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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 5070
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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Photo of kimcgolf


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a murky reddish brown with a slight off-white head that lingers to about quarter-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is malty raisin with earth scents. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and sweet, with hoppy bitterness creeping in. Flavor is more malty raisin than hoppy citrus (as I had hoped), leading to a fairly bland, bittersweet finish.

I much prefer the hopped up Arrogant Bastard over his Double relative.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:48:17 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of natasharai


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 release

Appearance: Poured with a tan creamy smooth head that dissipated leaving a thick lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is a dark brown with a reddish-orange tint, and it has a small amount of haze to it.

Smell: Strong roasted malt, very nutty like roasted peanuts and almonds, some pine hops, very sweet toasted sugar, and roasted marshmallow.

Taste: Sweet toasted sugar, small nutty flavor, really bitter but not much hop character other than that, and a bit of an astringent flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, a bit syrupy, nice carbonation, strong bitter feeling, leaves mouth covered in an oily film.

Overall: Okay drinkability, the sweet malt flavor is not as strong as I would like. The strong bitterness is not balanced out with any other flavors. In the smell the malt character is really good, nice sweet roasted nut aroma, but in the flavor that malt character takes a back seat to the strong hop bitterness. I hoped that waiting a bit to drink this would help the malt come through with the hops muted a little but I either didn't wait long enough or that doesn't happen with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 05:16:01 | More by natasharai
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber into standard pint.

This beer is exactly what I thought it would be, a double bastard. Twice as flavorful, twice as ass-kicking, and twice as brutal. Seriously.. this beer is no joke. It's so flavorful, one has a hard time comprehending it at first sip.

Malts? Incredible. Hops? Very bitter, scathing, very Stone. Mouthfeel? Thick, chewy. Drinkability? I enjoy it... slowly. I suggest you do the same.

I like this beer a lot... but regular bastard is all the bastard I need, meethinks. Perhaps I'm not worthy?

This beer is great, but be warned... a bomber of this will smack you around, call you a bitch, and expect you to LIKE it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 23:58:11 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of Patrick999


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber and decent foam, poured into my DFH snifter.

S - Rummy alcohol in the nose, some vinous overtones. Not quite as big of a hop profile as I'd imagined.

T - I don't know what it is, but I get a good deal of banana rum on the palate. Not sweet at all, but still, essence of banana. Not the kind of banana sensation you get with a hefe, either. Maybe it's the alcohol? As for the hop character, I'm slightly disappointed. I was expecting to get my ass kicked with hops, but that didn't happen. A little boozy. It's not that hops are nonexistent, it's just that they aren't up to Stone standards. Still tasty though.

F - Thick and chewy. You know you're drinking big beer, but it's not overbearing.

D - Well, it's not what I thought it would be, but like the single Bastard, it's not lacking in drinkability. Treat it like a barleywine, and you'll be fine.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 21:40:18 | More by Patrick999
Photo of glazeman


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a glass and split with a friend.

A: Pours a dark amber/copper color with minimal head (perhaps half a finger). Nice lacing though.

S: Intense smell. Some grape, caramel, toast, and citrus.

T: Very strong flavors that are fairly well balanced, though the scale leans more toward the hops. As the name implies, this is an intensified version of a regular arrogant bastard. Almost as if they took a six pack of arrogant bastard and distilled it into a bomber. Specific flavors I got were lemons, caramel, some booziness, and a lot of bitter hops in the finish.

M: Smooth, but somewhat under carbonated in my opinion.

D: I enjoyed trying this beer, but to me, the overall sum was not as good as the pieces. Most likely a one and done.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 21:11:34 | More by glazeman
Photo of phishgator


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an open mouth chalice. Two finger loose head with good lacing. Color is deep amber/copper with a haze. The aroma is of strong bittering hops and alcohol. The taste is bitter upfront then the sweet malt works in; the alcohol is upfront as well. This is a great canidate for aging. The body is big and the hop oil, alcohol wear down your taste buds. IMO, I like Arrogant Bastard a lot more than it's steriod father.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 19:54:54 | More by phishgator
Photo of mdaschaf


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby color. A one finger head forms, but dissipates quickly to nothing.

S: Very malty, not a lot of hop presence at all. Some dark fruit and alcohol is quite present.

T: Very sweet, there is a lot of dark fruit - some raisins dark cherries, as well as some caramel. Again, not a lot of hops. Can taste the alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied. Overall, the alcohol presence really hurt this one for me. I was also surprised at the lack of hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:53:34 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of jsulko


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a brownish carmel color with a large off white head.

Smell is malty, could not pick up much else

Taste with a stronger dark fruit flavor on the backend. Alcohol makes it presense known in the finish and lingers as well.

This is a well made beer but it doesn't really hit a home run for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:39:32 | More by jsulko
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A Pours a reddish brown color with an off white head.

S Lots of hops in the form of pine, with maybe a bit of tropical fruit. Hard to find but there is a bit of some caramel or toffee type malt.

T Again the hops dominated with lots of strong bitter grapefruit like notes followed by some sticky sweet malts. The alcohol is not all that noticeable.

M Very thick and syrupy which works quite well for this one.

Overall I think that this beer is quite good yet a tad overrated. To me it is a very hoppy mess of a beer that still somehow manages to be good. Would be interesting to try with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 02:46:04 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of MountainBeagle


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 release from a 22 bottle, a few weeks old. 10.5 percent 100+ ibu

First Thoughts: Damn this beer is sweet, has it always been like this? However, it has some special b or peat malts that are really good.

The Good: Hop monster of a beer with slight smokiness and arrogance. The taste is of hoppy whiskey but in a good way.

The Bad: Malt monster of a beer, it's too sweet for my liking. 2010 was better.

The Bottom Line: Ye shall know the bastard and the bastard shall set you free! A good beer but you better be ready for it. I'd put in the strong ale/barley wine category.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 05:01:42 | More by MountainBeagle
Photo of Bendurgin


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear amber color with about an inch of bubbly white head.

A bit of caramel malts in the aroma with a ripe cantaloupe in the aroma. Very sweet. Sweet caramel/toffee on the pallet. Sweet melons with a bitter hoppy finish.

The feel is full with soft carbonation. This is a fresh bottle so I think it a bit hot. Overall not bad , but I'll take Arrogant Bastard over this most of the time.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:52:02 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of nrs207


3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle 2011 batch.

Pours nice and dark, even darker than Arrogant Bastard and almost as dark as a porter. Has a reddish hue when looked at up to the light. Smell is great, but this is too boozy for me. Lots of hops, which I love. The taste is just dominated by alcohol for me. I have had this year's batch on tap before and didn't get it nearly as much. I could barely finish it because the back was pure alcohol. The only reason I gave it the score I did was because I had previously enjoyed it when I was paying less attention (but wouldn't have missed this level of alcohol). I was extremely disappointed, and I'm curious as to why it was so much more boozy than the glass I had on tap. I have one more bomber that I'm going to age for a year or so to see what happens. Arrogant Bastard is a favorite of mine, but the Double just was too much for me this time. Only beer that has reminded me of this is 120 Minute, and that is significantly stronger.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 07:03:52 | More by nrs207
Photo of HossMcGraw


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally got a bottle of the elusive DB, and it's a doozy.

Pours a very similar color to the AB, and the head and lacing appear to be about the same as well. In other words, it looks spectacular. The nose is very complex and rich with lots of deep rich chocolatey malts and spices. Some hops too.

The flavor is initially very sio the AB, but then it hits you. Very sweet from the get go, and reminds me quite a bit of SN Bigfoot. Finishes very dry, too dry. Leaves me with cotton mouth from the aggressive hops. Leaves an unpleasant aftertaste. It's much more concentrated than the AB and unfortunately, you can taste the alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very slick and full. Glides over the tongue quite easily, but The drinkability suffers a bit due to the hotness of the alcohol, but for the style, it's pretty drinkable I guess. Finishing a bomber myself was a chore, so I would reccomend splitting this with a friend. Overall though, The DB is another exceptionally crafted brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2006 21:55:32 | More by HossMcGraw
Photo of jwinship83


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a cloudy dark amber body with a finger of beige colored head that lasts a while. minimal lacing left on the sides of the nonic.

S- very strong and malty. this one smells mean! sweet fruity malts and alcohol followed closely by a large does of lemony citrus hops.

T- once again, malt dominates. sweet caramel and fruity malts. its also full of citrus hops, but they take a back seat. strong alcohol presence

M- very full bodied and palate coating. lots of warming from the alcohol. moderately carbonated which works in this one.

D- one bomber is enough. its a very intense beer. easy enough to finish but i think id rather have two arrogant bastards than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 17:07:21 | More by jwinship83
Photo of xhuskr


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hops lacking presence. More like a barley wine at this point. High malt presence. A bit astringent. Enjoy by myself in moderation. Half pour for a knowledgeable beer friend as too metallic. Still looking forward to the 2009.

A fond remebrance of 2005 in the snow in colorado.

Stone lives on, just not today... for some.

;)... ;|

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 06:19:11 | More by xhuskr
Photo of sweemzander


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2008 Release.

(A)- Pours a cloudy & murky mahogany amber color that produced a fluffy off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Left some bits of lacing behind.

(S)- Lots of caramel, toffee, & brown sugar with a relatively burn/roasted character in-between the dense sweetness.

(T)- wow, still has a big dry bitterness with a bit of lemon citrus up front. Finishes exactly as the smell was with all that rich & sweet caramel/toffee/brown sugar/ & a little butterscotch.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Very big sweetness & richness that is balanced fairly well by the dry hops. My problem is that this has a slight metallic component that turns into a funky wet wood component right in the middle ground; not very pleasant.

(D)- Very reminiscent of an old ale that was blended with an IPA. Perhaps this was aged too long? Whatever the case may be, I still enjoy it, I just think that this would be better fresher in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 22:59:18 | More by sweemzander
Photo of zoolzoo


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle, Duvel snifter

A: Not much of a head, quickly dissipated into some whispy foam. Pours a deep, dark amber color...almost cherry red in spots, actually.

S: Nose is full of bitter hops, some caramel malts, and alot of alcohol.

T: Hops bite first here but without much character except straight up bitterness. Alot of bready and toffee like malts as well, but that bitterness never lets go until long after the sip. Im also getting some wood, definite oak character here. This is a pretty sweet beer, almost cloying as it warms.

Something I find odd.... there is much less alcohol in the taste than the nose alluded to, even as the glass warms. There is some warming though, which isa good thing.

M: Thick, somewhat cloying if you arent in the mood. Fits the style so cant really complain too much. Little carbination.

D: Drinkability suffers given the ABV, mouthfeel, and sweetness of this brew. One bottle is enough for two id say.

This is a solid brew by Stone but not the best. It is, however, more enjoyable than the "regular" Arrogant Bastard offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:54:33 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Murky brown pour with little head. Nice american hop aromas, some pine and grapefruit some sweetness. Quite bitter, lots of american hops in the taste, a short sweetness to balance it all but the high abv is still being felt. Thick and heavy mouthfeel. This is a little too much for me, I prefer the regular and less bitter Arrogant bastard ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 18:40:30 | More by Luk13
Photo of RickS95


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dark, murky brown. Looks like brown dirty river water. The head doesn't stay long, but it an off tan color.

The smell is a combination of fruits, citrus, hops and spicy yeast.

The smell doesn't quite come through on the palate. Mostly I just pick up hops and alcohol. I simply can't pick up the softer flavors.

Definitely a manly beer. For a split second, there is a sweetness from the fruit, but that sense is immediately squashed by bitter and heat from the hops and the alcohol. The high ABV isn't masked at all.

This thing borders on barley wine, only slightly less hoppy. It's got a lot of positives, it's just a bit more than I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 02:36:22 | More by RickS95
Photo of beerbully

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass

A-dark amber 1/2 inch head which leaves decent lacing

S-Not much aroma some some citrus but not much alse

T-some caramel or burnt sugars followed by grapefruit citrus some alcohol

M-decent carbonation

O-OK beer that gets better as it warms

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 20:52:00 | More by beerbully
Photo of notchucknorris


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried an '06 bottle next to a '10 bottle

A: Really hazy dark brown color with a good looking off white head.

S: Lots of toffee and caramel along with some hop resin and vanilla. I picked up a bit more booze and apricot in the '06.

T: Coconut, loads of hop resin, caramel, toffee and oak. I don't know how, but the alcohol seems way more present in the 06 and I preferred the '10.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 22:50:06 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for splitting the bottle. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Deep dark brown amber. Ruddy. A tiny collar. White, loose and bubbly. Pours with minimal carbonation. A little heavier than expected on the pour.

Smell: Roasted, slightly toasted, deeply caramelized malts. Seriously cooked and overcaramelized a touch. Some nice mild citrus hopping. Pine needles. Grapefruit and some fleshy orange. Some earthy undertones coupled with a nice floral element. Big biscuity malt presence. Undercooked dough.

Taste: Odd earthy undertone to some sweet biscuity malts. Caramel malt sweetness. Some overcooked and deeply caramelized malts. Grapefruit flesh coupled with some pine needles. Lingering bitterness maintains an even keel. Big malty backbone. Chewy malt sweetness. Some backing alcohol. Almost tropical at times, something akin to pineapple. Some roasted and mildly toasted malts. Sharp bit of aspirin bitterness on the finish as it warms. So much aspirin.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Carbonation is moderate. Some clinging bitterness with a nice dryness on the finish.

Overall: Double the Bastard, Double the Fun. Double your pleasure with Double Bastard. (Except not)

A slightly larger version of it's younger brother. Maltier than it should be. Lacks some of the overall roasted profile is lacking. Hops seem a little off as well. Something less than stellar from Stone, and that hurts.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:05:05 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of lou50rp


3.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with some carbonation, off white head
Fruity, alcohol smell
Taste is a mix of sweet fruit and hops. A mellow taste, not strong.
Mouthfeel is good with definite tingle from the carbonation
Overall it is ok, but not outstanding. My least favorite Stone offering so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 00:39:54 | More by lou50rp
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I liked this better than last time I had it, but it's still too much to drink a lot of. It pours a beautiful mahogany color with a nice off white head. There is an intense bitterness right up front with a ton of hop flavor that fades into a big sweet malt profile. This is just like a regular beer, only with a thousand times more everything. A pretty good beer, although I couldn't drink much more than the 10oz I had.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 05:30:56 | More by drseamus
Photo of Lothore


3.6/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep blackish crimson with light bubbles escaping to the top reminding me of a guiness pour. A small but thick head reins over the top of this monster.

S- Smells oaty, earty, very similar to oaked AB. A little lighter than I would have liked.

T- The taste is sharp with huge alcohol notes interspersed with sweet malt, coffee, mixed dark fruit.

M- Thick with ample carbonation.

D- This is definitely a sipper but for how much it lets the alcohol through, I am surprised I am able to drink so much.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 08:23:20 | More by Lothore
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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