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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,118
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,005 | FT: 32
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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 williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful cloudy dark cherry red. The head dies down quickly. The rose color seems to glow from within.

The smell is sweet but dark cherry and grainy barley. Just this side of a barleywine aroma. A very mild citrus/floral hop.

Deep roasted but sweet malt flavors. Cocoa and cherry cordials. Liqueur like a dark brandy. The hop is mild and flowery by comparision. Malts are deep, rich and bittersweet. Dark and rich. As it warms, bitter hops really push through.

The mouthfeel is chewy and thick. Remains on the palate for must a smidge. This baby is a slooow sipper. Might as well be a heavy barleywine. A real thick choker, but a heck of a good beer.

Photo of PintOHops
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears hazy clouded amber with lite-medium carbonation, little head that reduces quickly to a ring & leaves no lacing. Smells of very dry and floral hops, very aromatic with a touch of alcohol. Some grape and pine aroma with some burnt malts. Very pleasant!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lots of dry floral hops, lots of burnt biscuit like bitterness lingers on the palate. Some citrus flavor is present with little sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present, but more so as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and full bodied.

Drinkablility/Final thoughts - This beer is very, very delicious and rich, but to me, there wasn't to much complexity to it. Just lots of intense floral hops with allot of burnt biscuit like aftertaste, which isn't bad! I'm just making a point, I also think because of the high ABV, its allot less drinkable. So I would enjoy maybe 1-2 of these once in a while.

I still really enjoyed this beer though. Very good, very delicious, definitely recommended. Cheers!

Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, burgundy/copper color with a tan, foamy, bubbly, small head. It left some trails of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet fruits, some caramel and some toffee.

T - It really had a rich taste, unlike anything that I've ever tasted. It had a fruity sweetness and caramel taste with a very spicy hop and boozy alcohol kick.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a smooth finish. A full-bodied ale.

D - This is a very unique brew that does not fit into style guidelines. It is delicious but very potent and a little hard to drink,

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a darker brown/copper color that had a small tan head that lasted throughout and left lacing after each sip.

S- Has the smell of many fruits that I will be able to discern better as my beer knowledge increases. It has a strong malt smell, and of course hops.

T- Has the sweet fruit flavor that you would expect from the smell. It also has the smokey malt taste and washes down with hops and alcohol.

M- Full-bodied

D- An excellent beer, that is great to pour in to a glass and sip on and enjoy. The package store that I work at just sold the last few about a week ago which upsets me because I didn't get to grab one more before they come back.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer and am lucky enough to have more of it. It's everything I want in a strong hoppy beer. It smells like grapefruit, sweetness from honey?, piney scents. The taste is even better, because it matches the scent dead on. Coats your tongue like honey would and then the tastes start coming out. Piney bitterness, tart from the citrus fruits then a lingering sweetness. This is a world-class beer in my opinion! The only problem is the 10.5% it sneaks up on you!

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

Poured dark brown hazy hue with a average frothy off-white head that lasted with good lacing.

Aroma of roasted malt and smoky tone.

Flavor is heavy bittersweet with a long bitter finish.

Medium to full body.

Good beer with a moderate alcohol finish.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into red wine glass.

Pours coppery orange, with a very thin, lacy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet caramel, citrus and pine hops, hint of alcohol.

Flavor is more big malt and caramel up front, followed by a big pine and resin hoppiness, with a very sweet back end before a fairly high bitterness, lasting hops finish.

Mouthfeel is very big, a bit sticky, moderate carbonation, not too thick. Chewy. Good beer, very interesting balance.

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

A- Crystal clear, amber/ruby color with a half inch head that fades to a thin film. Leaves a respectable amount of lace.

S- Tropical fruit (pineapple), brown sugar, sweet malts, and figs. Some nice alcohol and citrus hop aroma make an appearance to help balance out the earlier sweet aromas.

T- Starts off with a lovely combination of fruits, malts, and burnt sugar. A nice pungent hop bite and a warming alcohol finish off the tasting experience. A nice long hoppy finish.

M- Full, creamy texture with a nice level of carbonation. Feels like velvet in your mouth.

D/O- This is easily my favorite American Strong Ale. It has great characteristics all across the board, and has great drinkability. Be careful though, after a few of these you won't be able to feel your legs. Well done, you crazy bastards. Cheers!

Photo of RunDWP
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If just one Bastard isn't enough, here's Double Bastard.

What's wrong here? I expected this to punch me in the mouth with a bunch of strong flavors and alcohol. After a long tough week, I was ready for a beer to completely knock me out, so to speak. So I crack this one open and what happens? This Double Bastard SOB caressed my palate, sang a lullaby my taste buds, danced the waltz with my tongue, or whatever silly metaphor you want to use. This stuff was lovely.

Not that it didn't have strong flavors. It kicks in with plenty of caramel malt, with a woody, earthy flavor that has some maple and bourbon. Hard to really identify the flavor notes, but it was all good. It finishes with a balanced resin-like hops. As it warms, the flavor balance changes, but the great news is that the flavor simply changes, the brew doesn't start tasting odd or going out of whack. That simply added to the enjoyment.

At 10.5%, you can taste the alcohol. Frankly, if you couldn't taste some alcohol in a brew called Double Bastard, something would definitely be wrong.

Looked great in my tulip, pouring a deep, copper brown color and a sturdy, foamy tan head, and lots of sheeting action on the glass. Little weak in the aroma department, I just wasn't picking up much besides a little woody earthiness.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: These brews works when the strong flavors are blended and balanced skillfully and with care.

A next time I've had a hard week and just need to get popped in the mouth, I'm going down to my local liquor store and pick up a 40 ouncer of the cheapest malt liquor I can find.

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

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. It pours a deep orange with a solid white head. The lacing is left all over the glass. The aroma is candied fruit with alcohol overtones. The flavor is heavy on dark fruit with an alcohol finish. The beer is a full bodied sipper. I have been sipping at it for about an hour now and it has improved as it warms.

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

We have very limited amount of this bastard left in the shop, so come and get them before you miss out on them!!! SERIOUS, a world class beer!

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter glass, a massive 10.5%ABV, it a huge beer. Pours out with a reddish, yellowish-brown hue, with a head that a hold a pencil upright! Creamy cap, with a light colored tan foam, and it lingered for a while too, that left behind trials of lace!

Wonderful aromas full of hops, and hops and lots of HOPS. Has this wonderful toffee, sweet, dark pit fruit aroma, that draws you in!

A nice, full body and smooth, thick mouthfeel, with just a spritz of carbonation drags a bashing of citrus hop bitterness, with notes of cherries and other dark fruits. An underlying malt sweetness is mostly masked by the powerful hop presence. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the dry, bitter finish keeps the brew going down until not a drop remains in the whopper of a bottle.

Drinkability is outstanding if you can handle the excessive ABV that stone has provided with this offering.

Photo of Spidey13
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard pours a deep amber with ruby highlights and a small, light tan head. Lots of sticky hops show up on the nose with pine and a bit of citrus with hints of caramel underneath.

The tast is pretty much all hops. Piny and resinous with a big punch of bitterness. Very good, but a bit on-dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected, with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a really good beer and probably the most drinkalbe 10%+ ABV beer I've had.

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe

A- semi clear but kinda dark coffee color with an off white head.

S- Resinous hops, earthy.

T- Taste is sweet, toasty, but with lots of resinous hops and bitterness.

M- High alcohol gives it a pretty slick body, but it's not chewy.

D- Better than I remembered after having it a few years ago. Hadn't really gone back to it because it didn't blow me away the first time and it's really high in alcohol, but this was very very good.

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

Looks like apple cider with a decent head and lacing.

Piney hops and sweet malt in the smell.

Big flavors on this. A blend of of sweet malts and resinous piney and grapefruity hops. Also a fruity flavor in there like apricot?, wood, and a bit of boozy flavor. Decent balance, despite its boldness.

Mouthfeel medium-thick, a bit resionous, bubbly carbonation.

Very drinkable. Evocative of a barleywine. Maybe overhyped a bit, but a nice big beer.

Photo of TheDoorman
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby hue, white head with nice lacing. Aroma is a mix between an IPA and a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, a complex mix of dark fruit, raisons, and citric hops. The palate follows the nose, only the hops become the dominate flavor, and the alcohol warmth asserts itself as well, perhaps a bit too much. Long bitter lingering finish. Medium bodied and a pleasant motuhfeel.

This beer is a touch hot, which is fine for an after-dinner drink, but it may not be malty enough to be used exclusively as a sipper in my opinion. A great beer, with amazing hop character, but I think the Arrogant Bastard may be the better of these two "evils" though.

Photo of applky
3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2008 vintage, standard 22oz bomber.

I wish I could bring myself to like this beer, but I can't. The alcohol muddles all of the fruit flavors, and the hops are way out of control (out of control not in a hop-bomb kind of way, but in a sickly sweet alpha acid juice kind of way). Way too young to drink. Definitely needs some age on it. Could be a great beer in the future, but right now I'm not a fan.

Photo of gubbt
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition

Pours a hazy orangey red color with a small off white head.

Big citrusy nose, lots of hops with a touch of alcohol and malt.

Again, lots of grapefruity hops on the palate with a long lingering bitterness, but it's very pleasent. A touch of tropical fruit along the way, but not as much as I remember in years past. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Nice full body with creamy carbonation.

Very high drinkability given the ABV. If I tasted this blind I would peg it as a DIPA. Tons of hops and they are tasty. A total palate destroyer, but in a good way.

Photo of william5586
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a redish tan color with one finger of head. This one has a great hop aroma of grapefruit and pine.

The taste was nice and sweet to start off. Towards the middle a fruity taste comes out and it finishes with a great hop bitterness. The sweet start and bitter finish make a great balance. It is a med bodied beer and is very smooth.

The alcohol is well hidden but it can catch up with you fast at 10.5%

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

This is one strong Bastard.

Pours a deep reddish, slightly hazy, with a huge, thick, fluffy head that lasts a long time and leaves rich lacing. The smell is thick, non-specifically hoppy, and slightly sticky sweet. It is so rich it almost has a milk-like quality, like the aroma of some kind of unholy hop milkshake. The flavor is malty and raisiny with a strong bite of alcohol, almost like a creamy brandy. There is a vast bite of hop in here, but what exactly it is, or how to describe it's character, isn't clear. There is a vast, slow developing bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is heavy and creamy, with a bitter cling on the end.

This is a good beer, enjoyable on a lot of level, but not perfect. It is for sipping slowly and savoring. The sting of alcohol somewhat limits its appeal.

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

i love double bastard. and it is about time that i reviewed it.

poured into my new belgium snifter. while one of my favorite family guy episodes plays in the backround. my dog stares at me licking her chops begging for a lick. not this time puppy.

a deep copper color with a decent half finger head nice lacing.

smells nice and malty. with some nice hop bite. a slight sweetness with a hint of booze in the backround.

taste makes me want to cry. full and complex. smooth. a fantastic hop finish. just enough bitterness to make me come crawling back for more. its so good i want to crack open my other bottle. but i cant. its an 07. i will just have to pick up some more at winter storm. a fantastic offering

Photo of discovolante65
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a fellow BA.
Poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, not murky, quite clear in fact. Nice lacing and big, shiny, rainbow-mirror, soapy bubbles.

Smells malty, with a spicy, acidic citrus/ hoppy/ pine bark smell. some alcohol lingers in the aftershock.

Taste - really tough to describe. I can sense some of the same from the nose, citrus, hops, but there's something else at work here. Honestly, and I don't care how crazy it sounds, I can taste burnt pumpkin seeds and leather. Not the taste of leather, but the aroma of a leather jacket captured in a beer. Nutz, I know.

Nice Carbonation with a thin mouthfeel. Good even body throughout, alcohol snuck up towards the end.

Sadly, this is really not my type of beer. It's a great beer, it's just not my beer. I somewhat enjoyed the regular, and was over the moon with the Oak, but I just didn't enjoy this one.
I just wasn't that into it.

Photo of SShelly
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22.

Smell is rich and hoppy, lots of malt in the nose as well.

Watch out when you drink this, it sneaks up on you like a hammer to the head! smooth and malty with awesome hoppy finish and aftertaste. Lots of alcohol warming but it mysteriously isnt felt in the mouth, leaves a great aftertaste lingering on the pallet.

A long time favorite of mine, this was a 2005, hoping to start breaking into the 2006's pretty soon.

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

Clear Dark Mahogany color/tan head with a nice floral/spicy/vanilla aroma.

Taste is very similar to some of the barleywine's I have tasted but with more hops at the end.

Got a growler of this bad boy from my local pub (Capone at Norristown PA) and it is definitely an A+ beer.

You gotta try this if you get the chance but be careful...

Photo of CHickman
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper amber color with a huge 2 finger foamy beige head that had incredible longevity and faded extremely slowly, leaving a foamy layer on top and fantastic lacing sticking to the sides with rings as it went down.

Smells sweet and hoppy, with floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, orange peel, caramel, sweet malt and booze like rum; it's sweet like a port wine, with the alcohol coming through, yet still quite hoppy.

Tastes like it smells, sweet and hoppy, with floral hops, flowers, citrus hops, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon zest, mango, pineapple, coriander, brown sugar, spices, caramel, sweet malt, syrup, grains, biscuit, dark fruit like grape or plum, and pretty noticeable alcohol like rum or a sweet liquor; the hops give way to sweetness and allow it to slide down easy. As far as strong ales go, this is quite strong yet very tasty. In fact it's always tasty and surprisingly smooth for such a powerful beer.

A very strong brew; hoppy and complex, yet enjoyable if you know what to expect from a classic Stone beer with a kick. I will have it again and enjoy it on evenings when I only want 1 beer, and that 1 beer that will do me in for the night and always impress my palette.

Photo of Hokies
4.61/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Release. Poured from a bomber into a nonic glass.

A: Pours a deep copper color with a light brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice lacing on the top.

S: Very nice, aroma of malt, caramel and spice.

T: Starts off with a strong malt taste with brown sugar then you the warmth from the alcohol begins to take over and finishes with a nice hop citrus bitterness. Very balanced between the hops and malt.

M: Moderate carbonation and alcohol warms the mouth and goes down very easily.

D: For a high alcohol beer, I could drink these very quickly. Very nice beer.

2008 version. 22oz bottle poured into a nonic glass. Pours a deep amber reddish-brown colour with a huge off white head that sticks around for a while with a slick lace at first then sticks to the glass.

Citrus and piney with a ton of alcohol that stings the nose.

A strong brew to say the least. Citrus and piney hits you right off the bat but the bitterness is quickly mellowed out by the sweet malt. Nice and complex to say the least. Their is a burnt sugar and caramel flavor that is hidden behind the hop flavor and is kept in check by the hops. Their is almost a brandy-like warming feel on the taste buds.

This is really too smooth and creamy the only thing holding this from being an exceptional easy drinking beer is the alcohol which almost kicks you like a barleywine.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,118 ratings.