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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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Ratings: 5046
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

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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Photo of augustgarage


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip.

Gorgeous cardinal body with red-orange highlights and superb clarity. A rocky finger of foam condenses rather than recedes, eventually reducing to a heavy merengue with excellent retention and lacing.

Hop forward aromatics colliding with malt suggests a barleywine at first. Orange peel, pine, followed by a pervasive and lasting ammonia scent. Cat box? Hmm...

Pine, cherry, orange peel, clove on the palate. There are also a variety of flavors I usually associate with Belgian yeast, which is a nice surprise.

Slick, medium-bodied feel with good carbonation.

Overall, not as intense as regular Arrogant Bastard for some reason. Not bad, except for the potent ammonia scent - I'll give this one another chance in the future, but I really don't think this is a bad keg...

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 06:41:38 | More by augustgarage
Photo of mikereaser


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard 2007
A - Pours a murky caramel brown color with a nice 1 inch foam that just lays there leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - All malty sweet with hints of brown sugar and caramel. Not alot left on this one.

T - Lots of malty sweetness, caramel and candi sugar. There is still just a touch of the alcohol present but overall its very smooth.

M - Thick bodied and sticky maltiness coats your throat, still has some decent carbonation with just a touch of alcohol burn left.

D - Not bad, i'd like to try this one fresh and I'm sure it would be better. I'll have to find one soon. Still very drinkable though for its age.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 03:58:22 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Knapp85


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking brownish amber color. The head was a yellowish white and pretty thick. The lacing was sticky and left a good trail running down the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy hop aromas and some malts. The taste of the beer is also spicy and very hopped up. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and retains a good carbonation. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer and it will surely knock your socks off if you let it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:41:13 | More by Knapp85
Photo of olfolxholme


3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Enjoyed on tap at Mill Valley Beerworks, served in an Augustijn chalice. I like this kind of beer in a snifter, a tulip, or a chalice and they are always nice about accommodating that.

A - nice tan head filled with bubbles, about one finger thick at first. Traces of it lingered til the very end. Some lacing. Beer is a very dark copper. Looks about right for a beer called Double Bastard.

S - not much aroma for me. Not upfront and not throughout. I'm surprised. It's a strong ale in a wide mouthed glass - I thought there would be a big aroma. Just didn't happen for me. Weird!

T - sweet hop flavors - tastes like a grapefruit. Rind and all. Not grapefruit juice - an actual grapefruit. I love grapefruit, so this was great for me! I didnt pick up a lot of other flavors. There was a trace of copper penny, though. The pure grapefruit was pretty consistent for me thoughout the whole glass. Yum!

M - somewhat thin, somewhat astringent. Like a grapefruit, makes you pucker. This lasts with the aftertaste. Simultaneously, feels good across the tongue, with some creaminess.

O - I would try this again and happily recommend it to fans of "bitter" beers. If you love grapefruit then this is for you. I hope to have it again on tap and will probably pick up a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 03:42:38 | More by olfolxholme
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy red/brown/orange with less than half a finger of beige head. The foam settles quickly leaving a tiny ring along the edges of the glass. Nice lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is malt, citrus, mild pine, spice, and alcohol.

T: The beer starts off sweet and malty with a good bit of spicy bite. The hops come on in the middle and ease up the spice while adding some citrus. From middle to the finish this beer is boozy and spicy. The alcohol is completely evident and detracts a bit from the flavors of the beer itself.

M: Full bodied beer. It's malty and sticky to start. The spice and alcohol take hold in the middle making it bitter and drying. Lingering booze and spice.

O: Really not my favorite at all. It's way too boozy. I understand that it is supposed to be over the top at 11.2%, but the abv makes this difficult to drink. I'd much rather be drinking a BA barleywine at this alcohol level.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 18:19:14 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 05:30:56 | More by drseamus
Photo of Lothore


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 08:23:20 | More by Lothore
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We recently did a vertical of this so why not try a fresh bottle?

A: Pours a very nice deep red color. Minimal white head that quickly dissipated to the edge of the glass. American strong ale is a tough one to judge on appearance but it does look nice.

S: The booze and the hops are really fighting this one out and only one thing is for sure....I will loose in the end. Very rough nose. The malt is there but it dying right now. In a few years it will be a different story.

T: Super sweet right up front. Then right into a massive blast of hop bitterness. Booze in the middle and a little bit at the end. In some ways it is like having your throat ripped out but I am into that.

M: Big syrupy mouthfeel. Clings to my lungs on the way down. Almost no carbonation at all.

D: I wouldn't call this an easy drinker by any means. Here is the deal with double bastard. Drink it fresh to get that big hop taste or lay it down for at least a year. The hops fade and the malt totally takes over. You often forget how damn hoppy this beer is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 00:23:04 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of MisterClean


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from total wine I think

A - Mahogany to light red pour with 2 fingers light mocha head. Takes forever to dissipate. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Yellow grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, and flowers. Smells more like a hop bomb than a strong ale.

T - Yellow grapefruit, pineapple, flowers, light alcohol, and a peppery type flavor. Any malts?

M - Peppery, full-bodied, and creamy. Would be better with more of a malt backing.

D - Good, but not a very good example for a strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:50:32 | More by MisterClean
Photo of emmasdad


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 vintage on tap last night at Fresh Craft in Downtown Denver. Poured a rich dark amber color, with a substantial amount of medium tan foam on top. Sweet malty aroma, with floral hops, dried fruits, and alcohol. On the palate, relatively full bodied and very sweet, almost cloying, with more floral hops, chocolate and booze. Not bad, needs some time to dry out a bit and come together.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 18:33:09 | More by emmasdad
Photo of jsh420


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark caramel with a huge 3 finger off white head that left some spotted lacing

smell - again just like the AB had just had this beer just doesnt have much to the nose - almost nothing but a little sweet malt

taste - very close to many barleywines - extremely malty but overly sweet - nutty rich caramel toffee some vanilla - then comes the bitter citrus hops that cut the malts nicely

mouthfeel is full/heavy body that is sticky and coats your mouth - low carbonation very smooth

overall DAB is a very solid brew and i am glad i bought this beer since no 2011 SN Bigfoot was distributed in my area as of yet

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 02:13:29 | More by jsh420
Photo of lou50rp


3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with some carbonation, off white head
Fruity, alcohol smell
Taste is a mix of sweet fruit and hops. A mellow taste, not strong.
Mouthfeel is good with definite tingle from the carbonation
Overall it is ok, but not outstanding. My least favorite Stone offering so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:39:54 | More by lou50rp
Photo of HossMcGraw


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a bottle of the elusive DB, and it's a doozy.

Pours a very similar color to the AB, and the head and lacing appear to be about the same as well. In other words, it looks spectacular. The nose is very complex and rich with lots of deep rich chocolatey malts and spices. Some hops too.

The flavor is initially very sio the AB, but then it hits you. Very sweet from the get go, and reminds me quite a bit of SN Bigfoot. Finishes very dry, too dry. Leaves me with cotton mouth from the aggressive hops. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. It's much more concentrated than the AB and unfortunately, you can taste the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very slick and full. Glides over the tongue quite easily, but The drinkability suffers a bit due to the hotness of the alcohol, but for the style, it's pretty drinkable I guess. Finishing a bomber myself was a chore, so I would reccomend splitting this with a friend. Overall though, The DB is another exceptionally crafted brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 21:55:32 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of jwinship83


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a cloudy dark amber body with a finger of beige colored head that lasts a while. minimal lacing left on the sides of the nonic.

S- very strong and malty. this one smells mean! sweet fruity malts and alcohol followed closely by a large does of lemony citrus hops.

T- once again, malt dominates. sweet caramel and fruity malts. its also full of citrus hops, but they take a back seat. strong alcohol presence

M- very full bodied and palate coating. lots of warming from the alcohol. moderately carbonated which works in this one.

D- one bomber is enough. its a very intense beer. easy enough to finish but i think id rather have two arrogant bastards than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 17:07:21 | More by jwinship83
Photo of xhuskr


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hops lacking presence. More like a barley wine at this point. High malt presence. A bit astringent. Enjoy by myself in moderation. Half pour for a knowledgeable beer friend as too metallic. Still looking forward to the 2009.

A fond remebrance of 2005 in the snow in colorado.

Stone lives on, just not today... for some.

;)... ;|

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 06:19:11 | More by xhuskr
Photo of sweemzander


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 Release.

(A)- Pours a cloudy & murky mahogany amber color that produced a fluffy off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Left some bits of lacing behind.

(S)- Lots of caramel, toffee, & brown sugar with a relatively burn/roasted character in-between the dense sweetness.

(T)- wow, still has a big dry bitterness with a bit of lemon citrus up front. Finishes exactly as the smell was with all that rich & sweet caramel/toffee/brown sugar/ & a little butterscotch.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very big sweetness & richness that is balanced fairly well by the dry hops. My problem is that this has a slight metallic component that turns into a funky wet wood component right in the middle ground; not very pleasant.

(D)- Very reminiscent of an old ale that was blended with an IPA. Perhaps this was aged too long? Whatever the case may be, I still enjoy it, I just think that this would be better fresher in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:59:18 | More by sweemzander
Photo of zoolzoo


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle, Duvel snifter

A: Not much of a head, quickly dissipated into some whispy foam. Pours a deep, dark amber color...almost cherry red in spots, actually.

S: Nose is full of bitter hops, some caramel malts, and alot of alcohol.

T: Hops bite first here but without much character except straight up bitterness. Alot of bready and toffee like malts as well, but that bitterness never lets go until long after the sip. Im also getting some wood, definite oak character here. This is a pretty sweet beer, almost cloying as it warms.

Something I find odd.... there is much less alcohol in the taste than the nose alluded to, even as the glass warms. There is some warming though, which isa good thing.

M: Thick, somewhat cloying if you arent in the mood. Fits the style so cant really complain too much. Little carbination.

D: Drinkability suffers given the ABV, mouthfeel, and sweetness of this brew. One bottle is enough for two id say.

This is a solid brew by Stone but not the best. It is, however, more enjoyable than the "regular" Arrogant Bastard offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:54:33 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky brown pour with little head. Nice american hop aromas, some pine and grapefruit some sweetness. Quite bitter, lots of american hops in the taste, a short sweetness to balance it all but the high abv is still being felt. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. This is a little too much for me, I prefer the regular and less bitter Arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 18:40:30 | More by Luk13
Photo of RickS95


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dark, murky brown. Looks like brown dirty river water. The head doesn't stay long, but it an off tan color.

The smell is a combination of fruits, citrus, hops and spicy yeast.

The smell doesn't quite come through on the palate. Mostly I just pick up hops and alcohol. I simply can't pick up the softer flavors.

Definitely a manly beer. For a split second, there is a sweetness from the fruit, but that sense is immediately squashed by bitter and heat from the hops and the alcohol. The high ABV isn't masked at all.

This thing borders on barley wine, only slightly less hoppy. It's got a lot of positives, it's just a bit more than I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:36:22 | More by RickS95
Photo of beerbully

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A-dark amber 1/2 inch head which leaves decent lacing

S-Not much aroma some some citrus but not much alse

T-some caramel or burnt sugars followed by grapefruit citrus some alcohol

M-decent carbonation

O-OK beer that gets better as it warms

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 20:52:00 | More by beerbully
Photo of notchucknorris


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried an '06 bottle next to a '10 bottle

A: Really hazy dark brown color with a good looking off white head.

S: Lots of toffee and caramel along with some hop resin and vanilla. I picked up a bit more booze and apricot in the '06.

T: Coconut, loads of hop resin, caramel, toffee and oak. I don't know how, but the alcohol seems way more present in the 06 and I preferred the '10.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:50:06 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark brown amber. Ruddy. A tiny collar. White, loose and bubbly. Pours with minimal carbonation. A little heavier than expected on the pour.

Smell: Roasted, slightly toasted, deeply caramelized malts. Seriously cooked and overcaramelized a touch. Some nice mild citrus hopping. Pine needles. Grapefruit and some fleshy orange. Some earthy undertones coupled with a nice floral element. Big biscuity malt presence. Undercooked dough.

Taste: Odd earthy undertone to some sweet biscuity malts. Caramel malt sweetness. Some overcooked and deeply caramelized malts. Grapefruit flesh coupled with some pine needles. Lingering bitterness maintains an even keel. Big malty backbone. Chewy malt sweetness. Some backing alcohol. Almost tropical at times, something akin to pineapple. Some roasted and mildly toasted malts. Sharp bit of aspirin bitterness on the finish as it warms. So much aspirin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Carbonation is moderate. Some clinging bitterness with a nice dryness on the finish.

Overall: Double the Bastard, Double the Fun. Double your pleasure with Double Bastard. (Except not)

A slightly larger version of it's younger brother. Maltier than it should be. Lacks some of the overall roasted profile is lacking. Hops seem a little off as well. Something less than stellar from Stone, and that hurts.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:05:05 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of kimcgolf


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a murky reddish brown with a slight off-white head that lingers to about quarter-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is malty raisin with earth scents. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and sweet, with hoppy bitterness creeping in. Flavor is more malty raisin than hoppy citrus (as I had hoped), leading to a fairly bland, bittersweet finish.

I much prefer the hopped up Arrogant Bastard over his Double relative.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:48:17 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of natasharai


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 release

Appearance: Poured with a tan creamy smooth head that dissipated leaving a thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a dark brown with a reddish-orange tint, and it has a small amount of haze to it.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, very nutty like roasted peanuts and almonds, some pine hops, very sweet toasted sugar, and roasted marshmallow.

Taste: Sweet toasted sugar, small nutty flavor, really bitter but not much hop character other than that, and a bit of an astringent flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, a bit syrupy, nice carbonation, strong bitter feeling, leaves mouth covered in an oily film.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the sweet malt flavor is not as strong as I would like. The strong bitterness is not balanced out with any other flavors. In the smell the malt character is really good, nice sweet roasted nut aroma, but in the flavor that malt character takes a back seat to the strong hop bitterness. I hoped that waiting a bit to drink this would help the malt come through with the hops muted a little but I either didn't wait long enough or that doesn't happen with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 05:16:01 | More by natasharai
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber into standard pint.

This beer is exactly what I thought it would be, a double bastard. Twice as flavorful, twice as ass-kicking, and twice as brutal. Seriously.. this beer is no joke. It's so flavorful, one has a hard time comprehending it at first sip.

Malts? Incredible. Hops? Very bitter, scathing, very Stone. Mouthfeel? Thick, chewy. Drinkability? I enjoy it... slowly. I suggest you do the same.

I like this beer a lot... but regular bastard is all the bastard I need, meethinks. Perhaps I'm not worthy?

This beer is great, but be warned... a bomber of this will smack you around, call you a bitch, and expect you to LIKE it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 23:58:11 | More by ShogoKawada
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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