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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,165
Reviews: 2,043
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,046 | 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 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.

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

Appearance- Pours a clear orange amber with a thin white head.

Smell- A slight hint of sweet alcohol

Taste- A fabulous malt bomb. Sweetness of toffee and caramel, alcohol has a hint of port, but damn smooth. very mild hops.

Mouthfeel- Moderate bodied and somewhat briskly carbonated for a big brew

Drinkability- Incredibly quaffable for a big brew.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This past week Stone Brewery released their tenth edition of the Double Bastard Ale, a doubled up version of their popular Arrogant Bastard Ale. I have loved the Arrogant Bastard for many years now and the Double Bastard is just that much better. It pours are golden copper color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. The nose is kind of sweet with notes of caramael and cane sugar with a slight bit of citrus from the hops. At first taste the Double Bastard comes across well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops, but as the beer lingers the hops really start to show through. I get flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, anise and citrus and since this beer is 10.5% ABV the flavors are intense and dominating.

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz bottle. I heard they released it Tuesday, drinking Thursday night, so I don't think many are drinking a fresher one. "Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free."

Don't drink this one cold! You're defiling it!

Immediately I notice that there isn't that impressive of a head. Very little in the way of lacing, either. What little head there was receded quickly.

Smells of caramel, sugar.

Great malt presence from the start. Balanced well by the big hops on the end. I get caramel, sugar, baker's chocolate, wood, pine. Absolutely dominating beer.

About as little carbonation as you can get. Nice complement to the heavy mouthfeel. At 10.5%, you have to expect a great mouthfeel. This one is an absolute wrecking ball on the palate even after the first few ounces. It's great, but at 10.5% and hoppy don't expect to have more than a glass or two.

Photo of xhuskr
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hops lacking presence. More like a barley wine at this point. High malt presence. A bit astringent. Enjoy by myself in moderation. Half pour for a knowledgeable beer friend as too metallic. Still looking forward to the 2009.

A fond remebrance of 2005 in the snow in colorado.

Stone lives on, just not today... for some.

;)... ;|

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

One of my all time favorite beers!!! I really like bottle conditioned ales but actually prefer that this beer not be. Everything about this beer is perfect or near perfection!

I love the ruby color!

I think the carmel smell and perfectly balenced hop malt ratio is inpecable!

This is without a doubt one of the best batches of Double Bastard EVER! 2009 sets a new standard for this and all beers!

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy sweet tea like reddish brown. The head was dense and light brown. The lacing clings to the glass until the last drop all the way down the walls of the glass

S: Bakers chocolate, caramel, pine, citrus... like grapefruit and orange rinds, bread.

T: Bitter sweet chocolate, biscuit, grapefruit, hops, grapefruit and other citrus fruits. As it heats up the flavor bursts, warms the throat, that's for sure.

M: Medium body but smooth smooth, the carbonation isnt over powering tingles a bit. You can definately feel the alcohol and it leaves a slight bitter coffee taste in the mouth with a lingering alcohol slow burn. I like it alot! I definately could drink a few of these.

Photo of haz77
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear mahogany with almost no carbonation. A fairly hard pour yields a couple of inches of very thick light tan head. A finger's worth of this remains firmly in place. Lovely.

S - Toffee, pine, resin, floral, mild citrus.

T - Initial flavour is floral, mixed with pine. Toffee appears in the middle, before the hops burst out once again in the finish. Their resinous quality linger in a long finish, along with tobacco.

M - Very syrupy with soft carbonation. The longer it sits in the mouth the thicker it becomes.

D - A tasty sipper with interesting mouthfeel. Aroma and taste not as complex as I'd hoped. No sign of the 10% ABV makes it a dangerous one.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2008 release poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep dark burgundy with almost ruby hues, 2" densely compacted light tan head, amazing thick retention and sticky lacing

S - Overpowering sweetbread malt, followed by underlying grapefruit and grassy/floral notes

T - As with the nose, an initial blast of sweetbread malts, but then here come the hops. Doses of sweet grapefruit, pine, and a bit of earthiness.

M - Good carbonation, residual hop flavors feels like a hop cone has been dragged over the tongue leaving a delicious earthiness like leftover buds and stems, hopefully that make sense to at least someone else.

D - While individually the malt and hop profile are above average, together the difference is too stark for my liking. A bit of a failed effort at our amazingly balanced east coast IPA's.

Photo of RedBrewer83
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip...

A; Pours a dark amber hue with hints of red and a head that comes to about two fingers, creamy tan in appearance and creamy with pretty good lacing.

S: Pine and citrus hops dominate the nose with a little caramel malt and yeast lingering in the background. A hint of alcohol as well that comes through in the end.

T: Caramel malt upfront with piney citrus hops sticking to the mid palate and hanging on through the finish. Vanilla and a little honey round out the finish of this beer making it very smooth and easy drinking. This beer has a nice breadiness about it as well that provides nice body and a nice roundness of flavor as well. Not overly complicated in flavor, pretty straightforward, but very good in what it is and what it sets out to be.

M: Nearly perfect, exactly what I would want and expect from Stone and from a beer of this abv. Carbonated just enough so that it gives your tongue a slight tingle, but not too much that it gets in the way of the flavor profile. Wonderful!

D: Quite drinkable for a 10.5% strong ale, went down a little too quick actually, and hits pretty hard but very drinkable and smooth for being such a high abv ale. Overall, this is quite a delicious beer that I will be sure to revisit and lay down for future tastings!

Photo of Richardberg
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a pint glass from a bomber, it's a rich cloudy orange with decent head, settling fairly quick but remaining sticky.

S: pine, caramel malts

T: beautiful balance of hops, malt, and a whiff of alcohol. Strong flavors across the spectrum but never overwhelming. Only the very end of the aftertaste goes totally bitter.

M: medium to heavy body, minimal fizz, sticky residue throughout the mouth.

D: very drinkable 10.5% - dangerously so!

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

Where do I start! DB pours a dark brownish reddish color with an amazing head. Amazing from the get go! Smells of piney citrusy hops smack you in the face and make your mouth water. Believe it or not, Stone figured out a way to make ABA better. A strong taste of hops and citrus greet every tastebud in you mouth. You cant get enough. A great stinging mouthfeel comes with DB. It hangs with you for a while. For a strong ale this one goes down beautifully. Only problem is I havent found the right amount. I always wind up drinking too much. Excellent Beer couldnt please me any better. Must try!

Photo of Tom8Analise
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- When poured into a tall glass this beer has a nice golden coloring. Didn't really have any foam but it did leave some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Had a nice honey smell, but had an even stronger alcohol smell that overpowerd the honey sweetness.

T- The taste of this beer was the highest rating. There were very nice sweet honey and vanillan notes! The only down side was the after tase, which left a strong alcohol taste in your mouth.

M- very light and smoth but yet had a lot of carbonation.

D- I would love to be able to drink a few of these, but the carbonation was a little to heavy to enjoy more than one.

Tom and Analise

Photo of TommyW
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Deep, red mahogany with a thick, tan head that sticks around for a while.

S- You can really smell the caramel malt backbone with some citrusy and piney hops there as well as some notes of alcohol.

T- There is a big malt flavor with notes of slightly toasted bread and caramel malts. The hops really dance around nicely leaving some citrus and pine notes. The alcohol isn't very noticeable, but it does warm you up pretty quickly.

M- Very smooth right off the bat due to a nice carbonation level. Has a full, almost syrupy feel.

D- Really an amazing beer. It's definitely a sipper due to the abv, but it's soo damn good you just wanna drink more.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint glass.

Dark amber with a ruby tinge around the rim of the glass. Rocky two inch head that dissapates to a half inch wisp and thick spidery lace.

Smells of dark fruit, bitter orange peel, grapefruit, chinooked to hell and back.

Taste is chocolate, amber bisuit malts chinook hopped to the depths of hell and back. Wow, this is a double BASTARD! As it warms it becomes extremely complex. The yeast variety used creates a distinctively different spicey and fruity finish a mixed the bittered cruelty of the bastard.

Wonderful heavy drinker. Only drink one and switch to somethng less paralyzing.


Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy reddish brew with a small dense foamy head. Nice webs of lacing slink down the sides of the glass.

S - Intense sweet caramel malt, grapefruit pith, chicory, touch of pine and orange pith. An incredibly strong, rather pleasant aroma.

T - Initially chocolate flavored with a caramel presence quickly joining. A grapefruit hop bitterness comes to play, followed by some biscuity tones. Aftertaste is faint alcohol, some chicory and grapefruit pith bitterness. It is quite pleasant! When warmer it is a little too boozy. It is bitter, but nothing out of the ordinary. The diatribe had me believing that this beer would be so bitter it would be unpleasant, but even my girlfriend liked it. I half want to say this is a disappointment, but honestly, I think I am enjoying it more this way.

M - Smooth, thick, carbonation tingles a bit, but doesn't detract from the mouthfeel. Pretty refreshing too! At 10.5% that says a lot.

D - I fail to see why the "double" version of this beer is smoother, more palatable and less bitter tasting then the regular version. Seems a little counterintuitive to me. Perhaps it is just the refinement of my taste buds? I don't get it, but I like this beer. It makes me want to revisit Arrogant Bastard (of which I was not the biggest fan).

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

Holly ***t!!!!

Appearance: It poured a dark amber with plenty of head and amazing retention.

Smell: Spicey, malty, hoppy and balanced in Godly proportions.

Taste: Spicey with malt and hoppy flavors following. This beer is a mixture of IPA, Stout and others. It is definitely a balanced and heavy beer. The weak should just avoid this brew.

Mouthfeel: Totally amazing! Its nice and syrupy with hop flavor to balance it out. Its like taking a bite into a nice dinner, very delicious.

Drinkability: I drank 22oz in like 10 minutes and I only wish I had more time. I would glady drink this all day on a lazy summer weekend.

Photo of ShogoKawada
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber into standard pint.

This beer is exactly what I thought it would be, a double bastard. Twice as flavorful, twice as ass-kicking, and twice as brutal. Seriously.. this beer is no joke. It's so flavorful, one has a hard time comprehending it at first sip.

Malts? Incredible. Hops? Very bitter, scathing, very Stone. Mouthfeel? Thick, chewy. Drinkability? I enjoy it... slowly. I suggest you do the same.

I like this beer a lot... but regular bastard is all the bastard I need, meethinks. Perhaps I'm not worthy?

This beer is great, but be warned... a bomber of this will smack you around, call you a bitch, and expect you to LIKE it.

Photo of AgentZero
3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Thanks to mikey771 who hooked me up with this one.

A - Brown colored (was expecting lighter) with a nice three finger head. Slow dissipation and exceptional lacing. Very nice looking brew, especially when poured into the glass.

S - For a second there I almost thought I was catching a whiff of scotch. Citris, hops, and I get a lot of alcohol on the nose.

T - Wow, much fuller flavor than I would have guessed, even after smelling. Caramel comes through very strongly on this one. Very sweet, and finishes quite bitter. Some dark fruits on this, alcohol comes in, but nicely. A little too bitter and too sweet for my liking.

M - Syrupy, full bodied. Carbonation is there, but you lose it in the fullness of this brew.

D - I couldn't finish the whole bomber. Very thick becomes hard to drink about 3/4 of the way through. Solid, but there's a limit to how much of this I can get down.

Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. See Bastard, Arrogant. I didn't think this stuff was much different, just slightly stronger with a little more intense flavors.

A - Dark orangish-brown color with off-white head.

S - Aroma is citrusy hops and sweet malt, typical of West Coast hoppy ales and Stone in particular. A little graininess also as well as mild roast. Complex and enticing.

T - Citrusy hops heavy on Amarillo hops with a sweet malt backbone that is largely caramelly with some mild roast thrown in. A hint of chocolate and dark fruits.

M - Sticky, full mouthfeel, a lot like a West Coast barleywine. A little astringent. Bitterness lingers for awhile.

D - This becomes a little much and it's difficult to finish the entire bomber. Don't think it's really meant to be more than a sipper though at 10.5% ABV and a metric shitload of IBUs.

Photo of wd40
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber. Lots of lace and a great foam head that lasts a while.
Smell and taste were much less hoppy than I expected from Stone. Instead there is a really interesting sweet caramel maltiness that comes through in both the smell and taste. The alcohol is strong at 10.5% and present in the aftertaste, but in a nice way that isn't overwhelming or unpleasant.
The mouthfeel is understated and subtle. Stronger than a cask ale, but not by a lot.
There is a small amount of bitterness, but this beer is really malty and sweet so it is dangerously drinkable. I mention danger only because of the high ABV which is already starting to have some effect... :) Thank you Stone. You never disappoint.

Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an English "pot" pint glass
Deep copper in color like a dark iced tea with about a one-inch dissapating head of foam.
Aroma-Malt, with underlying citrus and caramel notes
Taste-Wow! Complex, malty hoppiness, caramel and spice-hard to fully describe or comprehend
Jazz comes to mind-Many different harmonies and rhythms coming together to make something that seems to all flow together. And smooth! There should be a warning label on this beer as it has a mellowness and drinkability of a beer with half its ABV.
Hey, enough of my gushing, go out and get some for yourself. Taste. And Believe!

Photo of traderade
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 release

-- poured into a Stone pint glass. Small light tan head quickly fading into beautiful sticky lacing. Brown with a red-orange tint. Not too dark with a very slight haze.

-- heavy roasted malts, caramel, piney hops, a definite alcohol presence

--sweet caramel malt shines early complimenting a nice roasted presence, though not overpowering. Piney hops register immediately but do not take away from the malt character. A presence of sweet caramel and some slight citrus hops linger in the aftertaste, fading to piney hop dryness.

--more effervescent than expected, bitter on the sides and front of the tongue, amazingly light on the palette considering how big this beer is.

--hard to believe this beer boasts 10.5%. if it were not for the intoxicating effects, i would gladly drink this all night long... with a water back to help with the cotton mouth.

I like this much more than the regular Arrogant Bastard. The smell is similar to Bigfoot, but the drinkability is much better.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,165 ratings.