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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,055 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,055
Hads: 6,418
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 478
Gots: 1,240 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,055 | Hads: 6,418
Photo of mentor
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Complex, but abrasive and disjointed. Liquid Jimi Hendrix. If you are into dissonance and the inter-play of edgy reverb on edgy reverb, then this beer is for you. IMO, this beer needs alot of time for any chance at sorting itself out.

Fresh 2005 release pours a half finger tan head over a mildly cloudy brown/rust-copper liquid. Smells lemony hops with supporting undertones of grapefruit pith and tangerine. Some caramel malt sweet and way beneath is alcohol. Taste is potent hops that make the malt seem like soured caramel. Hops are co-humulone rough and bitterness is high. The hop flavor is woody and dry. Oranges. Pine and pith. Malt is way beneath and comes across as powery caramel with a hint of nutty that borders on chocolate. The aftertaste is cottony with an alcoholic umph that further denegrates the malt flavor. With searching, I find an ester array, but I can't identify specifics under the brutality of the hops. As I drink further, the alcohol stands out much stronger and is really wearing. The hops are wearing, this beer is not enjoyable. Yes, I can see this beer as properly being classified as an ASA. It definitely needs aging. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy thick. A nice feature that is hard to concentrate on under the hops and alcohol, which are now coming across as cheap vodka poured into my beer. I've got a bottle of 2004 in my cellar and, based on my experience tonight, I won't open it for another couple years.

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Photo of masikon
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Gorgeous beer with tones ranging from burnt orange to burgundy as the light hits it. Modest head and retention leaving a fuzzy ring and a splattering of bubbles on the surface with minimal carbonation activity.smells citrus-fruity...delightful with detectable alcohol underlying which cleans the sinuses. Taste to me is just about perfect, smooth for a 10 percenter but still with enough alcohol spiciness to remind you of what you are dealing with. Extremely complex in flavor, every sip you detect something else...citrusy and spicy in the beginning but as it warmed (and me) the malts really started to shine leaving a lip smacking sweetness for an aftertaste. mouthfeel is on the syruppy side and drinkability is somewhat low due to the high ABV and pricetag. (5 bucks for a 22oz. bomber)

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Edition: Poured into a tulip with 3/4 of an inch of foam and a cherry-amber body. Rich, fruity aroma that reveals a strong alcoholic presence.

This is my first taste of fresh DB in a couple of years. I liked the 9 month old 04 I last had a little better. Cherry-like fruits, toasted malt, and piney hops. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected. Drinkability is okay. The rich flavor and lack of availability prevent me from having another one tonight. This pairs well with Trader Joe's Cave Aged Gorgonzola.

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Photo of unclederby
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This years version.

This baby smells like candy...

Poured into my oversized wine glass a clear amber with with a nice fluffy 3/4 inch head which didn't stay around long but left sticky lacing on the glass. Some carbonation in the body but mostly all the activity was up top. Beautiful.
A really large bouqet: tons of malt, estery qualities, caramel, pine, alcohol, and biscuity... really just so much going on that it tickles the nose.
The taste really lives up to the promise in the bouquet. This is just one flavorful monster. Sweet and malty backbone, with notes of currant, oak, vanilla and a good blast of hops on the finish, which serve to give it excellent balance. Alcohol is perceptible for sure, but it is very well integrated and never really dominates.
This brew has plenty of body. Resiny, creamy and slick, it's a strong ale (barleywine?) that leaves nothing to be desired.
I'm not sure how much of this i could drink in one sitting, but i know i could drink a bomber a day it's so damn good.
Worth every penny of the $4.99 i paid for the 22oz. and i most certainly will go in for a case of this stuff.
I would give it a perfect score if not for my murky interpretation of "drinkibilty". On second thought, screw it - it's not meant for sessioning anyway...

caution: it taste so damn good but it will kick your ass. for real.


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Photo of DogFood11
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to make my 300th review a special beer. Why? I just wanted an excuse to crack open this 2005 version of Double Bastard. I've always enjoyed it in the past and found it to be incredibly consistent.

Poured into a tulip it takes an aggressive pour to get the full effect but it eventually has a late forming on finger head that is off white to light tan. Eventually the head falls to a big island in the middle. Copper with red around the edges. sticky lacing.

Negatives: My liver enjoys this beer too.

Whoa Baby! The nose is overpowered and sent into submission on the first whiff. PINEY!! Intense alcohol but smoothed out by a nice mix of settling malts and some light fruity aroma.

Hops are the driving force and the profile is so amazingly put together that it is actually a very smooth and drinkable beer. Rich and sweet to the point of being candied. Light citrusy fruits splash around followed by the alcohol burst, and of course all this time it can not escape the hop crunch. Toasted bread as well. Could this beer be any more well rounded. Awesome.

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Photo of ghostwalker
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber serving.

Dark ruby red body. Slight tan/white head.

Nose is rich with hops and fruit.

Flavor is dark and strong with malt and hops. A symphony on the palate! Very rich and interesting with plenty to consider. Cherries, plums, caramel, malty malt, piney hops on the finish. Alcohol is present and warming, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is syrupy, oily and thick.

Drinkability is head and shoulders above almost any other beer in this class. I have no trouble finishing the whole bomber alone. I can tell from the warming that this stuff packs a wallop, but the taste doees not get too strong or get old.

Stone continues to hit home runs with me.

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Photo of beersarang
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber brown with thin head that retains decently well and leaves some shimmering lace on the sides of the glass, along with syrupy legs.

Sweet malty caramel and brown sugar aroma.

First sip brings about a huge malt presence composed of caramel, grain, and all of the good stuff, starts to get sweet just as a huge rush of bitterness hits and holds strong for a long ride down the back of the tongue. After the rush of bitterness the molasses and brown sugar come back and this finishes sweet and warming.

Full bodied, light on the carbonation.

Alcohol isn't that noticable really. A Flavor adventure every sip. A beer to be cherished.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


2004 Release Ap: 4.5 Ar: 4.5 Ts:4.5 MF:4.5 Dr:5.0

Pours into a goblet as a hazy ruby chestnut hued pour topped with a spumescent craggy settled 1/4" head cap.

Scents are piney sharp wood and grapefruit citrus with a malty cake like quality.

First swigs: Toasted malt and cotton candy. Wood grain flavors arise. Hops with a gummy bear vengence. Deep complex malts reminiscent surely of an American Barley Wine. Molasses meets Sugar Daddy caramel. Waves of sweet malt. Rather mild finish of sugary resin.

Full bodied and copious deep complex flavors. Top notch drinker.

Last swigs: Piney sappy hops resinous. Similar to Old Ruffian. On trial 1 year cellared in comparrison to 2005 DB.


2005 Release Ap: 4.0 Ar: 4.0 Ts: 4.5 MF: 4.0 Dr:4.0

Pours into a tulip as a vitreous clear ruby copper hue topped with a settled wafer thin island of hazy head cap that creeps into a collar in the corners of the tulip..

Scents are slightly spiced cinnamon and bubble gum.

First swigs: Bubble gum and piney. Some metallic hints. An excellent balance of malt and hop. Powdered sugary sweet.

Feel is full bodied with a tacky linger of hop resins. Thick sugar feel runs away here.

Last swigs: Metallic penny. Thinner mouthfeel than the 2004. Does a year in the pokey REALLY do this such justice or is it a different recipe?

Beer is good. Happy cellared strong bering.

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Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep, rich ruby with a huge, well sustaining red hued head. Beautiful.

Huge fruity esters dominate the smell. Raisins, bitter hops, it's all there.

Sweet up front, rounds out into an even bitterness. Extreme bitterness lingers for a long time. Alcohol presence a bit much, not balanced out as well as it could be.

Rich, full bodied, with a subdued carbonation, this is a delicious ale that will keep me coming back for more. And more.

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Photo of badturtle
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I didn't much care for Double Bastard, but then I tried the '05 release. Double Bastard is an amazing strong ale. It is a dark red. The smell is of carmel and hops. It tastes like hemoglobin and carmel. It doesn't taste like alcohol, even though the ABV is high. The high ABV keeps it from being exceptionally drinkable, but the taste is great. If it had about half the alcohol that it has, it would be straight 5s.

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Photo of maddamish
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer settled into a crisp red color. The head was minimal but laced nicely.

Smell: High Alcohol smell to this one. . A hint of chocolate. White fruits. Also a smidge of banana and candy. Complex and rewarding.

Taste: Wow! A hint of banana. mellow grapefruit. A creamy ale that goes down nicely. Syrupy mouth feel.

Notes: Man I have been privy to some great beers as of late and this one is one of the best. You simply must pick up a bottle of this and share it with some friends.

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Photo of budsboy
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and ruby. Handsome. Two-finger head, leathery, then fades to a thin topping.

Strange mix of smells. Plum and pine, sweet carmel malt and citrus. Mouth waters.

Taste is truly amazing. Malty, roasty then fruity, plum and fig, citrus fruit follows. The bitterness grows then knocks you back about six feet. Alcohol lets you know it's there.It can't possibly get any better than this.

Full in the mouth and smooth. Leaves an oil slick in the mouth.

Dangerously drinkable. I highly recommend this one.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brown with a slight red tint. The light brown head fades slowly leaving a good amount of laces. This beer has a good hoppy aroma. It smells very sweet and malty also. The alcohol content is noticable in the aroma. It has a slight citrus aroma also. This beer tastes quite sweet. The alcohol warms as it goes down. It is not as hoppy as the aroma leads you to think, but it is still hoppy. This beer has a citrus flavor also. The flavor is quite aggressive. It has a very slight piney taste also. This beer is thick. It goes down surprisingly smooth leaving an aggressive sweet malty aftertaste. This beer is carbonated well. I think it would not make a good session beer because it is high in alcohol, and it is very aggressive. I think it is a good beer, but not one I would want to drink all the time.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grrr ... I'm angry this is so good! It should be a crime and the brewers at Stone should be locked up. Dark ruby colored pour and minor head, which is fine by me because I can smell cherries and hops. Plus chocolate which is always good. A sip reveals a kick in the face chocolately cherry bitter that leads to some tasty grapfruit that will leave you begging for more. If you get more, god smiles upon you! If not, tell Lucifer I said Hi, cause you been bad!
This brew cannot be touched.

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Photo of nephlim
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winner from StoneBrew.

Appearance: pours a nice dark colour, almost like a creamy cola. When held to light, it has a very deep, intense red with a hint of brown.

Nose: Has a very clean smell to it, like a good French red. Very complex.

Taste: Lots of flavour, hits of deep fruits like fig. Feels nice on the palate.
Has a bit of an aftertaste, which is probably due to the high alcohol (10%). I bet this could go well with some hard cheese and wheat crackers. I'd say it's not as malty as the regular bastard; this one is more creamy.

Like a good wine, I found this opened up after a few minutes. I left my bottle out after opening it (serving from a Stella Artois promo tulip glass), and found more flavours as it got slightly warmer.

This was a good buy. Try it!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Double Bastard Ale
2005 Release
22 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a reddish brown color. Very nice thick, rocky head on top that leaves trails of sticky lacings all over the glass.

Malts, citrus and cherries in the nose. As this beer warms up, it reveals more intensity. Whiffs of apricot, pineapple juice and burnt sugars.

Very rich, sweet, chewy and plentiful mouthfeel. Complex mouthfeel with hints plums and different fruits. I mainly taste cherry sweetness and grapefruit tartness with an alcohol sharpness. Mouth puckering hop blast on the finish. Classic Stone presence with every sip. These guys do it right, no question about it.

Awesome beer. I paired it up with some Monterey jack with jalapeno cheese and it worked together beautifully. This beer is no joke at 10.0% ABV. Enjoy its complexity and respect the powerful profile. Recommended.

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Photo of chuchoteur
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sheer malt goodness in a 22 ounce bottle, served in my Duvel tulip. Poured a pretty mahogany brown with a one-finger head that collapsed quickly to a layer of foam atop the beer. I was able to see through the beer with some backlighting. Smelled of citrus (orange -- curacao?), malt, sugar... smelled SWEET. Slight alcohol scent. Tasted sweet, malty, toffee-ish, a touch of chocolate. Bready. Notable but not overpowering bitterness. Balanced. Malty finish followed up by pleasant bitter aftertaste. A slight hint of something -- cherries? -- in the aftertaste, too. Mouthfeel was like liquid bread, encouraged me to savor this brew in a manner befitting its ABV. Drinkability was good for ABV. Alcohol not as overpowering and beer not as bitter as I'd expected.

All in all, a beer I can now say I love. Unfortunately, it's pretty tough to get in Seattle this year (the distributor only got 25% what they got last year!) so I won't be drinking much. In fact, I was only able to order one 3-liter bottle for my store, no 22's!

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Photo of jonnylieberman
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once again -- the Double Bastard -- 2005 release

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Looks: A very good looking beer -- the deepest orange, with reds and browns poking through. Off-white nearly tan head about two fingaz high, recedinging into decent (though by nomeans great) lacing.

Smeels like: Pine and malt and big citrus and, well, frankly, it smells like really good beer. There is enough alcohol present in the nose to cut any sweetness and balance the beer out.

Taste: I said the smell was balanced; not the taste. Double Bastard has essentially the best bittering you are going to find in any commercial beer. This is not the "smooth" bitterness that so many DIPA newbies claim to want -- this is the rough-hewn stuff of legends. Within the first sip, your mouth knows full well who exactly is in charge.

The malts are succulent and sweet enough (think plums and figs rather than berries and tropical) but this is a hop foreward brew. Again, the alcohol cuts in and makes itself known, but there is no "hotness." The hops though, are really about as good as it gets. I think in a year's time, I would be rating this beer even higher.

Mouthfeel: The harshness of the hops does interfere with the swallow. That, and for a Strong Ale (this is a barleywine, Bros) I would like things a bit thicker. Still, I love it.

Overall: A longtime favorite that I have neglected for too long. Double Bastard is the highlight beer of a great brewery that all Americans and beer-lovers the world round should be proud of. And those hops... Yeah, Double your pleasure; Double your Bastard.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage, aged one year in my makeshift closet cellar. I'm amazed how unphased it was, and for that matter how little it changed or quieted down. I'm sure with how wickedly potent this is in terms of hot booze and hops it could remain brash after a decade.

Comes out of the bottle a cherry-hued amber. An ivory sea-foam head politely rests atop the glowing DB, leaving the faintest lines of lace.

For how brash this beer is, the nose really doesn't reflect its intensity. Somewhat subtle; slight hints of licorice, dough, baker's yeast, cherries, paste, a metallic twinge.

This is astonishingly 'big' in flavor though. Many of the aromas hinted at were nowhere to be found on the palate, most of which I noticed had directly to do with ethyl alcohol. Hot shots of hop-vodka. Watermelon and cranberry hints are there too, but below the caustic hop and booze attack.

Like biting into a live wire...high-voltage shocks of alcohol and hop cones. Doesn't have the addictibility of Bigfoot et. al, but will sure put an end to your insomnia.

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Photo of OldSock
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – I decided to celebrate having tomorrow off and my 100th review by drinking this bomber, dated 2004, which I recently picked up at Luke’s. Poured into my snifter it is hazy dark red/brown beer with a one finger off-white head. Good spotty lacing, but poor retention.

Smell – Even at a year old this still has a lot of hops, slightly resinous pine for the most part. Definite alcohol presence as well along with some sweet toasted malt. This has calmed down a good deal since my last bottle of 04 last December.

Taste – Sweet toasted malt balanced by piney hop bitterness, a classic combination on steroids. While the flavor is big it is close to balanced, but the bitterness still has an edge to it that lingers. The alcohol is slightly fusel and warming, but definitely not as powerful as it was when the beer was fresh. Good flavor, but it doesn’t have the complexity that I have come to expect from big beers.

Mouthfeel – Completely full with medium carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Tasty beer, could have used a few more months, but good as is. The last time I had this beer I was still early in the craft beer life, I found 1/3 of a bottle nearly undrinkable, judging from my opinion tonight either I or the beer have come quite a long way. Am I the only one who wants to see Oaked Double Bastard? That would be excellent.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint.

This beer is pretty pretty pretty. Dark red with some gold, if a paint company made Double Bastard Red, I'd repaint my kitchen. With a moderately hard pour this produced a one-finger off-white head, and lace hung around for the entire time I was drinking this one (granted there was a repour when I added the rest of the bomber to the 4 or 5 ozs. in my glass). But still, for a 10% abv. beer this lacing hung around for a really long time.

Smell is very sweet with vinous notes, as well as fruity stuff going on like in a really good Belgian strong dark ale. That said, there are a lot of really refreshing hops in this too. Also, a ton of alcohol in the nose too. Very vinous alcohol presence. But it doesn't detract from the wonderful aroma of this one at all.

Sweet merciful crap, this is very sweet upfront, and very bitter in the finish. Literally perfect balance of hops, malt and alcohol. Every element of the taste of this beer only serves to enhance the other. The taste is a little intimidating at the beginning of the bottle, but after the first couple of sips, it's really just wonderful. Very fruity and sweet, but backed with really big bitter, but refreshing hop presence.

Mouthfeel is perfect, heavy and substantial, but still really pleasant and refreshing.

This is too drinkable, I haven't yet finished my bomber, and I'm very much tipsy (almost just typed "tupsy," for example and I'm having to use the backspace button way more often than I do normally). But I still really do want more. Any beer that makes you want to drink more despite the fact that you're alone and tipsy is just too drinkable. It's not sessionable for this reason, and also, it's bitter and huge enough that if I had a kolsch right now, I don't know that I'd be able to taste anything. This really does kind of destroy your palate for awhile.

But geez, it's worth it. I bought two bombers, and I'm definitely buying more before it's gone for this year.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I grabbed a couple bombers of the highly anticipated, highly saught after Double Bastard 2005 at MCAS Miramar for $3.99 no tax or deposit.

Poured a dark reddish brown with a thick froathy tan head. Great fizzy bubbly lacing.

Smells great. malty sweetness. Fruity like raisin and wine.

Nice on the palate, very thick malt taste, very sweet followed by a huge bitter finish that stick to the tongue like a dry red wine. Does DB fall under the barley wine category? I can feel the ABV almost instantly. Very good but not a session beer.

In my opinion BD is better served at a warmer temp the bitterness fades a little and the flavors come out more. (Maybe it's just the ABV hitting me!) This one is very big in flavor and ABV making it a sipper.


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Photo of pjwilson
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When I tried Double Bastard in Nov. of 2004. I was just getting into American craft ale. I had liked Belgians before then but was still a little hesitant about IPA's. (too strong) This beer was a turning point for me then: I really loved it and thought it was the most crazy, strongest beer I had ever had. In 12 months time I have drank so much craft brew, gotten into to crazy hoppy beers, and the IPA become my favorite style. (but I still love me them Belgians)
Upon tasting the 2005 version one of three things has happened.
1. My palette has changed so much that this isn't even that hoppy at all.
2. They changed the recipe a lot.
3. I just spent the weekend at the toronado wet hop fest and "balanced" beers will never taste hoppy again.
The rant on the back really seems uncalled for. This is a nice mellow barely wine with a bit of hop bite. I really am enjoying it but am surprised by how mellow it is, both my memory and by the rant on the bottle. That, and all the hype that there was a shortage and Bev mo has 20 cases of the stuff...worried for nothing. Anyways I think it's a combo of 1,2 and 3 for me. This beer will be now be reviewed on if I had drank it for the first time.
appearance: poured into a tulip glass, double bastard is red, blood red, but much more transparent than red wine. still it's pretty thick and the head lasts pretty long for a beer of this strength.
smell: alcohol dominates for me. work a little harder and I smell some nice malts. good for style i suppose.
taste: first taste was a shock how smooth it was, not how crazy. But it's good. Reminds me of cognac. I think Arrogant is hoppier than this one. The alcohol is dominant again....which gets more and more cloying. The beer is not sweet, nor is it hoppy. Ok there is some sweetness, but it is drowed by alcohol. VERY, alcoholic tasting.
mouthfeel: is quite watery.
drinkability: I have to be honest and say that this beer is getting on my nerves. Once a year is plenty.
Well I'm glad I had a bottle, but that Jubale in my fridge is actually sounding more fun than the rest of this bottle. I know that this beer has been changed in BA from a Double IPA, to an American Barleywine, to an American Strong Ale. I'd like to say in my mind it's almost a Winter Warmer, yes strong enough to be a barleywine. But I could see packing a bottle of this stuff on a backpacking trip.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah yes, '05 Double B... so good.
Pours a deep dark red and makes a thin offwhite head, leaves a very slight lacing that eases its way down my glass and leaves a syrupy residue on the sides. Aroma of caramelized brown sugar, pine and a hint of citrus. Flavor has notes of caramel, sweet brown sugar, strong pepper spice, strong bittering hoppy character. Opens full bodied with a thick sweet palate, finishes slightly dry, nicely done. This first bomber went down way too easy, I would get another... but call me well done, perhaps I'm not worthy!

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Photo of jasonmason
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just procured my first of 2005's batch of this perennial favourite. Poured from the familiar bomber, this year's diatribe posessing an uptick on the virol, which is great. "Call 'em out and line 'em up against the wall" indeed...into the tulip it goes. Gorgeous mahogany colour, maybe a finger of head that seems to be going rather quickly.
...nose carries a plethora of hop, but also a deep, almost sweet character - heavy fruits, some alcohol. Not suprising at 10%. Head dissipates somewhat quickly.
...hops come big and fast in the first taste. Long, consistent follow through on the tongue - 20 seconds after the sip as I type this I'm still tasting it! Resious, with some slight caramel and a hint of alcohol burn, but this truly is a heavy hop monster. Big, with lots of malt heft. Great balance for the strength of flavours in this beer.
With the alcohol at 10%ABV, this one should lay down for a few years and come out nicely.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,055 ratings.