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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6,213
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,081 | FT: 39
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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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Ratings: 6,213 | Reviews: 2,055
Photo of kiddynamite920
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09 Vintage. Bomber poured into a snifter.

Beautiful deep dark brown amber with a very nice head formation. A fingers worth of head is hanging around and looks pretty luxurious. A bit tan. Huge hop nose as expected from Stone. Hard to reach the malt base of this one through all these hops. Very nice change of pace for the ASA. Getting some lemon and grassy aromas here too. Quite piney and resinous. Expecting a wallop of hops here. Indeed, starts with a hint of malts but you are promptly greeted by Mr. Hop. And he is quite a bitter gentleman. Some sweetness comes through in the beginning and end, but hops are so dominant in this one. Could be just a smidgen more balanced.

Pretty nice mouthfeel here too, not as thin as the hops would lead you to believe. Has the hop character of a IIPA, but a more viscous mouthfeel. Very nice juxtaposition.

Not excessively drinkable, more of a special occasion beer. And we all know snow is a special occasion.

Photo of Chico1985
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 bomber into a snifter.

Opens with an awesome pop + smoke. Pours an excellent dark reddish brown with a big, off-white creamy head that retains very well. Smells of caramel and piney hops. The taste is great, very smooth, loads of caramel, pine, good balance of hops and malts, even a tiny bit of chocolate. A tiny alcohol bite but quite hidden for 10.5. Not quite the "kick" that I remember Arrogant Bastard having but this beer seems much more balanced. Absolutely excellent from the first sip to the last. Another winner from Stone.

**More notes - 2008 bottle consumed on 12/21/10...2 years of age.

What a great beer. Alcohol is frightening at first but you quickly get adjusted to it's bad-ass-ness after a few sips. It reminds me slightly of a nice aged barleywine, super malty, but hops are still kickin'. A bomber of this, fresh or aged, will always please me.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy dark orange color without much of a head on it, looks very thick out of the bottle, tons of sediment floating around in the beer. smell is awesome, has a distinct hop aroma to it, smell reminds me of of a dfh 90 min for some reason, i think its the mixture of lots of hops and lots more malt. taste is great, like all of stones beer, a nice thick syrupy mouthfeel compliments the great taste. the drinkability is lower just because of the strength of the beer, wish i could get stone here, have to rely on gifts from friends.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish copper amber color with about a half finger tan head that dies down fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing.

Strong aroma of floral hops and caramel upfront, with a noticeable amount of alcohol lingering in the back.

Taste again reveals some flroal flavors, a little citrus, a strong caramel presence and some pine towards the end. Nice hop presence but not overwhelmingly so. Alcohol soaked fruits can be detected almost all around but again it is not so harsh as to limit drinkability.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation. Solid all around and probably just as good as Arrogant Bastard, but I'm not sure I have a preference among the two. Obviously this one is a little more powerful so I wouldn't typically overindulge on it, but its hard to argue with DB otherwise.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber in a pint glass.

Appearance: Much darker than I imagined, deep golden brown, little head

Nose: well the hops of course, sweet and malty, has the nose of a Munich lager, very rich

Taste: at 10.5% I can NOT taste the alcohol (very dangerous), very malty but the hops cut through to the end with a spicy finish

Mouthfeel: it has an effervescence to it that is very appealing, it feels light on the tongue but heavier as it schmooses down the throat.

I would have no problem pounding down 3+ of these. The only problem is that they would end up pounding me back, but I kinda like that. Like most west coast beers, they are experts at hiding the alcohol. Pick up a few of these if you can find them. It seems more like a double IPA than an American Strong Ale.

Photo of sudsellier
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon as I saw this one in the cooler (for the first time ever in our small-ish market) I grabbed one without hesitation. I've been such an ardent fan of Stone and the Arrogant Bastard that there was no way I was going to bed tonight without knowing...

A: Poured out a nice light mahogany (in my Stone "Fizzy Yellow Beer is for Wussies" pintglass... knew I scored it for a reason!) with about a half-inch head of creamy, meringue-colored lattice... mostly small, dense bubbles with some larger forming around the outsides. Even coloration all throughout.

S: When you go to that favorite fancy restaurant of yours... you know the one... you always get the creme brulee even though you think to yourself, "A real DUDE doesn't order Creme Brulee! Eff it... I'm getting the CREME BRULEE!" The caramalized sugar on top of your favorite sissy-girl dessert... that's the smell here but with a noticible hop spiciness. That'll begin to put the hair back on your chest. You big nancy...

T: More toasty caramel with a nice, brassy hop tang. Slight touches of vanilla, oak, just-barely-burnt apple... ok, ok... I've got a wicked sinus infection right now... my palate's off a tad. Not noticing any alcohol heat despite the 10.5% abv. Rich, dark hop flavors with enough sweet malt backbone to cut through the bitters and leave a perfectly-balanced brew. Think of Stone's Ruination with a suntan.

M: Strong-enough malt presence gives this one a nice, rich texture. Carbonation is even throughout without one thinking they've got Pepsi in their mug fizzing away.

D: Yes. Someone who knows me please buy me more for Christmas. And while they're at it....

Photo of Intimidtor
2.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 22 oz bomber and was highly anticipating this beer. Great smell decent apperance. Blah! Strong overpowering alcohol bite. I know this is a strong Ale but this is beyond belief. Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah!Blah! Not for me! Im done with these Arrogant and Double Bastard beers. PS: I love Stone's Ruination.

Photo of Pahn
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: careful pour produces about a 1 inch tan head that dissipates slowly. Lacing is spotty and temporary. The beer is an opaque, dark auburn.

Smell: Strong scent of sweet candy malt and alcohol. Smell is reminiscent of many American barley wines I've had (it tastes like an amped up barley wine too). It's very inviting and adds to the taste.

Taste: Extreme malty sweetness. The taste is a hit of sugar that gets reined in by a nice hop bitterness and strong alcohol warmth, with interesting and numerous candy and fruit notes throughout. As you get deeper into the bottle, the flavor never dulls, but rather expands and diversifies. Finish is mildly bready and warm. Amazing balance. For most of the bottle, the dominant flavor is sweet malt and caramel, with chocolate notes emerging as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with subtle carbonation and a lot of alcohol warmth. Beautiful. While the beer is somewhat syrupy and chewy, it's still alternately smooth and punchy. A lot going on, but none of it unpleasant.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for a noticeably 10.5% ABV brew. You'd have to be quite a tank to drink too much of this beer, but nothing about the experience of drinking it says "stop."

This beer flies close to the sun. It exemplifies the Stone ideal of extreme, idiosyncratic perfection. It's Arrogant Bastard on overdrive, with every aspect dangerously turned up, yet completely balanced. Some beers achieve a subtle harmony of malt, hops, and spice... this one matches the balance of such beers, while sloughing off any semblance of restraint. It may not be for everyone, but if you like these flavors and this style, Double Bastard is a perfect beer. Myself, I could drink this every day.

Photo of foxbat2500
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pheww - one of these bad boys and you are done for the night.

The appearance is just amazing. I love how the head seems to sparkle and the beer has a deep rick color.

The taste is layered with complexity. Carmel, vanilla, intense hops & more.

Its a favorite. I need to find one of the special varieties.

Photo of bfields4
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy amber with a copper hue topped by a well retained tight head.

Lots going on in the smells. A molassesy malt, pine and sweet citrus fruits burst through from the hops. Cherries and a liquorish bourbon character.

The smell does not lead astray. A very complex brew. Starts off again with the mellow malt than a twinge of bitterness w/ not quite the intensity of the smell. Finishes off with a dry bourbon flavor that burns the slightest tad, but not too much to unmask the well hidden 10.5%. (on a side note I was waiting for the cherry and couldn't find it until I burped, haha).

A very tasty brew that goes down very smooth for the 10.5%. Reminds me of an English barleywine without the almost cloying residual sweetness I tend to get from them.

Photo of Skitowneric
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass with a heavy head. Dark caramel non-transparent coloring. Smells of sweet maybe brown sugar and just a little hops. Drinks very smooth considering the ABV. Light carbonation helps balance out the thickness. The finish of this beer has just the right amount of bitterness to balance out the initial sweetness. Overall I was very impressed and would be willing to pay the higher price again for this type of beer.

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

Had on tap at Dunedin House of Beer. Poured into a chalice, pours a really dark cloudy brown, with minimal head and moderate laceing.

Honey, sweet citrus , lots of caramell some breadyness, hops gallore and some alcohol notes.

Smooth caramell right when it hits your tounge then bamm hop attack. Really bitter beautiful! A really sweet malt tries to sneak in but the hops bash it down.

Creamy and it will pucker you up a bit. It is really complex brew will hit this up again and find more and more about it!!

Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard Ale pours a brown color with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is intensely hoppy, pine and floral notes abound. The flavor is intensely hoppy, grapefruit and pine especially come to mind. The malt balances this a bit, but it's really all about the hops.

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

Poured out of the 22oz. bomber into a large mug, because I don't have the correct glassware for this beer. It pours a beautiful thick dark-reddish brown with a two finger head that dissipates quickly (I think I need to wash my glasses better because no beer has been holding a head recently).

The first thing that hits you in the nose is hops. There is a lot of bitterness upfront, but underneath that is a hint of the flavors to come, including a bit of fruit sweetness.

When cold the most overwhelming flavor is the extreme hop bitterness that overrides everything else, but as it warms up the other flavors come through. Sweet fruit flavors, sharp pineapple, a bit of malty sweetness are all tied together by the hops, which weave in and out of everything else on your palate and leave a pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste.

The beer is smooth in the mouth with a bit of carbonation and a nice oily hop feel.

This beer is dangerous. There is no hint of the 10% alcohol. I could drink several bottles easily in a session.

Photo of irishking1977
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Double Bastard printed in large white bold on the side.

"Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free."

A: Pours a dark copper amber with nary a head and moderate lacing. I must have screwed up the pour, otherwise a good looking brew.

S: Hops, hops and more hops. Some pineapple and alcohol can be slightly detected.

T: Holy hops! This is arrogant bastard on steroids! I think this is actually even better than A.B., which is saying alot because that's one hell of a brew. This seems like the angry, older brother of A.B. because there is a subtle difference in taste, appearance and texture to D.B.

M: Smooth and oily (probably due to the hops). I wonder if hops are becoming endangered due to this brew.

D: Regardless of the ten and a half ABV, this stuff is easy to drink. Goes down easy, and although it has a complex taste, the high ABV is hidden very well. One can forget how strong this is, so as deceivingly easy this is to drink, folks gotta be careful. Meanwhile, I think I'll have another sip...ahh...You're not worthy!

Photo of seancake
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First, let me state straight off the bat that I am new to this whole "beer aficionado" thing -- I don't have the vocabulary, the knowledge of such things as phenols and such. That said, I opened this beer and was struck by how assertive it smelled. Double Bastard, indeed. It is a doubly arrogant bastard -- with reason.

With reason, my friends. This brew makes no attempt, like many sneaky Belgians (which I must proclaim I love right now), to mask alcohol flavors -- this is up-front, right out there, proclaiming its strength. It is strong malt, strong hops, strong everywhere and every way. It is in every sense a strong ale. It is an arrogant bastard, doubly so.

As it warms, it only intensifies and improves. This is a beer for which angels weep. It will put you on your ass if you aren't careful. Very drinkable, for all its high abv, but if you decide to session it, you may well wind up on youtube, under the heading 'drunkest guy ever'. You've been warned.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I cannot believe this beer exists. The Arrogant Bastard ale was almost a little harsh for my tastes and I expected worse with this beer but was just completely dumbfounded when I discovered that it's not only stronger in flavor, but utterly, ridiculously smooth.

A: The beer pours a deep mahogany color that glows slightly if you hold it up to the light. The bubbles dance around and reveal more colors and nuances before reaching the surface...this beer is truly "alive" like a Guinness (but with flavor). Big 1" sticky head with tons of lacing. This is the only 5 I've ever given for appearance.

S: As I started to type an e-mail after pouring this beer, the smell started to drive me nuts. It smells like caramel with hops in the background.

T: This beer has some of the finest malt I've ever tasted in a beer, and balanced so perfectly with bittering hops that it's just insane. A barrage of flavors hit your palate... caramel, molasses, coffee, hops, and a whole lot of other stuff I can't even describe. It's very complex, very delicious, and gets better as the beer warms up. This brew is truly "exceptional", make no mistake.

M: A microfraction over on the carbonation is my only complaint, otherwise you can roll this beer around in your mouth and enjoy it as long as you want.

D: This is the most drinkable >10% beer I've ever had, bar none. I don't think anything could possibly be more drinkable than this and have this much flavor.

Stone has truly outdone themselves with this beer. This is an exception to the rule, but it OUGHT to be the rule!

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...

salud!

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.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,213 ratings.