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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,171
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,056 | 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 DNICE555
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Grill in Northampton. Zapps and Mikey Larse couldn't handle this one so I took it on. Offered in a full pint size or half. I didn't want this to be the only beer I could have, so I opted for the half. Got some nice flavor out of this one. Hops, cherry, and only a slight warming from the alcohol. A very well balanced big beer.

Photo of stakem
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear redish amber color with a yellow stained head. Lace clinging to spots all along the glassware. Head has pretty decent retension. Nose has a (almost lemon-like) citrus, grassy and pine hop aroma that pierces through the malt sweetness. Alcohol comes through in the nose to the point of almost being tingly, burning and uncomfortable if too deep of a whiff is taken. It reminds me of the daunting essays that appear on the back of these bombers. I have to laugh because it's comical that the characteristics of the beer are really fitting to the profile of the "bastard" they portray in writing. Taste is brutally bitter if you don't brace yourself for what you are in for with this beverage selection however it's bitterness is paired well with the malt sweetness that comes through in the body and the big alcohol taste. Lingering taste of resiny hops is left in the mouth that at times feels a bit oil-like but other sips give way to more of the alcohol and malt character. It is quite a warming beer, the 10.5 abv is not hidden, it plays well with the rest of the bold flavors and aromas.

My urge to consume hop heavy bitterness = cured.

Photo of darklordlager
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Popped and thrown into the snifter.

Beautiful light brown/ruby colour, with a small light tan head that doesn't stick around for too long.

This is one fantastic smelling beer. Honey, sweet citrus, a cascade of caramel layers. Biscuity, a bit bready. Boozy, with some alcohol lingering in the back. Hint of fruitiness fitting in with the alcohol. Nice and complex!

Can this one taste up to the expectations now built up from the smell?

Smooth caramel sweetness up front, transitioning into a great citrus flavor. Moves along to a sweet caramel/bready finish that is not cloying or overwhelming in any way. The nice warming effect on the throat and stomach would make this a great holiday choice. Once it warms up a few degrees, it only gets better. The balance between hop bitterness, malt sweetness, and alcohol warmth is just phenomenal. The alcohol takes on a fusel character once it has warmed quite a bit, which I think would improve with some age.

M- Medium-to low carbonation, making it creamy and very enjoyable.

D-Holy mother! This thing is so smooth and complex already, I can't imagine what cellaring this for a few years would do... (Research in progress)

Photo of Patrick999
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber and decent foam, poured into my DFH snifter.

S - Rummy alcohol in the nose, some vinous overtones. Not quite as big of a hop profile as I'd imagined.

T - I don't know what it is, but I get a good deal of banana rum on the palate. Not sweet at all, but still, essence of banana. Not the kind of banana sensation you get with a hefe, either. Maybe it's the alcohol? As for the hop character, I'm slightly disappointed. I was expecting to get my ass kicked with hops, but that didn't happen. A little boozy. It's not that hops are nonexistent, it's just that they aren't up to Stone standards. Still tasty though.

F - Thick and chewy. You know you're drinking big beer, but it's not overbearing.

D - Well, it's not what I thought it would be, but like the single Bastard, it's not lacking in drinkability. Treat it like a barleywine, and you'll be fine.

Photo of sirdrinkwell
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a rusty reddish brown, with minimal bone colored head...

s: typical Stone citrus is evident up front, but where I expected more hops I find a more alcohol inflected sweetness instead...

t: sweet and spicy lime-citrus

M- thick and rich, acidic in its carbonation, leaves a peppery aftertatste (or is that the burrito i had for lunch?)...

D- the bump in alc. % over the original AB doesnt hurt this brew too much, though I do prefer the original over the double. there is not as much bitterness in here as i would prefer, and the combo of the heightened alc. content and the more sweetened citrus does bring cleanser to mind as is mentioned by a reviewer below. all in all though, Stone doesn´t seem capable of making a bad brew and this one is good as well...


Serving type: bottle

Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi murky red with half finger head that doesnt retain too well and leaves no lacing, could be the bar glasses. Smell is surprisingly weak in strength, just some hops and malts. Taste makes me remeber the last time I had this fresh. The best possible balance of piney hops, malts, sweets and alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is also nice, medium-heavy with creaminess and good appropriate carbonation. Nice amount of alcohol warming. Drinkability is good. The hop and alcohol will kill this one after a while, Double Bastard is great.

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

2009 Release. Poured from bomber into a snifter.

A- Pours a reddish brown. Almost like a hazy, caramel amber color. 1-finger off-white head that receded quite rapidly. I also get some woodiness, but there is no reason for this (maybe my mind is making the association with oaked AB, who knows.)

S- Citrus, but not a bitter hops assault, more of a sweet, lemony flavor (there is some bitter hop profile in the nose.) I also get some burnt sugars and roasted malts.

T- Nice hops bitterness with some definite citrus notes sweetening in the finish; only problem is it is somewhat reminiscent of lemon cleanser (but not too much so and it doesn't ruin the flavor for me.) Next, I get some vanilla and burnt sugar. Some heat, but it is masked extremely well as the flavors move from very bitter to smooth and sweeter on finish. The heat is easy to ignore if not looking too hard. Spicy earthiness also.

M- Nice and sticky. Great amount of thickness to this beer which really sets it apart in my mind.

D- This is pretty drinkable and the fact that it is over 10% and so drinkable is what bumps it up to a 4.5 for me. Very impressive masking of the booziness with nicely rounded flavors (not too much of any one thing.)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy orange with a white head that dissipated almost immediately which was disappointing.

S-Nose is somewhat complex. It has a stout smell to it. Alcohol is present, but there is some fruits such as apple and a smell that I can only describe as if grapefruit and orange could mate.

T-Grapefruit comes through up front which was expected. Hops dominate but there is a nice malt backbone. There is some caramel in the mix as well. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish and lingers on the back of the throat.

M-Thick, rich, and pretty creamy.

D-This is a monster beer to say the least. It will kick your ass, so I advise to sip it slowly and enjoy this hoppy experience.

Overall, its about what I expected a much stouter version of arrogant bastard ale. A must try for all fans of Stone.

Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Half a finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves thick lace.

S - Moderate aroma of pine scented hops mixing with dark malts to give off a distinctive barleywine note of mustard and pepper. There are some sweet malt notes as well; toast, toffee, and caramel.

T - Thick, rich toffee and caramel malt at first, followed shortly by velvety pine hops. Sugary malt in the middle, lots of caramel and toffee with a bit of red apple yeast. Gets spicy towards the end with more of the pepper/mustard notes from the aroma and a nice, strong wave of bitterness to push back the malt. This beer lingers on the tongue long after the last sip with notes of peppery tobacco, coffee, and mouth-coating hop bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a big one! At first, I was a little underwhelmed, but a few sips in, it started to open up. The is that of a classic, mustardy, American barleywine and the flavor is a complex interaction of caramel malts and dark, bitter hops. It reminds me in many ways of Brooklyn monster, except this tasting requires me to take down a whole bomber of this big, intense beer. Seems like this would be well worth laying down for a couple of years to mature.

Photo of advill88
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange tinted brown, with a thick and creamy white two finger head.

Smell is predominantly of strong pineapple fruitiness and floral hops with a hint of malt in the background.

So many flavors going on here. Strong fruity malt kick at the beginning, that's quickly built upon by strong fruity hops, with another swirl of malt that's finished by a slowly perceptible alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite heavy, almost chewy, with carbonation on the lighter side, and a really creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer, although the Oaked AB edges it out. Only thing is I'd say the fruitiness is a tad too overpowering, which affects the drinkability to some degree. I never thought I'd say a beer could be bolder than the regular AB, but wow, never mind.

Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 release, another fantastically amusing label from Stone

Pours a deep amber with ruby highlights. Finger and a half light tan head that recedes relatively quickly leaving a decent ring. Nice sticky lacing.

Grapefruit and pine hops, caramel apples, sweet rich roasted malts in the nose. As it warms, alcohol comes more apparent, but it complements the sweetness and bitterness in a way that makes it not too offensive.

The first sip packs a massive bitter punch. Sweet caramel malt backbone, grapefruits, apples, and pine. Even though I grow accustomed to the bitterness over time, it remains pretty intense throughout. Finishes bitter and spicy. The spiciness is reminiscent of rye....not that I could say for sure if it has rye, but it reminds me of rye.

The body is very full and smooth, but not too thick. A good amount of carbonation delivers a nice tinge. Dry, resiny, sticky finish.

I usually get used to the amount of bitterness in a beer and over times it seems to round out, but the bitterness here is constantly smacking me in the face. Of course, that's a good thing. The warmth the alcohol slowly creeps up as it warms. This beer is pretty intense, but is still very drinkable.

This beer definitely lives up to the ridiculous hype the label suggests. I appreciate Stone's attitude, but their beers are pretty good too.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's a few weeks ago, found this review in my pocket.

A- DB came to me with a rusty ruby and some dark red blotches. Looks like it has a nice build just from looking at it. A dark tan head swirls up creating a creamy layer for some time which fades, but leaves nice lace patches.

S- This smells strong, I believe this was from a 2009 keg and it shows. Big amounts of hop bitterness and the same goes for malt sweetness. I cant help but to whiff out some alcohol. Some pine with caramel, toffee and dark fruits with apple slices. A lot going on here, but not the most balanced.

T- And so it begins, Im blasted by some alcohol burn and some bittering hops with pine and grapefruit punches. The malt is large and sweet but are not quite winning the battle just yet. The finish consists of some fruit along with some earthy hop taste on the tounge.

M- A little rough around the edges at this young state, but for what it's worth, this is a strong beer and right now it's showing off it's guns. The heat and alc need to calm down. Above medium bodied with ample crisp carb.

D- Cant do much with this one with the high ABV. This has the potential to go down or uphill depending on what a few years will do to it. Right now this is good beer, but my score will be revised when I revisit a cellared bottle or tap offering, Im hoping it goes up.

Photo of augustgarage
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Gorgeous cardinal body with red-orange highlights and superb clarity. A rocky finger of foam condenses rather than recedes, eventually reducing to a heavy merengue with excellent retention and lacing.

Hop forward aromatics colliding with malt suggests a barleywine at first. Orange peel, pine, followed by a pervasive and lasting ammonia scent. Cat box? Hmm...

Pine, cherry, orange peel, clove on the palate. There are also a variety of flavors I usually associate with Belgian yeast, which is a nice surprise.

Slick, medium-bodied feel with good carbonation.

Overall, not as intense as regular Arrogant Bastard for some reason. Not bad, except for the potent ammonia scent - I'll give this one another chance in the future, but I really don't think this is a bad keg...

Photo of saintwarrick
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Always though ABA was a bit tame for the name, but this brew kicks it up a notch. Rusty, brick red brew has a foamy white head that laces the glass. Aroma is very thick with malts and citrusy hops, a lot like an American barleywine. Taste differs from the AB style as this is more malty before a bitter, almost acrid, taste takes over. Very sweet and slight fruitiness, almost like a liqueur, but not that sweet. Gets pretty damn smooth as it warms.

This is a big ale, and a worthy heir to the Arrogant Bastard name.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle from bottleworks in seattle.

a- dark red, very sexy, like the inside of a vampire's velvet cape in the moonlight.

s- toffee vanilla and Uncle Gary's breath (a bit boozy)

t- caramelly, the booze is mellow and the hops are almost hidden but still present. little toffee and maybe vanilla? nice.

m- smooth. doubly delicious.

d- still tastes strong as hell after 5 years. one of these is good for a sharing and caring.

Photo of Frosty80
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours brown. sits garnet-brown with a thick, off-white head with good retention.

Smell: good citrusy, piny, resiny hops with strong malt support. smells of caramelized sugar and the alcohol isnt too strong and brightens other aromas. very fruity.

Taste: great balance of malt and hops. malt is sweet and caramely. huge hop presence. hops are fruity, piney and resiny. bitterness is strong thorughout. finish has a lingering bitterness yet remains slightly malty as well. alcohol strong throughout but not hot or overpowering

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, yet smooth and creamy. low-full body

Notes: pale ale times 10! very strong, very hoppy and bitter yet enough malt to provide some balance.

Photo of bonk0076
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a rich cream colored head. Aroma is of banannas, caramel, floral and citrus. Taste is strong with the hops throughout, but carrying a sugary undertone throughout, with a hint of roasted malt in the long finish. Full bodied, with a thick texture.

Photo of hobojon
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Served in globe glass.

Aroma- very lacking. cookies, bready, lots of caramel. toasty. subtle alc. very little hop aroma. where is the arrogant bastard times two?

App- clear red. tan foam breaks down. no lacing.

Taste- sweet caramel, cloying. some chocolate, raisin, citrus resin. piney and grapefruit. bready, burnt malt flavor. hops and malt clash. strong character, nothing new from stone but not well done.

Mouth- sweet, resin, lingering bitterness. med high carb.

Overall- gets better as it warms. good job from stone but not any better than expected. where is the AB character?

Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Paid $6.75 for a pint. Unsure of abv.

A-Pours a dark brown with lots of reddish hue. It has a two finger tan head that has some awesome staying power. There is some nice lacing left in between sips.

S-Starts out with a lot of apple aroma. Citrus hops and pine also jump out. There is also some sweetness to this one.

T-The apple that was so strong in the nose is also very upfront in the mouth. Sweet malt, brown sugar, citrus, banana, raw pine, and some roast malt all are evident. There is a little bit of booze as it goes down. It ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Thicker bodied with a smooth carbonation level.

D-It tastes big. A great beer full of flavor and complexity.

I had never had this on tap and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the perfect cold weather beer. Well worth seeking it out.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a murky red-brown with more foamy lacing than any other beer I've ever seen. Sweet cascading effect (similar to Guinness) when poured.

S: Sweet malt and hops, pear, citrus, and grapefruit. Smells a bit like an IPA, but with a much stronger malt profile.

T: The best way I can think to describe this is a cross between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and an IPA. Some malts up front give way to a slew of sweeter flavors: dark fruits, pine, grapefruit. Sweetness gives way to a potent, bitter hop finish. Booze is also very apparent throughout. This is a very unique flavor that achieves pretty good balance between some unique elements. I think after this ages a year or two it will be even better.

M: Medium body, boozy and warm.

D: This is a pretty unique brew in my opinion. Lots of interesting flavors that balance out pretty well with each other. Even though I feel this is more of a sipper, drinkability is pretty good for the style and amount of alcohol that is readily apparent. I think with a year or two of age this one will be even better than it already is.

Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 release. Comes in the usual Stone bottle with a bunch of hogwash on the back. Served around 50.

Pours into my American pint glass with a dark brownish red with a short lived white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is like floral hop candy. Hints of sugary caramel blend with some doughy, bready malts. The hops are very floral and perfumey. There is some fruitiness in there too.

Taste is huge with smooth malts and good bittering hops. Theres so much going on with each, the malts are slightly chocolaty and roasty, sweet, and a bit caramally, the hops are nice and bitter with a touch of pine. The alcohol is more prevalent as you go.

The mouthfeel is decadent and the drinkability amazing the style.

Overall this is a big beer that is worth challenging, because it is highly drinkable and smooth, not an alcohol bomb like it could have been.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 oz bottle two ways, in stemless wine glass.

Ar: Pine resin, toasty malt, vegetative hops, alcohol, mild aroma, citrus peel, crisp dry malt, grassy, doughy, alcohol and sweetness increase with warmth.

Ap: Clear beautiful red, off white low head, good retention

F: Alcohol, candy sweetness, caramel, mild fresh hop, slightly vegetative, pleasant resin, hot alcohol, tastes like a fresh hop barleywine, nice maltiness, rich caramel, rather sweet, pine, almost cloying, raisin, malt and hops clash

M: Hot alcohol, medium carbonation, light lingering vegetative bitterness, full/medium mouthfeel, sweetness is a bit overpowering

O: Better than old guardian, but i was expecting more hop character, arrogant bastard tastes hoppier, better as warms, very barleywine-like.

Photo of tikk
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give this one a go for my first review, as it is a big favorite of mine.

2009 Release, poured into a snifter.

Looks to be a hazy, reddish-orange hue. Decent head, that leaves a little lacing.

The smell is very citrusy, a little piney, but there is a bit of maltiness.

Taste is just amazing, very strong on the hops, it is a mix of pine cone and grapefruit. It is also very sweet with a bit of malt. The taste of hops does linger in a great way. Can tell it is a high ABV, but it isn't unbalanced at all.

It is very smooth, and well balanced on the alcohol end.

I do love this beer, especially when fresh. It is not a beer you can have more than one of, and that one must be drank slowly.

Overall I do love this beer and highly recommend it to everyone.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from Trenton Road Takeout. The'09 stock. Poured into a snifter.Pours a deep hazy amber with some ruby highlight's.Very thick retention in the heading. Left lacing globs all throughout the tasting.

Smell is malty at first with a heavy alcohol aroma. Hop is there but seems to not compare up to the warming alchol malty aroma's.

Taste is amazing. Very malty with an apple taste that is replaced by a brief visit of warming booze.Replaced by an insane piney,citrus,grassy,floral taste. Doesn't leave a crazy linger of hop but leaves foaming at the mouth for more.

Mouth is super smooth and a nice bitterness that tingles the teeth. Very nice carbonation in the mouth that tingles all the way down to the belly.Full bodied and did I mention super smooth.

I wasn't to sure how much of this I could handle when I took the first whiff. Seemed a little to boozey but suprisingly it wasn't at all.Very drinkable for a high ABV.

An absolute must try for everyone.

Photo of Zaplt
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking my second 2009 Double Bastard by Stone, served in a pint glass.

Appearance - A deep beautiful amber hints of orange and mahogany. Light foam and light lacing.

Smell - Deep fruity and sweet smell with tones of alcohol and the typical stone character (from hops, yeast, and high alcohol?)

Taste - Extremely sweet and relatively high alcohol bite. Hop character is relatively strong but surprisingly subtle for a stone's double bastard. There is a sweet caramel undertone.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet with solid carbonation. Mouth feels dry afterwards most likely to high hop content.

Drinkability - I love stone beers and this one is generally well brewed but I think they could do better. The hops aren't as aggresive as expected for a beer of this caliber and the sweetness is overwhelming. Tastes similar to lagunitas brews (which I love) in my opinion. Essentially a great beer that could be improved.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,171 ratings.