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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,112
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 408
Gots: 1,000 | 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark and creamy looking. Looks like a beast.

S-Smells like a big powerful brew. some hop bitterness that plays sidekick to a complex doughy scent.

T-Big taste. Follows the nose. A strong blast of candied cherries comes to the forefront.

M-Full and thick. More bodacious than its little brother.

D-Strong in the booze department. But pretty drinakble.

Photo of brownbeer
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 consumed 6-11-10

The pour seems syrupy and the color is murky and brown. Not much head, good retention for what it has.

The nose is showing oxidation similar to an aged Bigfoot or another iconic barleywine. Raisin, caramelized sugars left and right, sherry, dehydrated banana.

The flavors are a rare balance of brown sugar, dough, toffee, and just all out malt richness, with somehow a spicy, mineral hop finish. It's high-octane and more intense than the average Barleywine. The carbonation is low, making the already thick body seem even thicker.

Unusual and oddly addictive. I've enjoyed this fresh and aged alike. It just depends on what tickles your fancy. I do not feel so all alone.

Photo of Luk13
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky brown pour with little head. Nice american hop aromas, some pine and grapefruit some sweetness. Quite bitter, lots of american hops in the taste, a short sweetness to balance it all but the high abv is still being felt. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. This is a little too much for me, I prefer the regular and less bitter Arrogant bastard ale.

Photo of TheOtherMike
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle

I tried this one solely based upon the reviews here and I was not disappointed.

A: beautiful dark red/brown color with thick head and sticky lacing.

S/T: Full-spectrum flavor here. More on the dark side than I usually prefer but very well balanced.

M/D: The ABV does not go unnoticed and as such this is not something to drink for an entire evening.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a reddish brown with a thin white head that left very little lacing on the glass.

S: caramel malts pop out at first whiff alongside hops and booze. It has sweet candy and fruit notes as well.

T: the caramel malts are also big on the taste with nice bitter hops and boozy accents. It also has plums, slight citrus, and with faint brown sugar notes.

M: medium body with a low amount of carbonation that had a slight sweet but bitter and boozy finish.

D: actually is a very nice sweet hop brew that is pretty drinkable but does pack a punch. I just had a 2000 vintage double bastard and it tasted like a barleywine so you can sit on it for a decade and it will still taste good.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage

Pours a dark garnet/brown. Thin littel white head,light carbonation. Great aroma of dark fruits and cherries. Taste is not for the timid.
But its great. At first its the hops, a IPA feel, then follows the malt and it slips into the dark ale category. Finally there is the nice warm booze that blends the hops and malt together.
What a great beer. I am going to stock up and have some for this fall when it turns cool.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, hazy reddish-brown color. The head is tall, densely frothy, and similarly reddish-brown in color. Retention is very persistent, and sticky bits of lacing adhere to the glass.

S: Big notes of brown sugar and caramel maltiness up front, with some toffeeish character. Definite preserved fruit aromas, with pineapple, citrus, and some mild cherry/plum. A bit of rumlike alcoholic presence is also detectable.

T: Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar up front, along with a darkly bready profile. Almost barleywine sweet up front, but a major dose of hop flavors take over, with citric (white grapefruit), piney, and floral/herbal notes. Definite candied pineapple presence as well. Bitterness builds gradually into a very robust bite, just as a punch of rummy alcohol adds some spicy heat.

M: Unquestionably full-bodied. Sticky and viscous, with light carbonation that contributes to the beer's density. A warming alcoholic contribution lends to a haymaker finish.

D: This is one big-ass beer. I've tasted a lot of double IPAs that tasted like barleywines, and quite a few barleywines that ventured into DIPA territory, but this is the only one that really manages to be both at once. Significantly different from Arrogant Bastard, but they're definitely cut from the same cloth. A fruity, bombastically hopped strong ale that is definitely worthy.

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

The appearance was quite clear, almost crisply so.

It smelled of dark fruit, figs and a hint of black cherry. The taste of toasted malt and hops was hidden behind the fruit.

Taste - very good. Strong taste of malt hidden behind the taste of raisin, caramel and hops. So strongly reminiscent of a barleywine, it makes me question the idea of an "American Strong". Very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Not super distinctive, but amazingly smooth. No taste nor feel of alcohol.

Very dangerous, 1.5 liters later it still goes down just as smooth (if not smoother) than it did at the beginning. Splitting a 3 liter during a LOTR marathon is quite sneaky.

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

Poured from 3 liter bottle with some age on it into Gulden Draak tulip. Split with mjyoung.

A: Pours a rich dark cherry red with a bubbly light brown head that slowly receded into a thick film that left a web of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Notes of dark fruits, figs, black cherries, and caramel malt. Slight alcohol vapor and piney hop undertones.
T: Very fruity. Notes of raisins, cherries, black pepper, toasted and roasted malt flavors. Bitterness is strong but not crazy, and has a touch of grapefruit to it. Finish has notes of dark chocolate.
M: Smooth and slightly sticky with low creamy carbonation and a full, rich body. Alcohol is present in the finish and warms the throat nicely.
D: Do I really need to express the drinkability of this beer after I had 1.5 liters of it? This went great with the 12 hour Lord of the Rings marathon I watched while drinking it. Tastes a lot like a barleywine. Very sweet , alcoholic and fruity. Tastes great at room temp and in large quantities ;)

EDIT: Had a fresh 22oz bottle in 2010 and it's more hoppy fresh, but just as potent and aggressive. An extremely flavorful and drinkable beer.

Photo of chickenflea
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle opened at local beer tasting (Underground Bluz). A beautiful brew. The only beer all night that everyone at the table liked: hopheads and malt lovers alike. Sweet and tasty up front with roasty malt flavor. A very nice hop finish. This beer can do some damage because you won't want to stop drinking it!

Photo of harperman69
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Vintage 22 oz bottle poured into a St Bernardus tulip

Poured a hazy Mahogany color, just a beautiful beer with 2 fingers head. Great retention with plenty of lacing in the glass.

Nose of piney hops and caramel malts.

Taste was an explosion of hops and malty sticky sweetness, every sip better than the one before it. A very complex beer to wrap your tongue around. Mouthfeel was on the heavy side due to the stickiness but rather enjoyable.

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever enjoyed. Can feel this one after only one 22 oz bottle due to the conent, but I wanted much more. Very dangerous beer.

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

22oz bottle, Sam Adams glass, 2009 vintage.

This long awaited drink is a slightly hazed woody and deep amber. When poured it looked nearly still and then was able to develop swirls of the very standard off-white.

The nose is loaded with butter, there must be some diacetyl in play. In fact butter pretty much makes up the olfactory side of things. Sweet malt, alcohol, citrus zest are also present in trace amounts. Maybe a bit of pine.

Hops are more evident in the flavor; orange, grapefruit pith and zest, lemon pith. There's the butter again, this time coming off more butterscotch or toffee-like (diacetyl). As promised there is copious alcohol; it caresses rather than burns and emphasizes the sizable rough hop bitterness. I can see potential here and may wish I had another 2009 bottle.

There isn't much carbonation, probably to the Double Bastard's benefit, and the weight in the mouth is truly syrupy.

I've worked this first glass down quite quickly and I'm surprised I'm not really feeling it. Alcohol content wise this will never be drinkable, but its role in the flavor is extremely well integrated already.

Photo of CaptYellow
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I tried it without high expectations. I got it while traveling to share with a friend. It was great. $6 a bomber. I'll happily buy it again. Drinkability was high for me. Not only did I finish it wanting more and looking forward to buying it again, I drank it quickly. Being that I'm a sipper and take forever on any beer, it's drinkability is exceptional. It is 10.5% so, of course, a person who drinks quickly might be limited.

Mouthfeel was medium-heavy. Very malty sweetness. Bitterness evident in the taste and particularly in the aftertaste. A pleasant find was butter in the taste. The alcohol was evident in the best possible way- it had a warming taste to it and I felt my face get warm like it does from alcohol. The only other flavor I'd claim to have tasted was caramel.

This reminded me of Rogue's Old Crustacean.

Not the best beer I've ever had, but it is tops in my book and for a fair price with good availability. A definite recommend and remember.

Photo of emagana
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this one just about everywere I go now. Finally decided to try and rate. Pours thick and has a lingering head. Dark brown in complexity with plenty of carbonation showing. There is a sweet malty aroma with hint of hops. I also get hint of leather and mushrooms. Starts off sweet on the pellet and wham you get hit with the hops and the alcohol. In a good way. Taste like a barly wine. Very enjoyable 09 version

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass

A: Pours a deep cloudy ruby-orange, with about a fingers worth of tan head. Settles to a nice layer of foam with wonderful off-white lacing that lasted from start to finish. Another beautiful beer from Stone.

S: Very rich & sticky-sweet smelling.... I'm getting molasses, dark fruit and a load of hops. Just a touch of alcohol.

T: Sweet molasses right up front, followed up quickly by bitter hops. Both flavors are very strong... aftertaste is on the bitter side. There is also some alcohol heat floating around.

M: Med to heavy bodied. Smooth and buttery feel, warming effect throughout.

D: ABV is 10.50% and you can feel it. Everything in this beer is turned up to 10.... Sit back and enjoy.

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

A - Dark cherry oak amber color with a small bubbly off white head. Goes down fairly fast leaving some patches of lace.

S - Rich caramel and butterscotch along with a large amount of fruity aroma (apple, cherry, and citrus fruits). Strong amount of floral, citrus and pine hops.

T - Strong caramel and brown sugar malt base. Big hop presence consisting of floral, citrus and pine hops that are extremely strong given the age. Nice fruity liqueur type presence with citrus and cherry along with some apple flavor. Alcohol comes out a bit as well. Great mix of hoppy bitterness and caramel malt sweetness.

M - Medium to full body with a little less than average carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D - Great balance (don't know how it would be fresh) between sweet and bitter. ABV is a little high but it is a pretty drinkable beer given what it is.

Notes: Vintage 2007. A very enjoyable beer to drink with flavor jumping out and being very strong, but the balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness was nice (again not sure how it would be fresh). I would definitely recommend trying this, very flavorful beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22oz left here by bobsy - was going to wait until he came back to share his beer with him (nice guy that I am) but it was calling me from the fridge tonight and I had to obey its beck and call (not so nice guy that I am). I owe you one Rob! Bottle states 2009 release.

Pours a murky ass reddish hue with a finger of yellowish head which dies to a collar.

Piney and citric hops buffet your nostrils first and they are followed by a bold caramel biscuit malt. Bloatloads of hops and malt join together with almost vodka-ish fusel alcohol and a touch of roast to make one hell of nose.

This is the kind of beer that, rather than caressing you and pleasing you, bitch slaps you from the get go. This is a huge beer that drinks huge. Loads of caramel maltiness, slight fruitiness with a hint of spice and earth, a touch of cocoa, biscuit, raisins. This meets a truck full of citric and piney hops which provide a harsh bitterness in the finish, which coupled with the alcohol leaves a harsh parting gift. Creamy mouthfeel with just enough bubbles to cut the syrupy-ness.

This is barleywine meets the massive hop attack of an American Strong Ale. Hard to see this as drinkable though I imagine with some significant time in the cellar it might be. You can see the genius in the melding of such mass quantities of malt and hops but at this point it's still too rough, unbalanced and just plain ol' brutish for me.

Photo of glazeman
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a glass and split with a friend.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with minimal head (perhaps half a finger). Nice lacing though.

S: Intense smell. Some grape, caramel, toast, and citrus.

T: Very strong flavors that are fairly well balanced, though the scale leans more toward the hops. As the name implies, this is an intensified version of a regular arrogant bastard. Almost as if they took a six pack of arrogant bastard and distilled it into a bomber. Specific flavors I got were lemons, caramel, some booziness, and a lot of bitter hops in the finish.

M: Smooth, but somewhat under carbonated in my opinion.

D: I enjoyed trying this beer, but to me, the overall sum was not as good as the pieces. Most likely a one and done.

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

On tap at Kickbacks-thanks for tapping this one Steve!

A-A brooding, hazy amber tulip stares back at me with a rocky one finger head that hangs around for quite a while and left tons of sticky lace all the way down.

S-Rich, sweet caramel malt greets my olfactory senses. Following up are citrus and pine hop notes, a slight whiff of booze, some dark cherries and brown sugar. Man, there is a lot here. Some of it I just can't put my finger on.

T-Sweet caramel malt leads followed by a swift bitter kick to the taste buds by some piney hops. The malt and hops are battling for supremacy with neither one prevailing. Both are intense, pleasurable and unrelenting. The brown sugar and dark cherries from the nose are lingering around. A bit boozy, yet I can't call it hot. A faint whiskey like flavor coats the palate on the finish. Exceptional. Just exceptional.

M-Full bodied and sticky, it coats the palate thoroughly. Very chewy. Almost a meal in itself.

D-I ordered another even before I had finished the glass. Its a big beer for sure, but its so enjoyable and complex, it begs another go round.

I love this beer. It reaches up and punches you in the face and makes no apologies. Thoroughly enjoyable and I'll be very, very sad when this keg kicks.

Photo of devilben02
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The color out of the bottle is a glorious reddish-copper with a fizzy half-inch head. The aroma is bursting with hops, with notes of grapefruit and pine being most prominent. The flavor is likewise overflowing with hop bitterness, eliciting the feeling of eating a ripe grapefruit at a small table in the middle of a pine forest after a rainstorm. Not content to just be a hop bomb, though, this one also has a substantial malt backbone, with big flavors of caramel and toffee.

Nicely carbonated and having a texture that is oily but also somewhat creamy, it should go down smooth, but it is just overwhelming. Although the alcohol is certainly present and noticeable, especially as the beer warms, the booziness is not the biggest obstacle to drinkability. Rather, it is the combination of big hop bitterness, dense malt sweetness, and the high alcohol that just overloads the palate. I thought I liked big flavors as much as the next guy, but the abundance of everything packed into the Double Bastard is just too much.

Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a huge foamy frothy light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear copper amber. Aroma is malt hop roast . Flavor is like aroma with big hops and bitter over sweet. Good body and carboantion. Huge tang on the tongue from bitterness. Ditto for the finish and some alcohol warming. Pretty good beer, but a little overdone on the bitterness. Not a session.

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

just looking at this bottle is intimidating. Stone knows no other way

poured from bomber into pint glass

A- appears that mahoganey red look with a solid head of foam. Some sticky lacing on the side of the glass lingers. Good carbonation on the brew

S- before I can get the glass up to my face, that signature American Strong Ale scent fills my nostrils. There is a powerful presense of earthy hops and a sweet malt presense. That malt is very, very smokey as well. The alcohol is barely cloaked by the extreme malt profile. The is a slight brown sugar scent as well

T- yeah I like this... a "jacked up" AmStrAle that has that blend of hops and malt. The beginning taste has a sweet malt wave that has some smokey malt flavoring. There is some sweetness intertwined with the brew. The same earthy hops that were originally smelt are contained in the brew. There is some bitterness as well. I have to say that the alcohol is a little overwhelming in the end. However, it does not ruin the taste profile

M- creamy and carbonated. No doubt about it

D- this is another enjoyable beer from Stone. It's very drinkable in the sense of enjoying a well crafted Am Strong. When you think of that style of beer... Double Bastard is the one that has the little exponent in the top right corner taking it to the umpteenth power. Good brew, just watch that 10.5

Photo of nickadams2
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Dark reddish brown. Slight tan head with decent lacing.

S_Strong caramel malt,citrus/piny hops,booze.

T_Caramel malt up front. Has a little spice to it. Rounded out by citric hops. Slightly fruity. Medium alcohol finish. Strong brew.

M_Full bodied slightly creamy.

D_Too drinkable for a beer this potent.

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

Poured into Stone IPA glass

A: not at all clear hazy for sure, light tan head and a nice dark amber color

S: caramel malts with plum and the hops are there in the back ground kind of smells like a barley wine.

T: malts hit first a nice big kick of sweetness then comes in the hops its an all and all out a assault on the tongue so much flavor its mind blowing

M: med to heavy mouth it kind of clings and sticks to your mouth even after you swallow

D: drinkable only if you love big flavor

overall: a enjoyable beer that has huge flavor and huge everything about this beer is huge cheers to stone for going all out you can tell its not a cheap beer to make.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Bastard pours a deep copper/garnet with a thick but rapidly depleting head of off white.

The smell is very similar to an Arrogant Bastard. Sweet and toasty with smooth piney hops. Slightly dulled and not quite in-your-face. A more pronounced alcohol note.

The alcol taste as well as a super sweet malt flavor come through first. A gently roasted barley flavor play against a pine resinous hop flavor.

Full bodied and slightly thick. Smooth an with very little carbonation; it's really appropriate, though. Drinkability is excellent.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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