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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,161
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,043 | FT: 34
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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 dpjosuns
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this exceptional brew on draft at a recent tasting/release at my favorite bar here in Ann Arbor.

A- A very pronounced Amber color. It actually appears to be a bit lighter (in color) than the Arrogant Bastard.

S- This is the first punch in the mouth. Naturally, the first aroma that hits you is the hops and boy is it a hit. After the initial hop aroma there is plenty of citrus, but not in a bitter way, the hops take care of that. It almost seems more like a ripe orange or perhaps pineapple, rather than lemon.

T- This is the 2 of the 1-2 punch this brew hits you with. The taste is out of this world. It has the huge hop taste and flavor of an Imperial IPA with more sweetened malt balance. This is one that can be savored. I really like that it is big and heavy like an Imperial, but with amazing balance.

M- The feel is obviously malty. It is nice and smooth. With some beers of this gravity, I feel they can have a tendency leave an almost abrasive feel in your mouth, but this does not occur here.

D- I love drinking this beer. It has a great aftertaste that stays with you, while still enticing your for more.

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

Double Bastard Ale... Bring it on. 10.5% alcohol and from Stone, this is bound to be good stuff.

A- Pours a firey burnt orange fluid almost red.
In the sunlight shows beautiful glowing orange with bright flame-like red edges in glass. Produces a almost tan off white head that sticks around for a while leaving sticky rings around glass.

S- Large carmel malt scent upfront with a secondary hint of plum, grass, citrus and mild alcohol fumes.

T-M- The taste is one of its own. First is the big hop bitterness of citrus and fresh cut grass. Second is the toasted malts and barley that shows a thick pressence on the tongue. Alcohol is hidden but definitly there in a fresh way. I like the complex hop flavor with a malty backbone and a alcohol finish to prove itself. For a beer of this magnitude i believe its mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth and warming with nothing to piss off your taste buds... beware.

D- As drinkable as a strong ale comes... 10.5 and nothing to let you know its coming to get you. I'll buy again soon.

Photo of mutterfudder
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first double bastard! Been looking forward to this since I bought Double Bastard glasses. Clearly, that was what this was poured into ;)

A - Thick and viscous, it goes into the glass with no real head but an ever present ring of a head. The color is a heavy rouge color that is thick and hazy.

S - WOW... malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, wood... then the hops, piney and sharp. What a complex and appetizing nose!

T - Taste doesn't let down. Similar to Arrogant Bastard, but smoother and better balanced in my opinion. The malts and hops are similar, but feel amplified. There is a noticeable "heat" to the beer, but you kind of expect that from a nearly 11 percent beverage.

M/D - Thick on the mouth. The hops stick with you, as does a residual sweetness from the malts. My lips were sticking together. Good stuff. Drinkable but one bottle was all that was needed.

One amazingly complex, well balanced brew. Do recommend!

Photo of feelmefoam
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me start off by saying this Bastard broke my cheap ass bottle opener. Snapped it right in half. I can't think of a more appropriate beer for this to happen with, but if this is a sign of good things to come, then so be it. 2009 release, poured from a bomber into a Stone Pint glass.

Double Bastard pours a murky amber-caramel color that reminds me a bit of the color on the outside of a nice candied apple. Has lighter amber highlights when held to the light and a finger of off-white head crowns the top of the brew. The head has some decent retention and leaves a nice solid layer of sticky lacing all around the rim of the glass.

The aroma is both sweet and menacing. Loads of caramel malt and dark fruits, but with a boatload of hops lingering in the background. I can distinctly smell traits of earthiness, grassiness, and maybe a little citrus. This is going to be interesting.

The Bastard is Beautiful, at least on the tongue. Very nice complexity, with the big caramel and brown sugar flavors pushing your tastebuds around in the beginning, then being knocked aside by a bit of fruitiness that is soon followed by sticky, piney, earthy hops. The hoppiness lets a nice bit of flavor and bitterness linger on your tongue as the beer finishes. This bottle is a couple months old, but it's still pretty damn hoppy.

This thing is brutally smooth. The flavors are so massive and intense that you'd expect a harsh, biting mouthfeel, but such is not the case. The large amounts of alcohol are masked by the smoothness of the flavors and a relative lack of carbonation, leaving the creamy, thick, smooth mouthfeel to carry the beer all around your mouth and let it linger even after it's been swallowed.

While it's drinkable in the sense that I WANT to drink lots more of this, after this bomber I don't know if that will be completely feasible. The alcohol and big flavors make it a big task, but man this thing is delicious. One of my favorite Stone beers to date, but then again, pretty much all of their beers have been exceptional so far. I do love this beer, though, and I think I can safely be deemed "Worthy".

Photo of aubuc1
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from 2009 release poured in to a goblet.

pours a cloudy brownish red with a big off white head.

Large smell of pineapple, citrus and pine with some light biscuit.

Taste is a hoppy, biscuity, bitter with a dry finish. Booze is barely noticeable.

Good mouthfeel, but not huge.

Not as rough as I expected, I am glad I let it sit for a few months.

Truly a great beer.

Photo of BatDaddy
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a strong reddish copper with a thick off-white head. Head dissipates to a bubbly layer of foam that eventually settles out to the edges of the glass. Beautiful.

S - Nose is full of piney hops, citrus fruit, sweet caramel malts, and spicy alcohol.

T - There's a lot going on here. First few sips are hop-heavy but still have a good malt presence for balance. Dark fruits and sweet malts show up more as the beer warms and the hops settle down a bit. Still spicy though. Finishes fairly dry with a bit of lingering bitterness.

M - Thick and chewy. Smooth. Excellent.

D - An excellent beer, but definitely a sipper. The 10.5% abv and spicy character demand that you slow down and savor the flavors.

Notes: This Bastard demands your respect and the respect of your your palate. Stronger and more complex than the regular Bastard, this one's a unique experience, and one hell of a beer!

Photo of jt31914
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'06 batch On-Tap at Hopcat

A: Dark amber/brown with a small amount of head; not very carbonated.

S: Faint hops and barley sweetness in the smell. Very nice.

T: Barley and slight bitterness in the taste; almost barleywine flavors.

Very good and shockingly drinkable for 10 percent alcohol. Very smooth and worth having.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a thick dark honey color that's completely opaque. It's a very brown honey color. Thick inch and a half of dense off-white foam that dissipates. Tons of sticky lacing.

Very different from the Arrogant Bastard Ale. Good though, just different in a surprising way. Caramel malt and bitter and aromatic hops. A little bit of grapefruit and citrus zest, but strong bitter and piney hops.

Very dense beer with complex flavors. Tons of bitter hop and citrus zest against toasty caramel with a hint of chocolate. Some honey - which is great considering the color! - and a little bit of that sweet floral hop. Great beer.

Like noted previously - dense and a touch syrupy, but not out of the style. I'd like a touch more carbonation, but it's fine. It's still a refreshing beer.

Not for sessioning, but a 22oz. isn't out of the range for a big meal. It went well with lemon peppered chicken, green beans, and cauliflower. A great food beer, but works on it's own.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a goblet. 2008 version.

A: Dark brown, cloudy, dark colored thick head.

S: Strong hoopy scent with malty/fruity scents evident as well.

T: Big beer. Big malt backbone with classic Stone hoppiness. Floral & citrus tastes....maybe some spiceyness as well. Can taste the alcohol some. This is awesome.

M: Chewy. Low carbonation. Smooth.

D: This will warm you right up! Sipping beer but not for the faint of heart. this will be a regular for me.

Photo of natelocc787
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different experience out of the bottle. More concentrated, more like a barleywine than a hoppy strong ale (which was my experience on-tap). Toffee, raisins and caramel notes all make this beer sweet and complex. Borderline cloying but not quite, taste came close to earning a higher score but I needed more hops. This is a Bastard Ale right? Hops not as aggressive as they could be, well balanced if that's your thing with sweet caramel malt winning over the bitter hops. This beer lacked bitterness, My palate was brutally abused on this night, still not as good aged as fresh.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bomber poured into a snifter and shared with the roommates.

A: The pour is a clear, dark copper color with a lot of red notes to it. The head is about a finger's worth of cream colored foam.

S: The nose has a nice sweet caramel, toffee, and fruit background. A lot of raisins and oranges, and a touch of floral hops.

T: The flavor is very interesting and while it has the trademark Stone hoppiness, there's a lot more going on. The flavor starts off very sweet with caramel, toffee and perhaps even butterscotch. The raisins and oranges again make an appearance in the middle and are followed by a bitter, piney finish. The biggest flaw is that the beer is a bit hot.

M: The body is fantastic. Very full with an almost chewy texture and a moderate level of carbonation. The finish is surprisingly dry.

D: As I mentioned before, the biggest flaw with this beer is the alcohol presence. And as the glass warms up, it comes out a bit more. This is a big, big beer, and one you can't drink too much of in a sitting.

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

Got this out on tap into a goblet.
Deep caramel color with a slight head and little lacing.

Unfortunately I was a bit stuffed up to get a real good smell of it. I got hops, a malty caramel, and a sweet smell to it.

Hops in the front followed by a malty taste and finished by the sweetness on my tongue. A bit of alcohol can be detected throughout the taste.

This thing is thick, almost chewy. Still somehow smooth in my mouth.

I could have enjoyed at least one more of these if I hadn't been driving. Better safe than sorry.

Photo of farrago
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up to a two finger head of frothy deep tan microfoam, pools of larger bubbles here and there, dissipates a bit quicker than expected, however, no lack of broad lacings left behind. Fully opaque red rust to amber color, like a glass of metallic mud swirled about, no variance throughout. Boozy nose of coconut custard, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, ginger snaps, raisin bread and then releases the pink grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus, pine sap and green straw, unprocessed grains. Full-bodied, the carbonation like a jelly roll, gets everything cascading left and right, for better or worse, it is certainly active in the mouth. Sweet and alcoholic, as if barrel aged. The caramel, molasses, butterscotch not to be denied, coats the palate like a blanket, were it not for the carbonation and the bitterness of the hops it would move into old ale or barleywine territory, even the grapefruit, orange citrus feels reduced. Pine and flowers here seem more obligatory than natural, steady presentation of the cherry, apricot, peach fruit, lower degree of dried fruit character. Admirably, not imbalanced yet it's not a beer founded in clarity of parts and choral harmony.

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

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,161 ratings.