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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,208 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,208
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 432
Gots: 1,077 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 6,208 | Reviews: 2,055
Photo of projectflam86
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a vintage Stone tasting. We tasted a vertical of Double Bastard 06, 07, and 08. I will post my notes from the 08.

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color with a fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Lots of hops and spice in the nose. A piney earthy scent for the hops (not as much citrus) and tons of malt sweetness. The alcohol is very apparent.

D- Strong initial hoppy bitterness with pine and hop oil tastes. There is a slight citrus taste that wasn't present in the nose...maybe grapefruit or pineapple? The taste moves from bitter to sweet with malt and caramel flavors. Some light yeasty breadiness and LOTS of alcohol present. Hoppy bitterness and alcohol flavor lingers with a long finish.

M- Medium/full bodied with lots of carbonation. Big and bold with a smooth feel. Feels alot like a barley wine.

D- This brew is huge with an explosive taste. Not necessarily a sipper but it would be difficult to get down more than one of these considering how unmasked and untamed the alcohol is.

Photo of stephens101
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A semi-hard pour results in a slight, quickly vanishing tan head. This beer sounds mean as fuck, but only a few dainty spots of lace stick to the glass. Aroma involves huge dark fruits (sour cherries, plums, raspberries) sweet malts, dark chocolate candy filled with caramel and a metallic essence which wafts oddly toward the end. Color is a deep. murky cherry-red with orange hues, all Satanic and fiery. Now we're getting somewhere.

An initial sip reveals more dark chocolates, black licorice, grain, subtle pine and a good bitter hop ending with an almost, but not quite creamy finish. A good hit of alcohol heat strikes right in the middle of it all, redemptively separating the men from the boys, and working well in the mix . Mouth-feel is medium to full bodied.

The only detraction I can think of is that after some warming up the beer becomes a tad unbalanced, favoring the hops over all the other elements. I realize this is a sought-after affect these days, but a very slight diminishing of the hops, and a slight favoring of the sweet and fruity elements might actually lead to a better experience, without taking away from the overall boldness of the brew.

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

"Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk."

--Double Bastard Bottle

This will be my 100th review and i was contemplating for a while which beer should be my 100th. I decided on Double Bastard Ale.

2008 Release

Pours a beautiful garnet,blood red color with a few burnt orange highlights. Almost three fingers worth of thick rich and creamy tan head that laces very well.

Aroma is nutty and piney. Alcohol and pineapple.

Taste is unbelievably complex. A ton of things are all going on at once here. Pineapple, chocolate, dark dried fruit, syrup, sugar, strong alcohol and a burnt woodiness. Somewhat smokey and sweet at the same time with a nice bitter finish.

This one is like a smack to the face. The 10.5% abv is noticable but not as much as you would think.
I'm a HUGE fan of Arrogant Bastard, and oaked Bastard and now i can add Double Bastard to the list. I would love to try the oaked version of this beer but have yet to see it anywhere.
Double Bastard is in a class all its own as far as i'm concerned.

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

Popped open a 22 oz bottle of this the other day. Did not see a best by date. Pours a copper/amber color with a small head. Roasted malts and caramel come out of the nose. Taste is all over the place - starts of sticky and malty and finished with a hop sucker punch. Full bodied and well-carbonated. Overall, a great beer.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a Harpoon Winter Warmer snifter

A - Pours cloudy, ruby red color, with two fingers of head. Foam coats and sticks to the side of the glass.

S - candied sweetness, alcohol. Holding a sip in your mouth, you can feel the alcoholic vapors exit your sinuses.

T - Yowza! This one smacks you right in the face. Caramel sweetness at first and then Bam! the hops hit the back of your tounge and assault your taste buds.

M - this is sticky, coating you mouth. C02 bubbles are large and foams in your mouth

D - Hop explosion and high alcohol makes this one to be enjoyed slowly. But it certainly is good.

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

Live review. Poured from a 2008 bomber into my Stone Levitation Ale silver rimmed glass. No observed "best by" date but I do not think that it really matters.

A 3 or 4 inch light brown head over a medium brown opaque body in regular room light that glows a gorgeous ruby red in front of direct light. Nice lacing appears before I even drink it (and of course remained for the rest of the tasting). This look cannot be improved in my opinion.

S Medium malt sweetness, significant hops and alcohol to the nose. Reminds me of a Barleywine really. I detect a nice balance already.

T Medium malt and grains, barley and a muted, in control hop profile (it seems that I smelled more hops than I tasted). This is a huge beer that demands your attention. I really appreciate the malt sweetness that I did not expect. As it warmed (and I became used to the great complexity of the beer) I realized how incredible this beer is.

M Big with ABV, Malt, Barley and hops tastes. It can be a bit biting at times with the tart hops profile.

D I will enjoy this bomber but this is NOT a session beer (not that this is the intention!). There is plenty here to interest the taster to keep drinkability high.

Notes: A beer with an attitude (read the label!) that delivers completely. Bravo!

Photo of TheRowan
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep copper/dark amber in color. Almost no head. Looks like very little carbonation. The small head there is, is ivy in color and is not very active.
S: Sweet deep smells of the earth! Like home made jelly or marmalade. Sweet summer air in the spring woods.
T: Sweet, rich and deep. After initial deep sweet flavors alcohol flavor is present throughout the whole moth and throat. Hints of rich chocolate at the end.
M: A full mouth experience. Coats the mouth like cough syrup but is comforting. There is more carbonation to this beer then looks would tell you, even at the end.
D: Very drinkable but certainly not a refreshing beer. Tasty, throughout and leaves you wanting more.

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

A- A nice dark robust amber-brown color with a finger of creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

S- Not too strong, I get piney/grassy hops and some malt. Caramel and lightly toasted malt comes out as it warms.

T- This is too cold right now, but as it starts, I'm getting bitter piney hops mainly. As it warms, I get a little sweetness--like a cherry twinge or something. Still piney. Rum-raisin flavor lingers. Alcohol in the background is masked well. This is nice! I remember first trying this when I was a new BA and thinking it was horrible... definitely something that you have to be ready for. Caramel and a slight biscuity sweetness comes out too--actually, big malt flavors come out as it moves along.

M- Not bad, a decent amount of carbonation to keep things moving, pretty creamy and full though too. Syrupy.

D- This is a big beer, definitely a tough one to move through quick. I would only have one of these at a sitting and then reach for something else. Definitely like a rich Barleywine, IMO, I like it a lot. I would compare it to a harsh Old Guardian, honestly.

Photo of callmemickey
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany body with a thick offwhite head. Good lacing.

S: Mixture of pine and caramel malts take center stage. Some citric hop bitterness as well.

T: Nicely balanced as caramel malt and pine bitterness. Again the citric notes ride in here as well and highlight the complexity of the brew. Booze shines through.

M: Medium-full body. Good carbonation. Clean, bitter finish.

D: The 10.5 creeps in by the end and starts to dampen the drinkability of an otherwise good beer. Will have from time to time when I see it.

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

Pours a nice mahogany into my Corsendonk Christmal ale glass. Small 1 finger tan head and some lacing.

Smells of wonderful malt followed by more malt.

Tastes id as it smells all malt with some hop bitterness. Some alcohol warming and It finishes bitter.

Thick full body and syrupy.

Nice sipper that will age well. I am going to celler a few of these. I can,='t wait to tatse this in a few years

Photo of bulletrain76
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. I had the pleasure of trying this during the same session as Arrogant Bastard, and I think the comparison helped me understand there beers much more. DB has a very similar appearance, with maybe a little more honey in the body, and a slightly darker and fluffier head. The aroma is malty and pretty hoppy with lots of candied citrus; richer and more balanced than AB. The flavor is similarly balanced with massive malts, citrus hopps and a little alcohol. The way it all blends into one smooth experience really sets it above. All the flavors work well together, over a thick and slightly syrupy body. Lots of intense flavors, and you definitely can't drink a lot of it, but the balance and smoothness hold it all together beautifully.

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

A: This beer poured a dark red mahogony/copper color with a thick two finger bubble filled head that maintained excellent lacing.
S: Immediately after the pour I was hit with sweet caramel and malt aromas, but the nose quickly evolved into a strong dominating pine scent with hints of citrus. The caramel malt lingered in the background.
T: Excellent. A complex mix of sweet caramel malt and pine hops. A citrus zest bitterness lingered in the aftertaste, while the alcohol was noticeable. Alcohol becomes more prevalent as beer warms throughout tasting.
M: This beer had a creamy full bodied mouthfeel with excellent carbonation and a dry bitter finish.
T: Very refreshing and drinkable considering the high alcohol content.

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

Pours a dark clear red/mohaganey brown, with a thick yellowish white head, nice lacing.

Smells hoppy, citrusy, some fruitiness like cherries or strawberries, nice spices and very floral.

Tastes nice and hoppy upfront with some melon or cherry undertones, some caramel and apple, sort of medicinal, somewhat sweet but balanced perfectly by the hops. The alcohol is well covered.

Nice thick almost syrupy, but somehow very smooth mouthfeel, very very good beer and surprisingly drinkable at 10%!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper with a nice wheat head and a good deal of lacing.

S: Tropical hops and some roasted malts that bring on a good deal of sweetness.

T: Quite sweet with dark sugars and caramel in addition to the tropical and citrus hops. Slightly earthy with some wood notes.

M: Full body with good carbonation and a bready mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable. This is definitely a bastard of a beer. I had this pretty fresh, and I'd like to try aging a bottle of this to see what sort of complexities comeout.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful deep mahogany/red color with a big head and good lacing. Smell was mostly lemon peel and citrus hops. Taste was floral/citrus hops and a strong bitterness that was not overwhelming. Medium bodied, oily, good carbonation levels. It was a little rough on the palette and a bomber is way too much to have at once, but I enjoyed this thoroughly.

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

2008 Bomber in to a 25oz snifter

Pours a dark brown with a thin off-white head that quickly turned in to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smells of chocolate and caramel with very little rubbing alcohol lingering in the back. Chocolate and caramel smell great but the alcohol smell is off.

Strong alcohol taste up front with chocolate/caramel in the middle and roast malts at the end. Sort of an anti-doppelbock if you know what I mean. After being disappointed with Arrogant Bastard and enjoying Oaked AB I was unsure about Double Bastard but this is a far different beer, at least with a year on it.

Medium body with a lot of thin carbonation that really cleanses the palette well. Has a very long roast finish.

Easy enough to drink, especially for the ABV%

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

This beer poured translucent reddish copper with a two-finger tan head. The smell has a fruity pineapple character along with some piney and herbal hops and alcohol. The taste is all about extremes. It starts off with some very sweet malt that's cut by some very aggressive piney hops that give way to a substantial alcohol presence. Somehow all of these seem to balance out to a surprisingly taste and drinkable beer. The mouthfeel is thick and almost syrupy with some very fine carbonation and warming from the alcohol. This beer is surprisingly drinkable for something that's 10.5%, and is definitely something worth experiencing if you have a chance.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance - One of the thickest beers I have ever seen on the pour. It's so thick it looks like a goopy caramel apple cider. Cloudy and murky with a ton of depth to it. Head was thin and barleywine like. Very thin off white ring adorns the top. Head never got above an eyelash length. DAMN this beer is thick!!! Looks as if it will take some effort and time to get down.

Smell - Very big and barleywine like here as well. Sweet sticky caramel aroma with a candied fruit tone. There is some alcohol heat there, but not enough to be a turn off.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First things first, and that's the immense personality of this beer. It's easy to get overwhelmed as it's a sweet malt caramel slab on your tounge, followed by a crushing hop bitterness on the back end. Quite remarkable how they marry these two stages together. Not many beers can pull off the full sweetness and the crushing bitterness like this beer does. It's more hoppy than some double ipa's! Alcohol is definitely present, and it should be. I love the fact that this beer holds nothing back, and make sure you sip and savor. Full and oily in the mouth are the two perfect words for this one. Carbonation pops up to help liven it up a bit.

Drinkability - I am sharing this one as I rate, and i'm glad i'm doing so. If I didn't this would be an all night affair. Drank this a little too young I believe, with a bit more age an elite beer would unfold. Will by a bunch more to age and see what shakes loose. Only a strong alcohol nut crush keeps this one from elite on the drinkability scale.

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

A - A deep amber color with a thin tan halo of head, which disapates to nothing. Heavy lacing on the edges as you would expect with 10% ABV.

S - A sweet maltiness and caramel on the first smell. The second left some hop notes, maybe some fruity, and a touch of woodiness. A nice strong alcohol whisp that stings the nostrils.

T - Wow like a quick jab from Pretty Boy Floyd...Malts are right there with some sweetness and rich caramel flavor. Back comes a hook with some citrus but bitter hops, and the alchohol brings the upper cut to pulverize the tongue to the mat. Damn so much going on here, but the balance is nice.

M - Well carbonated to lighten up a heavy hitter.
It feels heavy in the mouth, almost creamy and chewy to some extent.

D - Bitter and potent but its very drinkable. It's a tough customer and you won't be slugging this one back in any short time. Enjoy this beer in moderation and be thankful when you see the end of the glass. It's a treat but damn its potent and drinkabale.

Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber comes forth a stunning deep amber copper color witha nice thick head about two inches thick. It thins out slowly yet still reamins fothy.

Aroma: Big sweetness aroma a bit like molasses. Nice hop charcter to this monster of a beer. The malts ar big, bad and devious I love it. It has smoky undertones with mild alcohol notes.

Taste: Wow what a wallop this one has out of the gate. Big sweetness from the malts wtih great molasses flavor. It does slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is a little smooth with a bit of a biscuity texture. A little bit of hoppiness but mercy is this beast sweet.

Notes: This one is beastly and very devilish all in one. I'm glad I picked this one for my 100th review. If you do not respect this beast it will slay you. I recomend fearing this one to keep it from slaying you. What an absolutley kick ass beer. Or maybe I should say a mastepiece. Cheers

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

A=Deep ruby red with one finger of tan head

S=Malty with some chocolates

T=Tastes of Chocolates, Malty sweetness very well balanced with hoppy bitterness

M=Nice tight carbonation, some thickness

D=Very drinkable despite alcohol, almost dangerous.

Photo of dankbrew21
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Appearance of a milky brown color. The way the bubbles danced to the top of the glass in a wave to form the head was very impressive.
Great head retention, and lots of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell is spicy, dark fruits, mabye some peppers. No hops coming through.

Strong alcohol taste! Very thick. Dark malts. Bitter, medium carbonation. There is a sweet underbelly. Definitely double bastardly, this IS and "angry beer". Leaves a kind of stingy bitter after taste. Very complex flavors achieved in the making of this beer.

Moderate drinkability, although I would recommend drinking this slow. Do not underestiimate the double bastard.

Photo of DannyS
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

So far, I've been wowed by Arrogant Bastard and disappointed by Ruination. Time to try the big bad Double Bastard.

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - An almost opaque dark amber with a big, tan pillow of foam that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Malty sweet, short but sharp alcohol bite on the nose. Toffee, pine, caramel, grapefruit, and so much more assault the sinuses. I take points off for lack of intensity. Gets very fruity on the nose when it warms up.

T - A substantial deal more bitter than regular Arrogant Bastard. Lots of big malt/sugary sweetness once again intermingling with strong hop/coffee-like bitterness. It's unrelenting, all over the place, and in your face, but I can totally respect that. Sweetness really comes through and the bitterness mellows when it warms up, rewarding my persistent palate with lots of sugary love.

M - Excellent level of carbonation gives some lightness of body to this thick, heavy brew.

D - Negligible alcohol burn and great flavor countered by a powerful ABV and lots of bitterness. Still very drinkable, but will tide you over for the whole day if you decide to have a whole bomber by yourself.

Overall - I can't really tell if I like this better than AB or not. Both are uncompromising powerhouses of flavor and dangerously drinkable. As the bottle clearly says, it's not for the faint of heart. It might not even be for the fairly stout of heart, as I'm learning right now. I'll defeat this one like I did the others, but this one put up one hell of a fight.

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

Bottle Pours a murky brown with a decent tan head. The head is creamy, lasting and seems to lace well. Has an aroma of malts mixed with hops and some straw. It is a total mix depending which hits you first. Wow this has a lot of flavors hitting you. It sweet, but yet that changes to tangy and hoppy within a second. Has its own presence about itself. Has light carbination, good mouthfeel. Has a strong finish. Has a heavy body. The textureis thick like you could eat it with a spoon. A solid kick butt beer.

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

22 ounce bottle snagged from the cellar and split with psycohops. 2007 vintage. Poured into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a cloudy deep dark copper color with about an inch of frothy, sticky off white foam. Tastes and smells of toasted, roasted, and caramelized malts, bitter piney hops, hint of orange, grapefruit, and lemon and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Pretty tasty and complex stuff. Bordering on full bodied with medium carbonation. We paired this with some cracked black pepper water crackers and some super sharp asiago - fantastic.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,208 ratings.