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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,861 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,861
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 376
Gots: 853 | FT: 28
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of vwcraig
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Double Bastard

Poured translucent dark amber with thinnest ring of head around edge. Smells of sweet malt mostly with only a small citrusy hop smell. Initial fruity banana taste switching to a dark malt and hop bitterness. Very interesting. Hop comes through in a bitter and resiny taste. Acidic hop bite mellows to a mild sweetness. Lower carbonation with a decent mouthfeel, only slightly bubbly. Smoother than expected and not as harsh or abusive as standard AB. Decent drinkability for 10% and I will be a fan of this every year it is released.

vwcraig, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Avagadro
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice garnet color with an orange-ish head that holds up well. This beer is very clear.

S: Lots of aroma present. American hops ( centennial perhaps? ) and ethyl alcohol are out in the open.

T: Very strong. I haven't had a beer like this since Founder's Devil Dancer. Very hoppy all the way through with a hint of ethanol at the end. Pretty basic flavor but it is very intense.

M: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation. Tingles on the tongue.

D: I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these. This is huge in every department, it could use a few years aging before being bottled. It's good, but I feel it's alittle unbalanced. It needs alittle more maltiness to it to counteract the immense amount of hops.

Avagadro, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty menacing look amber. A little bloody even with hints of rust and cinnamon. But you can still see some medium bubbling. The head is strong and noble, leaving a thick, bready, filmy foam as well as sporadic lacing. The aroma is a spicey mix of hops, sudgey amber malts, and alcohol. The red grapefruit aroma with this beer is pretty good. The taste was a little discouraging. Was good, but a little stronger than I was hoping. The alcohol was integrated with the hops and malts very well. Sometimes I think it cut out some of that dry amber malt smack I just love. The Grapefruity hops and alcohol were ok. Or at least make up for some of my dissapointment. The palate is cleansing and has a nice burn to it. Keeps the chest a little warm actually.

Not exactly what I was hoping for, but still pretty good. I think this beer has some aging potential.

scruffwhor, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of dherling
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a really pretty clear dark caramel color with a big bubbly bone white head leaving behind big sticky lacing. The nose offers grapefruit, alcohol, yeast, malt, hops, melon, and candy. The taste gives rotten apple, apricot, bad melon, alcohol, big bitter green hops, spice, persimmon, and even some Mike Tyson sweat. Don't ask. The mouthfeel is spicy, the tight carbonation is nearly painful. How'd they do that? The alcohol wasn't terribly masked, it's a bit much to really drink more than one, but drinking one is a treat.

dherling, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of stouty1
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait till I tried this. I just happen to come across it putting together a mixer for my buddy at Christmas. Merry Christmad to myself!

Poured a ruby red with little to no head but nice lacing. Nice nose with a fruity, hoppy nose. Tastes of fruit ad bitterness. The hops are a little over indulged but it hides the alcohol well. 10% ABV, I can't find it.

This is strong beer not for the weak, but it is very smooth if you like that sort of thing. Very nice to drink while watching a movie. It will last for the whole two hours. It's as nice as a sipping Tequila!

Good stuff! Oh by the way, after I finished the first glass and half way through the second, I found the alcohol!!! Very warming!

stouty1, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle from Shallo's restaurant. Bottle labeling is even more arrogant than the first.

Pours with lots of tiny bubbles and a nice, light-tan head. Dark ruby/auburn color. Good retention, but not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with citrus and tropical hops and some bready malt.

Taste is fairly smooth and balanced with sweet malty and hops. Tropical, citrus hop flavor followed by a bready, toffee middle and finished with a nicely bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Hides alcohol very well.

A very drinkable beer that I am very glad I finally had the chance to taste. Smooth, but dangerous as the 10% ABV is totally hidden in the taste. Simply delicious and awesome!

AaronHomoya, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown to red beer with bits of dirt-like sediment. big head. Odor is piney and sprucey hops. also some alcohol on the nose as well. Taste is really a lot of bitter hops moving into a more mellow sour hop clavor. a fair amount of alcohol in the flavor as well. Fairly heavy and sticky. Overall just like a hopped up version of AB (no surprize really), and im not sure it works all that well for me.

aforbes10, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Liquorama.

Aroma is huge with caramel, toast, sweet bread, citrus and white fruit. Intense aromatics!

Body is dark orange/nrown and holds a very lasting two finger thick tan head that is fluffy and inviting.

Pine, orange zest, tons of caramel, toasty fruit cake notes and a very substantial mouthfeel. It’s pretty narrow, but extremely concentrated. A bit too hopped for my personal atstes, but a well made beer and you can taste and feel how costly the grain bill must have been.

Jredner, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich red/brown with a thin tan head and slight orange tints. Looks nice. nose is hoppy but with a good malt balance and some slight spicing. Taste is super hops, but there's an interesting play of various hop flavors. It evolves in your mouth. Still, it's all hops, and a tad syrupy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well.

shivtim, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a season favorite that goes fast and with good reason. Pours a deep dark amber, with a thin tan head with little head retention. Its smell is of citrus and fruit, with some nice barely notes. A nice pleasant aroma. The taste hits hard, strong and sharp with the same citrus flavor and some caramel qualities too. This is potent flavor, and not for light beer drinkers. It's a very robust and sharp mouthfeel that is very pleasant. I can't rate the drinkability too high as this stuff is powerful and after one bottle I'm reeling. If I could handle 10% ABV better, I'd rate it higher!

zuggy9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have to begin by wondering why this beer doesn't have yearly distinctions like Old Guardian. Moving on... damn it's a good beer. Not the beer I've had, but it's very finely crafted.

This will sound a little funny, but at first all I can think abour is pineapple when smelling this beer. It smells like a case of pineapple cores were dropped in the mash tun. Hops can do funny things I guess. For taste there is a lasting dry bitterness that hits you slowly and doesnt leave.there's more pineapple with some citrus and fruit rind piled on top of big, sweet barley flavor. It seems like there is some more room for complexity, but what this beer has is pretty bad good.

My only major qualm with this beer is that it's so damn tasty, but I can't stomach too much too fast. This is a definate sipper. If you can find this beer, be sure to share it with a deserving friend or relative.

tempest, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of macpapi
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must confess how excited I was to find out that Stone would finally be available in Michigan. Access to this excellent beer was one reason for my anticipation.

Double Bastard pours a nice deep amber color with a medium-sized, tannish color head. It has pretty nice lacing and a very consistent color.

Smell is sweet and full. There is a great candied pull of caramel and toffee. A nice and balanced hop bite is there as well. Alcohol is also notable, with an aroma that vaguely resembles lesser tinges of whiskey. Very impressive.

Taste is absolutely fantastic!! Hoppy and bitter up front. There is a very bitter citrusy, strong grapefruit presence. Balanced, if a bit sharp. The 10 percent abv is barely noticeable. Eminently smooth and drinkible.

In the mouth D.B. is full and sharp. A very strong presence.

This is a very nice beer. Very heavy and sharp. Obviously one bottle is good enough for an evening. A very sippable and drinkable beer.

macpapi, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ok, here i go, ton of hype for this beer as with most of Stones Limited Releases, ....

A - ruby reddish brownish conglomerate with a thin tan head that disspates rapidly, scant slow carbonation snakes its way up the glass

S - aroma packs an alcoholic punch, big alocohl and grapefruit aromas, sweet subtlety to it as well, but mostly just alcohol

T - hmmm, kinda leaves me hanging, nice flavor, but the only strength is again in the alcohol, slight grapefruittiness, a nice flavor and brew, but this was hyped a little much for me, but still a quality brew, and it did get better as it warmed up

M&D - light bodied and a little big on the alcohol, which will draw from the drinkability, but a decent brew, was just expecting a bit more flavor

i may have to grab another bottle to age, i heard its better that way

sinstaineddemon, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of PhiloPsych
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big, bubbly head that leaves lacing around the whole glass. When cold, the taste is much sweeter than the regular Arrogant Bastard. As it warms the other flavors come through. Not as harsh as the regular Arrogant Bastard, but there is just as much complexity. Maybe a bit smoother and more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which is surprising since the alcohol is heavier here. As far as I am concerned this is a really great beer. Very good. Very nice. Very Stone Brewery. I love it.

PhiloPsych, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a 0.5L Duvel Tulip.

A: Opaque medium brownish read. Good solid head and decent lacing.

S: Ton of fruitiness and some edgy hops. Smells of sweet malt draws me in.

T: Malt up front, overtaken by hops, then spiciness. Alcohol bite and bitterness on the finish. I thought it almost takes Belgian in the background, but this is mostly shielded by great hop character.

M: In the front of the mouth is beer is thick and creamy. The bitterness and alcohol start to wear away on the back of mouth though.

D: Great to sip, but the boldness of flavor and alcohol content do effect the drinkability.

51mmz0rz, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle.
Semitranslucent almost opaque brown, ruby dark orange body. Good carbonation. Lace hangs in clumps and the retention is great.
Undulating tan head of tiny to medium bubbles.
Smell is caramel and hops, crisp and fresh, some hay and just enough grass to be noticed.
Intense caramel malts and strong hops topped with an alcoholic kick. Aftertaste is an incredible hop flavor spiked and bitter. Lots of residual sugar.
Full body with good coating.
This is a very drinkable brew. Intense and a very well crafted beer.


oelergud, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of BassAssassin
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

--2006 Vintage--

A: Color is a deep reddish amber. Pours with a thick, off white head that lasts until mid glass.

S: Bourbon and cherries are the first detectable aromas. A spicy hop character is present in the background.

T: Sweet, lightly roasted malts. Hints of bourbon soaked cherries. Malt quickly gives way to a balanced hop flavor. Hops are oily, bitter, and spicy all at the same time. Huge alcohol flavor rounds everything out.

M: Full bodied, chewy, and so damn smooth. Probably the smoothest beer I've ever had.

D: Big time alcohol presence takes away from the drinkability of this beer slightly. However, some time in the cellar would almost certainly change that. A sipping brew for sure. This is a sure thing every winter. Excellent.

BassAssassin, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of BMoney575
2.65/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled 12-11-06
2006 Edition

Smooth pour out of the bottle, deep red color with a nice amber head.

Strong aroma of hops, with other smells of citrus fruit and little smokiness.

Taste is good, until the alcohol hits. Smoky malt at first, and then a huge hop hit. But, whatever good flavors come out at the beginning are totally covered up by the brutal alcohol punch-in-the-teeth at the end. Extremely unbalanced, and almost difficult to drink.

Mouthfeel is decent, hard to keep it in your mouth long enough to get a good idea.

Drinkability is not good. Prevalent alcohol bite overwhelms the good points of the beer.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer, which was a surprise because I like more extreme brews. I probably won't try this again unless it has aged for a while.

BMoney575, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 version

Pours caramel/red with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Above average lacing & average head retention

S: Breadyness & earthy hops

T: Earhy herbal & piney hops along with big tome breadyness up front. Slight brown sugar & alcohol warming follows along with dryness & hints of caramel. Piney hops linger on the tounge along a hint of oakyness & cinamon

MF: Chewy with low carbonation

Drinks pretty good, just a little too hefty to session on, especially when they are served up in bombers. This is a nice strong ale, but overpriced IMO. I doubt I'll buy this next year, just ain't up to the hype . Might be worth cellaring, but not at this price

russpowell, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of akahn
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous deep ruby color. Lasting off-white cap of foam, and a bit of lace.

Deeply sweet, yet hoppy, tinged with alcohol, with an awesome peach-apricot note.

Rather sweet flavor, but this sweetness takes a backseat to the HUGE hop bitterness. Dry, piney, and bristly. Pith-like. Finishes with a fading alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is interesting -- creamy and smooth, like a spirit, but meanwhile hops are stabbing the palate. An interesting contrast.

For its strength and bitterness, this beer is damned drinkable. Next time I'm not sharing it.

akahn, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought this 22oz 2006 Vintage on 11.29.06 for $7.25. Experienced it on 12.9.06.
Shared with my dad in small glass tasters.

Appearance: Bastardly. Clear, dark amber color with red-orange hues gradating themselves in the varied widths of the taster.

Smell: Powerful. I can tell this is going to be a worthy opponent for my palette. Smells of oily hops and staunch wood. Faint fruity smells are that of apple and pineapple.

Taste: BAM! An immediate blast of alcohol intensity hits hard and fast. The hops are there and are bittering (which would subside if aged for a year or so). Main flavors consist of tart wood and fresh hops. Maltiness is way is the background fighting for a chance. So is the faint pineapple taste.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Great for what an ale of this nature should be. I feel like the alcohol is seeking out every cranny in my mouth to attack. Carbonation is present and not everwhelming.

Drinkability: As a fan of high ABV beers, I enjoyed this one thoroughly. However, I believe it would be better served after a year to tone down the hop intensity and see other flavors immerge. It seems like it could be a very complex beer but screams with alcohol burn. Affordability makes this beer highly drinkable.

I would purchase this beer again, but I would cellar it for a little. Those two bastards are mischievous little gargoyles, and I plan on harnessing their strength and agility!

Risser09, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of strangefate
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2006 edition.

Pours a deep brown with a nice foamy head. Retention isn't bad as it leaves a thin head throughout and nice lacing. Smells of caramel, fruit, and notes of alcohol. Taste is sweet and bitter, fruity at first, then malty, then a nice hoppy kick to the aftertaste. The carbonation is great and it's not as thick as 10% ABV would make me assume. For its alcohol content, it's very easy to drink this. I didn't really start loving this beer until halfway through - it takes a few sips. Once I hit that halfway mark, I couldn't stop thinking how great this tastes.

strangefate, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep chesnut red with an off-white head.

The aroma was primarily toffeish malt and some earthy, herbal hops.

The flavor of the beer was deeply malty with notes of toffee and chocolate. The hops had an earthy flavor with some grapefruit. There was some kind of funky astringency that really detracted from the overall flavor.

The carbonation was good and the mouthfeel was medium/heavy.

Maybe this beer needs some more aging, but I didn't really care for it.

SacoDeToro, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage

Pours reddish amber with a thick creamy head that slowly descends to leave of lacing down the glass. Nice retention. The thin head stays throughout.

The smell is of caramel, earthy grains and citrus. Mild alcohol.

The taste is of thick sweet malt upfront - caramel, sweet - barley(?) ...brown sugar. It is balanced out, and beaten out after the second sip - by bitter citrus - orange and grapfruit. Soon, the citrusy, chewy hops fully emerge to overtake the maltiness. The malt, however, remains intact and give the hops a solid backbone. Complex, and the flavors are nicely layered.

The feel is smooth with an incredibly well-balanced texture. The abv is barely noticeable in the taste and feel - leaving it to sneek up on you.

This is an incredible brew - nicely balanced with the hops in control in the end. Fresh, full, tasty and complex. This is an amazing brew. And the beer gods rejoiced...

jwc215, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. Strong nose which is somewhat boozy. The first few swigs take an adjustment since this beer has so much flavor. This is a beer which should stand by itself b/c any beer that you will have afterwards would be overwhelmed. DB is one of my favorites.

I have had this beer previously after 1 and 2 years of cellaring and I think the beer is at its peak after 1year. Itis a little hot when fresh but too mellow after two years.


SkinnyElvis, Dec 08, 2006
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,861 ratings.