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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,167 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,167
Reviews: 2,043
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,047 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
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 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.

Photo of n0315
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice amber in color with little head that leaves a lacy coast over the brew. The first taste kicks your ass off, very strong beer with mault being the strongest. I read the back of the bottle and I thought it was a joke. Probably the strongest ale I have ever had. Overall not bad, but a little too strong for my taste I guess.

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

Off notes 11-3-2006. Pours ruby colored with thick lacing. Minimal nose- slightly citric. Very hoppy as expected, but with a slight tangy edge - almost sweet. Over time that flavor smoothes out and the sweeter side comes out but stays consistent and smooth. Feel is smooth with a great amount of carbonation on the mouth. Very drinkable, until you start to realize that 10% is kicking in hard.

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

I liked this better than last time I had it, but it's still too much to drink a lot of. It pours a beautiful mahogany color with a nice off white head. There is an intense bitterness right up front with a ton of hop flavor that fades into a big sweet malt profile. This is just like a regular beer, only with a thousand times more everything. A pretty good beer, although I couldn't drink much more than the 10oz I had.

Photo of Monsone
3.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes Oct '07
A - Reddish brown with a smallish head that left quickly.

S - Rich malty aromas. Lots of typical hop scents too, citrus pine etc.

T - Lots of hops and booze. Big. Sweet malt backbone tries to hold up to the hops and booze but fails.

M - Oily, syrupy with an alcohol burning effect.

D - Share this with many friends. I split this with one buddy and we sipped it for quite a while.

Not impressed with this beer. Just too hot and big. Didn't seem at all under control at all. Just big for the sake of being big.

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

A- Awesome color and of course bottle design...I poured it in to a Mug to fit this pint bottle perfectly And what a nice dark Amber ....almost like a pinkish burgundy under a full spectrum light bulb.

S- Smell was rather faint to me once poured in my giant mouthed mug but very nice faint smell of sweet fruit ....Ah who am I kidding?
MY nose doesnt work so well this time of year...but ive had this one and it smells great.

T- Awesome- Its as if they custom made this thing just for me.
Bitter sweet chewy fruity strong excellence.

M- Not too carbonated, not too bitter...but I love it bitter, after taste is nice...

D- Unless you are an experienced drinker i cant imagine you drinking too many of these without passing out. I can, however imagine someone drinking these until they pass out because they are so good....You should be rather wealthy though, 8$ a bottle depending on how many you can take down.

OVERALL- I love this beer. I would recommend it to anyone who likes micros.... but to the mainstream macro light beer drinkers... like it says on the bottle,...



Photo of boogles
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into "Arrogant Bastard" bar glass. A reddish-brown color, lighter than cola and more red than yellow. Almost no head with little lacing; very low carbonation in general.

This is a great smell for a beer--a strong ale with sweet pineapple (not tart), burnt raisin and roast hits. I like where this is going ...

Taste--very good and interesting. Alcohol masked well to the point that if I didn't know, I'd think it was a normal ABV--it's there, but you have to find it and it comes on late.

Although the carbonation is lower than I usually like, but it feels more gentle than flat. This adds to the drinkability, which could be considered a benefit or danger. This ale has a nice mouthfeel with just enough sweetness to balance out the robust, mature base, which has plenty of bitterness--I like that. I am not a fan of sweet beers, and this is not a sweet beer, but its sweetness is a lovely peripheral aspect that doesn't fade into the rest of the beer, nor is it overwhelming. It's just one of the many characteristics of this interesting, complex beer. A true winner, and a great example of Stone's propensity to brew outstanding big beers.

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

Pours and icky sticky deep dark amber with a big white head and lines that soak down the side of the glass like stain of shame.

Smells of like ten different kinds of malt all stuffed in there. Big, syrupy malt and bastardly drunken toasted malt that keeps punching you in the stomach, pinching your daughter's ass and telling you that your wife is a whore.

Tastes thick. Just--thick. There's some very large hops and some very thick caramely syrup malt that--well let me put it this way: when I was working at a gas station in high school we had to change the fountain pop syrup. One time the bag of Mountain Dew syrup had ruptured before we opened the box that contained it. Blackgreen goo dripped out its side and it smelled like the most refreshingly synthetic Mountain Dewiness you could ever imagine, so strong that we were tempting to lick it but we stopped ourselves, knowing that after tasting it regular Mountain Dew would no longer we worth our time. That's what this is like.

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

2007 Double Bastard- Poured into a pint glass. My first time trying Double Bastard (finally!)

A- A bright, ruby red, brown color- really beautiful to look at. Incredible lacing, lasting throughout my entire glass of DB.

S- Smell was very sweet- caramel, some toffee, and some hops.

T- Wow. Can you get any smoother than this? This was surprisingly sweet- lots of flavors here ranging from the sweet (caramel, brown sugar, maybe even some oak) to the bitter (the hops)- perfect balance and something to be savored.

M- Sticky. Very sticky. Sleek and oily on the tongue. No burning at all. My lips are coated with double bastard as I type speak.

D- At 10%, it dosen't get anymore drinkable than this.

Surely something to savor and enjoy.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a medium sized toffee colored head. The lacing is pretty sticky and does not let go of the glass. Has a fire red color.

Smells of sweet caramel malt (and theres a lot more malt where that came from), spicy hops, fruits and licorice.

Tastes of bitter spicy hops, caramel, alcohol and pine, Very nice mouthfeel and rather drinkable for such a ferocious beer.

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

Happy Holidays fellow BA‘s!

2006 vintage. A big thanks to JJ for this one!

Ruby brown in appearance. Aromas of boozy cherries, citrus, and carmel malt. Tastes of sweet malts, lots of carmel, and dark fruits. Finishes with a nice bitter grapefruit rind flavor. Alcohol presence is well known, but not harsh. Mouth feel is heavy, syrupy, and sticky. Very coating. Low carbonation (a bit more would have been nice). Overall drinkability is great for the cold weather. This brew is bold and boozy to make it a slow sipper. I will be seeking this one out again for sure! Highly recommended!

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

Poured a 22 oz. into a pint glass. Hue was dark amber, with a slight head, tan in color. The ale's malt held up nicely to what could have been overpowering hops. Finished bitter. The diatribe on the back of the bottle made for an entertaining read during the imbibing. Would drink this one again -- have yet to meet a Stone brew I didn't like.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a beer mug.

Produces a soft tan head that is excellently retained atop a golden, copper-amber body. Decent carbonation and some lacing gets left behind. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit, mango, caramel, and tons of juicy, resinous & floral hops.

Double Bastard is quite the intense flavor experience. The hops are piney, resinous, and oh, so potent. Grapefruit and other citrus notes balance well with a ton of earthy, sweet Hawaiian bread malts. Mouthfeel is impeccable: thick, viscous body, sticky-sweet, with a long-lasting bitter hop finish. Drinkability of this beer is quite high in the face of its whopping 10% ABV. The complexity and flavor are almost like that of a IIPA, but this Bastard packs enough malt to satiate the most finickey of great beer-seekers.

Photo of mshallah
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's aromas hit me as I was pouring it into a glass. Sweet and sticky malt with piney hops and alcohol. The hops stand out as they should. The appearance is dark amber with a sticky and substantial head. Some fine sediment toward the end of the bottle. The first taste is surprisingly smooth and almost mellow for such a big beer. As the beer warms it becomes more robust but remains smooth and easy to drink. My kind of beer as it's sweet, sticky and highly dry-hopped. The aroma plays a big role with each sip bringing with it the warming effect of the alcohol and all the herbal oils of the piney hops. If this beer wasn't built on a sticky, sweet base of malt it would be so out of balance. Great job stone, on the beer and the packaging.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Double Bastard poured a deep mahogany color with a wicked foam head that left some nice sea foam lacing. It set up the way a guinesss does with the carbonation rising to the top.

The aroma is very caramel and cherries.

The taste is smooth with a little alcohol flavor. It is initially sweet and finishes with a nice burn, then goes back to sweet. "Round of shots on me".

Overall a wicked strong ale but as the bottle says only for those not faint of heart. I might need to go to bed after this and sleep it off.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

double bastard.

Pours amber, and copper, very slight haze, decent head. the nose is of raisin and citrusy hops. Taste is suprisingly smooth, very creamy with some vague dark fruit flavors, and some malt taste. Hop flavors could be stronger, but are still present. The finish has just a pinch of bitterness but is refreshingly creamy. the mouthfeel is good, and hangs on. Aftertaste is mostly hops but not really bitter. Good brew. I like it better than the original ( I know thats wierd, but i write what i feel). Get it for sure, and try one, and pop one in the cellar, should age quite nicely.

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.
Appearance is murky amber/brown.
Aroma is sweet, fruity, raisiny. Interesting
Soft mouthfeel leads to a smooth, complex maltiness followed by a nice kick from the juicy, citrusy hops. Very well balanced. Alcohol is evident, but not excessive. I would never guess 10%.
Excellent strong ale. Will definitely buy more

Photo of YankChef
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a UK pint glass

Appearance: Deep amber with a thing white head that quickly dissipated. Hints of crimson when held up to the light

Smell: Touches of raisin and fig and even a little maple syrup. the scent of HOPS is certainly there and they are strong, bright and very pungent

Taste: Upfront is very sweet almost with flavors of toasted malt and dried fruit, an almost pear like flavor and there was even a bit of peach thrown in there. Then it moves to the middle where you get the strong barley almost cereal like flavor but it is so much more than that. It finishes with a strong hop bite that makes you want to go back to that first sip that was so sweet and complex. Resiny and syrupy throughout. As you drink it the hop bite becomes less and less apparent, and the malt shines. A delight

Overall: A true beer masterpiece of american craft brewing. To all of you who say stone is overrated, i have for you evidence 2xABA.

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

The beer pours viscous and syrupy into the pint glass and raises a substantial head of off-white foam. The lacing begins immediately and lingers, sticky, white. This time the first smell that I can recognize is of canned pineapple - very pronounced. The taste is retains some of the pineapple but draws on sugar, candy, strong malt, maybe a little toffee. The high alcohol is incredibly well hidden/balanced by all that is going on both in a velvety thick mouthfeel and a nice warm bitterness at the end. This beer is wonderful - especially by the fire on a dark cold winter evening.

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

2007 bottle.

Attractive hazy rusty orange red color, small but dense beige head, blotches and spots of lace.

Smells like sweet caramel malt with bright orange blossom and lime, and deep pine forest.

Tastes of dense sweet dark fruity malt, then after a few seconds hops like orange rind and pine really kick in, along with extra roastiness on the dark fruity malt. Long tasty bittersweet finish of singed raisins, pine, orange rind, and clean minty alcohol.

Finely textured carbonation; good sticky creamy texture overall, but a bit too fizzy. Great drinkability, the urge to open more bombers is curbed merely by sanity.

Great beer.

Photo of Redwood21
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks great, it has almost an oaken wood apple cider color to it with a sorta egg nog head. not much more to say, nothing too exciting, but still fun/ great to look at.

S: Apple cider comes back here, go figure. As far as i can remember none of the other bastard ales had this aroma, but as soon as i popped the cap i noticed this aroma. there are also "classic" ipa smells that i pick up on, the citrus and maybe even some piney hopish aromas,

T: very complex hard to pick apart the layers of this onion (so to speak) it has a lot of citrus flavors, way more than any other beer i can remember. it also has a tart bitterness, but balanced well with a lot of the sweet citrus tastes. it does leave a very pronounced bitter dryish feel on my tongue.

M/D: ok i have to knock these a bit, its def not a sipper nor is it a beer to session it is however a very good beer, one you can sit back and enjoy a bomber of with no problem, but with strong enough effect and after taste you may not want more than that in one sitting. It is by no way bad, just not easily largely consumable....if that even makes sense...to me it does.

Photo of Atlas1
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Bastard. I LOVE the Oaked Bastard. Why wouldn't I enjoy the Double Bastard?

Poured from the bomber to my barrel pint glass. Man, that's a vibrant color. Brilliant hues of ruby copper and an orange-tan head. The head doesn't last too long, and doesn't deliver great lace, but it's a damn pretty beer. The nose is potent, and much stronger than either the normal Bastard or the Oaked, in my opinion. It's rich, with strong malts, but also extremely fruity. The aroma is filled with scent of strawberry and dark cherry, more so than just about any beer I've ever had, including lambics. Seriously, it almost reminds me of sticking my nose in a cherry pie. It's that fruity. And yet, the taste takes you a completely different direction. It's denser and darker. Blunt, in a word. Strong with alcohol, rich with dark malts and strong spice, and bitter with a serious hop finish. Malted cough syrup comes to mind at times. The mouthfeel is dense and concentrated, as it should be with an old ale.

This beer isn't lacking in any department, as everything seems to hit hard and fast in both aroma and flavor, but I'm not so sure everything works together all at once. I definitely think this beer is complex, and it requires some serious contemplation. And it's most definitely a sippin' beer. Take your time with this one and savor every moment. You may not like every detail, but you should be able to appreciate the layers.

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

Poured from the 2007 vintage 22 oz brown Bomber. The pour produced a 1-1/2" head in my trusty pint glass from the relatively hard pour. The head slowly settled leaving big gobs of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep amber/copper color and quite clear. The second pour introduced some minor particulate that stayed suspended.

I expected more aroma.... but it was rather slight. I could pick up hints of a citrus hops and a carmel/toffee sweetness.

The TASTE: WOW.... right between the eyes (in a good way)! First wave is a big citric bitterness from the hops (almost a lime-like tang). There is a big alcohol presence here as well. Hey.... don't mask it... let it club you over the head.... this is supposed to be an extreme beer! A little bit of buttery smoothness. There is some toasted malt in there.... trust me, it's there.... just not dominant.... The hops are the boss here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and robust. Carbonation is about right. Good mouth coating and a bitter aftertaste (not bad).

Drinkability: I don't think this beer is intended to be a session beer.... 22 oz. is plenty for my "session". But this is a good solid extreme beer from Stone. I prefer Arrogant Bastard.... but this is still good. I WISH that I had the self control to hang on to one of these for a couple of years....to let it age.... it would probably mellow out over time.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brand new 2007 bomber.

Poured in to a snifter, hard at the end and got a nice two finger head. Color was translucent amber or semi-brown. Pretty nice lacing on the glass as the level went down.

Smell was of hops, but not much citrus as I expected, or as in an IPA or DIPA. Very inviting hoppy almost bitter smell.

Taste had hops and bitterness up front, but followed quickly by a nice malt balance and smoothness. This is very easy to drink for the hop fan, easier than IPA's in many ways because of the balance of hops and malt. Mouthfeel was good, but not exceptional.

I loved this, and would spend the $ again in a hearbeat to drink more. Wish this was around all year, but am glad that it just came out and more can be had.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,167 ratings.