Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6,018
Reviews: 2,016
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
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Gots: 933 | FT: 33
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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 rgb2807
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is intense, it almost knocked me to my feet. Pours a very dark brownish, orange color, a true dark amber color. The smell is subdued, giving only a slight idea of what is to come. The first sip is glorious, strong, very strong, but sweet at the same time, not as bitter as you would think a 10%beer would be. This stuff is dangerous, it is insanely drinkable for the alcohol content. I am definitely grabbing some of this again.

Photo of Pencible
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I tried this right after the Oaked Bastard, and it poured pretty much the same. It smelled quite different, though, more like a barleywine with prunes and roasted malt scents mixing with citrus hops and some alcohol smells. It tasted very strong like orange hops, cherries, and brown sugar, with some alcohol warming. It was oily with almost no carbonation, and had an ultra smooth and long lasting aftertaste that was both very bitter and nicely sweet. Overall this was a very complex, very strong, and very delicious beer. More please!

Photo of illidurit
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color in my snifter. Head is tan and thick, with a full 2 fingers of height. The lacing is enormous.

Aroma is hugely hoppy with tons of west-coast citrus and pine, but there's also a big caramel sweetness.

Flavor follows the nose pretty closely, as malty sweetness fills your mouth, nearly inducing chewing. Hops then rip through the palate with a massive dose of oily grapefruit rind. Alcohol is quite apparent but not in a yucky way. It's more peppery and sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and well-carbonated. The booziness gets to be intrusive with some warmth and the drinkability takes a dip for this. Killer beer overall though.

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

Big thanks to MiguelMandingo on BA for sharing this bottle! Wasn't expecting too much from this as I wasn't a terribly big fan of the Arrogant Bastard, but was very pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark maroon color, a bit murky, and a nice beige head atop. Taste is rich, sweet maltiness in the form of dark toasty caramel and nicely and appropriately hopped. Smooth with no rough edges, yet crisp and with a nice mild bitterness. Creamy caramelly, hopped flavor and much superior to Arrogant Bastard, I thought. Thanks again Mike!

Photo of jeremyd365
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark with light head. It smelled very strongly of hops. It felt slightly bitter with minimal bubbles in his mouth and tasted very hoppy yet smooth. It wasn't quite as amazingly smooth as the regular Arrogant Bastard, but it was close. Still remained pretty drinkable despite how heavy and high in alcohol it was. Good, but still liked the original Bastard the best.

Photo of sholland119
3.48/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Stone snifter.

A-a clear caramel with a small tan head. the head dissipates rather quickly with little to no lacing.

S-Very strong caramel sweetness and noticeable alcohol. Not much on the hop side.

T-Caramelly sweetness throughout with a noticeable alcohol warmth at the end. Again, less hop character than I am used to in a Stone beer.

M-Moderate carbonation, a little thick on the tongue.

D-Too much noticeable alcohol for me to enjoy more than one.

Probably the only disappointing beer I have ever had from Stone. Well maybe this and Vertical Epic '07.

And maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had been expecting a barleywine style. This beer may be technically characterized properly as an "American strong ale" but that's not what it drinks like. To me anyway.


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

This one pours a clear red with a 1 finger head of foam which shrinks during the session to a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is very malty with lots of caramel. Nice. There's also a fairly faint, compared to the malt, nose of hops.

The taste has notes of caramel malt up front followed by some fruit(black cherry), and citrus and piney hops and a pretty big dose of alcohol.
Lots of warming during and after the swallow.

The more sips I take, the less I notice the alcohol and now I'm able to really start focusing on the flavours and man, it's so tasty and so well balanced that I don't want the bottle's contents to leave. *Very* nice sipping Strong Ale and with its creamy smooth mouthfeel and nicely done light carbonation, this is certainly a great brew worthy of its reputation. Highly recommended.

Photo of MMAJYK
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a short review into my Blackberry at our Stone tasting.

A- Caramel color with mahogony colors too. Opaque and head is minimal into my snifter.

S- Caramel and hoppy with a killer alcohol smell. Just a small bit buttery.

T- Alcohol is strong for sure. The malty backbone is prominent along with brutal bittering hops.

M- Medium to thick and high carbonation.

D- Nice brew but very stong on all of the senses.

Photo of dnichols
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I shared a bomber (22 ounces) with a friend while bottling two home-brew batches.

A: It poured a clear and amber body with a slightly off-white, very modest head that fell fast and left little trace or lacing.

S: It hit me with a blast of floral hops followed by sweet malts and hints of alcohol.

T: It initially had a strong grapefruit bite from the hops. As the beer reseted the hop presence receded and the strong creamy and sweet toasted malt flavor come to the front. Like other big Stone brews this one was balanced robust malt flavors with sharp and flavorful hops.

M: It was medium bodied and syrupy with little carbonation and a clean and warm finish.

D: This is a very substantial sipping beer. Solid hop and malt balance with a warm and clean finish.

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

2007 release, poured from 22 oz bottle with a long, nonsensical diatribe imprinted on the back that just begs for analysis after you've had a few...

Pours a ruby-caramel color with medium head, good retention, and some noticible viscocity. Aroma displays thick, chewy malt sweetness, a matching fruity undertone, and a touch of hops and alcohol. Flavor has nice depth, dimension, and balance; with malt sweetness, hop bitterness, and alcohol intermingling nicely. Coats the tongue with a tangy, fruity, hop and malt concotion that begs for more as it fades.

Overall, this beer stradles the line between an old ale and barley wine, though it has that citrusy hop essence that defines it as an all-American version of either. Very nice beer, recommended.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber. The head eventually settles to a thin wispy cap with a thicker collar. Some spotted lacing no doubt attributed to the hops left behind despite the minute head.

Very boozy and comes off as a barleywine's cousin. Lots of citrus hops. Interesting hints of caramel and possibly chocolate. A tad too much fusel going on for my nose.

Taste tart and bittering due to the hops, but the mouthfeel is creamy and top notch. Balanced in a jangled Stone sort of way. The caramel is surely present to fight a losing battle with the grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bashing of alcohol and hops. Its difficult to tell where the bitterness from the hops start and end and the alcohol takes over.

A sipper and a bomber worthy of sharing. I think I may prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard because its less brash. Maybe I'm just not worthy? Comes off as an American Barleywine in my book, but who cares for style guidelines?

Photo of charlzm
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled, consumed 11/13/07.

Pours a deep golden brown with a plentitude of swirling tiny bubbles. The head is modest off-white/tan and dissipates quickly to a thin off-white skin.

Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit with some molasses notes, too. Thick, slick mouthfeel with a cola-like carbonation/mild burn. Sweet and malty in the front and cleanly bitter and lingering in the back. Alcohol flavor is there, but not as noticeable as you'd expect a 10% beer to be.

Man, this is a good, well-balanced beer.

Photo of RedHaze
2.65/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2007 Release.

Pours a deep mahogany with a dense two finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap. The lacing is very sticky, leaving a thick sheeting of foam behind.

Smell; brown sugar and caramel malts dominate this one, but there's also a mild undercurrent of some fruits. Oranges and peaches, with a toch of cherries. Some alcohol adds a bit of spiciness to the aroma.

Taste; sweet, with brown sugar, caamel and sugar covered dates and then a big wave of hop bitterness kicks you in the mouth. The fruits are present, but are a bit harder to pick out idue to a harsh bitter, almost metallic taste, with an overpoweringly strong alcohol presence. .

Mouthfeel is full bodied and a bit on the syrupy/sticky side, and the drinkability is low due to the big alcohol presence and off metallic flavor.

Photo of Atron67
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to london1o1 for the trade. So sad that there is no stone in wisconsin, makes me miss new york

A- poured a reddish amber pretty dark almost brown with a heavy tan head of tight knit bubbles which laid on top for a little bit but didnt stay long at all. Clear body

S- amber scents, some hop bitterness underneath, smooth slightly piney hop character. Lots of malts throughout

T- heavy maltiness smooth, amber character, strong bitterness, more bitter than floral character, solid smooth, the bitterness grows as the beer leaves your tongue, giving a nice almost grassy piney character which is a really nice finish

M- full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty sweet ale another solid drinking choice

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from d0ggnate in a trade- Thanks! Pours surprsingly red and cloudy. It's a dark reddish orange, quite hazy, and almost syrupy in pour consistency out of the bottle. There is little head, but what is there settles to a ring. Big, spicy malty aromas up front followed by some nice orangey citrus and piney hops. This beer has a quite interesting malty flavor profile up front- almost as if there were toasted rice and barley in it. This is followed by a fruity sweetness that is furthr followed by a long bitter citrus flavor and a nice oily, piney hop finish. Mouthfeel is pure and clean but big and with a touch of sweetness. This isn't sticky or cloying at all and is quite balanced by the toasted flavors and the hops. Surprisingly drinkable. Not as harsh and more integrated than many Stone brews. I'm not always a fan of all of their brews, but this one deserves its accolades. Huge, interesting, nicely hoppy, balanced, and generally well done

Photo of ojiikun
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found on draft at the strong beer fest at Collins in Seattle. Presumed to be the most recent vintage.

Served in a 10oz stubby wine glass, the body is dark, muddy brown with near zero head. There's a loose ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass and a bit of doily lace on the surface.

Smell is of citrus zest and white sugar. Light caramel notes appear as things warm up. The first wave reminds me raspberry preserves.

Sweet! Tons of candied hops and lots of blonde malts. Alcohol doesn't even remotely try to hide, but this is used to good effect as would be expected in a Brandy or Cognac. Hops manage to be tart rather than sour or bitter. Early finish is of very unripe green apple skins and is trailed by a somewhat leathery and minty cocoa.

Clean on the lips but heavy on the throat, this brew needs more bubbles! The saving grace here is a total lack of bitters. For it's gravity and hop profile, this is quite drinkable. Too drinkable. I love it.

Photo of dsa7783
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Sampled the regular Arrogant Bastard, and the Oak Aged Arrogant Bastard, but this is by far the best of the three, hands down...
Appearance is a beautiful dark-copper, mahogany, ruby-red colored hue with a massive foamy and frothy head that was very hesitant to recede...
Smell was literally bursting with fresh hops, caramel, and slight malts - very strong and powerful smell, full of character...
Taste is in-your-face, bursting with flavor, top-of-the line stuff... Replete with fresh hops, balanced by a nice touch of malts and esters, and rounded out by a hint of caramel, vanilla, honey, and bittersweet sugars...
Ultra-rich, and thick mouthfeel, bursting with noticeable flavor and super-rich character...
One of the best beers I've ever sampled from Stone... excellent stuff, without a doubt...
Drinkability only took a slight hit due to the very hefty 10% ABV, which, by the way, is hard to detect behind a rich conglomeration of amazing flavors...
Great stuff... Definitely recommended...

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely orange shade pours with a large-bubbled head, served in a small goblet off a keg from '06.

A singular flavor indeed, it has a fullness of flavor that most ales can only dream is of course a large proposition, with a massive amount of hops, and while the body is quite strong, the 10% does not sneak up on you so much as smack you in the face.

When your hops haven't mellowed any more that this in two years, you've put a lot in!

A pleasure. Thanks to the Papago B.C. in Phoenix for putting this one on the lines.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64 oz growler, from tayner

A: Pours a deep rusty brown, slight hints of amber through out. Some decent lace and good retention.

S: Smells of candy like citrus hops, bits of toasted malt here and there, but citrusy, leafy hops really dominate.

T: Taste of hops, caramel, bit of alcohol. Good sweetness that is snuffed out by big hop bitterness. Bit of spiciness, nice citrus hop twang that sticks around as well. Leaves a nice bittersweetness on the palate.

M/D: Full bodied, medium carbonation, smooth on the palate. Drinkability only hindered by 10%, but still very easy to down.

Photo of aromatorio
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up at the La Jolla BevMo a week or two before the prices jumped up. Lucky me.

A: Looks like blood in a glass. Deep ruby coloring, tiny hint of browns/amber shading. Tight eggshell head, a bit more than I'd expect of a beer this strong.

S: Woof - i think i get the fruits, but it's like fruits that have been soaked in bourbon for awhile.

T: Yup, definitely been soaked in something for awhile. I really am NOT worthy of this, so early in my craft-brew days. The taste puts my mouth through the ringer and back out again. I don't have the words to accurately describe what just happened, I'll have to come back and review a second bottle when I'm all growed-up.

M: It feels quite tasty on the palate. Overall much smoother than I would expect. It's like it greeted me by punching me in the nose, but then offered to hang my coat up for me.

D: Strong indeed. I shared the bottle, not sure my mouth could handle a whole bomber alone.

Photo of Lothar666
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Ultra dark mahogany amber with a two finger thick, creamy off white head that receeded slowly and left a creamy, sticky lacing on the sides of my glass. Sediment was visible in the bottom of the glass and the fluid shined a beautiful dark amber when put up to the light. Very nice.

S- Sweet dark fruits and a smoky oak aroma, mixed with some strong hops and a bit of alcohol tingle.

T- Strong fermented dark fruits, a bit more wood chips, and a very strong hop character in the flavor profile. This one can best be described as the bigger, stronger brother of the original AB, which was a phenomenal beer in and of itself.

M- Tingly from the strong hops and alcohol but creamy, thick and smooth in texture. This one pushes the limits of all the things that a great beer can be, and for that I am thankful to have had the opportunity to taste it.

D- Very drinkable for such a high ABV; the tingle is pleasant rather than offputting and the delicious flavor demands to be sipped on over and over again. This is an absolutely wonderful beer that is worth every penny of its somewhat expensive price point.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Rich, 2-finger head. Dark caramel color - looks dangerous. Translucent, not quite opaque. Light lacing on the head.

Velvety malt and balanced hops and alcohol aroma. Slightly floral hop backbone. Caramel and vanilla emerge - maybe even a little praline?

This has it all in over-abundance - malt, ops, alchohol. I say it's well-balanced only because the brute force of each of the boulder of malt, sledgehammer of alchohol and anvil of hops are pretty much equal.

The hops and their tang and bitterness tingle while the bountiful malt and alcohol coat the mouth. This stuff is positively amazing.

Drinkability? More than you probably should! Let's put it this way...about 7-8 years ago we watched a Martha Stewart show on the Food Network where she's making her signature egg nog for New Year's. The recipe looked awesome and at the end of the show she pours a mugful and with this pseudo-Satanic grin she stares into the camera and says, " glass per person." Of course we made a batch, which turned out better than expected, ignored her admonishment and wound up pretty well $#!+-faced. Don't let this happen to you - enjoy this stuff in moderation!

Photo of Gehrig
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having enjoyed Ruination so much this past week, I decided to grab a bottle of Double Bastard from the very good selection at Hiller's in Northville before heading home. I'm more than glad that I did. It's outstanding. This is very close to perfection, a beer whose whole is greater than the sum of the collective parts.

The presentation is glorious--a finger of dense tan froth that won't quit, nestled atop cloudy brown body with cider-orange highlights--incredible. The nose is a terrific amalgam of caramel, brown sugar, and hops, with hints of fruit, as is the taste. I'm completely impressed with how well integrated the hops, sweetness, and overtures of bitterness are. Phenomenal.

The mouthfeel is certainly smooth in texture, but nicely complex with occasional percolations of grittiness that are easy to tolerate in such a smooth, tasty beer. Only the Deacon Jones head slap that this beer delivers with its very high ABV (10%) lowers this a small notch below eminently drinkable. yet don't be misled--this is still highly and deceptively drinkable, a beer requiring one to gladly set aside the keys.

Yet again I've come across a glorious, great beer that will make frequent appearances in my refrigerator. Truly outstanding, Double Bastard ranks right there with Brown Shugga as my favorite strong ales.

Photo of mattster
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased on tap in snifter.

Nice small head atop a dark amber brew.

Smell is of Carmel malts and nice roasty hops. Taste is very strong, of course, but not overbearing. Very nice creaminess and a small hints of dark fruit.

Mouth feel is filling. Slight warming, but not what could be expected from a lesser brew. I wanted another of these, but at 10% ABV, I didn't want to fill up. All in all, A really good brew that I will revisit soon.

Photo of tayner
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Papago Brewing

It came to me a burnt amber color with a nice large foamy head that laced my glass nicely.

smelled of hops and malt.. not the flowery hops i dislike so much but more of a earthy, piney hop flavor.

Taste was slightly bitter, made you notice it, but it was one of the more balanced stone offerings i have had. There was a strong enough malt backbone to balance all the flavors and make it very tasty.

It was heavy but not thick. easy to drink.

I could drink a couple of these if i hadnt been driving home.. but i did grab a growler for when i got home :)

2006 bottle on 10-28: This is not the same beer aged at all. Where did the hops go? With age this beer becomes way too sweet and heavy. This is a reminder to myself, buy this every winter, and drink up. Yes, at 10% alcohol you can age, but why? Much, much better fresh IMHO.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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