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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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95
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5,482 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,482
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 330
Gots: 691 | FT: 27
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a nice, big off-white head and a great deal of lacing.

S- Piney hops initially and then a big, sweet, barleywine-like maltiness. Actually rather subdued in the aroma.

T- Huge, rich, caramelly malt flavors flavors hit me, along with alcohol and dark fruits. Piney hops lie in the background, inflicting a generous amount of bitterness on the finish. As is always the case with Stone, this is a pleasant bitterness, not at all harsh. Overall a very nice flavor, but the alcohol is quite prominent and not particularly well-hidden.

M- Nice, full mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly low, but it works. Nearly perfect for this beer.

D- Once again, very good flavor, but it is too rich and alcoholic to be overly drinkable. Still, this was not intended to be a session beer, so I can't really slam it for that, now, can I?

Another good offering from Stone. This is pretty much a barleywine, and was once classified as such on the site, if I'm not mistaken. Whatever it is, it's very good. Not transcendent, but very good. I must say I prefer Arrogant Bastard to this, but that's less a knock on this beer than it is a compliment to AB. Would probably benefit greatly from aging. Recommended, drink and treat as a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 04:12:47 | More by vtfan77
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RidiculedDisplay

California

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty amberish brown. Brackish murky body. That being said, not many if any floaties upon holding up to a light, just a slight fine silt-like haze. Looks more like a cider than a beer, really. A very dignified body, overall. Head is rather unimpressively non-existent, but the lacing clings to the class in a pretty fine brown mist, leaving a trial of dots. This beer is pretty, but not particularly a highlight.

Smell: Holy mackerel hops. Pine pine pine pine pine. Lemon lemon lemon lemon lemon. Pine pine pine pine pine. Sorry. The hop aroma coming off of this one does have that effect on you, however. Amazing stuff. Normally, even in DIPA's and IPA's, pine aromas tend to be less distinguishable from citrus aromas for me, and the citrus aromas emitted tend to be more orange or grapefruit-like than light spritz of lemon. Here, however, the pine is obvious and assertive, and the lemon I seem to be picking up may just be the pine manifesting itself so completely it confuses my olfactory capabilities. Under that is a definite layer of cinnamon, a strong slap of alcohol, a hint of apple, and some date. Very warming, cozy stuff, and overall an incredible aroma.

Taste: Cinnamon, apple, and date seem to assert themselves up front with piney lemoney hops close behind. Hop bitterness. A little chocolate, maple syrup. Oh and boy alcohol alcohol alcohol. A very "hot" beer, indeed. Travels through your nostrils and warms up one's throat. It's a good "hot," though, and appropriate for the chilly time of year of this brew's anual release. A little vinous, almost champagne like. Still, the taste is, in my opinion, less forceful than the aroma. The flavors tend to loose themselves in a general cinnamony-alcoholic haze at times.

Mouthfeel: I've become aware lately that many great beers with otherwise great attributes tend to fall short in mouthfeel. Either under-carbonated orover-carbonated, usually. This one is just right in that respect. Otherwise very oily and slick.

Drinkability: Great stuff. The alcoholic warming effect is just right for the time of year, and the nose is pretty much perfect. Really should be classified as an American Barleywine, in my opinion, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 08:55:25 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 DBA!!!

AP: poured a DEEEEP red mahogony amber-ish color that is very vibrant and pleasing to the beer-eye. A thick-ass, big and creamy head dissipated rather quickly to a constant thin but sticky covering.

Nose: Hoppy-ass wow-ness. Dank, dark berries deep malt>Leafy,earthy hop.

Taste: Ultra fruity and bitter hop explodes on yer' face.... very bold. Smokey and oaky with a hearty and complex malt flavor. The Caramalized type sweetness is the other half of the malt complex.

MF: Very active with a good bite but yet thick and heavy feeling, full bodied but crisp...lively and substantial.

DA: This is one heady ale, 10%....Booom!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 05:01:23 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jeffjfindley

California

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew began it's life as a caramel-coated pine tree growing in a candy-coated region of Belgium. The tree is tended to night and day by gargoyled ghosts of sainted trappist monks.

One autumn morning, after receiving the signal from above, the servants collected oak barrels lined with honey and bourbon. Miraculously, the tree began to perspire the sweetest nectar imaginable, and the children of the village laughed and danced as never before. On this day, Double Bastard Ale was born unto the world. Let us be glad and rejoice.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 03:34:39 | More by jeffjfindley
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jmz62565

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep clear mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. A truely impressive looking beer. The smell is a mix of sweetness and hops. Citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine,pineapple, pine, and a "bisquity" aroma make this a very aromatic beer. The taste has hop bitterness, alcohol, sweet malt, bread yeast, citrus and pineapple fruit, and a hint of carmel. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is an outstanding beer that should not be missed. Being on the East coast I'm lucky I found a store that sells Stone. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 23:11:45 | More by jmz62565
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milesfan76

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For my first ever beer review I thought I'd do one I'd been waiting some time to try. Having been a fan of Arrogant Bastard for a little over a year, I've been really anxious to try this one.

A: Pours a dark, dark, dark amber. About a two finger light tan head that retains beautifully.

S: Yeah! I can smell the hops a mile away (I am kind of a hophead so this is a good thing).

T: Tastes alot like it's name would suggest- like original arrogant bastard with double the arrogance. Powerful.

M: Heavy. About all I can say.

D: I split a 22 oz. with a friend of mine. I probably could have had the whole bottle, but at 10% I wouldn't have wanted much more than that (the salesclerk told me it seemed stonger than last year). However, if I could have drank it all night, I would have been more than happy to do so.

The jury is still out on whether or not I'd rank this above original Arrogant Bastard, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Side note: even if this beer had sucked, the writing on the bottle alone would have been worth the six bucks.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 22:29:10 | More by milesfan76
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650ml bomber. Poured a amber/burgundy with a nice off-white head about 1 1/2 fingers. Head didn't stay long and clinged to the side of the glass fairly well; spotty.
Smell of grapefruit and tangerine. Some grassiness and sweet malt. Some good biscuit hints that were checked by the hops.
Felt a bit oily, then sweet, some bitterness and a sweet to dry finish. A bit complex for this ole boy.
Alcohol was a bit much for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 16:45:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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Estarrio

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, dark copper with a medium, foamy, persistent tan head.

Aroma consists of sweet malt, pine, hops, pineapple and a slight, spicy hint of alcohol.

HUGE malt character blends well with a sweet pineapple, fruity flavor. A bitter, pine hop implosion takes over mid sip. There is a bit of spicy alcohol and pepper in the bitter aftertaste. At fifty degrees, the alcohol taste slightly overpowers the other flavors. As it warms, the sweet malt character reclaims the dominance, rendering this a smooth brew.

Mouthfeel is heavy and quite viscous. Surprisingly, this is not overly syrupy. Quite the drinkable sipping brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 02:26:27 | More by Estarrio
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 release. Deep amber color with nice clarity, 1/2 inch tan head which dissipates slowly but never fully disappears. The carbonation is mild. The smell is a blast of astringent hops, alcohol, and notes of tangy caramel and dark plum.

There is alot of everything in the flavor, sharp and resiny hop spice, nutty, tangy dark malt, and lots of alcohol. It's all a bit overpowering. The finish didn't seem too bitter after the first taste, but it wasn't long before that changed. After a few sips it really catches up and lingers like an extra sharp cheese. The finish is also lightly drying with a faint sourness. Medium thick, the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy or cloying. Fair carbonation.

This strong ale lives up to its name, but it was too intense for me to really enjoy it. I definitely had to drink it slow, so finishing the bomber by myself was no easy task. I think I will be glad to let this one age at least a year or two and try it again...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 21:26:46 | More by bennetj17
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Double bastard ale is more more agressive and more bitte than arrogant bastard, but it has a nice malt backbone to go along. I loved this beer. I can't say much more about it. If you like arrogant bastard give this a try. I know what arrogant bastard tastes like and this is somewhat like that but with more balance and a more aggresive alcohol characteristics. I want a more thick mouthfeel as is common with the stone beers. The balance of this beer is incredible though, it's a great strong ale. I liked this and the oaked a little more than the original. Pick this one up before it's too late.

edit: great, but no way I could have more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 05:27:01 | More by jasonjlewis
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage in a bomber. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Deep amber that is clear and is topped by a half inch of tan foam that shows good retention and leaves spotty rings of lace.

The nose is very barley wine. Huge aromas of malt and west coast hops. A bit warm and peppery from the abv. Hints of grapefruit and licorice. Big and bold, yet it has complexity and balance.

Big malt flavor upfront followed by a blast of grapefruit like hops that build and linger yet never cross the line or even tweak it off balance. The alcohol is there yet is integrated as a peppery warmth that shows in the aftertaste yet doesn't upset the whole experience. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Not raw like a fresh bottle of Bigfoot. I love it!

Big in the mouth with an almost syrupy texture that is kept in check by the carbonation. Despite its size and arrogance, I could drink dangerous amounts of this beer. Well worth the $6.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2006 05:10:29 | More by ypsifly
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tattooedtolley

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This awesome beer looks basically identical to the Arrogant Bastard. The realy difference in this beer is taste, there's a lot more of it, if you can believe that. This is an awesome beer, its got all the malts and hops any beer drinker could appreciate. I would have to say, I like it more than AB. Its pretty damn potent at 10% but very drinkable. I like it better as it warms up a bit from fridge temp and I have been allowing it to sit outside of the fridge before popping it open. If you like Arrogant Bastard you will like this as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 21:56:24 | More by tattooedtolley
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone- Double Bastard

Appearance- Hazy reddish brown with a big overflowing creamy head. Sticky foamy head just sits there.
Smell- Strong pine, dried fruits, and malt.
Taste- Big pine hops blended with figs, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, and burnt charcoal.
Mouthfeel- Big sweet licorice flavor hits you up front. Smooth and warming in the end. Alcohol is very present throughout.

Overall- A surprisingly mild Double. The flavor is nice but the alcohol should be masked more for my taste!!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 21:26:51 | More by NJpadreFan
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Iguana

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I figured i'd take on the bastard tonight

Pours a deep coppery amber hue with a nice 3/4 inch head. Smell is of malt hops and alcohol. Taste is huge, its a hoppy malt bomb is what it is. As it warms up it really starts to hit the spot and had me preparing for my 2nd bottle of it. Mouthfeel is thick, and syrupy, so so malty. Drinkability is high, only hindered a bit by the alcohol punch it gives.

I will say that after 2 of these and reading the back of the bottles it appears that someone went way overboard on the thesaurus useage. But damn thats a big beer

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 06:04:26 | More by Iguana
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rsyberg01

California

4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 22 oz. bomber of the '04 vint. Thank you beerbeing for being such a gentleman and supplying me with this beast of a brew.

A - A hazy garnet color, head retention isnt spectacular but it is good. Very appealing and inviting. I fear the ways of the bastard, but I cant help myself.

S - Similar to AB but really intensified. chocolate, caramel, malty, bitter, slight alcohol heat. awesome.

T - Caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, slight citric fruit perhaps orange and lemon peel. Wow.

M - Smooth, creamy, perfect balance.

D - The only disappointing thing about this beer is that I only have one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2006 04:53:06 | More by rsyberg01
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OutlawJoseyWales

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

absolutely mammoth beer. noticably more alcohol than the arrogant bastard, but the depth and complexity was mindboggling. every sip was chock full of character. roasted, dark chocolate notes, a little bit of dried fruit notes. a lot of stuff going on, but it was a unified arrogant beast all the same. god i love this beer. another expertly crafted brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 09:18:42 | More by OutlawJoseyWales
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scottoale

California

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 RELEASE - A big beer? They don't come much bigger! (or better).

As poured (conservatively) from the standard, 22oz.brown Stone bomber, 3/4" ivory froth sits atop a deep, rich mahogany brown with amber highlights, strong ass ale. Aftermath is thick, sticky lace all over the place... gives a little plus to the appearance.

Concentrated aroma, unleashes as it warms to a mighty complexity. Sweet and dark fruity, highly alcoholic...smells somewhat like the Sam Adams double bock of twenty years ago...but ten-fold!

Taste...intensly wonderful, I think this is the best DB yet, seriously. It has a sweet, ripe fruit malty intro that brings to mind bananas, fig, stone fruit and spice that gets a healthy lift of high alcohol. From this point the hops give their best to quench the alc/sweet with a bitter swipe of pine/citrus and just barely come through, only to be slapped back down to the more than ample, 10% ABV. (you guessed it, alcohol).

Full-bodied, light and earthy yet somewhat chewy...this beer has balls! Not for the faint-hearted but I sure do love this stuff, read the label and try it if you dare.

Note: This stuff will age very well...if you have the patience!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 08:14:02 | More by scottoale
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dhchatfield

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 Release

Received today from the world's best trader: nlmartin. This has become quite an affair. Thanks buddy.

Poured after yet another 12 hour day into my trusty Duvel Tulip.

A - A gorgeous ruby red. Beautiful head after a conservative pour, bubbly lacing.

S - Sweet, fruity hops. much more complex than the "un-squared" Bastard. Much more warm and inviting. Candied plums?

T - F**k Me! This is one fantabulous ale! Wonderful, sweet malty opening, followed by a bitch-slap of hoppy bitterness which segues immediately into a warm, kick-ass alcohol finish. Gimme more!

M - Fills every crook and nanny. Leaves a wonderful thick, tasty, malty coating on the tongue which is only improved by the next sip.

D - Let me put it this way: I worked 12 hours today, got home at 9:45. I have the same schedule tomorrow. I had resolved to have "just one". ...The next one is currently chilling ( to about 45ish degrees), in the fridge. God this is good shit....

I loved the Bastard, I guess I adore the Bastard squared. I have 10 left....I need at least another 24 for the Winter. Thanks Nate!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 04:38:10 | More by dhchatfield
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Phoenix. 2006 version.

Dark copper in color, clear, with a medium light tan head.

Floral and grassy hops, followed by a sweet, caramel-like aroma. As it warmed, this became slightly port-like. Some alcohol mixed in there as well.

Taste was similar to aroma with respect to the hops. They carried a bit more weight and were a nice balance to the sweet character of this beer. Dark fruits and caramel coupled with a bit of alcohol comes through. As I drink this, I wonder where the dividing line between a strong ale and a barleywine lives...

Mouthfeel was medium + in body. Carbonation moved it along well, but was not excessive. Finish seemed rather dry.

Overall, quite good and I will happily drink again. Still trying to decide what I think about double vs. single bastards. Probably different enough that a comparison is irrelevant. As a final thought, I am curious to see what some age will do to the other bottles I secured.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 19:03:21 | More by
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First I pulled this out of the fridge and let it really warm. This I served it in my large snifter glass and just melted with delight when I discovered it *IS* as good as they say. It is intense... Too much well, it is a fine line but this one certainly pushes the bar.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues running through and small tan head. The head is unique in that while pouring it seemed there was going to be little or no head but I slowed the pour and finished the beer seemed to gain the energy to force a creamy head in my snifter glass and then faded to just a halo. Every tilt of the glass left loads of lacing behind.

Smell: When I popped the cap the first thing that came to my mind was Belgian Strong Dark Ale as the wave of darks fruits and toasted caramel malts took me by surprise. After the pour the aroma seems dominated by a solid wood and rum aroma. Suggestions or leather and leafy dry tobacco, burnt plums, green raisins, cherries, brown sugar, caramel candy and boozy aromas of rum all fill the nose and nearly sent me into a tizzy. Finally as the beer warmed there even seemed to be a splash of citrus like some fresh squeezed orange juice in the nose. Absolutely brilliant!

Taste: As I started into this beer I thought "Oh this is going to be too much." The alcohol and the citrus hop oils seemed a bit intense. Quickly though my palate adjusted. Maybe a few taste buds died or maybe I just need to warm to it for a minute (the alcohol will do that) because before you know it I was going to town at it and realized I'd better slow it down if I was going to remain conscious enough to write about it.
It starts sweet and yet loaded with hops. The pine hop flavor is bold but it does not obliterate the rest of the complex flavors of the brew. It does take some discipline to look past the bold bitey hops & alcohol and notice the roasted caramelized malts, the wood and fruit flavors underneath. Back to the obvious... This beer smacks you with one hand loaded with pine and citrus hops and then while still stunned by the first slap it slaps you again with a alcohol sting in the finish. I swear though, DAB will make masochists out of us all because I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed the abuse.

Mouthfeel: I think the intensity of the beer completely numbed my mouth. It kept ending up in my stomach before I could figure out what it was like in the mouth. RICH! Rich in everything. Flavor and hop tingle and alcohol prickly and carbonation fizzyies and everything that makes a beer pleasant on the palate this beer had it double.

Drinkability; As much as I tried to sip it, the damn thing tastes too terrific. As much as I should slow down the damn thing kicked my ass. So... my only complaint is ... it's now time for bed =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 08:20:36 | More by Phatz
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deathonthemounta

Washington

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bombdoggy into 22oz weizen glass

I let the bottle sit outside the fridge for about 15 minutes until a nice budweiser commercial bottle condensation formed. As a pre-emptory comment I'd like to point out that this brew embraces a "larger" view of the force.

A -- nice amber red color. Very nice. A red amber, no orange tone is present. Must be filtered. None of that yummy yeast slurry lurking at the bottom.

S -- Hoppy, hoo-ray! A little floral, but expressed with a melon ester character? Who's brew is this?!? Is that melon hop nose legal? I LIKE it.

T -- Really can't nail down the layers and complexity here. A shotgun blast of flavor buzzwords woulnd't do it justice. It's too well balanced. Here's what I came up with during my 22oz journey.

Easy-does-it boozy balance trundles all the way through keeping its end of the bargain until the long reaching end. Deep. Rich. Balanced. Sweet malt, vanilla, spice & i'll just stop right there before I start blathering. ...as it warms and I sip further...is that banana licorice back there about mid way through the quaff? This beer is STELLAR my friend. Way at the end of the flavor march it is almost reminiscent of the Snowcap this year w/a green apple/sour like twinge. It's hard to detect w/ the perfect sweet malty balance. Another 5 degrees F closer to room temp and the sweetness proclaims itself as caramel.

M -- Nice mouthfeel, I would prefer a little more but that would give it less drinkability...

D -- Extraordinary drinkability, especially for the style! I'm half blind and I'm only halfway through.

Stop what you are doing. Go buy the remaining reserves at your local bottle shoppe. Grab and dash if you have to. They'll never catch you.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 04:15:29 | More by deathonthemounta
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GimpyCane

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, did I get lucky. Coincidentally, on Friday 3rd (my b-day), I visit Andersons General Store as they were receiving their wine and beer shipment. Once inside, I made my way to the beer aisle and Bo-yah a case of DAB and OAB. Needless to say my day began with a bang.

appearence: poured a ruby red syrupy like body w/ a 2 inch orange hue head that last fully throughout the drink. Excellent lacing.

smell: In one word, Robust! Pear/peach, bubblegum, heavy caramel malt, citrus hoppy and a mellow hint of alcohol.

taste and mouthfeel: long lasting bitter sweet grapefruit aftertaste, slightly necture body(full), noticable fermented fruit undertone w/ a medium blast of alcohol.

drinkability: Easy for us hop heads. Could be tough for the tame palate.

Overall, DAB rules. All the hype is on point with this brew. Highly recommended (if you can find it).

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 02:58:30 | More by GimpyCane
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006
A- Light cloudy deep amber body. Thick tan head that has good head retention and leaves itself on the side of the glass.
S- Big in your face smell. Some alcohol, dark fruits, citrus hops, and some caramel notes all in it. Maybe some grassy and piney hops too.
T- Big alcohol taste and bit of warming to it. Fruits ranging from plums to some grapefruit all come out. Is more of the grapefruit rind taste than the fruit itself. Nice big bitterness all the way through. Big malt body too. the caramel flavor seems to find its way through all these huge flavors. The aftertaste is made up of the fruits and lingering strong citrus bitterness. Also has the grassy and piney hops in there as well (as well as the taste). That makes for the dry bitterness and finish.
M- Full body with low carbonation.
D- It is very good. I think I preferred the 2005 (I tried it in 06 so I'm not sure if it's due to it being a year old or they are made in different places). It is a sipper. The alcohol just finds it way through a lot on this than the 05.

Serving type: growler

11-05-2006 20:12:26 | More by BlindPig
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IntriqKen

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my.
Quickly before I pass out from pure pleasure, let me try to get my thoughts down.
Pours a dark amber with reddish gold highlights and a small white head that almost disappears completely...but not quite, leaving a ring of lace.
Aroma is (surprise!)...citrus hops but with a touch of caramel an medicinal alcohol.
Taste is very hard to describe. I mean, I can say sugary dark malt, bitter, grapefruit hops, followed and almost buried with strong alcohol, but while those are the tastes I interpet, they are not all that is there...not by any means. Maybe it is just the combination that changes them to so much more than merely the individual sensations they are. I don't know. I only know, I really like it.
This indeed may be my very favorite Stone Brew of all time.
Oh yeah....and the ABV in this one kicks butt...at least it kicks mine...much more than other brews much higher in ABV.
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Enjoying another bottle of this, I decided to return to my review to see if I had missed anything in the past.
This is still my definite go to beer when the night has wound down and I'm looking for something strong to finish it off. More than that, it is my go to beer when the evening of drinking has left me wanting....an evening of drain pours...an evening of finding nothing that 'satisfies me', pleases me, finishes it for me. I can return to Double Bastard and have never, ever, been disappointed.
The perfect nightcap...the perfect finish...the perfect fill for what I've missed in the past.
Great beer>?
Maybe not.
But dependable satisfaction and extreme pleasure for me.
Yep.
I'm changing my rating from a 4.9 to a 5 simply because this may be the only beer that has never disappointed me.
... I'm also going to the store tomorrow to buy whatever they may have left of this liquid pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 04:33:37 | More by IntriqKen
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, sampled fresh. I bought it as soon as it hit the shelves in Ohio.

Poured into pint glasses, ruby red color with juicy tan head (but with no retention, it poofs away as quickly as it appears). The aroma is barley winish IPA, hoppy with a medicinal strength. The flavor is aggresive and burning, filled with grapefruit and alcohol.

Really nice but not my favorite Stone beer. I wouldn't say I'm wimping away from the DB, it's just that Stone 10th and even Ruination are so much better tasting.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 03:16:50 | More by TurdFurgison
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,482 ratings.