Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,038 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,038
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 393
Gots: 949 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of JBogan
2.65/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber color with little to no head and no lacing. Not a very impressive start.

Smelled mostly of alcohol and some pine. Maybe a tiny bit of citrus.

Tasted like the smell. Not nearly as complex as I was expecting. Mainly alcohol dominated with some pine thrown in. I even waited a while for it to warm but really the only thing that seemed to get stronger was the alcohol taste.

Good mouthfeel. Very smooth with a medium to slightly thick body. Not much carbonation however.

I couldn't see drinking very many of these. It just didn't beckon me back for another round.

A friend of mine from Europe visited this site recently and commented that he felt that a lot of folks seemed to give high marks for a beer based mainly on the machismo factor, a high ABV content. After reading the reviews of this beer and then tasting it, that's the first thought that came to my mind. I will revisit this beer again for another try, not because I wanted more, but because perhaps I had a bad bottle. I'm definitely in the minority here but this beer was quite a letdown from what I was expecting.

Photo of EStreet20
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracking open the first of my '07s

22 ounce bomber bottle, snifter glass.

A - A beautiful deep ruby red. Two full fingers of off white foam sits on top and stays and stays. Really a beautiful looking, deep red, strong ale.

S - I'm noticing a big aroma of pineapple on the nose. Some sweetness in there as well as a sugary malt smell butts in a little with the fruity aromas, finishing with some alcohol coming through to the nose.

T - Smooth and sweet. More fruit flavors kicking up, then leading the way to a bit of a roasty flavor and some hop bitterness. Finish is hop bitterness and a bit of a boozy kick. Very nice, layers upon layers of flavor.

M - This brew coats the mouth well. Really has some substance to it. Full body.

D - A beautiful strong ale sipper. Makes you want more and really feels great in the mouth.

Photo of Mazeraski
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours an amber, dark red ruby, almost mahogany color with quite a thick, tannish head that doesn't dissipate for a while.

S: Some malty aroma mixed equally well with a large burst of hops, with added bits of small-toned fruit and a hint of alcohol, not nearly as strong as the taste.

T: Very complex; for as strong as the taste is it is a magnificently smooth beer. Well-balanced high amounts of hops and malt, along with a mixture of fruit, pine and hint of toasted caramel and alcohol. Strength of the taste doesn't hit until you have swallowed the swig.

MF: Amazing, relatively thick mouthfeel, keeping in consideration the percent by volume. Just the right amount of carbonation and also with a bit of lingering alcohol as well as a relatively strong aftertaste of hops that will leave you wanting more.

D: Although this beer is heavy on the taste buds, it doesn't seem quite as heavy on the stomach. However, even though the taste is quite great, the sheer strength of this brew will leave you only able to drink a moderate amount of these at a time.

Overall, an impressively strong and tasty brew that has earned quite a bit of my respect for the Stone Brewing Company. Definitely worth it.

Photo of atrus138
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bomber into a pint glass. Beautiful ruby red color, though appeared amber at the top. No head or lacing that I could notice. Smell was nice, but not nearly as potent as it tasted. Lots of citrus and piney notes. Very sweet. The taste was an explosion of flavors, all of them wonderful. Citrus, caramel, burnt sugar, with lots of hops. Both bitter and sweet at the same time. Absolutely amazing and even better when it warmed up a bit (which was easy to do because of the sheer volume and heavyness of the thing). A very heavy drink in alcohol content, mouthfeel, and flavor. I don't recommend having this with Thanksgiving dinner or any other heavy meal because it is so filling. However, on its own, it is an amazing drink that I will look forward to each year. Well worth the price.

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

This is an amazing beer. From the 2007 batch and poured into chalice glass. One thing that suprised me (maybe it was the pour) was there was little to no head but a beautiful mahogeny brown and violet color. A thin, off-white layer that lasted shortly and no lacing. Could have been my fault. Smell is very citric, the one that stood out to me was pineapple like. A hint of caramel a small touch of alcohol as well. Taste is incredible, wonderfully complex. Touches of hops, malt, toasted grain, alcohol, and chocolate. A warm feeling is left behind and the first sip will warm your chest in an instance. Low carbonation and a slightly thick mouthfeel and a somewhat oily feeling in the mouth is left behind. Overall this is a great beer and worthy of all of its praises. Only a 4 on drinkability as I want to have another, but a bomber of this is enough.

Photo of calebmills
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to start this off well its the best beer ive ever had!!!! when you pour it into a glass its a dark and deep shade of red and has a thick tan head almost like a stout. the smell isnt very overwhelming more misleading than anything because its not near as strong as the taste. the taste is very sweet and hoppy you have some fruit mixed in there and again pretty damn hoppy. the alcohol is mixed very well with the taste it doesnt overwhelm but warms when you take a drink. its a very complex and full but its very drinkable i was actually suprised when i finished it because i was ready for another. shame it costs like 80 dollars a case... i recomend the hell out of this beer but like the bottle warns you must be worthy of it or it will kick your ass haha!

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

07 release.
Pours a hazy orange-brown color with a slight head. Aroma is of caramel, citrus and fresh bread. Great multitude of flavors here. Toasty malt notes with a caramel, smoky chocolate huskiness that coats the palate. Hops are evident, but are muted in the presence of all the alcohol and malt. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Ends in a viscous, yet biscuity feel that lingers. Alcohol is well integrated into flavor, although you can almost feel it hit your blood once in the ol' gutty works. A double dose of bastard does you good. I approve.

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

dark maroony amberish on the top and lighter on the bottom. multi-hued for sure. pretty cool looking. cream colored head that had decent retention and good lace. smell wasn't as strong as expected, but still sweeet. just like the taste, the smell was well balanced tropical fruity, grapefruity, mildly piney, roasty, smokey malty. some sweetness too. really came through when quaffed. great body and carbs. almost full body. could drink this all night, and the alcohol is well hidden if you ask me. heard tons of hype about this beer. didn't quite live up to it, but this is another solid solid offering from one of the top dogs. i'll have another please!

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

Brand new 2007 bottle.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown, almost maroon, and maybe a little darker than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Thick tannish one finger head.

S: Tons of fruity esters, mostly tropical, and some hops come out as well.

T: Sweet tropical and rich roast malt flavor, fruity and lots of bitterness. The hop flavor itself is citrus, but the bitterness comes out more than the flavor. The balance is just incredible.

MF: So smooth it's almost sickening. Very dry finish that leaves you wanting more. Strong warming, but the alcohol is actually pretty well masked.

D: Just a superbly crafted beer. In some ways, the flavor is a bit more mellow and refined than the Arrogant Bastard, but I think that's just a tribute to the balance this beer has. If not for the alcohol, I could drink this beer all night. Talk about a perfect winter beer though, just grab a glass of this an get a nice fire going in the fireplace, and you'll stay plenty warm. Think I'll head back to BevMo and stock up. I really wanna see how this one ages.

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

Picked up a fresh 2007 bottle.

Pours a Dark, dark reddish amber color with a beautiful light brown and foamy head that spills out of the glass and over the side as it builds and builds. A great lacing just splatters the side of the glass. Smell is of hops and some more hops! Grapefruit, and citrus and some earthy hops too. Malty flavor makes for an initial sweetness, followed by an intense bitterness. Crisp carbonation on this beer as well.

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

Thanks Murchmac for this trade.

22oz. bomber poured into a pint.

A: Pours a deep maple with good visibility. A strong pours gets 2 fingers of tinted rocked head. Head retention is good as is the lacing.

S: Sweet malts of brown sugar and butterscotch with a husky touch. Some citrus comes out from the hops. Pineapple? Some phenols are present but just a tad until it warms further.

T/M: Very strong on both the hop and malt front, each keeping one another in check. Hops are citrus-y, grassy, and quite refreshing. Malts step up and smooth everything over with a sweet biscuit arrival. Hops come back at the end leaving a lasting bitterness in the dry and warming finish. Alcohol is a touch strong at first but quickly fades.

D: Very tasty and the perfect thing for this time of year. High ABV makes this a sipper even though I didn't do much of that.

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

Had on tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach on 11/16/07
After working a 24 hour shift, I needed a little pick me up with a delicious pulled pork sandwich and Double Bastard at Beachwood
Poured into a 16 oz pint glass for $6.00
Looked good, very dark ruby red with a minimal head that left early in the drinking experience
Smelled a bit strange to me. Perhaps it was served a bit too cold, but I could pick up very little in the nose besides over-powering hops and some sort of funky malt
Taste was great as ever. Very spicy hop bite, followed by a thick malt and then flowery, grassy hops.
Mouthfeel was very good too. Thick, coating and delightful. This seems in the mouthfeel to be a bit more barleywine-ish, but the beautiful use of hops quickly kick some sense nto me that this beer is held above all standards and in a class of it's own as an American Strong Ale.
Drinkability was good, because I wanted another with lunch, but the pricetag and 10% alcohol persueded me to call it quits.
Another very fine example of craft brewing from the masters at Stone.

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

8 ounce glass directly from the source at the Stone World Bistro for four dollars yesterday

Color was a tiny bit darker than its little brother, Arrogant Bastard but not too much, medium dark brown with a 1/2 inch off white head that left lots of lacing

Smell was strong with some toffee and caramel, could tell this one was very hoppy, but could also smell a fair amount of malt, some sweet and subtle aromas

Taste was nicely balanced with sweet sugary malts and lots of bitter hops that gave it a nice dry finish, a little piney at first but then molds into a complex strong bite, has a sweet vanilla taste that has hints of caramel providing the sweet side, while a couple different hops give it some good bitterness, this taste lingers for a long time and has a distinctly strong aftertaste, wish this was not just a fall/winter release

Good amount of carbonation and nice mouthfeel, body was extremely full

Could have drank another three or four of these size glasses but the ten percent alcohol would have its effect on me after a while, pretty light for how strong its taste is though

This was my first time drinking this, but I am going to go out on a limb and say it is probably the best directly from the brewery rather than out of a bottle from a store, glad to finally try this here, highly recommended like all other Stone beers

Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I thought about while sipping/smelling this...

I'm on an island in Hawaii in a Pineapple Paradise. Why?

There is a strong presence of pine, and maybe pineapple to it. Upon first touch, slight taste of raisins.

A: Handsome, mahogany color

S: Like Hawaii (not waikiki beach)

T: delicious. smooth, with a slight kick of bitterness which dissipates almost immediately.

M: smooth, not too rich or full as you would think a double would promise.

D: i'm not a sweet beer person, but the pineapples would eventually knock me out after 3 beers.

Highly recommended. Get your hawaiian shirt on.

Photo of Kadonny
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2007 verison poured from a bomber bottle into my Harpoon European glass.

A: A nice reddish amber color with a nice off white/reddish head. Not a lot of carbonation or lacing.

S: Hops and malt, but more hops. Funny though, you can tell right away this is not an IPA or DIPA just from the nose. The hops are much more muted and not much of the heavy citrus or floral smell is present. A very soothing smell but not much sweetness that I can pick up.

T: Wow, first sip gives me hops bitterness and alcohol with lots of pine mixed in. Mid taste has malt soothing in, with the subtle hops with some citrus and the bitterness finishing out. Malt ends on the aftertaste. You can tell this is a young brew, it's very...ummm, edgy bitey with not much mellowness but very good, almost overwhemling.

M: Heavy, heavy mouthfeel with lots of alcohol present. No doubt when young you taste the alcohol. This is a big beer.

D: Actually, in limited quantities the drinkability is high, in more quantities the drinkability lessens. This is a big, big beer, make no mistake about it, the biggest I have tried lately for sure.

Overall a very good beer, but to me it just has this rough edge that needs to be smoothed over time to increase drinkability. If you want a huge beer that will tantalize your tast buds, this one is for you, but don't plan on quaffing any because this beer is for sipping. I bought a case so I'll revisit the review as I let these guys age a bit. Upon aging the hops will probably die, but the drinkability and mellowness will increase.

Stone has done it again, this beer is what legends are made of.

Photo of bitterthebetter
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an inviting reddish brown with a creamy head with an aroma that burst forth with hop citrus and pine. The beer is smooth and bubbly with the bitterness of the hops slowly coating the palate and lingers long on the finish. As the beer breathes a bit the hops becomes more subtle and the malt becomes more prevalent, albeit still subtle. Hop flavors are citrus and pine, a balanced and memorable beer.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark burgundy-red color. Off-white head is small but dense and creamy; turns into a nice film too.

Smell: Pine-like hops, with an acidic sweetness, like pineapple. A bit of alcohol present in the nose too.

Taste: The piney hops kick in at the start, set off against a malt backdrop. Towards the finish the pineapple (and a bit of citrus flavors) come into play. Alcohol is noticable for a good deal of the time.

Mouthfeel: Super-smooth feel especially at the start. Light carbonation, with slight alcohol burning towards the end.

Drinkability: This is for drinking very slow! The alcohol taste is quite noticable.

I was afraid this beer might be too over-the-top hop-wise, but it isn't. Instead, though, it is a bit over-the-top in alcohol content. I prefer a strong beer that masks the alcohol better. I do still think it's a good beer, but I probably won't get it again for a while. It's not for the faint of heart, and it's one that you have to give a lot of extra time for drinking...

Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber, 2007 Vintage,

A: Pours a dark brown/red into a snifter, fair head which left some lacing, but not the most impressive beer I've ever seen.

S: Big mix of hops and malts, raisins, pine, dark fruit, quite boozy as well, a bit abrasive, but complex.

T: The taste is very big and powerful. Huge pine bitterness races across the palate with some pineapple and citrus as well, while the malt and dark fruit add some balance, but still the flavours are a little out of control. Booze also comes across, a bit fusely, but mostly just a smooth solvent character. A little bit of dark/bittersweet chocolate comes out as reaches room temperature.

M: Robust, full of resin and oil, full-bodied, this is a beer that stays with you long after you drink it, it definitely makes an impression.

D: Definitely a sipper, this is one big, powerful, and complex beer. Very tasty, but at times the harshness and brashness got to me and I found it difficult to drink, and I love this extreme stuff. This is a very good, interesting beer, but I have to be in a particular mood to fully enjoy it. Another good production from Greg Koch and Stone, it is very raw at this stage, it will be interesting to see what a few years do to this one.

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

Double bastard packs a heck of a wallop.

Pours a deep reddish amber with a smaller than expected off white head. Smells like a gigantic load of citrus hops.

Tastes ... like a gigantic load of citrus hops. Mammoth pine, grapefruit, and a thick load of bitter fluid greets your taste buds. Not a beer to be enjoyed for every occasion, but definitely excellent. Surprisingly thick feeling for a beer of this type.

Photo of brantadid
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a wonderful dark ruby or garnett color. A surprising cascade formed a 2 inch head which diminished over a 5 minute period. Really nice lacing.

Smells of malty sweet hops with some raisin hints. Lot of citrus in the nose. Grapefruit rine.

The flavor really mimics the smell. Nice sweetness of malts, and raisins or figs. The sweetness is totally balanced by the bitterness and crispness of the hops. Very long finish. Alcohol is totally masked. Excellent balance to this beer.

Incredibly rich and creamy mouthfeel. Nice carbonation that also seems to be totally in balance. Not overly or under carbonated.

In a word...WOW!

Photo of snpub540
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. As I was pouring it into my snifter, it appeared to be a golden color, but as it collected in the glass it took on a nice mahogany hue. There was a tan one finger tall head that quickly turned into a small ring. No lacing but I wasn't expecting much from a high ABV brew anyway.

The smell was fantastic. My nose picked up whisps of pine from the hops and some dark fruits like raisins and cherries. Also a hint of sweetness from the alcohol.

Taste was a sweet mix of caramel and raisins. The hop flavors were pine and grapefruit. There was a dry aftertaste and a slight amount of warming alcohol in the finish.

The complexity of the beer made it surprisingly easy to drink. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and quite nice. Alcohol wasn't overpowering at all. A very enjoyable beer for a nice cold fall evening.

Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 Release, poured from a bomber into my large St. Feuillien goblet, Double Bastard is clear dark ruby with a small but thick, olive tinged off-white head.

Smell is mainly a big punch of citrus hops, pineapple and grapefruit, although a rich sweet malt background lets you know that you're not dealing with another big IPA. Since I've been drinking winter warmers lately, it reminds me of a super hoppy one of those, with noticeably more alcohol. I'd rather more balance from the malt, the hops make it rather one dimensional.

Taste is also super hoppy, with a hugely bitter, dry, clean booze finish. There is some sweet, gingerbread like malt lying behind all the hops and fusels, but it's probably too fresh for my taste right now. The aftertaste just won't stop, super astringent and boozy.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily, not much carbonation.

Drinkability is on the lower side. This one pretty much burns with every swallow. Sure it softens some as it warms, but it also gains viscosity. Frankly, I'd normally lower pretty much every category, except for the fact that it's so fresh, and I assume it's better with age. There's also maybe some high score bias, as much as I try to avoid that, I can't ignore the hype behind this one, which I'm not really liking. I love robust american barelywines, but this one's just harsh, and I'm a fan of extreme beer. Time will tell if they're arrogant or just fooling themselves.

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

Popped open a 2006 vintage to celebrate the Sox winning the pennant. Poured it into a Belgian style snifter. Average sized head, and has a wonderful reddish brown color to it. It has a noticeable barleywine-like smell to it, with a maltiness that tingles the nose. The first sip was amazing, it was a lot smoother than I expected. I would compare this to a fine Old Ale. As it warmed up, it became even easier to drink, which was when I started to really notice the high alcohol content. This is a great beer to just sit back with, sip slowly, and enjoy. Another winner from Stone.

Photo of Maracuja
3.63/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate brown, mahogany, bronze (to light) with a full brown head, sediment floaters, good carbonation, and little lace. Nice balanced malt and hop aroma; chocolate malt notes and piney hop aroma. Tastes much like it smells with an overly bitter finish; not pleasantly hoppy. Full bodied and creamy with a harsh bitter finish.

Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber (2006 Vintage, a gift from the very generous Alyeast, a BA among BA's)

A. Pours a dark rich red with little head and little lacing.

S. Pear malt and hops. A light alcohol warming follows through.

T. WOW!!! Full malty grapefruit taste with a sweet malt backbone. The hops shine through and wait...there is the alcohol.

M. This is a rollercoaster of tatse. Definitely a bold beer. It hits the whole mouth. Not a beer for the timid.

D. Normally I would give this beer a lower score here because of the alcohol, but if this beer were available locally, I would sell my kids, quit my job, live under a bridge and drink this all day.

Finally I can appreciate Stone being so far away. This beer is soooo good I could get hooked. At least this way I can continue to be a productive member of society.
A GREAT BEER!!!!

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,038 ratings.