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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 406
Gots: 995 | FT: 32
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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've many of the Stone beers, but this one has escaped me. I will pick up another bottle to cellar without question. A lot of complex flavors. I was a bit worried, because the last couple of time that I had Arrogant Bastard. It was then stellar. It was once one of my favorites, but perhaps I've had a few bad batches.

As for Double Bastard. I will cellar this one. The alcohol taste plays a big part. The normal flavoring comes out caramel, toffee. Raisins strong, also a very slight citrus, or orange zest in this one.

A: Pours an orange, but more of a red. Finger of head with aggressive pour. Moderate lacing, fairly minimal retention. Carbonation appears moderate. Beer is just shy of being clear. Some haziness.

S: Big, bruising toffee malts. Lot of spice from the hops. Citrus, floral in combination with the large malt presence. The smell is kind of the opposite of what you taste.

Take this beer slow.

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A- Dark red-copper body, two finger offwhite head with good retention. Spots of lacing.

S- Grapefruit, dark fruit, toffee, caramel and floral aromas. Grass and pine linger. Extremely strong hop aromas but also very strong sweet malty aromas. All very clean.

F- Lots of grapefruit, but the toffee and caramel and even a bit of boozy sweetness pops out hard. When I say hard, it actually pops and stings my mouth. Lots of floral, grassy and pine bitterness from the middle and on after that, which overall creates a balance between bitter and sweet. But both bitter and sweet are there in full intensity.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation, smooth and sticky with what seems like hop resins. Mild warming presence on the backend along with grassy and piney bitterness slowly desisting. But reluctantly. Very bitter and intense.

O- Bloody robust strong ale with a crapload of hops and malts. This is pretty tasty, but this is a tough one to drink large amounts of.

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2013 vintage. Bottled on 9/14/13. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off-white head that fades and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are loaded with sweet caramel malts. Lots of orange zest. Lots of lemon. The flavors are extremely bold. Tons of caramel with hints of toffee. There's a nice amount of citrus. It's pretty boozy. Lots of pine resin. The malts and hops are definitely battling eachother for supremacy. It's pretty spicy. It finishes hot. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. This is a quintessential sipper.

This beer is named appropriately. I've had it before, but never this fresh. It's a hardcore brew. It's ultimately just a huge beer. There's too many alcohol notes for my taste. It's still fun to drink. I will say it starts off rough around the edges, but it comes together the more you drink it. It's well crafted though, just like all of Stone's beers. I absolutely understand the appeal. This beer is a good one to throw in the cellar. I might re-review this one with an aged bottle in the future.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,108 ratings.