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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,171
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 423
Gots: 1,056 | 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 SeanRedd
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These big ales aint the best for looks. No head and light lacing, that's fine, I'm accustomed to these heavy hitters looking modest. Smells of sweet malt and white grape. Tastes of thick , chewy malt...Imperial IPA foundation. Hops balance the huge grain bill, never puffing out their chests. Notes of spicy malt, oak, wood, toffee and deep caramel. Sappy wood disguises the booze. This brewery shall be the head corner Stone.

Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a cloudy dark copper with a red tint, a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is caramel, hops, malts, some pear, and earthly.

taste is creamy, somewhat sour, light grapefruit, caramel, bitterness that grows as you drink, and dry leaves, end is nicely bitter and thick.

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

I don't even know how to begin. This is beyond my meager capabilities to review. Amazing Beer.

Pours a deep brown with a thin head and moderate lacing. Smells a bit hoppy but heavy malt. Earthy, sweet smell. Taste is indescribable but I am going to try. Earthy malts dominate the first impression followed by a perfect amount of bitter hops and pine flavor to balance this beer exquisitely.

This beer is not for the faint of heart. Its definitely a strong motha of a brew. Best decision I have made at the liquor store this year. Almost wanted to weep when I drank the last drop.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly hoppy and has a strong fruity overtone. It pours a deep coppery reddish brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor - WOOO! One sip of this beer, and you will know what it is like to have an angry puma in your mouth. It is FIERCE - not for the faint of heart! Bitterness is strong, but not unpleasant. Taste is mainly hoppy with some malty and sweet tones and hints of Coca-Cola and caramel. Texture is satisfyingly smooth, and aftertaste is bitter yet with a sweet fruity undertone. Like no other beer I have ever tried.

Photo of GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased from Apex Beverage in Apex, NC.

A - Amber with a reddish tinge, good clarity and a moderate beige head.

S - Sweet malt, caramel and yeast.

T - Slightly sweet with notes of toast and biscuits. The malts seem to dominate in the beginning but the hops (especially some grapefruit) seem to contribute more over the course of the glass. I normally like beers where the hops dominate but this one is fantastic. The 10.5% alcohol is well hidden.

M - Good consistency with a low to moderate carbonation.

D - It's scary how easy this beer is to drink. I wanted a memorable one for my 200th review and this beer sure did the trick.

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

For a beer @ 10% ABV this beer is way to drinkable. Beer is very smooth, and not over hopped for being a "double" of an already great beer.

Just be careful with this cause a 22 oz bottle will do the job if your looking for a buzz....probably a good beer to sip and enjoy...no way you could session this Double Bastard!

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby red with a giant off-white head. The smell is fairly pungent from hops with a kick of centennial citrus, followed by sweet alcohol, maybe a bit estery. The taste is a bit bitter bu with a sweet, burnt alcohol taste. At times I get a bit of bready malts. It's fairly complex, but I keep tasting the burnt taste from alcohol, which might disguise some more pleasant flavors in the mouthfeel. This beer will more-or-less kick your ass but without leaving a black eye. A growler isn't a good idea without some help.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We recently did a vertical of this so why not try a fresh bottle?

A: Pours a very nice deep red color. Minimal white head that quickly dissipated to the edge of the glass. American strong ale is a tough one to judge on appearance but it does look nice.

S: The booze and the hops are really fighting this one out and only one thing is for sure....I will loose in the end. Very rough nose. The malt is there but it dying right now. In a few years it will be a different story.

T: Super sweet right up front. Then right into a massive blast of hop bitterness. Booze in the middle and a little bit at the end. In some ways it is like having your throat ripped out but I am into that.

M: Big syrupy mouthfeel. Clings to my lungs on the way down. Almost no carbonation at all.

D: I wouldn't call this an easy drinker by any means. Here is the deal with double bastard. Drink it fresh to get that big hop taste or lay it down for at least a year. The hops fade and the malt totally takes over. You often forget how damn hoppy this beer is fresh.

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

650ml bottle bought from Beersofeurope.co.uk...

Poured a deep coppery red / burgundy colour. Creamy mocha head poured very big thick and foamy with a meringue like top then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... barely any carbonation... some decent lines of lacing...

Aroma - Lots of toasted toffee and caramel maltiness, strong piney, citrusy and peppery hop notes, dark dried fruits (figs, prunes, cherries), toffee apples, quite a lot of alcohol coming through, toasted nuttiness, earthy, bitter oranges and plums, malt loaf, burnt sugar sweetness, hints of leather...

Taste is very complex... Big blast of citrus and piney hops followed by strong toffee and caramel maltiness, cola, raisin bread notes, rich treacle sweetness, lots of fruits (figs, prunes, raisins, spicy apples, bitter oranges), also some tropical notes, lots of warming alcohol, faint vanilla traces, quite medicinal...

Feel - Smooth, creamy and slightly oily initially then a little sharpness comes through... fairly full bodied... scarily drinkable stuff for the ABV..

Overall - Amazing stuff... big, bold and full of flavour.. highly recommended...

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

The diatribe on this beer is a bit much, but Stone does deliver. Alcohol is everywhere in this beer. Very strong, but finishes somewhat sweet. Beginners should start with the Arrogant brew and work their way up. My liver is probably the only one happy that this only comes out around Thanksgiving.

Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 Bottling

A- A nice ruby liquid with some orange hues. the white head is thin but creamy and leaves some nice lacing. Pretty mean looking; kind of thick and syrupy. A nice clear, deep red.

S- Strong citrus hops and some grass with caramel malts. Some candy and blue cheese. Pretty aromatic.

T- This has definitely mellowed with a little bit of time on it, but it is still a beast. Very much like the aroma, but the alcohol definitely makes its presence known.

M- Kind of sticky and syrupy with a decent creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol and hoppiness do end up building up a bit.

D- A beast of a beer. Everytime I drink one of these, it becomes kind of overwhelming. I definitely appreciate what they are going for here, but I just don't pine for it.

Photo of Slatetank
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this bottle at Thirsty's in East York, PA. I shared this ale w/ octopus87- bomber split into two snifters.

A - A dark amber and ruddy brown mingled liquid w/ a big and rocky cream head of about 2 fingers which settles to tiny bubbly film.

S - Rich malt aromas and earthy deep piney hops w/ a strong alcoholic nose. Very much like pine cone's intensity in the scent w/ a hint of booze coming in close second.

M - This malty strong beer has a nice smooth sweetness which surrenders to sharp and bitter feeling on the tongue. Mildly carbonated and intense alcohol textures create a whirlpool of hoppy bold feelings and an astringency of many grapefruits.

T - Almost off the bat the hops jump and hold the tongue hostage in a very aggressive taste of piney and sharp w/ a nice supporting flavor of strong ale w/ sufficient malt to keep the flavor from becoming too bitter to stand. An aggressive bitterness w/ slightly sweet malt and dry acidic finish. The acohol warms all the way down and the hop taste pummels the palate in a true hop assault.

D - Not a very drinkable ale, but you knew that already since it is "Double Bastard" and that indicates an extreme beer - Strong ale in the truest sense. The taste is very over the top and should probably always split this unless you can handle super ball sized wasabi. It was a very intense beer before bedtime and I think this works best with a hearty meal for instance Shepherd's pie

Photo of CrellMoset
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 vintage, does as part of a vertical w/ a current 2008 bottle, this bottle courtesy of Phocion, the new one purchased from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Both vintages poured into cervoises.

Appearance: Pours thicker than the 2008 version, dirtier, slower, a hazed orange brown, with a larger head (somehow) with better retention (somehow) that leaves sticker, fuller, more bubbly lacing (somehow). This one looks like a headache waiting to happen.

Aroma: Pungently fruity, tropically fruity, with tons of dark, heavier malts, and lots of hop goodness. Pineapple and grapefruit are intertwined - ensconced in, perhaps - a blanket of raisins, doughy caramel, sweet, spicy alcohol, blueberries, molasses, and other wholesome nice notes.

Taste: Oh so mellow, yet somehow still with tons of bitterness and great hop flavors. This one's incredibly fruity and complex, thick, ferocious, powerful. Pineapple, strawberry, pine, caramel, well-hidden prickly alcohol, cola, vanilla, spiciness, chocolate as it warms ... this is one complex beer, huge, large and in charge.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly carbonated, thick, and prickly. It fills up pretty well, though, creamy, even-like, with tons of prickle. It's far more mellow than the fresh version, still crisp and spicy, but in a pleasant way.

Drinkability: Infinitely (ok, not infinitely, but very much so ) better than the fresh version - this is definitely a beer that improves vastly with age. The hops need time to mellow out here, and though the good fruit flavors are present in both, they're marred by tons of piney, spicy bitterness in the fresh version. Alcohol's large and in both of them, whether or not you can taste it/feel it underneath all the prickly, spicy, dominant sweetness and bitterness - nonetheless, it's there.

Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Another solid brew from Stone, I was not disappointed. Not something that lines up with my personal tastes preferences, but an outstanding beer on just about every level.

Appearance: A beautifl color of reddish copper -- very slight head of about 1/2 finger that didn't really last at all. Not even a lacing is being left on the glass. No carbonation bubbling throughout either. A very thick appearance.

Smell: It smells very sweet - caramel or honey sweet. This is not quite what I expected. Typically I expect a lot more hops, but they're very subdued here.

Taste: Very sweet, much like the smell: strong honey sweetness to it. Very reminiscent of the Old Guardian barleywine from Stone. Alcohol is very much present, but this comes as no surprise since it's 10.5%.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and sticky. I feel like I may need to scrape the roof of my mouth when I'm done drinking this bad boy.

Drinkability: While this is definitely an excellent brew, it is so potent that I'm going to be hard pressed to get through the whole bomber. Also, it doesn't necessarily hit my personal tastes as it's a little too sweet for me. But once again, Stone has crafted something magnificent.

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

Muddy, light brown color. Modest head of one finger, but it lasts a very long time and leaves broken lace rings on the glass.

Aroma: Sherry-like maltiness; moderate grapefruit hop smell. Some pineapple notes as well.

Lots of hops to cut through the heavy malt feel. Alcohol is notable but not the predominant flavor. The potency can be sensed without dictating the taste. Hops are the story here; it's very much like a dark DIPA--perhaps we could call this Triple IPA.

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

2007 vintage.

The colour is deep brown with a tint of red; the two finger head is firm and beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The medium strong smell is very hoppy (but not very bitter) in an American citric way. But at the same time, there are large quantities of lightly roasted hops to balance the hops: The grapefruits are mixed with plums, raisins and candied oranges. There is some alcohol too, but not as much as one could think.

The taste is very balanced: loads of dried fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and walnuts, some sour hints of lemons, lots of round sweet flavours. Fruit candy, fresh vegetables, grilled meat and an impressive balanced and luxurious feel. The aftertaste got a warming alcoholic flavour, dried fruits, very elegant bitterness that keeps in the background. The finish reminds a little of fine Scottish lowland whiskey and Christmas desserts.

The carbonation is mild, yet refreshing. The liquid is thick and creamy.

Does this style get better than this? I think it is hard to imagine such a beer.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brilliant crimson with a thick, creamy head that settles very slowly and leaves impressive lacing despite the high ABV.

S: Rich ripened dark fruit, spicy hop aromas, sweet brown sugar/molasses. Caramel aromas and a distinct hint of cherries. Alcohol is a bit excessive--that's my only complaint.

T&M: This beer is massive. Loads of intensity and complexity--I would expect nothing less from a Bastard like this. Initial flavors of sweet sugary malt and fruitiness give way to citrus, herbal, and piney hop bitterness midway through. At this point, I would consider the flavor great, but the finish adds yet another layer of depth and complexity that makes this beer extraordinary. Notes of (seriously!?) oak, caramel, and toffee malt melded nicely with herbal and earthy hops reprise in the finish. Body is silky/syrupy and smooth, with a restrained carbonation.

D: I'm giving this a 4.5 because its drinkability, relative to the alcohol level and overall "big-ness", was uncanny. I fucking love this beer and am now regretting that I didn't buy all three of the remaining bottles at Greens. Instead, I just bought two. I can only hope that beer karma will repay me soon for leaving a bottle of such a great beer behind.

Photo of Jayli
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 brew
This beer poured a beautiful dark amber with a thick off white/light tan head. Decent head retention and good lacing.
The aroma on this was a little lighter than I expected - caramel malt roasted malt tiny bit of hops but mostly the caramel malt.
The taste is complex - caramel malt, piney hops, extremely well balanced slight bitter finish. Alcohol is nicely masked by the flavors. Mouthfeel on this is full. This is a pretty damn good beer! I will be certain to pick some more up!

Photo of TMB0424
3.29/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber. 2008 version

Pours a deep, rich-looking mahogany brown body. Hazy. Off-white, foamy head slowly fades with nice lacing. Good looking

Smells up front of alcohol and hops. Pine. Little bit of malt in there as well.

First thing that hits my palate is the alcohol, very aggressive. Hint of caramel malt, splash of citrus, followed by the hops. Spicy as well, probably due to the alcohol content. It's certainly warming, and the alcohol isn't THAT overwhelming, but it's definitely dominant on my palate right now. Oddly enough, the mouthfeel is a little watery. Just a little.

It's not undrinkable by any means, but it's not one of the more drinkable strong ales out there.

Overall, I have to admit I was disappointed. Aside from the appearance, which I felt was superb. Stone has such a great line of brews and I feel that this is towards the bottom. It's not bad, by any means at all... it's just (in my experiences) I feel the Arrogant Bastard is a better strong ale, as well as the past Double Bastards. However, it is an enjoyable brew and due to it's alcohol content, it has a welcome warming during these cold nights.

Photo of bonbini26
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3L Lock & Chained Bottle

A- 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.

S - Lots of grapefruit and the same pineapple aroma from arrogant bastard. Underlying the huge fruitiness are hints of pine and mint. Very enticing.

T- 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.

M- The feel is smooth with an incredibly well-balanced texture. Leaves a nice hop attack on the tongue The abv is barely noticeable in the taste and feel - leaving it to sneek up on you.

D- 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. I have 2 bottles that I'm aging and hope they will be just as amazing in the years to come

Note: Had this one time @ Firewaters in Atlantic City, on draft 16oz for $5

Photo of yesyouam
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard pours a rich sienna with a creamy, frothy tan head which is fully lasting and has great lacing. When held to the light, with the glass at an angle, the beer is crystal clear and becomes a yellow-- almost olive color at its thinnest point. The aroma provides a bit of bread, hibiscus, raisin, cherry, tar, and alcohol. It is recognized as a Stone beer from the cement-like smell of the yeast. The body is quite full and has an oily texture that slides right down. The carbonation is soft and small. It has a heavily bitter flavor with a moderately sweet aftertaste. The flavor of grapefruit and medicine lingers for a good while.
(rated Jan 22, 2007)

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

Now I've been waiting to get my hand on the big bad ass Double Bastard.

Appearance in a cloudy brownish hue, with a nice foamy head with pretty sticky lacing.

My nose deffiantly dectects some achohol notes along with some piny hops.

Taste is maybe my favorite aspect about the beer. Great blend of hoppy maltiness that just leaves me in awe! Bow down to these bastards for putting out this brew, their should be a god damned cult evolving strictly around this very brew

10.5? I woulda never guessed. This brew is gonna get me locked up. maybe tonight since i'm eyeing #2

Photo of nc41
3.03/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber. Pours nice, dark copper colored, very nice initial head .Surprisingly the first impression on the tongue is sweet, caramel. Too sweet IMO. Very decent hop presence,but over all the tilt toward sweet IMO is just a little much for me. I was expecting to be blown away and I wasn't, Oaked Arrogant Bastard is a better brew. Arrogant Bastard is a better brew. Worth a try by all means, but not my favorite from Stone.

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

Ahhhh. Arrogant Bastards big brother. Served in my Double Bastard glass. Pours a dark copper with a medium light tan lasting head. Also some serious sticky lacing. Aroma is ripened fruits, bitter piney hops. Seems a little less hoppy than previous years. Flavor is boozy fruits and malts, hops. Quite dry and bitter in the finish which is ok with me. Great stuff.

Photo of Neehan
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I have been waiting to get stone in my hometown forever and this is the first time I have been able to get my hands on the Double Bastard.

Second off, expectations met and exceeded with the first sip.

The beautiful, thick head thins out and is resilient as the beer is consumed, but remains a calm product of the perfectly balanced carbonation. Buttery at first in the mouth finishes with a dark bitterness with a supreme malty character. Very rich with the alcohol well hidden.

Well worth the wait, and not a bit disappointing. Cheers and here's to being thankful Stone is now in NC!

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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