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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,213 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,213
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,081 | FT: 39
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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Ratings: 6,213 | Reviews: 2,055
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

Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (2008 release) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, murky amber brown with a finger of dense cream colored head. Pretty good staying power on the foam slowly fading to leave nice lacing on the glass and a thick collar with a few islands remaining on the surface.

S - Malty, caramel, toffee and molasses at the base. An overall fruitiness with some citrusy hops and some cut grass.

T - Strong, reminiscent of a barley wine. Strong malt underpinnings with tons of caramel and molasses in the flavor. Plenty of hops that tries to balance things out. Sharply bitter in the middle, but can't overpower the sugary, syrupy maltiness that is the base. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor.

M - Pretty thick and full bodied. Carbonation is medium overall, but feels a bit high for the style. Sweet malt with heavy caramel and molasses notes coats the entire mouth.

D - Whoa, this one is hitting me hard. First "aged" DB I've had, typically drink these fresh, but found this on the shelf at a local store and had to give a try. Hops are there, but definitely faded over a fresh bottle. Alcohol is noticeable, and sweet, maltiness is a bit overpowering. This is a serious sipper for me.

Photo of jwillcourt
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a half-pint goblet.

A - Hazy, deep caramel color. Looks like a glass of butterscotch due to color and murkiness. Tight, finger-sized, white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Strong hop aroma. Sweet caramel and toffee are also strong. Slight pineapple smell.

T - Assertive, sweet, caramel malt form a good backbone. Pine hops dominate and linger. Alcohol comes through the taste and feel. There is a grape/wine flavor that adds fruitiness and astringency.

M - Thick, creamy in the mouth, and buttery on the lips.

D - Strong flavor but also boozy. It is tasty, so I want another, but strong, and I wouldn't want any more than that.

Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into St. Bernardus chalice 1/9/2010.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Copper reddish clear amber body. Certainly has a barleywine type nose, sweet, not much smoke in initial whiff, nice hop presence, piney and citrus. As it warmed up the smoke became more pronounced in the nose. The taste is dominated by sweetish caramel malts, a bit of fruit, Rainier cherries, and pear, smoke and a bit of leather. Not the most carbonated of beers. Pretty drinkable for this high ABV, but one bomber is sufficient. I thought this was nicely balanced, certainly a step up complexity wise from 'regular' Bastard. Would like to see how this taste after a bit of aging. I knew there was a reason I'd stashed that 2006 bottle.

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

A- Pours a murky reddish amber color with minimal cream colored head.

S- Sweet, malty, fruity, pineapple, faint pine.

T- Well balanced sweet malt with hop bitterness, brown sugar, alcohol doesn't show itself at least not like 10.5 ABV.

M- Medium-heavy body, lightly syrupy, medium carbonation.

D- Complex enough to stay interesting, but watch out for the sneaky ABV.

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

Poured From an always entertaining Stone bomber into an Arrogant Bastard glass. 2009 release.

A: Pours a very pretty clear copper color. Small head around 1 finger. Decent lacing, a nice beer to look at.

S: Smells almost like a Dogfish 90/120. Sweet, alcohol, malt, hops. In exactly that order.

T: From start to finish: Sweet, malt, and hops on the tounge after swallowing. Personally I do not detect the 10.5% in the taste what so ever. Much more balanced then the standard Arrogant Bastard.

M: A relatively thick mouthfeel. Little carbonation from this bottle. Smooth on the tongue and very enjoyable.

D: 10.5%? not noticed what so ever. A very well rounded and a drinkable brew. 1 bomber is not enough.

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

Review #250 -- Poured from 22oz bomber to pint glass.

A: Pours an orange-brown body with a 2 finger off-white head. Head has pretty good retention, but not the most amazing I've seen.

S: Smells strongly of hops, with a malt background. There's a little bit of sweet dark fruit detectable.

T: Strong hops dominate the palate, but caramel, malts, and candied fruit do a good job of balancing out the flavor, but still hop-heavy. Could use a year or two cellaring.

M&D: Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and pretty well carbonated- good, but nothing extremely special. Pretty drinkable for the alcohol, although a bomber is enough for me.

Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

This bastard pours a very dark copper almost amber, that is pretty clear. The head is very nice rising about 2 fingers and lasting for awhile. It is medium tan with good lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength and dominated by hops only. I can't pull anything else out.

The taste is pretty mild, I was expecining a big explosion of flavor. I get mostly hops with alcohol. The aftertaste is very bitter.

The feel is good, drinkablility suffers a tad.

Overall, prett decent. Its like an ipa on steroids not totally my thing but I see its mass appeal.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My fiance got me this for christmas.

Appearance- brownish amber color, thin head

Smell- wonderful aroma, sweet malts, hops

Taste- strong hops flavor, delicious, bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- full bodied

Drinkability- Excellent I loved it. I would drink it again.

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

Poured into a snifter. 2009 vintage.

4.5 A: Hazy amber-brown color. Two fingers of thick, creamy yellowish white head that retains well and covers the glass in lacing.

4.5 S: Sweet caramel and toffee malts. Hops are intense, especially given the high gravity here. Aromatic and citrusy hops centered around orange and to a lesser extent, pine and peach.

4.0 T: Tasty brew here. Strong toffee and caramel from the top. Raisin and tobacco to some extent alongside a peach and orange fruitiness. Healthy hop bitterness which works well to balance the malt onslaught. Hops lend the citrusy taste as well as a bit of astringency. However, regardless of all the good qualities, there is just too much booziness. If I were to guess without knowing the ABV beforehand, I would put this brew at 16%.

3.5 M: Thick, viscous body. Bubbly carbonation, maybe a bit too much. Alcohol brings down the smoothness, but does give a nice warming on finish.

3.5 D: Really tasty brew. One of the few brews that manages to get lots of malt flavor AND lots of hop flavor, and do both well. However, it's simply too boozy, especially for only 10.5%.

Photo of Iwhitney
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I found three beers at a store that were 1-2 years old and this was the best of the bunch. BOttled over two years ago. I lost my notes, but I remember that I liked this a great deal. It had latent sour beer notes almost similar to Consecration by Russian River. It is brown with a tinge of orange. Very little head when I poured it into a glass. Smelled almost better then it tasted. Fruity, maybe plum esters on the noise.

Photo of burner
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i just cracked a 22 oz. bottle with my wife. this american strong ale SMACKS YOU RIGHT IN THE MOUTH !! don't drink it alone.

the appearance is what you would expect. when poured there was very little head,just some lacing finished off with a bright amber color. a little on the cloudy side.

aroma is simply amazing. fruity,piny,slight pineapple. the aroma translates right into the taste. strong hop flavor.sweet and smooth up front.fruit and malt in the middle, almost biscuity. piny resinous hop bitterness smacks the back of the tounge. beautiful!

mouthfeel is not thick and not thin, a little resinous, but still well balanced. putting all these descriptions together this ale is very drinkable, well balanced, very alchoholic at 10.5 %, but outstanding. it will make you arrogant. after drinking one, there's no turning back.

Photo of BTPete
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mahar's, Albany, NY.

Poured to mug, notes directly from phone.

Stone Double Bastard 09

Tap to mug

A: clear with amber red hues. Very little head if any. Lacing on cup.

S: sweet with a hoppy charcter.

T: sweet and malty,bitter hops at the end. Robust flavor, intense in a way.

M: coarse in my mouth. Full bodied.

D: strong and bitter, my stomach is a little off so I'm struggling with this one. It is enjoyable though.

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

A: Deep reddish-copper color with off-white head. Sticky and retains well.

S: Malty sweetness and mild alcohol aromas. Complex scents that are thick.

T&M: Thick and smooth. Full-bodied, rich, robust, sugary/syrupy/sticky (carbonation seems suspended in the liquor) and extremely sweet. Complex flavors are all over but caramel is up front. Deep penetrating alcohol, like wine, but not overpowering. Finish goes slightly dry with semi-sweetened chocolate notes.

Nice sipper but too heavy and sweet for me on a regular, enjoyable basis.

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

A: Pours a muddy amber orange with a massive amount of tan head that seems to last forever...lacing is solid.

S: The fresh bread, malt, and I definitely note the pine scent which I attribute to the massive amount of hops in this strong ale.

T: Excellent...it is hard to top my first love single Bastard but this is close. Sweet caramel and raisen notes with hops for days. The ABV is noted in the stronger taste but still well hidden. I would have to say that I am still a bigger fan of single but double is still excellent.

M: Carbonation is very evident and this ale is thick with sweetness bordering on syrup.

D: Very strong but I still feel like this is a highly drinkable beer as the flavors are well blended and nothing dominates the flavor too much.

Photo of alkemy
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Darkish copper/mahogany in color with a tightly packed short tan head. Smell is phenomenal. Pine, citrus, pepper, faint banana, bready malts, and hints of alcohol backed sweetness. I love Arrogant Bastard and thought this would be spectacular after smelling it but that wasn't the case. This was just too sweet for me. Perhaps I'm not worthy, but I'm going to have to stick with the plain jane Bastard model. Alcohol was pretty well hidden. I just found the sweetness required to obtain a couple extra percentage points of ABV a bit worthless. It was good, no doubt, I just expected better.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Murky deep amber / brown. Pours with 1+ fingers of creamy tan head, which fades very slowly to a solid cap; great retention. Ample lacing.

S- Spicy, earthy, piney hoppiness, and a good deal of bready malts.

T- Piney and spicey, with some grapefruit bitterness. Solid bread-n-caramel maltiness fills in the rest. A lot of bold flavor here.

M- Moderately low carbonation with a medium - full feel. Alcohol warming is well noted, but far from harsh.

D- Good. Big and flavorful, this high ABV brew makes for a nice drawn out drink, but I would be hard pressed to go beyond one 22oz'er.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I've got another one kicking around here somewhere, so I'm set for now...

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

Amber color with a light tan head, little lacing. It did have a slightly flat appearance.

The nose is caramel, honey, and bready malts with an earthy hop finish.

The taste is a wonderfully sweet caramel cut by some earthy hops. This is as close to drinking straight caramel as it gets. The aftertaste is a quaint vanilla. The alcohol was not detectable and the finish is more sweet than bitter, which is quite different from the bottled version.

The mouthfeel is the other major difference from the bottle. On tap it is incredibly smooth and silky.

This is definitely an after dinner sipper that goes down best slowly while savoring every sip. Glad I got to try this on tap because it's very different that what I remember the bottle being.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Amber brown, nice fluffy, light tan head

S: Bready, malt is dominant, hops are in background but definitely present

T: A nice bready malt provides the backbone for some serious hops, surprisingly I'm not getting as much flavor out of them as I expected, just lots of bitterness and some flavor, not unpleasant at all though

M: Medium, definite dryness

D: Not as high as some IPA's could be, however it is much easier to drink than the typical strong dark ale

Notes: I definitely want to try this one again. While it was very good, I'm not sure it was excellent. The smell didn't quite come through to me and for some reason I was expecting more from the taste as well too. I'm not sure if it was over-hyped to me, or if the bottle was a little old. A very good beer, and one that I will try and also rate again.

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage

Poured into Carolous glass

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Fades down after a few minutes. Color is a murk copper orange.

Aroma: Lots of caramel malts. Reminds me of an old winter yulesmith. Some faded earthy hops with bready notes. I have a feeling the taste won't be good.

Taste: Lots of bready and caramel notes. The hop profile is earthy but faded big time. Some heat shows. This beer needs to be drank fresh. This one is not holding up well.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, boozy, hot, and not very bitter. It tastes like a vodka mixed drink. Medium bodied with a medium to low amount of carbonation. Ends very sticky and malty.

Overall, this one is a big letdown. I thought it might have help up a little bit, but it is drinking terrible. I doubt I will even bother with the rest of my glass. This beer will probably get drainpoured.

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

Pours a very hazy brown in color with a short off-white head.

A nice hoppy aroma.

The taste is very hoppy and bitter. This is -- like the name says -- a double version of Arrogant Bastard. Big malt flavors battle with big citrus hop notes. The high alcohol level is apparent, too. Excellent.

Chewy body.

Overall this is excellent, but what else would you expect from Stone. Got to drink this carefully, though, at 10 percent alcohol.

Photo of kflorence
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber, copper brown. Good carbonation but not overwhelming with two finger thick tan head. As always from Stone, love the packaging ;)

S: Wow, what a strong bouquet of aromas. Lots and lots of hops, very floral... also some caramelized malts and soap. Definitely some alcohol in there, but fairly masked.

T: This is potent stuff. Tons of hops sitting on top of a very subdued malt backbone, almost un-noticeable but definitely present. Grapefruit and bitter citrus hit the tongue late and stay on the tongue after drinking. The hops linger on the tongue long after the beer is gone. While I am not really fond of the hop-heavy style, I was able to appreciate this brew as it offers some complexity and varied flavors.

M: As always from Stone, this beer has great body. Ample carbonation and some sticky thickness. Feels great on the tongue.

D: This is a very strong brew, no doubt, but if you sip it it's actually quite tasteful and doesn't sit heavy in the stomach. For 10.5% ABV, the alcohol is masked pretty nicely and it makes for a good winter warmer. Hard to rate this highly drinkable at such a high ABV, but it is probably more drinkable than many other beers with this much alcohol.

Photo of inspektor
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crimson myriad of decadence with a moderate head that is accompanied by the same level of lacing.

Hints of alcohol followed by an impressive amount of caramel and blossomy hops upon initial inspection. An array of fruit is present as well to complete the spectrum.

The taste solidifies this double ale's position and superiority over his "younger" brother who is only half as arrogant. Hoppy not overbearing. Strong ABV but not brutal. Well balanced and impressively enjoyable throughout. A bit on the malty side, but that is par for the course in this realm.

The mouthfeel is substantial in girth with lingering traces of malt and hops, followed by a syrupy finish. As the contents of the glass diminishes, the carbonation becomes more apparent, but overall this doesn't detract from the overall enjoyment.

Slightly more enjoyable and vastly more complex than Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is definitely an American Strong Ale that excels at drinkability. Very well balanced between all aspect that comprise a beer that can be enjoyed for multiple iterations.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at Total Wine jacksonville

appearance: nice copperish coloring and great glowe. head was stepp do to carbonation. nice lacing

smell: hugge helping of hops, piney and the sweetness together with pine crated pinapple. caramael and liquorish smell

taste: heavy malt backbone. like a barley wine but also slightly hopslam. with the sweetness from the caramel and pintey hops it had some pineapple taste. simialr to hopslam. But overall the beer is quite different. too much alcohol bite though

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: I'm not crazy like everyone else is about this beer, It is a great one though.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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