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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,211
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,080 | FT: 39
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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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Ratings: 6,211 | Reviews: 2,055
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow this is fantastic. Nice dark woody amber color, nice head with nice lacing. Smell is fruity and hoppy. Taste is just exceptional. Smooth and clear and refined. More fruity and sweet than most Stones I've had - actually not as strong or extreme as I expected. I think the Arrogant Bastard is actually more extreme, but this is more complex, for sure. The balance is exceptional - all the flavors and the alcohol are blended perfectly. Feel is thick and creamy, and the alcohol is hidden well. I'll be getting many more of this and saving them.

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

A - Stone Double Bastard Ale pours a deep, dark, cloudy copper with a thin tan head that slowly retreats to a foamy film atop the brew.

S - Sweet, fruity, raisins, malty. Very complex

T - The taste is as malty and sweet as the aroma suggests. A little piney with some aftertaste of alcohol giving away the 10.0% ABV. Really amazing, at least to my taste buds.

M - Mouthfeel is good, smooth, medium bodied.

D - Incredible drinkability, especially for such a strong beer. It is just perfect for savoring.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a murky reddish brown with a slight off-white head that lingers to about quarter-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is malty raisin with earth scents. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and sweet, with hoppy bitterness creeping in. Flavor is more malty raisin than hoppy citrus (as I had hoped), leading to a fairly bland, bittersweet finish.

I much prefer the hopped up Arrogant Bastard over his Double relative.

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

Nice amber color with a head that sticks around

It smelled very malty, so much so I expected less hops out of the taste.

Loved the balance between hops and malt. At first there is a caramel taste and then hops begin to over whelm it. But what is left on your tongue is the initial malty-caramel flavor leaving a non-bitter aftertaste

Nice and thick for a strong ale. I liked the way you got a nice hop bitterness but it did not stick there afterward

A good beer if you like hops (some don't). This is the first of these releases I've had, but will not be my last

Photo of mtbbaboon
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 22oz bottle. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a real nice dark copper color with thick foamy head. Moderate lacing that doesn't really hang on for very long. Smells of malt and pine, with some hoppy tones. Definitey more malty though. The alcohol aroma is strong. The taste follows the smell. Tastes malty and sweet, and the alcohol is really noticable in the aftertaste. It's got a touch of bitterness as well. It's got a medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Leaves some stick in the mouth, and goes down nice and smooth. This is a good beer and I enjoyed drinking it. Definitely a strong ale.

Photo of pwsoldier
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release poured into a North Coast snifter from a 22 oz bomber.

A - Pours a deep, cloudy mahogany with a creamy tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves plenty of lacing.

S - Lots of complexity here. Oak, pine, dark fruit, and alcohol all blend to create an aroma that's sweet and enticing. My palate is already screaming for a taste!!!

T - My nose doesn't lie. This beer is every bit as wonderful as the aromas suggest. Malt presence is absolutely enormous! Some hops come through to try to balance it, but the malt definitely dominates. The alcohol makes itself known in the finish with a warming bite.

M - Full-bodied and unbelievably smooth with a wet finish. Some spicy hop notes linger on the palate, along with a kiss of alcohol.

D - I really wasn't expecting this monster of a beer to be so easy to drink. It's very smooth and immensely enjoyable. I need to get my hands on more of this!

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

Pours a murky brown in color. There was a small amount of head on the pour, but it is completely gone before I can find my seat. Smell is huge malt and a good amount of hops. Everything seems to be amped up a bit.
Taste is a bit more hops than I was expecting and a whole bunch of spiciness that caught me off guard. Very enjoyable, but nothing to mess around with. Good amount of caramel malts and to a lesser amount some toffee. This is a good beer fresh. I've had an older bottle that was amazingly good, but fresh, this stands up there with the rest of them. Good beer.

Photo of SerieDNo3
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque, or very nearly so. Poured a dark ruby-red brown into a tulip glass. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Hops; very piney and aggressive.

Taste: Wonderfully hoppy with notes of smoky wood and caramel. The alcohol has a nice warming effect, and the flavors become more complex as it warms to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: When cold, at first, the carbonation gives it a nice tingly feeling. It becomes more syrupy and chewy as it warms up.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for a 10% American Strong Ale. The flavors are more pronounced when it gets warmer, but it goes down a bit easier when colder. Nevertheless, the effort is worth it, as this is an exceptional brew.

Photo of buffettfan
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber, into a glass.

Appearance was dark brown, with a decent, white head, that went away fairly quickly.

Aroma was very balanced. Some citrus hops, and a caramel malt scent.

Taste was not what I had expected. A fair amount of hops, but not as much as I expected. This is a well balanced taste, with a sweet almost chocolaty maltyness that took me completely off guard.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side, and smooth.

A very nice, drinkable beer.

Photo of gyllstromk
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2008 into a snifter. DB is a deep red, mostly clear, with mild head and lacing.

Smells a bit tart: cherries, cranberries, or raisins. Some hops and malts are there with a very apparent amount of alcohol. Taste follows with a bit more hops and noticeable alcoholic affect.

Overall I'm not blown away by this beer. For 10% ABV I'd like something a little more experimental, whether its a hop blast or a bourbon aged stout. Call me spoiled. Stone's Ruination and Russian Imperial Stout are much stronger offerings.

Photo of KFaulkner
3.16/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I love Arrogant Bastard because I feel like it's the perfect balance of old school, hair-on-your-chest brewing, plus enough warming alcohol to give you a kick in the pants. In fact, it's one of my all-time favorites.

But I feel like Double Bastard is just that same beer on steroids... stronger, but with shrunken testicles.

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

A - Poured with a decent white head, that dissipated quickly. Hazy copper-brown color

S - Nice, but not overwhelming hops and a good deal of maltiness

T - Huge hop smack up front (burn baby burn), and some warming alcohol pops in before a malty end.

M - Thicker MF, and near creamy. Very light on the carbonation. Almost viscous

D - Despite the whack of hops, this is surprisingly balanced. Alcohol was almost not noticeable, which helped with the drinkability.

Overall, I thought this was fantastic. Definitely takes all the elements of Arrogant Bastard and ratchets them up several notches. Fantastic stuff, and definitely seek this year's out!

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

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date.

A: Velvety brown with ample golden head that disappates quickly and a couple of lines of lace.

S: Delicious caramel malt, dark fruit like purple grapes and dates, leafy, tobacco-like hops

T: All I can say is -- malt-assault with a serious hop snap. Dark fruit and toffee malt flavors blend with leafy and bitter hops and hefty alcohol warming finish.

M: Medium-to-full body although less body than I expected. Aftertaste is very bitter and the alcohol is substantial.

D: A huge beer with upped hops and malt from little brother Arrogant Bastard. I think I like the little brother more because the alcohol presence is a lot less but still retains most of the character of this fine brew.

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

An outstandingly bitter beer for an outstandingly bitter man. This is, as advertised, very bitter. Pours with a small head that quickly goes away, bark orange in color. Tastes of nothing but lipsmacking bitterness, making you want to take another sip right away. Nice thing is, it is generally easily available in the Albany area, so no need to stockpile, and tastes great while fresh.

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

This is an exceptionally well-constructed ale with a deep amber color and a substantive, hoppy structure and a notably sharp finish....

The taste is well-laced with an extraordinary bitterness that comes on a bit strong, even compared with the 10% ABV.

The drinkability of the beer is entirely subject to one's tolerance of a consistently bitter ale of this sort, however, I find the sharp finish and spicyness of the ale be highly drinkable, if one doesnt mind a bit of pretentiousness in the beer's craft and bottle design.

A great beer from an arrogant brewery.

Photo of prosk8er480
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into glass. Head is small and disappeared very quickly. Strongly smells of malt and hops. You can feel the carbonation over the tounge and the hops basically punch you in the mouth, its phenominal. This beer is definetaly fresh, I have 5 bottles being aged as we speak.

Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma has raisin and currant in the nose with a subtle alcohol warmth.

Taste is sweet upfront with a decent kick of citrus hop bitterness and raisin, followed by a strong kick of alcohol warmth that coats the throat and a decent amount of malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is warm with the citrus hop bitterness and raisin flavor sticking out the most, followed by the alcohol warmth.

I like this. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, except that there's more focus on the alcohol part. It reminds me of what I enjoy about Arrogant Bastard and as a result, I enjoy its bigger cousin. Definitely a sipping beer that's worth your time.

Photo of Bananaman
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really nice to finally try something from Stone Brewing. Shared a 650ml bottle with Ljunkan!

Looks really nice, the bottle is just faboulous. Ruby/red brown color with a nice beige foam.

Smells intresting sweet caramel malts together with those classic American hops. Notes of fruit candy something like "Gott och blandat" that we have in Sweden.

Tastes really good, again the classic American hops together with some sweet rosted malts, those fruit candy aromas lurk in the background.

It is really filling too! All and all, a very good beer, of course a bit hyped, but still.

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

650 ml bottle (2007) shared with Bananaman.

Dark red color with a mediumzised beige head.

Smell is dark berries, fruity candy, sweet malts... well actually I think it's like smelling into a bag of candy or something... not that wrong. Some american hops there too.

Taste is fruity with a big bitterness. It also got notes of fruit candy with a sweet, pleasant aftertaste. Lots of american hop-notes with a obvious taste of grapefruit. Very good. Some warming alcohol in the taste.

Very filling, fullbodied and nice in the mouth. The carbonation is average and very nice. A bit sticky, but not in a bad way.

A very nice sipper. Reminds me a little of american barley wines, but it has some other characteristics as well. My next bottle will be standing for a while though.

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

Picked up 2 bombers at Oliver's last night.

This years brew is simply outstanding. While still a slight bit rough around the edges, where it is hot it also balanced with an outstanding but not in your face over the top hop profile.

The beer pours a very clear reddish orange amber hue with a nice slightly tan head.

The smell is warm alcohol, tropical fruits and warm apple pie.

The hops are well balanced with a judicious malt profile. The fruit that comes from the malt is less estery and more of a dried and cooked sugary fruit profile.

The flavors draw much of the same as that aroma with a nice clean and punching hop bitterness to cleanse the sweetness from the palate.

This is the best I have ever recalled Double B to be in terms of freshness and flavor.

Probably need to pick up more than 1 bottle in reserve.

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A: Dark copper with nice copper head that stuck around for the duration of my beer drinking experience.

S: Pine, citrus, sweet malt character.

T: Wow, what a blend of malts and hops. This may be the perfect beer. It starts with a sweet malt and at the same time the hops kicks you hard too. It finishes dry with a hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is hidden wuite well, only noticible in the aftertaste, and it blends well with the hops and is not really all that noticable.

M: Medium body, not too heavy.

D: For a 10% beer, this was easy to drink.

Saving at least 2 bottles of 2008 to age, as this may be the perfect beer.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone's Double Bastard Ale reads "Only the Worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk." Well, I'll risk it. The beer pours from the bomber into my snifter dark rusty red with a cream tan head that holds a thin film and a thick ring around the edge of the glass leaving a nice bit of lace. Sticking your nose into glass, and the aroma bursts forth with citrusy and piney hops and sweet caramel maltiness giving it a bit of a cherry smell. Once the beer hits the tongue and slides to the back of my throat, the smacks you with bitter yet nicely citrusy hops. The beer is also complimented by a fruity flavor from the caramel malts that is somewhat like cherries. The beer has a nearly full body and nice carbonation as well as a bit of dryness from the hops. Overall, a great, fantastic, amazing beer. I could drink this one all the time, and I can't wait to age it.

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.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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