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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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6,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 406
Gots: 995 | FT: 32
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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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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Double Bastard- Poured into a pint glass. My first time trying Double Bastard (finally!)

A- A bright, ruby red, brown color- really beautiful to look at. Incredible lacing, lasting throughout my entire glass of DB.

S- Smell was very sweet- caramel, some toffee, and some hops.

T- Wow. Can you get any smoother than this? This was surprisingly sweet- lots of flavors here ranging from the sweet (caramel, brown sugar, maybe even some oak) to the bitter (the hops)- perfect balance and something to be savored.

M- Sticky. Very sticky. Sleek and oily on the tongue. No burning at all. My lips are coated with double bastard as I type speak.

D- At 10%, it dosen't get anymore drinkable than this.

Surely something to savor and enjoy.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a medium sized toffee colored head. The lacing is pretty sticky and does not let go of the glass. Has a fire red color.

Smells of sweet caramel malt (and theres a lot more malt where that came from), spicy hops, fruits and licorice.

Tastes of bitter spicy hops, caramel, alcohol and pine, Very nice mouthfeel and rather drinkable for such a ferocious beer.

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

Happy Holidays fellow BA‘s!

2006 vintage. A big thanks to JJ for this one!

Ruby brown in appearance. Aromas of boozy cherries, citrus, and carmel malt. Tastes of sweet malts, lots of carmel, and dark fruits. Finishes with a nice bitter grapefruit rind flavor. Alcohol presence is well known, but not harsh. Mouth feel is heavy, syrupy, and sticky. Very coating. Low carbonation (a bit more would have been nice). Overall drinkability is great for the cold weather. This brew is bold and boozy to make it a slow sipper. I will be seeking this one out again for sure! Highly recommended!

Photo of HoppyInfidel
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22 oz. into a pint glass. Hue was dark amber, with a slight head, tan in color. The ale's malt held up nicely to what could have been overpowering hops. Finished bitter. The diatribe on the back of the bottle made for an entertaining read during the imbibing. Would drink this one again -- have yet to meet a Stone brew I didn't like.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a beer mug.

Produces a soft tan head that is excellently retained atop a golden, copper-amber body. Decent carbonation and some lacing gets left behind. The aroma is a mix of grapefruit, mango, caramel, and tons of juicy, resinous & floral hops.

Double Bastard is quite the intense flavor experience. The hops are piney, resinous, and oh, so potent. Grapefruit and other citrus notes balance well with a ton of earthy, sweet Hawaiian bread malts. Mouthfeel is impeccable: thick, viscous body, sticky-sweet, with a long-lasting bitter hop finish. Drinkability of this beer is quite high in the face of its whopping 10% ABV. The complexity and flavor are almost like that of a IIPA, but this Bastard packs enough malt to satiate the most finickey of great beer-seekers.

Photo of mshallah
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's aromas hit me as I was pouring it into a glass. Sweet and sticky malt with piney hops and alcohol. The hops stand out as they should. The appearance is dark amber with a sticky and substantial head. Some fine sediment toward the end of the bottle. The first taste is surprisingly smooth and almost mellow for such a big beer. As the beer warms it becomes more robust but remains smooth and easy to drink. My kind of beer as it's sweet, sticky and highly dry-hopped. The aroma plays a big role with each sip bringing with it the warming effect of the alcohol and all the herbal oils of the piney hops. If this beer wasn't built on a sticky, sweet base of malt it would be so out of balance. Great job stone, on the beer and the packaging.

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

The Double Bastard poured a deep mahogany color with a wicked foam head that left some nice sea foam lacing. It set up the way a guinesss does with the carbonation rising to the top.

The aroma is very caramel and cherries.

The taste is smooth with a little alcohol flavor. It is initially sweet and finishes with a nice burn, then goes back to sweet. "Round of shots on me".

Overall a wicked strong ale but as the bottle says only for those not faint of heart. I might need to go to bed after this and sleep it off.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

double bastard.

Pours amber, and copper, very slight haze, decent head. the nose is of raisin and citrusy hops. Taste is suprisingly smooth, very creamy with some vague dark fruit flavors, and some malt taste. Hop flavors could be stronger, but are still present. The finish has just a pinch of bitterness but is refreshingly creamy. the mouthfeel is good, and hangs on. Aftertaste is mostly hops but not really bitter. Good brew. I like it better than the original ( I know thats wierd, but i write what i feel). Get it for sure, and try one, and pop one in the cellar, should age quite nicely.

Photo of mbrandon2w
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip.
Appearance is murky amber/brown.
Aroma is sweet, fruity, raisiny. Interesting
Soft mouthfeel leads to a smooth, complex maltiness followed by a nice kick from the juicy, citrusy hops. Very well balanced. Alcohol is evident, but not excessive. I would never guess 10%.
Excellent strong ale. Will definitely buy more

Photo of YankChef
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bottle poured into a UK pint glass

Appearance: Deep amber with a thing white head that quickly dissipated. Hints of crimson when held up to the light

Smell: Touches of raisin and fig and even a little maple syrup. the scent of HOPS is certainly there and they are strong, bright and very pungent

Taste: Upfront is very sweet almost with flavors of toasted malt and dried fruit, an almost pear like flavor and there was even a bit of peach thrown in there. Then it moves to the middle where you get the strong barley almost cereal like flavor but it is so much more than that. It finishes with a strong hop bite that makes you want to go back to that first sip that was so sweet and complex. Resiny and syrupy throughout. As you drink it the hop bite becomes less and less apparent, and the malt shines. A delight

Overall: A true beer masterpiece of american craft brewing. To all of you who say stone is overrated, i have for you evidence 2xABA.

Photo of Beercub
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours viscous and syrupy into the pint glass and raises a substantial head of off-white foam. The lacing begins immediately and lingers, sticky, white. This time the first smell that I can recognize is of canned pineapple - very pronounced. The taste is retains some of the pineapple but draws on sugar, candy, strong malt, maybe a little toffee. The high alcohol is incredibly well hidden/balanced by all that is going on both in a velvety thick mouthfeel and a nice warm bitterness at the end. This beer is wonderful - especially by the fire on a dark cold winter evening.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle.

Attractive hazy rusty orange red color, small but dense beige head, blotches and spots of lace.

Smells like sweet caramel malt with bright orange blossom and lime, and deep pine forest.

Tastes of dense sweet dark fruity malt, then after a few seconds hops like orange rind and pine really kick in, along with extra roastiness on the dark fruity malt. Long tasty bittersweet finish of singed raisins, pine, orange rind, and clean minty alcohol.

Finely textured carbonation; good sticky creamy texture overall, but a bit too fizzy. Great drinkability, the urge to open more bombers is curbed merely by sanity.

Great beer.

Photo of Redwood21
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer looks great, it has almost an oaken wood apple cider color to it with a sorta egg nog head. not much more to say, nothing too exciting, but still fun/ great to look at.

S: Apple cider comes back here, go figure. As far as i can remember none of the other bastard ales had this aroma, but as soon as i popped the cap i noticed this aroma. there are also "classic" ipa smells that i pick up on, the citrus and maybe even some piney hopish aromas,

T: very complex hard to pick apart the layers of this onion (so to speak) it has a lot of citrus flavors, way more than any other beer i can remember. it also has a tart bitterness, but balanced well with a lot of the sweet citrus tastes. it does leave a very pronounced bitter dryish feel on my tongue.

M/D: ok i have to knock these a bit, its def not a sipper nor is it a beer to session it is however a very good beer, one you can sit back and enjoy a bomber of with no problem, but with strong enough effect and after taste you may not want more than that in one sitting. It is by no way bad, just not easily largely consumable....if that even makes sense...to me it does.

Photo of Atlas1
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the Bastard. I LOVE the Oaked Bastard. Why wouldn't I enjoy the Double Bastard?

Poured from the bomber to my barrel pint glass. Man, that's a vibrant color. Brilliant hues of ruby copper and an orange-tan head. The head doesn't last too long, and doesn't deliver great lace, but it's a damn pretty beer. The nose is potent, and much stronger than either the normal Bastard or the Oaked, in my opinion. It's rich, with strong malts, but also extremely fruity. The aroma is filled with scent of strawberry and dark cherry, more so than just about any beer I've ever had, including lambics. Seriously, it almost reminds me of sticking my nose in a cherry pie. It's that fruity. And yet, the taste takes you a completely different direction. It's denser and darker. Blunt, in a word. Strong with alcohol, rich with dark malts and strong spice, and bitter with a serious hop finish. Malted cough syrup comes to mind at times. The mouthfeel is dense and concentrated, as it should be with an old ale.

This beer isn't lacking in any department, as everything seems to hit hard and fast in both aroma and flavor, but I'm not so sure everything works together all at once. I definitely think this beer is complex, and it requires some serious contemplation. And it's most definitely a sippin' beer. Take your time with this one and savor every moment. You may not like every detail, but you should be able to appreciate the layers.

Photo of TheBierBand
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 2007 vintage 22 oz brown Bomber. The pour produced a 1-1/2" head in my trusty pint glass from the relatively hard pour. The head slowly settled leaving big gobs of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep amber/copper color and quite clear. The second pour introduced some minor particulate that stayed suspended.

I expected more aroma.... but it was rather slight. I could pick up hints of a citrus hops and a carmel/toffee sweetness.

The TASTE: WOW.... right between the eyes (in a good way)! First wave is a big citric bitterness from the hops (almost a lime-like tang). There is a big alcohol presence here as well. Hey.... don't mask it... let it club you over the head.... this is supposed to be an extreme beer! A little bit of buttery smoothness. There is some toasted malt in there.... trust me, it's there.... just not dominant.... The hops are the boss here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and robust. Carbonation is about right. Good mouth coating and a bitter aftertaste (not bad).

Drinkability: I don't think this beer is intended to be a session beer.... 22 oz. is plenty for my "session". But this is a good solid extreme beer from Stone. I prefer Arrogant Bastard.... but this is still good. I WISH that I had the self control to hang on to one of these for a couple of years....to let it age.... it would probably mellow out over time.

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

This is a brand new 2007 bomber.

Poured in to a snifter, hard at the end and got a nice two finger head. Color was translucent amber or semi-brown. Pretty nice lacing on the glass as the level went down.

Smell was of hops, but not much citrus as I expected, or as in an IPA or DIPA. Very inviting hoppy almost bitter smell.

Taste had hops and bitterness up front, but followed quickly by a nice malt balance and smoothness. This is very easy to drink for the hop fan, easier than IPA's in many ways because of the balance of hops and malt. Mouthfeel was good, but not exceptional.

I loved this, and would spend the $ again in a hearbeat to drink more. Wish this was around all year, but am glad that it just came out and more can be had.

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

This is an '05 vintage served on-tap at the Blind Tiger's 12/12/12/12 Stone event.

A: The ale has an amber color, showing off red highlights that add a nice splash of color. Little head resulted from the pour but there is a clear stream of carbonation in the glass.

S: The nose is malty thick, having lost a majority of the bitter hops that define Double Bastard. Aging has done wonders on this beast, softening it significantly.

T: As the nose hinted, this beer has become a solid barleywine, with the hops mellowing out significantly and allowing the malts to come through. A sip reveals a whole mouthfeel of grain, thick in its strength. The malt flavors are as strong as ever but they are more noticeable because the hops have receded significantly. While Double Bastard burns the tastebuds when fresh, with two years under its belt it has softened and smoothed itself out. This is a good sippin' beer for in front of a fireplace on a cold night.

M: The mouthfeel has come around 180 degrees, from a hop bomb to a malt bomb. That change makes for a really good, complex drink.

D: This was my 4th offering at 12/12/12/12. I would gladly have tried any of the four again. I was especially fond of the smoothness that this beer picked up. If you've got a DB from '05, let it sit a bit longer and really enjoy it.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with almost no head whatsoever. Nothing to see here.

Smell: Piney hops in the front with a slight caramel sweetness along with a good amount of alcohol. Smells very inviting, until....

Taste: Piney hops....overly bitter piney hops. That is all you get. There is no balancing sweetness, no hoppy complexity. Nothing but overly bitter piney hops. I really enjoy the Arrogant Bastard ale, but this is definitely a step backwards.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth a bit too much with the too bitter flavor of the beer. A less than enjoyable flavor is something you don't want sticking around for such a long time.

Drinkability: This is probably the lowest review that I have given such a highly rated beer. I was disappointed by the one dimensional taste and the high ABV makes it hard to enjoy too much. Stick with the Arrogant Bastard Ale, this is not an improvement as far as I am concerned.

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

Been looking for this for about a year and a half and finally got a case of the '07 variety.

Pours dark amber, almost brown with red highlights, not terribly clear but not cloudy either. Decent light tan to white head that went away faster than the standard ABA.

Aroma kicks with maltiness. Candy maltiness from someone else's review is a good way to put it. Caramel, toffee and ever so slight breadiness in the malt profile. A strange citrus/melon combo to the hop aroma which overall is pretty subdued. Some alcohol heat is noticable on the nose. I thought it smelled very nice, though my wife thought it smelled like cherry cough syrup.

Initial taste of sweet malt and caramel is pretty quickly though not completely supplanted by a difinitive hop bitterness. This beer is not exactly what I would call effervescent, but its not anywhere near syrupy for such a high ABV. It actually finishes suprisingly smooth.

I want to give this one another shot at which point I'll edit this review. Overall I thought it was quite good and worth the wait, but I want to make sure that anticipation is not skewing my perception.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby color, mostly translucent with a full inch of light brown head. Unlike aromas from AB, this one gives off much more malty notes, fruity caramel, estery plums and raisins. Only in the back are resiny hops evident and even then, the candy maltiness reigns. On the palate, it becomes more evident that this should fall into the double IPA catagory as the hops, in their freshness balance quite well with the syrupy malts. Finishes pretty sweet with crystal malts mixing well with darker, perhaps chocolate malts. It really just is a supremely balanced beer for how big it is. I wouldn't put any age on this one, it's like a fresh Bigfoot. How enjoyable this beer is, I'm glad to finally try it.

Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2007 bomber, poured into a Stone Double Bastard glass -- it's kind of like a combination snifter and highball glass; let's call it a small, curved highball glass. . . . Body is dark brown with a small ivory head that disappears pretty quickly. Some visible bubbles slowly rise. No lacing left behind.

S: Mmmm. Great combination of sweet, caramel malt, citrusy and floral hops and booze.

T: First impression: it finishes hot. After a couple sips adjusts my palate to that heat, I can figure out what else is going on. In a word: balance. There's brown sugar and caramel malt early, followed by fruity wet hops. Hot alcohol heat at the back end of the sip and on the way down the gulley. Bitterness lingers and - "oddly enough," I wrote -- the hops actually seem more pronounced as it warms (I think it's because it takes a little while to adjust the tastebuds to the alcohol heat). Reminds me at times of a Barleywine or even a DIPA in both taste and aroma.

M: Medium-to-heavy in heft. Pretty creamy, but with a bit of a bite to it.

D: Good. It's definitely a sipper (hence the style of Stone's official DB glass), but a tasty one.

Notes: This was a fresh bottle. I've done a 3 year vertical tasting in the past and seem to recall that the Double Bastard ages well. I've got a 2004 in my cellar and now a couple more of the 2007 bottles, so I'll report back some day on how the DB does after various amounts of time spent in the cellar. . . .

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been lusting after this one for a bit, saw it at Capone's in norristown and decided i have to have it ($8 price tag be damned). Been in my fridge for a week or two, finally cracked it open.

22 oz bomber, shared with no one (a bit of a mistake, share with two or three and have some other beers on hand). Color is deep mahogony, tight head that recedes to a collar and leaves some lacing.

Smell is mostly malt and booze with a good hop kick, basically what you would expect from stone. Taste is similar, sweet malts and american hops with a lot of booze. Very good, if a bit repetitive. Not blown away, but it is good.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe medium heavy, some good carbonation lightening up the body and making it drinkable. I guess this beer is kind of like an american barleywine but lighter in character, thereby more drinkable. I like it, but a 22 oz bomber by oneself is a bit much, a bit repetitive and a bit expensive. Probably won't return to this. There are other beers that i like more and cost less.

Photo of Tolann
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting for this one for a while. I was really taken back by the Arrogant Bastard.

Here we go!

A - Ruby mahogany with a dense head not too thick and fades quickly

S - Wow sweet hops. Carmel and malt. Fruity something or another. Maybe grapefruit or something.

T - Hop kick in the back of the throat first. Caramelly malt and fruity sweetness on the tongue.

M - Lively and medium/light body. Warms your mouth after the sip. Almost sits in your chest feeling roasty. The sip seems to coat your mouth with warm sweet hops and caramel. Makes me burpy tho. LOL

D - I'm already thinking about buying another bottle. Very good beer and very enjoyable. The sweetness and hoppyness go well together. I'm really liking this beer. Another great beer from Stone!


Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 2007 Release; a 22 oz. bottle, poured to a snifter. For all the Stone beer I've ever tried, this could be the first I've had of the Double Bastard. Oh, the humor in that silk-screened diatribe on the label...

A: Clear, ruddy mahogany. Equivalent of the bottle's brownness and clarity, tinged with a deeper reddish glow. Hardly any head, only a scattering of film whispers and a slim ring of cream. Ominously still, with just the narrowest streams of tiny carbonation...from a distance, could be bourbon in that snifter just as easily as ale. Sliding bits of off-white lace gently fade into the glass.

S: Smells of over-the-top sweetness, hugely malty with caramel and candy. There's some dark fruit in there, syrupy cherry and raisin and a hint of spice. And not all the aromas are big malts; there's a rich, herbally grassy hop nose, too.

T: Sugared malts for certain, but plenty of citrus-orange/tangerine hopping. Lots of caramel, a little on the burnt side with subtle nuttiness. There's a remnant of barrel-like woodiness and a bittering of citrus pith.

M: Big and chewy, warm and thickening, layers of hops and sticky malt on the tongue draw in the cheeks. For a 10% abv beer, this has a pleasing balance and has a heat that's quite subtle. Creamy and smooth, with a carbonation that melts away like butter. Not the cloyingly sweet mouthfeel I've experienced before with Stone's big beers.

D: Big, bold & flavorful...but a sipper that I couldn't finish in one sitting. Hops are intense, sweet malts even moreso - after a half-bottle the flavors become oppressive on the tongue. Still, awfully good - a 'must try' for the big beer enthusiast.

Photo of John_M
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I would have enjoyed this beer more if I hadn't had it right after the 10th Anniversary DIPA. For that matter, I wonder if Stone has tweaked the recipe over the years, as I've found this beer far more appealing in the past then I did at Frisco's last night.

The beer pours a darkish amber color with very good head retention and lacing. The beer looks quite impressive. On the nose I get sweet malt, cider and roasted nuts. Again, this beer smells very impressive, although the high abv. is noticeable even on the nose. On the palate the beer is sweet, rich and very alcholic, but with a drying hop burn in the finish. The beer is impressive, but frankly I don't feel as if the high abv. blends in all that well with the very sweet malt and hoppiness. I found the beer somewhat tiring on the palate, with this beer coming across as a sweet, but then ultimately very hoppy, barleywine.

The beer is very warming and, while impressive, is just not all that enjoyable. In the same style I much prefer the Bigfoot, where the sweet malt has been dialed down a tad. A good beer, but not what I would call terrific.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,108 ratings.