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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,872 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,872
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 377
Gots: 860 | FT: 28
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 gyllstromk
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2008 into a snifter. DB is a deep red, mostly clear, with mild head and lacing.

Smells a bit tart: cherries, cranberries, or raisins. Some hops and malts are there with a very apparent amount of alcohol. Taste follows with a bit more hops and noticeable alcoholic affect.

Overall I'm not blown away by this beer. For 10% ABV I'd like something a little more experimental, whether its a hop blast or a bourbon aged stout. Call me spoiled. Stone's Ruination and Russian Imperial Stout are much stronger offerings.

gyllstromk, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of KFaulkner
3.18/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I love Arrogant Bastard because I feel like it's the perfect balance of old school, hair-on-your-chest brewing, plus enough warming alcohol to give you a kick in the pants. In fact, it's one of my all-time favorites.

But I feel like Double Bastard is just that same beer on steroids... stronger, but with shrunken testicles.

KFaulkner, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of Nickls
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a decent white head, that dissipated quickly. Hazy copper-brown color

S - Nice, but not overwhelming hops and a good deal of maltiness

T - Huge hop smack up front (burn baby burn), and some warming alcohol pops in before a malty end.

M - Thicker MF, and near creamy. Very light on the carbonation. Almost viscous

D - Despite the whack of hops, this is surprisingly balanced. Alcohol was almost not noticeable, which helped with the drinkability.

Overall, I thought this was fantastic. Definitely takes all the elements of Arrogant Bastard and ratchets them up several notches. Fantastic stuff, and definitely seek this year's out!

Nickls, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date.

A: Velvety brown with ample golden head that disappates quickly and a couple of lines of lace.

S: Delicious caramel malt, dark fruit like purple grapes and dates, leafy, tobacco-like hops

T: All I can say is -- malt-assault with a serious hop snap. Dark fruit and toffee malt flavors blend with leafy and bitter hops and hefty alcohol warming finish.

M: Medium-to-full body although less body than I expected. Aftertaste is very bitter and the alcohol is substantial.

D: A huge beer with upped hops and malt from little brother Arrogant Bastard. I think I like the little brother more because the alcohol presence is a lot less but still retains most of the character of this fine brew.

argock, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstandingly bitter beer for an outstandingly bitter man. This is, as advertised, very bitter. Pours with a small head that quickly goes away, bark orange in color. Tastes of nothing but lipsmacking bitterness, making you want to take another sip right away. Nice thing is, it is generally easily available in the Albany area, so no need to stockpile, and tastes great while fresh.

caminiti, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of TLove
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an exceptionally well-constructed ale with a deep amber color and a substantive, hoppy structure and a notably sharp finish....

The taste is well-laced with an extraordinary bitterness that comes on a bit strong, even compared with the 10% ABV.

The drinkability of the beer is entirely subject to one's tolerance of a consistently bitter ale of this sort, however, I find the sharp finish and spicyness of the ale be highly drinkable, if one doesnt mind a bit of pretentiousness in the beer's craft and bottle design.

A great beer from an arrogant brewery.

TLove, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of prosk8er480
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glass. Head is small and disappeared very quickly. Strongly smells of malt and hops. You can feel the carbonation over the tounge and the hops basically punch you in the mouth, its phenominal. This beer is definetaly fresh, I have 5 bottles being aged as we speak.

prosk8er480, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has raisin and currant in the nose with a subtle alcohol warmth.

Taste is sweet upfront with a decent kick of citrus hop bitterness and raisin, followed by a strong kick of alcohol warmth that coats the throat and a decent amount of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is warm with the citrus hop bitterness and raisin flavor sticking out the most, followed by the alcohol warmth.

I like this. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, except that there's more focus on the alcohol part. It reminds me of what I enjoy about Arrogant Bastard and as a result, I enjoy its bigger cousin. Definitely a sipping beer that's worth your time.

Brad007, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice to finally try something from Stone Brewing. Shared a 650ml bottle with Ljunkan!

Looks really nice, the bottle is just faboulous. Ruby/red brown color with a nice beige foam.

Smells intresting sweet caramel malts together with those classic American hops. Notes of fruit candy something like "Gott och blandat" that we have in Sweden.

Tastes really good, again the classic American hops together with some sweet rosted malts, those fruit candy aromas lurk in the background.

It is really filling too! All and all, a very good beer, of course a bit hyped, but still.

Bananaman, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle (2007) shared with Bananaman.

Dark red color with a mediumzised beige head.

Smell is dark berries, fruity candy, sweet malts... well actually I think it's like smelling into a bag of candy or something... not that wrong. Some american hops there too.

Taste is fruity with a big bitterness. It also got notes of fruit candy with a sweet, pleasant aftertaste. Lots of american hop-notes with a obvious taste of grapefruit. Very good. Some warming alcohol in the taste.

Very filling, fullbodied and nice in the mouth. The carbonation is average and very nice. A bit sticky, but not in a bad way.

A very nice sipper. Reminds me a little of american barley wines, but it has some other characteristics as well. My next bottle will be standing for a while though.

Ljunkan, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of PBoegel
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up 2 bombers at Oliver's last night.

This years brew is simply outstanding. While still a slight bit rough around the edges, where it is hot it also balanced with an outstanding but not in your face over the top hop profile.

The beer pours a very clear reddish orange amber hue with a nice slightly tan head.

The smell is warm alcohol, tropical fruits and warm apple pie.

The hops are well balanced with a judicious malt profile. The fruit that comes from the malt is less estery and more of a dried and cooked sugary fruit profile.

The flavors draw much of the same as that aroma with a nice clean and punching hop bitterness to cleanse the sweetness from the palate.

This is the best I have ever recalled Double B to be in terms of freshness and flavor.

Probably need to pick up more than 1 bottle in reserve.

PBoegel, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of jeffaz02t
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A: Dark copper with nice copper head that stuck around for the duration of my beer drinking experience.

S: Pine, citrus, sweet malt character.

T: Wow, what a blend of malts and hops. This may be the perfect beer. It starts with a sweet malt and at the same time the hops kicks you hard too. It finishes dry with a hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is hidden wuite well, only noticible in the aftertaste, and it blends well with the hops and is not really all that noticable.

M: Medium body, not too heavy.

D: For a 10% beer, this was easy to drink.

Saving at least 2 bottles of 2008 to age, as this may be the perfect beer.

jeffaz02t, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's Double Bastard Ale reads "Only the Worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk." Well, I'll risk it. The beer pours from the bomber into my snifter dark rusty red with a cream tan head that holds a thin film and a thick ring around the edge of the glass leaving a nice bit of lace. Sticking your nose into glass, and the aroma bursts forth with citrusy and piney hops and sweet caramel maltiness giving it a bit of a cherry smell. Once the beer hits the tongue and slides to the back of my throat, the smacks you with bitter yet nicely citrusy hops. The beer is also complimented by a fruity flavor from the caramel malts that is somewhat like cherries. The beer has a nearly full body and nice carbonation as well as a bit of dryness from the hops. Overall, a great, fantastic, amazing beer. I could drink this one all the time, and I can't wait to age it.

MSchae1017, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought two of these so will age one of them as the first time round, for me, is slightly disapppointing

The pour was brilliant, the head was full and leather in colour. The Beer itself settled nicely into a reddish brown, that looked really impressive

The smell, and I am not sure if this has been aged in Brandy Barrells too, but I could definitely get grape, fruit and an almost Port like finish to the beer.

Tasted slightly watery, little bit of the fruit and malt in there and then a pretty substantial alcohol follow up. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for. Hence I bought 2 of them so I can age one.

The watery texture of this beer makes it flow pretty easily for such a high level of ABV, but the sharp alcohol follow up makes you put it back down and wait before taking another gulp


Chelsea1905, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a dark shade of mahogany with a once inch creamy off-white head that sinks to a skim fairly quickly. Leaves a bit of lacing but not much.

Aroma has deep caramel maltiness with a bit of burnt sugar and raisin character. Blending in perfectly with the maltiness is a nice layer of citrus and piney hops. A touch of alcohol is detectable as well but not bad for the ABV.

Taste has a quick burst of malty sweetness but the complexity seems to be lost because the hops kick in and assault the palate. Much hoppier than the aroma actually suggested. Right from the start there are lots of piney hops and the citrus seems to be tamed down. Hops linger into the finish and with a hot alcohol breath.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and creamy, but the hot alcohols in the finish detract a little.

Pretty good stuff, I figured this would be hoppy before going into this and it certainly was. This one should improve with a little age to hopefully lower the hotness.

roadhouse, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a mondo beer! It pours a deep mahogany color with a slight injection of rich, dark red. The head is phenomenal: tan, big, billowy, thick, and leaves a shit ton of lace. The smell is intensely of dark fruit syrup, oak, and of course hops! Alcohol and malt play a supporting role. The taste is similar. Tons of citric and fruity hops and a nice punch of pine-like resin. Oak, malt, and alcohol come next. Absolutely incredible. I feel this beer has a lot of characteristics of a big barleywine in the sense of the body and mouthfeel. To me this is the Barleywine/RIS of the American Strong Ale category. Stone loves going over-the-top and still kicking ass while doing it and the Double Bastard showcases just how awesome they are at doing that. Glad I have some bottles aging...I imagine this would be phenomenal after a couple of years.

Douglas14, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Yaz8
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Two-finger head that stayed strong and left nice sticky lacing.

Caramel and citrus were strongest on the nose, which also held a background of dark fruits and malts.

Wonderfully balanced caramel malt sweetness and slightly citrusy hops bitterness on the palate. Complexity seemed to increase as the beer warmed, and additional flavors of spices, ripe fruit, and carmelized sugars come through.

Medium to full mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is warming, not overpowering. Excellent beer.

Yaz8, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of erikm25
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2008. Pours a woody and hazy maroon and charcoal orange. Sits in the glass syrupy thick with caramel and crimson hues. No luck of seeing through to the other side. After an aggressive pour the head is minimal with crisp tan coloring. Very nice retention. Lacing coats around the glass with tiny bubbles like a neo-impressionist painting.

S: Aromas are sweet pineapple and saccharine candy. Sugary, earthy, and fragrantly floral. Malts with a slight nod to subtle citrus hops. The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing. A little bit of oaked ginger and peppered apple coupled with a sharpened brown sugar. Fresh, perfumed, and complex. No hints of alcohol.

T: Despite the ABV the taste is an incredible fruity, sweet, and smooth fusion. Malty caramel sweetness with a bitter grapefruit hops finish. Smoked cherries and spruced figs drenched in cinnamon and cajun spices. Complex amounts of burnt ripe fruits and tropical citrus flavors. Starched vanilla and peppercorned tangerines. As this one warms the tastes are more bourbon, more massive, and more blasphemous.

M: The body is heavy and creamy. Rich and fulfilling.

D: Frightening or impressive? Drinkable or too drinkable? Barley wine or DIPA? I'm in no position to seek the answers to these questions. I do know that this beer is released at the perfect time of year and warms the mouth, body, and spirit.

erikm25, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 vintage on draft at the Stone kick off party.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a solid one finger head. Good retention and lace noted.

S: Wow have the malts come out with a bit of age. Nice sweet caramel undertones with strong notes of burnt brown sugar. The hops are there no doubt but not overpowering. They are now a nice combination of tart citrus, sweet pine, with notes of pineapple.

T: Holy malt, I like this one. Very similar to aromas. Nice brown sugar sweetness up front which turns to sweet pine. Hints of citrus poke thru but the finish is nice and sweet with tones of pineapple and peach.

M: Full bodied, thick, and clingy.

D: Ended my day with this one. Nice way to finish things off. A great big welcome to Stone. Florida needed you.

tpd975, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of cannabanaceae
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Half inch head with a aggressive pour. Deep red in color. Sticky lacing.

Smell was rich malt,woody, some fruit. Smells like a hoppy barley wine.

Taste was strong, yet mellow. Some alcohol presence, wood chips, huge malt toastyness. Alot going on. Mellows as the beer warms. High IBUs. Leaves a nice hop bitter burn, Heavy body. Mouthfell was warm.

This is a complex brew that could use some time in the cellar. The day after I wrote this review I had it on draft and it was way more mellow. A solid brew worth trying and aging.

cannabanaceae, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 release, 22oz. bottle.

Pours from a great screen printed bottle into a globe glass. It has a beautiful deep red amber color with good clarity and a solid inch of head on top. The head diminishes slowly and leaves lacing all over the glass.

My nose isn't the best but I get a great aroma from this beer. Full of big lush hops. Fresh too.

Flavor is very strong in all the right ways. Huge amounts of malt balanced well by copious hops. It's just a massive beer. Like the malts of a barley wine and the hops of a double IPA came together for a great cause.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty decent considering the strength. It is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and balanced, albiet on a very heavy duty scale.

Drinkability is good for the style but one bomber is certainly enough.

I decided to have this one tonight, not knowing if it was worth getting a few more bottles before they're all gone. Well I'm more than pleasantly surprised and I'm sure laying one down for a year wouldn't hurt at all.

GilGarp, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown, with an off-white head that leaves a half inch of sticky lace.

S: Lots of astringent hops, caramel/burnt sugar maltiness

T: Opens with that caramel malt and burnt sugar I got from the nose. This quickly yields to an intense, unrelenting hopgasm. Citric, with notes of grapefruit and pineapple. A little boozy, but not distractingly so. the finish is dry and peppery.

M: Medium-bodied, with bracing carbonation.

D: I wouldn't want this one every day. It's nice to have one every year when it comes out, just to refresh my memory. All in all, a solid beer worth trying.

DaveHS, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful cloudy brown beer, slight sediment but not cloudy when settled. Little carbonation, light head, not much lacing. Very little, maybe none, of the piney taste I usually associate with hops, but a strong bitter overtone with a very nice sweet nutty undertone. The bitterness may be from the alcohol, but the overall taste of the beer is such that I would drink more than one if they were in front of me...

A new one in front of me...same goes...I'm upping the taste score a little. It's full blown cloudy this year.

Not very cloudy this year. Super caramelly. A bit boozy, but it's been boozier in the past.

snaotheus, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Shumista
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small glass cup.

A- The beer pours a lively dark reddish-copper color, with a small amount of head resulting from a gentle pour. Ve y little lacing is left on the glass after each sip. Overall a very attractive looking beer.

S- Lots of citrusy hops, sweet caramel malts, and some brown sugar.

T- Overpowering, but in a good way. Overpowering hops are followed by overpowering sweet caramel malts, but it works so well. This beer is delicious. There is also a burnt brown sugar taste that was present in the aroma. The alcohol taste is extremely noticeable but as opposed to other beers that I've had it doesn't come across as boozy at all. The alcohol presence is pleasant and warming. An excellent winter beer. In fact, the best winter seasonal I've had to date.

M- Thick and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I'll polish the bomber off on my own easily, but I wouldn't want any more than that.

Shumista, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of dancinwillie
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release, served in a chalice.

Pours a very dark shade of mahogany, which doesn't let much light through. As I hold it up to the light, I can see a definite reddish hue, but out of light, more of a brown. A quickly receding beige head, made up of tight little bubbles. Lovely.

I smelled hops as soon as I opened the bottle. But now, as I lean in for a better aroma, I smell citrus and some sort of a cooked or burnt sugar. It smells warm and inviting.

Heavy and sweet malt richness initially, mingling instantaneously with the pine and grapefruit hops. The bitterness is substantial, but it requires attention to notice. If I was really quaffing this, I might miss it. It lingers on the sides of my tongue for about 10 seconds after each drink. If it weren't for the hops, this might be cloying, but there they are. I actually wouldn't mind a heavier hopping, however, this being my only negative observation. I don't notice any of the 10.5% alcohol, but as I had a small lunch, and it is now 8 pm, I definitely feel it after half a glass.

Mouthfeel is assuredly full and robust. This isn't your average drink a case and watch the game beer. This beer makes you sit up and take notice.

Entirely drinkable, extremely affordable, and surprisingly, quite balanced. I need to buy a few to cellar, and enjoy throughout the long Wisconsin winter. IIRC, I paid something like $5.49 for this bomber. This beer ranks 1 step above 2007 Utopias on the BA listing for the style. Do the math, and then pick this up if you have the chance. Although it's a well above average beer, the high ABV would prevent me from drinking more than 2 bombers at a sitting I believe. But that's the way it is, isn't it? They can't all be session beers, can they?

Be arrogant. No, be DOUBLE arrogant! Cheers!

dancinwillie, Nov 13, 2008
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,872 ratings.