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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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world-class

5,862 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,862
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 375
Gots: 858 | 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.

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Photo of isaac
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle to speakeasy pint glass.

A - Dark rust color, really pretty and crystal clear. big pillowy head after a vigorous pour, which starts off with small cascading effects. the retention on this is amazing and the lace never lets go!

S - light citrus and woody/pine notes, sweet, roasted malts, and warm alcohol. hints of aged liquor and candied fruits.

T - wow, yummy. surprisingly more bitter than i would have thought from the taste, however, very enjoyable. grapefruit rind abounds, as well as whisps of alcohol going up the nose as you sip. toasted caramel and malts drifts in the background - still strong, but taking a sidecar to the bitterness and spice of the hops. however, it is, on the whole, more bitter than citrusy, and i would prefer some more of that.

M - Medium (well, because it is thin at first then and at the end thick). initially, a bit over-carbonated, but quite good once it warms up.

D - I want more, more, more! but also, more citrus...

isaac, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of theopholis
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Release – Double Bastard. 10% ABV.


Appearance: Dark blood red brown body with a cherry wood look. It's like looking through a perfect pomagranite. Nice tan head that lasts for a bit.

Nose: Not much hop aroma, which is a bit surprising considering the style. Has a sweet malty nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Whoa!!!! What was lacking in nose is definately present in taste. Considering the massive, almost overpowering maltiness and hops,it still has a nice complexity. Very nice hoppy aftertaste. Hops are not overpowering in the fore-taste.

Mouthfeel: You definately know this beer is in your mouth. A thick, malty, slighty carbonated beer.

Drinkability: This ain't a sipping beer, but it's pretty damn close. This should be the last beer of the day, preferably sitting in front of a fireplace, or watching a thunderstorm while sitting on the front pourch. Don't rush it.

Overall: This beer ain't for everyone. I'm a hop-head, so I love it. If you love big beers, this is a beer for you.

theopholis, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2006 edition

'Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free."

A: Pours a nice red hue with a 2-finger bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: The aroma is more balanced than the AB and Oaked AB, with piney hop aromas, but also some fruitiness.

T: Again, more balanced than its brethren, but without sacrificing its arrogance. Still, hoppy as hell, but the hop presence gels better with the malt to give an in-your-face flavor, but with a more refined hop character. The alcohol is definitely noticable, but not overwhelming, and it helps to round out a smooth, complex flavor.

M: Full-bodied with smooth carbonation. Sticky and thick.

D: For me, I find this much better than the other Bastards, which I like a lot. This is the one to get if you can find it.

klewis, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Release – Double Bastard. 10% ABV.
Sampled: Fresh

Appearance: Strikingly clear dark blood red brown body with a polished mahogany look. Dark tanned head sits proud and lasts. Resilient carbonation throughout. This one looks feckin’ good.

Nose: It is all here, and whilst it is high profile it sits low on the Arrogant Bastard chassis but projects the needy cunt stained twat juices that it induces from the off. Spunky hair laden labia still entice and effortlessly draw one into a pace that you don’t need to be at unless your tongue is on Gene Simmons overtime.

Taste: Transient raucous malt. Old red eyes is back. Red from the night before the night before. They’re only red from all the tears that I should’ve shed. They’re only red from all the women that I could’ve wed. Old red he died. And every single landlord in the district cried. An empty bottle of whisky laying by his side. A lazy little tear running from each eye. They could never be blue. I was that dude and will be one day. I feel one with this brew.

Mouthfeel: Hot toasty malts. Belligerent hops. This is Stone. Coarse but always one to fall asleep in. A lovable rogue…..reminds me of the heady Beer Engine days..oh..happy times.

Drinkability: After a few years of trying this monster I think I have grown accustomed to its strength. Maybe. Even so, this is such a marvelous malty hop bomb when fresh and still so graciously hoppy and aggressive, even when you know what to expect. It’s so fucking hard to put this one down though….like a Sado-Masochist you just go back for more! Gargoylian Quaffability. I really should not have drunk a whole Bomber of this in like 25 minutes right?! Deja-Vu...

Overall: A refined brute……if this was a car it would be the twin turbo-charged Bentley Arnage T, refined yet with a punctual awareness.

Arrogant Bastard has left the building.…..Double Bastard better be on door duty.

I love Double Bastard.
Double the Pleasure – and almost half the price of Oaked AB.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Double Bastard has a slightly more rounded flavor than the standard Arrogant Bastard - the malt is more pronounced, completely engulfing the palate at first, though the hops do come through quite strongly in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. The aroma leaps out of the glass; fruity yeast, caramelized malt, powerful pine and citrus hops. The appearance is equally impressive, with a moderate-but-lingering head, curtains of lace, and a translucent ruby color. This isn't something I'd care to drink in large quantities, but it's a great beer to share with a friend during the winter months.

largadeer, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent red color with a moderate head. Smell is terrific, with hints of candied fruits and a surprising amount of alcohol. The taste is huge as well, with the malts lingering the whole way down the throat. The hops are big and chewey, and provide a terrific balance to the dark malts. The texture is also enjoyable, with a creamy consistancy and a huge aftertaste. A really enjoyable beer.

Toddv29424, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Stone Old Guardian specialty glass.

2006 vintage.

Appearance - Pours with a nice two-and-a-half finger tan and creamy head which retains for about four minutes. It eventually settles at a thin layer of creamy head that gets thinner as you get closer to the center. Full, sticky lacing is left as you drink this beer. It is slightly hazy with a beautiful ruby-amber color.

Smell - Lots of hops going on here. Fresh and bitter hops and a strong presence of tropical fruity hops as well (such as Simcoe or Amarillo). Grapefruit, mango, manderine orange, and kiwi make up some of these tropical aromas. Some slighty cherry and plum fruits, as well as a slight over-ripe (almost a bit rotten, but a wonderful smell) tropical fruit aroma way in the background. A rich malty and slightly grainy/earthy, wet hay aroma ties it all together nicely. Moderate alcohol all over the nose.

Taste - An explosion of crisp and bittering hops with more of the tropical fruity hops just behind this. Very juicy hop flavors overall that cause your mouth to salivate rapidly. As the hops die a bit, a warming alcohol becomes stronger. Also, for the finish, a doughy and pudding-like malt character with heavy notes of wet hay and grain as well as moderate earthiness come in. After you swallow this divine beer, some fruitiness and quite strong earthiness remain.

Mouthfeel - A nicely lively carbonation hit right up front, which quickly smooths out and holds the beer's mouthfeel together nicely. This compliments the already very smooth mouthfeel of this beer. It is quite wet overall, but dries up significantly for the aftertaste.

Drinkability - Strong hop flavors especially, and just strong flavors overall. Still, it has a wonderful mouthfeel and a good refreshing quality at least to some extent. This bomber will be no problem, in fact it will be a pleasure!

A superb beer from Stone. It's not just more of what you love in Arrogant Bastard, but lots of different little nuances and tidbits in the flavor that are a wonderful addition to its "kid brother's" wonderful foundation. A must have beer, especially if you like Arrogant Bastard ale!

dblinkhorn, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 version

a - nice deep copper color, slighly hazy, few bubbles, big off-white head with a little retention and nice lacing

s - very nicely balanced nose, sweet caramelly maltiness and a strong piney hoppy aroma work well in unison with a significant alcohol presence adding another dimension

t - as the nose would suggest, this is one complex brew, sweet caramel flavors up front with a strong hop bitterness providing a good punch, the finish is a mix of bitterness and a significant alcohol component, as other reviewers have said, this is a "hot" beer that would probably get even better with some aging though I like it just how it is

m - medium-bodied with little carbonation, alcohol and hops give a somewhat dry finish

d - this beer is pretty hot and intense, so I wouldn't call it an overly drinkable beer, one bomber is probably enough in one sitting for most, that said, DB is intensely interesting and complex, so I would love to be able to drink it all night

Yet another example of why Stone is one of the top brewers out there. I've got a couple bombers stashed to see how DB does with a little age on it, but I have a feeling I might not be able to keep from drinking them for long.

WeisGuy, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a nice, big off-white head and a great deal of lacing.

S- Piney hops initially and then a big, sweet, barleywine-like maltiness. Actually rather subdued in the aroma.

T- Huge, rich, caramelly malt flavors flavors hit me, along with alcohol and dark fruits. Piney hops lie in the background, inflicting a generous amount of bitterness on the finish. As is always the case with Stone, this is a pleasant bitterness, not at all harsh. Overall a very nice flavor, but the alcohol is quite prominent and not particularly well-hidden.

M- Nice, full mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly low, but it works. Nearly perfect for this beer.

D- Once again, very good flavor, but it is too rich and alcoholic to be overly drinkable. Still, this was not intended to be a session beer, so I can't really slam it for that, now, can I?

Another good offering from Stone. This is pretty much a barleywine, and was once classified as such on the site, if I'm not mistaken. Whatever it is, it's very good. Not transcendent, but very good. I must say I prefer Arrogant Bastard to this, but that's less a knock on this beer than it is a compliment to AB. Would probably benefit greatly from aging. Recommended, drink and treat as a barleywine.

vtfan77, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pretty amberish brown. Brackish murky body. That being said, not many if any floaties upon holding up to a light, just a slight fine silt-like haze. Looks more like a cider than a beer, really. A very dignified body, overall. Head is rather unimpressively non-existent, but the lacing clings to the class in a pretty fine brown mist, leaving a trial of dots. This beer is pretty, but not particularly a highlight.

Smell: Holy mackerel hops. Pine pine pine pine pine. Lemon lemon lemon lemon lemon. Pine pine pine pine pine. Sorry. The hop aroma coming off of this one does have that effect on you, however. Amazing stuff. Normally, even in DIPA's and IPA's, pine aromas tend to be less distinguishable from citrus aromas for me, and the citrus aromas emitted tend to be more orange or grapefruit-like than light spritz of lemon. Here, however, the pine is obvious and assertive, and the lemon I seem to be picking up may just be the pine manifesting itself so completely it confuses my olfactory capabilities. Under that is a definite layer of cinnamon, a strong slap of alcohol, a hint of apple, and some date. Very warming, cozy stuff, and overall an incredible aroma.

Taste: Cinnamon, apple, and date seem to assert themselves up front with piney lemoney hops close behind. Hop bitterness. A little chocolate, maple syrup. Oh and boy alcohol alcohol alcohol. A very "hot" beer, indeed. Travels through your nostrils and warms up one's throat. It's a good "hot," though, and appropriate for the chilly time of year of this brew's anual release. A little vinous, almost champagne like. Still, the taste is, in my opinion, less forceful than the aroma. The flavors tend to loose themselves in a general cinnamony-alcoholic haze at times.

Mouthfeel: I've become aware lately that many great beers with otherwise great attributes tend to fall short in mouthfeel. Either under-carbonated orover-carbonated, usually. This one is just right in that respect. Otherwise very oily and slick.

Drinkability: Great stuff. The alcoholic warming effect is just right for the time of year, and the nose is pretty much perfect. Really should be classified as an American Barleywine, in my opinion, however.

RidiculedDisplay, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 DBA!!!

AP: poured a DEEEEP red mahogony amber-ish color that is very vibrant and pleasing to the beer-eye. A thick-ass, big and creamy head dissipated rather quickly to a constant thin but sticky covering.

Nose: Hoppy-ass wow-ness. Dank, dark berries deep malt>Leafy,earthy hop.

Taste: Ultra fruity and bitter hop explodes on yer' face.... very bold. Smokey and oaky with a hearty and complex malt flavor. The Caramalized type sweetness is the other half of the malt complex.

MF: Very active with a good bite but yet thick and heavy feeling, full bodied but crisp...lively and substantial.

DA: This is one heady ale, 10%....Booom!

GratefulBeerGuy, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew began it's life as a caramel-coated pine tree growing in a candy-coated region of Belgium. The tree is tended to night and day by gargoyled ghosts of sainted trappist monks.

One autumn morning, after receiving the signal from above, the servants collected oak barrels lined with honey and bourbon. Miraculously, the tree began to perspire the sweetest nectar imaginable, and the children of the village laughed and danced as never before. On this day, Double Bastard Ale was born unto the world. Let us be glad and rejoice.

jeffjfindley, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep clear mahogony with a huge tan foamy head. A truely impressive looking beer. The smell is a mix of sweetness and hops. Citrus hops, grapefruit and tangerine,pineapple, pine, and a "bisquity" aroma make this a very aromatic beer. The taste has hop bitterness, alcohol, sweet malt, bread yeast, citrus and pineapple fruit, and a hint of carmel. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is an outstanding beer that should not be missed. Being on the East coast I'm lucky I found a store that sells Stone. Cheers.

jmz62565, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of milesfan76
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For my first ever beer review I thought I'd do one I'd been waiting some time to try. Having been a fan of Arrogant Bastard for a little over a year, I've been really anxious to try this one.

A: Pours a dark, dark, dark amber. About a two finger light tan head that retains beautifully.

S: Yeah! I can smell the hops a mile away (I am kind of a hophead so this is a good thing).

T: Tastes alot like it's name would suggest- like original arrogant bastard with double the arrogance. Powerful.

M: Heavy. About all I can say.

D: I split a 22 oz. with a friend of mine. I probably could have had the whole bottle, but at 10% I wouldn't have wanted much more than that (the salesclerk told me it seemed stonger than last year). However, if I could have drank it all night, I would have been more than happy to do so.

The jury is still out on whether or not I'd rank this above original Arrogant Bastard, but it was definitely worth the wait.

Side note: even if this beer had sucked, the writing on the bottle alone would have been worth the six bucks.

milesfan76, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650ml bomber. Poured a amber/burgundy with a nice off-white head about 1 1/2 fingers. Head didn't stay long and clinged to the side of the glass fairly well; spotty.
Smell of grapefruit and tangerine. Some grassiness and sweet malt. Some good biscuit hints that were checked by the hops.
Felt a bit oily, then sweet, some bitterness and a sweet to dry finish. A bit complex for this ole boy.
Alcohol was a bit much for a bomber.

Mebuzzard, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber, dark copper with a medium, foamy, persistent tan head.

Aroma consists of sweet malt, pine, hops, pineapple and a slight, spicy hint of alcohol.

HUGE malt character blends well with a sweet pineapple, fruity flavor. A bitter, pine hop implosion takes over mid sip. There is a bit of spicy alcohol and pepper in the bitter aftertaste. At fifty degrees, the alcohol taste slightly overpowers the other flavors. As it warms, the sweet malt character reclaims the dominance, rendering this a smooth brew.

Mouthfeel is heavy and quite viscous. Surprisingly, this is not overly syrupy. Quite the drinkable sipping brew!

Estarrio, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 release. Deep amber color with nice clarity, 1/2 inch tan head which dissipates slowly but never fully disappears. The carbonation is mild. The smell is a blast of astringent hops, alcohol, and notes of tangy caramel and dark plum.

There is alot of everything in the flavor, sharp and resiny hop spice, nutty, tangy dark malt, and lots of alcohol. It's all a bit overpowering. The finish didn't seem too bitter after the first taste, but it wasn't long before that changed. After a few sips it really catches up and lingers like an extra sharp cheese. The finish is also lightly drying with a faint sourness. Medium thick, the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy or cloying. Fair carbonation.

This strong ale lives up to its name, but it was too intense for me to really enjoy it. I definitely had to drink it slow, so finishing the bomber by myself was no easy task. I think I will be glad to let this one age at least a year or two and try it again...

bennetj17, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Double bastard ale is more more agressive and more bitte than arrogant bastard, but it has a nice malt backbone to go along. I loved this beer. I can't say much more about it. If you like arrogant bastard give this a try. I know what arrogant bastard tastes like and this is somewhat like that but with more balance and a more aggresive alcohol characteristics. I want a more thick mouthfeel as is common with the stone beers. The balance of this beer is incredible though, it's a great strong ale. I liked this and the oaked a little more than the original. Pick this one up before it's too late.

edit: great, but no way I could have more than one of these.

jasonjlewis, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage in a bomber. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

Deep amber that is clear and is topped by a half inch of tan foam that shows good retention and leaves spotty rings of lace.

The nose is very barley wine. Huge aromas of malt and west coast hops. A bit warm and peppery from the abv. Hints of grapefruit and licorice. Big and bold, yet it has complexity and balance.

Big malt flavor upfront followed by a blast of grapefruit like hops that build and linger yet never cross the line or even tweak it off balance. The alcohol is there yet is integrated as a peppery warmth that shows in the aftertaste yet doesn't upset the whole experience. Lingering hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Not raw like a fresh bottle of Bigfoot. I love it!

Big in the mouth with an almost syrupy texture that is kept in check by the carbonation. Despite its size and arrogance, I could drink dangerous amounts of this beer. Well worth the $6.

ypsifly, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of tattooedtolley
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This awesome beer looks basically identical to the Arrogant Bastard. The realy difference in this beer is taste, there's a lot more of it, if you can believe that. This is an awesome beer, its got all the malts and hops any beer drinker could appreciate. I would have to say, I like it more than AB. Its pretty damn potent at 10% but very drinkable. I like it better as it warms up a bit from fridge temp and I have been allowing it to sit outside of the fridge before popping it open. If you like Arrogant Bastard you will like this as well.

tattooedtolley, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone- Double Bastard

Appearance- Hazy reddish brown with a big overflowing creamy head. Sticky foamy head just sits there.
Smell- Strong pine, dried fruits, and malt.
Taste- Big pine hops blended with figs, grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, and burnt charcoal.
Mouthfeel- Big sweet licorice flavor hits you up front. Smooth and warming in the end. Alcohol is very present throughout.

Overall- A surprisingly mild Double. The flavor is nice but the alcohol should be masked more for my taste!!

NJpadreFan, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of Iguana
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I figured i'd take on the bastard tonight

Pours a deep coppery amber hue with a nice 3/4 inch head. Smell is of malt hops and alcohol. Taste is huge, its a hoppy malt bomb is what it is. As it warms up it really starts to hit the spot and had me preparing for my 2nd bottle of it. Mouthfeel is thick, and syrupy, so so malty. Drinkability is high, only hindered a bit by the alcohol punch it gives.

I will say that after 2 of these and reading the back of the bottles it appears that someone went way overboard on the thesaurus useage. But damn thats a big beer

Iguana, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 22 oz. bomber of the '04 vint. Thank you beerbeing for being such a gentleman and supplying me with this beast of a brew.

A - A hazy garnet color, head retention isnt spectacular but it is good. Very appealing and inviting. I fear the ways of the bastard, but I cant help myself.

S - Similar to AB but really intensified. chocolate, caramel, malty, bitter, slight alcohol heat. awesome.

T - Caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, slight citric fruit perhaps orange and lemon peel. Wow.

M - Smooth, creamy, perfect balance.

D - The only disappointing thing about this beer is that I only have one bottle.

rsyberg01, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

absolutely mammoth beer. noticably more alcohol than the arrogant bastard, but the depth and complexity was mindboggling. every sip was chock full of character. roasted, dark chocolate notes, a little bit of dried fruit notes. a lot of stuff going on, but it was a unified arrogant beast all the same. god i love this beer. another expertly crafted brew from Stone.

OutlawJoseyWales, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 RELEASE - A big beer? They don't come much bigger! (or better).

As poured (conservatively) from the standard, 22oz.brown Stone bomber, 3/4" ivory froth sits atop a deep, rich mahogany brown with amber highlights, strong ass ale. Aftermath is thick, sticky lace all over the place... gives a little plus to the appearance.

Concentrated aroma, unleashes as it warms to a mighty complexity. Sweet and dark fruity, highly alcoholic...smells somewhat like the Sam Adams double bock of twenty years ago...but ten-fold!

Taste...intensly wonderful, I think this is the best DB yet, seriously. It has a sweet, ripe fruit malty intro that brings to mind bananas, fig, stone fruit and spice that gets a healthy lift of high alcohol. From this point the hops give their best to quench the alc/sweet with a bitter swipe of pine/citrus and just barely come through, only to be slapped back down to the more than ample, 10% ABV. (you guessed it, alcohol).

Full-bodied, light and earthy yet somewhat chewy...this beer has balls! Not for the faint-hearted but I sure do love this stuff, read the label and try it if you dare.

Note: This stuff will age very well...if you have the patience!

scottoale, Nov 07, 2006
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,862 ratings.