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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

6,211 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,211
Reviews: 2,055
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 433
Gots: 1,079 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Ratings: 6,211 | Reviews: 2,055
Photo of anarchia
2.83/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thin white head, dark ruby color. Aroma is faint pine with lots of fruits, along with an unfortunate(to me) cherry cough syrup smell. Very thick in the mouth, syrupy. Taste is cherries, caramel, wood, grapefruit. Extremely bitter of course, starts within a second of sipping and stays around, coating your mouth with bitterness for an extended time. Some nice flavors before the bitterness takes over but I can't say I care for the bitterness or the syrupy feel in the mouth. Others may be more worthy than me.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 09/26/13

Appearance - Pours a dark orange copper with a sandstone finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of bubbles with a thick cluster in the middle. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Fresh orange hits the nose first, then a healthy amount of caramel and toffee. Light toast and chocolate notes, along with traces of alcohol. Dark fruit emerges as a more predominant presence the brew warms.

Taste - Complex. Orange and grapefruit pith sits atop the flavor profile, but plenty of other notes can be found throughout the experience. Raisin, caramel and light toffee. Ester fruitiness. Traces of chocolate. Finishes with fair balance, though the pith character tends to linger. A bit of heat comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick, with moderate carbonation. Near syrupy.

Overall - One could a make a strong case that this should be classified as a barleywine, and a damn good one at that. Certainly isn't far off from their Old Guardian. The only issue in againg a brew like this is the temptation to drink it!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Pookie
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JAFoley
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber cloudy body with three full fingers of dense tan head. Incredible retention and lacing.

S - Citrus and caramel malts

T - The huge abv is the first thing to hit me. I probably tasted the lemony hops and the dank, earthy, sugary, and caramel malts ,first. But that alcohol is so strong you forget about the rest.

M - Medium/full body with moderate/low carbonation. Very sticky and syrupy.

O - Very well balanced. No one flavor overpowers another, but that's because every flavor is overpowering. This beer is huge! Stone can do no wrong.

Photo of JJStout83
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: sweet raisins, candied caramel, burnt sugar and assertive hops. Appearance: deep ruby/amber with little foam. Taste: very noticeable bitter hop overtones, juicy plum, pineapple, caramelized sugar, mango, prunes and tart grapes. Overall: very complex, alcohol is very well masked but well felt. Very interesting hoppy yet malty overtones. Balanced and impressive.

Photo of laglocal
2.55/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Honestly, I had to double check this beer was fresh I found it so unenjoyable. But being bottled on 9/06/13 an 11% ABV beer should be fresher than fresh. Just a gross alcohol malt bomb with hardly any hop bitterness that isn't just completely burned to shit by all the alcohol taste. Sort of syrupy, and I have no idea how this is classified as ASA rather than a Barleywine. This almost makes me not want to try to the Southern Charred that should be hitting shelves soon.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,211 ratings.