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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,041 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,041
Hads: 6,356
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 5.4%
Wants: 460
Gots: 1,171 | FT: 40
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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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Reviews: 2,041 | Hads: 6,356
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber in a pint glass.

Appearance: Much darker than I imagined, deep golden brown, little head

Nose: well the hops of course, sweet and malty, has the nose of a Munich lager, very rich

Taste: at 10.5% I can NOT taste the alcohol (very dangerous), very malty but the hops cut through to the end with a spicy finish

Mouthfeel: it has an effervescence to it that is very appealing, it feels light on the tongue but heavier as it schmooses down the throat.

I would have no problem pounding down 3+ of these. The only problem is that they would end up pounding me back, but I kinda like that. Like most west coast beers, they are experts at hiding the alcohol. Pick up a few of these if you can find them. It seems more like a double IPA than an American Strong Ale. (767 characters)

Photo of Andy
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Along with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, the Double Bastard is one of my beers of the year for 2001 (and I'm not particularly given to IPA's versus other styles). Beautiful maerzen color. What an aroma! There's something about
a powerful hop aroma that is part sweet and part hoppy. Deep, rich, and full aroma. This beer would be perfect if only sniffed. But the taste. Slightly smoky side of hop flavor, slightly earthy. Big body. Balances great as it warms. Deep alcohol aroma. It's a rare day when a beer makes me consider brand fidelity and a long-term committment. This one has my full attention and appreciation. (621 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one better than Arrogant Bastard. It's got a bit more of everything that AB has, but it's a bit more balanced. It's a bit whiskey-like and really packs a punch.

Since I just tried the '02 version, I'm updating (and upgading) my orginal review. This beer is nothing short of beer bliss. Yes, it's packed with hops, but it's also packed with malt and an amazing array of flavors: similar in flavor and complexity to a good cognac. Don't pass on this one if you see it around. (495 characters)

Photo of SDtastentune
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark red amber, no head, no lacing. Kinda bubbly, but not fizzy.

S - Alcoholish, malty, hoppy.

T - Alcohol, whiskey, malts, hops, great aftertaste of refined ale!

M - Hot, definitely carbonated, heavy/large bodied.

D - Drinks great if you can hang with it, definitely a hop head connoisseur type ale with lots of BITE and CRINGE.... I like it. Drinks similar to a barley wine, if I taste tested it blindfold I would call it one. Thumbs way UP, this is one HOT ale! (472 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw bombers of Double Bastard at my local co-op, I had to pinch myself to not yelp from the surprise, the sheer gratitude I felt, confronted with this much heralded beast.

Pours a deep crimson. Not much head, maybe you can blame my pouring, but what's here is dense and leaves a thick sheet of cascading lace on the glass.

A rich and sweet maltiness permeates the first shot to my nose, followed by faint hop undertones. And again on taste, malt takes the lead and leads slowly -- oh so slowly, the metaphors I could attach to this transition are better left unsaid, it's pornographic -- into a spicy hop aftertaste. The high alcohol content is not overpowering, it's warming. Warming and, of course, arrogant.

This beer punches you in the face and massages your soul with its strength and balance.

Three orgasmic yelps for another brilliant beer by Stone. (887 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.87/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage - poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Hazy amber/copper color. Inch of white, fluffy head that stuck to the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Wow! So much was going on here, it's almost hard to describe. It was a combination of citrus fruits, pineapples, burnt malt, and a nice smell of piney hops to cap it off. So similar to many of the west coast IPA's (i.e. Pliny the Elder) that I have had.

T- Even better than the smell! Initially, a nice sweet pineapple, malt taste hits the tongue. Right before it ends, the hops kick in to give it a nice crisp, piney finish for the perfect touch.

M- Medium bodied that almost felt light and crisp at times and then thick and syrupy at others. So versatile, absolutely loved it!

D- This beer went down so smooth, it was unbelievable. I have had stronger beers before, but from the very first sip, I felt the burn in the chest and flushness in the face (not necessarily a bad thing). If I could have more than one, I would have gave it a 5.

Overall, this beer may be the best that I have had so far! I'm not sure if it's because I let it age for a year, but this beer was so complex and brought so many different varieties of flavors. Nice sweet citrus/pineapple malt flavor followed by a crisp, piney hops flavor. Absolutely perfect! I'm seriously debating whether or not to let my other bottle age for another year.

edit: Just opened a bottle of the 2008 Double Bastard and the 2007 is so much better. Let this beer age for at least a year. (1,532 characters)

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

From the 2001 batch ... 750ml bomber = loads of brain rot and trouble.

Deep copper in colour with a magnificent and healthy looking off-white creamy head -- sticky and retains well.

Aroma ... pineapple, intense alcohol, loads of robust maltiness and pine-y hops in the nose.

Taste is so incredibly smooth that I might cry. Full-bodied, rich, robust, sugary/syrupy/sticky (carbonation seems suspended in the liquor) and extremely sweet. Flavours run all over the place: caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, mega-fruity, pineapple, deep penetrating alcohol, pine-y earth/wood bitterness with an oily hop feel on the palate. Finish goes a touch dry with bready flavours and unsweetened chocolate notes.

Holy christ on a crutch!! Can you form a religion around a beer? This beer is everyting the name suggests, and then some. Extremely drinakble for a 10% beer, even more so as it warms up, and very warming. Treat this beer with respect and enjoy. -- thanks to Greg Koch for the sample, and for making this. (1,012 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - hazy deep copper, tower of tan head retained forever
S - fruity aromas of cherry and tropicals, big malt aromas, sweet and spicy alcohol, and some piney woody hints
T - burnt sugar sweetness, caramel malt with a big helping of piney hops, light woody smokiness with a spicy alcohol note and subtle fruitiness, just outstanding
M - extremely smooth big body with a pleasant mix of sweet and bitter, with the alcohol extremely well balanced and keeping the palate and tummy warm
O - this is a beer advocates dream: big, balanced, complex, and very tasty, so happy I got a chance to savor this nectar (601 characters)

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

Pours a winterish red with a nice tan head. Very inviting looking. Smells fruity and spicy. Great chocolate and cherry hints in the nose. Now, this beer is one of the best representations of an american barleywine I've had. Very smooth and mellow to start, and then bites you in the back. Ridiculously well rounded. Very sweet and bitter at the same tame. Fabulous. A complete attack on the taste buds, but not in a bad way. This beer will set you straight and put you in your place. It kicks ass without taking names. This is not just a beer, this is the nectar of the gods. (575 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

S - 22 oz. bomber of the '04 vint. Thank you beerbeing for being such a gentleman and supplying me with this beast of a brew.

A - A hazy garnet color, head retention isnt spectacular but it is good. Very appealing and inviting. I fear the ways of the bastard, but I cant help myself.

S - Similar to AB but really intensified. chocolate, caramel, malty, bitter, slight alcohol heat. awesome.

T - Caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, slight citric fruit perhaps orange and lemon peel. Wow.

M - Smooth, creamy, perfect balance.

D - The only disappointing thing about this beer is that I only have one bottle. (617 characters)

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

2003 edition in the 22oz bomber. The bigger brother to Arrogant Bastard pours a brown color with reddish highlight and a minimal tan head unless poured very aggressively. The head drops quickly to a bubbly ring leaving a nice lacing around the glass. Quite the strong aroma on this one, with plenty of sweet malts, earthy hops, fruits and a touch of alcohol. This one definitely brings a big taste to the plate with a sweet fruity malt upfront that settles into a bitter hop bite. This one has a similar taste to arrogant bastard but upped several notches and a few more complexities are thrown in. A very complex tasting beer indeed, maybe having a 3 liter at one sitting can help unravel some of these complexities. Mouthfeel is amazing, full and creamy with perfect carbonation. Drinkability is perfect, there is only slight alcohol tastes and scents so that never slows the consumption. This is a near perfect beer in my opinion and I look forward to this years release as this was my last bottle. Highly recommended to all except people new to craft beer because this will knock them on their arse. (1,103 characters)

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a darker brown/copper color that had a small tan head that lasted throughout and left lacing after each sip.

S- Has the smell of many fruits that I will be able to discern better as my beer knowledge increases. It has a strong malt smell, and of course hops.

T- Has the sweet fruit flavor that you would expect from the smell. It also has the smokey malt taste and washes down with hops and alcohol.

M- Full-bodied

D- An excellent beer, that is great to pour in to a glass and sip on and enjoy. The package store that I work at just sold the last few about a week ago which upsets me because I didn't get to grab one more before they come back. (659 characters)

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

2006 release, poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is pretty complex with caramelized malt, brown sugar, dark fruit and a lot of hops.

T: The taste is about as well-balanced as any beer that I’ve ever had. There’s a strong hops bitterness and a hearty malt character, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. For a beer with 10.00% ABV, the alcohol burn is very mild. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet. To me it seems to taste very similar to Old Guardian, but something that I can’t put my finger on just makes it taste even better than both OG and the regular Arrogant Bastard.

M: Very smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, this is flat out just a damn good beer. I simply can’t say enough good things about Stone, because they continue to impress me. Even amongst the Stone beers this one is one of the best. (1,106 characters)

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

Goddamn. This beer is ridiculous. If you have to cross 5 state lines to find this stuff, you should. I really don't know what else to say. The last beer that made me utter that from my lips was Rochefort 10. It is easily my favorite offering from Stone up to this point. I picked up two bottles of this in Virginia, from Once Upon a Vine, and I should have bought the place out. I can't buy this brew in Texas, and it is a damn shame. I hate you TABC - why won't you allow more Stone beers than just the AB and the IPA? WHY?!?

Poured part of a 2006 22oz. bomber into a Double Bastard glass.

Appearance - Poured out of the bottle a thick translucent ruby brown. It produced a one finger off white/tan head that slowly dissipated. When the brew warmed to room temperature, it became perfectly transparent. Looks absolutely delicious.

Smell - Sweet. Toffee, caramel malt, vanilla, and burnt sugar. Dark fruits like plum, prunes and figs. A shit ton of oily, resinous hops - very citrus grapefruit in nature. Oh yeah, and booze. Heavenly.

Taste - Oh my god. Beer doesn't taste much better than this. The scent doesn't do enough justice to entice you into the perfection of its flavor. Sweet caramel malt front, intermingled with toffee and burnt sugar and dark fruit. It evolves seductively into an insane, bitter hop ending. All of the flavors are intermixed with the boozy 10%ABV. Highly reminiscent of a barleywine. It is a perfect balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. Perfect carbonation, dry bitter hop finish, and goes down smooth. Medium to full bodied.

Drinkability - Perfect for a beer this strong. This beer is an extremely easy drinker, but I drank it extremely slow to savor every single sip. Wussies might not want to session this because of the ABV, but they are wussies. If I had easy access to this beer, I would drink it all the time.

This is far and away better than the original Arrogant Bastard. Find this beer now. You shouldn't be wasting your time reading this. You should have stolen your mom's car and be halfway across the state by now. (2,082 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown color with thick tan head.

The scent is of citrus and piney hops, with a noticeable alchohol scent.

Very sweet taste. Caramel, burnt sugar, fruit (pineapple?), piney hops. Also some notes of chocolate and a strong alcohol taste.

Very smooth feel, full-bodied, perfect carbonation, with a dry finish.

Very drinkable especially with the 10% ABV. (381 characters)

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

An absolutely amazing brew. A friend said it best when he said "Holy S^&$" upon his first sip. The beer is full of grapefruit and other cirtus aromas topped off with some caramel and sweetness that binds everything together. Dark red in color and nearly opaque with a nice bit of white head. The beer fills your mouth with flavors and has complexity off the charts but still comes off as somewhat delicate. Grapefruit, caramel, and a bit of pine jostle for dominance in the mouth and are followed by a nice dry and bitter finish. Definitely not a beer you want to drink quickly or you will a.) miss out on a lot of flavor and b.) be knocked on your ass from the alcohol. Suprisingly good at room temperature (had left a 3rd of the bottle sitting out) where the hops mellow out but the flavors are all still there. Truly amazing. (828 characters)

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

Wow, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this on the draught list at Papago's. I'd already had a hefty porter earlier in the evening, but couldn't leave without snapping this up.

Best idea I ever had.

An incredible brew, but like the company says, not for the faint of heart. The color alone should be enough to warn you off. It's a devilish deep amber, mahogany. Colors like that are put in Nature to tell other living creatures to back the hell off.

Head is thin, leaves a nice sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is.... well, wow man. Caramely sweet, very pine-like hoppiness, and maybe just a slight hint of alcohol.

Ok, well, not so slight. It's big. So are the hops, for the matter. And the sweetness.

And then there's the flavor. Did I say wow already? Butterscotch sweet, with a warming alcohol feel and flavor that starts around mid-palate and keeps on growing. Fruity notes are present, and a magnanimous dosage of hop bitterness. Stone manages to pack an immense amount of flavor in this beer. Very complex.

Don't plan on drinking anything else after this beer. First, it'll taste like tapwater, and second, you simply don't need any more alcohol after this. Go take a nap and have pleasant dreams of the next great offering from Stone instead. (1,304 characters)

Photo of EA728
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Amber/Orange Color, almost identical to AB, not much head.

S: Very hopy

T: Sweet, malty with a bit of hops. Did a side by side comparison with AB, so it didn't taste as hopy as that, but still pleasant. Almost has a Belgian Strong Ale taste with the sweetness.

M: very smooth, thicker than AB, but that's to be expected.

O: I loved this beer, its a sweeter, less hopy, maltier beer than AB. (397 characters)

Photo of bigone4
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 release
Poured a very dark hazy amber hue. Glows a gorgeous orange red when back lit. Nice two finger off-white tanish head that dissipated over a few tastes. No real lacing present. Smells of sweet caramel and malt. Hints of oak with a grainy and sweet raisin yeast smell in the distance. There are subtle tones of butterscotch and toffee mixed in. It tastes very smooth and quite delectable. Sweet malt flavor with mild hints of roasted malt mixed with caramel malts. Great after taste mild dry hop finish with buttery tones. Butterscotch and a slight fruit flavoring . Figs and or plum come to mind. Great body, very smooth, and drinkable for being 10%ABV. No lingering alcohol flavor it is hidden really well in the mix of flavors. This beer has such a great balance and array of flavor. The 10% sneaks up on you pretty well. This beer is well crafted and extremely drinkable. I enjoyed this 22oz bottle until the last drop. Great American strong ale offering. I recommend everyone give this one a shot if you can get your hands on it. (1,045 characters)

Photo of erz316
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1pt 6fl oz bottle into samuel smith pint glass.

A - darker than the oaked, with the same colored head (cream). the body is coming onto the side of opaque, a darker copper colour.

S - a bit fruity with hops and some of the musty barley from the regular bastard. a bit of pine in the far back with some booze taste.

T - sweet, hoppy, booze. there is pine, sweet sugar, bitter sour fruits, and so much more all over the taste; too much to explain in one sitting. extremely complex. far beyond the other bastards. this deserves more contempleation and another review.

MF&D - perfect, no complaints , subtle crisp carbonation with creamy soothe body and perfectly viscous. (671 characters)

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

22 oz. silk screened bomber. I'd like to add my own text underneath the gargoyle to read "shut up, sit down, and drink."

Pours a dark amber with a nice white head. Great retention and nice sticky lacing. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and chocolate.

Whoa. Sweet Jesus. The text on the back of the bottle doesn't lie. This is one muther effer of beer. Dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar. Very sweet and chewy. The alchohol is certainly present on the palate and it really warms you up.

Delicious and drinkable but I could only handle one. (596 characters)

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

Once again an amazing Double Bastard from Stone Brewing. Hits right away with big molasses flavors and bitter bite. We paired it first with grain crackers, this brought out the dry biscuit flavors, then we paired it with sharp cheddar. This eliminated all bitter flavors and smoothed out the florals, then we had unshelled salted nuts, after this the brew was sweet, bold and flavorful.
All the things I love in a brew, big hops, big malt body, great head, amazing.
Just saying I will have four or five of these stashed for trading. (533 characters)

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

Waited in line for a long time for the special release of the 2006 vintage. It was well worth the wait. The taste of this was amazing. Smooth and complex, the beer took on a different feel from a typical double bastard. The warmth from the alcohol was definitely there as this beer wasn't messing around. My 2L growler was gone before I knew it. (345 characters)

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

A - pours into a murky mass of malt and lupilin, which glows a deep purple-amber in the light

S - rich malt, reminiscent of a decoction mash (but most likely not), notes of coffee, carmel, and a little chocolate, overall hop armoa is very subdued with all the malt, yum...

T - initial burst of butterscotch and carmel sweet falling into the hop bitterness which slowly rotates to hop flavor in the finish

M - rich, with a zesty quality from the high alcohol level

D - very, what's not to love? it's got a lot of hops and a lot of malt, both balanced together, it's luxury for the palate. (591 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ruby golden color with a syrupy look to it. This beer looks like it means business, even before you pop the top. Tried arrogant bastard so this could only be better right? RIGHT!! .Smell is malty caramel with a hint of alcohol...nice. Once this beer hits the tongue thats when the hops hit you. This is a great blend of HUGE sweet maltiness and HUGE bitter/citrous hops. I could find something new in the taste every sip and the high ABV is a great bonus.Great mouthfeel, with a nice taste lingering after every sip, coating the mouth with malt and sizzling my tongue with hops!!, and if I had a steel liver drinkability would be a 5, so a 4.5 is fair. One of the best of any style. top notch beer hands down. Whenever you see this beer....BUY IT. (747 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,041 ratings.