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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,162 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,162
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 421
Gots: 1,043 | 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 wahhmaster
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 mL bottle into a Macado's Halloween-branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a tight fizzy head that has a strange kind of egg-white color to it. The head doesn't really dissipate and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Definitely hoppy. Also has strong aromas of grapefruit and pine.

Taste: Hoppy as all hell. Has grapefruit and other fruity notes as well in the taste. Has malty sweetness but not so much as to overpower the hops. Seems strangely balanced despite the fact that it's hopped out the ass. You can also really taste the alcohol in this one. Leaves a bitter kind of piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth as can be. Has a nice carbonation bite to it as well.

Drinkability: A great beer! If you haven't tried this, do whatever you can to find it. Arrogant Bastard is great but Double Bastard is awesome! Hoppy enough for hopheads but surprisingly drinkable enough for the rest of us. Get it at whatever cost!

Photo of Mosstrooper
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 release poured from 22oz bottle into Macado's "Halloween 2009" branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Dark and hazy caramel/amber color with a small brown head that stays for a long time and leaves behind substantial lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit over sweet, buttery malt aromas and floral hops. Also has a hint of sweet tea.

Taste: Bitter all the way- starts toasty and a bit buttery, finishing with a powerful, yet balanced, earthy and herbal bitterness. Notes of sour alcohol and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Hints of sweet tea and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and chewy body with a slight, natural carbonation hint. Dryer finish with warming alcohol. Oh so smooth.

Drinkability: What can I say- this beer is outstanding. The best I've had. Simply the greatest. There is none better.


Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bottle (2009 vintage) purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD into my new Double Bastard glass at around 50 degrees (11/17/09).

A: Pours a murky chestnut brown with one finger of an off-white head which disappears rather quickly leaving little lacing.

S: An intense bouquet of sweet malt, piney hops, molasses, toffee, and a pleasant sweet alcohol.

T: The palate is truly assaulted with sweet malt, molasses, piney hops, and alcohol. Very harsh yet quite pleasant, but a little rough around the edges.

M: Full-bodied with nice carbonation and an almost buttery mouthfeel with a dry, bitter finish.

D: Drinkability is good, but that is only because this is such a flavorful beer that fully exercises the palate.

Overall this is such an extreme beer that it needs to be tried by any fan of beer with intense and rich flavor. Let's see what some age does to it. Recommended.

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

Tap to a brandy snifter.

A: dark brown, very cloudy. red in the light.

S: Bitter flowers.

T: hops and hops and hops!!! caramel and cherrys

M: tickles, becomes smooth.

D: A hop-heads dream. bitter and floral and layers of sweetness in between sips. A well made beer that I would have again when the hop bug bites! Recommend!

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

on-tap served in pint glass

A - Amber color with little off white head

S - Carmel malts and hops, a slight fruitiness i cant put my finger on (rasberry?)

T - Slight fruit tones at the start then you typical malt and hops, theres almost too much for my rookie palat to comprehend.

M - light carbonation

D - Only knock on this beer would be the SLIGHT alcohol taste. At 10+% it is however hidden very well.

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

Stone is celebrating 10 years of the Double Bastard and I was fortunate enough to have the current vintage (2009) on draft at a local beer bar. Much appreciated treat for myself.

Beer was clear and brown. Formed a thin white head (slightly yellowish bubbles) and has low carbonation. Lacing is high, its an attractive beer.

The aroma is primarily hops and malt. There is some detectable alcohol in the nose, but its not solvent-like at all.

Beer is surprisingly smooth, really high bitterness at the back of the mouth, a little (less than I expected) sweetness at the front. Sweetness in the front is primarily malt based syrup flavor. Its good. There is some alcohol in the midpalate but its not bad and is well balanced by the high hop bitterness in the back. Drinkability is fine, not high, couldn't pound this beer, Mouthfeel is good, nice connectivity throughout the beer, good body, not thin or too thick. Beer gets a little dry after a few drinks but that's OK. A really nice beer.

Whenever I drink a beer like this I wonder how it will age. This is one of those strong ales that I bet would get sweeter with time as the hops fell back and the alcohol warmness mellowed.

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

Had this on-tap several times this past week at Spike's in SLO ("Most Arrogant Bar in the Country" week). Review written Friday night.

Served in a Delirium Tremens snifter.

Appearance: A number of autumn colors (orange, red, brown, etc.) make up the color of the body. Not a whole lot of clarity; very murky. A bubbly, frothy, off-white head sits on top for the entire session and produces some fantastic lacing. Looks like a beast - scary even.

Smell: Molasses, piney hops, and alcohol. Butter and soft spices peak through as well. Pretty malty on the whole with a strong alcoholic presence.

Taste: Butter, toffee, molasses, piney hops, and alcohol. Very bitter and hot. Rough, but equally delicious. Awesome!

Mouthfeel: Dry and warm but very creamy. Alcohol/hops give the beer a peppery kick, but the carbonation adds a beautiful velvety character. Heavy, a touch syrupy.

Drinkability: True to it's name, this beer is extremely arrogant. The bitterness and alcohol are upfront and unapologetic. To quote Terrell Owens, "Don't hate me, cause you love me."

Photo of jamiesessions
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a clear amber colour with very little head. Smells somewhat sweet with fruity undertones, and alcohol lurking just below. Tastes like hops that were soaked in alcohol and bottled...and I love it!!! The hoppy taste comes right up and punches you in the mouth, then the alcohol makes you do a double take. If i were this good I'd be arrogant as well. As i drink more, I want to drink more, and while i know that spending my life savings buying as many of these as possible is a bad idea, i'm afraid that if i don't the scary man on the bottle will come to my house and make me pay dearly for not embracing him and his evil ways. Truly this is an arrogant bastard in all it's glory, and I am it's humble servant

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted the 2005 Double Bastard at Stone Brewing Co. in standard pint glass.

Shows a medium mahogany with a creamy, off-white froth and good lacing. On the nose are louds of cherry sucrets followed by chocoalte, orange, grapefruit, pinapple, passion fruit, sugar cane, toffee, caramel, honey, & a touch of fresh espresso. On the palate are all the characteristics from the nose with a definite, but smooth hop bitterness, sweet red fruit, and great carbonation/mouthfeel. Overall, an awesome beer that is sweet and smooth. Aged to perfection.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, deep amber with a nice off-white head.

Smells of big pine and citrus hops. Some caramel malts on the back end.

Tastes of the caramel malts with a nice hop layering on top. The hops have that pine flavor with some citrus as well. Plenty of bitterness. There are fruity esters as well to add to the citrus and make fruit notes appear in the brew. Alcohol does come through in the end and gives this beer a nice warming feel to it.

Mouthfeel is a good medium with plenty of carbonation.

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

Pours a murky amber color with a 2 finger off-white head into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Nose is full of hops and some caramel malt.

Taste is a bit surprising. Sweet malts give way to aggressive hops and a wave of straight up booze. I can taste the malts and the piney hops battle it out and lose to an overwhelming alcohol warmth. I like this beer.

Medium-high carbonation lets this sit comfortably on the tongue for long enough to really savor the complexity yet gives it a bubbly sting that lets me know that this beer means business and wants to be enjoyed.

I would call this a sipper simply because I don't want to finish it quickly. It's so much more satisfying to just enjoy the beer for what it is.

So glad to finally get a hold of this in CT.

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

2007 Bottle.

Appearance: Deep amber to chestnut brown in colour, with a nice big creamy off-white head, and light carbonation.

Aroma: Massive American hops, lots of pine and grapefruit. There is a subtle malty aroma hiding behind the hops, of sweet toffee but the nose is all about the hops.

Taste: The taste is brilliantly balance right from the front. There is giant bitter resinous piney hops, mixed in with a creamy sweet caramel base. Lots of grapefruit, and hints of watermelon, alongside biscuity shortbread, and creamy oats.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth and slick. Light carbonation, with a medium body.

Drinkability: A wonderfully well rounded beer, with a worryingly drinkable character. Not a trace of the potent alcohol in the taste, beautifully crafted.

Photo of soupyman10
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this cause it was a monstrously better deal than just about everything else on the BS menu. A huge beer, as expected. Looks perfect - two finger tan head with a ton of lacing over a deep red almost maroon brew. Aroma and taste are mostly big drying hops, a lot of pine and maybe some oak flavor in there. Some huge raisins. Alcohol presence, no question, which hurts the score just a touch. Body is splits creamy and syrupy nicely. Coats the mouth, no question. Overall, I loved it, although I'm not sure if I could have more than one in a sitting.


Photo of marvin213
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Double Bastard looks like a dirty bastard: dark muddy brown with a thick, creamy froth. The head leaves gooey residue in its wake as the glass sides fog from the dissipation. The bacterial culture-looking bubbles beckon menacingly, fully well indicating this is a strong ale. It's a mud puddle. Like a kid with a slicker and rain boots, I'm eager to jump in.

An oakiness dominates the nose. I smell a hint of brown chocolate bittered with hops. Sometimes I scoff at unedible characteristics attributed to beer, but I detect a leather and gunpowder. Ironically, I think Stone's unabashed arrogance is influencing me, for I'm identifying things in the nose that can possibly be in the beer; nonetheless, it smells tough.

There's a tightrope-like balance between the malts and the hops. The malts are present on the tongue than the aforementioned observations. There's really a sweet bitterness all the way through the taste. This strong characteristic makes taste and feel almost inseparable. I know it's a strong ale, but (surprise!) I want more hops. What if there were citrus notes or other fruitiness to it? I know...go drink an IPA. Undoubtedly, it's a good beer, and a good-tasting strong ale. It is so superbly balanced. Perhaps the simplicity is what limits it to "good."

I really want to credit what is truly an accomplishment: a strong ale that feels sweet and swallows bitter. The tongue tastes the brown chocolate malts while the cheeks hop-shrivel. Post-swallow lingerings are medicinal. Neither a quaint nor sophisticated beer, it's a massive classic offering from a landmark craft brewery.

Absolutely among the more drinkable strong ales, the Double Bastard offers a great example of what simple brewmaking can do. It's a storybook beer from a flagship west-coast brewery. It's remarkable how easy I can sip and analyze this one. At 10+%, it's easy how I can carry on endlessly about its qualities. Appropriate among any offerings, the beer, in sum, is an exemplary strong ale.

Photo of thespaceman
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark amber in color, with red highlights streaming throughout this beer. Medium size head here, excellent head retention, the lacing here is sticky and very soapy.

Smell: Whew, this is a strong bastard in the nose. First is a nice alcohol presence that is sweet and pungent, hoppiness is here yet well reserved. I get bits of dark fruit, esters, some underlying malt, followed up by a nice dose of lighter fruit. Some typical DIPA properties come about as well, a strong hint of grapefruit and some citrus elements come along for the ride.

Taste: Awesome balance between a huge hop presence and a nice, thick malty backbone. The hops are resinous and very bold, I get alot of light fruit to darker esters, some passionfruit and citrus flows into some dark plum and grapes, the maltiness is chewy yet viscous. A sweet, yet bread like palate crusher of malt really makes this beer differentiate itself from the other bastards in the lineup. This beer finishes with a drop of hop bite and some alcohol, although very faint for the 10% ABV, it's still here but it's enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, this beer is chewy and big, almost barleywine like. Carbonation isn't too huge which makes that alcohol presence really stand out. A nice dose of bitterness from the hops here, a bit syrupy on the tongue but perfect nonetheless.

Drinkability: This is the reason I am so happy Stone has landed in Connecticut, I can't beleive I was missing out on beers like this. Out of all the Stone beer's I've had, this one takes the cake as my favorite. Lots of huge flavor profiles here, from the bitter, yet full fledged hoppiness, to the sweet, yet smooth and robust malt backbone. An excellent beer to start your night with, or even end it. This beer is dangerously drinkable so make sure you heed the warning on the label, the alcohol will really creep up on kick you in your ass.

Photo of merryjoulton
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 pt. 6fl. Oz. bomber into my sparklingly clean Duvel tulip. Color is deep and rich and the head laces pretty well whilst fading away to a little bit o film that spits out nice hop character. Smell is piny, sticky, citrusy and boozy. Taste is about the same, but a tipped toward the booze which brings it down a notch. Same w/drinkability.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bomber poured into Sam Adams boston lager glass

A: Pours light-dark brown, thin head, lighter than ABA
S: sweet and malty. hops. smells again like similar to other stone brews
T: Bitter, malty sweet very complex, alcohol is noticeable. good hop after taste
M: syrupy and coating.
D: drinkable, yes, more than one no not in the same day

Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy red-brown with a cloud of fine sediment, and a dense two finger eggnog colored head. Half inch retention, sheet of lacing. Smell: floral, pine, undertone of sweet citrus, brown bread - pumpernickelish, tropical fruit. As it warms: brown sugar, effervescent alcohol. Taste: mega-ibus, pine, tangerine, tropical fruit, herbal edging towards medicinal, yeasty rye-like funk mid sip, brown sugar, caramel. Mouthfeel: creamy carbonation, syrupy on the tongue. Tasty and brutal sipper.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a deep cloudy brown color with a hint of red. The aroma is overwhelmingly potent. There is a lot going on. Off the bat I am hit with sweet malty smell with hints of earthy hops. The taste follows right in stride with the aroma. It is so complex. I haven't had anything quite like it before so it is hard to describe. It has a strong malt presence, but it isn't quite as sweet as the smell let on. It has a roasted/smokey type taste that is balanced so nicely with the hops. Overall a very interesting beer that leaves me wanting more. Some similarities to the Arrogant Bastard Ale, but definitely a monster by itself. Get this if you have never tried it. It is an experience.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours A nice cloudy amber hue with a full two-finger cream colored head. Tons of lacing and nice retention.

S: Huge piney and citrusy hop aroma, well balanced by some nice toasty malts. Alcohol as well.

T: Interesting. Tons of bitterness that lingers on the palate for quite some time, slightly astringent. Finishes with a weird pineapple-like tartness. Nice sweet and slightly toasty malts as well as some signs of citric fruitiness. Pretty boozy, this one will probably hit you hard. After just a few sips, I'm already feeling the effects of this one.

M/D: Smooth and appropriately carbonated. The alcohol hits hard, but is appropriate for the style.

Photo of davod23
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh, Double Bastard. My old friend. 2009 vintage, poured into an oversized wine glass.

Clear, ruddy brown/red pour with a nice cream colored head. Initially, it billows up nicely to about two fingers, but quickly retreats to a thin collar of foam around the edge of the glass.

I remember this smelling more powerful. Weird. I get a touch of piney hops, some caramel and bread notes, and some booze. But everything is pretty subdued, even after it warms up. This is weird.

Ahh, the taste. Much better. Massive bitterness from the hops, which are more subdued in the realm of taste. Caramel, toffee, and alcohol heat in equal parts. Long, lasting bitter finish that sticks with you - I don't think my palate would be up for another beer for a while.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-bodied with a good, prickly carbonation to it. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability is also excellent. I can put down a lot of this stuff in short order, until the alcohol punches me in the face.

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

On-tap at Prime 16 into a snifter.

A: Deep, hazy ruby-brown body with half a finger of delicate pinkish foam that shows amazing retention and lots of lace - a nice full pour that still retains head? Yes please!

S: Toffee sweetness, fruity alcohol, and some floral and grapefruit hops. Warm, rich, and complex, if just a bit understated.

T: Big and in my face, with huge sweet malts going toe to toe with assertive hops and a finish that isn't shy about the booze. This is the 'roided up version of a beer that's already pretty extreme, and I like it.

M: Pretty thick with lots of smooth carbonation. Very nice.

D: As much as I'm enjoying it, I'm not planning on ordering another. Definitely a sipper.

Notes: Not a beer for the faint of heart, but I can't imagine anyone who loves beer not loving this one. Tons of hops, tons of malt, tons of alcohol, tons of flavor. Great stuff.


Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a deep, ruby amber color with a thick, creamy ring of white foam which left some good lace to the very end.

S: Smells robust and fruity, with hints of vanilla, pine and a floral bouquet.

T: Ooo, very rich and complex. A hot, semisweet alcoholic berry flavor comes in first, followed by a creamy rush of rich, sweet roasted caramel malts. This is then blended with the spicy taste of cloves and herbal hops while washing down smooth and malty with a notable citrus hop accompaniment.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth as hell, yet remarkably quaffable.

D: At 10.5% ABV, this is a sipper as a pre-or-post meal drink. I'm sure it would pair well with BBQ or some non cream based sauces and marinades, but it's so rich and complex, I'd almost always rather have it on its own. A must try for a fan of the Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 DB. Bomber to Arrogant Bastard glass.

A: Dark amber with a finger and half cream fluffy head which subsides after a good while to a quarter inch head that maintains throughout. Good sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate and toffee. Some vague dark fruits. Chinook hops. A bit of alcohol spice.

T: Caramel, toffee, vague chocolate taste up front. That indescribable arrogant bastard funk (yeast?) mid palate. Some alcohol spice and intense bitter hops at the back end.

M: Full bodied, creamy, medium dry finish.

D: This is the third bomber of the 2009 DB's that I've had. The other two were much colder, and the alcohol was much better hidden. This one is at about 55 degrees and the alcohol is making itself known much more. However, it is an incredibly drinkable beer for the abv. I'm almost done with it by the end of this review.

Arrogant bastard is already one of my ultimates. This is probably my favorite american strong ale that I've ever tried.

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

A- Pours a dark amber, dark gold, almost maroon color (best coloring of a beer I have seen) with a small head that doesn't last long but leaves some bubbles that promise some decent lacing.

S- Dark cherries and dark grape scents are prevalent. It smells almost of a red wine, not that I drink much wine, but that is what it reminds me of. But then...

... The smells are morphing! After letting the rest of the beer sit in the bottle as I drank the first half, I then poured the rest in the glass and to my amazement, there were different scents! It has turned into a almost citrus grapefruit on the front with the darker cherry/grape on the back end.

T- Wow... I have never tasted a beer like this. The first thing that hits me is the outstandingly strong maltyness. Then the bitterness takes over and finished with a nice warm alcohol burn. Compared to a IPA, the hops seem fairly mild. I am having trouble with this one because the explosion of flavors on my virgin palate is overwhelmingly awesome. I am starting to understand the long description on the back of the bottle. I am not a worthy soul!

M- Very smooth going down and the carbonation is just right. Has a nice boozy bite that is warming going down.

D- Well this most definitely is not a beer most people could have more then one of due to the 10.5% ABV. But if you consider one bottle, I have no issues finishing this bottle and going sip to sip. Overall this was a pretty awesome beer that got much much better as it warmed up. Definitely pick up a bottle of this for a good beer to sip on throughout the night.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,162 ratings.