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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,556 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,556
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 335
Gots: 719 | FT: 27
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 ArrogantB


4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

22 oz 2006 bomber poured into a snifter. Nice red-brown with a small white head. The smell is hoppy and floral. The taste is also very hoppy, floral with a little caramel (from the malts?). The alcohol makes its presence known but is not offensive. As it warms it gets better and better. Another outstanding beer from Stone.

04/12/08 2005 vintage

Dark, brown-red, smells sticky, tastes bitter, somewhat piney, the hops are still definitely alive and kicking. The beer isn't as sweet as I expected it to be either.

02-26-2007 18:57:47 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of woodychandler


3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

This poured with an off-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was somewhat sweet and sugary. The mouthfeel was thick and full with an extremely sweet taste, like syrup. The finish left me licking my lips and thinking about the extreme sweetness that I had experienced throughout. I just could not get past how rich it seemed and that is not my bag.

02-18-2007 21:27:36 | More by woodychandler
Photo of DoubleJ


4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

A very intiminating beer. Intiminating alone that it's 1) made by Stone, 2) 10% ABV, and 3) clocked at over 100 IBU's (per Stone's website). The back of the label even warns that if you hesitate, do not buy it. I've been joyeously waiting for this moment for months. The few beers I had in the night were just mere sideshows for this, the main event. From the 2006 release, let's get on to this beer:

For best results, I've given this beer about a half hour out of the fridge to warm up from ice cold. Pours an outstanding head with a rich copper color. Lots of tropical and piney scents in the beer. Now the ride begins, and down the hatch it goes. Oh my goodness! Unbelievably smooth and sweet. Gigantic amounts of tropical fruits in the flavor, a bit of chocolate and sugar, and very warming alcohol. Very syurpy and sticky as it goes down.

What's scary is the drinkability of this ale, so watch out. There's certainly bitterness in there, but it doesn't seem like it's a 100 IBU beer, it's so smooth. A bomber of this and you're done for several hours. It's a beautiful beer that everyone should try....if you can find it.

02-18-2007 20:18:32 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Thanks to unclejedi for the bottle.

Poured a cloudy Burn Amber with no head to speak of, some fine bubbles, and lots of eddys of lace swirling in the top. Looks strong in the snifter. Smell first hits you up front with a ton of alcohol, but starts to mellow after a while leaving hints of bourbon and very sweet, almost candy flavors. Some pine hops as well in the back, smell really starts to come out as it warms for a while/ The taste on this was HUGE. Again as it starts there is the alcohol, which at 10%ABV is unmistaken and pronounced. This must be let to set to truly appresicate the other flavors. Mellows out into a highly hopped strong ale, with a big ddry finish. Huge pine, and candied sweetness. This is a BIG beer with BIG teeth, be forwarned. I goes down nicely enough if you are prepared for it, very dry and beautiful texture, not oily and definatly not thin. Crisp, tough, this will kick your ass. It is highly drinkable, at lest for me. It came out as everything I envisioned it would be, Arrogant Bastard or roids! Not for the faint of heart, but for the strong willed hope head, heaven.

02-15-2007 11:51:32 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of guitarmage


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

Appearance: The typical, awesome stone bottle with the story on the back. The beer is a dark mahogany, with an awesome red hue when held up to the light. Pale tan head falls into a thin lacing.

Smell: Big dose of maltiness with ripe fruit, rum like alcohol, cherries, plum, also a hint of cherry wood smokiness, hops are present and smooth.

Taste: Big molasses, brown sugar, ripe fruit consume the palette, a dash of lemony citrus, then a big dose of grassy hops go up your nose and the alcohol warms your face. There's a lot of action.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied, chewy, fairly dry in the finish, coats the mouth but is very pleasant.

Drinkability: This beer is awesome. Huge, complex, sweet. A food would have to be very flavorful to stand up to it. A good beer to end the night after a crappy day.

02-13-2007 06:55:04 | More by guitarmage
Photo of mmmbeer


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

22 oz. bomber, 2006 release. It pours into the chalice a dark red/brown (blood red when held to light) that is sedimented or unfiltered in the second pour. It has light, slowly rising carbonation and a light tan head that reduces to a thin layer. The bouquet is rich and malty with lots of hops for balance. There are notes of bready/biscuity, caramelly, toasted, and nutty malts, chocolate?, pineapple, citrus, pine, strawberry?, cherry?, raspberry?, apricot, and some vinous and woody notes. The body is thick, with a deep malt body and a huge hop presence. There are piney/citric, grapefruit, pineapple, and green/leafy hops with biscuity/toasty, caramelly? malts and notes of apple or currant along with some spicy alcoholic heat. The body is full and drying, quite smooth, with light carbonation and a very long finish. Overall this is quite a heady brew - one of the maltiest beers there is - yet is quite drinkable. This is still a bit young though, and I've got both the '04 and '05 to see how the aging affects this brew. I'm guessing that the flavors would meld wonderfully and that the alcohol would cool down, making for an even better beer. P.S. - I would love to see Stone make an oaked version of this beer.

02-13-2007 05:05:39 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a lovely ruby red with a nice little creamy head. Smells much like the original bastard. Pineapple, grapfruit and freshly cut grass on the nose. Taste is like a welcome slap in the face. Hops and malt galore! Pineapple and grapefruit with a fierce bite of alcohol in the finish. Perfectly balanced in the mouth, not chewy but full. Only the heat of the alcohol made me keep the drinkability down.

02-13-2007 04:43:25 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of younger35


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Drank from a Weizen glass. Got the good ol' 22oz bottle. Really liked the original bastard and was very excited to try this one.

Appearance- A nice dark caramel amber. Not great head but decent. Left faint lacing on my glass.

Smell- Smelled much better than the original. A very nice fruity aroma with a malty backround. The alcohol is very warming.

Taste- A nice caramel malty sweetness is the first thing that jumps out at me. Has a very fruity, hoppy undertone that blends nicely. The alcohol warms awesomely on the back of my tongue. A very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation. Medium bodied. A very nice stickyness. Nice warming alcohol.

Drinkability- Not a drink more than one 22oz bottle beer with the 10% ABV but very tasty. I was very pleased with this beer. It was a step above it's little bastard brother. Will definitely pick this up when I run across it again.

02-13-2007 04:18:30 | More by younger35
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured from a bomber of the 2005 release procured by my girlfriend as part of a Christmas present. Double bastard is a deep ruby red with an off white head. Smell is rich sweet caramel malts and heavy pine and citrusy grapefruit aromas. Taste is big and bitter upfront, tons of Chinook flavor, with the same piney and grapefruit flavors. The sweet maltiness isn't totally covered up, and it shines through towards the end. Hints of alcohol pop up a bit as it warms, but its mostly hidden by the massive hop and malt flavor. As it warms it gets really drinkable. I had this yesterday at the EBF and I was moved to open this bottle today. Hopefully I'll be able to find it around here in the near future, but I'm not too sure.

02-12-2007 00:48:05 | More by ericj551
Photo of kernalklink


4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Wow- pours a deep dark reddish brown with nice carbonation. solvent aromas with huge hop presence. Sticky sweet at first on the tongue- burnt caramel, some tropical malt breadiness. Great balance, but so many flavors. The tangy citrusy hops dominate after the sweetness fades- huge and oily slick while at the same time making this heavy brew light tasting and refreshing. Despite the solvent fumes, the alcohol presence seems like a muted finely aged liqueur. A slight burn but nothing to hint at the high ABV. For hop-heads this one is the perfect pairing of traditional beer character and the new generation's hop craziness.

02-11-2007 18:35:51 | More by kernalklink
Photo of Graebner


4.78/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a dark ruby brown with not much head. Lacign remains on top. Moderate bubble action.

Smells yeasty, citrus and floral hops. Rosewater. Fruitiness, like pineapple.

Whoa!! Taste is a face-meltingly awesome blend of piney pitch, delicate yet formidable malty sweetness, caramel, smoke, spice, lots of fruit flavors, alcohol present yet enjoyable. Finishes with lasting oily bitterness.

Mouthfeel is spot-on with the right amount of alcohol, CO2, and consistency. Perfect.

Overall not a session due to abv, but holy crap, this is a magnificent and drinkable brew. Absolutely stunning in it's depth of flavor and perfect mouthfeel. Tremendous. Absolutely tremendous, even for Stone.

02-10-2007 05:02:16 | More by Graebner
Photo of Jarod


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Release date of 2003

Bottle size: 22 oz

This beer poured a crystal clear mahogany color that had burnt orange red edges with hints throughout. Carbonation was very good still for being 4 years old. The head produced was a tan cream color, thick and creamy that had a good last time and slowly diminished in a chunky fashion to a fine skim on the edges, and while being consumed it formed slowly on the sides a dingy delicate/intricate lace. The aromas that formed from the glass were of molasses, deep spices, burnt sugars, sweet malts, piney hops, and a slight warmth of alcohol. All fairly consistent throughout the entire bottle, becoming more prominent as beer warmed. The tastes that danced across my tongue were consistent with the aromas. Flavors of pine tree and floral hops, several dark fruits (apples, berries, etc) all soaked in alcohol, warming alcohol notes, sweet malts, burnt sugars and molasses, wood tones all throughout and as the sip ended a combination of sweetness and hops trailed off and an aftertaste of hops only remained. The body was thick and chewy. This beer for aging 4 years held up very well, mellowed and blended nicely over time. An incredible beer fresh and an incredible beer aged. I suggest you try both.

02-08-2007 21:25:58 | More by Jarod
Photo of Tyrawlings


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

22 oz.Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown with amber hues. Pours a dense two fingered tan head that stays for the duration of the sample. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Big citrus fruit. Pine resin. Caramel malts and bread. Warm Alcohol.

T: This bastard starts out with a grapefruit punch to the tongue and is follwed by a nice piney hop bite. Roasted caramel malts with a hint of sweetness. Earthy presence is followed by waming alcohol.

M: Silky smooth. Slight carbination. Warming achohol finishes dry.

D:This beer is well balanced for all that it has going on. The high ABV keeps it from being an all nighter but this is damn drinkable none the less. A great strong ale that is to be respected for sure.

02-07-2007 02:45:45 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.65/5  rDev -14.5%

Nice deep red/burgandy color with a nice head about 1/2" think sitting on top. The head settles down to a fine fluff that laces the glass well. I am drinking this out of my Duvel tulip glass by the way...
The flavor is great. Sweet like pineapple, rich with that same smell that really nice double IPA's have. The smell reminds me of Dogfish 120. The taste is bold to say the least. Big hops blast my mouth bitter from the start, bitter til the end. The alcohol is covered up well with the resin-ating hop flavor. (that was sort of a play on words people, yeah, I know, I rule)
The hops are also floral at the end. Tiny hints of sweetness poke through but very slight amongst the hoppy blast. Maybe a little too hoppy... The mouthfeel is that of a strong, dry hopped IPA. Dry, and crisp. This beer is very strong, but unlike several balanced hopped beers, the extreme flavor reminds you that its strong.

02-07-2007 01:03:43 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of xav33


4.1/5  rDev -4%

Double Bastard Ale
3 Liter bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Brewed winter 06, consumed 01/07

Poured a clear ruddy brown and amber with a yellowish beige fizzy somewhat diminishing head with good lacing.

Smelt of canned pineapple, citrus grapefruit with moderate tutti frutti , sucre d'orge, and light spruce, pear and banana.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet pineapple and light gelatin and barley sugar followed by a strong/harsh bitter sweaty spruce and pine with light cinnamon and clove spiciness on a long finish. Palate was medium bodied, softly carbonated, oily, moderately alcoholic and strongly astringent.

Overall, opening a bottle of this size is an occasion itself, and the contents do not disappoint with great bold flavors and aromas.

02-05-2007 21:11:14 | More by xav33
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

This is the 2006 release, drank in Feb 2007. Poured into a goblet.

A nice medium red color with very little head to speak of despite a down the center pour. I got a single stream of bubbles rising slowly from the center of the glass. Carbonation appears to be at a minimum. Viscosity is very noticeable as I gently swirl.

Aroma is of malt, spicy hops, and warm alcohol.

Taste is again malty at first, with notes of spicy hops. Then it finishes with a long bitter hop aftertaste, followed by an even longer warm alcohol finish. Seriously, you think you are done tasting it and then the alcohol comes back and visits you again for several seconds.

This beer is big and heavy. Excellent mouthfeel overall, complimented by the warming alcohol.

A nice one to sip on a night that's going to get down to 0 degrees, during the second half of the Super Bowl, when you know you are going to have to go right to bed when it's over.

02-05-2007 01:27:05 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Kudashov


3/5  rDev -29.7%

Dark leather brown color . Spectacular head . The aroma is one of fruit and alcohol ...The taste is groovy . The finish lets you know that there is some booze in it . My Irish cheeks are now red - meaning the alcohol is in there . 2 of these will get me through tonights Super Bowl . Be careful .

02-04-2007 13:40:00 | More by Kudashov
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Aquired via trade with Hogtown Harry. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time, so I am very excited! Pours out quite dark and cloudier than the regular ABA. Nose is hops, hops and more hops. First sip- wow. Its like getting hit in the head with a shovel. You scrape yourself off the floor and ask for more. One of the most bitter beers I've had. Booze tast is fairly evident and it has quite a dry finish. Its tough to describe the malt due to the massive hop bill. I would love to get my hands on more of these- however this is the poster child of 'enjoy in moderation'!

02-04-2007 02:42:51 | More by oakbluff
Photo of ReDave


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%

Haven't had this for several years or so, back then i wasn't quite so enamored with it. Not that i didn't like it, i guess i felt if it was double then i was expecting to be blown away with over powering intensive flavors, and if i remember right, i was surprised that it seem mellow in comparison to single bastard.

Fast forward to today...

2006 release. [after several years of double IPA, and other massive ales, I've learned that double doesn't mean approaching painful, in fact many double IPA's are in some ways more mellow that regular IPA's, the extra malt seems to smooth out some of the edges... same for this]
Pours a similar color to single bastard. dark brown amber, more dense, if not exactly cloudy, nice thick creamy head. sticky lace all the way down.

Aroma nice but not intense, some sweet maltiness, with some spices.

Taste, a full flavored beer, when you let the flavors swirl around in your mouth the complexity of many flavors is what attracts me to these bigger ales. an earthy like flavor [a totally good way]
hops complex malts good stuff!

02-03-2007 19:31:45 | More by ReDave
Photo of ChazMania


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Holy Schnikes! Wow, I have been drinking alot of beer lately. One of these bombers is kickin me hard. Very full over the top flavor. NOT for the faint hearted lite beer sipper. Thick, chewy, lots of alcohol. Mama call me a cab! Oh wait, I’m at home...This beer will kick you in the keister.

02-01-2007 03:04:14 | More by ChazMania
Photo of BeerTruth


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I prefer the double bastard more than the arrogant bastard. This poured a dark foggy amber with a fairly think khaki colored head. Hops are clearly present with a bit of a malty, woody, background. The balance to this beer is excellent, very drinkable for a 10% ABV. Definitely take your time with this one, and enjoy all it has to offer.

01-28-2007 18:00:20 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of BusyNinja

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

I love this beer in a bottle, and have been rationing myself after purchasing a full case. On tap it seems so much better balanced. Hops are present, but not in yer face. No alcohol taste, as was present/discernible in the bottle. All in all, a real treat on draft.

01-28-2007 01:21:10 | More by BusyNinja
Photo of Mdog


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Deep red with a good head and nice lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits and some citrus, not overbearing.

Taste: Very complex. Sweetness from caramel and dark fruits alongside piney and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and coating.

Drinkability: Very tasty but too strong to have too much.

Finally got to try the Double Bastard after a couple years of trying. It did not disappoint, it's amped up flavors are a pleasure to the pallette. Good stuff.

01-27-2007 21:11:49 | More by Mdog
Photo of foureyedgeek


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

22oz bottle, poured into a mug.

Pours a clear, ruby-red/brown, pillowy light tan head, an easy three fingers tall. Pretty decent head retention and some minor lacing.

Smell is dominated by citrus hoppiness, grapefruit, and pineapple sweetness.

Taste is at first sweet, backed by a nice level of hoppiness. There's some caramel or vanilla in there, too, good maltiness. The hops surge in the finish. This is a very interesting combination,a battle of wills between sweet and bitter, ending in a delicious truce.

Whew, this is a hot beer! No hiding of the alcohol in this one, I'll bet this beer is a treat with a year on it, although I'd hate to wither the hops too much.

Mouthfeel is drying and slightly cloying, along with the alcohol warmth filling the drink.

Drinkability is pretty good, this beer would be odd without the high ABV, but at the same time, getting into more than one bomber of this in a short night would be quite a feat for me. This one put me out.

01-27-2007 01:45:15 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Mmm. That was my first thought when I tasted this fine brew. This is a hybrid between a DIPA and a Barleywine. There is a nice bitterness and the alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. The taste is bitter and there is an underlying sweetness. The hop aftertaste lingers for a good while. Lots of lacing in the glass. The head is in no hurry to leave. One bomber of this will really warm the tops of your ears up.

01-27-2007 00:39:06 | More by Enola
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,556 ratings.