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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,637 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,637
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 749 | FT: 25
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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1/5  rDev -76.6%

bigsquirrel, Dec 27, 2011
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

FarmerTed, Jan 05, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

alumley, Oct 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76.6%

SLOTHLIFE, Sep 07, 2014
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1.45/5  rDev -66%

What a boozy mess! It pours an inviting red; indeed, I was rather excited after the pour. However, the nose was alcohol mixed with hops. I mean, I like alcohol and I like hops, but there ought be malt somewhere in a brew this strong. The taste followed the nose, but rather than merely being unpleasant it was downright offensive. Incredibly hot alcohol followed by numbing hops. Why? The mouthfeel is paper thin, not completely out of place given the rest of the brew, but by no means pleasant.

I was told this brew would turn me around regarding Stone . . . instead, it has done to opposite. If I had to choose between this beer and BMC, I'd say that BMC lite ice wins. Utterly unpleasant, totally unbalanced.

shbobdb, Feb 17, 2006
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1.5/5  rDev -64.9%

ObiBeerCanobi, Jan 29, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -59%

mulliwater, May 25, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -59%

zep683, Mar 21, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -59%

wiegs4life, Dec 05, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -59%

ajzy, Jan 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

livewire05, Jan 06, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

leinie13, Feb 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

VikeMan, Dec 01, 2011
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

TheBigBoy, May 19, 2013
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

Paige, Dec 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

SIEVS, Mar 14, 2012
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

Emtcraftbeerfan, Jun 14, 2014
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2.2/5  rDev -48.5%

A: Pours a clear ruby red/brown color. A two finger beige head forms. The wispy foam has good retention, and some lace is left behind.
S: Bitter grapefruit hops up front and dominate. Toasted caramel malt lingers. Lots of fusel alcohol in the nose. Really, an ethanol drenched grapefruit with a little sugar added.
T: Bitter grapefruit and alcohol is the dominate flavor. Burnt toast. A light sweetness lingers, but very light. I can really taste the alcohol here. Just to much of everything, but balance and nuance. Nothing come togther well at all.
M/D: A full body with low carbonation. Really sticky. It feels like an adhesive is sticking to the roof of my mouth. Tons of fusel alcohol. Add the high amount of bitterness, and this is unpleasant to drink.

I am not a fan at all. I like to think I can appreciate a bitter hop bomb, even though it is not my style. Though this is just overly bitter and tons of hot alcohol. Any brewery can make an overly bitter beer with way to much alcohol. This a prime example. If it is your thing, fine. It is not mine.

champ103, Mar 27, 2010
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2.23/5  rDev -47.8%

22 oz. bomber delivered by LBB and tasted by myself and BelgianBeers.

Appearance: quite dark amber, good clarity, a nice layer of tan head which depletes quite slowly to a thin film

Aroma: malty and bready, very light hop scent, a touch of wet carboard (aerated at bottling!?!?), acetone, a thimblefull of coffee, not a really "overt" aroma (which is the opposite of what I expected)

Flavor: butterscotch malt sweetness up front with an interlacing off-flavor (sour milk, rancid butter?), one dimensional hop flavor and bitterness, big hit of peppery alcohol that blooms into your palate like nail polish, cardboard here too, finish is sweet with a burnt caramel aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, terse carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall Impression: I don't know... might be an off bottle? Probably committing beeresy with this review, but come on! Cardboard and sour milk!? This is either not at all what I expected or completely disappointing. A case of not living up to the hype?

Not worthy? That's OK with me...

GreenCard, Apr 23, 2004
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2.25/5  rDev -47.3%

PSU_Mike, May 29, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -47.3%

NonicPanic, Jun 02, 2014
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2.3/5  rDev -46.1%

Having tried AB which is now one of my favorite beers I looked forward to this bottle.

Poured dark amber, clear, with a good head. Smell was strong alcohol some malt and hops. Upon first sip I knew this was not for me at all. Way too thick, syrupy, too much alcohol taste for me to enjoy. Drinkability was way low for me since I didn't finish the bottle and poured the rest down the drain (sorry beer fans...).

A total let down, sometimes enough is enough...this was too much.

unionturf, Oct 02, 2008
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2.35/5  rDev -45%

Either I'm in the minority or this beer was graded on a bandwagon. I don't mind being in the minority, and I know it wasn't a bad bottle because I gave this beer a second chance after a few months just because so many others gave it a good grade. The beer had too many conflicting flavors going on without any semblance of balance.

A- honey brown with red hints, frothy white foam, descent retention and nice lacing.

S- pungent grapefruit, floral notes, caramels, lemon, grapefruit, roasted notes, and an imitation cherry hint. Booze is strong and viscous.

T- Viscous booze throughout along with imitation cherry makes for a medicinal taste watered down with woody, nutty and biscuity notes. Bitter grapefruit, lemon, and brown sugar. A boozy mess of taste with no thought of balance. Almost like a bitter barleywine with imitation cherry.

M- Rich, full bodied, sticky, dry finish with booze burn

D- Definitely a sipper. I couldn't finish it. Bitter and boozy. No sense of balance with flavors.

JayS2629, Jan 12, 2011
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,637 ratings.