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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,055 | Hads: 6,418
Photo of ColdOneKev
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy ruby brown with a small off-white head. Fades but leaves a thin layer. Low lacing .
S - Tons of caramel, toffee, molasses. Dark fruit.
T - Caramel sweetness, cut off by some slight medicinal bitterness. Leather, black licorice. No mistake this is a strong ale.
M - Smooth, This definitely benefited from eight months of aging. Coats the palate. Reminds you that you're having a fine ale.
O - An amazing brew. Worth seeking out and always worth having a bottle cellaring.

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Photo of Donco
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting strong ale. I generally don't like hoppy beers. However, this one really grows on you as you make your way through a bottle. Another amazing example of that California hoppy brew that Stone creates. Quite "addictive" in a good way!

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 100th beer on BA. Poured into snifter glass.
L - A medium-dark brown caramelized color. 2 finger head & good retention.

S - Great aroma; feign smell of chocolate. Hints of alcohol.

T - Very smooth taste. You can notice the flavor of alcohol faintly. A burnt caramel or toffee flavor with faint hints of orange and chocolate.

F - Leaves a pleasant and dry feeling in the mouth. Mild to no carbonation. Again can note the alcohol in it though doesn't take away from the experience.

O - A great beer with a unique flavor to offer. It lives up to its name in strength, though the flavor of alcohol is barely present. Great choice for the 100th beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Stone Winter Storm taster glass
Noted on 11/07/2014

A: Lightly burnished copper body with some well conditioned clarity. Short filmy cap of khaki foam comes to rest for a few moments until swirling out. Very light on the stick.

S: Nutty scorched caramel toffee with bread crust, earthy hops and a bit of pine and orange peel. Some mild stone fruit like esters present. Nicely balanced between malts and hops with the alcohol kept in good check.

T: Deep malty and rich with a nutty caramelization all throughout. Toffee, plum, and fig notes in spades with dark style bread and biscuit. Some further stone fruit action. The brew has a big hop bitterness that cuts through all the malt sweetness adding in some nice elements of citrus, pine, and spice. Alcohol is well and present with heat but it kind of works in favor of this one. Just one big ass beer yet remarkable balanced and simple to drink.

M: Full bodied and even a touch syrupy at times but with a nice cutting bitterness midway. Finishes out with a fair amount of drying and some stinging alcohol heat.

D: I think Stone did a great job of scaling up the base AB while keeping true to the flavor profile. This is a big sipper for sure but one that is really fun to go rounds with every now and then…especially when you are looking for a one and done type situation. Not for the faint-hearted.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: [3.25] The beer is a dark reddish-brown. It looks like cider just a bit. There is very little in the way of head formation. I cannot find a date on the bottle. The ABV is listed (11%)

S: [4.00] I get brown sugar as the primary note. Then there are smells of caramel and alcohol. Biscuity breadiness in there too.

T: [4.50] The flavor is similar to the nose. It has a prominent breadiness with candied sugar.

M: [4.25] This has a full body and low carbonation. The finish is long and dry but there is no astringency or off flavors. The 11% alcohol is present but not negative.

O: [4.25] I really like the flavor on this beer. The sweetness and the breadiness play off of each other really well. The mouthfeel is nice and rich. I really wish there were some obvious dates - at 11% it probably doesn't matter - but they need to get on board.

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Photo of Jmc181
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a bit better than okay. It looks good in the glass, and the bottling will have you thinking it's either incredible, or you're worthless if you find it otherwise. I'm confident enough to call it like I taste it. It's okay, but there are many better options, especially at this price point...IMO. Strong flavors aren't enough to be great. Try one to see if you disagree...

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-looks great darker than the last and seems to be alot less carbonated
-very fruity slightly hoppy with a orchard like smell
-almost a sour like taste but slightly fruity/ tart, with a nice mellow hop undertone
-ideal feel just a light overpowering alcohol for a blink
- great beer more crafty than its brother and a great experience!

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Photo of m_hall
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2014 bottling. Poured from a bomber into a nonic pint. This ale is a clear mahogany color and is capped by a lingering 1-finger tan head, supported steady carbonation. Lacing is heavy all the way down the glass

Aroma is malty with toffee-like notes, ripe fruits, alcohol, and woody, pine-y hops. Surprisingly, this doesn't seem as intense on the nose as the standard Arrogant Bastard Ale.

Flavors are intense, to say the least. Big malts up front... brown sugar, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. A good bit of hop presence follows, but I certainly wouldn't say this beer is in any way over-hopped, there's so much going on here that the bitterness serves as a perfect counterpoint to everything else. The finish is long and hop-y, but very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is rich, slightly oily like a good booze, but this is a surprisingly strongly carbonated ale, so it's not as thick as one might expect. It's far easier to drink (quickly) than a lot of strong-style ales. The alcohol warms both in the mouth and on the way down, very much like Barleywine.

The "Double Bastard" name might have one expecting an even more challenging version of the classic Arrogant Bastard Ale, but this was quite the opposite for me... This has many of the same qualities that make AB so great, but presented in a more 'refined' way. Mind you, this is still a HUGE ale, not for the faint of heart, but it's not as brashly aggressive as it's sibling. A remarkable example of craft brewing, and something every ale connoisseur should try.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have heard a ton of great things about this beer but I have always just overlooked it since it's always on the shelf but I finally gave it a try.

A - Deep ruby, chestnut color similar to Bastard but just a few SRM darker. Crystal clear with rocky egg-shell head and strong lacing.

S - First there is a rich malt, caramel aroma with a bitter hoppy character. The alcohol is stronger in this version and there is also a fruity yeast based character but is not like a Belgian beer but noticeable.

T - Big, strong, and complex flavor. First the rich malt hits the palate like a strong ale should but it is more intense and more complex than Bastard. It has a significant bitter hop character that also fights for dominance on the tongue. Pungent bitterness is matched with the strong maltiness and caramel flavor so it doesn't hurt the tongue. The raisin and yeast fruit character is also there and then after the swallow the alcohol reminds you of the >11% ABV.

M - Heavy mouth-feel. High carbonation. It is the highest carbed strong ale I've had which seems to make the flavors pop more and attempts to lighten the mouth feel. The finish is long, bitter, and hot but some how I really enjoyed the complex flavors burning into my memory.

Overall, a perfect example of the style and a tremendous amount of depth in this beer. Great attributes but just like Bastard this could never be my go-to beer. I understand the following and the respect that this beer gets but it's not going in my top 10.

Glass- Tulip

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally opened the 2008 bottle. Very little head and little carbonation. A real treat to drink. Yeasty and earthy, with lots of oak. A tad sharp in the finish, but what do you expect for a beer that is 7 years old? I would have this one with something that stands up to it well like aged cheddar. Overall, a very enjoyable beer. If you are holding on to this one, I would not continue to age it.

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Photo of CoffeePorter
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black color with minimum head. Kind of syrupy in quality. Smells of malt and booze. It tastes very sweet with a tad bit of bitterness. The alcohol is very apparent from the first sip. Mild carbonation. I aged it for about 6 months prior to consuming. It was okay, but too boozy for me.

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

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. A gentle and perhaps understated mahogany brown with an orange halo near the bottom of the glass and a single finger of thick, creamy tan foam on top.

Aroma is redolent with burnt sugar, pineapple rings, and piney hops. Deceptively mellow on the nose, at least at first. Does create the impression of hidden power. The first sip reveals layer upon layer of caramel (burnt and raw, co-existing), pineapple juice, papaya spears, spruce needles, mango, and a huge bloom of alcohol that gathers steam over the course of multiple sips. Obviously recalls "single Bastard" but more compressed, if that makes sense ... A deeper, more nutty malt backbone with around the same level of aggressive hopping. All the accolades heaped upon Arrogant Bastard apply here, although I am finding that the hops pop out less due to the richer malts and the booze flavor is amped up a few notches. Not a problem. Getting big pecan and walnut flavors about half way through, along with a little chocolate cake.

Body translates as quite thick, although the beer somehow remains rather attenuated in feel. Smooth. Finishes boozy and pleasantly astringent, with some resinous hops waving goodbye.

Much what one familiar with Stone would expect ... Delivers the goods, memorable, deserves its good reputation. Very late I am getting a return to the tropical fruit vibe detected earlier, thus coming full circle. Not much more one can ask.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Extremely turbid amber with an off-white head that didn’t last too long.

Smell: A bit of piney hops, faint floral smell. Mostly yeast and bread.

Taste: Mellow bitterness up front, into a dry malt backbone, again tons of yeast flavor. If you’ve had the normal Arrogant Bastard you’ll recognize the distinct flavor. Surprisingly little booze flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick with low carbonation.

Overall: A nice hearty ale. I had this about a year after the bottling date, but it was still delicious. Good balance between yeast, malt, and hops (mostly just providing bitterness at this point). I agree 100% with a lot of the reviews: this is incredibly smooth and easy to drink for an 11.2% ABV beer. If you liked Arrogant Bastard then there is no reason not to try this one; it really is appropriately named.

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Photo of Kenmac19
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 release cellared for 14 months. Pours a hazy reddish brown with small head and minimal lacing. Smells like my Grandmothers Christmas Cake. Aging has mellowed out the hoppyness that was more present when it was fresh. Booziness has also mellowed. Next time I'll only age it for 6-8 months max to preserve a little better balance of the hops/malts. .

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Photo of do_ob
2.74/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/14/14. Sampled and reviewed on February 19, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Poured a very nice dark, roasted amber. Almost red, yet, almost brown. Barely any head whatsoever, mild carbonation. Smelll is weak, but hints of hops, citrus, lemon, orange, and apples. The first sip sent a chill down my spine. Very hoppy, with hints of spices. Also citrus/lemon is pretty apparent to me. Leaves with a dry finish. Lingering zest and hops after every sip.

I really wanted to like this beer, especially after being a fan of the original Arrogant Bastard Ale. But honestly, this one is just too much. I tried this by itself and with food, and it just dominates no matter what. Simply stronger than I prefer my beer. I decided to try it given the World Class rating, but it just didn't do it for me. Should've taken heed to the warning on the back I guess.

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Photo of ryho
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved Arrogant Bastard, and was excited to try Double Bastard, because I thought I would like something even more intense. However, I did not enjoy this beer. It was far too much for me. Given the flavor of these two beers, maybe something called Bastard and a Half would be better for me.

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Photo of nelser01
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was expecting more hoppy like Arrogant Bastard. Flavor is more like an American Barleywine. I still prefer Double Dog as a benchmark for a double IPA.

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Photo of BillCheck
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a fantastic beer. Very Malty presence accompanied by a pleasant hop bitterness along the lines of grapefruit. Also smoother than I had thought at 11%.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard, British pint glass.

A - 4.75 - Pours a lovely, rich, dark rust and ruby color. Forms about a finger of quickly dissipating, medium tan colored head. Whispy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 2.25 - Smell is pretty boring to me. Light touches of malt and hops with a strong imperial pilsner aroma.
T - 3 - Beer is quite a malt bomb, definitely needs time to age even though the labeling states to enjoy fresh as well. Upfront there are sweet extremely malty tones, reminiscent of an imperial IPA that has sat too long, but in someway you can tell it is intentional here. This fades into the classic, over the top hoppy bitterness Arogant Bastard is known and loved for. There are some more subtle notes of things like raisins and dark fruits in the back, but these but is just too malty for me.
F - 3.75 - Decent bodied beer.
O - 3 - Middle of the road score here. Wish I had let it age a bit longer, but Stone should not encourage the drinking of this beer fresh on their bottle! I think more breweries should follow in the footsteps of Deschutes and put a best AFTER date on their bottle! All in all, and OK beer as is, can taste potential with some aging though!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Donnelly's Public House in Fairport, NY.

Pours a clear dark brown, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like burnt pine, wood, leather, caramel, and toffee.

This is essentially a hoppy barleywine. It's much better than Arrogant Bastard, if I can be honest. It tastes like burnt pine, wood, leather, caramel, toffee, bready malt, brown sugar, with a pretty heavy bitterness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, bready mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. The bitterness lingers really strongly after each sip.

This is really an excellent beer. I didn't think I'd like it much after not loving Arrogant Bastard, but this is much better.

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

Purchased from Champagne's for $7.99 22oz bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice head that is gone within a minute to a film. Dark amber gold color. Super dark almost brown.

S- A lot of malt here. Tons of hops.

T- Super rich and complex. Honey galore. Scotch overtones.

M- Super thick and creamy.

O- Nice beer but very heavy. Enjoyable fresh and am looking forward to an aged one in a year or two.

Food Pairing

This wonderful big beer went well with....... Chicken wings with medium hot sauce. Blue cheese really pairs well.


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Photo of jooler
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a more fully developed palette since I drank it last time

This time, all I taste is malts, malts, and malts with a hint of malts. Aside from the malts, this is still a really good beer. I drank it at around 13C and you can definitely taste the fruitiness of the body. You can barely taste the alcohol.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from 2014 Stone box set:
Nice mostly clear ruby brown color. Head grows thick and lasts, lacing the glass with copious amounts of residual head that clings. Nose is a tad weak, but has some sweet candy-like notes (dark cherry-ish), some dark fruit, but an abundance of hops bite (woody, even piney).

The taste does have a certain boldness of hops, but is a bit more balanced than I expected (but not actually balanced). This is a Stone Arrogant Bastard, after all. Cola-like candy flavor is the first taste that hits. It turns with the addition of hops bitterness into an earthy flavor, almost a bit of coffee ice cream flavor for a fleeting moment before the hops reach their full power. Woody in nature, the hops just linger with the candy flavor, providing a weird long-term taste that isn't my favorite. Body is fairly full, carbonation plays perhaps just a tad too much.

Not a big flavor profile difference than regular Arrogant Bastard, I don't think (even if I described them differently). The final hop/candy flavor is just off-putting enough for me to rate it any higher.

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Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one powerful beer! It is a strong ale that will be remembered once you drink it. It has a ton of complex maltiness and hopped nicely. This beer packs a serious punch.

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Photo of Redneckwine
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Looks like practically every other beer in the Bastard line-up: Murky dark red/brown with a big 2 finger tan head that retains for a long time and leaves awesome lacing.

Smell - Caramely, toasty malts with a musty, sweet fruitiness. Some piney hops hide underneath. Booze is all over the more, but in the most mellow, pleasant of ways.

Taste - Not half as abrasive as I was expecting... The high alcohol content really tempers the flavors. Sweet, caramely, toasty malts are up front with LOADS of musky fruitiness and nuances of yeasty spice and cocoa. The hops reinforce the somewhat tropical fruitiness, then begin to creep in to balance with a well-rounded pine and citrus bite. Finishes semi-sweet with toasty malt sweetness hanging on tightly and moderate pine resin bitterness that seems to build; a slight alcohol burn lets you know this is a huge beer. Otherwise, any specific fusel booziness is nonexistant.

Feel - Decidedly, this is a full bodied monster of a beer with a viscous feel that coats the mouth. Thankfully the carbonation is executed perfectly - smooth and creamy but ample enough to lighten the feel, which is quite drinkable for a beer of this heft. Awesome.

Overall - Finishing a bomber of this isn't just "having a beer", it's an event. Super flavorful, super complex, this Bastard is much more well-rounded than I thought it would be: the huge flavors really marry together well and the booze is ridiculously well integrated. The musty fruitiness of this beer almost reminds me of a Belgian quad. A bit sweeter than I'd prefer, this is still one hell of a brew by Stone, I'm impressed (and a little buzzed).

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