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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 5043
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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i really would like to review at this time but have no much to said i can said the color and smell is perfect the smell also really good but and the alcohol content>>>>>wow if you are a really good craft beer drinker and you like some good stuff.... go ahead and open a bottle.please forget about that american piss you drink everyday ok and enjoy the really good stuff....try your self!!! this a world class beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 05:53:28 | More by zacalabeer76
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4.94/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Nice golden/red amber colored appearance with a 1 1/2 finger head. Next to no lacing at all (11.2% alcohol) so cant ask for much ha

S - nice! Smells sort of like a barley wine but doesn't at the same time. VERY earthy and somewhat sweet smelling. Also a trace of hoppy goodness. Ugh divine!

T - first taste, bitter but well balanced hoppiness character with a malty note as well as some fruity and sugary bite. JUST DIVNE. Tastes sort of like Stone's arrogant bastard as if it was on steroids and just tastes plain awesome! There is such a unique blend of tastes going on it really is HARD to describe in words. Very very VERY flavorful and I can taste so many different flavors going on I can't believe it . This is NOT for the faint of heart as the label describes. If you like STRONG flavored brews with a unique BUT awesome taste. This is literally the one. If you like ASA (American Strong Ale) YOU MUST TRY THIS. or you are not living.

M - Bitter but like I said EXTREMELY and I can't stress extremely enough when I say this, extremely well balanced with the hoppy goodness flavor (earthy) as well as a little not of fruit flavor. Just enough fruit to balance the bitter out but in no way is overly sweet like some beers. This literally is on my top 3 favorite beers of all time... it is very smooth and you can definitely "feel" this one at 11.2% alcohol. Its kind of weird. Once you drink a 22oz like I have you feel the alcohol but it doesn't taste "boozy" at all if you know what I mean. Don't get me wrong though, it doesn't taste like a 5% alcohol beer but it tastes FLAVORFUL but not very boozy if that makes sense guys?

O - this one is THE ONE. the golden one if I must say. It is ridiculous how much flavor stone brewing has packed into one beer, but this is in NO way a bad thing. If you are sick of soapy, bland, flavorless beer and demand something bold that stands out of the crowd GET THIS BEER. it is astonishing and just remarkable. If you are faint at heart this isn't for you, if you are scared of full flavor beer, this isn't for you. If you want something ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY ONE OF A KIND, THIS IS FOR YOU!!!

In collusion, I literally think this is my favorite beer of all time. I am a huge huge huge fan of flavorful beer that packs a big ol' punch. This beer is one of a kind and is only served on tap ( if youre lucky ) and in 22oz bottles beginning in November only until supplies last. I have bought out my local buehlers grocery store with this beer . So what if it is $7.99 a 22oz bottle. I have bought 30, yes 30 lol bottles of this 2013 release double bastard and have drank all but 3 of them and plan on ageing the rest till this summer. In will review one more time and let you all know how it tastes after aging 6-8 months. I'm sure it will be even more DIVINE. I LOVE THIS BEER WITH ALL MY HEART. May stone live on and keep producing this beer. My only complaint, is that they make it an all year round beer. But either way, This is my favorite beer of ALL TIME!!! peace guys :)

Serving type: 2013 release 22oz bottle at 45 degrees. ( fridge temperature)

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 18:56:03 | More by bman13
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13

A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.

S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.

T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.

O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:22:37 | More by Ri0
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3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a great redish amber color to it when poured into a bottle.
S: Smells like a mix between cherry and chocolate.
T: The taste at first was great. Very good hoppiness in the beginning that settled into a more dark fruit flavor. The problem is the after taste. It has a stronger alcohol taste that lingered on the tongue. The first couple sips were amazing but the more and more i drank the more alcohol i tasted.
M: Good, not too carbonated, and not too flat. Was a bit heavy feeling but still great.

Good beer with a high abv that you can taste the more you drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:51:39 | More by GinjaSlice
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty dark amber beer with a foamy white head. Smells of caramel and hops. This is a very intense beer, with an overpowering caramel flavor, almost like burnt caramel, with a syrupy feel. The bitterness starts light, but then quickly grows stronger. Like Stone’s Ruination IPA, I found this a bit too much, but at the same time I really enjoyed sipping this over a two hour period. Not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:55:56 | More by brutusmuktuk
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New York

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into LT pint glass

Had this beer twice before, 2010 and 2011. Came across a bottle for $6.99 in RI. Steal.

A: Dark red. Almost grapefruit looking. Slightly transparent. I wish I had a single Bastard next to it, but I'm almost confident this double looks lighter than the single. Nice carbonation. Decent head retention.

S: Cherries, dark fruits, toffee, spice, booze.

T: Good hop front, slight grapefruit, cherries, vanilla, some dark fruits I can't identify, big malt profile but well balance with the hops, little bit of toffee. Solid bitterness from the hops to balance the malts. Alcohol is barely present.

M: Solid body, but really not as heavy as I expected. Smooth. It actually feels like I'm drinking a single Bastard aged for a few months or so.

O: Very, very good Ale. Well balanced. Alcohol is well hidden under the intense malt profile. Stone rarely disappoints.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:47:08 | More by BoardwalkBock
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep, slightly hazy amber in color with a small to medium, 1.5 finger head. Body is relatively translucent despite the haze and darker color. Retention and lacing are both very good.

S- First impressions of the the scent are toasty, hoppy, and strong. Mild malts hit your nose first, but hops bitterness quickly displaces the malt with a piney punch. Scents of strong booze underlie both previous scents. Malts make somewhat of a comeback and blend with the hops, reminding me of an American style barleywine.

T- Starts off with some mild hops bitterness and some strong malt flavors mixed in with a boozey profile. Bitterness takes over in the middle of the drink and both hops and dull malt bitterness take over. Bitterness is fairly strong, but not overly so, and is somewhat balanced by other malt characteristics. Bitter malt and hop profile presides until the end of the drink, then the hops linger with their bitterness the longest.

M- This beer has low to medium carbonation and is rather smooth, but not too thick across the palate. Very strong alcohol presence, yet somehow, the mellow, not too bitter flavors keep this one dangerously drinkable.

Overall, I think this is much better than regular Bastard. More balanced with malt and hops and less aggressive in the taste department than regular Bastard is oxymoronic to the name. A very good, very strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:45:56 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Copernicus


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz. bottle into a snifter.

The color is a deep amber, bordering on the burnt orange with a brilliant copper luster. The bastard has depth. The head forms into a pleasant off-white at about a finger width and retains itself for a few moments. As expected, some real nice lacing is present throughout the experience.

The aroma instantly represents heavy malt character intimating dark dried fruits such as fig and black cherries but much roast. This hints at toffee more than caramel. There is surprisingly not too much hop bitterness on the nose.

The taste is where this bastard gets its arrogant power. It sneaks in with a smooth, almost buttery warmth, with gentle hints of vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark dried fruits. Then play time is over. An intense hop wallops the palate with piney punishment. It cuts through the initial malt and lingers well into the aftertaste, and it's very welcome.

The mouthfeel works here. It has a light, prickly and fizzy carbonation that appropriately balances out the warmth of the alcohol and the velvety texture of the body.

Overall, this beer represents a well-crafted balancing act of all those things we love, and it knows it. I would pair this with a strong aged cheese or save it for dessert and enjoy with a rich vanilla and toffee creme brulee or pineapple upside down cake.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 15:18:35 | More by Copernicus
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark, almost black in color, lots of lacing as always
Heavy malt notes and perhaps some fruit and definite hops
Very hoppy just like the regular bastard, more bold and deeper malt depth though, definitely more bold in the ABV department, its masked pretty well, but at 11% you’re going to know it’s there.
I recommend this one over the regular bastard, it’s not something I drink all the time, but it is a welcome change.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 18:05:37 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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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 BrausBeforeHaus


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased this fine brew a few times now. So I figured now I would rate it to avoid any snap judgement on it.

I've always liked most of Stone's offerings, especially earlier in my exploration of beer when hops were the only thing that seemed to matter (how naive hah!). I always appreciated Arrogant Bastard as a decently-balanced ale with good character and widespread appeal. So when I found out about Double Bastard, I was intrigued to try a more extreme offering of the Bastard, and ready to compare the two.

You've no doubt read a few times about the lacy white head, coppery color, etc. I'll just skip to the taste and impression.

Wow! Is all I could say after having a few sips. It has a strikingly bold start, but nothing overwhelms or hits you with one profile. All the hoppy characteristics of regular Bastard are there, but with better malt balance to even it out and also a more boozy sweetness.

You can definitely tell its potency after a few gulps. However that potency is more subdued than the 11.2% ABV might have you believe. A few friends of mine who have tried it were all shocked to learn it was that alcohol-infused, they guessed about 8.5-9%.

All in all, I believe this brew to be far superior to regular Arrogant Bastard. I am more partial lately to "extreme" style beers with strong ABV and character. It is a definite recommendation that you pick up a bottle if you fall in line with those tastes. I have already given it a good review amongst peers who are looking for something new and different in the beer world.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 21:51:47 | More by BrausBeforeHaus
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Release.

A: Pours a mostly clear copperish ruby with an off white head. Head takes a couple minutes to dissipate leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Very mellow aroma on this one that reminds me of a farmhouse I used to visit as a child. Malts add a big richness that overwhelm the hops. Certainly fig, raisin or another dried dark fruit pushes through.

T: Very bold flavor on this one. A wallop in the face of intense malt flavors that barely beats out the dramatic hop entrance. Carmel or toffee adds some sweet flavors. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full body with moderate to low carbonation. A bit dry on the finish from the amount of hops. Not too hot considering the ABV but certainly warms you up.

Overall this one is just screaming to be aged. Haven't had one in a couple of years and am really able to appreciate this beer now. A very serious bastard that will leave you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:52:23 | More by CloudStrife
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Stone Double Bastard is an American strong ale with a big 11.2%ABV~ Pours light to medium brownish/burnt orange with tons of sediment~ Nice big, full body robust head that sat pretty for several minutes~ Nose is malty, sweet, hoppy, bready, raisin, pine, fruit and vanilla~ Feel is smooth, creamy, full, warming, bitter and boozy~ Taste is intense, as per usual with Stone Brewery : Caramel, Malt, Bread, Brown Sugar, Grapefruit, Pine, Dough, Bourbon, Peach, Oatmeal, Plum, Oak, Cherry, Banana, Citrus, Toffee and Butter Biscuits~ Just an absolute Jaw Jacker... BIG, Heavy and Full flavored to the max! This liquid glory absolutely floors and round house drop kicks the Fu€k out of the taste buds and palate, satisfies and covers the 11% like a champ... Overall: 95

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 22:42:42 | More by BrewUSA
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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 ounce Beer Club Mug-$7

A- Deeper orange in color.2 finger lingering head.

S- Hop was evident, pine and citrus with bready aroma.

T- Not as hoppy as I anticipated, smooth. nice full piney taste.


O- I liked it much but it is a dangerous beer. Knocked me over big time. Sip slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2014 20:48:44 | More by LisaEisMe
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4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dangerous beer. %11.2 Abv
Bottle to glass.
A- I'm really surprised about how little amount of head I got compared to other reviews on this page. Only about one fingers worth but it didn't settle as I drank and lacing was evident all the way through.

S- Molasses and black cherries. Deep dark fruity feel in the aroma.

T- Raisins, cherries, molasses with a slight bitter bite following. Yum!

M- Smooth and very creamy. The taste lingers on the sides of the tongue while the creamy taste rolls down the middle.

O- Great after dinner beer for sitting around and chatting. Pairs wonderfully with pineapple and other creamy deserts (chocolate fondue anyone?) This label screams eat with devil's food cake.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 00:58:58 | More by Ohmmygawd
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4.78/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 02:53:10 | More by vickersspitfire
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4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with a slight haze that clarifies as this warm. Poured with a thick off-white foam that is fed by a lazy, but steady stream of bubbles from the depths of the glass. The thick, rich cap leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus pineapple aroma up front with undeniable booziness in tow. Intense sweet caramel malty aromas follow with pine hop aromas deep in the background. Full bodied and sticky sweet, with an incredible, delicate, creamy smooth feel. Caramel malt flavors barrel right down the middle with pineapple hop bitterness around the edges that transition to pine hop flavors from the middle to the end. The boozy heat hides beneath the hop bitterness up front but slowly intensifies through the middle to the end. Finishes with a soft, slightly dry feel with lingering pine hop bitterness and lots of boozy heat. This beer is a force that lives up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:18:43 | More by IronLover
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, paired with a pressed turkey and cheddar with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard on marble rye bread. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a sudsy caramel off-white head of a finger ahd a half. Mostly microbubbles, but a smattering of larger, soap-like bubbles are atop the beverage as well. Retention is excellent and leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink it down. Supporting the head is a beautiful dark crimson-amber hue with some shades of magenta or almost purple to give it an amethyst like quality, but more red. Maybe like a cross between an amethyst and a ruby. Very pretty shade of red in any case.

Smell - The smells of caramel malt and pungent hops compete to be the most predominant on the nose. Beneath that there are elements of dark fruit--specifically black plum and perhaps black cherry, but without any of the tartness that usually accompanies cherries. Maybe even some hints of raisin as well, although faint. the hops used are earthy and peat-like, rather than citric or floral.

Taste - Initially, I get some light sweetness, like light molasses or maybe even Grade A (light amber) maple syrup. But that is quickly complimented by the bittering of the hops used to avoid this from becoming just a lot of sweet malt. The hops are aggressive enough to provide bitterness and allow me to recognize that common beer ingredient, but they don't overpower the main character of this beer, which is malt, sweetness and a touch of light pepper.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium bodied, with ample carbonation for the style, but still probably moderate levels on an overall scale. Finish is sweet, but not cloying.

Overall, a wonderful beer, especially when paired with the right food. It worked quite well with the acidity and pungency of the spicy mustard and pickled flavors of the sauerkraut. But it's certainly good enough to stand on its own, even though it might be a sipping beer. I did prefer it as it warmed and allowed the malt profile to shine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 22:02:53 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle

Double Bastard Ale was orange-brown in color and a little hazy. It had a beige head with good retention. The smell sweet malt and fruit with some piney hops coming through. The taste was very good with sweet carmel malt and dried fruit flavors and plenty of bitterness to balance. The finish was long with some lingering bitterness. It was full bodied with medium- light carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:34:05 | More by afinepilsner
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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer. Bought it for $10, pretty expensive. This beer is bursting with flavor. A lot of tart fruitiness, sharp hop flavor, some subtle malt backbone, and of course some booze going on here, as it is quite high on the ABV.

I couldn't ask for a better view. Pretty much the same as the oaked version, minus the oak flavor. This is a VERY strong beer, something you need to sip. Its actually so heavy and boozy, your body almost forces you to sip it.

Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find another beer quite like this one. One of a kind. Only thing that keeps me from buying this on a regular basis is the price, and the fact that I'm not a full blown alcoholic.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 06:08:31 | More by Matthew_Phoenix
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New York

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a brown ruby color with a one finger head. It is relatively clear.

The aroma is of big roasted burnt malts and sweet caramel. There is a bit of hops and bread.

The flavor has some hops to pick it up, but the flavor is surely of really dark hard burnt malt. Almost a woody earthy flavor. There is sweet breadiness and then it turns into huge pine bitterness. It really does not have a huge alcohol flavor with it. The bitterness really stands out and keeps it wonderful. The hops are in your face with the bitterness, although the caramel and burnt notes are truly there to give it body and roundness.

There is both aggressive sweetness and bitterness in this, but the bitterness is a bit overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2014 07:22:55 | More by dar482
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/13 (my birthday). $8.99/22 oz. Poured into a chalice.

My favorite American strong ale. Take one for a cool autumn night around a campfire.

Is this a barley wine? Almost, but no. Over the top but balanced. You know the alcohol is there but it is calming and not hot. 4.5

A – Pours a clear amber with a half-finger light tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Good lacing. Nicely carbonated. 4

S – Malty sweetness with some caramel and dark fruit. A touch of whiskey in the nose but without the taste. 4.5

T – Huge malty backbone with a resiny bitterness. 4.5

MF – Smooth, warming and rich. Medium-bodied. Nice carbonation reflected with a bit of sharpness. 4.75

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 02:56:52 | More by Sludgeman
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4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottom Line Up Front: This ale is one to take in slowly. At 11%abv it'll knock you on your ass if you end up having the whole bomber to yourself. I fully enjoy the full bodied taste and balance in hoppiness and maltiness. This is one I'll buy and enjoy when there is something to celebrate.

Decanted a 22oz bomber into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: Creates a nice off white head when poured vigorously. Head retention is moderate. Beautiful dark amber cloudy color.

Smell: Hop resins, bread, dark fruits

Taste: It is an amazing full bodied ale that balances out the hops and malts quite well. Plenty of hops and dark fruits. Doesn't leave a syrupy aftertaste as some of those winter warmers might.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and on the palate as well. Just a great ale.

Overall: Seriously this is an amazing ale. Don't give this to the "lite beer crowd" as it'll offend them and rightfully so. If you enjoy craft beer and want one that isn't a 3xIPA go for this one. You won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:39:45 | More by rev3rb
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4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a hazey, rich copper color with a medium, super creamy ivory colored head that has excellent retention and excellent lacing.
S-The aroma right off the bat has a huge burnt caremel note. Impressively, there is no alcohol aroma. On a secondary note, there is plenty of earthy hop aroma to keep the nose from being one dimentional. Way in the back there is some dark fruit notes as well.
T-The flavor is chock full of sweet, malty, burnt caramel notes. (Very barley wine like)
There is plenty of bitterness and earthy hop flavor to keep this palate satisfied for sure.
In the back the dark fruits consist of prunes and raisins and even sweet dates.
M-This beer has a huge body, huge creamy body. Huge bitterness along with medium to mild carbonation, makes this beer very balanced in the american barley wine sense. It's very aggressive to be sure but at the same time it is balanced.
O-Overall I am veru glad to have had the opportunity to try this delightful beer from stone brewing company. I highly recommend it to any craft beer lover like myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 01:47:42 | More by hoplover82
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium ruby with 1 finger of kinky head and some light lacing.

The aroma consists of dates, figs, carmel, toffee, grapefruit, light citrus.

Huge carmel malt straight booze and some light hop bitterness towards the end. At 11% most of what you taste is just malt and alcohol but its so well balanced with some real nice hop bitterness just sticking its head out so they don't feel left out.

Overall: Hell yeah buy like 5 of these and hold on. Sessionable? only if you want to have a hell of a blackout. Makes Christmas parties tolerable. Enjoy in a snifter or in shot glasses either way you'll have a great time. Love this beer easily one of Stones best offerings Also if you enjoy bashing macro brews read the back label.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 06:14:40 | More by ac22rush
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,043 ratings.