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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,204
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 431
Gots: 1,075 | FT: 37
Brewed by:
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 gueuzeonhigh
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent red-amber-mahogany hue.
A sculptured head welled up and then slowly receded leaving a thin layer of froth with a smidgen of lacing.

A slight nose of hops and spring time air. I wish it had more of a bouquet.

Flavor is STRONG ALE! wonderful hit of bitter hops combined with the sweetness of a malt providing a substantial flavor body to the mouthfeel. The alcohol content isn't particularly evident on it's own.

Finish goes on forever with the reverberant bitter hops flavor note lingering on and on and on ..

Mouthfeel is that of almost a thick fluid-- the strong flavor and aggressive stance make this beer something you'll want to keep sampling.

Drinkability- even though I think the ABV is higher than I'd prefer, the strong ale is such that I quaffed the pint-plus.. although the ill effects of the ABV will surely take its toll.

This is a beer that I would not consume on a casual basis. It is also not a summer's day thirst quencher. This is a beer you face with the intent of experiencing the flavor panorama-- you must enter a "dialog" with this beer, in order to reap full satisfaction from this beer you must enjoy it while sober!

Photo of Metallix6403
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the trusty 3 liter Double Bastard growler! Tapped in December 2009. Poured into a pint glass (multiple times).

Appearance - Screams bitchin' beer! Dark and rich amber / copper body with three fingers of a strong tan head. Retains very well.

Smell - A double punch of thick and intense malts and hops. I usually smell some tropical fruits whenever I break open the growler or the bombers.

Taste - Fantastic fruity and sweet flavors. Sugars, caramel, and a hint of butterscotch pairs well with citrus and other fruits. Finishes with a great touch of hops. Beefy yet so delicious! Yeah I said delicious, so what? You wanna fight about it????

Feel - A thick, smooth, full bodied monster. The alcohol is warming even on a cold on a cold pour. Carbonation is delicate and feels like it is cleaning the palate for the next drink.

Drinkability - Amazingly easy to finish multiple pours. A 3L growler goes quick with two or three people. Alcohol is noticeable yet with the taste and experience, it just doesn't matter.

Final Thoughts - This IS my brew of choice when it is in season. On tap, growlers, or bottles, I haven't had a bad experience with DB. As my brother said, "This beer is rocking my fucking world!"

Photo of BabyBastard
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Was hesistant to open one of these, chose the '09 vintage this time around. Bomber pours into tulip a very dark amber, reddish apple cider hue. A great looking head with excellent lacing, appears a light tan in color. Very cloudy, not much light penetrating here. Overall, a great and scary looking beer.

Huge malt nose, caramel, and a bit of hop scent, citrus and pine notes, though the maltiness is very dominant in this brew. Also smells hotly of alcohol. This is very intimidating, in a good way.

This ale really shines in the taste department, especially as it warms a bit. That monster malt character continues to shine through, brown sugar and a sickly sweetness conquers the palate. This seems to have a distant hop bitterness that lingers on the palate once consumed, and is very pleasing. This was poured slightly chilled, which seemed to mute some of the flavor, but it truly comes alive once warmed. Once warmed, the huge malt kicks your teeth in, and the sweetness is almost unbearable. Time to man up and show the brew who is boss here.

Sinfully syrupy feel, almost a chewy quality about this ale. Has major alcohol warmth once in the mouth and ingested. Almost warming like a shot of bourbon whiskey, though not quite. Very sticky and sweet feeling on the palate. This brew has good drinkability due to the incredible flavour and very unique characteristics. There may be a need to keep yourself in check due to the outrageous alcohol percentage, but other than that, there is a struggle to find fault with this ale. Truly top notch in my book. Seek this one out and destroy it. Or it may destroy you.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I lost my first review of this beer...darn, I have to buy another and do it again!

Pours a dark amber slightly hazy red color...got that? Some head lingers after the pour in a random formation across the glass.

I smell dark cherries, brown sugar, heavy malty bread, maybe some honey. Seems like there is something new in each smell. Flowery pine sweetness...interesting it is.

There is a lot going on in the taste. At first, there is a lot of heavy malt, cherry and piney bitterness. There is also a pinch of lemon, pear, apple, brown sugar...a lot of the things I was smelling.

Medium to heavy thickness of mouthfeel with a decent boozy dryness at the end.

It is hard to drink this beer, plainly put. But, that isn't a bad thing. The plentiful flavors keep you coming back for more...this is a very unique brew.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle of liquid arrogance pours a murky walnut brown with copper hues and a generous, dense tan head, which patiently gives way to tight sticky lacing.

Generous sweet caramel malt highlights the nose with earthy hops to back it up.

The palate starts with sweet caramel malt, followed by some toasty aspects, and finishing with bold earthy hops. There are also some faded spice or pepper hints mid palate, but it always returns to the sweet malt.

This bastard is medium in carbonation and robust in body, although surprisingly smooth with just a touch of abv burn.

This is an unbelievable beer with great balance and tons of character. No one characteristic dominates another, and the alcohol is buried. In fact, if not for the high abv, I could drink this all night.

Photo of dfillius
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate pour yields 1/4 finger of yellowish tan head. Hazy crimson liquid is pretty. More head please.

S: Some strong pungent hop, spicy estery alcohol, dark fruit smell. An aggressive Am. Strong Ale.

T: Strong on malt and hops with a bitter and slightly boozy finish. Works only because I expect it to thrash my mouth. It seems to not be cohesive except that it's very disharmonic and bold in all dimensions. A palate shredder.

M: Thrashes my tongue. Warm, bitter and a tad boozy.

D: Only a pint for me. Glad to share the 20 oz. It's enjoyable and I would try again.

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

Poured from 22oz bomber into glass

Appearence-pours a rich, deep, beautiful ruby-orange and leaves thick off-white lacing along the sides of the glass, some small head of the same color rises, it doesn't last terribly long but leaves a nice solid ring of rich lacing. It's inviting-looking to say the least.

Aroma-Rich and sticky-sweet, almost barleywine-like with a hop-kick; there isn't a single hint of alcohol on the nose, it's concealed brilliantly.

Taste-Smooth, so utterly, completely and impossibly smooth. The buttery malty sweetness and bittering hops enter into the equation simultaneously with equal, immense force and essentially wage a war between bitter and sweet on your tongue with neither side winning. There's some alcohol on the palette but it doesn't detract from the drinking experience in the least.

Mouthfeel-Just...perfect, not too thick as to impact drinkability but not too thin as to detract from the lush feeling of the beer in your mouth..

Drinkability-This beer is 10.50% but I swear, if my tolerance would allow it, I could drink this like it was only 5%, it's that unreal in its drinkability for this ABV.

Photo of Pittsburgh
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tall weiss pint glass, excellent pour, nice head/foam, that subsides to a subtle foam layer sitting at the top, tiny bubbles from the bottom work their way up to the top continuously.

Color is excellent, dark amber, with some golden color in there as well. Smell is of citrus.

I was waiting to review this for a while, definitely quality brew, awesome taste, nor sure if the intent it to be similar to Arrogant Bastard with a higher ABV, but it is pretty much, maybe the double has a little more pop/hop to it, but they are along the same lines. I feel like this one is a little stronger, you can taste the hops and a citrus flavor very strong in the beer, and also the malt comes through as well, some syrup flavor going on, very complex taste, overall a great beer, it is worth the hype, goes into my beer hall of fame. Strong hop taste hits you in the mouth, literally. Taste explosion of beer. Innovative for a beer.

I think what makes this such a good beer is the balance they have between the hops and the malt, it is the perfect combination, as well as brewing right and probably using quality ingredients as well....but the balance is unparalleled.

And by the end of it you will have a solid buzz. This should be drank out of a crunk goblet....I will do that next time.

I need to update this....I had another beer after this, amazingly, because it is so strong, but it is a decent beer, I rated it a B+, and after the double bastard, it tastes like water. Amazing. I could be drunk, but I think it is a combo of it being so good and so strong....TRY THIS BEER

Photo of Mvega909
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought the last of the 22oz bombers from a local grocery chain the other day, boy was I happy to finally find a place with these still in stock. The smell of this beer is exactly what the title implies, a double arrogant bastard. Once youve taken the first sip though is where all comparisons stop.
This beer has a flavor profile that original bastard couldnt even come close to touching. You are first greeted with sweet malt/caramel flavors followed by an EXTREMELY well balanced hoppy finish which almost has a sweet whisky like aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is near perfection, not to carbonated and the silky smooth thickness that ive come to love in Stone brews. I don't get how someone could put this beer down, it is a perfectly balanced roller coaster of flavors. If you see one buy it before I do.

Photo of Flashsp2
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Bastard into snifter

Clear mahogany body with gold highlights and a two finger creamy tan head. Great retention and bits of sticky lacing. A big sticky foam chunk hangs out in the middle.

Aroma rolls out during the pour. Light caramels, pineapple chunk, herbal hop leaf, tangerine, sweet boozy notes, wheat toast. Very spicy and fruity.

Sticky caramels, hop resin, oranges, pineapples, salty/herbal hop leaf, toasted whole wheat bread, a bit of sweet boozy heat, a long citrus bitter note at the end. Sticky, sweet, hot, bitter, resinous, all over the place intensity and deliciousness. Starts off sweet, then the big bitter finish lasts a good long time. A very nice transition from one to the other, and the complexities throughout the ride are very entertaining to the taste buds. This ale coats the palette and gives a good bit of sensory overload, never letting the mouth get comfortable at all. I get a little oakiness/chocolate in there, but I have no idea where it's coming from.

Dense, sticky body with a low level of tiny bubs trying to break through this sticky goo. To me, this is one of the best bodied beers around. Chewy and sticky, with just enough bubble to keep it lively.

This beer drinks like its slightly less arrogant sibling, which can lead to trouble with ABV in the double digits. Luckily, there is a bit of booziness that gives a bit of warming (or maybe warning) to the fuzziness that can come from this bomber. This beer should be available all year round, but then I would never buy regular AB again.

Photo of homebrew311
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Durty Nellies Stone Release party. Poured into a snifter.

A: appears a deep amber with no head, appears thick and syrupy in the glass, leaves streaky lacing on the glass

S: smells is very heavy on the malts, some molasses, brown sugar, grapes, raisins, and some earthy hops on the finish...smells like it leans heavily towards the malty side of things

T: wow...this is intense... it starts and finishes with lots of malty sweetness which is balanced in the mid palate by a large dose of hops, the finish is long sweet and has a touch of heat... pretty well balanced considering how big this beer is

mf. thick and syrupy, viscous

D: this is a sipper and has a heavy body which makes drinking it a slow process. the flavors are bold and intense and lean a little to heavily towards the sweet end of the spectrum for my liking. All in all, another interesting beer from Stone!

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle.

Hol-ee shit. This may be the best and most unique smelling beer I've had yet. HUGE fruit tones, rich persimmon and plum. Color is clear dark red with an almost caramel head. Taste is total creeper that fades oh-so-provocatively. Huge brown sugar malt front into a spicy cinnamon-like hops base that fades into a puff pastry filled with alcohol. Glorious and radical. Only regret is the alcohol tinge after-effect..

Photo of BeerGodz
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep copper/orange color, cloudy, medium tan head with good retention & great lacing

Smell: Sweet malt, caramel, toffee, citrus & pine hops, chocolate, molasses - Amazing!

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt, toffee, pine
Finish: Citrus, caramel/toffee - all kinds of flavors that keep going...

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium/low carbonation, thick and creamy

Drinkability: Very quaffable, alcohol well hidden.

Overall Impression: Very close to a Barleywine in style. Absolutely amazing beer in flavor, strength, and complexity! And if I have not stated it publicly before, Stone has far and away the best labels, graphics and (arrogant) attitude in the brewing world. Having said that, this beer is Nectar of the Mother Fucking Godz!!!

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours with the most beautiful colors of orangish-red. It recieved a perfect 5. Look just does not get any better than this. The smell is something to be noted as well. Big nose, even on a cold night, that lets the consumer know that this is a well hopped beer and you can smell the malt backing as well. The taste is of big pine hops that transitions into a malty sweetness-flawless. This beer is a must seek for those who have not had the priviledge of consuming this fine beer. Another great brew from stone.

Photo of racer2k
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured contents of bomber into a tulip glass

A - Beer pours a dark brown / mahogany color and has a bubbly carbonated characteristic which is present during the initial pour. A one fingered off white sticky head coats my glass leaving plenty of lacing to work with as it settles down.

S - Sweet caramel malt and moderate hops are present. Citrus fruit, molasses and a moderate dose of earthy hops are all present. Nicely balanced flavors.

T - Very nice malt bill that is extremely well balanced with the aggressive hop profile. The toasted nutty caramel malt and molasses compliment the strong earthy citrus hop flavors quite well. The alcohol is hardly recognizable except a bit at the end of the taste.

M - Light carbonation, flavorful hops and a slightly warming alcohol feel in the mouth. The malt and hops are one in this beer which is quite impressive given the aggressive 10.5% abv profile.

D - Very drinkable beer aside from the 10.5% abv which catches up to you quickly. I really enjoyed the balance of this beer and the lively flavorful hops. I will definitely have to hunt this one down again soon.

Photo of ChrisPro
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle on 7/27/09.

Pours dark amber with frothy cream head, good lacing.

Huge aroma of toffee, pine and resiny.

Very rich caramel sweetness then a bitter balanced toffee finish.

Thick mouthfeel but decent carb and the balance makes this beer very drinkable.

Photo of champ103
2.24/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear ruby red/brown color. A two finger beige head forms. The wispy foam has good retention, and some lace is left behind.
S: Bitter grapefruit hops up front and dominate. Toasted caramel malt lingers. Lots of fusel alcohol in the nose. Really, an ethanol drenched grapefruit with a little sugar added.
T: Bitter grapefruit and alcohol is the dominate flavor. Burnt toast. A light sweetness lingers, but very light. I can really taste the alcohol here. Just to much of everything, but balance and nuance. Nothing come togther well at all.
M/D: A full body with low carbonation. Really sticky. It feels like an adhesive is sticking to the roof of my mouth. Tons of fusel alcohol. Add the high amount of bitterness, and this is unpleasant to drink.

I am not a fan at all. I like to think I can appreciate a bitter hop bomb, even though it is not my style. Though this is just overly bitter and tons of hot alcohol. Any brewery can make an overly bitter beer with way to much alcohol. This a prime example. If it is your thing, fine. It is not mine.

Photo of antoines15
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber

A: reddish in color with a finger of beige lacing

S: smells kind of boozy and cherries for sure

T: again, lots of cherries. This is my first american strong so I wasn't really sure what to expect. At first, I didn't think that i liked it but it definitely got better as it warmed.

M: never really sure what to put for this so...

D: for being over 10%, I feel that the drinkability is pretty high. Not really sure if I liked this one at first, especially considering the high rankings on BA, but the more I let it resonate, I really liked it.

Photo of OskarL
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy with yeast particles, amber red color with a brownish head that leaves lacing.

Smell - Fruity, mostly dark sweet fruits and fudge.

Taste - A lot sweeter than the smell! Fudge and wweet malt with the same dark fruits and finishes with a long lingering bitterness that I find a bit overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Full body with soft carbonation and smooth to drink.

Photo of adam42381
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 release. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with hints of ruby and a fluffy tan 2-3 finger head. Very nice lacing throughout.

Smell: Very nice mixture of pine, citrus, caramel, dried fruits and malts.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor up front followed by a very nice hoppy bitterness. Aftertaste is mostly and grapefruit and pine.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with very light carbonation. Very smooth from the beginning. There is a definite alcohol bite at the finish.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability despite the very high ABV. This is one to savor. It gets better as it warms and also gives you a nice warming sensation. I'd recommend stopping after 1 bomber if you know what is best for you.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I would highly recommend trying this. This is one monster of a beer. One of the best I've had in a while.

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew has been aged for 4 years, brewed in 2006. Served on tap in an elongated chalice.

A: Two finger head, off-white and creamy. The body is dark brown with ruby tints. Very rich looking and very clear. Lacing looks promising and the head lasts forever. As I begin drinking, the lace is sticking everywhere in perfect sheets. BEAUTIFUL!

S & T: Hints of dark fruits, cherry, strawberry and a light alcohol aroma on a deep inhale. Heavy malts, bready, roasted caramel, doughy, sweet, woody. The hops are secondary. How often can you say that about a Stone brew?

M: Just a little hot but in a very appropriate way. Not a surprise as this brew clocks in at just under 11%. Mouth coating but not cloying. Medium full mouthfeel. Slick. Bitter finish with just enough sweetness to keep the mouthfeel balanced. Wonderfully lively carbonation cuts through the semi-syruppy texture

D: This beer is so good I had to have two. Couldn't risk the keg kicking before I got a chance to indulge for the second time. A real treat from Stone, a brewery that I am not whole heartedly fond of. One of, if not their best offering in my opinion. I need this beer at my disposal. I plan on buying some bottles so that I can age them myself and I recommend anyone reading this review do the same.

Photo of kylehayworth
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a deep amber, with hints of dark reds.

S: It smells of citrus and pine resin hops and lots of caramel.

T: I imagine going to the fair in the near future and seeing caramel covered hops, just because of this beer.

M: It has some alcohol tingling finish, as well as a hinty bitterness to it.

D: I wasn't really feeling this one, maybe I should try it again sometime, but it was just to sweet and syrupy.

Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 release. Served appropriately in a "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies!" Stone Brewing pint glass from an awesome looking brown bomber. Drank with dinner: lightly seasoned steak, mashed potatoes, garlic broccoli. This was definitely a "steak & potatoes" beer.

A - Hazy copper with a thick tan head. Nice retention, some lacing.

S - Srong and hoppy! Dark sweet fruit...definitely cherry.

T - Wow! This brew isn't playing around! Nice sweet and buttery toasted malt comes in at the first sip, but it doesn't take long for the heavy metallic hoppy flavor to kick in. There's such a strong piney flavor here...it almost resembles gin. After a few sips, you swear you're drinking a cocktail, not a beer. This stuff will kick you in the ass!

M/D - Fairly carbonated, and even though it's a tough drink, it's actually fairly drinkable for the style.

The style says it all...this is one strong ale. Be respectful with this one...it won't be long before that 10.5% abv kicks in. Stone never ceases to impress!

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly turbid chocolate raspberry brown topped by a creamy, beige head that dies down a little but retains nicely.

The aroma is nice and creamy, loads of caramel and citrus hops. Like caramel covered grapefruit.

This is a full on flavor assault as caramel meets piney bitterness in a battle to the death. Only it ends in a tie and they both get to live. Because man is this ever balanced. It's too bitter and too malty at the same time. In the best possible way. Bitterness is slow to fade in the finish. There's a slight milk chocolate aspect at play as well.

Full bodied, slick and pervasive, it's like a bitter hoppy oil slick in your mouth, without being too heavy handed. Very smooth and easy drinking despite the heaviness.

My palate may be a little challenged as this reminds me a lot of Arrogant Bastard almost to the point of being interchangeable with it. And no bad thing, seeing as I have that an A-. Although this one made me really thirsty I think It's just that little bit heavier and...well...better. But I'd be just as happy with either, just so we're clear.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Red brown hazy in color with a slight faded head.
S - well I mostly smell coffee malt and oak.
T - Slight citrus hops with oak as the predominant flavor.
M - Alcohol well balanced with flavor. Bitter finish
D - Well I will have to have this again.

Overall a very bitter yet drinkable beer. Even though I bought it over 2 months ago the bitter floral hops really hit the tounge.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,204 ratings.