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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,109
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 407
Gots: 997 | FT: 32
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 xhuskr
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hops lacking presence. More like a barley wine at this point. High malt presence. A bit astringent. Enjoy by myself in moderation. Half pour for a knowledgeable beer friend as too metallic. Still looking forward to the 2009.

A fond remebrance of 2005 in the snow in colorado.

Stone lives on, just not today... for some.

;)... ;|

Photo of twelvinlucifer
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers!!! I really like bottle conditioned ales but actually prefer that this beer not be. Everything about this beer is perfect or near perfection!

I love the ruby color!

I think the carmel smell and perfectly balenced hop malt ratio is inpecable!

This is without a doubt one of the best batches of Double Bastard EVER! 2009 sets a new standard for this and all beers!

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy sweet tea like reddish brown. The head was dense and light brown. The lacing clings to the glass until the last drop all the way down the walls of the glass

S: Bakers chocolate, caramel, pine, citrus... like grapefruit and orange rinds, bread.

T: Bitter sweet chocolate, biscuit, grapefruit, hops, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. As it heats up the flavor bursts, warms the throat, that's for sure.

M: Medium body but smooth smooth, the carbonation isnt over powering tingles a bit. You can definately feel the alcohol and it leaves a slight bitter coffee taste in the mouth with a lingering alcohol slow burn. I like it alot! I definately could drink a few of these.

Photo of haz77
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear mahogany with almost no carbonation. A fairly hard pour yields a couple of inches of very thick light tan head. A finger's worth of this remains firmly in place. Lovely.

S - Toffee, pine, resin, floral, mild citrus.

T - Initial flavour is floral, mixed with pine. Toffee appears in the middle, before the hops burst out once again in the finish. Their resinous quality linger in a long finish, along with tobacco.

M - Very syrupy with soft carbonation. The longer it sits in the mouth the thicker it becomes.

D - A tasty sipper with interesting mouthfeel. Aroma and taste not as complex as I'd hoped. No sign of the 10% ABV makes it a dangerous one.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2008 release poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep dark burgundy with almost ruby hues, 2" densely compacted light tan head, amazing thick retention and sticky lacing

S - Overpowering sweetbread malt, followed by underlying grapefruit and grassy/floral notes

T - As with the nose, an initial blast of sweetbread malts, but then here come the hops. Doses of sweet grapefruit, pine, and a bit of earthiness.

M - Good carbonation, residual hop flavors feels like a hop cone has been dragged over the tongue leaving a delicious earthiness like leftover buds and stems, hopefully that make sense to at least someone else.

D - While individually the malt and hop profile are above average, together the difference is too stark for my liking. A bit of a failed effort at our amazingly balanced east coast IPA's.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A; Pours a dark amber hue with hints of red and a head that comes to about two fingers, creamy tan in appearance and creamy with pretty good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops dominate the nose with a little caramel malt and yeast lingering in the background. A hint of alcohol as well that comes through in the end.

T: Caramel malt upfront with piney citrus hops sticking to the mid palate and hanging on through the finish. Vanilla and a little honey round out the finish of this beer making it very smooth and easy drinking. This beer has a nice breadiness about it as well that provides nice body and a nice roundness of flavor as well. Not overly complicated in flavor, pretty straightforward, but very good in what it is and what it sets out to be.

M: Nearly perfect, exactly what I would want and expect from Stone and from a beer of this abv. Carbonated just enough so that it gives your tongue a slight tingle, but not too much that it gets in the way of the flavor profile. Wonderful!

D: Quite drinkable for a 10.5% strong ale, went down a little too quick actually, and hits pretty hard but very drinkable and smooth for being such a high abv ale. Overall, this is quite a delicious beer that I will be sure to revisit and lay down for future tastings!

Photo of Richardberg
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a pint glass from a bomber, it's a rich cloudy orange with decent head, settling fairly quick but remaining sticky.

S: pine, caramel malts

T: beautiful balance of hops, malt, and a whiff of alcohol. Strong flavors across the spectrum but never overwhelming. Only the very end of the aftertaste goes totally bitter.

M: medium to heavy body, minimal fizz, sticky residue throughout the mouth.

D: very drinkable 10.5% - dangerously so!

Photo of BigBlacke
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Where do I start! DB pours a dark brownish reddish color with an amazing head. Amazing from the get go! Smells of piney citrusy hops smack you in the face and make your mouth water. Believe it or not, Stone figured out a way to make ABA better. A strong taste of hops and citrus greet every tastebud in you mouth. You cant get enough. A great stinging mouthfeel comes with DB. It hangs with you for a while. For a strong ale this one goes down beautifully. Only problem is I havent found the right amount. I always wind up drinking too much. Excellent Beer couldnt please me any better. Must try!

Photo of Tom8Analise
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- When poured into a tall glass this beer has a nice golden coloring. Didn't really have any foam but it did leave some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Had a nice honey smell, but had an even stronger alcohol smell that overpowerd the honey sweetness.

T- The taste of this beer was the highest rating. There were very nice sweet honey and vanillan notes! The only down side was the after tase, which left a strong alcohol taste in your mouth.

M- very light and smoth but yet had a lot of carbonation.

D- I would love to be able to drink a few of these, but the carbonation was a little to heavy to enjoy more than one.

Tom and Analise

Photo of TommyW
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep, red mahogany with a thick, tan head that sticks around for a while.

S- You can really smell the caramel malt backbone with some citrusy and piney hops there as well as some notes of alcohol.

T- There is a big malt flavor with notes of slightly toasted bread and caramel malts. The hops really dance around nicely leaving some citrus and pine notes. The alcohol isn't very noticeable, but it does warm you up pretty quickly.

M- Very smooth right off the bat due to a nice carbonation level. Has a full, almost syrupy feel.

D- Really an amazing beer. It's definitely a sipper due to the abv, but it's soo damn good you just wanna drink more.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Dark amber with a ruby tinge around the rim of the glass. Rocky two inch head that dissapates to a half inch wisp and thick spidery lace.

Smells of dark fruit, bitter orange peel, grapefruit, chinooked to hell and back.

Taste is chocolate, amber bisuit malts chinook hopped to the depths of hell and back. Wow, this is a double BASTARD! As it warms it becomes extremely complex. The yeast variety used creates a distinctively different spicey and fruity finish a mixed the bittered cruelty of the bastard.

Wonderful heavy drinker. Only drink one and switch to somethng less paralyzing.


Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy reddish brew with a small dense foamy head. Nice webs of lacing slink down the sides of the glass.

S - Intense sweet caramel malt, grapefruit pith, chicory, touch of pine and orange pith. An incredibly strong, rather pleasant aroma.

T - Initially chocolate flavored with a caramel presence quickly joining. A grapefruit hop bitterness comes to play, followed by some biscuity tones. Aftertaste is faint alcohol, some chicory and grapefruit pith bitterness. It is quite pleasant! When warmer it is a little too boozy. It is bitter, but nothing out of the ordinary. The diatribe had me believing that this beer would be so bitter it would be unpleasant, but even my girlfriend liked it. I half want to say this is a disappointment, but honestly, I think I am enjoying it more this way.

M - Smooth, thick, carbonation tingles a bit, but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel. Pretty refreshing too! At 10.5% that says a lot.

D - I fail to see why the "double" version of this beer is smoother, more palatable and less bitter tasting then the regular version. Seems a little counterintuitive to me. Perhaps it is just the refinement of my taste buds? I don't get it, but I like this beer. It makes me want to revisit Arrogant Bastard (of which I was not the biggest fan).

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

Holly ***t!!!!

Appearance: It poured a dark amber with plenty of head and amazing retention.

Smell: Spicey, malty, hoppy and balanced in Godly proportions.

Taste: Spicey with malt and hoppy flavors following. This beer is a mixture of IPA, Stout and others. It is definitely a balanced and heavy beer. The weak should just avoid this brew.

Mouthfeel: Totally amazing! Its nice and syrupy with hop flavor to balance it out. Its like taking a bite into a nice dinner, very delicious.

Drinkability: I drank 22oz in like 10 minutes and I only wish I had more time. I would glady drink this all day on a lazy summer weekend.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber into standard pint.

This beer is exactly what I thought it would be, a double bastard. Twice as flavorful, twice as ass-kicking, and twice as brutal. Seriously.. this beer is no joke. It's so flavorful, one has a hard time comprehending it at first sip.

Malts? Incredible. Hops? Very bitter, scathing, very Stone. Mouthfeel? Thick, chewy. Drinkability? I enjoy it... slowly. I suggest you do the same.

I like this beer a lot... but regular bastard is all the bastard I need, meethinks. Perhaps I'm not worthy?

This beer is great, but be warned... a bomber of this will smack you around, call you a bitch, and expect you to LIKE it.

Photo of AgentZero
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to mikey771 who hooked me up with this one.

A - Brown colored (was expecting lighter) with a nice three finger head. Slow dissipation and exceptional lacing. Very nice looking brew, especially when poured into the glass.

S - For a second there I almost thought I was catching a whiff of scotch. Citris, hops, and I get a lot of alcohol on the nose.

T - Wow, much fuller flavor than I would have guessed, even after smelling. Caramel comes through very strongly on this one. Very sweet, and finishes quite bitter. Some dark fruits on this, alcohol comes in, but nicely. A little too bitter and too sweet for my liking.

M - Syrupy, full bodied. Carbonation is there, but you lose it in the fullness of this brew.

D - I couldn't finish the whole bomber. Very thick becomes hard to drink about 3/4 of the way through. Solid, but there's a limit to how much of this I can get down.

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. See Bastard, Arrogant. I didn't think this stuff was much different, just slightly stronger with a little more intense flavors.

A - Dark orangish-brown color with off-white head.

S - Aroma is citrusy hops and sweet malt, typical of West Coast hoppy ales and Stone in particular. A little graininess also as well as mild roast. Complex and enticing.

T - Citrusy hops heavy on Amarillo hops with a sweet malt backbone that is largely caramelly with some mild roast thrown in. A hint of chocolate and dark fruits.

M - Sticky, full mouthfeel, a lot like a West Coast barleywine. A little astringent. Bitterness lingers for awhile.

D - This becomes a little much and it's difficult to finish the entire bomber. Don't think it's really meant to be more than a sipper though at 10.5% ABV and a metric shitload of IBUs.

Photo of wd40
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber. Lots of lace and a great foam head that lasts a while.
Smell and taste were much less hoppy than I expected from Stone. Instead there is a really interesting sweet caramel maltiness that comes through in both the smell and taste. The alcohol is strong at 10.5% and present in the aftertaste, but in a nice way that isn't overwhelming or unpleasant.
The mouthfeel is understated and subtle. Stronger than a cask ale, but not by a lot.
There is a small amount of bitterness, but this beer is really malty and sweet so it is dangerously drinkable. I mention danger only because of the high ABV which is already starting to have some effect... :) Thank you Stone. You never disappoint.

Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an English "pot" pint glass
Deep copper in color like a dark iced tea with about a one-inch dissapating head of foam.
Aroma-Malt, with underlying citrus and caramel notes
Taste-Wow! Complex, malty hoppiness, caramel and spice-hard to fully describe or comprehend
Jazz comes to mind-Many different harmonies and rhythms coming together to make something that seems to all flow together. And smooth! There should be a warning label on this beer as it has a mellowness and drinkability of a beer with half its ABV.
Hey, enough of my gushing, go out and get some for yourself. Taste. And Believe!

Photo of traderade
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 release

-- poured into a Stone pint glass. Small light tan head quickly fading into beautiful sticky lacing. Brown with a red-orange tint. Not too dark with a very slight haze.

-- heavy roasted malts, caramel, piney hops, a definite alcohol presence

--sweet caramel malt shines early complimenting a nice roasted presence, though not overpowering. Piney hops register immediately but do not take away from the malt character. A presence of sweet caramel and some slight citrus hops linger in the aftertaste, fading to piney hop dryness.

--more effervescent than expected, bitter on the sides and front of the tongue, amazingly light on the palette considering how big this beer is.

--hard to believe this beer boasts 10.5%. if it were not for the intoxicating effects, i would gladly drink this all night long... with a water back to help with the cotton mouth.

I like this much more than the regular Arrogant Bastard. The smell is similar to Bigfoot, but the drinkability is much better.

Photo of natasharai
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 release

Appearance: Poured with a tan creamy smooth head that dissipated leaving a thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a dark brown with a reddish-orange tint, and it has a small amount of haze to it.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, very nutty like roasted peanuts and almonds, some pine hops, very sweet toasted sugar, and roasted marshmallow.

Taste: Sweet toasted sugar, small nutty flavor, really bitter but not much hop character other than that, and a bit of an astringent flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, a bit syrupy, nice carbonation, strong bitter feeling, leaves mouth covered in an oily film.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the sweet malt flavor is not as strong as I would like. The strong bitterness is not balanced out with any other flavors. In the smell the malt character is really good, nice sweet roasted nut aroma, but in the flavor that malt character takes a back seat to the strong hop bitterness. I hoped that waiting a bit to drink this would help the malt come through with the hops muted a little but I either didn't wait long enough or that doesn't happen with this beer.

Photo of atremains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 release. 1 finger head with moderate to light lacing throughout. Dark murky red with a light frothy cap. Smell is boozey, malts, slight hops, baked goods, and caramel. Taste is less boozey, bit more hoppy, and huge caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with mild carbonation. I've had the 2008 release 4 times since it came out and it's worth cellaring.

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

Appearance is very good, nice sized head and a good amount of lacing that sticks around the whole way down. Smell is weaker than expected, a hoppy and maltier Killians to most. Nice taste- hops quickly disapate the malt flavor. There is a bit of dry fruit and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is very good- medium to heavy in body.
Drinkability for this Abv is out of this world.

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

2007 vintage. Served into a Double Bastard serving glass. Thanks baby!

Rather impressive looking carmel colored ale that has a brown strained head. Sticky on the glass.

Big time carmel malt bomb, the aroma is.

A big beer for sure. Malt bomb with carmel out the ass, then followed by a mean bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden but the strength is there and not to be mistaken. Big time fruity esters, and a surprising amount of hops.

Not as sticky and viscous as I suspected. Hinting towards a creamy, low carbonation mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, although it gets hairy towards the end when it sucks all the moisture out of you. It went down quicker than I thought it would.

I like this better than Old Guardian and much much better than Arrogant Bastard.


Photo of yelterdow
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review #600. I'll celebrate this milestone with something bigger than usual, and an honest enthusiasm to review with no pre-judgement whatsoever.

Served from a 22oz. bomber from the 2008 Release at between fridge and cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass. At 10.5%, this should be memorable (or not)...

Appearance- Smelling more like a barleywine than anything else, this enormous beast of a beer glows a rich reddish brown and supports a wickedly supple off-white crown. There is a hint of red in the foam as well, and the retention speaks to the massive dosage of hops used in the recipe. There's some killer lacing that sticks like glue to the sides of the glass. A fruit fly literally just came out of nowhere and landed on the rim of my glass... I swear.

Smell- The instant I popped the cap, I got the whiff of Arrogant Bastard Ale cranked up a few notches... the aroma is massive, loaded with hops and malt and warning the recipient (me) of what is about to come. I am ready to give this a go.

Taste- Oh jeez... here we go. I swish, swallow, and feel the warm tingle of this beer's effects almost immediately. The hops and malts are so abundant and so overwhelming that the tongue is inundated with enough IBUs to power a small country. Yes, it's balanced all right... and the bitterness left behind at the back sides of the tongue make me keep feeling like I have to sneeze. It's actually not too far-off to compare this particular tasting experience to a year-old bottle of Bigfoot, there's a similar hop attack and malty presence here.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The viscous texture lays across the tongue and disperses nicely down the throat. I would suggest a hearty beef or game dish with this one, as the gigantic overall character calls for something big to complement it. I've survived the bottle, but haven't stood up yet... maybe I'll just sleep in this chair tonight. Cheers.

Photo of zee3are0
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as a graduation gift for me, the time I drank from the Double-Magnum was among my better memories. More recent enjoyment here at home has been just as delicious, if not the same joy for what beer always represented since the dawn of time - a chance to enjoy times with companions.

A - Semi-dark. Not as black as an Irish stout, but still, like a fresh coffee. Reddish, with a thick head.

S - Like burnt carmel with toasted nuts.

T - Starts sweet, or at least feels that way because the after-taste comes on strong. Very bitter after-taste. Lives up to it's name; very arrogant. Moderate finish, alcohol is barely noticable in both taste and feel. It's strong in flavor, but not of alcohol in taste.

M - Arrogant, for lack of a better term. Despite the head, it's not very effervescent in the mouth.

D - A bit to harsh to be a daily enjoyed beer, it's nothing I would turn down.

The Double Magnum needs to be enjoyed at a party or at least with a whole lot of friends who respect "strong" beer.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,109 ratings.