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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,003
Reviews: 2,010
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 389
Gots: 917 | FT: 32
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 david18
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
5/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of BierFan
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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

2008 Release, large capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber color, nice rich whitish head, good retention and lacing for the high ABV.
This has aged a little bit, so the maltiness is starting to become more noticeable, as the hoppiness fades slightly, but it is still quite rich.
Caramel notes, citric hoppiness, herbal and bready notes. Aroma is richer than the body, but the same notes are present. It becomes a bit more balanced, but the hoppiness still come out in front.
A very nice DIPA/or strong ale, but I still prefer Dreadnaught and Hosplam in a similar taste profile.

Photo of cdpike
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into trappist glass.

Pours heavy into a very cloudy brownish amber with an off-white, ivory colored foam. I can barely see light through the glass. As I raise the glass to examine the colors, I can already smell the wonderful fragrance. Nose is strong of very chewy caramel malts and a bit of alcohol. Some vanilla and a bit of spice is somewhere in there. Very big bodied on the way in. It hits you first with that wonderful chewy roasted vanilla, caramel flavor and the malts rush throughout your palate on the way down. Finishes arrogantly bitter with that roasted oak lingering in the distance. What a strong ale. What a combination. Holy Stone...these bastards are good.

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

Pours with a big tan head, the beer is ruby brown in color. Smells sweet, citric, alcoholy. Almost no carbonation. From the first sip the alcohol makes its presence known. Bitter throughout with a nutty-bitter slightly astringent aftertaste, which really lingers. A faint mustiness can be tasted, which seems odd and out of place. A real hoppy kick in the crotch. I wanted to like this beer more, but it was a little too bitter/astringent without enough balancing maltiness for me.

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

Another beer from stone and as with its sibblings it didn't disappoint. A dark brown ale with a not quite white head. The beer tasted bitter but not quite as bitter as ruination. There was also a sort of sweet finish after all the the hopps cleared off the tongue. The beer smelled sweet but with the hop also quite noticeable. This was quite a big beer at 21 proof so I split the bottle with a friend, I don't know that I'd want to try a bottle alone. The beer was pretty smooth though.

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

2008 release. 22oz bomber poured into Stone IRS Snifter

review from notes:

Reddish brown, ruby edges, excellent off white head, about 2inches to start. Dissipates to a healthy film, fine bubbles contribute to outstanding lacing, stubbornly sticking to my glass until the bitter end.

Immense malty sweetness in the nose, reminiscent of a barelywine. Piney, resinous hopiness as well.

Complementary amount of carbonation tickles the palate. The resin, pine, and bitterness of the hops dominates initially. Then the powerful sweetness of the impressive malt backbone starts to impose itself. Esters of ripe dark fruit. Pleasant warming alcohol in the finish.

It's not exactly easy to finish the bomber by yourself, but it sure is fun. This is an amazing brew... big, bold, and just the right amount of bitter.

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

Beer Candy...complex but balanced

Appearance: Dark amber, thick orange head

Smell: Floral; sweet malt

Taste: Initial sweetness; butterscotch overtones and faint smoke on finish

Mouthfeel: Lingering bitter finish; smooth

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the alcohol content; excellent sipping beer

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

I like info on a bottle but Stone got on a soapbox and printed a sermon here...boring. Ghastly thick looking opague caramel color with a huge beige head. The head never really went away, it just sank as i drank. Arrogant retention and lace.

Smells of strong caramel with wet, green grass hop and acidic pineapple, and peach syrup.

Hearty caramel and chocolate with a licorice fade. Lots of fruit, primarily dark fruit, like raisin, prune and fig newtons on steriods versus more fruity fruit i.e. cantaloupe, peach marmalade and hints of strawberry. Hop oil aftertaste with smatterings of booze.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy--like the malt is holding the carbonation captive.

Fairly balanced actually, in an over the top way. The sweet malts, fruits, hops and booze all have their say in ample parts. Good stuff.

Photo of pwrf12
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Vintage on draft at the Brickskeller.

Appearance: A lush, deep ruby red with brown undertones and a inviting off-white head with medium carbonation. So unabashedly opaque it's downright menacing.

Smell: incredibly intense concoction of caramel malty sweetness coupled with waves of dark purple fruit accompanied by subtle undertones of roasted nuts and toasty chocolate. Time has allowed the floral hop aromatics to transform into a more herbal, dank resinous monster of an aroma; mixes masterfully with the aforementioned malt presence. What a freak american barleywine would smell like - and maybe it is after all, especially considering the contributions age has brought to this beer.

Taste: The smell unquestionably informs the taste; this beer is fully realized after taking a deep swig. Waves of deeply complex flavors incessantly assault the palate, yet convey some sort of nuanced restraint, presumably from the aging process. That being said, this beer has aged rather gracefully.

Mouthfeel: luscious creamy-smooth mouthfeel with a noticeably full body - very heavy on the palate, which is certainly a good thing in this case.

Drinkability: no easy answer here, but the drinkability is not bad, and is rather quite pleasing. I don't think know if I would want more than one of these in a single sitting, but its absolutely something to revisit on occasion if the opportunity arises. A stellar offering overall.

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

A hazy and rich deep copper/ruby color with a very creamy beigeish head that seems to have decent staying power. Creamy lacing for days.

Hops, malt, dark fruit. I'm reminded of some West Coast American barleywines here, but with a bit more of adark fruit/raisin profile. Hops are piney. So pine, raisin, and dark wheat bread. The bready aspect is closer to pumpernickel than biscuit.

Oh man, this is one delicious beverage. It's a 2008 batch, and I suspect the hops have tamed a lot, along with the alcohol. It's not hot at all. Alcohol is present but not dominating the brew. Raisin, whiskey, vanilla and pine. A bit of caramel. . Fuck, this is good. I'd like to try a fresh one to compare.

Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

For what it is, it's fairly drinkable, though it seems to have precipitated a bout of hiccups. I suspect this bomber will take me a couple hours to polish off. Good thing this is my Friday.

Photo of Anthony1
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into two glasses, a tulip and a snifter

pours a dark, deep cheery color with a nice tan head. poured a little two vigerously into the 1st glass, a little to slowly into the 2nd. overall, i'd say it was 2 fingers with decent lace.

smells of hops, caramel, cherries, and caramel.

tastes of hops, malt, and rich caramel. gets even deeper as the beer warms

great beer, dark and deep, better served cool, but not warm and not cold. seems to have that perfect taste 1/2 way through

Photo of MagyarPuska
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release Bomber. Neat bottle art printed straight onto the bottle, which seems to be typical from Stone.

A: Poured into an oversized pint glass with a decent head forming with giant bubbles. Great lacing on the glass with average head retention for the style. The head is an off-white color. Red/Mahogany body that refuses to let you see through it. Cloudy and delicious looking. A little foam left on top that doesn't look like it plans on going anywhere.

S: Sweet smelling, citrusy is where the sweetness comes from. Pine as well. Usually run across one that is leaning towards pine or citrusy fruit, but this one seems to do a pretty good job of throwing both at you at once. Not grapefruity like many strong ales, but i would say pineapple after much argument with my nose. Some have mentioned the alcohol but the other scents seem to overshadow it to me. The pineapple can really be pinpointed if you sniff the bottle itself. Complex.

T: Well the smell didn't lie, it blends the pine and citrus together, although I can't decide if my assumption that it was pineapple was correct from the taste. Alcohol nips at the tongue and it is delicately hoppy, yet it let's you know that it is an American Strong Ale while being smooth. Nothing wrong with this beer, but I'll keep checking the others for quality....

M: Smooth, the alcohol doesn't detract from the taste by intruding, but let's you know it is present and accounted for while tingling the tongue. Amazing

D: I am set with one bomber of these. I feel content with just having that amount and no more. No more needed, nor desired. Not a bad thing though, as I feel as though my palate has been satisfied.

In conclusion: Being a home brewer I will use this beer as a model and work towards it. If I ever achieve this level of quality I will consider myself an accomplished brewer. Of course then I will try to beat them out.

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

Bomber poured into a pint.

A - Pours a deep red with huge head that quickly settled to 1/8th inch. Good lacing to the end.

S - Hops, malt sweetness, alcohol.

T - Complex. Many flavors I can't pin down. Dark Fruits, citrus and pine from the hops. Bitter linger and alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Smooth. Nicely carbonated.

D - One was enough.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer many times, but just realized I never reviewed it. Just got done taking the family for a walk around the neighborhood, so I decided to take a little daddy's time out.

22 oz bottle - 2009 vintage.

Pours a gorgeous red with brown undertones. Thick and heavy pour with an equally thick and heavy camel colored head with tightly packed bubbles - leaving an enormous film of thick lacing all around the edges of my traditional pint glass. Head retention is good (sticks around for a good while).

Smell is big and chocked full of a wonderfully bitter and citurs hop bouquet and shovel-full of roasted malts. Moderately complex and intoxicating on the nose. Very nice...

Smell is dictated in the taste. This is a heavy hitter with no thin spots or inconsistencies. Borderline a quality barleywine, in my opinion because the big malts play such a large role. Flavorful and robust. Big, chewy malts mixed with some oats, piney and citrus hops and a spike of warming alcohol at the end to remind you you're not worthy.

I think this is a flagship beer for it's style. It's relatively easy to get, fairly priced and has alot going on with it, consistently... Highly recommended if you want a solid, big beer.

Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a vintage Stone tasting. We tasted a vertical of Double Bastard 06, 07, and 08. I will post my notes from the 08.

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color with a fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of hops and spice in the nose. A piney earthy scent for the hops (not as much citrus) and tons of malt sweetness. The alcohol is very apparent.

D- Strong initial hoppy bitterness with pine and hop oil tastes. There is a slight citrus taste that wasn't present in the nose...maybe grapefruit or pineapple? The taste moves from bitter to sweet with malt and caramel flavors. Some light yeasty breadiness and LOTS of alcohol present. Hoppy bitterness and alcohol flavor lingers with a long finish.

M- Medium/full bodied with lots of carbonation. Big and bold with a smooth feel. Feels alot like a barley wine.

D- This brew is huge with an explosive taste. Not necessarily a sipper but it would be difficult to get down more than one of these considering how unmasked and untamed the alcohol is.

Photo of stephens101
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A semi-hard pour results in a slight, quickly vanishing tan head. This beer sounds mean as fuck, but only a few dainty spots of lace stick to the glass. Aroma involves huge dark fruits (sour cherries, plums, raspberries) sweet malts, dark chocolate candy filled with caramel and a metallic essence which wafts oddly toward the end. Color is a deep. murky cherry-red with orange hues, all Satanic and fiery. Now we're getting somewhere.

An initial sip reveals more dark chocolates, black licorice, grain, subtle pine and a good bitter hop ending with an almost, but not quite creamy finish. A good hit of alcohol heat strikes right in the middle of it all, redemptively separating the men from the boys, and working well in the mix . Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied.

The only detraction I can think of is that after some warming up the beer becomes a tad unbalanced, favoring the hops over all the other elements. I realize this is a sought-after affect these days, but a very slight diminishing of the hops, and a slight favoring of the sweet and fruity elements might actually lead to a better experience, without taking away from the overall boldness of the brew.

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

"Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk."

--Double Bastard Bottle

This will be my 100th review and i was contemplating for a while which beer should be my 100th. I decided on Double Bastard Ale.

2008 Release

Pours a beautiful garnet,blood red color with a few burnt orange highlights. Almost three fingers worth of thick rich and creamy tan head that laces very well.

Aroma is nutty and piney. Alcohol and pineapple.

Taste is unbelievably complex. A ton of things are all going on at once here. Pineapple, chocolate, dark dried fruit, syrup, sugar, strong alcohol and a burnt woodiness. Somewhat smokey and sweet at the same time with a nice bitter finish.

This one is like a smack to the face. The 10.5% abv is noticable but not as much as you would think.
I'm a HUGE fan of Arrogant Bastard, and oaked Bastard and now i can add Double Bastard to the list. I would love to try the oaked version of this beer but have yet to see it anywhere.
Double Bastard is in a class all its own as far as i'm concerned.

Photo of jdubjacket
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped open a 22 oz bottle of this the other day. Did not see a best by date. Pours a copper/amber color with a small head. Roasted malts and caramel come out of the nose. Taste is all over the place - starts of sticky and malty and finished with a hop sucker punch. Full bodied and well-carbonated. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of FickleBeast
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours cloudy, ruby red color, with two fingers of head. Foam coats and sticks to the side of the glass.

S - candied sweetness, alcohol. Holding a sip in your mouth, you can feel the alcoholic vapors exit your sinuses.

T - Yowza! This one smacks you right in the face. Caramel sweetness at first and then Bam! the hops hit the back of your tounge and assault your taste buds.

M - this is sticky, coating you mouth. C02 bubbles are large and foams in your mouth

D - Hop explosion and high alcohol makes this one to be enjoyed slowly. But it certainly is good.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,003 ratings.