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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 5042
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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barczar

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with cranberry highlights and a frothy, fleeting beige head.

Deeply caramelized sugar, toffee, floral hops, dates, figs, toasted malt, and muted citrus form the aroma. Very rich.

Flavor reveals a backbone of rich, deep caramelized malt, fairly sweet, which is juxtaposed by moderate bitterness at the finish. Notes of dates and figs are subtle. Earthy hops, grapefruit pith, muted grapefruit, and floral notes add complexity.

Body is full, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very complex beer. A balance of extremes, with a rich malt profile and enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. Nuances are plentiful. It's a touch hot.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:07:47 | More by barczar
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Massive three finger dark creamy head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and prodigious lacing. Beer is a clear, reddish nut-brown color, nearly transparent.

Brown sugar and caramel through the nose, with some piney hops. Very sweet. Nuts and dark fruit.

Flavor is aggressively sweet, focusing on heavily caramelized brown sugar. Hops are present in a dry and piney sense, taking a background bite not unlike a porter. Not insignificant heat from evaporating alcohol, a la wine.

Sweet and syrupy full-bodied ale. Good bite and sting. Again, notable alcohol presence, but definitely not unpleasant.

If anything, this beer is too sweet for me. I'm just not getting the strong hop presence so many others have talked about. Still, it's a very, very good and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 23:17:17 | More by Roguer
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-amber color with a thin creamy white head good carbonation

S-aroma is nutty, roasted grains, and some grapefruit and hops

T-taste a sweet, bitter and booze. Your hit with the hops and the caramel malt

M-well balance with hops and malt, smooth to the tongue especially for the amount of alcohol

O-a great if you want "winter warmer" for sure by Stone

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 21:56:40 | More by reebtaerG
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MikeRusso

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening and pouring the beer I was very excited. Looks great, smells great. I really enjoyed the taste of the beer, but the higher alcohol content drives me away... too much alcohol taste at the end.
Still a great beer. In the end I think I'll stay with plain old arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:14:14 | More by MikeRusso
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.33/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3rd of a pint in Brewdog Glasgow (£4.25):
Amber to orange with a big light creamy head that settles as a thin, foamy lacing round the sides.

Very hoppy with lots of spice and some yeast too. Tonnes of pine with some lighter grapefruit and tropical notes along with quite a bit of alcohol on top that started to dominate but with hints of caramel as well.

Huge amount of hops & laced with more alcohol that I was prepared for despite the fact I knew it was an 11.2% beer going in. There was quite a lot of pine and grapefruit with hints of caramel but the alcohol that started strong just takes over come the end and the flavour definitely suffers as a result of this.

Strong and bitter beer with a full body and a fairly smooth mouthfeel. There is a huge kick that I sort of expected but the balance wasn't good at all and the alcohol seems excessive just because it could be.

An alright beer at best and I felt that the beer was only about loading the flavour with a mix of hops and alcohol meaning the balance was poor and the beer was a hard on to drink with everything in your face and to the extreme. I'm glad I got to try this one but I don't think I'll be giving it a go again.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 08:52:34 | More by flyingpig
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fitzy84

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 22 ounce at Table and Vine. Awesome dark amber appearance with a creamy head and good lacing on the sides. Aromas were heavy on malts, spices, grapes, and caramel. Great, powerful punch. The beer taste was rich in a sugary blast that was not too overpowering. The flavors were a mix of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and some citrus. Really good mouthfeel; a great balance of a creamy texture mixed with solid carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 03:13:21 | More by fitzy84
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ red cow

A= pours a mostly clear rusty orange color with an off white i finger head
S-sweet floral hops with a mixture of light and dark fruits some toffee
T- follows the nose with juicy hops and a range of fruits nice baked bread with caramel and toffee
M- sweet and smooth medium carbonation
O- tasty with ABV well hidden found this tasty and very easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 22:20:38 | More by gatornation
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt 6 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/30. Consumed on 12/3. Written from notes.

A - Light reddish brown. Transparent. Very light head with no lasting lacing. Very distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Somewhat faint. Apples, raisins, with a touch of sweetness. Malts are noticeable, and to a lesser extent, the hop aroma comes through.

T - Dark fruit, bitter malty breadiness, slight sweetness, caramel, and red apple, with a hint of grapefruit. Hops do come through. Alcohol there but not overwhelming. Slightly peppery.

M - Lightly bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Smooth.

O - Very good quality. Very easy to drink despite alcohol content and not overwhelming in any manner. Hops come through which is a nice touch. Still, nothing really amazes me. It's just pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 22:54:36 | More by Duane_Opfer
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I took on this Double Bastard in my snifter at cellar temperature.

Looks a lot like Arrogant Bastard, but with a slightly smaller head. It's got that same clear, blood ruby hue to go with the off-white foam.

The floral citrus and caramel sweetness of Arrogant Bastard are also in this beer's aroma, along with some cherries, raisins, and molasses. There's a more pronounced malty, doughy breadiness in this one.

Woah. The flavor packs some serious power. It has profoundly huge and hefty hop flavor throughout an entire swig, from first contact on my tongue to the substantial finish. There's a nice little citrus zing at the beginning, and then I get a mix of dark fruit flavors, spicy breadiness, and what I like to call "caramelized hops" in the middle. The finish delivers even more hops, now becoming astringent, woody, and pine-tinged. While there IS a bit of a boozy burn after I swallow this stuff, this is a case in which alcohol heat complements, and I daresay enhances, everything else that's happening. Complex, and incredibly delicious. Damn.

The feel is certainly excellent as well. It's thick, but also really smooth and velvety. Awesome.

This is one of the tastiest liquids I've ever imbibed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 17:17:10 | More by Kuaff
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emwild12

Illinois

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

Pours red almost brown with light carbonation, two finger head the disipates fairly quick, creamy almost syrupy. Smells of bourbon, caramel, malts, pine, and citrus. Tastes almost exactly like it smells but the bourbon/booze taste is pretty stong. Overall very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 13:57:20 | More by emwild12
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tmm313

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark orange, almost red body. Poured a nice creany 2 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly.
S- Tropical fruits, chocolate, caramel, pine, big Bourbon.
T - Follows the nose, but the booze is HUGE. Too much so.
M- Thick, almost syrupy. Crisp carbonation.
O- I am not worthy. The bottle told me so, but I didn't believe it. Way too much booze for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 00:19:40 | More by tmm313
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear red brown color with a two finger head.
Aroma is fruit, toffee, bread, malt, some metallic smell even.
Taste is dark fruit, bready malt, toffee, deliciousness.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, coats your mouth with bitterness.
You don't really pick up the 11% abv which is nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 17:27:28 | More by zookerman182
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santomark

California

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours this wonderful deep caramel color, very little head in this one I received, poured nicely. Looks very shallow.

Smell - this is different than your standard arrogant bastard, this has the pine, hops, fruits, malty, breadiness. Very warming in the smell, just the perfect thing in winter.

Taste - Definately notice first is this rich toffee, raisin, and hops. As you sip in deeper it is this wonderful balance of oranges, mild chocolate, complexity from the hops, sticky, piney, just everything you love about a beer this has it all!

Mouthfeel - Definately on the Medium-high to to high side with the body. smooth, refreshing, light carbonation.

Overall - I am in love with Stone and this brew. I loved the arrogant bastard, but this is entirely a different experience. This has everything you love about various beers that are pulled into one masterful brew. You get this full body which is great for this time of year, toffee/coffee/dark which reminds me of a brown ale, then you dip deeper and get this splash of hops that are very complex both in their bitterness and sweetness. This is just a damn perfect beer. I'm amazed, I can't say enough good things. Something in this beer for everyone. IMO, I will be sipping this, this is highly drinkable, but also high in ABV so pace yourself.

Re-edit

I've had this beer from a growler and on tap. TBH, it's not as magnificent compared to a bomber of it. On tap, you'll get more of the bitter, with the growler, you'll get an arrogant bastard on bitter steroids. The way to drink this is from a bomber bottle. Idk why, but drinking it from the pint bottle is magnificent; it's loaded with every characteristic enjoyable to a beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 09:36:52 | More by santomark
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PAhopHead717

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition about 2 months old. I dont know what to say about this beer other than its a big one. Overloads your mouth with flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but would probably fade away with some age. Arrogant bastard is a favorite of mine but this is a must have every year.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 19:16:15 | More by PAhopHead717
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anarchia

Oregon

2.81/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:27:39 | More by anarchia
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TheSixthRing

California

4.1/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:20:19 | More by TheSixthRing
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JAFoley

New Hampshire

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:32:27 | More by JAFoley
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IAmAPenguin

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 08:27:00 | More by IAmAPenguin
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laglocal

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:42:23 | More by laglocal
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Qbdoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - nice nutty brown

Smell - probably fine. I have no nose.

Taste - excellent - a rather bold, hoppy strong ale. Punches you in the face.

Mouthfeel - very nice, slightly oily. Kind of like a barleywine.

Overall - I think I like the attitude more than the beer, but I do like the beer quite a bit. I just don't think it lives up to it own presentation. I feel the same way about Arrogant Bastard. It's a beer I really enjoy but I think that the bottles lead me to expect more.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:55:08 | More by Qbdoo
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color with a decent sized off white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Aromas of pine resin and grapefruit pith atop brown sugary caramel and hints of cheery and toffee. The flavor is heavy on the pine, resin and brown sugar. Slight warming alcohol warns of the abv. Caramel, toffee, light plum and prune round out the flavor. Assertive hop bitterness but never harsh. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick almost syrupy mouthfeel. Very nice strong ale, I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 00:27:45 | More by johnnnniee
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KJK-1

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- A light tea color or rusty look. Nice head that holds. Lacing on glass is excellent.

S- Big hop and malt, maybe a little toffee or caramel

T- Big malt presence. Nice hop notes begin to kick in midway. I get a little sweet taste that is caramel like. Very good tasting beer.

M- Medium to mildly full bodied and heavy malt presence. Good carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable, but I do not mind that.

O- A very good beer. I look forward to the release of this every year. I usually get several bombers to last a a few months. A good end of the evening beer to enjoy slowly.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 17:19:19 | More by KJK-1
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/6/13.

A: Pours a deep, deep red with brown highlights. Tall, fizzy light brown head. Head fizzes out pretty quickly. Almost no lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Super malty aroma. Rich with raisins and caramel primarily. Brown sugar too I'd say. Loads of dark fruits when swirls. Raisins of course but I swear I get dates too. Plums? Very fragrant. Big stale bread notes from the malt.

T: Lots of heavy dark bread. Like a molasses-based bread. Dark fruits but more subdued here as compared to the aroma. Raisiny with a little toffee. The combination is reminiscent of raisin bread in fact - just missing the cinnamon. Minor wave of bitterness in the finish. Definitely some hops in here but I think the big malt obliterates their flavor. Maybe hints of resin and pine? Lots of spicy alcohol lends a fairly dry and almost numbing aftertaste.

M: Pretty heavy but the sharp alcohol cuts it down nicely. Balances out I think.

O: It seems everything Stone makes is very hoppy but I was definitely taken aback by this one. This is a malt bomb instead. Sweet and bready. Heavy alcohol warming the belly. I will have to get some more to age, I think this one will morph nicely over the years. Right now it's quite hot. And I like hot beers! A good accessible strong ale for sure, one of the better out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 05:52:02 | More by Dope
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby and crimson with a towering three fingers of head that sat above the rim in my snifter. Fluffy lace and big stick. Head retains to a chunky cap around the glass.

S - Malty, woody, booze, citrus, pine, brown sugar, molasses. Big nose on this.

T - Malty, citrus hops, molasses, figs, caramel, strong boozey flavor in the back end - not bourbon, more like vodka. Tasted HOT to me. Full bodied and a chunky mouth feel.

O - This brew is not for the faint of heart. Really good, but tasted a bit hot for me and I would love to put one in the cellar and try again in a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:42:26 | More by andrewjraab
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Celtics17

California

4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 07:48:43 | More by Celtics17
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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