vegetable scent.

Assertive hop bitterness remains after aging, however hop flavor is no where to be found. Tastes of toast, raisins, and caramel , are quickly turned upside down by a bitter wave of hop bitterness. Alcohol burn is both noticeable and pleasantly mellow at the end, while a smooth lingering bitterness is all but harsh.

Medium/high carbonation, slightly oily, definitely mouthcoating. Full bodied character and good weight.

Highly sippable for thar style. Not harsh. Overall mellow and delicious.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is similar to a barlywine; deep ruby color, good clarity, and a rocky, tan head.

The aroma has a subtle complexity, with notes of orange and warm sugar. The aroma of barley is so strong that it reminds me of visits to the local brewery. Very warm.

Taste is smoother than I expected, given the name. Very malty, but the hops balance it out pretty well. Rests heavy on the palate, with a tangy aftertaste and a touch of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel is chewy. Drinkable for the gravity, though.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy dark amber with a light head. Seems to be rather carbonated. I get a fruity aroma off the beer...maybe cherries? Can't place it. Tastes rather hoppy and alcoholic with fruit oozing through as well. I don't want to hold it in my mouth long due to the alcohol getting a little overpowering. Because of that aforementioned alcohol, its not very drinkable...one bomber of this should be all for the night. Its a nice beer, but I only think I'll get it on special occasions.

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

Another house favorite at 163 e Park ave. Stone never ceases to test my stomach strength.

Sweet, strong smell of hops. Not for the faint-hearted, Malty backbone that holds its way through to the bitter end. Booziness ooozes throughout the tasting. Carmalized sugar, some faint fruits, and sweet malt presence for the entire 22 bomber. Try it, just dont buy a case and expect you and 2 others to drink it all in one week!

Photo of McKibben25
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I respect this beer, appreciate this beer, and love everything about it with the exception of its drinkability. This is a beer that I would want a small serving of in a snifter and thats it. Too overpowering and harsh to drink alot of. Don't get me wrong, the flavors are amazing and it is very wonderful to throw back, but in very small doses. This is a rare breed of bare that I love to enjoy, but few and far between.

Photo of bret27
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle (1-2 yrs old)
Probably should have saved it longer, but when you need a beer you need a beer.

S: Caramel, toffee, crackers, grassy hops

A: Amber/brown w/light tan head. Decent lace but head dissipates quickly.

T: caramel, sweet malt mostly, mild booziness from mid to end of mouth. Some hops at the end, leaving a lasting bitter grassy finish.

M/D: Full good mouthfeel. Fairly sweet balanced by the hops. Pretty drinkable for abv.

Overall: This was ok. I remember it being better. With so much malt I almost wonder if the underlying style would be an imperial amber type. Come to think of it... it does resemble their Levitation amber somewhat.
I think I opened this bottle at the wrong time. Still a solid assertive yet drinkable beverage.

Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a light tan head which recedes quickly. Smells of sweet caramel malt, booze, also some subdued hops. The taste is dominated by the malt which surprises me, but it makes no difference. Very good.

Full bodied, sweet with a somewhat bitter aftertaste, as the hops make their presence known. Decent carbonation, and it finishes dry. A nice drinkable brew.

Photo of WeedKing4
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split two 22oz bombers with a buddy, using a duvel glass. Pours a very dark red thats slightly clear. Decent amount of foam forming at the top of the glass, and lots of lacing on the sides. The very first sip has that alc% grabbing attention, but then it switches into a smooth malty dark fruit taste. Very subtle and mellow flavour. So I think these two bottles have matured a bit since bottling last year. Very decent beer overall, wouldn't say its anything special though. Very easy to drink considering the 10.5%. Not bad.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,011 ratings.