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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,643
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 358
Gots: 749 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

alotofcoffee, Jun 08, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh my.
Quickly before I pass out from pure pleasure, let me try to get my thoughts down.
Pours a dark amber with reddish gold highlights and a small white head that almost disappears completely...but not quite, leaving a ring of lace.
Aroma is (surprise!)...citrus hops but with a touch of caramel an medicinal alcohol.
Taste is very hard to describe. I mean, I can say sugary dark malt, bitter, grapefruit hops, followed and almost buried with strong alcohol, but while those are the tastes I interpet, they are not all that is there...not by any means. Maybe it is just the combination that changes them to so much more than merely the individual sensations they are. I don't know. I only know, I really like it.
This indeed may be my very favorite Stone Brew of all time.
Oh yeah....and the ABV in this one kicks butt...at least it kicks mine...much more than other brews much higher in ABV.
Enjoying another bottle of this, I decided to return to my review to see if I had missed anything in the past.
This is still my definite go to beer when the night has wound down and I'm looking for something strong to finish it off. More than that, it is my go to beer when the evening of drinking has left me wanting....an evening of drain pours...an evening of finding nothing that 'satisfies me', pleases me, finishes it for me. I can return to Double Bastard and have never, ever, been disappointed.
The perfect nightcap...the perfect finish...the perfect fill for what I've missed in the past.
Great beer>?
Maybe not.
But dependable satisfaction and extreme pleasure for me.
I'm changing my rating from a 4.9 to a 5 simply because this may be the only beer that has never disappointed me.
... I'm also going to the store tomorrow to buy whatever they may have left of this liquid pleasure.

IntriqKen, Nov 03, 2006
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

porterguy41, Dec 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

dylancraver, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

zachthelaxer93, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

46333, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

alamode, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Ebrill, Sep 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

cborder, Oct 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

dertyd, Jan 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

monkeylice, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Nickfellow007, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photekut, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

troegaarden, Feb 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally the elusive Double Bastard is in hand. Pours a deep gold with red highlights, huge, foamy tan head. Exceptional aroma. Subdued sweetness in the aroma, with hints of hop bitterness. As it warms, pineapple. Creamy mouthful, this is much smoother than I remember the (single) Bastard being. While hoppy in taste, this bastard reckons itself a barleywine. Big sweet malt presence, dark fruit, grape, hints of red wine. The hops give a wake up call in the finish, with a nice touch of alcohol burn to liven things up. Not overbearing by any means.

I find this even more drinkable and enjoyable than standard Arrogant Bastard. Stone has done it again. Great success!

Stingray5, Dec 08, 2004
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

freewill35, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

brenjames, Jan 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Honestly, without question the best beer I've ever tasted, and I can find not a single flaw. Bought a pint sized bottle from Marty's liquors on Harvard ave. Pours a brown color with a beautiful white head that retains throughout. Lacing is perfect. Smells of fruit, pineapple maybe? Taste is perfection at its most perfectionist. Fruit, hops, and others which my palate cannot pick out. The entire palate tingles. I could drink these all day, or until I passed out.

sagito327, Jul 25, 2005
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

despond, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

reyolb, Dec 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Dwtucker90, Nov 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

brianuz, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

beerman999999, Nov 20, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,643 ratings.