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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,899
Reviews: 2,004
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 379
Gots: 872 | FT: 30
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 kaseydad
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber and I must say I love the silkscreen bottle.

Pours a beautiful carmal color with a small foamy head which quickly dissolves. Though it's an American Strong Ale, it reminds me of a barley wine pour.

I sense an aroma of sweetness right after the pour. Black cherry and raisins come to mind.

On initial sip I get a spicy jolt which quickly turns into a creamy, velvet smooth taste. There is a faint aftertaste but not distracting or displeasing.

A very drinkable beer though the high alcohol can get you (and me) in trouble.

Another great beer from the SB group though I wish this was brewed all year around though I do get excited every year for the Double Bastard release.

kaseydad, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was unable to go to the EBF so I decided that I would have my Double Bastard to celebrate even though I was left out this year.

Poured from a 1 Pt. 6oz. bottle. into my Guinness pint glass.

The color is a dark orange/red and a little amber and gold at the same time. Not clear but cloudy with a thick off-white head.

The smell is very hoppy. Is a bit floral and a bit sweet with malt but also has a bastard of a smell that I can not place. It is the signature smell of the Arrogant Bastard brew.

The taste is strong, it is at first sip a little citrusy, has a great hanging aftertaste that is reminding me that this is a true to form craft beer. Is very creamy and is a bit flavorful than the orignal bastard.

This beer has a nice finish. It has a nice bite but is not overwhelming in it's texture. It is just right is it's combination and is very mush the brew worth the wait..

Duhast500, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of JayQue
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a small white head. The head shrinks quickly to a covering of the top of the glass which lingers a while. Light lacing. Smells pretty good, mostly sweet malts.

Tastes very good. I missed all the piney hops that other reviewers mentioned. This beer tasted very much like an English Barleywine - malty, sweet with the most prominent taste being caramel malts. Somewhere along the line, there is a bit of Belgian dark fruit in the mix.

Mouthfeel is incredibly rich and smooth. There is no alcohol burn like many barleywines of the same abv.

Drinkability is good...too good. The sweetness and strong taste make this a sipper but it goes down way better than a 10.5 beer should feel. If I didn't know what I was drinking, i would have had much more!!!! Very nice.

JayQue, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of biker30x
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009, poured into a pint. Thin nose of bready yeast and burnt caramel with some floral sweetness. Deep red with a thin white head that quickly fades. The taste is an all out assault on all fronts. Hops pierce the tongue in a million tiny darts of piny floral wonderfulness. Malt rules with a deep caramel and molasses sweetness, backed by an overburnt coffee bitter tang. Some fruity tones balance all and leave you wanting more. After the swallow, the throbbing burn of the hops is matched by the warm glow of the malt sweetness. The alcohol glow is noticeable and welcome. A 10.5abv that drinks like a 6. I prefer this to it's soft single cousin! What a bastard!

biker30x, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the 2007 batch. Carefully and lovingly cellared

A light brown red with a light tan head. This is a paradigm American Strong Ale. Generous head with accompanying retention and lacing. Clarity is inviting and lovely. Retention and lacing are exemplary.

Aroma is an intoxicating blend of caramel malts and burnt sugars. My snifter is a receptacle of beer porn. Sweet and roasted. Floral and piney. Deep and rich like hot chocolate.
Taste is big smooth malts with a huge grapefruit and pine blend that makes it all drink like a neighborhood lager at the corner bar. Feel is somewhat heavy and syrupy. Superb carbonation is microfine and omnipresent. It allows what should be too much to become exemplary.Drinkability is the benchmark for the style. If you take the glass to your lips you are warned. This stuff drinks like water and kicks like a mule or mustang.

scootny, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of BeerStine
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2008 release. 22oz poured into a pint glass

Pours a cherry brown with an off-white fluffy head. Smells of pineapple, citrusy hops with a biscuity maltly smell. The malts taste are the first thing to jump out. Biscuits and caramel. Hops are secondary as a dark fruit, shmuckers jam kick. Mouth feel is fairly light with light carbonation. It's very drinkable as a 10.5% beer. The intense malts might become a little overwhelming if I had too many of these.

Overall, I'm glad I tried this beer. Not the best beer in the world, but a solid beer nonetheless.

BeerStine, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of linnet
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper colour, cloudy, small tan head, creates a lid, lacing. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, honey, jam, almost vinous, noticable ABV, reminiscant of belgian quadrupels. Flavour is more hoppy than the aroma indicated, dark fruit, spices, hops. Mouthfeel is lively but quite smooth. Very complex but yet easy to drink. My second beer from Stone and they impress me again!

linnet, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Traquairlover for this bottle.

Poured into a beer mug at 51 degrees

Appearance: A golden brownish color that is hazy. The head is one finger that is ivory, creamy, foamy, and has retention. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer, visible by the bubbles on the side of the mug. The clarity of the beer is clouded but a little bit of light is visible in the brew. There is lacing on the glass

Nose: A very strong malted nose with grapefruit, pine and floral esters.

Taste: A very strong malted taste with citrus, pine and floral esters. There is a touch of sweetness and some fruitiness.

Overall: The mouth feel is astringent and slightly carbonated. A medium finish that is bitter by hops. This beer is huge there is a lot going on with such a few ingredients. There is subtle sweetness but you really can't tell the alcohol is in the beer. Stone makes some damn fine brews. I like this beer better than the original arrogant bastard. I will be sipping this for while. There is not much to critique, all around a great brew.

colts9016, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of MaineBirdMan
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice red color, cloudy. Fruity nose. Taste of fruit mixed with a little caramel. Big long finish a little too much alcohol present but not overwhelming. Very clean feel in my mouth. The alcohol warmed my belly and numbed my senses. I enjoyed this ale but one was all I needed.

MaineBirdMan, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep mahogany with red around the edges in the lights. 750 mL bottle with a freshness date of 2008.

S - Definite pine and pineapple smell. Nice hoppy smell that overtakes the nose.

T - Lots of bitterness up front, citrusy, piney, I'm surprised at the amount of hoppiness in such a strong ale. Malt is hard to detect. Phenolic qualities are evident, as is the "burnt sugar" taste.

M - Creamier than expected, balances out the hops and bitterness brought on by carbonation. Very smooth finish.

D - High a.b.v., warming, but a bit overwhelming, wouldn't include this one in a session.

raoulduke37, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Bootleggers in Topsham, a new favorite store with a great selection. Pours dark brown, extremly hazy, very little head. Smells slightly piney, malty. Tastes quite piney, bitter, citrusy, slightly malty in the background. It isn't as hoppy as expected, maybe slightly less so than Arrogant Bastard. Overall though I really do like it, I'm glad Stone is available in Maine, and this beer is a nice traat. Enjoy!!

Manosbeeroffate, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a beautiful dark amber that is actually pretty hazy. A great almond colored head that seemed extremely frothy, and looked great next to the amber ale. The head receeds to about 1/8" and leaves abundant lacing.

The hops were dominant in the nose. It smelled fruity, but I wouldn't say citrusy...more like pears or apricots. It was actually a very inviting smell.

I thought this beer tasted pretty woodsy and bitter. Pine flavors are right there with the bitterness. An eye opening taste would be a good explanation. The alcohol is detectable, but minimal compared to what I was expecting @ 10.5 ABV.

The bitterness lasts well beyond the smooth swallow. It has a nice puckering and drying effect. My mouth is definitely waiting for the next quenching rinse. My mouth is dry and my tongue has a slight arousal, tingle from the carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable. The alcohol will be your limiting factor. I can easily say that I would be drunk before I got my fill of this well crafted ale. The great flavors with a smooth character is dangerous.

ncstateplaya, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful cloudy dark cherry red. The head dies down quickly. The rose color seems to glow from within.

The smell is sweet but dark cherry and grainy barley. Just this side of a barleywine aroma. A very mild citrus/floral hop.

Deep roasted but sweet malt flavors. Cocoa and cherry cordials. Liqueur like a dark brandy. The hop is mild and flowery by comparision. Malts are deep, rich and bittersweet. Dark and rich. As it warms, bitter hops really push through.

The mouthfeel is chewy and thick. Remains on the palate for must a smidge. This baby is a slooow sipper. Might as well be a heavy barleywine. A real thick choker, but a heck of a good beer.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of PintOHops
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears hazy clouded amber with lite-medium carbonation, little head that reduces quickly to a ring & leaves no lacing. Smells of very dry and floral hops, very aromatic with a touch of alcohol. Some grape and pine aroma with some burnt malts. Very pleasant!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lots of dry floral hops, lots of burnt biscuit like bitterness lingers on the palate. Some citrus flavor is present with little sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present, but more so as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and full bodied.

Drinkablility/Final thoughts - This beer is very, very delicious and rich, but to me, there wasn't to much complexity to it. Just lots of intense floral hops with allot of burnt biscuit like aftertaste, which isn't bad! I'm just making a point, I also think because of the high ABV, its allot less drinkable. So I would enjoy maybe 1-2 of these once in a while.

I still really enjoyed this beer though. Very good, very delicious, definitely recommended. Cheers!

PintOHops, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, burgundy/copper color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, small head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet fruits, some caramel and some toffee.

T - It really had a rich taste, unlike anything that I've ever tasted. It had a fruity sweetness and caramel taste with a very spicy hop and boozy alcohol kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is a very unique brew that does not fit into style guidelines. It is delicious but very potent and a little hard to drink,

zeff80, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a darker brown/copper color that had a small tan head that lasted throughout and left lacing after each sip.

S- Has the smell of many fruits that I will be able to discern better as my beer knowledge increases. It has a strong malt smell, and of course hops.

T- Has the sweet fruit flavor that you would expect from the smell. It also has the smokey malt taste and washes down with hops and alcohol.

M- Full-bodied

D- An excellent beer, that is great to pour in to a glass and sip on and enjoy. The package store that I work at just sold the last few about a week ago which upsets me because I didn't get to grab one more before they come back.

KBoudreau66, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer and am lucky enough to have more of it. It's everything I want in a strong hoppy beer. It smells like grapefruit, sweetness from honey?, piney scents. The taste is even better, because it matches the scent dead on. Coats your tongue like honey would and then the tastes start coming out. Piney bitterness, tart from the citrus fruits then a lingering sweetness. This is a world-class beer in my opinion! The only problem is the 10.5% it sneaks up on you!

madtowndmb1, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown hazy hue with a average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt and smoky tone.

Flavor is heavy bittersweet with a long bitter finish.

Medium to full body.

Good beer with a moderate alcohol finish.

tmoneyba, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours coppery orange, with a very thin, lacy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel, citrus and pine hops, hint of alcohol.

Flavor is more big malt and caramel up front, followed by a big pine and resin hoppiness, with a very sweet back end before a fairly high bitterness, lasting hops finish.

Mouthfeel is very big, a bit sticky, moderate carbonation, not too thick. Chewy. Good beer, very interesting balance.

JohnQVegas, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of pvsob
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear, amber/ruby color with a half inch head that fades to a thin film. Leaves a respectable amount of lace.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple), brown sugar, sweet malts, and figs. Some nice alcohol and citrus hop aroma make an appearance to help balance out the earlier sweet aromas.

T- Starts off with a lovely combination of fruits, malts, and burnt sugar. A nice pungent hop bite and a warming alcohol finish off the tasting experience. A nice long hoppy finish.

M- Full, creamy texture with a nice level of carbonation. Feels like velvet in your mouth.

D/O- This is easily my favorite American Strong Ale. It has great characteristics all across the board, and has great drinkability. Be careful though, after a few of these you won't be able to feel your legs. Well done, you crazy bastards. Cheers!

pvsob, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If just one Bastard isn't enough, here's Double Bastard.

What's wrong here? I expected this to punch me in the mouth with a bunch of strong flavors and alcohol. After a long tough week, I was ready for a beer to completely knock me out, so to speak. So I crack this one open and what happens? This Double Bastard SOB caressed my palate, sang a lullaby my taste buds, danced the waltz with my tongue, or whatever silly metaphor you want to use. This stuff was lovely.

Not that it didn't have strong flavors. It kicks in with plenty of caramel malt, with a woody, earthy flavor that has some maple and bourbon. Hard to really identify the flavor notes, but it was all good. It finishes with a balanced resin-like hops. As it warms, the flavor balance changes, but the great news is that the flavor simply changes, the brew doesn't start tasting odd or going out of whack. That simply added to the enjoyment.

At 10.5%, you can taste the alcohol. Frankly, if you couldn't taste some alcohol in a brew called Double Bastard, something would definitely be wrong.

Looked great in my tulip, pouring a deep, copper brown color and a sturdy, foamy tan head, and lots of sheeting action on the glass. Little weak in the aroma department, I just wasn't picking up much besides a little woody earthiness.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: These brews works when the strong flavors are blended and balanced skillfully and with care.

A next time I've had a hard week and just need to get popped in the mouth, I'm going down to my local liquor store and pick up a 40 ouncer of the cheapest malt liquor I can find.

RunDWP, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a deep orange with a solid white head. The lacing is left all over the glass. The aroma is candied fruit with alcohol overtones. The flavor is heavy on dark fruit with an alcohol finish. The beer is a full bodied sipper. I have been sipping at it for about an hour now and it has improved as it warms.

bonkers, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Vineyardselite
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We have very limited amount of this bastard left in the shop, so come and get them before you miss out on them!!! SERIOUS, a world class beer!

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass, a massive 10.5%ABV, it a huge beer. Pours out with a reddish, yellowish-brown hue, with a head that a hold a pencil upright! Creamy cap, with a light colored tan foam, and it lingered for a while too, that left behind trials of lace!

Wonderful aromas full of hops, and hops and lots of HOPS. Has this wonderful toffee, sweet, dark pit fruit aroma, that draws you in!

A nice, full body and smooth, thick mouthfeel, with just a spritz of carbonation drags a bashing of citrus hop bitterness, with notes of cherries and other dark fruits. An underlying malt sweetness is mostly masked by the powerful hop presence. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the dry, bitter finish keeps the brew going down until not a drop remains in the whopper of a bottle.

Drinkability is outstanding if you can handle the excessive ABV that stone has provided with this offering.

Vineyardselite, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard pours a deep amber with ruby highlights and a small, light tan head. Lots of sticky hops show up on the nose with pine and a bit of citrus with hints of caramel underneath.

The tast is pretty much all hops. Piny and resinous with a big punch of bitterness. Very good, but a bit on-dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected, with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a really good beer and probably the most drinkalbe 10%+ ABV beer I've had.

Spidey13, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe

A- semi clear but kinda dark coffee color with an off white head.

S- Resinous hops, earthy.

T- Taste is sweet, toasty, but with lots of resinous hops and bitterness.

M- High alcohol gives it a pretty slick body, but it's not chewy.

D- Better than I remembered after having it a few years ago. Hadn't really gone back to it because it didn't blow me away the first time and it's really high in alcohol, but this was very very good.

MiScusi, Jan 26, 2009
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,899 ratings.