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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,118 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,118
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 411
Gots: 1,005 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
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 TasteTester
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bomber into a open mug.

A-pours a color similar to the bottle it came in. Cloudy, dark. 2-finger head, light brown/caramel color, doesn't last.

S-smells to high hell of alcohol, though I've had higher abv's with a less powerful smell. Slight smell of raisins/sour grapes but drowned out by alcohol.

T-Definitely read the back of the bottle! It gave a warning and I was still surprised. Very strong taste, good strong ale.

M-Warm, clean, crisp.

D-No more than 2 in a sitting. Definitely can get you bombed without paying attention.

Photo of davidchollar
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up my first bottle of Double Bastard at Tanakaya in Tokyo. Poured out a nice chocolate brown with a medium tan head. The foam is thick and fat-bubbled, but doesn't have a whole lot of retention. It does however leave pretty, swirly remnants. This is a good-looking brew.

The smell is good right away, and seems to get better by the minute as it warms and opens up. Butterscotch, dark fruits and cake, with a healthy dose of caramel malt and a shot of brandy. With some deep sniffing I even catch some mango and licorice. At once, this reminds me of barleywines, BSDAs, even a stronger doppelbock! But that is obviously due to the high abv which is due to the high amounts of hops and malt...

The taste quickly set me straight. This is definitely an American strong ale. Yikes. The diatribe was right, my feeble palate is ... undeserving. IBUs rip through and leave my mouth almost aching yet gracious. This is easily the most flavorful beer I've had in a long time. Big smooth mouthfeel. At 10%, and considering the pretty bitter taste, I can't give this a 5 for drinkability. But I definitely liked it and will get it again.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one with hyland and Moxley. Another Stone product with a high ABV and I was excited. Poured from bomber into a goblet a chesnut brownish red with light carbonation and minimal head. Smelled like sweet apricot and heavy spice. Tasted sweet up front with a bitter malty alcohol taste, caramel as it warmed. Warm alcohol burn is there for sure. Unlike "Arrogant Bastard Ale" I feel the heavy ABV here. It did taste better as it warmed and it did warm because I had to drink it slow. I am likely to steer clear of this guy in the future and remain a "Single Bastard". I am sad to say I did not enjoy this as much as "Arrogant", but then that is one of my faves. It is not bad by any means just not my cup of Bastard.

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

I usually like Stone, and this was no exception.
However, this beer is a league of its own, don't let the label fool you.

Poured into two tumblers, was a clear vivid orangish red with a mess of carbonation, not more than a finger head.

Smelled very spicy, very hoppy.

Taste was very much alcohol, a bit of pear and spice, a bit sweet and syrupy.

Mouthfeel was average, alot of carbonation made this feel a bit odd.

Drinkability is average. I'll have another sometime.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into two goblets. Mahagony with hints of copper and a small, tan head. Pleasant, strong aroma of dates, grapefruit and alcohol. Nice strong taste to match. Very complex with hints of prunes, biscuits, caramel and malts. Nice balance with a hop bite in the finish. Medium bodied mouthfeel with good drinkability.

Photo of medic25
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams glass (courtesy of BA). Rich copper color, with a thin white head. Strong hoppy aroma. The taste is intense; thick, hoppy flavor, a llittle oily and citrusy. Alcohol is fairly obvious without being obnoxious. This is a good slow-drinking beer for a cold night; powerful, but present.

Photo of hyland24
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet with Ba buddies moxley and pleepleus. The beer poured a reddish brown similar to iced tea made from powder. Little bit of off white head. Not much in the way of lacing. Big strong smell with very faint hints of fruity sweet apples, pears, and apricot. Big time flavors comin out of this one. Bitter right up front with heavy malty alcohol flavors. The finish was even more intense with notes of caramel as it warms up. This beer coated the mouth well with a sticky sweet slightly syrupy mouthfeel and extreme alcohol warmth. As big as the alcohol flavors are in this one it is somehow not overpowering. A definite sipper at 10 ABV.

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

The beer was copper with some plum and had a head that dissipated quickly. The nose showed sweet caramal, plum, stewing raisins, spice and orange. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied with good malt richness with balancing hops. The palate was not as dilineated as the nose and showed more chocolate and coffee than the nose. It was also sweeter as the malt showed stronger. This should age well but is great now if in the mood for a sweet malty beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz. bomber that had the creepy looking label which reminds the buyer that this brew could be too much MACHO for most men. The appearance is reddish- copper brown but not too dark a brown. The head is decent sized and settles to a sticky lace.
The aroma has a bite of it's own as one can detect malts,caramel,hops and spicy alcohol. The taste is so complex for me so I will try my best to describe this awesome brew.

It is piney and sweet,but the malts blend so well with the hops. The fruit flavors are popping with a looming alcohol presence.The beer is spicy but not so much to classify it a spicy beer and roasted malts seem to keep things in check.
There is a hint of bitterness too, yet I believe this improves the finish. The feel to this brew would be medium body with a smooth,crisp yet creamy finish. One can not ignore the after taste of hops,bitter and sugar on the tongue.
The alcohol does spring to life as it warms.
The beer is exceptional but nothing to be afraid of. Simply respect it and realize that it can get to you quite suddenly.

Photo of HopDerek
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with 1/2 inch of creamy tan head, good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus like oranges, pineapple, grapefruit, as well as spices, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and bread. Taste begins with a little spurt of grapefruit and pineapple before a nice sweetness of caramel, molasses, and brown sugar come into play. Finishes with a nice bittering pine and alcohol warmth. Full in body and low in carbonation, strong and sweet with a good balance and bittering characteristics. As the beer warms, more alcohol presence comes out in a variety of assaults on the taste buds including rum, brandy, and scotch. Good stuff, but it's very intense, to be handled with care.

Photo of wolffman17
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to scootny for this one!
2007 release

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown. Good looking reds and oranges on the edges. It's opaque enough that I can't see my hand on the other side of the glass. Small but chunky head.

Aroma unlike anything I've had before. Can't say that I've ever smelled ripe strawberries from a beer, but this one has it and in an obvious manner. Very sweet and intriguing. Faint citric hops follows the initial sweetness.

My initial taste recognizes the loads of rich malt, but the hops quickly make their presence known. The hops and malts fight for attention resulting in a massive sweetness versus massive bitterness balance. The onslaught of flavor leaves a big aftertaste that lingers seemingly without end.

Highly drinkable for such a big beer. I had a difficult time pacing myself.

Though American Strong Ale is somewhat of a catch-all style, I believe Double Bastard sets the benchmark quite nicely. This is one to seek out.

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

I never thought I'd find this beer in Japan. Yay Tanakaya!

Appearance: Deep yet mostly clear nectarine brown, glowing a sunset orange red in the highlights. Head is tall, sticky, airy, parchment-colored, and very long-lasting, especially for the beer's strength.

Smell: Hugely fruity, with a pineapple aroma you can smell without even trying; orange oil is a big player here, too, along with a hint of cherry pie, but nothing can touch that pineapple. But this beer goes deeper than light fruitiness; the volatile hops and alcohol lend notes of dry grass and coconut rum, and underneath it all lies a solid malt foundation of sticky toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and whole-wheat bread.

Taste: Mighty fine, mighty fine indeed. Its alcohol presence and permeating bitterness might be a bit over-the-top (I worry that it interferes with malt nuances), but on the other hand, that's what makes this beer awesome. Sweet at first, with surprisingly forward vinous notes - think sweet red wine, maybe even brandy - plus plenty of caramel and dark bread. The darker side of the malts give way to a lighter but still sweet fruity/floral liqueur-like flavor, reminiscent of Cointreau, Drambuie (!) and dark rum, a harbinger of hops and alcohol to come. Then the bitterness lands on the palate like a torrential rain, bringing with it raw, resiny hop-juice flavor and a warming alcohol spice. The beer closes on this bitterness, demanding strong cheese.

Mouthfeel: Quite slick and lip-smacking; thick, and softly carbonated as well. Not what I would call syrupy thanks to the drying alcohol; perhaps oily is a better word.

Drinkability: This is one intense beer, even for its strength. I think I prefer the original Bastard because the flavors seem a bit more in focus, but this is a nice, complex, enjoyable sipper as well.

Photo of nasty15108
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip pint glass.

A - Brick red in color. The pour produced a tan foam head which subsided into a spotty film.

S - Malty. Strong aroma alcohol and very slight hints of butter.

T - Slight sweetness with malty notes. Lots and lots of alcohol.

MF&D - Smooth and creamy. The alcohol really warms you. Not a session ale.

Photo of praufs01
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark brown with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Light pine resin smell.

Palate - Light carbonation that is smooth on the palate.

Flavor - Smooth citrus hop flavor.

Final thoughts - Very nice although I much prefer Stone's Arrogant bastard to the double bastard.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Medium Head, color was cloudy amber.
smell was vanilla, some smokey notes.
Taste was like a hoppy barleywine. Grapefruit.
The alcohol was hidden very well. This is very drinkable for a 10%. I could drink a couple of bottles of this.

Photo of gford217
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ArrogantB for this 2006 bottle! 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogony pour with a small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing and little head retention.

S: Quite a bit going on in the aroma. The first thing I noticed was a sweet, sugary malt smell with a heavy dose of dark fruit. Definitely a smell of alcohol in this one to burn the nostrils. I didn't get a whole lot of hops in this smell.

T: Definitely dominated by the initial malty sweetness with heavy caramel and brown sugar yumminess. I got a bit more of the hops in the taste and it was balanced very well given the ABV.

M: Syrupy but prickly, this definitely coats your mouth but has enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

D: This one is certainly an assault on the senses. I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. Complex but also in-your-face, this is definitely a unique Stone brew.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.27/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - nice amber with a thick head in the beginning

Smell - I like the strong hop aromas, but could quickly tell this was going to be more hoppy for my taste

Taste - come on now, how about a little more balance?

Mouthfeel - piercing

Drinkability - personally, I would not get this one again, will keep some in the cooler for friends who like the style and quality, but, give me more malt

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours into my globe glass a cloudy brown color, with a thin light brown head that quickly settles to a thin layer of foam. Pleasing piney hop aroma and sweet fruit notes. Taste? WOW! Very malty, almost like a barleywine, just a bit of hoppyness in the back. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden initially but quickly becomes more apparent as it warms. Mouthfeel is very big and bold, but smoooth! Drinkability is amazing, but also dangerous. Such a strong ale, that goes down this easy and this smoothly is likely to sneak up on you in a hurry.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into mug

A - Hazelnut brown color with thin foam layer that quickly dissipates. Tiny bubbles of lacing on the glass.

S - Earthy aroma with a strong scent of alcohol in the back. No real attempt to mask the 10%.

T - Very smooth and sweet up front. Flavors of caramel and cherries. Also some piney hop bitterness. Alcohol is there but not dominate like it is in the aroma.

M/D - Excellent carbonation and increadibly smooth and easy. The 10% merits a little caution. Wouldnt be a bad idea to have somebody to split the bomber with. Home alone this weekend though so I guess I will have to finish it myself. poor me...

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

22oz. bomber

A: Poured into a snifter. Rich, reddish mahogany, with a nice tan head. Low retention rate, with almost no lacing.

S: Nice mild hoppy aroma, more of a sweet citrus. Some sweet apple tones as well, with a hint of fig.

T: Strong flavors overall. Malts up front with a nice well-balanced hop flavor. Strong alcohol esters. Some smoky hints too.

M: way too smooth for 10%. very well-balanced. not too thick, but not light either...this one was just right. Mild carbonation.

D: not sure if I could handle more than one, but this was definitely a treat for my first time.

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

Pours cloudy brown with contrasting white head that doesn't retain too long.

Nose has brown sugar, miscellaneous candy, black tea, and dry brown paper bag smells.

On the palate is a strong malt presence that is syrupy and reminds me of caramel or other similar chewy candies, but the hops and alcohol kick in to balance it out. Overall it is a big, chewy, savory beer that is surprisingly easy to drink.

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

Big thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for this one, my first and certainly not my last beer from Stone. 22oz bottle partially poured into a Duvel snifter.

A: Pours a super dark and clear cherry wood with a two inch super tightly packed sandy white head which is impressive to see on a beer this size. It goes away and fades to a ring which was to be expected I suppose but still leaves some amazing lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: This is something right here. So many times beers this size whack you over the head with over-the-top aromas this beer is an exercise in balance and subtleness. The rich malts are balanced out by a strong hop backbone that keeps everything in check. Good amount of resiny hops, blackstrap molasses, cherries, wonderful.

T/MF: This beer reminds me a whole helluva lot like Bigfoot but smoother and less of a hop nuclear bomb. Deep and mellow citrus, like pineapple, sweet grapefruit and cherry all work together in a wonderfully slick bittersweetness of an opening. The mouthfeel is incredibly silky in spite of this bitterness and is where the maltiness gets to shine though in all of its wonderfully rich indulgent sweetness. I feel that this beer does not need that many words, it is an experience in itself. Huge and small at the same time.

D: This is a big beer and is like I said before sweet in spite of its bitterness, this sweetness is unlike anything else, it is rich and heavy and demands your attention. Great beer from a great trader and I am happy I had the change to experience something that is not distributed to my area.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear reddish brown with dense light tan head with good retention and great lacing.

S: Huge caramel, brown sugar, and molasses with nice hop notes mainly pine, citrus, and light floral hints.

T: Caramel, cream, brown sugar, mint, pine, flowers, honey, and a bit of alcohol coming through.

M: Creamy with a long hoppy finish that the alcohol dries out.

D: This is a great late night/after dinner sipper. I will have no problem finishing the bomber.

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

Thought I'd find something special for review number 100 and this definitely fits the bill. I'm sure I'm not worthy, but nevetheless here goes:
Dark coppery pour into a Duvel tulip glass.
Off white head wells up from the depths.
Intense fruity aroma, sweet fruits, alcohol dominate the nose.
Flavor is a beautifully balanced blend of malty sweetness and a deep grapefruit bitterness which lasts a very long time in the finish.The depth of the flavors is quite impressive. This beer would stand up to any of the great Belgian ales for complexity although the hops put it into a category of its own. The more it warms the more interesting it becomes and the hops become more intense. Alcohol becomes a bit more prominent as well.
Syrupy, prickly mouthfeel which becomes softer as the beer warms. Carbonation lasts forever on the tongue.
For such a strong beer, this is very easy to drink. THe alcohol is there and I'm sure I'll pay soon enough, but for now it's not really obvious that this is a 10% abv beer. I've pretty much sworn off of cheese for health reasons but I have to have a super sharp cheddar with this beer.
Worthy or not, I do plan to drink this beer again, whenever I can find it. One of the world's great beers.

Photo of Boppar
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into an over-sized wine glass.

A: Nice dark brown color with off-white head. Decent lacing.

S: Big malty sweetness, definite notes of bittering hops.

T: Wow! This is what A.B. was supposed to be. I had feared that everything I didn't like about A.B. would be amplified in its "Doubled" version, but somehow, this was not the case. it tastes like they beefed up the malt backbone but didn't add many (if any) more hops. this was a rather judicious decision. The result is a big malty brew that masks the 10% ABV rather nicely.

M: Thick, chewy... no messing around.

D: Considering it's an American Strong Ale (whatever exactly that is) I'd say it's pretty good.

Definitely worth seeking out, even for those of us who are not the biggest fans of A.B. Classic.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,118 ratings.