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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

5,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
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.

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Photo of ffcpa2
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent kick butt ale. Strong but not overwheming. Kind of thick/syrupy but that is good and Double Bastard passes the test as to its worthiness to accompany a good afternoon of tv football. This is definitly worth the expense to give it a try, although its not that easy to find, I got mine at Whole Foods.

ffcpa2, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of orfeu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #40. Big ups to my brother in law for scoring two bombers of the 2005 release for me from Tucson when, as far as I know, this limited production vintage has yet to make it to upstate New York.

Brown-garnet with active carbonation and bubbly head that rapidly becomes a mere wisp of a cap (barely) and collar -- in fact, it kinda bubbles away as quickly as the head on a cola. Aroma is vanilla, cherry, figs, and dates. Peach and anise. No hops whatsoever (?!?). First sip is sweet cherry vanilla malts with the faintest hint of floral piney hops. Pretty boozy -- the 10% ABV numbs my tongue and warms my gullet damn near immediately. Surprisingly low bitterness for what I've come to expect from Stone. Sort of a let down as I was expecting a bitter hop blast on top of a massive malt assault, like an Arrogant Bastard whose nipples have just been tweaked. It's delicious nonetheless; just not what I expected -- my own obstacle to overcome, I guess. Halfway through the first glass (oversized wine goblet), the citrus and pine hops show themselves a bit more; also, the head is completely MIA. Thin to medium body. Slick and oily mouthfeel with a buzzing alcohol heat on the tongue. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect. The taste is fan-freekin-tastic, though, and for 10% ABV, this is one dangerous mofo of a BARLEYWINE (not an "American Strong Ale"). Ridiculously so, in fact. A great choice for getting dumb with at an appropriate celebratory occasion.

At first this tasted too sweet to me, but I think it's actually quite artfully balanced. The malts are just more prominent in this gigantic beer. It's a superior drinking experience fresh, but I'm gonna lock my other bottle away for a year to see if this will meld, change, become creamier...something.

orfeu, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Father's Office.

Okay, I'm going on record as one of the few hopheads who craves over-the-top bitterness and laughs at a need for balance, to not fall in love with this beer. It's very good but a rough, medicinal malt profile ruins it for anything that would make this exceptional. It looks good- deep, dark brick red, good size head for the high abv. Pine, floral and grapefruit hops in front of caramel and toffee malts make up the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, good carbonation and it's a lot easier to drink then it should be. You get what you smell in the taste, with the addition of the unfortunate medicinal flavor, the keeps this from being an amazing brew.

goschool, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottling. I tried this one in January 2005 and it was still a little wild for me, so I thought I'd see if I could settle it down some.

Pours out a brilliant orange-brown with red highlights, clear with an orange-ish head of big bubbles that rises several inches then slowly fades away to nothing.

Smell is an interesting blend of fruity maltiness and alcohol. There's definitely a big fruit scent, with peach, strawberry, plum, cherry, even kiwi coming through in it, but the alcohol is also quite strong.

Flavor is interesting; it hasn't calmed down that much since last year: it's still an abrasive wall of alcohol that strongly bites your gums and tongue. Make no doubt about that. However, a slightly mellowed hop flavor comes through for a little bit of piney bite, but the alcohol and the malt/fruity sweetness comes through as well. It's moderately complex, but there's also a serious problem with the front end being so, well, grating. If that could mellow out, I'd rate it higher.

The mouthfeel is medium and well-carbonated, slightly creamy.

Overall: This one's not bad, but I still feel the alcohol is a bit too in-your-face to warrant really high marks. I don't know if I'll try it again, but I love supporting Stone's other brews.

whartontallboy, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of jakester
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a goblet. The back of the bottle has words on it I don't know, and I'm a crossword puzzle junkie.

Pours a clear ruby red with a tan colored head of foam. Head falls to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing. Carbonation looks steady. A pretty beer!

Aroma is HUGE fruit and caramel, with giant amounts of floral/spicy hops. Notes of dark cherries, dates, figs, prunes. Some sweet solvent, but pleasant. There is a ton of stuff happening in there.

First flavor is (WOW!) huge dark caramel/Munich malts, followed instantly by a big dose of hop bitterness. Warm heat is next, indicating a big alcohol presence. Fruits are here, like cherries, dates, and plums/prunes. (All prunes are plums, but not all plums are prunes!). For as huge as this beer is, it definitely works. Aftertaste is sweet, bitter, warm, and caramelly.

Mouthfeel is a huge body, smooth and creamy for its size, with an oily feel on the tongue. The back of my throat is under attack from hops and alcohol. Finish is very long, sticky sweet, and warm.

Well, this is certainly an incredible beer. Stone isn't afraid of offending you with their stuff. Thank goodness I'm not easily offended! Huge malt, hops, alcohol, fruit, everything. I love it!

jakester, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruby/amber with a minimal tan head that does not stick around.

Smell: Strong nutty, caramel aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Wow. Huge caramel malt presence with a ton of piney hops. Very well-balanced, well-hidden alcohol. Whether you love hops or malt, this beer will suit your tastes. Very complex, but easy to appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and not heavy despite the high ABV. Goes down way too easy!

Drinkability: Again, for a 10% brew, this one goes down easy and smooth. I could easily have another one.

This has got to be one of my 3 favorite beers. Huge malts, big hops and a nice alcohol bite. If it's available in your area, I would highly recommend stockpiling as much as you can afford.

jamesdergen, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of redteg02
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: is almost like a fine scotch with a darker red highlight. poured it the traditonal way (tilted for half the glass, in the center for half the glass), and it produced no head at all, a little disapointing and what kept this beer at a 4

Smell:Wow, a lot better than the regular bastard. strong fruit with just a mild hint of the alcohol. my comments do not do it justice, truly an impressive smell. best ive had.

Taste: again wow, first impressions are fruity, but counter acted by a nice bitterness (nothing too powerful though). very complex in the taste, almost a woody taste in there but nothing too strong. goes down smooth and tastes wonderful.

Mouthfeel: full and just shy of chewy. very nice

Drinkability: i could drink this all night long. however since it is 10% ABV i would not remember drinking it the next day. with that said 3-4 and i'd be set.

redteg02, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured from the bomber into a twenty ounce wine goblet.

Appearance: This beer pours and angry rubyesque amber color. The head stood up massively white fluffy; however the head quickly retreated into a brief foam around the beer.

Smell: This beer is arrogantly hopped and spicy. There is a tiny malty undertone. There has alot of alcohol in the smell.

Taste: Gods of all beers. This beer is very coarse in its spicy hoppyness. There is a carmel undertone to the beer. Did I mention the coarseness of the spicy hops. I love it!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is the mother of all full bodied beers. I tried this beer almost six months ago and hated it. This is not the beer for a hop lover to bust a cherry on.

nlmartin, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of arguemaniac
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

At the outset I should mention that this bottle has been sitting in my beer celler for about a year now, which may have mellowed this brew out a bit (though that may not be the worse thing in the world with a Stone brew).

The liquid pours thick and oily, with a deep ruby color that includes copper, dark brown, and mohogany highlights. The light orange head was nice but didn’t last. The aroma is pretty powerful, featuring sugary alcohol, piney hops, and some otherwise sweet malt. The taste of this packs quite a complex punch as well: piney, acidic hop bitterness, dark fruit sweetness, some definate roasted characteristics, brown rum and molassas and, most noticably, a fairly fierce alcohol bite. The mouthfeel is very thick, but also quite smooth with active carbonation (especially for a beer that has been aged this long).

Wow, what a powerful brew. Despite the punch it packs, it’s still somehow very smooth and quite delicious, not to mention complex, even the color is multifaceted! Man, though, I’m worn out and I haven’t even finished two-thirds of the bottle. Highly, highly recommended.

arguemaniac, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Complex, but abrasive and disjointed. Liquid Jimi Hendrix. If you are into dissonance and the inter-play of edgy reverb on edgy reverb, then this beer is for you. IMO, this beer needs alot of time for any chance at sorting itself out.

Fresh 2005 release pours a half finger tan head over a mildly cloudy brown/rust-copper liquid. Smells lemony hops with supporting undertones of grapefruit pith and tangerine. Some caramel malt sweet and way beneath is alcohol. Taste is potent hops that make the malt seem like soured caramel. Hops are co-humulone rough and bitterness is high. The hop flavor is woody and dry. Oranges. Pine and pith. Malt is way beneath and comes across as powery caramel with a hint of nutty that borders on chocolate. The aftertaste is cottony with an alcoholic umph that further denegrates the malt flavor. With searching, I find an ester array, but I can't identify specifics under the brutality of the hops. As I drink further, the alcohol stands out much stronger and is really wearing. The hops are wearing, this beer is not enjoyable. Yes, I can see this beer as properly being classified as an ASA. It definitely needs aging. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy thick. A nice feature that is hard to concentrate on under the hops and alcohol, which are now coming across as cheap vodka poured into my beer. I've got a bottle of 2004 in my cellar and, based on my experience tonight, I won't open it for another couple years.

mentor, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of masikon
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gorgeous beer with tones ranging from burnt orange to burgundy as the light hits it. Modest head and retention leaving a fuzzy ring and a splattering of bubbles on the surface with minimal carbonation activity.smells citrus-fruity...delightful with detectable alcohol underlying which cleans the sinuses. Taste to me is just about perfect, smooth for a 10 percenter but still with enough alcohol spiciness to remind you of what you are dealing with. Extremely complex in flavor, every sip you detect something else...citrusy and spicy in the beginning but as it warmed (and me) the malts really started to shine leaving a lip smacking sweetness for an aftertaste. mouthfeel is on the syruppy side and drinkability is somewhat low due to the high ABV and pricetag. (5 bucks for a 22oz. bomber)

masikon, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition: Poured into a tulip with 3/4 of an inch of foam and a cherry-amber body. Rich, fruity aroma that reveals a strong alcoholic presence.

This is my first taste of fresh DB in a couple of years. I liked the 9 month old 04 I last had a little better. Cherry-like fruits, toasted malt, and piney hops. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Drinkability is okay. The rich flavor and lack of availability prevent me from having another one tonight. This pairs well with Trader Joe's Cave Aged Gorgonzola.

Sephiroth, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of unclederby
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This years version.

This baby smells like candy...

Poured into my oversized wine glass a clear amber with with a nice fluffy 3/4 inch head which didn't stay around long but left sticky lacing on the glass. Some carbonation in the body but mostly all the activity was up top. Beautiful.
A really large bouqet: tons of malt, estery qualities, caramel, pine, alcohol, and biscuity... really just so much going on that it tickles the nose.
The taste really lives up to the promise in the bouquet. This is just one flavorful monster. Sweet and malty backbone, with notes of currant, oak, vanilla and a good blast of hops on the finish, which serve to give it excellent balance. Alcohol is perceptible for sure, but it is very well integrated and never really dominates.
This brew has plenty of body. Resiny, creamy and slick, it's a strong ale (barleywine?) that leaves nothing to be desired.
I'm not sure how much of this i could drink in one sitting, but i know i could drink a bomber a day it's so damn good.
Worth every penny of the $4.99 i paid for the 22oz. and i most certainly will go in for a case of this stuff.
I would give it a perfect score if not for my murky interpretation of "drinkibilty". On second thought, screw it - it's not meant for sessioning anyway...

caution: it taste so damn good but it will kick your ass. for real.

.

unclederby, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to make my 300th review a special beer. Why? I just wanted an excuse to crack open this 2005 version of Double Bastard. I've always enjoyed it in the past and found it to be incredibly consistent.

Poured into a tulip it takes an aggressive pour to get the full effect but it eventually has a late forming on finger head that is off white to light tan. Eventually the head falls to a big island in the middle. Copper with red around the edges. sticky lacing.

Negatives: My liver enjoys this beer too.

Whoa Baby! The nose is overpowered and sent into submission on the first whiff. PINEY!! Intense alcohol but smoothed out by a nice mix of settling malts and some light fruity aroma.

Hops are the driving force and the profile is so amazingly put together that it is actually a very smooth and drinkable beer. Rich and sweet to the point of being candied. Light citrusy fruits splash around followed by the alcohol burst, and of course all this time it can not escape the hop crunch. Toasted bread as well. Could this beer be any more well rounded. Awesome.

DogFood11, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of ghostwalker
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber serving.

Dark ruby red body. Slight tan/white head.

Nose is rich with hops and fruit.

Flavor is dark and strong with malt and hops. A symphony on the palate! Very rich and interesting with plenty to consider. Cherries, plums, caramel, malty malt, piney hops on the finish. Alcohol is present and warming, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, oily and thick.

Drinkability is head and shoulders above almost any other beer in this class. I have no trouble finishing the whole bomber alone. I can tell from the warming that this stuff packs a wallop, but the taste doees not get too strong or get old.

Stone continues to hit home runs with me.

ghostwalker, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown with thin head that retains decently well and leaves some shimmering lace on the sides of the glass, along with syrupy legs.

Sweet malty caramel and brown sugar aroma.

First sip brings about a huge malt presence composed of caramel, grain, and all of the good stuff, starts to get sweet just as a huge rush of bitterness hits and holds strong for a long ride down the back of the tongue. After the rush of bitterness the molasses and brown sugar come back and this finishes sweet and warming.

Full bodied, light on the carbonation.

Alcohol isn't that noticable really. A Flavor adventure every sip. A beer to be cherished.

beersarang, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[REVIEW IS OF THE MOST RECENT VERSION]

2004 Release Ap: 4.5 Ar: 4.5 Ts:4.5 MF:4.5 Dr:5.0

Pours into a goblet as a hazy ruby chestnut hued pour topped with a spumescent craggy settled 1/4" head cap.

Scents are piney sharp wood and grapefruit citrus with a malty cake like quality.

First swigs: Toasted malt and cotton candy. Wood grain flavors arise. Hops with a gummy bear vengence. Deep complex malts reminiscent surely of an American Barley Wine. Molasses meets Sugar Daddy caramel. Waves of sweet malt. Rather mild finish of sugary resin.

Full bodied and copious deep complex flavors. Top notch drinker.

Last swigs: Piney sappy hops resinous. Similar to Old Ruffian. On trial 1 year cellared in comparrison to 2005 DB.

*

2005 Release Ap: 4.0 Ar: 4.0 Ts: 4.5 MF: 4.0 Dr:4.0

Pours into a tulip as a vitreous clear ruby copper hue topped with a settled wafer thin island of hazy head cap that creeps into a collar in the corners of the tulip..

Scents are slightly spiced cinnamon and bubble gum.

First swigs: Bubble gum and piney. Some metallic hints. An excellent balance of malt and hop. Powdered sugary sweet.

Feel is full bodied with a tacky linger of hop resins. Thick sugar feel runs away here.

Last swigs: Metallic penny. Thinner mouthfeel than the 2004. Does a year in the pokey REALLY do this such justice or is it a different recipe?

Beer is good. Happy cellared strong bering.

blitheringidiot, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of nortmand
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, rich ruby with a huge, well sustaining red hued head. Beautiful.

Huge fruity esters dominate the smell. Raisins, bitter hops, it's all there.

Sweet up front, rounds out into an even bitterness. Extreme bitterness lingers for a long time. Alcohol presence a bit much, not balanced out as well as it could be.

Rich, full bodied, with a subdued carbonation, this is a delicious ale that will keep me coming back for more. And more.

nortmand, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of badturtle
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I didn't much care for Double Bastard, but then I tried the '05 release. Double Bastard is an amazing strong ale. It is a dark red. The smell is of carmel and hops. It tastes like hemoglobin and carmel. It doesn't taste like alcohol, even though the ABV is high. The high ABV keeps it from being exceptionally drinkable, but the taste is great. If it had about half the alcohol that it has, it would be straight 5s.

badturtle, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of maddamish
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer settled into a crisp red color. The head was minimal but laced nicely.

Smell: High Alcohol smell to this one. . A hint of chocolate. White fruits. Also a smidge of banana and candy. Complex and rewarding.

Taste: Wow! A hint of banana. mellow grapefruit. A creamy ale that goes down nicely. Syrupy mouth feel.

Notes: Man I have been privy to some great beers as of late and this one is one of the best. You simply must pick up a bottle of this and share it with some friends.

maddamish, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of budsboy
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and ruby. Handsome. Two-finger head, leathery, then fades to a thin topping.

Strange mix of smells. Plum and pine, sweet carmel malt and citrus. Mouth waters.

Taste is truly amazing. Malty, roasty then fruity, plum and fig, citrus fruit follows. The bitterness grows then knocks you back about six feet. Alcohol lets you know it's there.It can't possibly get any better than this.

Full in the mouth and smooth. Leaves an oil slick in the mouth.

Dangerously drinkable. I highly recommend this one.

budsboy, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brown with a slight red tint. The light brown head fades slowly leaving a good amount of laces. This beer has a good hoppy aroma. It smells very sweet and malty also. The alcohol content is noticable in the aroma. It has a slight citrus aroma also. This beer tastes quite sweet. The alcohol warms as it goes down. It is not as hoppy as the aroma leads you to think, but it is still hoppy. This beer has a citrus flavor also. The flavor is quite aggressive. It has a very slight piney taste also. This beer is thick. It goes down surprisingly smooth leaving an aggressive sweet malty aftertaste. This beer is carbonated well. I think it would not make a good session beer because it is high in alcohol, and it is very aggressive. I think it is a good beer, but not one I would want to drink all the time.

OStrungT, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of TheBungyo
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grrr ... I'm angry this is so good! It should be a crime and the brewers at Stone should be locked up. Dark ruby colored pour and minor head, which is fine by me because I can smell cherries and hops. Plus chocolate which is always good. A sip reveals a kick in the face chocolately cherry bitter that leads to some tasty grapfruit that will leave you begging for more. If you get more, god smiles upon you! If not, tell Lucifer I said Hi, cause you been bad!
This brew cannot be touched.

TheBungyo, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of nephlim
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winner from StoneBrew.

Appearance: pours a nice dark colour, almost like a creamy cola. When held to light, it has a very deep, intense red with a hint of brown.

Nose: Has a very clean smell to it, like a good French red. Very complex.

Taste: Lots of flavour, hits of deep fruits like fig. Feels nice on the palate.
Has a bit of an aftertaste, which is probably due to the high alcohol (10%). I bet this could go well with some hard cheese and wheat crackers. I'd say it's not as malty as the regular bastard; this one is more creamy.

Like a good wine, I found this opened up after a few minutes. I left my bottle out after opening it (serving from a Stella Artois promo tulip glass), and found more flavours as it got slightly warmer.

This was a good buy. Try it!

nephlim, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Double Bastard Ale
2005 Release
22 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a reddish brown color. Very nice thick, rocky head on top that leaves trails of sticky lacings all over the glass.

Malts, citrus and cherries in the nose. As this beer warms up, it reveals more intensity. Whiffs of apricot, pineapple juice and burnt sugars.

Very rich, sweet, chewy and plentiful mouthfeel. Complex mouthfeel with hints plums and different fruits. I mainly taste cherry sweetness and grapefruit tartness with an alcohol sharpness. Mouth puckering hop blast on the finish. Classic Stone presence with every sip. These guys do it right, no question about it.

Awesome beer. I paired it up with some Monterey jack with jalapeno cheese and it worked together beautifully. This beer is no joke at 10.0% ABV. Enjoy its complexity and respect the powerful profile. Recommended.

Hibernator, Nov 17, 2005
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.