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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,687 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,687
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 761 | FT: 26
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 Lynux
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Whoa! This one's a monster! Nice dark red/copper color with a beige head that leaves some sticky lacing in the glass.

Smell is incredibly complex, sweet caramel, toffee, american hops, and some fruity esters from the yeast (strawberry?)

Taste is very big and sweet followed by a bitter sting from the hops. I'm thinking chinook for the bittering for sure. The malts are HUGE in this beer with a very caramel/toffee like flavor. Heavy mouthfeel due to all the residual sugars leaving a candy like flavor in the mouth.

I had a nice buzz going after one bomber and that'll be it for the night!

Lynux, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy Brown color served from a tap from a keg. Dont know if it was cask conditioned but definately had those qualities. Head and lacing was minimal.

S - Surprisingly not as much going on as I would have expected. Definate piney hops and a pleasantly not overpowering alcohol aroma.

T - Again not as overpowering for 10% as I thought. The aromas were pleasant in the taste. The alcohol was more dominant, especially after eating it after fish.

M and D - Way higher than anticipated, mouthfeel was great with light carbonation and a surprisingly drinkable taste.

Baileyuk, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange brown - not the prettiest looking pour. Smells of citrusy/floral hops. First sip is much less hoppy than the aroma indicated. Very smooth and sweet with a welcomed bitterness to finish. Slight honey taste could be the beginning of some oxidation as this bottle has been in my cellar for about six months. This puppy is very drinkable as the 10% ABV is hidden.

ATLbeerDog, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Release

A - Hazy brown, caramel with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that dissipated to a thin ring along the outside of the glass.

S - Spicy pine, citrus and pineapple hops with a big dose of sweet malt, raisin, plum,caramel and a touch of alcohol as it warms.

T - Strong caramel malt with raisin, molasses and an orange candy like taste. Some bitter pine and citrus hops balance things out.

M - Thick with light carbonation and a warming alcohol feeling with a dry finish.

D - Barleywine like. A tasty beer slightly on the sweet side. I enjoyed this one more than arrogant bastard but not as much as the oak aged.

brewcrew76, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darkish brown red color and a nice film of head no real lace to be seen

smells like delicious yummy delicious maltiness, so bready and sweet. literally like baking bread

HOLY H. FUCK, sweet malt, yummy sweetness, so bready and delicious. In fact the malt is so rich that I will try to coin the term "cakey" it also is balanced out well with a snappy black pepper hop character that finishs more half and half herbal and citric zest. Fucking YUMMY!

snappy carbonation that brings the flavor out of the full body. ever so light astringence

I wish I had more, this stuff is so satisfyingly yummy and light enough to make you wonder how the hell this stuff is big enough to be 10%.


Donnie2112, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of cbros
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bottle from 2007 release poured into a regualr pint glass.

Appearance- Poured a rich amber color with a little head that retained into a nice white lace. No apparent activity going on in the glass after it was poured.

Smell- Smell of malt and alcohol, with a mixture of hops and a delicate hint of fruit. I can't quite place the particular type of fruit though.

Taste- Comes on strong but mellows out nicely thru the finish. Very malty with hints of a sweet nature as well. It finishes dry on the palate. Godd carbonation as well. Tastes smoother than by appearance, it has a lighter smoother quality compared to its deep and rich color, for someone who has never had it one would think that it drinks alot heavier than in reality.

I recieved this beer via trade and I am glad I did. This is a great beer that has a full flavor and rich, strong body but is easy to drink. Its flavor combinations help ease the strong alcohol content and its strong malty characteristics give it an overall nice feel. I hope to soon get my hands on some more Stone offerings and see how they compare to my first selection.

cbros, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into snifter. 2007.

Deep mahogany color with a slight couldiness. A one finger head slowly settles to a thin rim along the glass, leaving little strings of lacing along the glass.

Slight tame hops, but they are still a little sharp. The hard candy aroma from the malts come through a little more. Some mild fruit is in there as well.

Once again, the hops still pack a punch, but the malts are there and seem a little more balanced. The alcohol comes through and warms the mouth a bit. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is the lingering hops.

This beer is pretty sharp after a year, so I'm wondering how it is fresh. Can't wait to find out. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of mbunje
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into one of those fancy Sam Adams glasses. This is July 1, 2008, so this one has aged a bit

Pours a dark reddish brown. Not much noticeable carbonation and only about 1/2" of head that evaporates quickly. Average lacing. The rich color is enticing.

Heavy malt/bread with apple and citrus hops. This is a rich beer for sure.

More apple in the taste, carmel, and nut. A bit of a sweet flavor up front. There are a lot of hops of some sort in here, but plenty of malt to balance it.

Rich thick feel, very dry finish.

At 10% ABV one of these bombers is a good run. Two is pushing it. Not a session beer.

Overall, definitely a nice effort. There is something about this beer that makes me always want to have one. It is a very unique flavor, feel, and smell. It is borderline barleywine, yet it is too "cool" for that. Very unique. Must try this if you have the opportunity, though.

mbunje, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 release sampled.

Pour is burgundy, very little head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent is strong and deep with alcohol, caramel and some piny hops.

Taste is damn strong, dominating caramel malts and piny hops tear through the mouth with a nice warming alcohol and almost no carbonation. Excellent balance for the strength, a powerful flavor that is not overpowering. Lasting bitterness keeps this bastard kicking for a while.

Mouthfeel is fairly heavy and a bit sharp, but goes down smoothly. Very drinkable for its strength.

paco1029384756, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of almychristopher
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

definitely in the extreme beer area, the appearance is a beautiful amber red with a rocky off white head that recedes to lacing. the effervescence at the top of the bubbles is a malty hoppy nose full with a bit of fruit perhaps. the high levels of both hops and malts are there with a fury in the taste and once again the malt sweetness is well balanced by the hops. the mouthfeel is a lovely balance of malt body and crisp carbonation. all in all an excellent beer but I don't think I want more than a pint in a sitting.

almychristopher, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Goliath
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper color with a one inch creamy looking light tan head. Great retention and a nice bit of lace.

Aroma is quite nice. Some sweet malty tones of caramel and toffee. A little hop spiciness as well.

Taste is delicious. A nice hop spiciness which adds a nice bitterness on the finish. A nice caramel sweetness really helps balance this beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and creamy with a subtle carbonation.

Drinkability is high. Great flavors definitely make this beer easy to consume, but high alcohol limits that consumption. However, the further I get into this beer the more I realize the drinkability is insane! It is so smooth, delicious, and the alcohol is nonexistent. Except that I'm already running a decent buzz.

I recieved this 2006 DB from bket01 in the Up In Smoke BIF, thanks a ton!

consumed on 8/21/08

The pour is incredibly thick, comes out kind of syrupy. It comes out an incredibly hazed, murky, light brown/amber mixture with a thin light tan head on top. That creamy head just sticks to the top of the beer with nice retention a wants to leave lacing all the way down.

I really love the aroma of this beer. Sticky sweet, some fruit and spice. Caramel and toffee still present, seems like some mollases like tones as well.

Wow, the taste is still great. Definitely sweet, but not overly, with a nice bitterness. The caramel and toffee maltiness is there, a nice bit of fruit. Alcohol is well masked, but you can definitely feel the warmth of this brew.

Mouthfeel is incredible. Immensely thick and syrupy and gently carbonated.

Drinkability for a beer like this is insane. Aging did nothing but good for the beer. I wouldn't hesitate to drink these fresh, or aged beyond 2 years. Just a phenomenal brew and one I've come to really love.

Goliath, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.73/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge light brown head, that lasts a long time. Aroma - heavy malt, dark bread, light hops, resin, and dough. Also allspice and pepper.Initial flavor is sweet and moderately acidic. Can really taste the alcohol. This was good, but not great. I have a few others that I'll keep for a year or so to see what happens.

doubleipa, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for the bottle, this is a 07 vintage.

Pours a strong caramel color but settles an amber and ruby color in the glass. A good half inch of foam amassed and remains for a few minutes. Gotta give this one a little higher on the appearance, after the beer comes to room temperature, a pour produces a mountain of a head that is soft and soapy, really nice looking.

The aroma is of sweet grapefruit. I am reminded, when I was younger, of cutting an orange in half and topping it with sugar. There's some soft notes of pine and citrus with a huge caramel, sweet dark fruits, malt profile. I'm also detecting a little bit of coffee in the background and raw brown sugar. Alcohol is not as strong as one would think, it is hidden behind the massive amount of malt and aroma hops. Love the aroma.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma would lead. The first sensation is a strong hop bite and as you swallow, the bitterness, scrapes your tongue all the way down but almost instantly the sweetness balances it all out. The alcohol appears mostly in the aftermath of everything, just warms the esophagus and stomach. Caramel and brown sugar are definitely there along with sweet raisins and dates. Aside from the aforementioned fruits I'm also getting subtle notes of ripe apples and pears. There's also a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Definitely one to sip, some ageing would definitely help make this one smoother.

seaoflament, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of samriggins
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bought at Anderson's in Toledo, OH. Bottle says 2007 Release.

Is it bad that I was able to drink this in 30 minutes?

Deep mahogony/reddish in color.

Smells of pine and citrus hops with plenty of malt in there too.

Big, big flavor in this beer. Even though the hops are huge(which I love) the malt is there to keep them in check. Great sweetness to back up the bitter hops. I was eating some well aged white cheddar cheese and it really brought out a nutty flavor in the beer. I started getting some of the alcohol towards the end of the beer.

As big as this beer is it is very easy to drink. If I could buy it at home in Nebraska I would be drinking it often.

samriggins, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of dyingwrist
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into pint glass. Dark red/brown color. A good 1.5 inch of creamy off white head. Plenty of lacing down the glass. On the nose plenty of hops. They just fill the nose and it is awesome. Nice thick malt taste initially but disappears completely from the bombardment of hops that have a piney floral taste. Great viscous mouthfeel. Carbonation is suspended in the drink. You can't feel it on your palate unless you move it around. Simply a more robust version of arrogant bastard.

dyingwrist, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2007 Batch.

Dark, rusty copper with a thick layer of froth that retained even as this warmed up.

Big aroma of malt and tropical fruits, alcohol is prevalent and so is a hint of dark fruits like plums. No suprise that hops are in the mix being this beer is from the West Coast.

Taste is a wonderful mix of bitter qualities like chocolate, resiny hops, and dark fruit blended with a compliment of tropical fruits, caramel, and sweet malt. Everything compliments, not competes with each other. Alcohol is there, but is very smooth, no burn. Feel is thick and sticky, great flavor retention.

A powerful and fun Ale. This is beer best drank at home, because it is good enough to want more. But more than what you get will make you foolish. Excellent taste and worth aging to mellow out the alcohol.

Homerbag, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trappist Glass. Pours Reddish brown with a frothy head that disappears quickly. Aroma of sweet malts and hops. Aroam is pretty huge. The taste is even bigger with sweet malts and earthy hops dominating. The bitterness takes over fairly quickly. Pretty gigantic beer. Not a lot of subtlety, but just a ton of taste.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This Magnificent Double Bastard of a Strong Ale was tasted on-tap at Half Time beverage in Poughkeepskie, NY. The 2005 edition was rolled out and the decadence began.
The apperance was maple-syrup thick,amber,a deep golden delicious elixer capped by a thin layer of cream.
The aromas were pinapples, super-sappy hops, toasted grainy malts super-charged by a blast of alcoholic phenols.
Taste...Not sweet as expected, thank you Stone! Instead we have a rich fruity mouthfeel of caramels,malts,pineapples,apricots,cherry-like sweet/tartness followed by a spicy hop/alcoholic blast.
Mouthfeel is so thick,yet balanced fantastically by the alcohol and hops. The drinkablity is fantastic, but due to the alcohol content (and price) this one is a sipper that you never want to end. Followed this one with a stone RIS, my god, what a good day!!

czfreeman, May 22, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a standard Stone pintglass. A deeper, murky amber pour. About the perfect line of head which rose just over the brim.

S: Full of citrus and pine scents. A beautiful, complex aroma of soft and sweet maltiness backbone, moderately toasted, some floral like scents.

T + M + D: Man, this is smooth and rich. The body of this is everything I love in the feel of a beer. Pretty much perfect in the feel. The bitter hoppiness is there, but they are amazingly balanced with a soft, and slightly sweet backbone. I find myself pondering over how wonderfully smooth it is again. Stone has created something of a masterpiece with this beer, with a near perfect blend of flavours. The alcohol is certainly there, but it continues to be quite an easy drinker considering. Thumbs up, and certainly recommended.

Proteus93, May 22, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a sniffer. Produced a good bit of tan head that turned quickly to lace, all this on top of a reddish brown body

Aromas of sweet malts caramel and a light hop finish to the nose

Tastes some what like a barley wine with a nice hop finish at the end but as it warms the sweetness of the malts comes out along with the alcohol warmth

Full body not much carbonation on the tongue

This is a good brew, but defiantly a sipper. Not something I make a habit of but I will drink it again

joepais, May 20, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber into a open mug.

A-pours a color similar to the bottle it came in. Cloudy, dark. 2-finger head, light brown/caramel color, doesn't last.

S-smells to high hell of alcohol, though I've had higher abv's with a less powerful smell. Slight smell of raisins/sour grapes but drowned out by alcohol.

T-Definitely read the back of the bottle! It gave a warning and I was still surprised. Very strong taste, good strong ale.

M-Warm, clean, crisp.

D-No more than 2 in a sitting. Definitely can get you bombed without paying attention.

TasteTester, May 19, 2008
Photo of davidchollar
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up my first bottle of Double Bastard at Tanakaya in Tokyo. Poured out a nice chocolate brown with a medium tan head. The foam is thick and fat-bubbled, but doesn't have a whole lot of retention. It does however leave pretty, swirly remnants. This is a good-looking brew.

The smell is good right away, and seems to get better by the minute as it warms and opens up. Butterscotch, dark fruits and cake, with a healthy dose of caramel malt and a shot of brandy. With some deep sniffing I even catch some mango and licorice. At once, this reminds me of barleywines, BSDAs, even a stronger doppelbock! But that is obviously due to the high abv which is due to the high amounts of hops and malt...

The taste quickly set me straight. This is definitely an American strong ale. Yikes. The diatribe was right, my feeble palate is ... undeserving. IBUs rip through and leave my mouth almost aching yet gracious. This is easily the most flavorful beer I've had in a long time. Big smooth mouthfeel. At 10%, and considering the pretty bitter taste, I can't give this a 5 for drinkability. But I definitely liked it and will get it again.

davidchollar, May 15, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one with hyland and Moxley. Another Stone product with a high ABV and I was excited. Poured from bomber into a goblet a chesnut brownish red with light carbonation and minimal head. Smelled like sweet apricot and heavy spice. Tasted sweet up front with a bitter malty alcohol taste, caramel as it warmed. Warm alcohol burn is there for sure. Unlike "Arrogant Bastard Ale" I feel the heavy ABV here. It did taste better as it warmed and it did warm because I had to drink it slow. I am likely to steer clear of this guy in the future and remain a "Single Bastard". I am sad to say I did not enjoy this as much as "Arrogant", but then that is one of my faves. It is not bad by any means just not my cup of Bastard.

Pleepleus, May 13, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually like Stone, and this was no exception.
However, this beer is a league of its own, don't let the label fool you.

Poured into two tumblers, was a clear vivid orangish red with a mess of carbonation, not more than a finger head.

Smelled very spicy, very hoppy.

Taste was very much alcohol, a bit of pear and spice, a bit sweet and syrupy.

Mouthfeel was average, alot of carbonation made this feel a bit odd.

Drinkability is average. I'll have another sometime.

LumpyGuitar, May 12, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into two goblets. Mahagony with hints of copper and a small, tan head. Pleasant, strong aroma of dates, grapefruit and alcohol. Nice strong taste to match. Very complex with hints of prunes, biscuits, caramel and malts. Nice balance with a hop bite in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel with good drinkability.

TheBCrew, May 09, 2008
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,687 ratings.