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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,889 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,889
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 378
Gots: 866 | FT: 29
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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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, I’ve found a bottle of this much sought after strong, hoppy monster. 22 oz, 06, bomber purchased from Chuck’s Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH. Bought and consumed on 06-12-07.

Appearance: Crimson lava body. Tan head.

Aroma: All the good stuff. Plantation pine and apricot plantation. Cedar chips smoldering under a grill covered in hardened caramel that slowly melts and drips onto those hot cedar chips creating a flare up of smoky-sweet caramel aroma. Yum. One knows that this packs a lot of hops and at least a little strength.

Taste: There is a heck of a lot going on here. I’m first hit by juicy citrus and tropical fruit, especially mango and then grapefruit. Next I notice pine. Then the caramel brings everything together but it quickly melts under the pressure of some hearty booze esters that resemble brown sugar. That make way for toffee which turns to smoke, then tree bark, which finally brings me back to even more pine. As it warms it becomes hoppy port for a few seconds and then hoppy fuel. Finally we’re left with flavorful booze that is sweet and bitter at the same time and extremely warming.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and full but not filling or burdensome. There is an airy quality, perhaps from a relatively strong carbonation that helps to balance all of this out. The hop presence certainly does well to match the sugariness from the booze and the bountiful caramel sweetness. All in all this is really well balanced, complex, and delicious.

Drinkability: Very good. I relished this bomber and wanted another right away. At 10% or so, this could become a real dangerous brew if I had a lot of it.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of heavy sweet malt with a strong dose of bitter hops. Taste is really sweet with a heavy dose of sweet malt plus a strong bitter hops presence. Body is above average with no discernable trace of alcohol. Very good try at bringing a lot of extreme side to a beer while conserving some balance.

Phyl21ca, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of kaimcm
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 vintage, poured into a Duvel glass. Reviewed 2/05. Cheers to pizzaportorbust for the bottle!

A: brown, dark deep copper, off white creamy head. light stick, but not much, easy agitation brings back velvety head.

S: rum, dark candied fruits, raisons, brown sugar, butter, alcohol

T: first wave is luscious and creamy malt, sugar, maple, some hazelnut with a very vinous quality, reminiscent of Sherry. Raisons, rum soaked cake, butter creaminess that makes the body so rich. this beer tastes like 1000 calories, not that I care, but its rich! on the back of the tongue a slight hop bitterness, with a dry finish.

M: creamy, slighty chewy, excellent carbonation level even after a few years. held up very well, feels great in the mouth.

D: hard to say. at 10% this beer is kickin my ass more than I can explain. super tasty but pair well and with caution or set your night aside for this beast.

its amazing what age has done to this brew. a few months ago i had a fresh bottle that was chaotic and brash. with 2 plus years in the bottle this has mellowed into an incredible barley wine. fresh its a conundrum, with some age the balance pulls through, the hops mellow, and the complexity and drinkability rise dramatically. its a good drink occasionally fresh, but aged this awesome juice is a must have.

kaimcm, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preparation – I popped an Arrogant Bastard for comparison purposes and thought it might be interesting to do the review in this manner. Not only is this my 400th review, but it’s also my 39th birthday. Cheers!

Appearance – This came out a beautiful brown, lighter than the Arrogant Bastard but with a bigger head. I knew after a few minutes that it was not going down for a while, so I left it for five minutes or so.

Smell – The sharp, complex hops come out slowly and very tight. I left it again to warm a bit and came back to a smack on the olfactory bulb. The toasted malt balance is there as well, but this is all about the awesome Stone hops.

Taste – This has a little bit more malt balance than the Arrogant Bastard. Otherwise, it is surprisingly similar. It seems a bit more refined, though. The extraordinary complexity of the hops is astounding. Every type you can think of sends a delegate to this gathering of electives.

The malts have to be huge just to get noticed, and they are. There’s actually some sweetness to this one, mostly caramel and table sugar.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and bitter, but with a touch of offsetting caramel on the cheeks. This ale is smooth, smooth, smooth. Not a hint of alcohol that I could pick up. Unbelievable!

Drinkability – What makes the Arrogant Bastard a shade from perfect, IMHO, is the lack of refinement and harmony of flavors (which could probably be relegated with a little cellaring). The DB has it all, and IMO can not be improved.

Update – The 2005s just came out (11/10/05) so I culled one out of the cellar box before tucking it away. It’s tight and not opened up yet, but man the hops are raging and the malts are in full effect. I put my ‘04s away for two years but I think this vintage will be best after just 1 year in the cellar.

RoyalT, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of amsguitarist
4/5  rDev -6.3%

First time drinking this beer. Strong hops, strong malt presence. Interesting aroma, similar to what RR sours smell like... some sort of fermented apple scent. Very complex taste, bitter fades but the malt lingers for quite awhile. Alcohol presence is there, but actually not too strong for something around 11%. Definitely a sipper.

amsguitarist, Today at 03:29 AM
Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Bought the Bastard box on a whim, haven't had many of these for awhile except for a couple enjoy boy's.
Too bad that a lot of these don't get the love that the rare beers get. Inexpensive, and quite delicious.$5 a bomber in this pack.

stouts4me, Yesterday at 11:51 PM
Photo of NJB145
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%

NJB145, Yesterday at 11:37 PM
Photo of samdanand
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%

samdanand, Yesterday at 03:37 AM
Photo of RobTheKnob
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

RobTheKnob, Yesterday at 01:43 AM
Photo of Krice99
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Krice99, Yesterday at 01:09 AM
Photo of ajcantu
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

ajcantu, Yesterday at 01:09 AM
Photo of kbrown
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

kbrown, Yesterday at 12:59 AM
Photo of jmryan8
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jmryan8, Yesterday at 12:10 AM
Photo of LouZ
5/5  rDev +17.1%

So good. Poured a nice, caramel-like brown color. Nice, sweet aromas from the glass. This was a nice surprise of hop aggressiveness, which I love, with a sweet barleywine finish! A new favorite from Stone, and worth the wait to try.

LouZ, Tuesday at 05:13 PM
Photo of dgaffney88
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

dgaffney88, Tuesday at 03:01 PM
Photo of tmbgnicu
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

tmbgnicu, Tuesday at 01:27 PM
Photo of mcloud2
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mcloud2, Tuesday at 03:15 AM
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3.99/5  rDev -6.6%

Dirtyhands, Tuesday at 02:28 AM
Photo of Eheander
4.95/5  rDev +15.9%

Eheander, Monday at 10:43 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Acubflem, Monday at 08:14 PM
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3.8/5  rDev -11%

RedTarmac, Monday at 07:04 PM
Photo of AWB3
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

AWB3, Monday at 05:22 PM
Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from 22oz on 11/24/14 into tulip glass; bottled 10/24/14

A: murky, brown-amber with a 1/4", light tan head that lasts only for a few minutes except for the edges of the glass. A far amount of lacing throughout consumption.

S: An initial, punchy blend of of maltiness and hops, pseudo-sweet (raisin) and a hint of fresh-from-the-oven bread, and grapefruity-citrus. A slight wiff of alcohol lures you in just as much as it may scare you away.

T: Living up to the 'liquid arrogance' moniker posted all over the fun label, this one isn't for the faint of heart. The amount of maltiness here is generally a bit higher than I like, but is cut and balanced well with the same aggressiveness from the hopiness. A bit of carmel upfront with citrus on the finish leading to a fairly complex taste that enjoyably lingers for a few seconds. The maltiness calms a bit as this one warms.

M: Deliciously smooth carbonation with a medium to full body

O: A lot of beer within a beer as you might expect from the name and description. Surprisingly balanced, as the 1-2 punch I hoped for. Not for the faint of heart and worth trying if you enjoy other Stone offerings. Aging may mellow out the aggressive profiles, but I'd hesitate to make it maltier than it already is.

FaradayUncaged, Monday at 04:28 PM
Photo of vidisad
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%

vidisad, Monday at 05:20 AM
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,889 ratings.