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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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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: 924 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release

A - Pours a beautiful clear ruby red with one and a half fingers of light tan head. Head has good retention and leaves nice lacing.

S - Nice citrus hops and some pine, but the smell is dominated by tons of caramel malt. A mild alcohol presence.

T - Huge malt presence, mostly caramel. Hop bitterness finally comes in halfway through, with citrus and a bit of pine. A bit of alcohol burn on the finish. Bitterness does eventually catch up with the sweetness to yield a bitter semi-dry finish.

M - Sticky sweet full mouthfeel that burns bitter and semi-dry on the finish.

A - Quite a good strong ale, but halfway through the glass, I kind of wished I had a regular Arrogant Bastard. I love the bitterness, but the sweetness was a bit overwhelming over time.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely bitter taste, ameloriated by malt. Crimson with hops suds best appearing in a trappist glass. Floral and pine strong hoppy aroma. Grapefruit mid-sip, cheese aftertaste. Alcohol warming, feels like vodka.. Good with strong meat and caution not to have competing patatoes.

perhaps overrated.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage.

Pours a translucent caramel with some ruby highlights. Color reminds me of bourbon. The head is frothy, light yellow, and there's minimal lacing.

The smell is malty, caramel, slight herbal hops, and booze. The flavor is aggressive--herbal, roasted malts, and booze (whiskey) with some caramel. Mouthfeel burns the palate--carbonated at first but then just crisp as it goes down. Medium-bodied.

I liked this, but one glass is enough. That ABV really takes a toll. Would go well with BBQ or an earthy cheese.

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

Sampled from a 2003 release 22oz bomber I bought last week at Whole Foods Market in Pasadena. Has a clear cinnamon color with a ¾” blotchy, firm tan/beige head that left a decent amount of sticky lace around the glass.
The smell was more subdued than anticipated. Still, the spruce and grapefruit notes are there and some caramel. As it warmed, hints of alcohol leach out too. The taste was a direct hit from a hops bomb. Plenty of resinous grapefruit peel and piney hops juice yet not completely overpowering as it coats the tongue. Some sweet candy-ish flavor noted but not very much else in terms of malts or other flavors. The alcohol content shows itself with a nice bit as DB warms, leaving a soothing warming sensation in the finish. The feel was full-bodied, thick and syrupy and smooth as the viscous brew coats the palate. I almost felt like getting a knife and fork for this beer.
Even after slowly putting away this bomber, I was still wondering if the floor would soon rise up to greet me, such is the alcohol content. As such, I don’t see myself ever drinking more than one Double Bastard at a sitting. I’ll be very interested in seeing how this edition ages.

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