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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,123 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,123
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 412
Gots: 1,009 | 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 flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich tawny brown with a nice cloudiness, one finger of light tan foam atop. It looks pleasing.

Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma with hints of plums. Hops are big, peppery, spicy and a little floral. Quite nice.

Taste: whoa. Malt is very big with a flavor of plum-tobacco hard candy. This beer is quite sweet. Hops are as in the aroma, although they seem a little more floral than peppery here. It's hard to compete with this malt. Alcohol is quite present. Overall, very good, but very ... big.

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy, syrupy with very little carbonation. A nice mouth-coating leaves plenty of opportunity to revel in the flavor. Very little carbonation on this bad boy.

Drinkability: I must not be worthy. It is delicious but HUGE in flavor and alcohol. Screw brandy, Saint Bernards should carry casks of this stuff to stranded Alpine skiers.

Photo of Rguardian989
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes, Drank on January 13 2010
2009 release bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance/Smell: Dark/hazy amber with a tan head that doesn't last long. Smells like a grapefruit just punched me in the face. Hops are very prominent (me like). Some malt in the background with very little fusel alcohol detected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit. Other citrus. Light malt, in that order. A hop forward beer. No alcohol taste. Very pleasant lingering bitterness on the end. Its very smooth with a nice light carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel to me.

Drinkability: It disappeared pretty quickly but I would be hammered with too many of these.

Other Notes: Overall a very good beer, one that I'm going to seek out every year as soon as its released.

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

Poured from a bomber with 2009 release date on the bottle. Poured into my oversized snifter and had about 2 inches of tan head. Very dark non translucent amber in color. Dark malts and dark fruit plums and raisins dominate the scent. This brew has a hugely hoppy taste along with roasted malts. Dark fruits are evident in the flavor. The alcohol is very warming. Paired very well with my 1.5 inch, 20 ounce ribeye steak.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Boo's in Columbus, Ga.
Put back a bottle to age. This one is fresh.
appearance - light golden brown. Slight head.
smell - This is nice. Buttery nose with monster hoppiness hiding in the wings.
taste - Sizzling with hops! Man, that buttery nose lulls you into a false sense of security. I think my aged bottle will see these mellow a little, and find more balance. Maybe it's my immature palate (as I see much experienced reviewers revel in this hop explosion) but I'm eager to taste this with some age.
Nevertheless, it's a very satisfying brew young.

Photo of DoesntMatter46
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I rarely buy beers from Stone because the labels are printed on the bottles and I'd rather have labels that I can remove for my homebrews... Having said that, I poured the 22 oz bomber into a pint glass topping it off as I sipped it. Very minimal head that had a greenish tint do it, the body was a hazy, deep mahogany.

The aroma is not nearly as hoppy as I expected, I mainly get malty sweetness, with hints of raisin and caramel.

Again not as hoppy as expected, it was the 2009 release, maybe a few months were enough that the hops mellowed out a bit. But it could just be my tongue, after so many unbalanced DIPAs with 100+ IBUs that when you do have something well balanced, it strikes one as not quite that bitter. But either way, this is a big flavorful, well balanced American strong ale. When it first hits you, its very malty, and as with the aroma, hints of raisin; then the hops show up as a citrusy/ piney force to be reckon with; and the aftertaste has a molasses- caramel, but kept in check by the hops. Well balanced with complex layers of flavor.

Feels under carbonated and has a heavy, syrupy texture that I'm not crazy about.

Again, well balanced, but heavy, and at 10.5% served out of a 22 oz bottle this will be nursed for at least an hour, a very pleasant hour.

A good beer, but I enjoy the regular Arrogant Bastard and the oaked version over the double. It's a well balanced, big, and a distinctly West Coast beer, but just misses the mark for me.

Photo of wangbruins
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Extremely hazy and murky caramel brown with a thick tan head. It actually looks like apple cider with the same thick and fuzzy appearance

S- Very hoppy with lots of caramel and some orange and spices, cinnamon I think

T- Lots of caramel and oranges as well as a spicy aftertaste...it's tremendous...even better than Arrogant Bastard

M- Thick and smooth as most Stone beers and the aftertaste is no less than perfect

D- If you don't know it yet, Stone is my favorite brewery and this may be their best output yet!

Photo of techfed87
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Head is frothy, with an orange-whitish tint to it. Smells very much of hops.

First sip and wow.. this beer is MASSIVE! It's bitter and floral like an IPA, but with a bit more character. In fact, in many ways it reminds one of an IPA in just the sheer hoppiness to it. What's so unique about this beer is just how much bite it has to it. It's a real pallet snapper. It grabs your attention and doesn't let go. Carbonation levels are appropriate for the beer and really add to the overall intensity.

This is quite the beer, and not for the faint of heart. But if you're looking for something hoppy and intense, this is right up your alley.

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

Poured from a big 22 oz bomber. Was a hazy, opaque, burgundy brown/rasin like color. Medium amount of carbonation, light creamy head.

Had a slight barley-like aroma. Brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, raisins. Taste has a strong hop profile throughout the sip, toffee up front, medium malt backbone, and brown sugar. Finishes semi-dry, alcohol character finish that lingers for several minutes. Translates to strong hop flavoring, sweet, smooth, almost bourbon-like (in a very mild sense).

Has a medium body, quite smooth, and a mild boose warming effect. Drinkability is excellent. The way it's brewed hides the ABV (to some degree). Is very flavorful & strong. Potentially would get better with age?

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

Poured from bomber into a tulip.

First notice the signature hop smells not unlike the better APAs, but the malts rule the day as soon as you take a sip. The strong malt and high ABV makes for great beer to nurse and savor. I waver between Pale Ales and Imperial Stouts and for some reason this just feels like it captures the best of both. Kick me out for saying that, but that's the best description I can offer.

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

this guy poured deep brown rose a 2 finger head that diminished to little islands in my sniffer. It smelled of strong of hops and booze i could not get anything else out of the aroma. the tastes is malt as it enters the pallet then is quickly overpowered as the booze and hops take over, but it is a good thing the alcohol and hops are balanced quite well which makes this one an easy drinker but a sipper none the less. this is a powerful beer and it lets you know it, it doesn't try to hide anything what you taste is what you get. This one is very unique and will buy it again.

Photo of animal69
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 2009 release, pours a cloudy brownish-copper color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my snifter

S- a strong smell, piney, "assy" citrus hops and vinous alcoholic (rotting breadfuit ?)fruit up front with baking bread, caramel, nuts and dried darker fruit as it warms, a def. alcohol smell all the way through, tho not out of place

T- taste is rich, sweet bready cereal grains w/ a ton of grapefruit hops, almost a toffee-DIPA taste overall, the powerful hop bitterness gives way to a dark fruit, a good bit of licorice and some faintly mineral flavor, finish is fairly bitter and full of warming alcohol notes that come off as brandy-like in nature

M- a rather thick full bodied beer w/ nominal carbonation

D- not a bad beer by any means but def. a sipper, the 10.5% is hard to miss in this one for sure

Photo of joshstevens87
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a copper brown with a generous light tan head that leaves its mark all over the glass (sidenote:the stone description on the back is priceless and worth a 4.5 rating alone)
S-dominant citrus hops with a sweetness with notes of vanilla and a kick of molasses and dark fruit smells like arrogant bastard but much more complex and inviting
T-powerful american hops throughout with a solid malt taste of sweet vanilla, molasses, and dark fruit very little alcohol hint making a very warming and satisfying beer
M-very heavy body with a light carbonation very chewy body and very warming due to the abv but still a very satisfying brew
D-definitely a sipper with its heavy body and high abv but very enjoyable and a very well hidden abv and if heavy body does not deter you from a beer this is very recommened

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (2008 release) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, murky amber brown with a finger of dense cream colored head. Pretty good staying power on the foam slowly fading to leave nice lacing on the glass and a thick collar with a few islands remaining on the surface.

S - Malty, caramel, toffee and molasses at the base. An overall fruitiness with some citrusy hops and some cut grass.

T - Strong, reminiscent of a barley wine. Strong malt underpinnings with tons of caramel and molasses in the flavor. Plenty of hops that tries to balance things out. Sharply bitter in the middle, but can't overpower the sugary, syrupy maltiness that is the base. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

M - Pretty thick and full bodied. Carbonation is medium overall, but feels a bit high for the style. Sweet malt with heavy caramel and molasses notes coats the entire mouth.

D - Whoa, this one is hitting me hard. First "aged" DB I've had, typically drink these fresh, but found this on the shelf at a local store and had to give a try. Hops are there, but definitely faded over a fresh bottle. Alcohol is noticeable, and sweet, maltiness is a bit overpowering. This is a serious sipper for me.

Photo of jwillcourt
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a half-pint goblet.

A - Hazy, deep caramel color. Looks like a glass of butterscotch due to color and murkiness. Tight, finger-sized, white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Strong hop aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee are also strong. Slight pineapple smell.

T - Assertive, sweet, caramel malt form a good backbone. Pine hops dominate and linger. Alcohol comes through the taste and feel. There is a grape/wine flavor that adds fruitiness and astringency.

M - Thick, creamy in the mouth, and buttery on the lips.

D - Strong flavor but also boozy. It is tasty, so I want another, but strong, and I wouldn't want any more than that.

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

2009 vintage poured into St. Bernardus chalice 1/9/2010.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Copper reddish clear amber body. Certainly has a barleywine type nose, sweet, not much smoke in initial whiff, nice hop presence, piney and citrus. As it warmed up the smoke became more pronounced in the nose. The taste is dominated by sweetish caramel malts, a bit of fruit, Rainier cherries, and pear, smoke and a bit of leather. Not the most carbonated of beers. Pretty drinkable for this high ABV, but one bomber is sufficient. I thought this was nicely balanced, certainly a step up complexity wise from 'regular' Bastard. Would like to see how this taste after a bit of aging. I knew there was a reason I'd stashed that 2006 bottle.

Photo of NicholasSchell
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky reddish amber color with minimal cream colored head.

S- Sweet, malty, fruity, pineapple, faint pine.

T- Well balanced sweet malt with hop bitterness, brown sugar, alcohol doesn't show itself at least not like 10.5 ABV.

M- Medium-heavy body, lightly syrupy, medium carbonation.

D- Complex enough to stay interesting, but watch out for the sneaky ABV.

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

Poured From an always entertaining Stone bomber into an Arrogant Bastard glass. 2009 release.

A: Pours a very pretty clear copper color. Small head around 1 finger. Decent lacing, a nice beer to look at.

S: Smells almost like a Dogfish 90/120. Sweet, alcohol, malt, hops. In exactly that order.

T: From start to finish: Sweet, malt, and hops on the tounge after swallowing. Personally I do not detect the 10.5% in the taste what so ever. Much more balanced then the standard Arrogant Bastard.

M: A relatively thick mouthfeel. Little carbonation from this bottle. Smooth on the tongue and very enjoyable.

D: 10.5%? not noticed what so ever. A very well rounded and a drinkable brew. 1 bomber is not enough.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review #250 -- Poured from 22oz bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an orange-brown body with a 2 finger off-white head. Head has pretty good retention, but not the most amazing I've seen.

S: Smells strongly of hops, with a malt background. There's a little bit of sweet dark fruit detectable.

T: Strong hops dominate the palate, but caramel, malts, and candied fruit do a good job of balancing out the flavor, but still hop-heavy. Could use a year or two cellaring.

M&D: Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and pretty well carbonated- good, but nothing extremely special. Pretty drinkable for the alcohol, although a bomber is enough for me.

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

This bastard pours a very dark copper almost amber, that is pretty clear. The head is very nice rising about 2 fingers and lasting for awhile. It is medium tan with good lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength and dominated by hops only. I can't pull anything else out.

The taste is pretty mild, I was expecining a big explosion of flavor. I get mostly hops with alcohol. The aftertaste is very bitter.

The feel is good, drinkablility suffers a tad.

Overall, prett decent. Its like an ipa on steroids not totally my thing but I see its mass appeal.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My fiance got me this for christmas.

Appearance- brownish amber color, thin head

Smell- wonderful aroma, sweet malts, hops

Taste- strong hops flavor, delicious, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- Excellent I loved it. I would drink it again.

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

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

4.5 A: Hazy amber-brown color. Two fingers of thick, creamy yellowish white head that retains well and covers the glass in lacing.

4.5 S: Sweet caramel and toffee malts. Hops are intense, especially given the high gravity here. Aromatic and citrusy hops centered around orange and to a lesser extent, pine and peach.

4.0 T: Tasty brew here. Strong toffee and caramel from the top. Raisin and tobacco to some extent alongside a peach and orange fruitiness. Healthy hop bitterness which works well to balance the malt onslaught. Hops lend the citrusy taste as well as a bit of astringency. However, regardless of all the good qualities, there is just too much booziness. If I were to guess without knowing the ABV beforehand, I would put this brew at 16%.

3.5 M: Thick, viscous body. Bubbly carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Alcohol brings down the smoothness, but does give a nice warming on finish.

3.5 D: Really tasty brew. One of the few brews that manages to get lots of malt flavor AND lots of hop flavor, and do both well. However, it's simply too boozy, especially for only 10.5%.

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

I found three beers at a store that were 1-2 years old and this was the best of the bunch. BOttled over two years ago. I lost my notes, but I remember that I liked this a great deal. It had latent sour beer notes almost similar to Consecration by Russian River. It is brown with a tinge of orange. Very little head when I poured it into a glass. Smelled almost better then it tasted. Fruity, maybe plum esters on the noise.

Photo of burner
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i just cracked a 22 oz. bottle with my wife. this american strong ale SMACKS YOU RIGHT IN THE MOUTH !! don't drink it alone.

the appearance is what you would expect. when poured there was very little head,just some lacing finished off with a bright amber color. a little on the cloudy side.

aroma is simply amazing. fruity,piny,slight pineapple. the aroma translates right into the taste. strong hop flavor.sweet and smooth up front.fruit and malt in the middle, almost biscuity. piny resinous hop bitterness smacks the back of the tounge. beautiful!

mouthfeel is not thick and not thin, a little resinous, but still well balanced. putting all these descriptions together this ale is very drinkable, well balanced, very alchoholic at 10.5 %, but outstanding. it will make you arrogant. after drinking one, there's no turning back.

Photo of BTPete
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahar's, Albany, NY.

Poured to mug, notes directly from phone.

Stone Double Bastard 09

Tap to mug

A: clear with amber red hues. Very little head if any. Lacing on cup.

S: sweet with a hoppy charcter.

T: sweet and malty,bitter hops at the end. Robust flavor, intense in a way.

M: coarse in my mouth. Full bodied.

D: strong and bitter, my stomach is a little off so I'm struggling with this one. It is enjoyable though.

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

A: Deep reddish-copper color with off-white head. Sticky and retains well.

S: Malty sweetness and mild alcohol aromas. Complex scents that are thick.

T&M: Thick and smooth. Full-bodied, rich, robust, sugary/syrupy/sticky (carbonation seems suspended in the liquor) and extremely sweet. Complex flavors are all over but caramel is up front. Deep penetrating alcohol, like wine, but not overpowering. Finish goes slightly dry with semi-sweetened chocolate notes.

Nice sipper but too heavy and sweet for me on a regular, enjoyable basis.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,123 ratings.