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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,205 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,205
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,076 | FT: 37
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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 surlytheduff
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from Duvel tulip. Beer poured a deep amber/light mahogany with a finger and a half of light mocha colored head with very little lacing. First smell up my nose was juicy grapefruit citrus and pine, followed by bready maltiness. Some light caramel/toffee aroma also.

Beer was full and very rich tasting. There was a slight fruitiness to it; tasted almost like a sweet and bitter barleywine. There was a warm alcohol flavor to it, and it finished with a crisp bitterness.

Mouthfeel was thick and full bodied, and was well carbonated. It is fairly drinkable, but this beverage demands to be enjoyed slowly.

Photo of pmoore311
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I may not be worthy, but certainly excited to try.

Appearance, beautiful almost copperish-red color, lacing and a white head.

Smell, wow this must have like a million IBU's, strong citrus, sweet ripe fruits, and alcohol.

Taste, definately a toungue bruiser, but awesome. The IBUS hit you right in the face, yes I think a million is about right, a bit of burn at the end continues to makes you bow to the sheer power of the DB.

Mouthfeel, a bit stick, but I drank very fresh, definately medium bodied.

Drinkabilty, I bow to the man whom can session this one. I look forward to this improving in this category with age.

I am not worthy, but I certainly enjoy trying!

Photo of IPAescotch
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get to see the beer. Drank from a goblet but we were outside watching stars. Needless to say the beer looked dark but...
Very little lacing.

Smells fruity and nutty

Hop bitterness, oddly sweet

Very thick. Almost frothy or fizzy

Highly drinkable. Absolutely delicous. may have to buy this again

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/ruby red. Large creamy 3 inch head, nice lacing.

Smell - Hops, malts, spices, alcohol, some citrus fruity smells and some yeast

Taste - Strong. Real strong. Hops are heavy, malts are real heavy, beer is intense. The alcohol is present in each sip, has a rye feel much like regular bastard. I get a dark carmal flavor also.

Mouhfeel - Crushes palette with bitter hops and malts. Tounge warms up from the alcohol. The aftertaste would last longer if mouth wasnt numbed first.

Drinkabilty - Its so intense and strong, this 22oz is more then enough. i could enjoy this weekly though. You have to sip it, therefor, drinkabilty is dropped down some. All three bastards are great, and offer something differnt. This for sure, is the big brother.

Photo of CenCalMario
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beer! You don't have to be a double bastard to try this beer, but you do have to be a double hop and malt head. This beer had me at "smell" hello... what great head retention and aroma! Super powerful @ 11%, but after two drinks it flows like Niagra Falls. There are so many flavors, smells, aromas going on that it is a circus of sensations. Can't believe I waited so long to try it... I'm hooked!

Photo of itsfreeasinbeer
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: dark mahogany, finger and a half of head.

Smell: as I first pour it cold from the bottle, I detect the rich caramel flavor that I have come to associate with Double Bastard's syrupy predecessors.

Taste: Rich caramel from the malt hits first, with wholegrain tasting malts showing through in the finish. These flavors are complimented by a solid alcohol presence and a finishing appearance of hops to round out the footprint for a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and thick with too much carbonation added to balance it out. It warms the mouth, and the beer reveals layers of flavor with each sip.

Drinkability: This beer packs a lot of things into a bottle, and does each of them well. All the disparate elements, the nutty and caramel maltiness, accompanied by a hops cameo that appears in the latter parts of the swig, are tied together ingeniously. I have come to expect the world from all releases of Double Bastard, and I have yet to be disappointed. As of this review, I have enjoyed the '03, '09, and 2010.

Photo of hopheadjuice
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a 1 finger beige head that sticks to the glass.

Aromas of grapefruit and pine like hops and a heavy dose of bready malts. Alcohol is also somewhat present in the aroma.

Taste is strong with bitter hops and a ridiculous amount of malts to back them up. Nice warming heat from the alcohol.

Thick creamy mouthfeel with thin carbonation and a uber dry finish.

Drinkability is a bit low in this with the alcohol being present and the ridiculous bitterness from the hops. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

Photo of cutout
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!

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,205 ratings.