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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,213 Ratings

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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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Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Half a finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves thick lace.

S - Moderate aroma of pine scented hops mixing with dark malts to give off a distinctive barleywine note of mustard and pepper. There are some sweet malt notes as well; toast, toffee, and caramel.

T - Thick, rich toffee and caramel malt at first, followed shortly by velvety pine hops. Sugary malt in the middle, lots of caramel and toffee with a bit of red apple yeast. Gets spicy towards the end with more of the pepper/mustard notes from the aroma and a nice, strong wave of bitterness to push back the malt. This beer lingers on the tongue long after the last sip with notes of peppery tobacco, coffee, and mouth-coating hop bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a big one! At first, I was a little underwhelmed, but a few sips in, it started to open up. The is that of a classic, mustardy, American barleywine and the flavor is a complex interaction of caramel malts and dark, bitter hops. It reminds me in many ways of Brooklyn monster, except this tasting requires me to take down a whole bomber of this big, intense beer. Seems like this would be well worth laying down for a couple of years to mature.

Photo of advill88
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange tinted brown, with a thick and creamy white two finger head.

Smell is predominantly of strong pineapple fruitiness and floral hops with a hint of malt in the background.

So many flavors going on here. Strong fruity malt kick at the beginning, that's quickly built upon by strong fruity hops, with another swirl of malt that's finished by a slowly perceptible alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite heavy, almost chewy, with carbonation on the lighter side, and a really creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer, although the Oaked AB edges it out. Only thing is I'd say the fruitiness is a tad too overpowering, which affects the drinkability to some degree. I never thought I'd say a beer could be bolder than the regular AB, but wow, never mind.

Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 release, another fantastically amusing label from Stone

Pours a deep amber with ruby highlights. Finger and a half light tan head that recedes relatively quickly leaving a decent ring. Nice sticky lacing.

Grapefruit and pine hops, caramel apples, sweet rich roasted malts in the nose. As it warms, alcohol comes more apparent, but it complements the sweetness and bitterness in a way that makes it not too offensive.

The first sip packs a massive bitter punch. Sweet caramel malt backbone, grapefruits, apples, and pine. Even though I grow accustomed to the bitterness over time, it remains pretty intense throughout. Finishes bitter and spicy. The spiciness is reminiscent of rye....not that I could say for sure if it has rye, but it reminds me of rye.

The body is very full and smooth, but not too thick. A good amount of carbonation delivers a nice tinge. Dry, resiny, sticky finish.

I usually get used to the amount of bitterness in a beer and over times it seems to round out, but the bitterness here is constantly smacking me in the face. Of course, that's a good thing. The warmth the alcohol slowly creeps up as it warms. This beer is pretty intense, but is still very drinkable.

This beer definitely lives up to the ridiculous hype the label suggests. I appreciate Stone's attitude, but their beers are pretty good too.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's a few weeks ago, found this review in my pocket.

A- DB came to me with a rusty ruby and some dark red blotches. Looks like it has a nice build just from looking at it. A dark tan head swirls up creating a creamy layer for some time which fades, but leaves nice lace patches.

S- This smells strong, I believe this was from a 2009 keg and it shows. Big amounts of hop bitterness and the same goes for malt sweetness. I cant help but to whiff out some alcohol. Some pine with caramel, toffee and dark fruits with apple slices. A lot going on here, but not the most balanced.

T- And so it begins, Im blasted by some alcohol burn and some bittering hops with pine and grapefruit punches. The malt is large and sweet but are not quite winning the battle just yet. The finish consists of some fruit along with some earthy hop taste on the tounge.

M- A little rough around the edges at this young state, but for what it's worth, this is a strong beer and right now it's showing off it's guns. The heat and alc need to calm down. Above medium bodied with ample crisp carb.

D- Cant do much with this one with the high ABV. This has the potential to go down or uphill depending on what a few years will do to it. Right now this is good beer, but my score will be revised when I revisit a cellared bottle or tap offering, Im hoping it goes up.

Photo of augustgarage
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Gorgeous cardinal body with red-orange highlights and superb clarity. A rocky finger of foam condenses rather than recedes, eventually reducing to a heavy merengue with excellent retention and lacing.

Hop forward aromatics colliding with malt suggests a barleywine at first. Orange peel, pine, followed by a pervasive and lasting ammonia scent. Cat box? Hmm...

Pine, cherry, orange peel, clove on the palate. There are also a variety of flavors I usually associate with Belgian yeast, which is a nice surprise.

Slick, medium-bodied feel with good carbonation.

Overall, not as intense as regular Arrogant Bastard for some reason. Not bad, except for the potent ammonia scent - I'll give this one another chance in the future, but I really don't think this is a bad keg...

Photo of saintwarrick
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Always though ABA was a bit tame for the name, but this brew kicks it up a notch. Rusty, brick red brew has a foamy white head that laces the glass. Aroma is very thick with malts and citrusy hops, a lot like an American barleywine. Taste differs from the AB style as this is more malty before a bitter, almost acrid, taste takes over. Very sweet and slight fruitiness, almost like a liqueur, but not that sweet. Gets pretty damn smooth as it warms.

This is a big ale, and a worthy heir to the Arrogant Bastard name.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottle from bottleworks in seattle.

a- dark red, very sexy, like the inside of a vampire's velvet cape in the moonlight.

s- toffee vanilla and Uncle Gary's breath (a bit boozy)

t- caramelly, the booze is mellow and the hops are almost hidden but still present. little toffee and maybe vanilla? nice.

m- smooth. doubly delicious.

d- still tastes strong as hell after 5 years. one of these is good for a sharing and caring.

Photo of Frosty80
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours brown. sits garnet-brown with a thick, off-white head with good retention.

Smell: good citrusy, piny, resiny hops with strong malt support. smells of caramelized sugar and the alcohol isnt too strong and brightens other aromas. very fruity.

Taste: great balance of malt and hops. malt is sweet and caramely. huge hop presence. hops are fruity, piney and resiny. bitterness is strong thorughout. finish has a lingering bitterness yet remains slightly malty as well. alcohol strong throughout but not hot or overpowering

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, yet smooth and creamy. low-full body

Notes: pale ale times 10! very strong, very hoppy and bitter yet enough malt to provide some balance.

Photo of bonk0076
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a deep amber color with a rich cream colored head. Aroma is of banannas, caramel, floral and citrus. Taste is strong with the hops throughout, but carrying a sugary undertone throughout, with a hint of roasted malt in the long finish. Full bodied, with a thick texture.

Photo of hobojon
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Served in globe glass.

Aroma- very lacking. cookies, bready, lots of caramel. toasty. subtle alc. very little hop aroma. where is the arrogant bastard times two?

App- clear red. tan foam breaks down. no lacing.

Taste- sweet caramel, cloying. some chocolate, raisin, citrus resin. piney and grapefruit. bready, burnt malt flavor. hops and malt clash. strong character, nothing new from stone but not well done.

Mouth- sweet, resin, lingering bitterness. med high carb.

Overall- gets better as it warms. good job from stone but not any better than expected. where is the AB character?

Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Paid $6.75 for a pint. Unsure of abv.

A-Pours a dark brown with lots of reddish hue. It has a two finger tan head that has some awesome staying power. There is some nice lacing left in between sips.

S-Starts out with a lot of apple aroma. Citrus hops and pine also jump out. There is also some sweetness to this one.

T-The apple that was so strong in the nose is also very upfront in the mouth. Sweet malt, brown sugar, citrus, banana, raw pine, and some roast malt all are evident. There is a little bit of booze as it goes down. It ends with a nice bitterness.

M-Thicker bodied with a smooth carbonation level.

D-It tastes big. A great beer full of flavor and complexity.

I had never had this on tap and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the perfect cold weather beer. Well worth seeking it out.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

A: Pours a murky red-brown with more foamy lacing than any other beer I've ever seen. Sweet cascading effect (similar to Guinness) when poured.

S: Sweet malt and hops, pear, citrus, and grapefruit. Smells a bit like an IPA, but with a much stronger malt profile.

T: The best way I can think to describe this is a cross between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and an IPA. Some malts up front give way to a slew of sweeter flavors: dark fruits, pine, grapefruit. Sweetness gives way to a potent, bitter hop finish. Booze is also very apparent throughout. This is a very unique flavor that achieves pretty good balance between some unique elements. I think after this ages a year or two it will be even better.

M: Medium body, boozy and warm.

D: This is a pretty unique brew in my opinion. Lots of interesting flavors that balance out pretty well with each other. Even though I feel this is more of a sipper, drinkability is pretty good for the style and amount of alcohol that is readily apparent. I think with a year or two of age this one will be even better than it already is.

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

2009 release. Comes in the usual Stone bottle with a bunch of hogwash on the back. Served around 50.

Pours into my American pint glass with a dark brownish red with a short lived white head that leaves some lacing.

Smell is like floral hop candy. Hints of sugary caramel blend with some doughy, bready malts. The hops are very floral and perfumey. There is some fruitiness in there too.

Taste is huge with smooth malts and good bittering hops. Theres so much going on with each, the malts are slightly chocolaty and roasty, sweet, and a bit caramally, the hops are nice and bitter with a touch of pine. The alcohol is more prevalent as you go.

The mouthfeel is decadent and the drinkability amazing the style.

Overall this is a big beer that is worth challenging, because it is highly drinkable and smooth, not an alcohol bomb like it could have been.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split a 22 oz bottle two ways, in stemless wine glass.

Ar: Pine resin, toasty malt, vegetative hops, alcohol, mild aroma, citrus peel, crisp dry malt, grassy, doughy, alcohol and sweetness increase with warmth.

Ap: Clear beautiful red, off white low head, good retention

F: Alcohol, candy sweetness, caramel, mild fresh hop, slightly vegetative, pleasant resin, hot alcohol, tastes like a fresh hop barleywine, nice maltiness, rich caramel, rather sweet, pine, almost cloying, raisin, malt and hops clash

M: Hot alcohol, medium carbonation, light lingering vegetative bitterness, full/medium mouthfeel, sweetness is a bit overpowering

O: Better than old guardian, but i was expecting more hop character, arrogant bastard tastes hoppier, better as warms, very barleywine-like.

Photo of tikk
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to give this one a go for my first review, as it is a big favorite of mine.

2009 Release, poured into a snifter.

Looks to be a hazy, reddish-orange hue. Decent head, that leaves a little lacing.

The smell is very citrusy, a little piney, but there is a bit of maltiness.

Taste is just amazing, very strong on the hops, it is a mix of pine cone and grapefruit. It is also very sweet with a bit of malt. The taste of hops does linger in a great way. Can tell it is a high ABV, but it isn't unbalanced at all.

It is very smooth, and well balanced on the alcohol end.

I do love this beer, especially when fresh. It is not a beer you can have more than one of, and that one must be drank slowly.

Overall I do love this beer and highly recommend it to everyone.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from Trenton Road Takeout. The'09 stock. Poured into a snifter.Pours a deep hazy amber with some ruby highlight's.Very thick retention in the heading. Left lacing globs all throughout the tasting.

Smell is malty at first with a heavy alcohol aroma. Hop is there but seems to not compare up to the warming alchol malty aroma's.

Taste is amazing. Very malty with an apple taste that is replaced by a brief visit of warming booze.Replaced by an insane piney,citrus,grassy,floral taste. Doesn't leave a crazy linger of hop but leaves foaming at the mouth for more.

Mouth is super smooth and a nice bitterness that tingles the teeth. Very nice carbonation in the mouth that tingles all the way down to the belly.Full bodied and did I mention super smooth.

I wasn't to sure how much of this I could handle when I took the first whiff. Seemed a little to boozey but suprisingly it wasn't at all.Very drinkable for a high ABV.

An absolute must try for everyone.

Photo of Zaplt
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking my second 2009 Double Bastard by Stone, served in a pint glass.

Appearance - A deep beautiful amber hints of orange and mahogany. Light foam and light lacing.

Smell - Deep fruity and sweet smell with tones of alcohol and the typical stone character (from hops, yeast, and high alcohol?)

Taste - Extremely sweet and relatively high alcohol bite. Hop character is relatively strong but surprisingly subtle for a stone's double bastard. There is a sweet caramel undertone.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet with solid carbonation. Mouth feels dry afterwards most likely to high hop content.

Drinkability - I love stone beers and this one is generally well brewed but I think they could do better. The hops aren't as aggresive as expected for a beer of this caliber and the sweetness is overwhelming. Tastes similar to lagunitas brews (which I love) in my opinion. Essentially a great beer that could be improved.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.81/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 Vintage

Pours a dark beautiful amber color with a perfect amount of head and some patchy lacing.

Smell is mostly caramel malt with an odd bubblegum aroma that is very faint.

Taste is hot and malty, slight burnt bitterness in the aftertaste, way too much heat from this, needs a bit of age on it.

Photo of ryanonline
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep brown with a tan fluffy head, and good lacing.

smells wonderful. citrusy (grapefruit) hops with a slight vanilla scent and maybe a lemony finish.

the taste is bitter, lots of piney/floral hops and caramel malts. finishes BITTER.

mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation, nice.

drinkable but can be very hard on the pallet.

nice beer but not too many.

Photo of chwilliams
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours into a murky mass of malt and lupilin, which glows a deep purple-amber in the light

S - rich malt, reminiscent of a decoction mash (but most likely not), notes of coffee, carmel, and a little chocolate, overall hop armoa is very subdued with all the malt, yum...

T - initial burst of butterscotch and carmel sweet falling into the hop bitterness which slowly rotates to hop flavor in the finish

M - rich, with a zesty quality from the high alcohol level

D - very, what's not to love? it's got a lot of hops and a lot of malt, both balanced together, it's luxury for the palate.

Photo of LFHaines
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best part of living near and working in Escondido, California is Stone Brewery. Not only is the beer great, but they have a full service restaurant with equivalent tasting food.

I have been to the brewery, done the tour and have tried all of the various Stone brews except Double Bastard. Up to this point, Arrogant Bastard was my favorite. Not any more.

By far, the Double Bastard is the best.

When I opened the 22 oz. bomber, I could smell the complex mixture of hops and malt. I detected overtones of pine and grapefruit. I poured the beer into a standard 20 oz. beer glass and watched as the magical stream filled to the top.

This beer has ruined me for ordinary, proletariat weak yellow beer made by the billions of gallons for the yearning masses. [not that AB hadn't already done that!].

There's no going back. But there is going forward. I think I will go out to the Stone Brewery this weekend and try this on tap!

Photo of HalfFull
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish brown into a large wine glass from a 22 oz. bomber. An inch of frothy light tan head sticks to the top of the pour and yields a fair amount of lacing, not at all unlike the regular bastard. Retention is a bit brief in comparison, a likely byproduct of the ABV.

Caramel and toffee on the nose with some muddled piney hops. Notably more depth on the nose and with a bit of a barleywine sense given the malt structure and alcohol volatiles.

Flavor is richer as well. Sweet and lightly viscous yet quite flavorful and never syrupy. More caramel and spice though not quite as coarse on the palate as the 'single' bastard given the additional malt. Some light chocolate and cherry liqueur after some air. This beer can warm up nicely without any negative effects, and develops a slightly warming nature to the finish as it does so, not unlike some brandy without the bite.

An interesting brew, richer and more robust than regular AB and without the occasional 'dead spot', yet in exchange the hop notes can be scuttled beneath the malts at times. Still robustly hoppy through the foam of a fresh pour nonetheless. A fair and equitable exchange per se. Equally enjoyable given the mood though likely better served in 12 oz. bottles given the potent. A style bender for sure.

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

Poured into Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass. Pours a cherry red/brown. Head has wonderful stamina and leaves a few spots of lace behind. Attractive bastard, looks like a barleywine. Aroma is a blast of sugary malts and hops, brown sugar and fruit. Caramel and oranges. Hints of some alcohol.

Flavor delivers on the promise of the nose and expands upon it. Caramel and brown sugar, cherries and oranges, bitter pith. The hops on this is pretty expansive, if it was not for the sugary malt this would wreck the mouth with bitter hops. Fruity, sugary, hoppy blend into a mean wicked s.o.b. of a brew. I've drank a good deal of this over the last 2 years (since Stone came to WI). Outside of Ruination, this is the one that does it for me. Finish is surprisingly dry for such a malty beer. Is it really surprising given the ridiculous amount of hops crammed in this bomber? I suppose not, but it is quite welcome.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, chewy. Well-carbonated. Drinkable? Well, kinda. The heat, while mild, reminds of the 10.5% abv. That said, 22oz. goes down pretty easy. This is the Stone beer that just gets me going. I'm not the biggest fan of AB, unless it's on tap. This one however is one Bad MoFo.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From the bomber into a snifter.

A- Pours like syrup, both in color and viscosity. Its a deep shade of ruby. Very little head and no retention. This looks like a glass of brandy.

S- Piney and oily smelling hops over top some sweet malts, caramel and cherry fruitiness.

T- Big strong caramel malts, cherry and hops on the finish. Some alcohol and pine linger around.

M- Full bodied, thick and syrupy. Nice and smooth. It really helps these big bold flavors go down. Its warming and delightful.

D- Really nice. I feel like sipping this all night.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught poured into a pint glass at Shady McGrady's in Harrisburg

A-dark amber color, hazy in clarity, light khaki head

S-sweet caramel malt nose with a piney hop resign note

T-big and bold with all its flavors, caramel malt in there, pine resign flavors, some citrus and bitter hops towards the finish

M-slightly syrupy, smooth and full body with a nice warming from the alcohol

D-so much flavor that I love to drink it. As long as it has big flavor I give it 2 thumbs up. Can't drink a lot bc I'd black out...again. I would drink it until I woke up not knowing I stopped!

Trying a 2004 Bottle, today's date is 3/27/2010. Probably past its prime but lets see what happens.

A-pours a hazy ruby red colored beer with hues of orange shining through. the head is a light tan, almost just off white. no retention but a good lace is left on the glass

S-the nose is still pretty big and comes through with big time sweet malts. tons of caramel and brown sugar. Some dark fruits, raisin and prunes, with notes of rum.

T-hmmm, the booze is actually still slightly present but much more mellow and doesn't bring any of the heat. very sweet, big time caramel, pine, lots of carmalized brown sugar. The back has some dark fruits, prunes and raisins, notes of rum. A touch of chocolate and toffee. There is still a hop presence in the back bringing a light citric taste and touch of bitterness.

M-so syrupy, this is thick and coats the mouth. the carbonation is extremely low but still present after all these years. smooth on the palate.

Notes-put it up next to an 09 and there is virtually no difference. I think the malt may have added some very faint notes of chocolate; but honestly I don't think I could pick out which was which.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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