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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,640 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 750 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of kmeves
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber/brown with a minimal grey head. Aroma is lightly sweet with grapefruit, cherry, flowers and caramel. The flavor is floral hop, grapefruity hop, cherries, toffee, orange and light cinnamon. Medium body, very pleasant light creamy texture. Finishes very hoppy and dry with a warming alcohol burn.

kmeves, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow, 976 reviews as of this posting. ever feel like you were late to the party? It's big, brass, hoppy but not over bitter or over boozy. With all that said, there's a balance which I enjoyed from start to finish. It's a great example of an american strong ale. worth a try if you're late to the party like me.

barleywinebrewer, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint

Pours a russet infused garnet with a large tan head that subsided rather quickly. Very light lacing is strewn about.

Big hop nose, very sweet. Apples, pineapples, grapefruit, and burnt caramel. The hops definitely have the edge here.

The taste is sweet as well. Candied grapefruit and pineapple with oranges and burnt caramel faintly standing up in the background. The finish is more on the bitter side with an oily, pine resin flavor.

Chewy, syrupy mouthfeel. The pine resin finish really sticks to your mouth.

Where the AB is more balanced, DB is much more aggressively hopped. High in abv and with all these hops, it will slow you down. A definite sipper.

ColForbinBC, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark copper/amber color. The head was highly active, but settled down leaving great lacing that chased the beer down the glass.

S- Hop smell is there, a sweet ruby grapefruit smell. I'm also getting something sweet like some honey. There is also a malty/bread smell in there as well. I'm excited about trying this again.

T- Great malt flavor, with the sweetness of honey and that malt sweetness. But the star of the show is the hops. The hops are sweet yet not bitter or kick your tongues ass kind of hop taste that some hop used beers are. The taste is mellow and well balanced, very tasty beer.

M- The mouthfeel is easy going. The hop taste doesn't kill off your palate too badly.

D- Easy to drink, the ABV is well hidden, and this goes down smooth.

Personally I think American Strong Ale's are a bit of a crap shoot, and are hard to pin down what a standard or average ASA should be.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass; no freshness date

P: Pours a caramel brown from the bottle, and sits deep amber in the glass. Generous pour produces a healthy, 2-fingered head of frothy tan foam that showed great retention! Finally settled to form a nice skin on top, while leaving splotchy laces on the way down. Good first impression!

A: Bready malts, caramel, some toffee, citrusy hops, and a bit of alcohol.

T: Starts a bit sweet with biscuity malt flavors hitting the palate along with some caramel and toffee. Hops take a minute to break through and provide some good citrus flavors to compliment. Caramel seems to linger throughout, while laying underneath the wave of spicy alcohol that seems to build like a wave & crest upon swallow. It never gets overbearing due to the splendid array of supporting flavors, and does a great job of lighting the fire in your chest at the same time. The finish leaves the tongue dry, tingly, and already missing the delicious flavors just left, while being teased by the long aftertaste. This tastes amazing!

M: The Double Bastard is a masterpiece in this department. Full-bodied and viscious, yet incredibly smooth. A very deceptive aspect of this beer, as it really does a great job of hiding its true intentions.

D: Off the charts if it weren't for the heavy-handed alcohol punch that hits like Tyson in the '80's.

Notes: Damn, this one will put some hair on your chest. This is one big, bad ass American Strong Ale not be reckoned with. It gorilla pimp slaps you from the start and leaves you beggin for more! Another outstanding brew from the good folks at Stone. Highly recommended

sweetbrew82, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge creamy, long-lasting head and outstanding lacing.

S: A big, hoppy nose, with hints of pine and some sweets.

T: An extremely balanced flavor, featuring hops, caramel, pine and a slight maltiness. It's a powerful flavor, but very tasty.

M: High rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is yet another well made, drinkable beer from Stone. Very flavorful and easy to drink.

avalon07, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Klgkenny
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Semi-aggressive pour from a cellar temp bomber into a room temp pint glass:

I would paint my living room the same colors as double bastard! The walls would be a golden caramel-red and the trim would be a golden tan cream! The colors in this pint deserve a halo! A two finger head dissipates after time, and as I drink, it leaves a mess of splotches and spiderwebs down the sides of the glass.

Aromas of pine and hops hit the nose at first followed by autumn harvest fruits. A malty undertone ties it all together.

What a balanced flavor! I can sense the hops but they aren't overwhelming at all. The malted sweetness balances the bitterness perfectly. Hints of apples and cream lend a stroke of genius to this wonderful beer.

A rolling creamy liquidity flushes through the mouth. It's a summery feeling, but it will go great the entirety of the year.

This beer rates a perfect in drinkability! I want gallons and gallons of this beer. It's perfect as a thirst quencher, a session beer, or something to try for the first time on a chilly winter night. Perfect in sips or quaffs a warming bloom of alcohol and a slight slur accompany the bottom of the 22oz bottle.

Klgkenny, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy amber color with a thin, wimpy head that fizzles out relatively quickly, maybe because of the high abv. There was good lacing on the glass thoughout the drinking period.

Hops come through on the smell almost immediately; there is a nice sweet malty smell with piney hops that make it smell like an excellent fruit forward chardonnay.

Taste is of hops, big time! There is a tiny bready taste at first but that is overwhelmed by the piney notes rushing at you. I'm not a hophead, yet this is a good bitterness that is not overpowering. Alcohol is in the aftertaste.

Relatively smooth mouthfeel for all that alcohol. There is a bit of a bitter twang and warmth from the alcohol that lingers but it's slight and not unpleasant.

Good drinkability due to the flavor but I wouldn't want to have more than maybe 2 bombers in a night, unless I want to end up on the floor.

davexisxrabid, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at JJ Brewskys
Poured a hazy caramel color, but sits more brownish-red in the glasswith a light tannish head. Nose is deep malts-- caramel, toffee, flowery and mustard. Although massive in flavor, the taste is very balanced with oranges, red apples, beef jerky maple syrup to represent some heavliy guarded sweetness. The finish is very piney, resinous hops.

barleywinefiend, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

The brew poured in color and consistency similar to the sweet vermouth my dad was making his Manhattan with. There's a huge head, that's incredibly sticky. This beer smells as what I feel a beer should smell like, nice ale bodied with a great hop finish. Hops smelled incredibly resiny.

Flavor profile is and oaked vanilla, moving to big grapefruit hops. The brew is incredibly biting, taking a toll on your mouth.

While the mouthfeel is inviting, and mesmerizing - it does prohibit you from drinking much of this. The hops are incredibly full and bulky. That said, it's a fantastic, fantastic brew.

bigkahunas4, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a translucent ruby brown with a two finger off white head.

S- A kick to the face of fresh sliced pineapple opens the nose. This is back by citrus notes and a slight malt character and touch of released alcohol.

T- Opens with sweet pineapple and grapefruit peel mid palate hints of the high ABV and it finishes with big grassy hops. Very nice profile but I suspect that this beer could be layed down and would develop even further.

M- Medium full body with light carbonation.

D- This is a really solid brew however I feel like it has not reached its full potential the flavors are somewhat subdued and seem like there should be more going on. Still a recommended brew. But possibly better with aging.

UA8, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of therealnod
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my third go at Double Bastard. 22oz Bomber into an Arrogant Bastard mug (without bias).

A: Stellar...beautiful red. Thick foamy head that makes you wait...damnit.

S: Dark fruit with aromatic hops. The aroma will not prepare you for what is ahead.

T: Dark cherry blast of sweet malt that is immediately offset by hops...and then the battle begins. This is how Stone does beer; Malt. Hops. Malt.Hops.Malt. Hops...big long bitter finish that ends with the perfect marriage of malt and hops that results in this signature Stone aftertaste that reminds me of cotton candy: It's in virtually all their brews. I don't kmow how they manage to do it so consistently across so many styles. It's just so damn delicious. This is a world class brew.

D: For me, very high, I can drink anyone under the table, so the alcohol doesn't even factor.

Notes: This is liquid ecstasy...man, I could really die for this.

therealnod, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of bearcamp
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Visiting family in the DC area for x-mas. Picked this up because we don't get this in KC/MO area. Picked up some other stuff that I don't get. I was a kid in a candy store. Wish a KC/MO distributor would would pick it up!

This is a Very good beer. Picked up a 22 oz bomber and poured into a snifter. I usually don't write about the bottle design but the bottle is nice with a story about the beer. Nice head that last but did go away because I took my time drinking this one. Kinda reminds me of a mellow barley wine.

Smell and taste are sweet but with a very nice hop bite. I love the hops in this one. I'm usually an IPA guy and this is a nice departure.

This is very drinkable but not a session beer. One or two is enough for me. The alcohol content on the label is 10.5 and I can barley tell.

Pick this up you wont be disappointed.

bearcamp, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of mcsweep
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wow! where do I start. This beer is everything I had heard and more. Reminded me of a barleywine, and I had to sip this beer in order to saver every drop. An intense beer not to be taken lightly. I grew up in San Diego and I wish we had Stone back then. Enjoy!

mcsweep, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of crayphish
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Stone offering poured from a bomber shows a ruby copper liquid with a nominal splotchy head, not much lacing going on as this goes down. Smell is earthy hops over a back ground of sugary unripe fruits. Doughy bread. Taste is a strong piney and citrus hop contingent. Some pleasant green apple notes. A yeasty alcohol bite makes its presence known. Mouthfeel is big and bold, but not chewy and cloying. The 10.5% that this brew packs is noticeable, but it remains fairly drinkable. A great night cap.

crayphish, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the guys at Sharkies, they gave me this in an in person trade. This one had been aged a year, so I wasn't sure what to expect having never tried this one before. I remember seeing it in my BMC days and being scared away, haha.

A. A christmassy red with copper tones, semi hazy though not completely opaque. Pours a creamy white head leaves behind a beautiful off white lacing. Little activity in the body. Not a jaw dropper, but easy on the eyes none the less.

S. Pine and citrus hops, though both subdued as the bottle is over a year old. Nonetheless I must review what is in front of me. Some caramel is present as well as some sweet brown sugar.

T. Very caramelly from the start. Again the hops have died down to show some barleywine characteristics. A crunchy salty taste rise prior to a Nice soft hope kick in the end. Some heat comes through in the end as well but is not overly displeasing. Rubbery taste/feel that is displeasing however. Tried to do too much with this one

When given the chance, I will review this beer fresh to see how

CoolJosh, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a small offwhite head. Smells piny and citrusy with dark fruits - figs, prunes raisins and apples. The taste is extraordinarily complex with citrus flavors, caramel, rasins, vanilla and alcohol. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and is nicely carbonated. Drinkability is high considering the outrageous abv. I split this with my dad but wish I would of saved the whole bottle for myself. I am not worthy.

johnd513, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with almost no head. The smell is robust and burly, you can definetly smell the alcohol. The taste is malts quickly followed by a nice sense of hops, the alcohol burn ever present. This is a sipper beer and you would be harded pressed to drink more then one or two. It's a good beer, just not my favorite, nothing stands out and says "look at me I am special". Everything about this beer is amplified so it's a beer with a strong personality, but that personality, even though strong, is kinda generic.

SwiftyMcBeer, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 release

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Rich aroma, filled with caramel, butterscotch, candied apples, pears and chocolate covered cherries

Taste: Opens with a huge caramel flavor, that has plenty of fruity elements in there, too; while the bitter citrus has clearly been matured out of the mix, the caramel apple and pear flavors are very interesting; after the swallow, there is a hint of its bitter past, but the flavors are mellow, like a fine barleywine

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Merry Christmas to me, having cellared this for four years; I didn't much care for the young Arrogant Bastard (puts flak jacket on), but this, with age, is sublime

brentk56, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque amber hue with white frothy head that dissipates quickly. Sweet liquor aroma tries to ward me off but I can't resist. Strong taste of thick toffee, alcohol, and liquor sweetness. It's a strange sour syrup that has fine taste but you know could end your night pretty quick if you indulge too much. Heavy bodied with strong, arrogant personality and a high alcohol and chewiness that makes it a sipper. Approach with caution for this dude is an evil one.

JRed, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These big ales aint the best for looks. No head and light lacing, that's fine, I'm accustomed to these heavy hitters looking modest. Smells of sweet malt and white grape. Tastes of thick , chewy malt...Imperial IPA foundation. Hops balance the huge grain bill, never puffing out their chests. Notes of spicy malt, oak, wood, toffee and deep caramel. Sappy wood disguises the booze. This brewery shall be the head corner Stone.

SeanRedd, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy dark copper with a red tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is caramel, hops, malts, some pear, and earthly.

taste is creamy, somewhat sour, light grapefruit, caramel, bitterness that grows as you drink, and dry leaves, end is nicely bitter and thick.

froghop, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of patobandito
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't even know how to begin. This is beyond my meager capabilities to review. Amazing Beer.

Pours a deep brown with a thin head and moderate lacing. Smells a bit hoppy but heavy malt. Earthy, sweet smell. Taste is indescribable but I am going to try. Earthy malts dominate the first impression followed by a perfect amount of bitter hops and pine flavor to balance this beer exquisitely.

This beer is not for the faint of heart. Its definitely a strong motha of a brew. Best decision I have made at the liquor store this year. Almost wanted to weep when I drank the last drop.

patobandito, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly hoppy and has a strong fruity overtone. It pours a deep coppery reddish brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor - WOOO! One sip of this beer, and you will know what it is like to have an angry puma in your mouth. It is FIERCE - not for the faint of heart! Bitterness is strong, but not unpleasant. Taste is mainly hoppy with some malty and sweet tones and hints of Coca-Cola and caramel. Texture is satisfyingly smooth, and aftertaste is bitter yet with a sweet fruity undertone. Like no other beer I have ever tried.

Cyberkedi, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased from Apex Beverage in Apex, NC.

A - Amber with a reddish tinge, good clarity and a moderate beige head.

S - Sweet malt, caramel and yeast.

T - Slightly sweet with notes of toast and biscuits. The malts seem to dominate in the beginning but the hops (especially some grapefruit) seem to contribute more over the course of the glass. I normally like beers where the hops dominate but this one is fantastic. The 10.5% alcohol is well hidden.

M - Good consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - It's scary how easy this beer is to drink. I wanted a memorable one for my 200th review and this beer sure did the trick.

GJ40, Dec 22, 2008
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.