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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,644 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,644
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 358
Gots: 750 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this 22oz 2006 Vintage on 11.29.06 for $7.25. Experienced it on 12.9.06.
Shared with my dad in small glass tasters.

Appearance: Bastardly. Clear, dark amber color with red-orange hues gradating themselves in the varied widths of the taster.

Smell: Powerful. I can tell this is going to be a worthy opponent for my palette. Smells of oily hops and staunch wood. Faint fruity smells are that of apple and pineapple.

Taste: BAM! An immediate blast of alcohol intensity hits hard and fast. The hops are there and are bittering (which would subside if aged for a year or so). Main flavors consist of tart wood and fresh hops. Maltiness is way is the background fighting for a chance. So is the faint pineapple taste.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Great for what an ale of this nature should be. I feel like the alcohol is seeking out every cranny in my mouth to attack. Carbonation is present and not everwhelming.

Drinkability: As a fan of high ABV beers, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. However, I believe it would be better served after a year to tone down the hop intensity and see other flavors immerge. It seems like it could be a very complex beer but screams with alcohol burn. Affordability makes this beer highly drinkable.

I would purchase this beer again, but I would cellar it for a little. Those two bastards are mischievous little gargoyles, and I plan on harnessing their strength and agility!

Risser09, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of strangefate
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2006 edition.

Pours a deep brown with a nice foamy head. Retention isn't bad as it leaves a thin head throughout and nice lacing. Smells of caramel, fruit, and notes of alcohol. Taste is sweet and bitter, fruity at first, then malty, then a nice hoppy kick to the aftertaste. The carbonation is great and it's not as thick as 10% ABV would make me assume. For its alcohol content, it's very easy to drink this. I didn't really start loving this beer until halfway through - it takes a few sips. Once I hit that halfway mark, I couldn't stop thinking how great this tastes.

strangefate, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep chesnut red with an off-white head.

The aroma was primarily toffeish malt and some earthy, herbal hops.

The flavor of the beer was deeply malty with notes of toffee and chocolate. The hops had an earthy flavor with some grapefruit. There was some kind of funky astringency that really detracted from the overall flavor.

The carbonation was good and the mouthfeel was medium/heavy.

Maybe this beer needs some more aging, but I didn't really care for it.

SacoDeToro, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

Pours reddish amber with a thick creamy head that slowly descends to leave of lacing down the glass. Nice retention. The thin head stays throughout.

The smell is of caramel, earthy grains and citrus. Mild alcohol.

The taste is of thick sweet malt upfront - caramel, sweet - barley(?) ...brown sugar. It is balanced out, and beaten out after the second sip - by bitter citrus - orange and grapfruit. Soon, the citrusy, chewy hops fully emerge to overtake the maltiness. The malt, however, remains intact and give the hops a solid backbone. Complex, and the flavors are nicely layered.

The feel is smooth with an incredibly well-balanced texture. The abv is barely noticeable in the taste and feel - leaving it to sneek up on you.

This is an incredible brew - nicely balanced with the hops in control in the end. Fresh, full, tasty and complex. This is an amazing brew. And the beer gods rejoiced...

jwc215, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. Strong nose which is somewhat boozy. The first few swigs take an adjustment since this beer has so much flavor. This is a beer which should stand by itself b/c any beer that you will have afterwards would be overwhelmed. DB is one of my favorites.

I have had this beer previously after 1 and 2 years of cellaring and I think the beer is at its peak after 1year. Itis a little hot when fresh but too mellow after two years.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of CortexBomb
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is extremely deep brown, opaque, with a thick, 2 inch tan head on top. Smell is floral hops, malts.

Taste starts out very grapefruity, the most distinctly grapefruit flavour I've noticed in a beer to date. A smooth, malty backbone also is present with some caramel tones. The high alcohol is most apparent on the swallow, as it gently warms the throat on the way down. A good hop bitter on the finish as well. A slight warming effect a few seconds after each swallow as well. Very solid.

Mouthfeel, viscuous, great hop bitters, very solid. Drinkability, not a problem, an easy drinking big beer.

The bottom line: I really like Arrogant Bastard, and Double Bastard is like a bigger, heavier version of the same thing with a bigger grapefruit tang. Exceptional stuff, and highly recommended.

CortexBomb, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks almost identical to OAB, but maybe a bit darker. "Pours a super clear magnifying fiery orange/red. A modest off white to tan head is bubbly from the the profile and creamy up top. Leaves some good sticky lacing."
Sweet and cirussy aroma. A little toasty.
Wonderfull beer. Nicely bitter. Sweet malt in the back of a lightly citrus flavor and bitterness. Seems like there's actually alot more hops than I'm actually tasting, but it is nicely balanced. Some alcohol is also evident, but again not as evident as you might think.
Light side of full bodied. Nicely carbonated. Balanced and clean malty finish. Warming.
To me this one is the winner of the AB family, but it's surely one to be drinken with care.

BeerRun13, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of walleye
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a double rating sort of a blind test I poured the beer into 2 duvel glasses not knowing which year was which. 1st is for the 2006 and the 2nd is for 2004. what a difference between these 2 bottles. the 06 was just loaded with hops and the o4 was more malty. 06 poured a clear garnet, with a tan head. aroma, citrus, orange, grapefruit, grassy with a touch of lemon than a bit of alcohol, sugar. flavor, dry hop semisweet grapefruit with a squirt of orange on it, with nice alcohol bite at the finish. now the 04 pored a cloudy garnet with a big tan head. aroma honey, malt, brown sugar,dark fruits, with a hint of yeast, and alcohol molasses . flavor, wow the alcohol jumps right out there in the for front followed by some roasted malts, dark honey with raisins. this is so much smoother and easy to drink than the 06. my ratings for these 2 different but the same beers would be the same even though I like the 04 better.

walleye, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of shaebs99
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had the Double Bastard several times now. After my first time I wasn't very impressed and enjoyed the regular Arrogant more. However, after two more attempts I now I am certain that I like double much more.

Pours a dark reddish color with decent head and nice lacing.
The smell changed between tastings. The first time the alcohol content was apparent, but the following tastings it was less so. The smell is complex with a caramel malt feel and and grapefruit
The beer has a good carbonation. Like I said each time I have it I like it more and more. The taste as well as the smell is complex. It's sweet, but balanced with a lot of flavors (a bit fruity with the hops).
Good mouthfeel thick and smooth.
Drinkability is really a preference. I will have this again and again, but I probably wouldn't open two bottles of it a night (at least not all the time).

Really the beer is quite good. I went from disappointed to it being one of my favorite beers, but to each his own. I would recommend giving it a chance.

shaebs99, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage 22oz bottle, poured into a Maudite snifter

Pours an amber-brown color with bright orange highlights when held up to the light. Appealing aroma of sweet dark and caramel malts, dark fruit, and some brown sugar, along with a noticeable alcohol presence. Palate is a rich and complex blend of malty sweetness, dark fruit, and brown sugar up front. A subtle hoppy bitterness emerges before the swallow and lingers long into the aftertaste, balancing things out a bit. Notes of figs and prunes come through on the finish. Body is velvety smooth, a great complement to the rich intermingling of flavors in the palate. Very drinkable for such a strong beer, and the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of mushroom barley soup on a cold night. As usual, a wonderful offering from Stone.

ElGordo, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of HossMcGraw
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a bottle of the elusive DB, and it's a doozy.

Pours a very similar color to the AB, and the head and lacing appear to be about the same as well. In other words, it looks spectacular. The nose is very complex and rich with lots of deep rich chocolatey malts and spices. Some hops too.

The flavor is initially very sio the AB, but then it hits you. Very sweet from the get go, and reminds me quite a bit of SN Bigfoot. Finishes very dry, too dry. Leaves me with cotton mouth from the aggressive hops. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. It's much more concentrated than the AB and unfortunately, you can taste the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very slick and full. Glides over the tongue quite easily, but The drinkability suffers a bit due to the hotness of the alcohol, but for the style, it's pretty drinkable I guess. Finishing a bomber myself was a chore, so I would reccomend splitting this with a friend. Overall though, The DB is another exceptionally crafted brew from Stone.

HossMcGraw, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber unleased into a Brooklyn Lager pint glass.

Who ya gonna call?...Bastard busters...:)

A-Red almost transparent body with a small thin white head that left nothing in a few seconds.Nice lacing on the glass.

S-Faint hop smell.Not like I thought it wold smell like.I was a bit disapointed about he smell.

T-I think I like this more ten the regular Bastard.The hops are very tasty in this stuff.I dont know exactly what type of hops are in this.The bitterness hops make your mouth pucker and the floral hops make themselves known.

M-My belly is starting to get warm.I can taste the boze in here but it is not overpowering.It goes own smooth and leaves a slight aftertaste on the tongue.

D-One 22 oz. bomber was enough for me.I can already feel the booze doing its job.I would like to age this stuff for a year or so and see what happens.As I drank more, it got harder to drink.I will make sure to ave again.

This stuff stops you in your tracks.

MmmIPA, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

2005 bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with creamy tan head. I got a nose full of candy sugar, cherry, caramel, toffee, and pungant hops. Fruity sweet, golden raisin, and an pleasant alcohol burn. Very smooth. Rolls over the tongue nicly. A fine drink, but not one of my faves.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish copper color with a foamy tan head with good retention. A continental patch of lace adorns half the glass. The aroma is replete with melon,pine sap, pineapple, lychees, thick bitterness and caramelly malt sweetness. The taste is quite hoppy with plenty of juicy citrus and melon notes. Grapefruity bitterness abounds throughout. Chewy bready malts are prominent and provide a great balance. Alcohol is hot but not excessively. The finish is pungently bitter and boozey. The mouthfeel is thick and briskly carbonated.

A very tastey strong ale, much bolder in all dimensions than the AB (duh, hence the double) and more to my liking. If it was called a DIPA no one would think twice. A must try.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of cbl2
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/1/2006 $5.99 22 oz. 10.00% No best by date. 2006 release.

Appearance:

Pours a crystal clear amber with scarlet hightlights topped by an inch and a half of the tightest tan foam I've ever witnessed. Head is slow to settle and leaves a significant lacing behind.

Aroma:

Candied caramel apples, butterscotch, toasted malts and a tinge of alcohol tickle the nostrils.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Spectacularly smooth with a chewy body. This is some complex stuff, with flavor characteristics of caramelized sugar and fresh fruit battling it out over a port background. This is absoulely fantastic, though I still can't see what this has to do with the Arrogant Bastard, which try as I might, I simply cannot enjoy. Alcohol is well masked in this. All the flavors come together nicely here for a well balanced beergasm on your tongue. I only purchased 4 of these, but I think it's time to head back to the store and grab a few more before they're gone.

cbl2, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of cabsandking
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An attractive dark red/brown color with garnet highlights and a descent sized sticky tan head. Nose characters are of caramel malts, roasted nutty grains, dark fruits, bing cherry, and a little alcoholic tingle. Taste consists of toasted barley, brown sugar, sour cherries, carmel and big nutty malt notes. A boozy alcoholic punch is prominent from the start and maybe a little metallic. Balanced well by some spicy bitter hop characters. The mouthfeel is really pleasant with a medium body leaving a oily slick coating and fizzy on the edges. Pale malt characters come on towards the end.

cabsandking, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of schusterbauer
2.63/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2006 bottle; fresh

i really wanted to like this, because i like arrogant bastard very much, but i'm just not sure about this one. despite all of the bold, manly, demonic rantings on the bottle, all this beer really seems to say is "oooh, look at me, look at me, pick me, tell me i'm pretty!!!" maybe it could be called Cheap Whore -- i mean, that would come with its own implications of burning sensations, correct?

the beer looks great -- deep deep blood red, very intriguing.

the beer smells like someone decided to make a boiler maker with arrogant bastard. it smells like someone dropped a shot of rot gut vodka into it. even that, to me, is kind of intriguing. i'm never one to shy away from the burn of rugged liquor.

taste: how do you berate something for tasting bad when it seems like it's supposed to taste bad? there are actually a lot of great flavors in this beer (a la arrogant bastard), but they are being smothered to death by the gaudy amount of hops. 10% is not all that wild of an alcohol content. there are a lot of beers that have 10% or more, that do an excellent job of balancing the abv with the rest of the beer. this is not one of those beers. somehow, despite the show pony hop levels, the alcohol still tastes like 5 o'clock vodka. and as for the hop level itself, there are plenty of hugely hopped (and delicious) beers that manage to strike something of a balance with the other ingredients. again, this is not one of those beers.

mouthfeel is fine. it feels way more balanced than it tastes, that's for sure. the extra oil from the hops is kind of nice.

drinkability -- i almost dumped it out, wishing i had opened up any one of the number of exciting beers i have in the fridge. to claim that this beer is highly drinkable seems like a rod-measuring contest, if you catch my drift.

i'm not done with this beer, because for some reason, i really want to like it. i'll buy a couple to cellar for 2 and 4 years, and i'll probably try another fresh one this year. maybe i just got a crappy bottle, but i highly doubt it. this should be sold to brohams at the x-games, because it's so X-TREEEEME!!!

schusterbauer, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of drewbage
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a bottle of 2004 Double Bastard (sampled after 2 years cellaring)

Again, I love the DB oh so much more than the regular AB, but hey let's try that fact 2 years later.

The hops are just about gone in the aroma with the beer smelling and tasting of pecan pie. Tons of caramel with just enough bitterness and alcohol to cut through the apparent sweetness.

Gotta say I really like it after the time in the cellar. It's entirely different now.

drewbage, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Litterbean
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just as good, if not marginally better, than the "normal" Arrogant Bastard.

Pours reddish and slightly hazy with a creamy head.

Smell is predominantly hops but with a blast of sweetness and aromas that are various and hard to put into words. Think a ton of grapefruits and lemons piled on top of pine needles and soaked in bourbon.

The taste is rough and bitter, almost burns and tears the throat as it passes down but does so pleasantly. I get the feeling I am sucking on a whole hop cone as it washes over my tongue. The sweetness is warped and mutated by the extreme hoppiness and total separation is impossible but it's there and it's sugary, syrupy, thick and sweet.

More powerful than Arrogant Bastard and just as good, I could buy either and be completely happy with it. A side-by-side tasting is necessary, but they're both winners and Double Bastard kicks ass.

Litterbean, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of biking4beer
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition.

Pours a very slight head and a few small bubbles. Beer is a deep, deep amber color. Almost brown

Not a lot going on in the smell category. Very subtle piney hop, orange, some floral hints, and sweet caramel malt.

This is a nicely balanced beer. Caramel, grains, orange, and even the floral smell comes through sightly in taste. I didn't find this beer horribly bitter, but it's definitely there. It's just hidden well.

Very thick, smooth, and oily. Low carbonation allows the oils and sweetness to stick around in the mouth and on the lips. Goes down very easily. The high ABV would definitely think twice about starting a second bottle, but I probably could.

Of all the Bastard choices, this is my favorite. I'm actually not that big a fan of regular old Bastard, but this one is dang good.

biking4beer, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2006 Release:

Pours a hazy, dark amber/copper color with an attractive, frothy beige colored head that retained lovely, setting up nice lacing on the glass.

Smells phenomenal. Rich malts, caramel, toffee. Then theirs the citrus and piney hop character screaming its way through as well. Mouth watering.

Tastes of sweet malts, biscuity, caramel, slightly fruity even, finishing extremely bitter, aspiriny, astringent, and slightly medicinal. Lots of alcohol present but the bitterness in the finish covers it up well, besides the obvious warming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and decently carbonated.

Considering the high abv% and the enormous characteristics, this beer isn't THAT drinkable but very enjoyable for what it is. I consider AB to be very overrated, and this probably is as well...but, I enjoy this one more than the regular Bastard, and the Oaked Bastard. I wouldnt mind storing a couple of these in the cellar for a while since I actually enjoy the regular Bastard when it's a little older and this one would be that much better.

Doomcifer, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of BradBLR
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark brown color with a hint of red. An alomost yellowish brown head that lasted most of the beer with a greqat amount of lacing. The smell of this beer was a weird mixture of malt, fruit, and a little hops. Very refreshing aroma.

The taste of this beer was great. Showing hints of Stone's 10th Anniversary Ale, this beer had a nice balance of Hops, Malt, and a slight sweetness. The were hints of brown sugar, cloves, grapfruit, and cherries. The hops was balanced very very with the sweeter malt and the taste turned out great. The mouthfeel was good, CO2 perfect, thickness perfect, and not a strong hint of alcohol you would expect from such a high alcohol beer.

A great beer and a nice beer to start the cold months out with. Get this if you can, you will not be disappointed.

BradBLR, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! The ol’ BD, served in a plastic cup, er snifner. I may have too high expectations, as the pour is already letting me down – great looking clear deep amber, but the head was a very ordinary ring of ivory, not much in the way of lace.

Tons o’ hop bomb in the aroma. But the quaff, ummmm, back to top notch.
A cross between a DIPA and a strong Belgium ale. Floral hop start, malty and woody finish – very unique. And tasty. This one does earn its’ high marks with me.

You people on the coasts with easy access to this have my envy.

Vancer, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of westweasel
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2006 DB poured from a 22oz. "bomber".

The beer poured out a very dark amber color, with a small head. To its credit, the small head lasts until the bottom of the glass. The bear is fairly clear for a heavily-hopped monster.

The smell is a mixture of different citrus smells, and a bit of pine, and a definite strong alcohol odor. The scents are most notable when the beer is first poured, and seem to dissipate quickly in the glass. It smells a lot like regular Arrogant Bastard, but a little stronger.

The taste has a number of flavors woven together. I can taste carmel, sweet toffee, and light molases. These are contrasted with a strong hop bitterness, which seems like the same mixture of orangey citrus and pine that you pick up in the smell. In all it's pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is very full, almost syrupy. There is a slight alcohol burn, but it is less than I would have expected. It has a dry finish that shows up right after you get past the hop bite.

The drinkability is surprisingly good for something with so much hop bitterness. At least one 22oz. bottle will be pretty easy to finish.

westweasel, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oversized beer in an oversized bottle (from an oversized brewer in an oversized state). Served in an oversized wine glass.

Fresh 2006 Edition.

Murky mauve-tinged orange liquid with a walnut colored dish soap bubble head. The persistent head, built of large frothy bubbles, exhibits a tenacious clingy lace on the glass.

Aroma is hardcore West Coast hops with a commanding malt presence. Sweet is the word here. Earthy scents of moss covered tree bark mingle with whiffs of blood oranges. Very barleywine-like with strong notes of plums, blackcurrants and other dark fruits. A delightfully spicy alcohol note develops as this beer warms.

Damp topsoil, ginger, and yeast are my initial impressions of tastes on my palate. This beer seems to have a similar flavor construct to Stone's Ruination DIPA but with the bitterness levels toned down to allow other aspects to be showcased. The hops are still a potent force in this beer (as if Stone would allow anything less) and shine through as a lusty floral essence. The malt is toasted and brown with a dry chewy caramel feel.

Tactile impression is viscous sugary alcohol with a clipped dry-bitter finish. This middleweight champion's distinguishing feature is a post-swallow alcohol reflux. (I don't notice the alcohol going in, but it is evident in the inevitable belch).

Drinkability is what it is with any big beer from Stone. An exceptional experience for us balls-out flavor and bitterness junkies, but I can quickly name ten people who would run crying to hide under their beds if confronted with a beer like this.

Final notes: A dramatic and intoxicating beer. Believe the hype.

froggyfrog, Nov 24, 2006
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,644 ratings.