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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,999
Reviews: 2,010
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 388
Gots: 915 | FT: 31
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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Photo of bjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown color with plum highlights. Frothy half finger cream colored head. Excellent retention.
S: Pine and grapefruit hops galore! Aromas are chalk full of spice and ready to burst from the juicyness. A bit of malt is noticeable also.
T/M: Pine, grapefruit, and pineapple hop notes right from the start. Nice bitterness accompanies the flavors, but it isn't lip smacking. Maltyness is very abundant. Flavors of caramel, burnt sugar, and spicy fruits all play supporting roles. Excellent mouthfeel on this brew despite the high abv, which actually goes unnoticed. A quite complex brew with many different flavors. Above average body with a juicy, resiny, and coating mouthfeel.
D: Excellent brew by stone, especially in the 22oz. bottle. An odd cross between a hopped up barleywine and a strong dipa. Gotta love what stone offers. Get it if you can but beware of the high abv as your drinking it...those bastards will getcha'.

Photo of bort11
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SkinnyElvis for this one.
22 oz silkscreened bottle, 2006 vintage. Poured into Imperial pint glass. The initial head was a little fizzy with large bubbles imbedded in the head. Receded to a thin ring around the edge. Color is a very dark red.
Smell is a sharp pine needle aroma with slight citrus notes. The flavor is a hops punch in the mouth. More sharp pine needles, cut grass, a dry earthy herbal quality. Again a mild citrus notes.
mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry and puckery finish.
I really like this beer, but one bottle is enough for the night, and I would only want something this intense ever once in a while.

Photo of sleazo
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brownish red. Small head, dissipating quickly. Some lacing.

Aroma is of nuts, sweet roasted malt and hops. Some cherries, maybe.

Taste is superb. Bracing hop bitterness, like arrogant bastard. yet followed up with a mellowing sweetness. A sweetness that comes in right after the hops is so well balanced it is nothing short of amazing. This is one tasty brew. Aftertaste that lingers is a piney hop resin coating of the tongue. The vscosity is also excellent. Right on the money.

Drinkability is excellent too. the 10% alcohol is noticeable, but not in any sort of harsh way.

I can see how this would not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is mine. i need to do a side by side comparison between this, Regular bastard and the Oaked.

Note this went well with San Diego's own Chuao Spicy Mayan Chocolate

Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color, with about an inch off-white head. It smells very nice, like caramel, hops, cherries and a bit of a spicy smell. It tastes very hoppy, like grapefruit, pine and some malt. Overall the taste is very strong and hoppy, and a bit harsh at times. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy, it's on the thicker side and it's full bodied. Drinkability is good but not excellent. I don't think I could drink more than one of these at a time, but I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of doppelmeup
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to admit that after having the Arrogant Bastard, which I didn't really care for, I wasn't sure that I would like the Double Bastard, as I have never considered myself a real hop-head.

Well, many thanks to Matt at the beer store for talking me into trying this gem. It's only the second all 5 review I've given.

This poured a gorgeous garnet color into a chalice. Great, creamy and sticky lace which lasted forever. Huge aromas of hops and malts. Incredible hop flavor balanced by incredible malt flavor. And the ABV was so well hidden that I couldn't even taste it! This went down easier than probably any beer I've head

A truly great beer. Don't pass this by. You'll love it even if you, like me, aren't a hophead!

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

2006 release, poured into a westmalle chalice. Dark orange/light brown color, not much head, thin layer, moderate lacing.

Aroma of burnt caramel, red licorice, cherry, oak, oh, and hops.

Nice, somewhat sweet on the intake, squashed with a nice bitter hop bite. Man, this is good, seems like a mix of strong ale and double IPA, I will definately pick this up if I can come across it. Stone's distribution is still somewhat limited here in WA. Thanks to DogFood for bringing this up from cali over the holidays.

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

Dark red, maybe a bit brown in color, fitted with an off-white colored head behind some sticky lacing. Fruity smell as well as a smell I can only describe as rotten pine. Taste was good and hoppy, certainly a nice malt base here too. I do have to say some of the bitterness had some harshness to it; harshness does not equal badass. Heavier side of medium bodied and a medium amount of carbonation. Overall, good beer for sure, but I can't help but think a different hop choice could make this so much better. Don't take the above comment the wrong way, it's just my opinion and Stone does a damn fine job as it is. Would buy again.

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

Poured a dark ruby almost brown color. Not alot of head forms and then quickly disappears. Little lace traces but nothing campared to original AB.

Has a very sweet carmal and floral notes. The sweetness of this beer was surprising to me.

Has a very complex taste with pine, carmal, and maybe a little plums coming through. IBUs are a little misleading.

Thick consentency, spit like you've been drinking coffee. I prefer the original AB but this is a good double, but would like to age one and see if the sweetness eases up. I recomend one of these followed by a ruination.

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

A murky tea brown colored beer. A slow developing half inch head shrank wuickly to a sheen on top of the beer. Less then average amount of tiny carbonation barely visible. Clumps of lacing.

A very pleasant sweet plum aroma was the first to hit the nose. Bitter hops aroma is elusive as it comes and goes. A definite alcohol presence marks this as a stronger beer.

Sweet taste combines a handful of flavors, which paly to each other instead of overpowering them. Combination of pine, chocolate, caramel, and plum. Alcohol taste helps the flavors play against the strength.

A nice slightly thicker then most beer. Decent carbonation burst on the tongue helps flavors shift.

An excellent offering. This one would be perfect to enjoy with pepper jack cheese. Another spectacular brew from an awesome brewery. Defintly try it if oyu get the chance.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is very frothy and stays throughout the beer. It also has a great super dark color to it. The taste is very nice and very hoppy, but had some harshness to it. The mouthfeel was a little dry. The drinkability was ok, nothing to freak out about.

Photo of vwcraig
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Double Bastard

Poured translucent dark amber with thinnest ring of head around edge. Smells of sweet malt mostly with only a small citrusy hop smell. Initial fruity banana taste switching to a dark malt and hop bitterness. Very interesting. Hop comes through in a bitter and resiny taste. Acidic hop bite mellows to a mild sweetness. Lower carbonation with a decent mouthfeel, only slightly bubbly. Smoother than expected and not as harsh or abusive as standard AB. Decent drinkability for 10% and I will be a fan of this every year it is released.

Photo of Avagadro
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice garnet color with an orange-ish head that holds up well. This beer is very clear.

S: Lots of aroma present. American hops ( centennial perhaps? ) and ethyl alcohol are out in the open.

T: Very strong. I haven't had a beer like this since Founder's Devil Dancer. Very hoppy all the way through with a hint of ethanol at the end. Pretty basic flavor but it is very intense.

M: Medium body and a fair amount of carbonation. Tingles on the tongue.

D: I couldn't imagine drinking more than one of these. This is huge in every department, it could use a few years aging before being bottled. It's good, but I feel it's alittle unbalanced. It needs alittle more maltiness to it to counteract the immense amount of hops.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty menacing look amber. A little bloody even with hints of rust and cinnamon. But you can still see some medium bubbling. The head is strong and noble, leaving a thick, bready, filmy foam as well as sporadic lacing. The aroma is a spicey mix of hops, sudgey amber malts, and alcohol. The red grapefruit aroma with this beer is pretty good. The taste was a little discouraging. Was good, but a little stronger than I was hoping. The alcohol was integrated with the hops and malts very well. Sometimes I think it cut out some of that dry amber malt smack I just love. The Grapefruity hops and alcohol were ok. Or at least make up for some of my dissapointment. The palate is cleansing and has a nice burn to it. Keeps the chest a little warm actually.

Not exactly what I was hoping for, but still pretty good. I think this beer has some aging potential.

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

Poured out a really pretty clear dark caramel color with a big bubbly bone white head leaving behind big sticky lacing. The nose offers grapefruit, alcohol, yeast, malt, hops, melon, and candy. The taste gives rotten apple, apricot, bad melon, alcohol, big bitter green hops, spice, persimmon, and even some Mike Tyson sweat. Don't ask. The mouthfeel is spicy, the tight carbonation is nearly painful. How'd they do that? The alcohol wasn't terribly masked, it's a bit much to really drink more than one, but drinking one is a treat.

Photo of stouty1
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't wait till I tried this. I just happen to come across it putting together a mixer for my buddy at Christmas. Merry Christmad to myself!

Poured a ruby red with little to no head but nice lacing. Nice nose with a fruity, hoppy nose. Tastes of fruit ad bitterness. The hops are a little over indulged but it hides the alcohol well. 10% ABV, I can't find it.

This is strong beer not for the weak, but it is very smooth if you like that sort of thing. Very nice to drink while watching a movie. It will last for the whole two hours. It's as nice as a sipping Tequila!

Good stuff! Oh by the way, after I finished the first glass and half way through the second, I found the alcohol!!! Very warming!

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

22 oz brown bottle from Shallo's restaurant. Bottle labeling is even more arrogant than the first.

Pours with lots of tiny bubbles and a nice, light-tan head. Dark ruby/auburn color. Good retention, but not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is sweet and fruity with citrus and tropical hops and some bready malt.

Taste is fairly smooth and balanced with sweet malty and hops. Tropical, citrus hop flavor followed by a bready, toffee middle and finished with a nicely bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Hides alcohol very well.

A very drinkable beer that I am very glad I finally had the chance to taste. Smooth, but dangerous as the 10% ABV is totally hidden in the taste. Simply delicious and awesome!

Photo of aforbes10
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark brown to red beer with bits of dirt-like sediment. big head. Odor is piney and sprucey hops. also some alcohol on the nose as well. Taste is really a lot of bitter hops moving into a more mellow sour hop clavor. a fair amount of alcohol in the flavor as well. Fairly heavy and sticky. Overall just like a hopped up version of AB (no surprize really), and im not sure it works all that well for me.

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

Bomber from Liquorama.

Aroma is huge with caramel, toast, sweet bread, citrus and white fruit. Intense aromatics!

Body is dark orange/nrown and holds a very lasting two finger thick tan head that is fluffy and inviting.

Pine, orange zest, tons of caramel, toasty fruit cake notes and a very substantial mouthfeel. It’s pretty narrow, but extremely concentrated. A bit too hopped for my personal atstes, but a well made beer and you can taste and feel how costly the grain bill must have been.

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

Rich red/brown with a thin tan head and slight orange tints. Looks nice. nose is hoppy but with a good malt balance and some slight spicing. Taste is super hops, but there's an interesting play of various hop flavors. It evolves in your mouth. Still, it's all hops, and a tad syrupy. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good as well.

Photo of zuggy9
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a season favorite that goes fast and with good reason. Pours a deep dark amber, with a thin tan head with little head retention. Its smell is of citrus and fruit, with some nice barely notes. A nice pleasant aroma. The taste hits hard, strong and sharp with the same citrus flavor and some caramel qualities too. This is potent flavor, and not for light beer drinkers. It's a very robust and sharp mouthfeel that is very pleasant. I can't rate the drinkability too high as this stuff is powerful and after one bottle I'm reeling. If I could handle 10% ABV better, I'd rate it higher!

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

I have to begin by wondering why this beer doesn't have yearly distinctions like Old Guardian. Moving on... damn it's a good beer. Not the beer I've had, but it's very finely crafted.

This will sound a little funny, but at first all I can think abour is pineapple when smelling this beer. It smells like a case of pineapple cores were dropped in the mash tun. Hops can do funny things I guess. For taste there is a lasting dry bitterness that hits you slowly and doesnt leave.there's more pineapple with some citrus and fruit rind piled on top of big, sweet barley flavor. It seems like there is some more room for complexity, but what this beer has is pretty bad good.

My only major qualm with this beer is that it's so damn tasty, but I can't stomach too much too fast. This is a definate sipper. If you can find this beer, be sure to share it with a deserving friend or relative.

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

I must confess how excited I was to find out that Stone would finally be available in Michigan. Access to this excellent beer was one reason for my anticipation.

Double Bastard pours a nice deep amber color with a medium-sized, tannish color head. It has pretty nice lacing and a very consistent color.

Smell is sweet and full. There is a great candied pull of caramel and toffee. A nice and balanced hop bite is there as well. Alcohol is also notable, with an aroma that vaguely resembles lesser tinges of whiskey. Very impressive.

Taste is absolutely fantastic!! Hoppy and bitter up front. There is a very bitter citrusy, strong grapefruit presence. Balanced, if a bit sharp. The 10 percent abv is barely noticeable. Eminently smooth and drinkible.

In the mouth D.B. is full and sharp. A very strong presence.

This is a very nice beer. Very heavy and sharp. Obviously one bottle is good enough for an evening. A very sippable and drinkable beer.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

ok, here i go, ton of hype for this beer as with most of Stones Limited Releases, ....

A - ruby reddish brownish conglomerate with a thin tan head that disspates rapidly, scant slow carbonation snakes its way up the glass

S - aroma packs an alcoholic punch, big alocohl and grapefruit aromas, sweet subtlety to it as well, but mostly just alcohol

T - hmmm, kinda leaves me hanging, nice flavor, but the only strength is again in the alcohol, slight grapefruittiness, a nice flavor and brew, but this was hyped a little much for me, but still a quality brew, and it did get better as it warmed up

M&D - light bodied and a little big on the alcohol, which will draw from the drinkability, but a decent brew, was just expecting a bit more flavor

i may have to grab another bottle to age, i heard its better that way

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big, bubbly head that leaves lacing around the whole glass. When cold, the taste is much sweeter than the regular Arrogant Bastard. As it warms the other flavors come through. Not as harsh as the regular Arrogant Bastard, but there is just as much complexity. Maybe a bit smoother and more drinkable than the regular Arrogant Bastard, which is surprising since the alcohol is heavier here. As far as I am concerned this is a really great beer. Very good. Very nice. Very Stone Brewery. I love it.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a 0.5L Duvel Tulip.

A: Opaque medium brownish read. Good solid head and decent lacing.

S: Ton of fruitiness and some edgy hops. Smells of sweet malt draws me in.

T: Malt up front, overtaken by hops, then spiciness. Alcohol bite and bitterness on the finish. I thought it almost takes Belgian in the background, but this is mostly shielded by great hop character.

M: In the front of the mouth is beer is thick and creamy. The bitterness and alcohol start to wear away on the back of mouth though.

D: Great to sip, but the boldness of flavor and alcohol content do effect the drinkability.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,999 ratings.