Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 6,023
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 393
Gots: 937 | FT: 33
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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 jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby amber color with better than a full finger stiff yellowish head that fades slowly. Some lacing and visible effervescence observed.

The smell is really sweet cherry, vanilla cadbury creme egg

Thee mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium bodied, It's creaminess seem to give it extra presence. There is a tingle from the hops and carbonation and it finishes with the warmth of higher alcohol content.

The taste is very sweet and creamy also. Malty with a cherry tone with a lingering syrupy sweetness on the tongue.

Very drinkable, although i'm one who feels the alcohol more on the way down than on the palate. This one is letting the burn loose in the chest.
Scoring Imagination Points with me.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy this bottle. Instead, leave it for a Worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as "Liquid Arrogance."

"This is one lacerative muther of a beer. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to you resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product which lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda. You know, the one that offers no challenge, yet works very, very hard to imbue the foolhardy with the absurd notion that they are exercising "independent" thought, or attempts to convey the perception it is in some way "authentic" or "original". Its that one that makes you feel safe and delectates you into basking in the warm, fuzzy and befuddling flow of your own nescience. Why so many allow themselves to be led by the nose lacks plausible explanation. Perhaps you have been so lulled by the siren song of ignorance, that you dont even notice your white knuckle grip on it. You feel bold and unique, but alas are nothing but sheep, willingly being herded to and fro. If you think you are being piqued in this test, it is nothing when compared to the insults we are all asked to swallow spilling forth from our televisions. Truth be told, you are being coddled into believing you are special or unique by ethically challenged "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" marketing exec-types. Double Bastard Ale calls out the garrulous caitiffs who perpetrate the aforementioned attrocities--and those that buy into them-- and demands retribution for their outrageously conniving, intentionally misleading, blatantly masturbatory and fallacious ad campaigns. We demand the unmitigated, transparent truth. We demand forthright honesty. We want justice! Call 'em out and line 'em up against the wall....NOW."

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Rusty orange in color. Deep caramel malty aroma with some strong hints of hops. Alcohol and caramel and toffee in the taste. Pretty sweet tasting and sticky on the palate. Big mouthfeel with small drinkability due to high alcohol.

Photo of cooncat
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 2006 vintage 22 oz. bomber - reviewed 4-14-07.
Stone Brewery has gained my total respect over the past couple years, proving to me that something good CAN come out of California.

A mildly vigorous pour split into two pint glasses (my buddy had to sample as well) produced a deep mahogany to garnet color, with remarkable clarity and a nice sized creamy head, which produces sheets of lacing on the side of the glass all the way down.

The nose surprised me that it had floral and piney hops mixed in with the dark fruity rich maltiness. A note of fusel alcohol was present, and not unexpected in a 10% abv beer. Very complex and one could wax on for a long time describing every nuance.

The taste is very full bodied and has a great malty sweetness at the top; dark fruits, currants and a bready background. The sweetness is totally balanced by a suprising appearance of floral and piney hops, which get progressively more aggressive in trying to make their presense known by the bottom of the glass. I'm not sure I've ever had a beer that is so well balanced; definitely the "best of both worlds". The finish is satisfyingly dry, with the maltiness still present. This is one massive beer, complex and one to sit back and savor for an hour, as each small sip conjures up new nuances. The considerable ABV will make itself known, perhaps too much if you try to quaff an entire 22 oz. bomber. Share this excellent beer with a friend - great times and conversation are bound to follow.

Very highly recommended. An outstanding offering from Stone.

Photo of lifeboyq
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 release Double bastard - First let me say this beer is an entirely different beer aged. We all know hops seem to fade noticeably quarterly, but after a horrible first tasting in 2005, I persevered giving it more time. Without age, it's entirely too bitter as it's over hopped with high alpha hops without any balance making it very cloying. I don't understand hop heads and I never will, but perhaps over an aged argument, I'll listen but still disagree. This beer is insanely over hyped and overall an average beer at best without the patience of Job. After 2 years, its still slightly bitter, but a very balanced beer, somewhat similar to a slightly bitter but refined raison de extra. It's beginning to be good, beginning to be very good, but needs still more time to settle down. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice surprise but my guess is that after three years, this beer will finally be truly ready and a fantastic offering as beautiful pseudo amber, cooked sucrose treat. I taste 2 row malt for a base, munich malts, medium crystal, a little dark crystal, (I guess its possible that imp mistaking the crystal for some aromatic, biscuit or special B combo) maybe a little black patent malt or roasted barley, refined processed sugar and an American ale yeast.

Overall, this is a well brewed beer to withstand the test of time. Without time, it's a nice offering for the unrefined palette that falls prey to American micro beer marketing bias. The percentage of people that buy beer to age it is very low, thus how should I rate this beer?....

Photo of JMD71
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled & reviewed on 2/24/07:

Ap: Medium pour brings 1/2 finger of tannish head. Head persists nicely. Nice rust/dark copper color. Slightly cloudy. Medium carbonation.

Ar: Fruits hit the nose initially followed by sweet malt & then hints of alcohol. Slight notes of citrus & tangerines.

Ta: Very sweet up front followed by a boozy blast of alcohol. Wow, this is strong! ABV very evident, not well disguised. Very heavy on the bittering hops. Comes off a bit astringent IMO.

Mo: Full bodied. Chewy. Very medicinal & astringent. Bitterness leaves cloying sensation which persists for some time. Not sure about this one...

Dr: Low-medium. ABV way to noticeable & in-your-face. Could have taken better steps to to layer the high ABV with a better malt profile & less bittering hops.

Comments: Can't say I loved this. I've had some high ABV barywines, but whis was way too over the top. The bitterness was too overpowering & the sweet malt entrance too heavy. Extreme does not always result in a well balanced beer. This is definitely the case here IMHO.

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

Into a tulip glass, pours a beautiful crimson, lots of off-white head, starting off at a solid inch and settling to a thick film, lacing all over the place, cascades in sheets and bubbles. Absolutely marvelous. The aroma is full of sweets, fruits, warm alcohol.... yikes, this bodes well.

Aaaannndd, the taste. Yikes. These guys can brew a ridiculous beer. This thing is fantastic. The "i can't think how it could possibly be better" type fantastic. Its the kind of beer that defines what Stone does, and that is... create strong, hefty beers, enormously hopped but loaded with sweet malts, a smooth, full body with all kinds of stuff going on. Clearly, this isn't the ballsiest beer they offer, but its kind of the flagship beer, its what they do, and what they do is a beautiful thing.

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

22oz, 2005 edition
Pours a dark reddish color with a head of tan bubbles that fades quickly. Aroma is on the sweet side, vary malty with only a hint of citrus hops. Taster follows suit with a wonderful balance(did I say balanced???) of caramel candy malts and hop bitterness. Actually, the malt reminds me of some of the better English style barleywines. Hop bitterness is there for balance and in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is noted, but not as intense as you may think. Not what I expected, but a great beer.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a burnt mahogony, almost brown liquid with a tan head. The head rose up to about an inch then disapated rather quickly leaveing behind a desent amount of laceing.

Smell: Aromatic candy-like malts, slight fruity esters suggesting apple, sweet caramel, a notion that the alcohol is on the high side. This has a barleywine character.

Taste: Very sweet malt bill, hops seem to play a lesser role in this beer. The alcohol is definitely potent that has a little burning sensation on its way down. Light cranberry without the tartness, slight hint of cherries and sour green apple blended with sweet red apple as well. This has a very strong late bitterness. Nice complexity!

Mouthfeel: Alcoholic vapors are running wild, thick and oily on my tongue, super full body, seems to high carbonated. Leaves a slick chewy film clinging to every side of my palate.

Drinkability: This is an exeptional beer for sure. If you have not had this yet, it is worth the try. My opinion: This beer could just about be classified as a barleywine.


Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to have this Double Bastard all day. It's a little intimidating.
A - Cloudy amber/orange haze w/ a fluffy off-white head. I expected it to be darker, but this color is great. The head doesn't recede at all.
S - A little spice, dark sweet malts, dark fruits.
T - Holy shit. Powerful, but not what I thought it would be, which is good, because any more powerful and I might have fallen out of my chair. A spicy, sweet malt explosion with very little alcohol presence. A great balance of bitterness and alcohol bite to create a smooth, interesting finish. I'm drinking it sort of cold, but not too cold, so I'm sure the alcohol will show more as it warms. The tart fruits stay around the whole time to aid in the great finish.
M - Medium-bodied but strong. The fruits are awesome. They cling to the palate and make this a great brew. I'm not saying it's a fruity beer at all, but the dark fruits really smooth it out and add so much flavor along with the sweet malt.
D - What can I say? Stone does it again. For the strength of this beer, I would pop open another bomber without hesitation. Every flavor comes together to create such a balanced and deceivingly strong beer. I hope to have this on tap when I visit the Brewery in May. Stone, I love you.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy, dark reddish amber color with a nice size white head that leaves a good coat of lacing on the glass.

it smells of roasted malt and hops.

well balanced flavor of malt and hops with a slight taste of alcohol.

medium bodied brew with good carbonation.

very easy to drink for such a high abv beer

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

2006 vintage

I have been fortunate to receive a few bottles of this in some BIFs lately. Thanks everyone!

Pours a dark copper color with a nice looking head.

Aromas are a bit spicey, mineral like, some stewed fruits, and a touch of pine from the hops.

Flavors are of subtle dark fruits up front, with a touch of spiciness. Beer then settles into flavors of sharp alcohol and bitter hops. The finish is tangy and tart. I have to smack my lips after tasting, good stuff!

Mouthfeel is excellent. This is very well rounded, and fills your mouth nicely. It is really obvious on just the first sip.

Drinkability is surprising excellent for such a big beer. It is a pretty easy beer to drink, especially with an ABV of 10%.

Photo of Damian
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a clear, dark, crimson-mahogany with a one-finger, light tan, bubbly head that faded to a thin film. Lots of drippy lacing along the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Sweet and super intense with robust malts, caramel, toffee and a rich, vanilla oakiness. Later, some ripe fruits, raisins and a brandy-like quality became evident.

The taste was as good (if not better) than the nose. Rich, flavorful, smooth and incredibly well balanced. Tons of sweet, caramel malts and spices up front with a pervasive oakiness. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile changed considerably. Hoppy (citrusy, cascade hops) and alcohol rich on the back end with a hoppy, dry, slightly bitter, grapefruit-like finish. Moderate alcohol warming was noticeable in the nose and mouth on the exhale. As the beer warmed, the alcohol did become slightly more pronounced, taking on an almost vodka-like character.

Body was medium with a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability of this beer was outstanding. With so many interesting flavors and complexities, the 10% ABV was only moderately noticeable. Furthermore, this beer was so well balanced. This was truly a joy to drink and would pair perfectly with a plate of stone fruits, dessert cheeses and nuts.

Note: As for a comparison with the Arrogant Bastard Ale, this offering is a whole different beast (pardon the pun). The Double Bastard has a substantially more intense and complex flavor profile. Also, unlike the Arrogant Bastard, this beer has balance.

Photo of FlyFisher2782
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Definitely a sipper.
Color is a deep honey brown with a hint of red tint.

Nose is HUGE grapefruit but still allows a deep sweetness of charred honey, pineapple dark raisins and sweet bread to permeate the hops.

First, the sweeness of the malt and instant bitterness of the hops (magnums?) hit your tongue. Soon after the hugely thick mouthfeel hits you... again this is a sipper. The malt has hints of honey, raisins, perhaps a faint sweet pineapple as well.

Lingering bitterness, similar to single Arrogant Bastard stays with you and yet still manages to go down smoothly. Alcohol is there but I could only tell slightly towards the warm end of the beer. This ia deadly drinkable for a 10% beer.

Overall a fantastic brew but suffers in the drinkability area as one 12 oz serving filled me up.

Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber brown color with an average off-white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strong, kind of a pineapple, peach, pine, resin, alcohol drenched raisin scent to it. There is probably more to it but its hard to put a finger on. The taste is a bit more earthy. The brew has a roasted malt backbone, with a grapefruit hoppiness, some dark fruity esters, and an alcohol kick. It is a bit more carbonated that I would think, the ale is well bodied and finishes a bitter. The alcohol, bitterness, and overall complexity of this brew would limit me to one bomber in a night. A tad over the top but worth the experience.

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

This 10% ABV monster came from a 22 oz. bomber released in 2006. I'll preface this by saying that I wasn't a big fan of the *regular* AB's bitterness, and it wasn't until they released the Oaked AB that I really began to appreciate it. Frankly, I expect this beer to be too intense for me, but the bottle is opened, so I'm going to give it my best shot and try to be objective.

I poured this one into my trusty Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip glass. The body was a clean amber with what started out as about 2 fingers of dense, off-white, creamy head. After a couple of minutes, the amber liquid became exposed in the center, while a thick halo encircled this and clung to the edge of the glass.

The odor was unexpectedly sweet, a mixture of brown sugar, tangerine, and, to a lesser extent, grapefruit. I have a feeling this beer is going to be a wolf in sheep's clothing, but up to this point, it's very inviting.

After the first sip, I'm still very impressed. The grapefruit really kicks in here, but I can still very much detect that sweeter, tangerine-like citrus presence as well as a bit of brown sugar. It's very bitter, but also very well-balanced. I'm pleasantly surprised so far.

Further sips suggest to me that either something's not quite right or there's just a vast difference between drinking a Double Bastard fresh and drinking one that's 4-6 months old. It's as sweet as it is bitter. There's no lingering caked-in pine or grapefruit aftertaste. Even the alcohol is subtle, especially for 10%.

I still have another bottle of this, and I was planning to let it age a bit, but it seems to be in its prime right now, if not a little beyond. I'm in utter shock. Maybe the oak aging of the AB just helped me acquire a taste for this style of brew. I guess I won't really know until I try a fresh batch of regular AB and compare it against a fresh batch of Double AB.

Photo of EPseja
2.5/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On the evening of the last full moon of winter 2007 in Westwood, NJ, the Double Bastard finally finds its way to my lips...

Served from an exquisitely screen printed 22oz bomber at cellar temperature into a Duvel tulip -- my tasting glass of choice.

A - Gluggingly thick in the pour, and medium brown with ruby highlights in the look. Pushes up a beautiful, foamy, inch-thick head that makes a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is fairly good, and head retention is average.

S - Sweet, mild caramel, and orange-tangerine citrus all dropped into a pot with cold, evergreen broth. Tickling (taunting?) notes of alcohol. Molasses biscuits with pecans.

T - Tongue-stinging alcohol-laced carbonation hits the tongue on a wave of mild malt sweetness. Isopropyl vapor fills my mouth, putting me on the verge of gasping for air. West coast hops grab hold in the back, struggling to regain control of the situation -- and succeed only barely. Astringent in the throat and bitter without relenting. Over the top and with no subtelty.

M - The alcohol sting does not help the fact that the carbonation is a bit on the aggressive side. Slightly numbing, and puffy in texture. The swallow is foamy and filling.

D - Next to the regular Arrogant Bastard, this beer is complete shit. It took a wonderful, balanced recipe with big, delicious character and injected it with steroids and methamphetamines, turning it into an out of balance monstrosity with only fair redeeming value once your tongue gets numb and your head gets light. It's not entirely undrinkable -- I intend to finish the bottle over the course of a couple of hours, sipping it like I would a spirit -- but if you've got the money for just one Stone beer, this one is NOT it.

EDIT: To qualify this rating, many people would say that this ber needs to be aged before it gets really good and mellows out. Well, that may be true. But, in my opinion, if it's not ready, then don't release it until it is, or at least mention on the bottle that it *should* be aged rather then consumed immediately.

Photo of timtheenchanta
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to dhchatfield for another chance to try this one. Today is a year from when I tried it and rated it higher than any other beer I've tried so I figured I'd revisit today. Let's dive in!

Dark ruby color toward the center and a light orangish shade around the outside... almost colored like a peach skin. There's a half finger light tan head which eventually falls into a thin film atop the beer but never leaves a completely exposed liquid. There's very sticky webby lacing around the snifter.

The nose is boozy like plums soaked in moonshine with some apples and a sweeter fruit like a pineapple or a slight cherry scent.

Big complex taste with a sweet fruity taste. There's some pineapple, a lot of booze, some spicy hops (which leave the mouth extremely dry), some slight orange flavor and even more hop dryness. Whew. That's spicy. It's sweet up front then turns boozy then hits you with a wall of hops.

I have to admit that I absolutely love this beer but it's actually a bit better with about 18 or so months on it. Still a fantastic brew!

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

22 oz 2006 bomber poured into a snifter. Nice red-brown with a small white head. The smell is hoppy and floral. The taste is also very hoppy, floral with a little caramel (from the malts?). The alcohol makes its presence known but is not offensive. As it warms it gets better and better. Another outstanding beer from Stone.

04/12/08 2005 vintage

Dark, brown-red, smells sticky, tastes bitter, somewhat piney, the hops are still definitely alive and kicking. The beer isn't as sweet as I expected it to be either.

Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured with an off-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose was somewhat sweet and sugary. The mouthfeel was thick and full with an extremely sweet taste, like syrup. The finish left me licking my lips and thinking about the extreme sweetness that I had experienced throughout. I just could not get past how rich it seemed and that is not my bag.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very intiminating beer. Intiminating alone that it's 1) made by Stone, 2) 10% ABV, and 3) clocked at over 100 IBU's (per Stone's website). The back of the label even warns that if you hesitate, do not buy it. I've been joyeously waiting for this moment for months. The few beers I had in the night were just mere sideshows for this, the main event. From the 2006 release, let's get on to this beer:

For best results, I've given this beer about a half hour out of the fridge to warm up from ice cold. Pours an outstanding head with a rich copper color. Lots of tropical and piney scents in the beer. Now the ride begins, and down the hatch it goes. Oh my goodness! Unbelievably smooth and sweet. Gigantic amounts of tropical fruits in the flavor, a bit of chocolate and sugar, and very warming alcohol. Very syurpy and sticky as it goes down.

What's scary is the drinkability of this ale, so watch out. There's certainly bitterness in there, but it doesn't seem like it's a 100 IBU beer, it's so smooth. A bomber of this and you're done for several hours. It's a beautiful beer that everyone should try....if you can find it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for the bottle.

Poured a cloudy Burn Amber with no head to speak of, some fine bubbles, and lots of eddys of lace swirling in the top. Looks strong in the snifter. Smell first hits you up front with a ton of alcohol, but starts to mellow after a while leaving hints of bourbon and very sweet, almost candy flavors. Some pine hops as well in the back, smell really starts to come out as it warms for a while/ The taste on this was HUGE. Again as it starts there is the alcohol, which at 10%ABV is unmistaken and pronounced. This must be let to set to truly appresicate the other flavors. Mellows out into a highly hopped strong ale, with a big ddry finish. Huge pine, and candied sweetness. This is a BIG beer with BIG teeth, be forwarned. I goes down nicely enough if you are prepared for it, very dry and beautiful texture, not oily and definatly not thin. Crisp, tough, this will kick your ass. It is highly drinkable, at lest for me. It came out as everything I envisioned it would be, Arrogant Bastard or roids! Not for the faint of heart, but for the strong willed hope head, heaven.

Photo of guitarmage
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The typical, awesome stone bottle with the story on the back. The beer is a dark mahogany, with an awesome red hue when held up to the light. Pale tan head falls into a thin lacing.

Smell: Big dose of maltiness with ripe fruit, rum like alcohol, cherries, plum, also a hint of cherry wood smokiness, hops are present and smooth.

Taste: Big molasses, brown sugar, ripe fruit consume the palette, a dash of lemony citrus, then a big dose of grassy hops go up your nose and the alcohol warms your face. There's a lot of action.

Mouthfeel: Thick, full bodied, chewy, fairly dry in the finish, coats the mouth but is very pleasant.

Drinkability: This beer is awesome. Huge, complex, sweet. A food would have to be very flavorful to stand up to it. A good beer to end the night after a crappy day.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2006 release. It pours into the chalice a dark red/brown (blood red when held to light) that is sedimented or unfiltered in the second pour. It has light, slowly rising carbonation and a light tan head that reduces to a thin layer. The bouquet is rich and malty with lots of hops for balance. There are notes of bready/biscuity, caramelly, toasted, and nutty malts, chocolate?, pineapple, citrus, pine, strawberry?, cherry?, raspberry?, apricot, and some vinous and woody notes. The body is thick, with a deep malt body and a huge hop presence. There are piney/citric, grapefruit, pineapple, and green/leafy hops with biscuity/toasty, caramelly? malts and notes of apple or currant along with some spicy alcoholic heat. The body is full and drying, quite smooth, with light carbonation and a very long finish. Overall this is quite a heady brew - one of the maltiest beers there is - yet is quite drinkable. This is still a bit young though, and I've got both the '04 and '05 to see how the aging affects this brew. I'm guessing that the flavors would meld wonderfully and that the alcohol would cool down, making for an even better beer. P.S. - I would love to see Stone make an oaked version of this beer.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely ruby red with a nice little creamy head. Smells much like the original bastard. Pineapple, grapfruit and freshly cut grass on the nose. Taste is like a welcome slap in the face. Hops and malt galore! Pineapple and grapefruit with a fierce bite of alcohol in the finish. Perfectly balanced in the mouth, not chewy but full. Only the heat of the alcohol made me keep the drinkability down.

Photo of younger35
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Weizen glass. Got the good ol' 22oz bottle. Really liked the original bastard and was very excited to try this one.

Appearance- A nice dark caramel amber. Not great head but decent. Left faint lacing on my glass.

Smell- Smelled much better than the original. A very nice fruity aroma with a malty backround. The alcohol is very warming.

Taste- A nice caramel malty sweetness is the first thing that jumps out at me. Has a very fruity, hoppy undertone that blends nicely. The alcohol warms awesomely on the back of my tongue. A very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation. Medium bodied. A very nice stickyness. Nice warming alcohol.

Drinkability- Not a drink more than one 22oz bottle beer with the 10% ABV but very tasty. I was very pleased with this beer. It was a step above it's little bastard brother. Will definitely pick this up when I run across it again.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,023 ratings.