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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

5,438 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,438
Reviews: 1,971
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 322
Gots: 677 | FT: 27
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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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-04-2013 19:00:37 | More by TastyIsBeer
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MisSigsFan

California

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle aged 10/22/12. Pours a cloudy orange/red with a finger thick white head. Smell is much sweeter than the original Bastard. A lot of citrus and booze coming through with some malt. Taste follows the nose, but with more maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Very smooth and has that signature Arrogant Bastard sting to it. The bitterness really lingers here. Overall, this is an absolutely insane ale. If you thought the original Bastard was good, this is a whole new beast.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:35:50 | More by MisSigsFan
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber with a tan half-finger head that turns to tiny bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Malts, grainy.

T: Really comes on like a barleywine. Nice malt/hop bite. Bready malts, alcohol heat. Sweet. Chewy finish.

M: Medium to high with great carbonation.

O: Strong, bold, kickass. Terrific with a slice of swiss cheese.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:09:37 | More by brewskifan55
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-03-2013 17:13:57 | More by KevinmusPrime
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groovy24

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

05-03-2013 02:38:04 | More by groovy24
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beerme626

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-02-2013 23:53:06 | More by beerme626
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-02-2013 17:34:14 | More by smutty33
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jmccullough108

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.3%

05-02-2013 04:40:32 | More by jmccullough108
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MonkeyStain

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-02-2013 01:15:30 | More by MonkeyStain
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Pete27lax

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-01-2013 15:04:00 | More by Pete27lax
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uncccegr

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-01-2013 00:29:27 | More by uncccegr
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chefbrew211

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-30-2013 23:45:08 | More by chefbrew211
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ziggyzoggy

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-30-2013 16:40:01 | More by ziggyzoggy
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gator79

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-30-2013 10:05:14 | More by gator79
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/4/13 cheers Rutager for sending the bottle

A clear red shade of amber with a few bubbles streaming up the side of the glass, a short lived two finger foam leaves just a few polka dots of lace

S burnt brown sugar and caramels are strong, slightly nutty, with just a little booze, some candied fruit but I can't quite pick it out, has some liqueur aspect I can't really place and a little bourbon

T a little pine I didn't smell and some citric hops, seeing how this from 2011 I can only imagine what a palate wrecker this would've been fresh, the caramels are still strong but the bourbons gone, I know this isn't BB aged but I could smell it

M a little syrupy with low carbonation, a little sticky on the lips with a little grit on the gums, pine and rind on the finish with just a little heat

O I think I may have caught this one in between being a fresh hop bomb and well aged barley wine, pretty solid stuff but a rare situation where I want a young or old bottle to compare to this one in the middle

went down smooth for a big beer, I think this one could fit into a few styles depending on its age, well worth trying and I'll look for both fresh and aged bottles in the future

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 06:11:55 | More by wordemupg
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InfragilisBrew

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-30-2013 04:57:22 | More by InfragilisBrew
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fullmoonbeer

Ohio

3/5  rDev -29.7%

04-30-2013 02:05:36 | More by fullmoonbeer
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OoReFLuXoO

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-30-2013 01:01:54 | More by OoReFLuXoO
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-29-2013 22:47:58 | More by Phillyz
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-29-2013 20:45:44 | More by smooth_aleing
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Ribsandwhiskey

Oregon

3/5  rDev -29.7%

04-29-2013 18:17:55 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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FliryVorru

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-29-2013 18:03:02 | More by FliryVorru
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Clear dark orange with visible carbonation and a thick fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is fruity and floral hops, with a strong malt/alcohol backbone underneath it. Taste is actually a bit smoother than I recall the regular Arrogant Bastard being; it's not as spiky from the hops as the regular. The high alcohol content must smooth it out; it's sweet and malty at the beginning, bittering only at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Bit of alcohol heat, but not as much as you'd expect for 11.2%. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:25:16 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Roman5150

Spain

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle purchased from Stones River Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN.

appearance: hazy dark brown, copper with a large off white/tan head. Lot's of intricate lacing.

smell: earthy hops, malts, alcohol, subtle citrus

taste: bitter hop bite, with a prominent malt backbone. Alcohol does not try to hide in this beer, it is very warming and has a punch to it, but a very pleasant smooth one at that. The end is a warm bitter hoppiness. For an 11%, this is very easy to drink, for me that is.

mouthfeel: slight carbonation

overall: A monster of a beer, this one hits hard. Very strong for a beer, but smooth for an 11% abv. Very balanced, like you would expect from Stone, great full flavor, and you will get a buzz off this one. A lot stronger than the Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:43:18 | More by Roman5150
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Lee's Las Vegas NV for 7.99+tax - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark copper with a large size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, anise, dark fruits, leather, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/butterscotch, malts, and hops. There is also some anise, earthy notes, and some dark fruits, I can pick up on the booze and the beer finishes with a malty sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Been wanting to try this one for a while. It definitely packs a punch and has a lot of flavour. And even with all the flavour it seems to have a good balance. I imagine that this would be even more powerful fresh, I'd love to see what it's like on tap. I have a 2010 tucked away and it will be interesting to see how it's held up. A beer worthy of the hype for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:18:54 | More by spinrsx
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,438 ratings.