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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,009
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 389
Gots: 923 | FT: 32
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright red body, a bit of haze but overall good clarity, a single strand of high speed carbonation rising up the center of my Arrogant bastard glass, topped by an easy four fingers of rocky off-white foam. Good lacing is quickly evident.

Powerful aroma of candy and sweet fruits - oranges, apricots - is appreciable at arms lenght.

Rich malt slathers across the tongue, with a semi-sweet dark chocolate depth. Then it cranks the sweetness up another notch for a burst that then contracts before it becomes cloying. Suddenly a sharply bitter burst of hops batters the sweetness down into a momentary pin attempt (any use of the word "balance" here would be absurd). Sweet and bitter roll down the tongue battling like Popeye and Bluto, with sweet managing to finally emerge the winner of a quick count in the end. Even as sweet stands arms up though, the hops form a lumberjack circle around the ring, and this match will continue mouthful after mouthful.

Lovely thick juciey mouthfeel just oozes across the tongue. Drinkability is ...surprising.

Its big, its bold, its beautiful...its a bastard of a beer.

Photo of joeskirkie
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Release

My brother and I split a 12 pack.
With all the excitement of a kid on Christmas I opened up the first bottle one night.

I remember my immediate reactions being, "What IS this stuff !?" and "I love this beer."

Out of pure respect for the beer itself, I didn't open another one for a few days. I had to let it sink in.

So it's a 22oz. bomber poured into a big 'ol mug. It generally looks thicker than your average ale while pouring.

Nice head, never really does go away. The body is pretty much just shades of brown. Lighter around the edges, darker in the center, it's very cloudy. Definitely looks like a strong ale.

Complex scent: I get citrus, some grassy pine, no doubt from hops, and a general sweet scent, like a nice bourbon.

Now the taste is a whole other level of complexity. The very first sip has this bitterness right away, but I get used to that. As I drink I notice it's sweet, kinda like that bourbon I mentioned only without the heat or taste of alcohol. It balances well with a bitter hop background, but everything is taken up a notch or so. It's really something.

It's medium bodied, enough to invite you for more. The 10% ABV is very deceptively hidden. No doubt another bottle of this and I would be down for the count, but yet I it does make me crave another.

I've also decided to start cellaring, with this beer being the first. It surely has been created by some evil genius.

Photo of Pooba001
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 release
Pours a deep mahogany color. Decent head that lasts about average duration. Nose is sweet and hoppy, fruity, piney, hints of aged rum. There's more here that's eluding me, lots of complexity.

Huge taste, there's almost too much here to describe. Very sweet with a lot of smooth dark malt flavors, but with a hoppy bite to posit a great counterpoint. Rich malt, carmelized sugars, and alcohol vie with earthy, fruity, and grassy hops for domination of the tastebuds. Definitely a standout, whether you put it in the strong ale category or consider it a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is big, creamy, smooth, with good carbonation. Drinkability is good for such a big complex ale.

Photo of GbVDave
3.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Nice looking dark reddish-orange color. Massive khaki-colored head takes for ever to recede and leaves plenty of lacey goodness in its' wake.

S: Odd nose of sweet caramel and rubbing alcohol. I also noted a hint of apricots.

T: Big sweet caramel malt and sweet fruit flavors with a huge and very bitter hop bite. Some citrus fruit flavors. Alcohol is quite assertive. This guy tastes pretty boozy.

M: Spicy, tingly, prickly, sweet, and smooth, with a whack of alcohol burn.

D: Drinkability suffers due to how boozy this sucker is. The alcohol smells and flavors are very pervasive. Finishing a bomber was a bit of a chore. It wasn't bad. Not even close. Just a little hard to do.

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

a - poured a two-fingers thick, coffee-colored, creamy head into a snifter. the body is a dark and deep purple but when held to the light it becomes a light amber, like the color of a fossilized prehistoric bug. leaves a thick and creamy sheet and ring throughout.
s - powerful dark and ripe fruits and a caramel sweetness.
t - dark grapes, cherries, grassy hops and some citrus tones. gives an earthy aftertaste.
m - syrupy with a crisp hop bite.
d - this is a powerful brew that i can't help but go back for more even as it is kicking my ass. towards the finish this really smooths out or maybe i'm just numb. i love this beer.

Photo of meatyard
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 release

Pours a pretty, clear, dark amber with a large thick tan head and good retention leaving some lacing.
The smell is a bit of sweetness and light hops, hard to categorize outside that.
The taste is, at first, a slight bitterness giving way quickly to the malt sweetness though the bitterness lingers on.
Mouthfeel is thick.
Drinkability is OK.
I'm not especially keen on this version of an ASA because it tastes a little too harsh for my taste. It doesn't have a lot of easily defineable tastes to me.

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Boolshot and Marvz for providing a Double shot of "the Bastard" in the Double Trouble BIF.
2004 vintage.
The appearance of this beer beckons you to drink....immediately!
Caramel colored. Thick creamy khaki colored head rises and rises and rises to a full 2 fingers in my tulip glass and falls ever so slowly and softly. Sheets of lacing fall after each sip.
The aroma both intices and scares the shit out of me. Nice tropical fruit aroma. Nice fruity sweetness. Fusal alcohol.
Very Barleywine like in it's characteristics. Huge malt sweetness. Caramel, brown sugar, fructose. It has huge hop flavors also but they take a backseat to the malts maybe b/c of the age. Piney and earthy bitterness. As the beer warms the alcohol leaves a lasting impression in the finish.
Very full bodied, smooth and creamy. Alcohol warms the belly and reddens the face a bit.
Delicious beer but lowered the drinkability .5 due to the 10%.

Photo of geexploitation
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 release, cellared until now. Pours very dark, just a couple shades shy of coffee, with a reddish tint and a very white head that leaves lots of lacing. Smells like an aged American barleywine. I haven't had this beer when it's young, but I'm sure that its hop character was more brash than this during its youthful days. Instead, that aromas end up being more on the malty end of the spectrum: quite sweet, with hints of graham cracker, treacle, and syrupy french toast with predominantly piney and slightly metallic hops laid over it all.

On the palate, crackery, almost Maris Otter sweetness first off, then things go two ways: simultaneously, there's growing caramel sweetness and increasing metallic hoppiness at the mid-palate. The sweetness dissipates only a little bit at the end; the sweetness sticks around for the most part, along with the hops, which attain some fruity height here. Throughout, the mouthfeel is quite oily with hops in spite of the malty goodness on display. Carbonation is slight. Overall, this is a definite step up from the Arrogant Bastard... although it could just be the aging, which emphasizes the malts a bit more at the expense of the hops. Quite good.

Photo of mnj21655
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bobmer 2006 Release

Pours brown with nice ruby hints and about a finger of creamy, slightly off-white head and minimal, spotty lacing. Smell is quite sweet, while there are other aromas present the sweetness is a common theme. Various citrus notes are present with grapefruit and tangerine in the forefront accompanied by other fruity notes namely cherries, apples, and pineapple. At first I'm hit with a veritable wave of malt sweetness. The finish brings a hoppy flavor. Overall the taste is dominated by an alcoholic astrigency that lingers and overshadows the other flavors. Mouthfeel is good, a bit syrupy. Drinkability is ok. Overall I'm not very impressed with this brew. I have another bottle in the cellar and hopefully with another year of so this will mellow out nicely.

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

22oz. bottle poured a reddish brown color with a nice creamy off white head that leaves some sticky lace around the glass.

Smell - a bit of a malt and yeast aroma.
Taste - equal balance of malt and floral like hops, mild bitterness and alcohol drying in the aftertaste.
Feel - medium bodied, slight dryness.
Drinkability - very smooth, easy to drink but a bit high in alcohol.

Photo of guinnessfan
2.48/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle rec'd in a trade from akorsak.

A: Pours dark rust/brownish color, with a red hue and a slight tan head. No lacing and very little retention.

S: Hops and sweet malt. Not bad.

T: Way too cloying, sweet. Entirely too boozy. More complex than their Levitation Ale, but just simply boozy. It's a shame, too. I liked the regular bastard. This seems very unbalanced. Astringent, like Listerine. Boozy like whiskey. Bitter like pepper.

M: Mouth-puckering sweet, little carbonation. Leaves a weird film in my mouth.

D: Too extreme to enjoy. It is an attempt, but they failed IMO. Just because it's big, doesn't make it good. This beer is truely "big and BAD."

Photo of jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby amber color with better than a full finger stiff yellowish head that fades slowly. Some lacing and visible effervescence observed.

The smell is really sweet cherry, vanilla cadbury creme egg

Thee mouth feel is on the heavier side of medium bodied, It's creaminess seem to give it extra presence. There is a tingle from the hops and carbonation and it finishes with the warmth of higher alcohol content.

The taste is very sweet and creamy also. Malty with a cherry tone with a lingering syrupy sweetness on the tongue.

Very drinkable, although i'm one who feels the alcohol more on the way down than on the palate. This one is letting the burn loose in the chest.
Scoring Imagination Points with me.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Warning: Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak. Only the worthy are invited, and then only at your own risk. If you have even a modicum of hesitation, DO NOT buy this bottle. Instead, leave it for a Worthy soul who has already matriculated to the sublime ecstasy of what those in the know refer to as "Liquid Arrogance."

"This is one lacerative muther of a beer. It is unequivocally certain that your feeble palate is grossly inadequate and thus undeserving of this liquid glory...and those around you would have little desire to listen to you resultant whimpering. Instead, you slackjawed gaping gobemouche, slink away to that pedestrian product which lures agog the great unwashed with the shiny happy imagery of its silly broadcast propaganda. You know, the one that offers no challenge, yet works very, very hard to imbue the foolhardy with the absurd notion that they are exercising "independent" thought, or attempts to convey the perception it is in some way "authentic" or "original". Its that one that makes you feel safe and delectates you into basking in the warm, fuzzy and befuddling flow of your own nescience. Why so many allow themselves to be led by the nose lacks plausible explanation. Perhaps you have been so lulled by the siren song of ignorance, that you dont even notice your white knuckle grip on it. You feel bold and unique, but alas are nothing but sheep, willingly being herded to and fro. If you think you are being piqued in this test, it is nothing when compared to the insults we are all asked to swallow spilling forth from our televisions. Truth be told, you are being coddled into believing you are special or unique by ethically challenged "pay no attention to the man behind the curtain" marketing exec-types. Double Bastard Ale calls out the garrulous caitiffs who perpetrate the aforementioned attrocities--and those that buy into them-- and demands retribution for their outrageously conniving, intentionally misleading, blatantly masturbatory and fallacious ad campaigns. We demand the unmitigated, transparent truth. We demand forthright honesty. We want justice! Call 'em out and line 'em up against the wall....NOW."

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Rusty orange in color. Deep caramel malty aroma with some strong hints of hops. Alcohol and caramel and toffee in the taste. Pretty sweet tasting and sticky on the palate. Big mouthfeel with small drinkability due to high alcohol.

Photo of cooncat
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving from a 2006 vintage 22 oz. bomber - reviewed 4-14-07.
Stone Brewery has gained my total respect over the past couple years, proving to me that something good CAN come out of California.

A mildly vigorous pour split into two pint glasses (my buddy had to sample as well) produced a deep mahogany to garnet color, with remarkable clarity and a nice sized creamy head, which produces sheets of lacing on the side of the glass all the way down.

The nose surprised me that it had floral and piney hops mixed in with the dark fruity rich maltiness. A note of fusel alcohol was present, and not unexpected in a 10% abv beer. Very complex and one could wax on for a long time describing every nuance.

The taste is very full bodied and has a great malty sweetness at the top; dark fruits, currants and a bready background. The sweetness is totally balanced by a suprising appearance of floral and piney hops, which get progressively more aggressive in trying to make their presense known by the bottom of the glass. I'm not sure I've ever had a beer that is so well balanced; definitely the "best of both worlds". The finish is satisfyingly dry, with the maltiness still present. This is one massive beer, complex and one to sit back and savor for an hour, as each small sip conjures up new nuances. The considerable ABV will make itself known, perhaps too much if you try to quaff an entire 22 oz. bomber. Share this excellent beer with a friend - great times and conversation are bound to follow.

Very highly recommended. An outstanding offering from Stone.

Photo of lifeboyq
3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2005 release Double bastard - First let me say this beer is an entirely different beer aged. We all know hops seem to fade noticeably quarterly, but after a horrible first tasting in 2005, I persevered giving it more time. Without age, it's entirely too bitter as it's over hopped with high alpha hops without any balance making it very cloying. I don't understand hop heads and I never will, but perhaps over an aged argument, I'll listen but still disagree. This beer is insanely over hyped and overall an average beer at best without the patience of Job. After 2 years, its still slightly bitter, but a very balanced beer, somewhat similar to a slightly bitter but refined raison de extra. It's beginning to be good, beginning to be very good, but needs still more time to settle down. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice surprise but my guess is that after three years, this beer will finally be truly ready and a fantastic offering as beautiful pseudo amber, cooked sucrose treat. I taste 2 row malt for a base, munich malts, medium crystal, a little dark crystal, (I guess its possible that imp mistaking the crystal for some aromatic, biscuit or special B combo) maybe a little black patent malt or roasted barley, refined processed sugar and an American ale yeast.

Overall, this is a well brewed beer to withstand the test of time. Without time, it's a nice offering for the unrefined palette that falls prey to American micro beer marketing bias. The percentage of people that buy beer to age it is very low, thus how should I rate this beer?....

Photo of JMD71
3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled & reviewed on 2/24/07:

Ap: Medium pour brings 1/2 finger of tannish head. Head persists nicely. Nice rust/dark copper color. Slightly cloudy. Medium carbonation.

Ar: Fruits hit the nose initially followed by sweet malt & then hints of alcohol. Slight notes of citrus & tangerines.

Ta: Very sweet up front followed by a boozy blast of alcohol. Wow, this is strong! ABV very evident, not well disguised. Very heavy on the bittering hops. Comes off a bit astringent IMO.

Mo: Full bodied. Chewy. Very medicinal & astringent. Bitterness leaves cloying sensation which persists for some time. Not sure about this one...

Dr: Low-medium. ABV way to noticeable & in-your-face. Could have taken better steps to to layer the high ABV with a better malt profile & less bittering hops.

Comments: Can't say I loved this. I've had some high ABV barywines, but whis was way too over the top. The bitterness was too overpowering & the sweet malt entrance too heavy. Extreme does not always result in a well balanced beer. This is definitely the case here IMHO.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a beautiful crimson, lots of off-white head, starting off at a solid inch and settling to a thick film, lacing all over the place, cascades in sheets and bubbles. Absolutely marvelous. The aroma is full of sweets, fruits, warm alcohol.... yikes, this bodes well.

Aaaannndd, the taste. Yikes. These guys can brew a ridiculous beer. This thing is fantastic. The "i can't think how it could possibly be better" type fantastic. Its the kind of beer that defines what Stone does, and that is... create strong, hefty beers, enormously hopped but loaded with sweet malts, a smooth, full body with all kinds of stuff going on. Clearly, this isn't the ballsiest beer they offer, but its kind of the flagship beer, its what they do, and what they do is a beautiful thing.

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

22oz, 2005 edition
Pours a dark reddish color with a head of tan bubbles that fades quickly. Aroma is on the sweet side, vary malty with only a hint of citrus hops. Taster follows suit with a wonderful balance(did I say balanced???) of caramel candy malts and hop bitterness. Actually, the malt reminds me of some of the better English style barleywines. Hop bitterness is there for balance and in the aftertaste. Alcohol presence is noted, but not as intense as you may think. Not what I expected, but a great beer.

Photo of cheers2beers
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a burnt mahogony, almost brown liquid with a tan head. The head rose up to about an inch then disapated rather quickly leaveing behind a desent amount of laceing.

Smell: Aromatic candy-like malts, slight fruity esters suggesting apple, sweet caramel, a notion that the alcohol is on the high side. This has a barleywine character.

Taste: Very sweet malt bill, hops seem to play a lesser role in this beer. The alcohol is definitely potent that has a little burning sensation on its way down. Light cranberry without the tartness, slight hint of cherries and sour green apple blended with sweet red apple as well. This has a very strong late bitterness. Nice complexity!

Mouthfeel: Alcoholic vapors are running wild, thick and oily on my tongue, super full body, seems to high carbonated. Leaves a slick chewy film clinging to every side of my palate.

Drinkability: This is an exeptional beer for sure. If you have not had this yet, it is worth the try. My opinion: This beer could just about be classified as a barleywine.


Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting to have this Double Bastard all day. It's a little intimidating.
A - Cloudy amber/orange haze w/ a fluffy off-white head. I expected it to be darker, but this color is great. The head doesn't recede at all.
S - A little spice, dark sweet malts, dark fruits.
T - Holy shit. Powerful, but not what I thought it would be, which is good, because any more powerful and I might have fallen out of my chair. A spicy, sweet malt explosion with very little alcohol presence. A great balance of bitterness and alcohol bite to create a smooth, interesting finish. I'm drinking it sort of cold, but not too cold, so I'm sure the alcohol will show more as it warms. The tart fruits stay around the whole time to aid in the great finish.
M - Medium-bodied but strong. The fruits are awesome. They cling to the palate and make this a great brew. I'm not saying it's a fruity beer at all, but the dark fruits really smooth it out and add so much flavor along with the sweet malt.
D - What can I say? Stone does it again. For the strength of this beer, I would pop open another bomber without hesitation. Every flavor comes together to create such a balanced and deceivingly strong beer. I hope to have this on tap when I visit the Brewery in May. Stone, I love you.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy, dark reddish amber color with a nice size white head that leaves a good coat of lacing on the glass.

it smells of roasted malt and hops.

well balanced flavor of malt and hops with a slight taste of alcohol.

medium bodied brew with good carbonation.

very easy to drink for such a high abv beer

Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage

I have been fortunate to receive a few bottles of this in some BIFs lately. Thanks everyone!

Pours a dark copper color with a nice looking head.

Aromas are a bit spicey, mineral like, some stewed fruits, and a touch of pine from the hops.

Flavors are of subtle dark fruits up front, with a touch of spiciness. Beer then settles into flavors of sharp alcohol and bitter hops. The finish is tangy and tart. I have to smack my lips after tasting, good stuff!

Mouthfeel is excellent. This is very well rounded, and fills your mouth nicely. It is really obvious on just the first sip.

Drinkability is surprising excellent for such a big beer. It is a pretty easy beer to drink, especially with an ABV of 10%.

Photo of Damian
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA

Poured a clear, dark, crimson-mahogany with a one-finger, light tan, bubbly head that faded to a thin film. Lots of drippy lacing along the glass.

The aroma was outstanding. Sweet and super intense with robust malts, caramel, toffee and a rich, vanilla oakiness. Later, some ripe fruits, raisins and a brandy-like quality became evident.

The taste was as good (if not better) than the nose. Rich, flavorful, smooth and incredibly well balanced. Tons of sweet, caramel malts and spices up front with a pervasive oakiness. As the beer moved along the palate, the flavor profile changed considerably. Hoppy (citrusy, cascade hops) and alcohol rich on the back end with a hoppy, dry, slightly bitter, grapefruit-like finish. Moderate alcohol warming was noticeable in the nose and mouth on the exhale. As the beer warmed, the alcohol did become slightly more pronounced, taking on an almost vodka-like character.

Body was medium with a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability of this beer was outstanding. With so many interesting flavors and complexities, the 10% ABV was only moderately noticeable. Furthermore, this beer was so well balanced. This was truly a joy to drink and would pair perfectly with a plate of stone fruits, dessert cheeses and nuts.

Note: As for a comparison with the Arrogant Bastard Ale, this offering is a whole different beast (pardon the pun). The Double Bastard has a substantially more intense and complex flavor profile. Also, unlike the Arrogant Bastard, this beer has balance.

Photo of FlyFisher2782
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big beer. Definitely a sipper.
Color is a deep honey brown with a hint of red tint.

Nose is HUGE grapefruit but still allows a deep sweetness of charred honey, pineapple dark raisins and sweet bread to permeate the hops.

First, the sweeness of the malt and instant bitterness of the hops (magnums?) hit your tongue. Soon after the hugely thick mouthfeel hits you... again this is a sipper. The malt has hints of honey, raisins, perhaps a faint sweet pineapple as well.

Lingering bitterness, similar to single Arrogant Bastard stays with you and yet still manages to go down smoothly. Alcohol is there but I could only tell slightly towards the warm end of the beer. This ia deadly drinkable for a 10% beer.

Overall a fantastic brew but suffers in the drinkability area as one 12 oz serving filled me up.

Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber brown color with an average off-white head that left some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is strong, kind of a pineapple, peach, pine, resin, alcohol drenched raisin scent to it. There is probably more to it but its hard to put a finger on. The taste is a bit more earthy. The brew has a roasted malt backbone, with a grapefruit hoppiness, some dark fruity esters, and an alcohol kick. It is a bit more carbonated that I would think, the ale is well bodied and finishes a bitter. The alcohol, bitterness, and overall complexity of this brew would limit me to one bomber in a night. A tad over the top but worth the experience.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,009 ratings.