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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,889 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,889
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 378
Gots: 866 | FT: 29
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 ShogoKawada
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber into standard pint.

This beer is exactly what I thought it would be, a double bastard. Twice as flavorful, twice as ass-kicking, and twice as brutal. Seriously.. this beer is no joke. It's so flavorful, one has a hard time comprehending it at first sip.

Malts? Incredible. Hops? Very bitter, scathing, very Stone. Mouthfeel? Thick, chewy. Drinkability? I enjoy it... slowly. I suggest you do the same.

I like this beer a lot... but regular bastard is all the bastard I need, meethinks. Perhaps I'm not worthy?

This beer is great, but be warned... a bomber of this will smack you around, call you a bitch, and expect you to LIKE it.

ShogoKawada, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to mikey771 who hooked me up with this one.

A - Brown colored (was expecting lighter) with a nice three finger head. Slow dissipation and exceptional lacing. Very nice looking brew, especially when poured into the glass.

S - For a second there I almost thought I was catching a whiff of scotch. Citris, hops, and I get a lot of alcohol on the nose.

T - Wow, much fuller flavor than I would have guessed, even after smelling. Caramel comes through very strongly on this one. Very sweet, and finishes quite bitter. Some dark fruits on this, alcohol comes in, but nicely. A little too bitter and too sweet for my liking.

M - Syrupy, full bodied. Carbonation is there, but you lose it in the fullness of this brew.

D - I couldn't finish the whole bomber. Very thick becomes hard to drink about 3/4 of the way through. Solid, but there's a limit to how much of this I can get down.

AgentZero, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. See Bastard, Arrogant. I didn't think this stuff was much different, just slightly stronger with a little more intense flavors.

A - Dark orangish-brown color with off-white head.

S - Aroma is citrusy hops and sweet malt, typical of West Coast hoppy ales and Stone in particular. A little graininess also as well as mild roast. Complex and enticing.

T - Citrusy hops heavy on Amarillo hops with a sweet malt backbone that is largely caramelly with some mild roast thrown in. A hint of chocolate and dark fruits.

M - Sticky, full mouthfeel, a lot like a West Coast barleywine. A little astringent. Bitterness lingers for awhile.

D - This becomes a little much and it's difficult to finish the entire bomber. Don't think it's really meant to be more than a sipper though at 10.5% ABV and a metric shitload of IBUs.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of wd40
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber. Lots of lace and a great foam head that lasts a while.
Smell and taste were much less hoppy than I expected from Stone. Instead there is a really interesting sweet caramel maltiness that comes through in both the smell and taste. The alcohol is strong at 10.5% and present in the aftertaste, but in a nice way that isn't overwhelming or unpleasant.
The mouthfeel is understated and subtle. Stronger than a cask ale, but not by a lot.
There is a small amount of bitterness, but this beer is really malty and sweet so it is dangerously drinkable. I mention danger only because of the high ABV which is already starting to have some effect... :) Thank you Stone. You never disappoint.

wd40, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an English "pot" pint glass
Deep copper in color like a dark iced tea with about a one-inch dissapating head of foam.
Aroma-Malt, with underlying citrus and caramel notes
Taste-Wow! Complex, malty hoppiness, caramel and spice-hard to fully describe or comprehend
Jazz comes to mind-Many different harmonies and rhythms coming together to make something that seems to all flow together. And smooth! There should be a warning label on this beer as it has a mellowness and drinkability of a beer with half its ABV.
Hey, enough of my gushing, go out and get some for yourself. Taste. And Believe!

hosehead83, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of traderade
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 release

-- poured into a Stone pint glass. Small light tan head quickly fading into beautiful sticky lacing. Brown with a red-orange tint. Not too dark with a very slight haze.

-- heavy roasted malts, caramel, piney hops, a definite alcohol presence

--sweet caramel malt shines early complimenting a nice roasted presence, though not overpowering. Piney hops register immediately but do not take away from the malt character. A presence of sweet caramel and some slight citrus hops linger in the aftertaste, fading to piney hop dryness.

--more effervescent than expected, bitter on the sides and front of the tongue, amazingly light on the palette considering how big this beer is.

--hard to believe this beer boasts 10.5%. if it were not for the intoxicating effects, i would gladly drink this all night long... with a water back to help with the cotton mouth.

I like this much more than the regular Arrogant Bastard. The smell is similar to Bigfoot, but the drinkability is much better.

traderade, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of natasharai
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 release

Appearance: Poured with a tan creamy smooth head that dissipated leaving a thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a dark brown with a reddish-orange tint, and it has a small amount of haze to it.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, very nutty like roasted peanuts and almonds, some pine hops, very sweet toasted sugar, and roasted marshmallow.

Taste: Sweet toasted sugar, small nutty flavor, really bitter but not much hop character other than that, and a bit of an astringent flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, a bit syrupy, nice carbonation, strong bitter feeling, leaves mouth covered in an oily film.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the sweet malt flavor is not as strong as I would like. The strong bitterness is not balanced out with any other flavors. In the smell the malt character is really good, nice sweet roasted nut aroma, but in the flavor that malt character takes a back seat to the strong hop bitterness. I hoped that waiting a bit to drink this would help the malt come through with the hops muted a little but I either didn't wait long enough or that doesn't happen with this beer.

natasharai, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of atremains
4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release. 1 finger head with moderate to light lacing throughout. Dark murky red with a light frothy cap. Smell is boozey, malts, slight hops, baked goods, and caramel. Taste is less boozey, bit more hoppy, and huge caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with mild carbonation. I've had the 2008 release 4 times since it came out and it's worth cellaring.

atremains, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of supercolter
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very good, nice sized head and a good amount of lacing that sticks around the whole way down. Smell is weaker than expected, a hoppy and maltier Killians to most. Nice taste- hops quickly disapate the malt flavor. There is a bit of dry fruit and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is very good- medium to heavy in body.
Drinkability for this Abv is out of this world.

supercolter, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage. Served into a Double Bastard serving glass. Thanks baby!

Rather impressive looking carmel colored ale that has a brown strained head. Sticky on the glass.

Big time carmel malt bomb, the aroma is.

A big beer for sure. Malt bomb with carmel out the ass, then followed by a mean bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden but the strength is there and not to be mistaken. Big time fruity esters, and a surprising amount of hops.

Not as sticky and viscous as I suspected. Hinting towards a creamy, low carbonation mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, although it gets hairy towards the end when it sucks all the moisture out of you. It went down quicker than I thought it would.

I like this better than Old Guardian and much much better than Arrogant Bastard.

Cheers!

rayjay, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #600. I'll celebrate this milestone with something bigger than usual, and an honest enthusiasm to review with no pre-judgement whatsoever.

Served from a 22oz. bomber from the 2008 Release at between fridge and cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass. At 10.5%, this should be memorable (or not)...

Appearance- Smelling more like a barleywine than anything else, this enormous beast of a beer glows a rich reddish brown and supports a wickedly supple off-white crown. There is a hint of red in the foam as well, and the retention speaks to the massive dosage of hops used in the recipe. There's some killer lacing that sticks like glue to the sides of the glass. A fruit fly literally just came out of nowhere and landed on the rim of my glass... I swear.

Smell- The instant I popped the cap, I got the whiff of Arrogant Bastard Ale cranked up a few notches... the aroma is massive, loaded with hops and malt and warning the recipient (me) of what is about to come. I am ready to give this a go.

Taste- Oh jeez... here we go. I swish, swallow, and feel the warm tingle of this beer's effects almost immediately. The hops and malts are so abundant and so overwhelming that the tongue is inundated with enough IBUs to power a small country. Yes, it's balanced all right... and the bitterness left behind at the back sides of the tongue make me keep feeling like I have to sneeze. It's actually not too far-off to compare this particular tasting experience to a year-old bottle of Bigfoot, there's a similar hop attack and malty presence here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The viscous texture lays across the tongue and disperses nicely down the throat. I would suggest a hearty beef or game dish with this one, as the gigantic overall character calls for something big to complement it. I've survived the bottle, but haven't stood up yet... maybe I'll just sleep in this chair tonight. Cheers.

yelterdow, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of zee3are0
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as a graduation gift for me, the time I drank from the Double-Magnum was among my better memories. More recent enjoyment here at home has been just as delicious, if not the same joy for what beer always represented since the dawn of time - a chance to enjoy times with companions.

A - Semi-dark. Not as black as an Irish stout, but still, like a fresh coffee. Reddish, with a thick head.

S - Like burnt carmel with toasted nuts.

T - Starts sweet, or at least feels that way because the after-taste comes on strong. Very bitter after-taste. Lives up to it's name; very arrogant. Moderate finish, alcohol is barely noticable in both taste and feel. It's strong in flavor, but not of alcohol in taste.

M - Arrogant, for lack of a better term. Despite the head, it's not very effervescent in the mouth.

D - A bit to harsh to be a daily enjoyed beer, it's nothing I would turn down.

The Double Magnum needs to be enjoyed at a party or at least with a whole lot of friends who respect "strong" beer.

zee3are0, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of madpentzer
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one of my local favorites. Picked up a 22 oz. from the liquor store in my neighborhood. It poured a deep copper red with a nice foamy head. It smelled of citrusy hops, with underlying sweet, toasty malt aroma. It tasted of sweet, burnt malt, with a nice hop bite. Though the alcohol is quite high I do enjoy drinking one of these after dinner.

madpentzer, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmmm, pours a dark reddish copper with a thick and creamy head. You can almost see that this beer is fulled bodied from the pour.

Aroma of toasted nuts, caramel, burnt bread, sweet sugary malt, citrusy sour hops

The taste is initially sweet and sugary. Burnt brown sugar, caramel, toffee. The flavour moves quickly to a biting sour hop finish that is very bitter and quenching. A little too much alcohol for me, and too much sweetness in the finish. Not dry enough to be considered very drinkable.

Good full body with a creamy mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

I didn't have a lot of trouble finishing the bottle but I couldn't have had two.

EatsTacos, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007
Dark copper beer with a small sticky head.
Sweet malts, with subtle caramel. Citrus, mostly orange with some alcohol in the mix.
Full almost syrupy body with good carbonation.
A good beer, with an aggressive alcohol bite. Aged this beer is great but fresh its to much.

alovesupreme, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of jcpaulun
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. You have to love Stone's bottle art and diatribes.

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with a 1" thick tan head. Head dissapates to a small ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: Some nice sweet malt and citrus hops. The hops smell resiny and a little piney.

T: Upfront malty goodness that gives way to some bitter hops. The malt is accented by great pineapple and apricot hop goodness.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: The alcohol is hidden nicely. I didn't have any problem taking down my bomber. I will be looking to pick this up again.

jcpaulun, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this one the other day after work. Poured an opaque rust color with caramel head that faded slow and left decent lacing. Smelled of alcohol up front, yeast, earthy hops and fruit. Tasted of hops, big malt, and sweetness. Smooth, though a bit dry and nice warmth from alcohol. For me, this just did not meet the standards that Arrogant Bastard sets for itself. Sorry.

NewGeneric, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with a generous beige head as it poured. The aroma is citrusy and sweet. The taste started out bitter. Fortunately, I had a bomber to myself, so I experimented a little. Cold, it tasted better from the bottle than from a glass. However, once warmed, the bitterness went away, sweet and citrus came through very well. I am now convinced, that this beer should only be served at cellar temperatures (55-58 degree). At the very end of the bottle, I am getting a pleasant little tart/bitter bite at the back of the throat, and I like it. Feel was good, nothing remarkable. Pretty good drinkability, considering the ABV.

kegger22, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of david18
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorites and a great one if you remember to respect the strength of this beer. It's as hot and strong tasting as any Stone selection still, for some reason, it's very easy to drink too much at once. Use a very small glass and make a point of sipping this treat.

david18, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dingy brown, cloudy cider look, moderate white head.
Good floral hop smell, sweet browned sugar
Apples, citrus, roasted and caramel malts, citrus hops.
Smooth, viscous mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but not smooth for me. This beer packs a double punch with all the flavors and with the alcohol. Too much conflict between all the flavors. Good, but based on expectations, just didn't do it for me. I'll have to try it again.

GeezLynn, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours cloudy, deep auburn red, with two fingers of head. The foam laves the glass. it was actually difficult to wash off after. Impressive look.

S- It has a huge smell. Starte off with a seweet candy. then the hops come through. Lots of alcohol.

T - Huge! It starts out with a big Caramel malt backbone that holds the whole way through The next big suprise id the hops. The almost catch you off guard. They start to dry the pallet then alcohol warmth comes through and drys it s bit more. Still a slightly sweet malt presence at the end.

M- Lots of Carbonation. It has a very big mouth feel, but doesn't seem to weigh the tongue down.

O- This is an awesome beer. the Name ways it all. It's a Arrogant Arrogant bastard of a beer. I am humbled.

DwnTwnBwn, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This truly is the pinnacle of brewing perfection. There are no words to describe just how sad I was that this was not approved for retail sale in Texas. You will not taste a beer better than this...ever.

A: Reddish brown. Almost rust-like, but with more of a gemstone glow. Eggshell colored bubbles that seem to cycle through the glass. Perfect lacing.

S: Spicy caramel. Some Citrus. Alcohol. Heaven.

T: Is there a word for 'smoother than smooth?' I would start by saying that this is a truly robust beer that requires multiple tastings as you will discover new layers of complexity. Some of the random ones I have discovered include caramelized sugar, pineapple, and hops.

M: The alcohol creates a very high warming factor. Dry and bready, but still very smooth.

D: Take water. I want this to fill the ocean!

Served: Trappist glass.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely lovely burnished red-brown-gold colour with a thick head of yellowish white bubbles, which cascade up and then down in the glass. Very pleasant indeed. Lacing is great, and it looks as thick as a elephant sandwich. Very nice indeed.

Oh yeah, masses of hops. Extremely pungent, but they veer to the side of sweetness. Lots of pineapple, pear, musk and passionfruit, and not nearly as much pine resin or citrus. Very rich and mellow for a high hoppy beer. Very nice again.

Thick and full on the palate, initially sweet, crescendoing with hop bitterness mid palate, and then declining to a very mellow rich toffee sweetness on the back. Perhaps just a light hint of heat on the back, but it's very subtle. The lovely toffee note on the back is what makes this for me. It makes it more than a highly hopped ale - it gives it gravitas and complexity. Very nice. Mouthfeel very smooth and delicious.

A classic American craft brew. Peppered with the wonderful American hops lusciousness, but with a deep complexity underlying this. This is not simply a beer brewed to the extreme for the sake of it. There is a clarity of purpose and a wonderful structure to all of the big flavours. Once again Stone has given me an extreme, but philosophical American beer experience.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a red-brown colour with enormous ochre head, also almost red in colour, very hazy look. Lacing is thick and delicious, but a bit slippery. Otherwise, well not otherwise, it just is excellent.

Nose is extremely sweet with a pongy tropical smell, hints of spice but a large amount of caramelised pineapple, banana and maybe currants as well. That sweet spice aroma is to die for, while the rest of it (some floral hoppiness as well) is pretty gosh damn nice as well.

Taste is very malty but with a long, slightly phenolic hop character. Has a barleywine-esque richness with spicy notes of cinnamon and cumin, raisiny hints as well, and a bit of alcohol warmth, as well as a boozy sourness, before the hops hit. Slight astringency at the back, hops are not as tropical as the nose suggested and are definitely medicinal in character.

Mouthfeel is deliciously velvety with an amazing creaminess that somehow overrides the prominent alcohol. There is a lot to like in this; sourness makes me a bit meh, but it is very well constructed with pleasant flavours and an amazing mouthfeel. Almost can't detect alcohol, but it certainly isn't harsh. Maybe just lowers drinkability, but I'd definitely want another one of these.

laituegonflable, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. 2008 vintage, 10.5% abv.

Appearance: Half inch of tan head fades to just a ring of foam around the glass. Body looks like apple cider. I can't see through it at all.

Smell: Very malty, rich, and sweet with some fruity hints of cherry and pineapple.

Taste: Wow. Pine and cherry. Really is a much more complex beer than I was anticipating. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this beer to horde away for a few years.

BierFan, Jul 09, 2009
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,889 ratings.