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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,562
Reviews: 1,974
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 338
Gots: 721 | FT: 27
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.

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Photo of ChazMania


4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

Holy Schnikes! Wow, I have been drinking alot of beer lately. One of these bombers is kickin me hard. Very full over the top flavor. NOT for the faint hearted lite beer sipper. Thick, chewy, lots of alcohol. Mama call me a cab! Oh wait, I’m at home...This beer will kick you in the keister.

02-01-2007 03:04:14 | More by ChazMania
Photo of BeerTruth


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

I prefer the double bastard more than the arrogant bastard. This poured a dark foggy amber with a fairly think khaki colored head. Hops are clearly present with a bit of a malty, woody, background. The balance to this beer is excellent, very drinkable for a 10% ABV. Definitely take your time with this one, and enjoy all it has to offer.

01-28-2007 18:00:20 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of BusyNinja

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

I love this beer in a bottle, and have been rationing myself after purchasing a full case. On tap it seems so much better balanced. Hops are present, but not in yer face. No alcohol taste, as was present/discernible in the bottle. All in all, a real treat on draft.

01-28-2007 01:21:10 | More by BusyNinja
Photo of Mdog


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Deep red with a good head and nice lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits and some citrus, not overbearing.

Taste: Very complex. Sweetness from caramel and dark fruits alongside piney and citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and coating.

Drinkability: Very tasty but too strong to have too much.

Finally got to try the Double Bastard after a couple years of trying. It did not disappoint, it's amped up flavors are a pleasure to the pallette. Good stuff.

01-27-2007 21:11:49 | More by Mdog
Photo of foureyedgeek


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%

22oz bottle, poured into a mug.

Pours a clear, ruby-red/brown, pillowy light tan head, an easy three fingers tall. Pretty decent head retention and some minor lacing.

Smell is dominated by citrus hoppiness, grapefruit, and pineapple sweetness.

Taste is at first sweet, backed by a nice level of hoppiness. There's some caramel or vanilla in there, too, good maltiness. The hops surge in the finish. This is a very interesting combination,a battle of wills between sweet and bitter, ending in a delicious truce.

Whew, this is a hot beer! No hiding of the alcohol in this one, I'll bet this beer is a treat with a year on it, although I'd hate to wither the hops too much.

Mouthfeel is drying and slightly cloying, along with the alcohol warmth filling the drink.

Drinkability is pretty good, this beer would be odd without the high ABV, but at the same time, getting into more than one bomber of this in a short night would be quite a feat for me. This one put me out.

01-27-2007 01:45:15 | More by foureyedgeek
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Mmm. That was my first thought when I tasted this fine brew. This is a hybrid between a DIPA and a Barleywine. There is a nice bitterness and the alcohol is noticable but not overpowering. The taste is bitter and there is an underlying sweetness. The hop aftertaste lingers for a good while. Lots of lacing in the glass. The head is in no hurry to leave. One bomber of this will really warm the tops of your ears up.

01-27-2007 00:39:06 | More by Enola
Photo of veech


2.98/5  rDev -30.2%

This beer just seemed an example of trying to do too much. The appearance and smell both seemed to bode well, with a very complex array of scents and aromas, everything from grasslike hints to a spicy cinnamon. I found the taste to be sort of all over the place. It was very obtuse with a very strong alcohol feel throughout. The hops seemed to work in opposition to the early maltiness and the alcohol burn was another confounding factor with the spices seemingly out of kilter as well. It wasn't terrible, just not particularly pleasing. The mouthfeel was nice but not really noteworthy as well. I found that the whole beer could be summed up in one word: unbalanced. I was surprised considering the amount of hype surrounding this brew.

01-26-2007 18:29:51 | More by veech
Photo of Onibubba


4.1/5  rDev -4%

My first taste of the 2006. Copper brown with a very small tight beige/white head that offers surprisingly good lacing. Smell is powerful with citrusy hops and a sweet toffe. That malty backbone is present in the taste, but the hop frofile is what is on stage here. This really reminds me VERY much of one of the sweeter DIPAs, like DFH 90 Minute for example. Wish I had one handy for a side by side... Mouthfeel is nice and full and the alcohol is very well hidden. Drinkability is good - Excellent if you are a Hop Head.

I'll keep my other bottle until the 07 is out.

01-23-2007 14:04:50 | More by Onibubba
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -32.6%

served into a nonic glass from a 22oz. brown bomber crimped-cap

Mirky,deep reddish/brown,looks a bit like apple cider.2'' thick off-white head,very dense and creamy leaving a thick pillow of foam sitting on top of the beer. Very good retention,leaving thick rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

Good moderate, complex aromas with a good balance,Citrusy,piney,clean,a dark fruitty nose a hint of plums,also a hint of pineapple.

An intense sweet malty taste thats very syrupy,hot alcohol tastes. An intense citrus rind bite,very grapefruitty,a resiny and an oily hop feel
A clean mid taste,finishes with a balanced blast of carmell and citrus/pine. Fruitty overtones throughout the taste. The bitterness was like chewing on lemon rinds.No bad tastes jusy a bit much for my tastes.

A thick,cloying mouthfeel,very sticky.rough on the palate.
Started to get a bit more drinkable, just too overpowering of a taste.
Had a hard time finishing this bomber. An overrated beer in my opinion.

01-23-2007 04:23:31 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Budlum


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

2006 edition served from a fresh growler from Capone's.

Pouring this ale produces one inch of creamy, tan head that slowly recedes to a quarter inch layer. Head retention and lacing are excellent. The body is an absolute, textbook amber color displaying excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

The nose of this beer is quite simple yet delicious. A dry, earthy, hop smell blends with a perfectly balanced, sweet, malty aromas. Very balanced in presentation although I expected a little more pop.

The flavors of this beer are much like the smell only with the "pop" that I expected from the smell. An assertive hop flavor provides a strong, earthy taste much like Arrogant Bastard. Unlike the anchor, this version blends in a delicious, honey-kissed malt flavor that balances the hops perfectly. There are still many woody flavors like AB but everything just feels smoother. A faint, wheat malt and hefeweizen yeast flavor also lurk in the background. This is one very fine beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer presents good carbonation mixed with a creamy feel. It is also quite buttery likening to a solid English Ale.

Drinkabilty is excellent. I expected this to be more aggressive than AB but it turned out to be much smoother. This beer is just dangerously drinkable for the 10% ABV.

01-23-2007 00:39:59 | More by Budlum
Photo of pentathlete


3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

This is a 2005 edition that I had cellared away. Pours a dark ruddy brown that is translucent at the edges. Foam was tightly bubbled but only held up for a minute to two. The nose came roaring out of the bottle and smacked me in the olfactory nerves. This beer screams hops and malt...strong ale indeed. The taste starts off appropriately enough as very malty but is quickly overtaken by the citrusy bitter hops. Everything about this beer is assertive, even the label. The mouthfeel was oily but full. This is a big beer with a big body. The drinkability suffers from the overpowering flavors and the high ABV. I was belching hops far into the wee small hours of the morning. Perhaps I'm just not worthy.

01-20-2007 23:20:03 | More by pentathlete
Photo of AltBock


4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

22 oz. 2006 release bomber bottle that was silk screened like all of the other Stone Brewing bottles. This one had the same Arrogant Bastard Stone gargoyle picture, but a bit smaller. If you don't know what that is, it's the Stone gargoyle giving his usual fang toothed evil grin with a mug of beer in one hand while the other hand is making some king of gang sign. But wait, this beer is called Double Bastard! That means that above the regular Stone Gargoyle is a duplicate of him, but in a gargoyle blood red color. Upon further inspection of the Stone Gargoyle you are going to notice that he or she has a Worf head. What is a Worf head? Worf is the Klingon Starfleet officer in Star Trek and he has a very noticeable bumpy head. The Stone Gargoyle has the same bumpy head like Worf has. I don't why, but I'm guessing that the Stone Gargoyle is some kind of Klingon. Once you get past the Klingon Stone Gargoyle, the back of the bottle has the definition of the word diatribe and the usual Stone novel below that. The Stone novel talks about the brewery, how this a muther of a beer, and it's not like the yellow fizzy liquid you normally drink. To me it's just a large run on sentence. You'll also find on the bottle the release date, cellar temp, State and Government warning, and their website address. Enough of the bottle, let me get to the beer already. It's about damn time!

Appearance: When poured into an average Snifter, the beer was a very unique color. The color is a very deep dark chestnut brown with plenty of dark ruby red highlights all through out the beer. The ruby red highlights were pretty close to the red that can be found on the red duplicate of the Stone Gargoyle on the label. Hopefully my words came close to what the beers actually color is. It was hard to describe. The head of foam's color was just as hard to describe as the color of the beer was. It wasn't white, but it wasn't tan either. It was somewhere in the middle toward the white side. The head of foam height could have been a little better, but for a 10% brew, it's pretty good. It was half an inch in height that had good retention that left behind plenty of white almost tan colored rings, but left little lace around the Snifter.

Smell: The smell of this beer was really good to begin with, but when you swirled it around in your glass, it got better. What was great that not one aroma stood out by itself. What you'll get is an orgy of fruits mixed in with burning hops and little malt in the background. The first aroma to emerge is the citrus fruits like the grapefruit. Then you'll smell dark fruits like raisins and plums. The last but not least variety of fruits to show up is the juicy fruits like the peaches and apples. You might get a small whiff of the juicy fruits at the end of the fruit orgy. After the fruit orgy will come the bitter citrus hops, roasted malts, and sweet caramel at the end.

Taste: Don't do what I did when I first took a big gulp of this beer. If you do you will regret it. If you happen to take a big gulp, be prepared. You will choke on bitter citrus hops and tons and tons of alcohol if you do. Don't do that, just take sips and that's more than enough to discover all the flavors hiding inside this beer. I found out that this beer does not taste like it smells. The initial taste is that of bitter and I mean bitter citrus hops. After that was a tiny amount of citrus fruits, roasted malts, pine needles, some sweet caramel, and a big taste of alcohol at the end. Don't think you're done with the bitter citrus hops because they aren't through with your tastebuds just yet. They will show up at the end, but this time they will show up with friends, bitter friends. It was very hoppy! I believed is beer was almost to the point of being nothing but hop juice.

Mouthfeel: Wow!! The mouthfeel was very full bodied with an extremely strong aftertaste of bitter citrus hops and some alcohol hiding behind that. The alcohol mixed in with bitter citrus hops creating am aftertaste that is very hard to get rid of out of the back of your mouth. Water couldn't wash away this aftertaste, but I'm thinking that the only thing that would get rid of this strong bitter aftertaste is peppermint Altoids. The aftertaste almost feels like I took a big bite of a hop bud while I was drinking hard liquor at the same time.

Drinkablity: I could see myself drinking this again, but not at the same because then I wouldn't know where I was or what I was doing at that time. I have to say that it's a very dangerous a beer. Before you know it, you drank half of it and you're feeling a bit tipsy. If you wish to drink the beer the Klingon Stone Gargoyle on the label would drink, then try this beer immediately. It is true what they say, "it's one muther of a beer!" Double Bastard did make the perfect beer to celebrate Pepeton's birthday! If you read this, please send him a Happy Birthday beermail. He will enjoy it!

01-18-2007 21:22:04 | More by AltBock
Photo of emericanchaos


4.7/5  rDev +10.1%

this sample came from a 22oz bottle. for the first time around with this guy i chose to drink from the bottle as i was unsure how to present it.

stone has wonderful bottles on their 'bastard' products. this bottle differs slightly from the Arrogant Bastard bottle but is still entertaining. "Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the Worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy this bottle. Instead, leave it for a Worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as 'Liquid Arrogance'." sounds about right.

smells heavy of deep citrus. grapefruit, pineapple, some slight fig or date and hops round out the nose. smells lovely! reminds me of those dark chocolate and orange candies you find around the holidays.

flavor profile is massive. lots of burning dry hops with a heavy helping of that lovely grapefruit we noticed earlier. sweet syrupy alchohol in the finish with a bittersweet maltiness inbetween. slight dryness in the end that lingers in the mouth tempting your next sip.

feels somewhat dense in the mouth. not excessively heavy but has a slight chewiness to it. kinda like a slightly thin new england clam chowder.

extremely drinkable with it bouquet of citrus and hops that matches perfectly with that bready malty body. finishes cleanly. you would NEVER in your life guess this beer was 10% from tasting it. extremely well done.

huge ovation for stone. they put together a masterpiece with this beer. every aspect of the flavor is well defined yet at the same time merges perfectly into the next flavor. this is a must have for anyone especially if you like regular ABA. with a few months to a year in the cellar i could see this beer being pretty much perfect. i'm a huge fan of ABA though so i might be a slight bit bias.

01-18-2007 04:56:14 | More by emericanchaos
Photo of bjohnson


4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a murky brown color with plum highlights. Frothy half finger cream colored head. Excellent retention.
S: Pine and grapefruit hops galore! Aromas are chalk full of spice and ready to burst from the juicyness. A bit of malt is noticeable also.
T/M: Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple hop notes right from the start. Nice bitterness accompanies the flavors, but it isn't lip smacking. Maltyness is very abundant. Flavors of caramel, burnt sugar, and spicy fruits all play supporting roles. Excellent mouthfeel on this brew despite the high abv, which actually goes unnoticed. A quite complex brew with many different flavors. Above average body with a juicy, resiny, and coating mouthfeel.
D: Excellent brew by stone, especially in the 22oz. bottle. An odd cross between a hopped up barleywine and a strong dipa. Gotta love what stone offers. Get it if you can but beware of the high abv as your drinking it...those bastards will getcha'.

01-15-2007 02:49:47 | More by bjohnson
Photo of bort11


4/5  rDev -6.3%

Big thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one.
22 oz silkscreened bottle, 2006 vintage. Poured into Imperial pint glass. The initial head was a little fizzy with large bubbles imbedded in the head. Receded to a thin ring around the edge. Color is a very dark red.
Smell is a sharp pine needle aroma with slight citrus notes. The flavor is a hops punch in the mouth. More sharp pine needles, cut grass, a dry earthy herbal quality. Again a mild citrus notes.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry and puckery finish.
I really like this beer, but one bottle is enough for the night, and I would only want something this intense ever once in a while.

01-14-2007 23:08:04 | More by bort11
Photo of sleazo

New York

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a deep brownish red. Small head, dissipating quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is of nuts, sweet roasted malt and hops. Some cherries, maybe.

Taste is superb. Bracing hop bitterness, like arrogant bastard. yet followed up with a mellowing sweetness. A sweetness that comes in right after the hops is so well balanced it is nothing short of amazing. This is one tasty brew. Aftertaste that lingers is a piney hop resin coating of the tongue. The vscosity is also excellent. Right on the money.

Drinkability is excellent too. the 10% alcohol is noticeable, but not in any sort of harsh way.

I can see how this would not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is mine. i need to do a side by side comparison between this, Regular bastard and the Oaked.

Note this went well with San Diego's own Chuao Spicy Mayan Chocolate

01-14-2007 04:43:40 | More by sleazo
Photo of bluejacket74


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color, with about an inch off-white head. It smells very nice, like caramel, hops, cherries and a bit of a spicy smell. It tastes very hoppy, like grapefruit, pine and some malt. Overall the taste is very strong and hoppy, and a bit harsh at times. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy, it's on the thicker side and it's full bodied. Drinkability is good but not excellent. I don't think I could drink more than one of these at a time, but I would definitely drink it again.

01-13-2007 00:58:22 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +17.1%

I have to admit that after having the Arrogant Bastard, which I didn't really care for, I wasn't sure that I would like the Double Bastard, as I have never considered myself a real hop-head.

Well, many thanks to Matt at the beer store for talking me into trying this gem. It's only the second all 5 review I've given.

This poured a gorgeous garnet color into a chalice. Great, creamy and sticky lace which lasted forever. Huge aromas of hops and malts. Incredible hop flavor balanced by incredible malt flavor. And the ABV was so well hidden that I couldn't even taste it! This went down easier than probably any beer I've head

A truly great beer. Don't pass this by. You'll love it even if you, like me, aren't a hophead!

01-12-2007 16:49:57 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of ReebShorts


4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

2006 release, poured into a westmalle chalice. Dark orange/light brown color, not much head, thin layer, moderate lacing.

Aroma of burnt caramel, red licorice, cherry, oak, oh, and hops.

Nice, somewhat sweet on the intake, squashed with a nice bitter hop bite. Man, this is good, seems like a mix of strong ale and double IPA, I will definately pick this up if I can come across it. Stone's distribution is still somewhat limited here in WA. Thanks to DogFood for bringing this up from cali over the holidays.

01-10-2007 07:18:34 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of badbeer


4/5  rDev -6.3%

Dark red, maybe a bit brown in color, fitted with an off-white colored head behind some sticky lacing. Fruity smell as well as a smell I can only describe as rotten pine. Taste was good and hoppy, certainly a nice malt base here too. I do have to say some of the bitterness had some harshness to it; harshness does not equal badass. Heavier side of medium bodied and a medium amount of carbonation. Overall, good beer for sure, but I can't help but think a different hop choice could make this so much better. Don't take the above comment the wrong way, it's just my opinion and Stone does a damn fine job as it is. Would buy again.

01-09-2007 08:31:06 | More by badbeer
Photo of ruinationation


4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a dark ruby almost brown color. Not alot of head forms and then quickly disappears. Little lace traces but nothing campared to original AB.

Has a very sweet carmal and floral notes. The sweetness of this beer was surprising to me.

Has a very complex taste with pine, carmal, and maybe a little plums coming through. IBUs are a little misleading.

Thick consentency, spit like you've been drinking coffee. I prefer the original AB but this is a good double, but would like to age one and see if the sweetness eases up. I recomend one of these followed by a ruination.

01-09-2007 06:07:43 | More by ruinationation
Photo of RedChrome


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

A murky tea brown colored beer. A slow developing half inch head shrank wuickly to a sheen on top of the beer. Less then average amount of tiny carbonation barely visible. Clumps of lacing.

A very pleasant sweet plum aroma was the first to hit the nose. Bitter hops aroma is elusive as it comes and goes. A definite alcohol presence marks this as a stronger beer.

Sweet taste combines a handful of flavors, which paly to each other instead of overpowering them. Combination of pine, chocolate, caramel, and plum. Alcohol taste helps the flavors play against the strength.

A nice slightly thicker then most beer. Decent carbonation burst on the tongue helps flavors shift.

An excellent offering. This one would be perfect to enjoy with pepper jack cheese. Another spectacular brew from an awesome brewery. Defintly try it if oyu get the chance.

01-08-2007 01:35:53 | More by RedChrome
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

The head is very frothy and stays throughout the beer. It also has a great super dark color to it. The taste is very nice and very hoppy, but had some harshness to it. The mouthfeel was a little dry. The drinkability was ok, nothing to freak out about.

01-06-2007 09:14:40 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of vwcraig


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

2006 Double Bastard

Poured translucent dark amber with thinnest ring of head around edge. Smells of sweet malt mostly with only a small citrusy hop smell. Initial fruity banana taste switching to a dark malt and hop bitterness. Very interesting. Hop comes through in a bitter and resiny taste. Acidic hop bite mellows to a mild sweetness. Lower carbonation with a decent mouthfeel, only slightly bubbly. Smoother than expected and not as harsh or abusive as standard AB. Decent drinkability for 10% and I will be a fan of this every year it is released.

01-04-2007 04:32:17 | More by vwcraig
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Nice garnet color with an orange-ish head that holds up well. This beer is very clear.

S: Lots of aroma present. American hops ( centennial perhaps? ) and ethyl alcohol are out in the open.

T: Very strong. I haven't had a beer like this since Founder's Devil Dancer. Very hoppy all the way through with a hint of ethanol at the end. Pretty basic flavor but it is very intense.

M: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation. Tingles on the tongue.

D: I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these. This is huge in every department, it could use a few years aging before being bottled. It's good, but I feel it's alittle unbalanced. It needs alittle more maltiness to it to counteract the immense amount of hops.

01-01-2007 05:03:36 | More by Avagadro
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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