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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,114
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,001 | 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 Chelsea1905
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought two of these so will age one of them as the first time round, for me, is slightly disapppointing

The pour was brilliant, the head was full and leather in colour. The Beer itself settled nicely into a reddish brown, that looked really impressive

The smell, and I am not sure if this has been aged in Brandy Barrells too, but I could definitely get grape, fruit and an almost Port like finish to the beer.

Tasted slightly watery, little bit of the fruit and malt in there and then a pretty substantial alcohol follow up. Not bad, but not what I was hoping for. Hence I bought 2 of them so I can age one.

The watery texture of this beer makes it flow pretty easily for such a high level of ABV, but the sharp alcohol follow up makes you put it back down and wait before taking another gulp


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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears a dark shade of mahogany with a once inch creamy off-white head that sinks to a skim fairly quickly. Leaves a bit of lacing but not much.

Aroma has deep caramel maltiness with a bit of burnt sugar and raisin character. Blending in perfectly with the maltiness is a nice layer of citrus and piney hops. A touch of alcohol is detectable as well but not bad for the ABV.

Taste has a quick burst of malty sweetness but the complexity seems to be lost because the hops kick in and assault the palate. Much hoppier than the aroma actually suggested. Right from the start there are lots of piney hops and the citrus seems to be tamed down. Hops linger into the finish and with a hot alcohol breath.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth and creamy, but the hot alcohols in the finish detract a little.

Pretty good stuff, I figured this would be hoppy before going into this and it certainly was. This one should improve with a little age to hopefully lower the hotness.

Photo of Douglas14
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a mondo beer! It pours a deep mahogany color with a slight injection of rich, dark red. The head is phenomenal: tan, big, billowy, thick, and leaves a shit ton of lace. The smell is intensely of dark fruit syrup, oak, and of course hops! Alcohol and malt play a supporting role. The taste is similar. Tons of citric and fruity hops and a nice punch of pine-like resin. Oak, malt, and alcohol come next. Absolutely incredible. I feel this beer has a lot of characteristics of a big barleywine in the sense of the body and mouthfeel. To me this is the Barleywine/RIS of the American Strong Ale category. Stone loves going over-the-top and still kicking ass while doing it and the Double Bastard showcases just how awesome they are at doing that. Glad I have some bottles aging...I imagine this would be phenomenal after a couple of years.

Photo of Yaz8
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 pint glass. Two-finger head that stayed strong and left nice sticky lacing.

Caramel and citrus were strongest on the nose, which also held a background of dark fruits and malts.

Wonderfully balanced caramel malt sweetness and slightly citrusy hops bitterness on the palate. Complexity seemed to increase as the beer warmed, and additional flavors of spices, ripe fruit, and carmelized sugars come through.

Medium to full mouthfeel, good carbonation, and a pleasant aftertaste. Alcohol is warming, not overpowering. Excellent beer.

Photo of erikm25
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 2008. Pours a woody and hazy maroon and charcoal orange. Sits in the glass syrupy thick with caramel and crimson hues. No luck of seeing through to the other side. After an aggressive pour the head is minimal with crisp tan coloring. Very nice retention. Lacing coats around the glass with tiny bubbles like a neo-impressionist painting.

S: Aromas are sweet pineapple and saccharine candy. Sugary, earthy, and fragrantly floral. Malts with a slight nod to subtle citrus hops. The smell of this beer is absolutely amazing. A little bit of oaked ginger and peppered apple coupled with a sharpened brown sugar. Fresh, perfumed, and complex. No hints of alcohol.

T: Despite the ABV the taste is an incredible fruity, sweet, and smooth fusion. Malty caramel sweetness with a bitter grapefruit hops finish. Smoked cherries and spruced figs drenched in cinnamon and cajun spices. Complex amounts of burnt ripe fruits and tropical citrus flavors. Starched vanilla and peppercorned tangerines. As this one warms the tastes are more bourbon, more massive, and more blasphemous.

M: The body is heavy and creamy. Rich and fulfilling.

D: Frightening or impressive? Drinkable or too drinkable? Barley wine or DIPA? I'm in no position to seek the answers to these questions. I do know that this beer is released at the perfect time of year and warms the mouth, body, and spirit.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

06 vintage on draft at the Stone kick off party.

A: Pours a nice golden hue with a solid one finger head. Good retention and lace noted.

S: Wow have the malts come out with a bit of age. Nice sweet caramel undertones with strong notes of burnt brown sugar. The hops are there no doubt but not overpowering. They are now a nice combination of tart citrus, sweet pine, with notes of pineapple.

T: Holy malt, I like this one. Very similar to aromas. Nice brown sugar sweetness up front which turns to sweet pine. Hints of citrus poke thru but the finish is nice and sweet with tones of pineapple and peach.

M: Full bodied, thick, and clingy.

D: Ended my day with this one. Nice way to finish things off. A great big welcome to Stone. Florida needed you.

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

Poured into snifter. Half inch head with a aggressive pour. Deep red in color. Sticky lacing.

Smell was rich malt,woody, some fruit. Smells like a hoppy barley wine.

Taste was strong, yet mellow. Some alcohol presence, wood chips, huge malt toastyness. Alot going on. Mellows as the beer warms. High IBUs. Leaves a nice hop bitter burn, Heavy body. Mouthfell was warm.

This is a complex brew that could use some time in the cellar. The day after I wrote this review I had it on draft and it was way more mellow. A solid brew worth trying and aging.

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

2008 release, 22oz. bottle.

Pours from a great screen printed bottle into a globe glass. It has a beautiful deep red amber color with good clarity and a solid inch of head on top. The head diminishes slowly and leaves lacing all over the glass.

My nose isn't the best but I get a great aroma from this beer. Full of big lush hops. Fresh too.

Flavor is very strong in all the right ways. Huge amounts of malt balanced well by copious hops. It's just a massive beer. Like the malts of a barley wine and the hops of a double IPA came together for a great cause.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty decent considering the strength. It is full bodied, nicely carbonated, and balanced, albiet on a very heavy duty scale.

Drinkability is good for the style but one bomber is certainly enough.

I decided to have this one tonight, not knowing if it was worth getting a few more bottles before they're all gone. Well I'm more than pleasantly surprised and I'm sure laying one down for a year wouldn't hurt at all.

Photo of DaveHS
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark cloudy brown, with an off-white head that leaves a half inch of sticky lace.

S: Lots of astringent hops, caramel/burnt sugar maltiness

T: Opens with that caramel malt and burnt sugar I got from the nose. This quickly yields to an intense, unrelenting hopgasm. Citric, with notes of grapefruit and pineapple. A little boozy, but not distractingly so. the finish is dry and peppery.

M: Medium-bodied, with bracing carbonation.

D: I wouldn't want this one every day. It's nice to have one every year when it comes out, just to refresh my memory. All in all, a solid beer worth trying.

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

Beautiful cloudy brown beer, slight sediment but not cloudy when settled. Little carbonation, light head, not much lacing. Very little, maybe none, of the piney taste I usually associate with hops, but a strong bitter overtone with a very nice sweet nutty undertone. The bitterness may be from the alcohol, but the overall taste of the beer is such that I would drink more than one if they were in front of me...

A new one in front of me...same goes...I'm upping the taste score a little. It's full blown cloudy this year.

Not very cloudy this year. Super caramelly. A bit boozy, but it's been boozier in the past.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a small glass cup.

A- The beer pours a lively dark reddish-copper color, with a small amount of head resulting from a gentle pour. Ve y little lacing is left on the glass after each sip. Overall a very attractive looking beer.

S- Lots of citrusy hops, sweet caramel malts, and some brown sugar.

T- Overpowering, but in a good way. Overpowering hops are followed by overpowering sweet caramel malts, but it works so well. This beer is delicious. There is also a burnt brown sugar taste that was present in the aroma. The alcohol taste is extremely noticeable but as opposed to other beers that I've had it doesn't come across as boozy at all. The alcohol presence is pleasant and warming. An excellent winter beer. In fact, the best winter seasonal I've had to date.

M- Thick and syrupy with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I'll polish the bomber off on my own easily, but I wouldn't want any more than that.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Release, served in a chalice.

Pours a very dark shade of mahogany, which doesn't let much light through. As I hold it up to the light, I can see a definite reddish hue, but out of light, more of a brown. A quickly receding beige head, made up of tight little bubbles. Lovely.

I smelled hops as soon as I opened the bottle. But now, as I lean in for a better aroma, I smell citrus and some sort of a cooked or burnt sugar. It smells warm and inviting.

Heavy and sweet malt richness initially, mingling instantaneously with the pine and grapefruit hops. The bitterness is substantial, but it requires attention to notice. If I was really quaffing this, I might miss it. It lingers on the sides of my tongue for about 10 seconds after each drink. If it weren't for the hops, this might be cloying, but there they are. I actually wouldn't mind a heavier hopping, however, this being my only negative observation. I don't notice any of the 10.5% alcohol, but as I had a small lunch, and it is now 8 pm, I definitely feel it after half a glass.

Mouthfeel is assuredly full and robust. This isn't your average drink a case and watch the game beer. This beer makes you sit up and take notice.

Entirely drinkable, extremely affordable, and surprisingly, quite balanced. I need to buy a few to cellar, and enjoy throughout the long Wisconsin winter. IIRC, I paid something like $5.49 for this bomber. This beer ranks 1 step above 2007 Utopias on the BA listing for the style. Do the math, and then pick this up if you have the chance. Although it's a well above average beer, the high ABV would prevent me from drinking more than 2 bombers at a sitting I believe. But that's the way it is, isn't it? They can't all be session beers, can they?

Be arrogant. No, be DOUBLE arrogant! Cheers!

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

2008 Release.

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish amber body with a well-formed, sustaining, off-white head. Copious amounts of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Aromatic hoppy nose, some sweetish hints to it, and smelling of fresh orange peel, exotic flowers, pine resin, and a splash of pomegranate liqueur. Caramel-scented maltiness underneath. Very, very minor wafts of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet caramel-laden maltiness with a pinch of light brown sugar and a quick drizzle of simple syrup brace themselves for the impact of hops. Quick montage of fruit flavors - oranges, grapefruits, pomegranates, even sweet cherries. This precedes a solid jolt of straight-up citrus and pine hoppiness with a full, sturdy bitterness. Definitely a warming beer, but not quite hot or bracing for me. Drying finish with a touch of booze and more than a touch of bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Recommended! I'm ashamed to admit it's been more than a few years since I've had a bottle of this to myself, but I'm more than pleased to be having a fresh bottle and am happy they're finally, at long last, distributing to the state of Georgia.

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

Enjoyed some of this courtesy of abfraser. Appearance is hazy amber with fair amount of head. Smell is fragrant hops and sweet malts. Taste is more of the same. Very strong, sweet flavors that are well balanced with the hops. A pleasant contrast to the regular and oaked Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with pretty significant carbonation. Drinkability is hampered by the ABV and hops. But overall, one of the better Stone brews I've had. I'd definitely drink this one again.

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

2008 edition.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this bastard pours a clear reddish-amber color with a two-finger head of foam that's tan in color and very dense. The sticky head slowly settles to a thick layer that hovers over the beer until the very last sip, leaving a few blankets of lacing behind each time.

S- The malt base of the aroma is massively sweet and fruity, but it's accompanied by a very large dose of piney, resiny and citrusy hops. The 10.5% ABV makes itself very known in the smell of this beer.

T- Sugary malt sweetness is the first of several brash taste sensations that slap my palate. The hops move in very shortly after this initial bombardment of malts, only to replace any trace of the aforementioned sweetness with an intense, unrelenting pine and citrus rind bitterness that clings to the back of my tongue for dear life. The alcohol patiently works its way throughout all of this towards the finish, where it will have the final say. Wow, this is a very "hot" beer.

M- A very full-bodied feel with a moderate amount of lively carbonation.

D- This is an all-around abrasive beer. The hefty alcohol content continuously assaults the senses, but the overall flavor of this beer is very good, which helps to diminish the obtrusiveness of the alcohol. It wasn't a chore to drink, but it wasn't no walk in the park either. I found that I was compelled to finish an entire bomber over the course of a night, so I can't knock the drinkability too much.

I look forward to Double Bastard every year.

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

2008 release.

An excellent strong ale with a great kick.

Double Bastard is a smoky red-amber ale with a big foamy head. The head really foamed up nicely in my tulip on the initial pour. The nose is sweet with white grape juice and spices. The flavors are strong and bold. There's spot on bitterness from citric hops. The hop flavors are almost reminiscent of Stone's Ruination, a phenomenal beer in my opinion. The perfect taste rating is really down to a perfect alcohol kick. This beer uses a strong alcohol flavor better than anything else that I've tried. Sure, there are stronger beers, but most of them tend to mask the alcohol flavor with sweetness or complexity sometimes with fantastic results. However, Double Bastard comes out and hits you with a healthy alcohol bite on one side and a huge bitter hop note on the other. The beer ends up just right. Ok, it's a bit overpowering. I certainly don't feel like having a lighter beer after a glass of it. Anyway, the feel is great. The beer is smooth and well-carbonated and keeps a clean feel with a high abv. It's quite drinkable for its strong flavor profile, but it's definitely not easy on the tongue or mouth.

Useless design review is go: Alright, I'm a sucker not just for Stone's flavors but also for their design. Stone's art department does a great job once again with Double Bastard. I'm looking at one of the early run silver editions, which just replaces the white ink with silver. I very much like bottle printing. It gives the bottle texture, and using the beer as a background just feels right. Stone does a particularly good job with it, here. The Stone demon with a beer logo is simple, professional and just great. The reflection of the logo is aesthetically pleasing with the up/down text border. The text on the back is bitingly sarcastic and self-deprecating but still rings of truth. Most importantly, it fits the beer better than the vast majority of such attempts by microbrewers.

I can't say enough good things about this beer. Could I imagine it being slightly better? Sure, but that's quibbling over a very small margin of possible improvement. I will definitely be buying more soon.

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

Serving Temperature, 50 degrees farenheit. Serving Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Pours dark burgandy and hazy with an off-white but slowly the head dies leaving a haze of lace on the top of the surface.
The aroma is hopped with a pineapple and sweet malt nose.
Sipping I get spice hopped with an alcohol burn and malt finish.
Overall mouthfeel is medium

mmm brownie with some chile & caramel sauce.


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

I've had this out of a bomber a couple times, but last night I cracked a three-liter with some friends and it had some subtle differences that made it much more enjoyable. It was also more drinkable overall out of the 3L.

A- Pours a dark copper/amber color with a toasted almond head. The head slowly falls down to a thin cap, but remains for most of the beer.

S- Tons of hops with a solid malt backbone. The hop profile is quite blalanced with citrusy notes of grapefruit and pine and a hint of pineapple. The malt flavor is surprisingly dark when taking the hop profile into account. There's a slight raisin-like sweetness along with notes of caramel.

T- Ver similar to the nose of the beer. Well-balanced with tons of hops and lots of malt as well. The alcohol makes its presence known without being "hot". A sweet alcholic presence resembling sherry and plum wine is noted.

M- Very crisp and dry.

D- For a beer that is so intensely bitter, stone did an excellent job of balancing it. I had about two and a half pints (splitting the 3L three ways) and wished I had another bottle when we finished.

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

22oz bomber obtained at the liquor shop in Tyngsborro, Mass. Pours a brilliant translucent dark red with a persistent inch of off-white head. Grassy and citrussy hops dominate the aroma, though the aroma could be stronger. Caramel toffee malt and citrussy American hops share the flavor, and both have strong presences, with some grassy and minty character also showing from the hops. Creamy smooth mouth feel with ample but not overpowering carbonation that helps to clear the palat for the next sip, adding to the drinkability. Fairly drinkable considering the abv and flavors. A solid ASA and for a buck more than Arrogant Bastard, you really can't go wrong.

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

Wow! Pours wonderful creamy head that quickly disappears into a ring of lace. Color is red and a deep one at that. Initial taste is SWEET and carmelly -- malts dominate. Some bitterness but the story here is the sharp tang of extra malt. Some alcohol burn but well worth it. Highly recommended if you can find it . . .


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

My first beer from Stone. Another hop monster from America? Lets see!

Smell: surprisingly malty, which I liked, nuts, burnt sugar, dessert wine notes, some sour notes too, along with grapes and citrus (pineapple, grape). Nice smell.

Taste: nice malty character, with caramell, nuts and some dried fruits. Quite bitter, I'd say, with hoppy notes of grape, pineapple and other citrus fruits. Alcohol nicely integrated.

Overall: well, bitter and hoppy, but with a solid malty backbone. Great beer.

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

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Dark cloudy copper head is a light brown. Just looking at this bad boy you can tell its a very strong beer just like I like them.

Smells of some citrus and sweet carmel. Maybe a hint of coffee. Very nice.

Wow this stuff packs a punch in the taste department. Start off a little bitter and finishes even more bitter. I get a tangy taste at times as well. This beer will clear your sinuses for sure. Love it. This is a true American Strong ale amped up.

All sort of tingly feelings in the mouth. I really like the liveliness of this beer. Sure it strong but I like that.

A very strong beer that 1pt 6 ounces is plenty for me and I love to drink it.

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

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a finger of head that settles to a layer. Looks like muddy amber ale with a ruby tinge, that leaves a bit of attractive lacing stuck to the sides of my glass.

Aroma is mostly of hops and alcohol. A heavy malt background is evident, with notes of raisin, plum and sherry, but overridden by the immense amounts of pine resin and grapefruit; high alpha American hops.

The flavor is much like the nose, but with a bit of tannins and oakiness. The alcohol and hops are both very strong, and finish out the flavor in an intense blast of deep, earthy, bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Chewy, thick, medium carbonation, with a ridiculously dry and warm, lingering finish.

This is amazing. Every person that likes strong beers needs to have one of these. Stone has created a masterpiece.

Photo of humanawho
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A - nice ruby color and a nice off white, creamy head

S - strong aroma of alcohol, there is some honey smell and some candy smell

T - very malty, caramely, some leathery tastes, and the alcohol really comes through on the finish with some of the bitterness

M - very think and smooth good

D - the strong alcohol component on the finish hurts the drinkablity

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


Finally i managed to chase down a bunch of bottles of this, very hyped, brew. 2007 vintage!

A: Dark red with a yellow/beige lace that looks quite creamy.

S: Malts, Caramel, Dark fruit, Citric notes, Hint of pine, Raisin.

T: Orangepeel, Caramel, Bread, Butterscotch, Spices, Ripe fruit.

M: Quite thick with low carbonation. Lots of hops but the malts help to balance it out a bit.

This tastes like a DIPA mixed with a barleywine or something. Very heavy and complex and so very different from the Arrogant bastard. This is a good brew to sip on during cold nights. Outstanding!

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,114 ratings.