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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,165 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,165
Reviews: 2,043
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,046 | FT: 34
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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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Photo of kleffman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cracked open another bottle of the 2007 batch and poured into my Alesmith tulip glass. Very tight head from a pretty strong carbonation with excellent lacing. Poured a deep reddish mahogany.

Aroma is an amazing blend of sweet maltiness and piney hops. Spicy alcohol and some dark fruits.

Taste is exquisite. I don't know how you could improve this. Caramel maltiness, sweet burnt sugars, pine and citric hop flavors all blending together. Alcohol is spicy and goes well with the bitterness and carbonation.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel with just enough bitterness bite. Very drinkable for something that's 10%. You just don't want it to end.

What's amazing is how mature the 2007 batch already seems. Normally I enjoy this aged about a year, but it's already fantastic. I need to pick up more of this and if you can find it you should too. I would just enjoy it fresh but I'm sure the new batch will age well, too.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stone Double Bastard Ale review
Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Big layer of head, off-white in color, which appears frothy and bubbly but actually retains very well. The beer is a darkish orange caramel color, with strong amber tones as well. Some spotty lacing, with slippery rings that slowly dissolve down the sides.
S: A very pleasant mixture of citrus hops, sweet malts, and a big floral bouquet. Really not what I expected at all, but this is very nice. Pretty well-balanced and fruity/sweet/malty/hoppy all at once.
T: Citrus and floral hops, followed by some sugars that fade into a lingering bitterness rather than a sicky-sweetness. Overall, strong tastes of caramel malts, bitter citrus, and acidic/oily hops. Pretty good overall, but the aftertastes is a little odd, and there's not a strong malt backbone, which is what I expected.
M: Tingly and bitter at first, and this continues with a nice hop bite. Strong alcohol feel in the finish.
D: Not bad, I guess. Smell is great, but the taste and mouthfeel are a bit lacking. The alcohol is too noticeable, and the taste is not as complex or intriguing as I expected.

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

06' vintage on tap @ Sunset Grill ( I missed the 05', damnit).

Pours a nice ruby color with an off white/yellowish head. Nice retention and lacing.

Complicated smells: piney hops, malt, caramel, fruity (pineapple/grapefruit??), fruity sweetness.

Tastes much like it smells, very complex and great. Strong hops with shades of grapefruit/pineapple/other fruitiness, hops, pine, malt, caramel, brown sugar. Nice warming alcohol finish. Masks the high ABV very well.

Great feel on the tongue, just the right consistency.

I could sip this beer all night. I heat the 05' on tap was even sexier; I wish I would have sampled it.

A fantastic DIPA, I would suggest it to anyone who is a fan of the style.

Photo of athensbeermaster
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty pours a huge thick head with large lacing on the glass. The nose as big aroma of caramel and brandy like qualities. The high alcohol level warms the mouth,then the syrupy malt wave controls the heat, until the blast of piney hops counter attacks the big burnt sugar,congnac flavor. All this fades into a sweet citrus finish. Pretty amazing where I found this beer, in a small quicky mart like store next to Venice beach! Gotta Love California...

Photo of allergictomacros
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-red. Head is yellow, thick and creamy. Retention could be a little bit better I suppose.

S - Piney, buttered popcorn, fruity, floral. Very sweet, rich aromas in this one as well - candy, toffee and caramel.

T/M - Very heavy, rich, sweet, and creamy. Lots of butter and hops and butter and hops. Extreme fruitiness and a intense bitterness that cuts through the heavy body. Aftertaste is quite bitter, but doesn't linger overly long. Booziness is surprisingly subdued (for a 10% ale) due to the hugeness of the other flavours. I'm getting flavours of apple, pine, generic rich fruit, molasses.

D - At 10% and a bomber at that, I'm not having more than one of these tonight, but certainly something I would revisit, given the opportunity. Despite being a huge beer, this is still well balanced, and isn't at all a chore to finish.

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

A nice deep amber hue with shades of brown and red. Thin yellowish head with steady carbonation in the somewhat murky brew. Fresh hops both citrus and pine. Big malts, caramelt, sugary, sweet. Some heat from the big, bold bastard of a beer. Taste follows smell and then some. Hard to pick up on everything going on here. I'd say the hop presence is as big as the regular bastard, which is pretty damn hoppy to me but the malt here is more reinforcing and provides more complexity. Grapefruit, sappy pine, biscuity malt, caramel, brown sugar, pineapple, just a few things going on. Excessively drinkable in a good and bad way. Double the bastard, double the fun!

Thanks to tayner and cburian for the hookup!

Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bomber poured a beautiful deep, deep red-orange with a high creamy head that leaves monster lace as it bubbles down to a thick froth.

The smell is woody with redwood and oak, and some strong caramelly malt and grainy bread. Noticeable alcohol smells warm the nose.

The taste follows the nose and is very strong, with an up front tannin dominance of wood and bitterness. It definitely becomes more complex as I drink it, a characteristic present in many 'big beers' that kind of numb the palate as you go, revealing more of the depth. It has a running smoothness in the malt with some grain and caramel tastes. The initial rounded sweetness is quickly replaced by a bitter warmth on the back end. Finishes with a sticky clinging bite that is almost chewy, with a robust aftertaste of grains, still hanging in the bitterness.

The longer I drink it, the more I like it, but given its character of overall strength in every category, it lacks some drinkable appeal.

Photo of deepsouth
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a BIG thanks goes out to Vancer for sending me this bomber of 2006 stone double bastard ale.

i drank this beer out of a tremens tulip.

this beer poured a cloudy (perhaps sediment from cooling it in the rapid beverage chiller) orange-ish brown with very little and and little lacing. carbonation abounds. i should add that the beer cleared up and i didn't see any sediment in the glass, so i am not sure what that was all about, but it was inconsequential.

this beer smells of raisins and caramel. a bit of spice in the nose as well. i can detect the alcohol, which is not a bad thing.

the taste is consistent with the smell, however it becomes much more complex as it warms. i can best describe the beginning of this beer as very agressive, starting sweet and finishing bitter, however superbly balanced.

the mouthfeel is quite full with hella carbonation. makes me wonder where the head went?

i shared this with barefootbrewer and another, but i think i could drink a whole bomber by myself. highly drinkable in my opinion. quite like a barleywine. actually closer to a barleywine than the last barleywine i had, avery hog heaven.

cheers to Vancer for sending me this KILLER brew.

what a wonderful smelling beer.

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

I wasn't sober enough to really pick too much into this, but I still wanted to make a few notes from what I did get out of it.

Deep mahogany, with plenty of lacing. Smells of plums and hops; plenty of alcohol here that burns the nostrils a bit when you really try to dig into it. Taste is BIG. Hops everywhere. Earthy, tart apples. Spicy hot alcohol is in your face. They couldn't have picked a better name. This beer BEGS for aging. If I ever come across this again it is going straight to the cellar. LET THIS ONE WARM UP. It is a completely different beer at room temp.

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brownish/orange with very little head. The aroma is deep with malty, caramel, and alcoholic characteristics quite apparent. The taste is bold and has a punch but at the same time it is has a nice balance of malt and bitterness. The mouthfeel is thick but not chewy. Alcohol is noticeable but seems appropriate. Overall, this is an impressive beer that should only be ventured into by the worthy!

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

Be careful with this one. It's a heavy hitter that will sneak up on you and whop you over the head if you aren't paying attention!

This beer poured a deep rich mahogany color, with a brilliant head that eventually disappated to a nice layer of bubbles covering the beer. The bubbles stuck with the beer until the bitter end, and laced the entire glass.

Big nose with lot's of Alcohol,Dank hops, and maybe some woodsy, earthy notes.

It has a very warming, and alcoholic taste. Double Bastard is certainly not as bitter as I would have suspected. Perhaps it's the high gravity muscling it's way thru my palate cutting out the hops.

This is a full bodied dank beer that is surpisingly very drinkable. May I have another?

Photo of DIM
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This one is a clear dark caramel color. It pours with a big off-white head that lasts and lasts.

s: There is an obvious and abrasive piny hop with lemons up front. After a while some caramel and brown sugar sweetness emerge.

t: Mirrors the smell almost exactly. The hops and the malts both push for top billing creating an almost schizophrenic drinking experience.

m: The carbonation is excellent and this is certainly thick and sticky enough.

d: This is one of my favorite beers so far.

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


On tap at Mahar's

Pours an amber. Decent head.

Not a style I normally reach for. I loved the smell. Lots of floral and citrus.

First taste made me giggle. It was more like...wth was that! I had to keep drinking to try figuring it out. It is crisp, smooth, sweet. Carbonation has it dancing on your tongue. This beer is just great fun.

This becomes a relaxing drink after the initial excitement. Maybe it is the little hop high. Maybe it is the 11%. A few pints of this can disappear rather quickly. Watch out!

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

A: Pours a nice dark amber with a thin layer of foam on top. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Grassy, citrus hops blended with a nice malty sweetness.

T: Like a punch in the face, this beer demands attention. Huge citrus and grass hops notes are blended nicely with a huge caramel malt backbone. The alcohol is well-hidden in this one.

M: Smooth, crisp, with a bit of thickness to it.

D: The Double Bastard is a scarily drinkable beer, that packs quite a bunch. Very tasty, and a great job by Stone.

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

Poured from a bottle a beautiful deep clear mahogany color with a frothy beige head and good lacing.

Aroma of citrus and grassyy hops along with a real malt presence. Notes of caramel and brown sugar circle the nose.

Taste is rich, moderately sweet, and strong. The zig of the hops and the malts work together perfectly together in this one. The alcohol is big in this ale and you know it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, slightly drying, with a light carbonation. The warmth of the alcohol is there with every sip.

Let me say that I love Double Bastard. I want this beer to comfort me on my deathbed. Enjoy.

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is a dark amber brown with reddish hues, and very good carbonation. The head is big, 2 plus fingers of white and lots of lace.

The smell is huge hops, and a nice malt to boot.

The taste follows, this brew is really quite big, When you talk DIPA here is the poster child. Extreme hops, grapefruit and pine tar, spread of lightly toasted biscuits. It could be a bit to sweet in the quest for balance.

The mouthfeel is big this and puckering, big thick, very good.

The drinkability is only for the worthy, I'll have it fresh any time.

Prosit, MK

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

yum yum yum yum yum.
Ever notice that beer geeks love this beer?
this is an IPA taken to new extremes. Bottle (2007) wonderful, draught, even better. Just make sure they dont over-chill the beer because while it tastes good 'american cold' temperature, it tastes AWESOME at just below room temp... the flavors come ROARING. Get some. now.

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

22oz bottle chilled and poured into my oversize wine glass

A: Gorgeous deep ruby red with a frothy and lacy head

S: Potent. Hoppy with a blast of pineapple up front. Well balanced with the malt backbone coming through. Dried figs, maybe? Just a hint of alcohol as it warms up

T: A blast of piney hops that is ridiculously well-balanced. The malt backbone reveals tons of caramel and sweetness. There's hints of dark raisins and dried figs in there. The finish is long and bitter.

M: Silky smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Something this strong and so tasty has to approached with care. This is definitely a sipper disguised as a quaffer.


**Edit 29 Nov 2011**
It's been 3 years since my review, and while I haven't drunk as much of this beer as I thought I would, I still remain very impressed with it. I'm taking my scores down to better reflect the changes in my palate. However, the succulent, juicy blend of hops with pine, pineapple and grapefruit with dark caramel, a little cocoa and a mild sweetness. The flavors on the palate are the same as the nose would suggest, and while this is boozy, this never gets overbearing. The alcohol does hinder the drinkability, but split two ways, this is perfect.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz 2007 release picked up at Erickson's fine wines for about $5.50.. poured into my New Belgium tulip at cellar temp.

Thick sticky head and alot of lacing atop a deep clear amber/copper brew.

Aroma is thick and very hoppy.. pine and caramel big time.... getting some alcohol on the nose, but I don't mind alot... dried cherries and a touch of raisin.

Damn.. tastes like a sweeter barleywine.. big burly bitter backbone.. balanced by a very sweet but not cloying maltiness. Huge pine and citrus hop flavors and caramel toffee... hops and malts kung fu fight for control of my palate... Fairly thick body and an assertive but small bubble carbonation... fair amount of yeasty fruitiness adds well to the overall complexity... Very aggressive and subtle at the same time... more like a kung fu ballet.

This is the 4th year I've had this brew, and I can tell you I only have 1 '06 in the cellar... It is always a goto beer anytime I can't pick something out... after tonight, I am thinking I am going to have to get a case and let them mellow in the box, out of sight out of temptation.

Edit: Wooh! I only wanted 1 beer before bed.. this is the perfect nightcap.

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2007 release. I had last year's quite a bit both on tap and in the bottle. I'm glad to have a fresh one to review.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a becker glass a dark russet brown with some crimson notes. The head starts out just under one finger and shrinks slowly to a thick collar and full surface covering. Quite good.

SMELL: Big hops with a malty base to match. The beer smells sweet and bready with a sticky sweet resinous dose of the traditional Stone hop profile. Piny and citrusy, they certainly make their presence known, but don't overshadow the malt base which is an equally important component in this beer.

TASTE: It starts as a huge alcohol bomb; the 10% is quite evident. It's tremendously sweet with the alcohol almost serving to cut through and balance it. But the hops come soon enough and don't overpower the malt at all. In fact, they could be more intense.

MOUTHFEEL: It thick and slick and carbonated on the lower end of things. The beer lingers long after you swallow and coats your mouth entirely.

DRINKABILITY: It suffers considerably with a high ABV that really shows itself. Really, this drinks like an American barleywine. One bottle please, maybe even to split.

It definitely seems a bit harsh when fresh and I'm sure aging would help in that regard. But the already weak hops (comparatively) would surely dissipate more, so it's a bit of a catch-22. Still, it's a very nice beer, and I'll be buying at least 1 bomber each year.

Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'07 vintage poured at 45F into a snifter

Beautifull rich amber color. Thick tan head that settles to a nice cover.

Mixture of sweet malts and bitter floral hops. Aromas of caramel, vanilla and ripe fruits as well.

More of the same, but better. Caramel malts perfectly blended with powerfull hops. Sweet fruits and warming alcohols.

Well carbonated full body. Thick and creamy feel.

Very complex yet well balanced. Delicate yet delicious. Another fine brew from stone and possible the best vintage yet.

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

I was skeptical about the hype, but this beer is definitely worth it. I can't wait to buy another. Bought this to my recent trip back home to Jackson, Michigan. I couldn't save it, but shared it with bwatson. It poured a murky amber into a chalice, kind of looks like the Kansas River on a summer day. Almost no head in my chalice, but bwatson got a little head off of his pour. The smell is a trip in itself. At first, you just smell hops, raisins, but then later on, the sweet pineapple and piney smells come through. It's awesome. The taste is exceptional: caramel, pineapple, hops. It's a ride. This one goes down extremely well despite it's high ABV. I would gladly buy another bottle of this one.

Photo of Lothore
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep blackish crimson with light bubbles escaping to the top reminding me of a guiness pour. A small but thick head reins over the top of this monster.

S- Smells oaty, earty, very similar to oaked AB. A little lighter than I would have liked.

T- The taste is sharp with huge alcohol notes interspersed with sweet malt, coffee, mixed dark fruit.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- This is definitely a sipper but for how much it lets the alcohol through, I am surprised I am able to drink so much.

Photo of burnstar
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a huge handled glass. Clear deep red copper with a huge persistant off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the surface. Aroma is mostly nice citrus hops with a definite underlying sweetness. Taste is quite sweet with some caramel. Some earthiness and hints of raisins and plums. Noticeable alcohol in the finish. Lots of citrus hops balance the sweetness well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Delicious. Full bodied mouthfeel and not overly carbonated which I think suits this beer perfectly. The noticable achohol and 10% abv detract from drinkability somewhat but its awesome stuff that I could hardly refuse another glass of.

Photo of PlaywrightSam
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber (2007 release) purchased at Wine Gallery in Brookline, MA. A: Pours a nice amber/red, some an head that retains to a caked on layer, good amount of lacing. S: Lots of caramel malts, alcohol is present but not overwhelming. The hops have a pretty strong presence, it almost smells like a DIPA. T: Really nice malt profile, the hops are very present but nothing like the smell would indicate. Alcohol is actually pretty well hidden. Wonderfully dry finish. D: I love the Arrogant Bastard ale, I've had it on plenty of occasions so I was very eager to try this beer. For something with so much alcohol, it's incredibly smooth and drinkable. I'll definitely be picking this up again.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,165 ratings.