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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 5047
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2001 batch. 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear, very deep ruby-tinted russet brown with a densely creamy light tan head that holds extremely well and leaves some nice lace. Exceptional. The aroma offers bold notes of pineapple, soft grapefruit and berries as well as some grassy, earthy and piney hops - all of which reside above a candyish and lightly caramel tinged maltiness. The body is full with a very fine, median carbonation that's creamy and just slightly syrupy in the mouth.The flavor starts quite sweet, reveals its deep fruitiness and then some very rich caramel maltiness along with some clear alcohol. A solid bitterness balances well against the rich malt - solid, but not overly bitter. The finish is surprisingly clean and dry for such a sweet and malty beer. I was really surprised by this beer. Firstly, at how different it was from the Arrogant Bastard; secondly, at how directly the fruitiness found in their flagship pale ale was carried over; and thirdly, at how good it was! This is a really exceptional beer that may smooth a bit with some age on it; although I don't think the alcohol will cool much further.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 21:34:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of hyuga

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 release. Well, here I go! After so much anticipation and excitement, I finally have a glass of 200% pure bastard in front of me. Alright, enough talk, I'm eager to dig in. Invitingly evil (or is that evilly inviting?) deep crimson color. A two-finger tan head sits on top. Stays well at first, then disappears. Huge, and I mean MASSIVE aroma. And on top of that, very complex. Citrus jumps out at you first, then raisin and plum. Just a touch of alcohol. Malt is deep inside, but definitely present. On the palate... ever hear the term "flavor rush"? I think it's associated with some brand of potato chips. Well, that's not "flavor rush". Double Bastard is "flavor rush"! My taste buds didn't know what hit them! So many complex flavors hit the different parts of your tongue. I'll try to describe them. Malt and hop sections are both at maximum capacity here! Malt is caramel and a bit peat-like, extremely chewy, thick, and tongue-coating. Hops are aggressive pine and citrus, a bit leafy and floral on the edges as well. Raisin, plum, and berries have a big presence too. With the hops, this creates kind of a plum or berry skin bittersweetness, which is a very unique thing. It even stays on in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence, although noticeable, is minimal for a brew of this size. Grainy malt is noticeable as well, mostly in the aftertaste. You could almost call this a barleywine, but that wouldn't do its strength justice! I must say, this is beer heaven! I can't even put it into words. All I have to say is I'm getting as much more as I possibly can when I go back to the store tomorrow!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 23:23:32 | More by hyuga
Photo of Mark


4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy poured a very deep amber, slightly tan head settled down to a thin persistent layer. Lacework was erratic but good. The aroma was very inviting, and the taste was hoppy and very powerful, with a noticible alcohol presence. I tasted notes of grapefruit on some sips and more malt on others. a very big complex beer that is very well made and has exceptional mouthfeel. Very full bodied and rounded. I will say though that I don't enjoy getting hammered on one bottle. I guess for me 10% is just a bit too much. I'm not ashamed to admit this, but I will say it's a fine brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 19:45:27 | More by Mark
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful amber-brown and the cold aroma was vodka soaked Hershey's kisses (if there could be such a thing). First glass was too cold, and the burnt sugar and molasses flavors were held back.

Once the beer warmed the flavors emerged, but the alcohol also blossomed and seemed to run roughshod over the palate, so that it was difficult to pick out the various flavor elements. I kept trying to get past the alcohol flavor to discover the rest of what this beer was hiding, but the 10% abv held me back from getting very deep into the flavors.

A massive barley wine-like ale, and a good choice for those who want a strong ale that will kick you in the teeth. I'll hang back and settle for arrogance.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 07:17:58 | More by Brent
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4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this on the draught list at Papago's. I'd already had a hefty porter earlier in the evening, but couldn't leave without snapping this up.

Best idea I ever had.

An incredible brew, but like the company says, not for the faint of heart. The color alone should be enough to warn you off. It's a devilish deep amber, mahogany. Colors like that are put in Nature to tell other living creatures to back the hell off.

Head is thin, leaves a nice sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma is.... well, wow man. Caramely sweet, very pine-like hoppiness, and maybe just a slight hint of alcohol.

Ok, well, not so slight. It's big. So are the hops, for the matter. And the sweetness.

And then there's the flavor. Did I say wow already? Butterscotch sweet, with a warming alcohol feel and flavor that starts around mid-palate and keeps on growing. Fruity notes are present, and a magnanimous dosage of hop bitterness. Stone manages to pack an immense amount of flavor in this beer. Very complex.

Don't plan on drinking anything else after this beer. First, it'll taste like tapwater, and second, you simply don't need any more alcohol after this. Go take a nap and have pleasant dreams of the next great offering from Stone instead.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2002 11:25:31 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of Todd


4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the 2001 batch ... 750ml bomber = loads of brain rot and trouble.

Deep copper in colour with a magnificent and healthy looking off-white creamy head -- sticky and retains well.

Aroma ... pineapple, intense alcohol, loads of robust maltiness and pine-y hops in the nose.

Taste is so incredibly smooth that I might cry. Full-bodied, rich, robust, sugary/syrupy/sticky (carbonation seems suspended in the liquor) and extremely sweet. Flavours run all over the place: caramel, burnt sugar, chocolate, mega-fruity, pineapple, deep penetrating alcohol, pine-y earth/wood bitterness with an oily hop feel on the palate. Finish goes a touch dry with bready flavours and unsweetened chocolate notes.

Holy christ on a crutch!! Can you form a religion around a beer? This beer is everyting the name suggests, and then some. Extremely drinakble for a 10% beer, even more so as it warms up, and very warming. Treat this beer with respect and enjoy. -- thanks to Greg Koch for the sample, and for making this.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 09:46:21 | More by Todd
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one better than Arrogant Bastard. It's got a bit more of everything that AB has, but it's a bit more balanced. It's a bit whiskey-like and really packs a punch.

Since I just tried the '02 version, I'm updating (and upgading) my orginal review. This beer is nothing short of beer bliss. Yes, it's packed with hops, but it's also packed with malt and an amazing array of flavors: similar in flavor and complexity to a good cognac. Don't pass on this one if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 21:54:19 | More by mickeymac
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Along with Dogfish Head's 90 Minute IPA, the Double Bastard is one of my beers of the year for 2001 (and I'm not particularly given to IPA's versus other styles). Beautiful maerzen color. What an aroma! There's something about
a powerful hop aroma that is part sweet and part hoppy. Deep, rich, and full aroma. This beer would be perfect if only sniffed. But the taste. Slightly smoky side of hop flavor, slightly earthy. Big body. Balances great as it warms. Deep alcohol aroma. It's a rare day when a beer makes me consider brand fidelity and a long-term committment. This one has my full attention and appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 12:56:38 | More by Andy
Photo of Jason


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with a white and red silk screened label, mirror image if the gargoyle is creepy. Short essay about the meaning of life and why you are probably no worthy to drink this beer yet is on the back. No freshness dates though I am sure with its strength it does not worry about petty freshness dates. I am a little worried about going further … I must trek on.

Appearance: Deep and dark reddish mahogany brew with a thick light tan lace, this is a devil’s brew … devious in colour and taunts you to drink it. Even the bright clarity coerces you to drink it yet tells you to be fearful.

Smell: Citric and piney, caramel and spicy alcohol. Very aromatic, chocolate covered cherries laced with brandy is quickly suggested, higher alcohols will intimidate the nostrils. Almost vodka like in the fusel alcohols.

Taste: Exquisitely smooth right off the bat, it’s a well place carbonation … its placed out of the way but still hangs around to hold up the full body of malt and slightly syrupy mouth feel. Huge fruitiness with a bossy caramel maltiness, alcohol is sweet and fumy with a spicy overtone. Slight roasted malt and over caramelized flavour hits the tongue with chicory and faded burnt sugar. Hop bitterness pushes through the double doors of this beer and sets this beer even and balanced in a chaotic arrogant way. Piney and grapefruit rind hops flavours invade the taste buds. Warming alcohol increases with each sip, sweetness is large throughout but the hops and alcohol keep it in check right into the finish. Malt sweetness just can’t let go but hops and burnt sugar flavours tag along so the sweetness does not get too flamboyant.

Notes: Yikes! Barley Wine in character but don’t say that in front of the beer because it will set you straight, this is a American Nitro No Holds Barred Monster Truck Bitch Slappin Strong Ale. You’ll feel the redness on your checks after this one slaps you around, you’re probably better off not drinking this one alone just from the dominance and arrogance let alone the whopping 10% abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2001 00:51:12 | More by Jason
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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