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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

5,640 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,640
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 357
Gots: 750 | 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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Photo of quine
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, 2010 release

A: Poured a deep ruby with a white head.

S: Aromas of caramel, citrus, and hops.

T: Prevalent taste of hops up front, with a receding sweetness. Only a slight taste of alcohol is noticeable.

M: Smooth and creamy, with a nice medium carbonation.

D: Amazingly drinkable. The slight taste of alcohol is well balanced with the other flavors. A great sipper.

quine, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A- A murky amber/caramel colored body with a bubbly tan head that leaves a thin layer.

S- Tons of sweet caramel malt, slight burnt hop aroma, lots of booze.

T- Really similar to the aroma. Just a huge amount of sweet caramel malt. Lots of grainy, bready aromas with some boozy flavors in the back.

M- Moderately smooth, still a little bite, but not as harsh as when it is fresh. Full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

O- The nearly two years of aging changed this one. When fresh, this beer is incredibly hot and the hops, malt and booze all fight each other. The hops are not as prevalent, the malt is in the fore front and the booze has diminished slightly. This almost drinks like a barleywine.

stephenjmoore, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of TheViolator666
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into pint glass

A: Pours A nice cloudy amber hue with a full two-finger cream colored head. Tons of lacing and nice retention.

S: Huge piney and citrusy hop aroma, well balanced by some nice toasty malts. Alcohol as well.

T: Interesting. Tons of bitterness that lingers on the palate for quite some time, slightly astringent. Finishes with a weird pineapple-like tartness. Nice sweet and slightly toasty malts as well as some signs of citric fruitiness. Pretty boozy, this one will probably hit you hard. After just a few sips, I'm already feeling the effects of this one.

M/D: Smooth and appropriately carbonated. The alcohol hits hard, but is appropriate for the style.

TheViolator666, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a caramel brown color with a little bit of a cherry tint to it. it had a frothy thin head covering the top of the beer that receded a bit as I drank it, only to cling to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a pine and citrus flavor to it with a fairly strong zesty, orange and lemon peel flavors. It also has a pretty big malty, caramel and somewhat sweet flavor to the nose as well. I really like that it seems so unique and doesn't really fit into a style, although it probably comes closest to an American Barleywine in my opinion.

The taste has a nice big malty and caramely backbone to it but also has a big bitter, citrusy, hop presence to balance out the sweetness. The zest that the nose had is definitely present in the taste as well. It finishes a little on the bitter side with a little bit of earthy spice to it. Little bit of alcohol to it but not a lot.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with below average carbonation, which worked well for the style. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice beer overall. It's a very good tasting beer but what I really like about it is it's uniqueness.

Another Stone release that I will purchase a few bottles of every year. I can only imagine my score on this one would increase with some age on it as the alcohol bite fades and the malt comes through a bit more.

billab914, May 08, 2010
Photo of BMoldy
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 release served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Deep orange with slightly reddish hues. Surprisingly clear for such a dark brew. A thin light-brown head takes about a minute to settle but leaves behind excellent lacing.

S: Lots of toasted and caramel malts here, with slight undertones of fruit (pineapple?) and oily hops.

T/M: Bold, but very well-balanced, this beer exhibits very little overt trace of alcohol. A nice malty smoothness also stems from a very mild carbonation, making it a good sipper. It's also surprisingly fruity and floral despite being roughly two years old. The body isn't heavy as I would expect and the warmth of the alcohol feels subdued. Tastes a touch syrupy, but otherwise remains relatively drinkable. Ends with bitter smack, then a long sweet finish.

O: Good but not fantastic. I might pick it up again.

BMoldy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of vtfan77
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red with a nice, big off-white head and a great deal of lacing.

S- Piney hops initially and then a big, sweet, barleywine-like maltiness. Actually rather subdued in the aroma.

T- Huge, rich, caramelly malt flavors flavors hit me, along with alcohol and dark fruits. Piney hops lie in the background, inflicting a generous amount of bitterness on the finish. As is always the case with Stone, this is a pleasant bitterness, not at all harsh. Overall a very nice flavor, but the alcohol is quite prominent and not particularly well-hidden.

M- Nice, full mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly low, but it works. Nearly perfect for this beer.

D- Once again, very good flavor, but it is too rich and alcoholic to be overly drinkable. Still, this was not intended to be a session beer, so I can't really slam it for that, now, can I?

Another good offering from Stone. This is pretty much a barleywine, and was once classified as such on the site, if I'm not mistaken. Whatever it is, it's very good. Not transcendent, but very good. I must say I prefer Arrogant Bastard to this, but that's less a knock on this beer than it is a compliment to AB. Would probably benefit greatly from aging. Recommended, drink and treat as a barleywine.

vtfan77, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish copper amber color with about a half finger tan head that dies down fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing.

Strong aroma of floral hops and caramel upfront, with a noticeable amount of alcohol lingering in the back.

Taste again reveals some flroal flavors, a little citrus, a strong caramel presence and some pine towards the end. Nice hop presence but not overwhelmingly so. Alcohol soaked fruits can be detected almost all around but again it is not so harsh as to limit drinkability.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel, light to medium carbonation. Solid all around and probably just as good as Arrogant Bastard, but I'm not sure I have a preference among the two. Obviously this one is a little more powerful so I wouldn't typically overindulge on it, but its hard to argue with DB otherwise.

Vengeance526, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Warning, this is a huge beer. Big dark ruby and brown pour, massive amounts of everything.

If there was ever a beer that is a malt bomb and uber hoppy, this is it. Chewy, but oh so bitter. Chinook smack to it. Mouthfeel is so puckering. Share this one with someone. Good price for what goes into it, but damn if you'll have two of these in a sitting.

This beer is challenging. Full of a ton of ingredients. But its good, but oh so warming.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of diesel59
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

no fancy rating for me... but a fine ale that will get you there quickly when time is of the essence... i am a big fan of high octane... and it is very hard to maintain and embrace such intense flavors while creating a monster... bravo on this one stone... bravo...

diesel59, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 09/26/13

Appearance - Pours a dark orange copper with a sandstone finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of bubbles with a thick cluster in the middle. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Fresh orange hits the nose first, then a healthy amount of caramel and toffee. Light toast and chocolate notes, along with traces of alcohol. Dark fruit emerges as a more predominant presence the brew warms.

Taste - Complex. Orange and grapefruit pith sits atop the flavor profile, but plenty of other notes can be found throughout the experience. Raisin, caramel and light toffee. Ester fruitiness. Traces of chocolate. Finishes with fair balance, though the pith character tends to linger. A bit of heat comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick, with moderate carbonation. Near syrupy.

Overall - One could a make a strong case that this should be classified as a barleywine, and a damn good one at that. Certainly isn't far off from their Old Guardian. The only issue in againg a brew like this is the temptation to drink it!

TheSixthRing, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and half of reddish head on an almost clear amber colored body. There's a lot of sediment.
The aroma is weak with only a little malt and lemon coming through.
The taste is HUGE and BOLD. Lots of lemon bitterness thrown against tons of malt. It maintains a great balance.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A big beer with still keeps it together.

Fatehunter, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of cannabanaceae
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Half inch head with a aggressive pour. Deep red in color. Sticky lacing.

Smell was rich malt,woody, some fruit. Smells like a hoppy barley wine.

Taste was strong, yet mellow. Some alcohol presence, wood chips, huge malt toastyness. Alot going on. Mellows as the beer warms. High IBUs. Leaves a nice hop bitter burn, Heavy body. Mouthfell was warm.

This is a complex brew that could use some time in the cellar. The day after I wrote this review I had it on draft and it was way more mellow. A solid brew worth trying and aging.

cannabanaceae, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Hazy copper with a finger of sticky off-white head.

Smell. Caramel, with fruity, floral hops. Oranges and booze.

Taste. Sweet caramel and grassy hops. Some toasty grains and molasses ...maybe raw sugar. A lasting boozy, citrus rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Full body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. This is one heavy beer. Sweet, thick and boozy. Not my style, but good for what it is.

Rutager, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of biga7346
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Toffee color, some head, dissipates quickly, looks viscous, syrupy.

N - Brown sugar, peppercorns, bourbon whiskey, vanilla, caramelized sugar but not boozy at all; a lot of sweet flavors swirling around like creme brulee, toasted marshmallow, caramel, peat moss.

T/M - A nice punch of hop freshness up front, hop oil, a slight alcohol burn like sour mash whiskey in the finish; brown bread, rye bread, toffee, sticky syrupy aftertaste like cola; some baker's chocolate, cocoa nibs, just a real biscuit almost buttery presence. Slick, oily and boozy texture like brandy.

D - Damn good stuff for a malt forward, boozy type of brew, pretty balanced, I bet this would age nicely.

biga7346, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter
2010 release

A - It pours copper with an inch of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel malt with dry, citrus nuances.

T - It starts out with the caramel malt. It finishes dry with some bitterness. Quite bitter actually.

M - smooth and oily

O - The bitterness has held up well from last year. It is very smooth drinking. The alcohol is hidden well.

buschbeer, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 : Pour is deep ruby, with a medium-tan, slightly orange tinges head, decent lacing. Aroma is of pine, citrus, some sweet and spice in there, and a grassiness. Starts of sweet and spicy, then does and about face in the middle as the hops come through and a warming alcohol shows up as it gets warmer. Mouthfeel is big and strong, with lots of complexity.

goz, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of TheCondor
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Beck's tall mug. Any beer with a name and packaging like this, from this brewery, is worthy of a buy.

Appearance- Pours a deep brown, murky color thatwould impress the snobbiest of beer geeks with a nice fluffy, one finger head that dissipates after several minutes. Excellent lacing, leaves tons of residue all down the glass. Fabulous presentation from what should be a strong beer.

Smell - I could smell the beer as I poured it. A very powerful piney, grapefruity hops odor is the dominant smell, coupled with a bit of malt and a little sweet spice in there, but nothing to really get worked up over. The lowest rated portion of the beer, in my opinion. The hops seem like the may overpower everything.

Taste - A strong malt presence up front quickly retreats to the power of the hops. Although this isn't any kind of IPA, the amount of hoppiness kind of makes you think it could be, but there isn't that fruitiness to it. A little caramel sweetness in the middle of the drink too. Pretty balanced, well done.

Mouthfeel - A little sticky, clings to the palate for a bit, but nothing uncomfortable. Finishes bitter, medium carbonation.

Overall - Unlike Arrogant Bastard, which I thought was spectacular, this beer is a little more pedestrian than that. Granted, it has a much higher ABV and a more aggressive hop profile, but I think that sacrifices the quality to a degree of the original Arrogant Bastard, which was incredible. This is a good beer and I would recommend it, but if it comes down to this or Arrogant, pass me the lower ABV version that is more balanced.

TheCondor, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of StormKing47
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What did I get myself into? Have drank this beer for years and always enjoyed it, but thanks go to petesuphi for a 3 liter surprise. Shared with him and Jwiss22. Reviewed from notes and so the journey begins...

A- A deep reddish brown almost a mahogany color with a nice medium sized off-white/tan head. Good amount of carb that dissipates the head quickly. Surprising that there is that much carb in such a large bottle, but I guess that's what makes it a bastard.

S- Very surprising that a strong ale has that much of a pungent citrus smell, but we are talking about Stone those bastards. As it continues to warm the familiar sweet malts come out and are very soothing to inhale. A little more warming and I can pick up some faint and subtle piney hop smell melding with the citrusy over tone. I am also picking up some sugary perhaps brown sugar from the malts. Very enjoyable.

T- A well concocted strong ale, that finds a great balance with the citrus and grapefruit nuances up front and a little sweet, brown sugar finish. Has a slight warming from the high abv, but no burn like one would expect. Some continued sipping brings more of the sweetness in the finish, but also allows the hop profile to build up in the initial taste. Very nice and enjoyable.

M- A nice and viscous strong ale that borders on chewy. The abv warmth contributes in the feel as well with an almost syrupy feel. The carb is lively, but not overwhelming very mellow and smooth.

D- Definitely especially in bomber format, but the 3 liter is a must share it is simply a big double bastard. Seriously you need two hands to pour it. The bottle has a lock and key for christ's sake. A very nice balance of hops and malts that hides the alcohol well. Dangerous bastard I would say.

A great offering from Stone that gets better each year. Keep those aggressive bastards coming! Thanks again petesuphi for unlocking a 3 liter mega bastard!

StormKing47, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy orange brown color with a fairly frothy looking light tan head. The head is sticky looking and has pretty good staying power. It leaves some nice gloopy lace on my glass as a slowly savor this brew.

The aroma is a head on collision between bright piney citrus hops and rich caramel malts. Dark caramel, toffee, candied fruit and some booze mingle with grapefruit, orange and dank pine. Definitely a big smelling beer.

The malt edges out the hops a bit more in the flavor. The predominant character is that of rich candied fruit and caramel malts. There is also a hint of toffee and a bit of brown sugariness. This beer also possesses, of course, a pretty solid dose of citrus and piney hops, and a serious amount of bitterness that leaves a bit of a dank cannabis like finish after swallowing.

The mouthfeel is on the fullest edge of medium, but is not what I would call full. It is a bit sticky after swallowing, but smooth going down.

It took me awhile to finish this glass and I was glad to share the bomber. That being said, I was not expecting this to be super drinkable and I was looking for an abrasive beer and got it. This is a great one to warm up to on a winter night, especially when sharing it with friends. Don't be a double bastard and keep it all to yourself.

zoso1967, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful deep mahogany/red color with a big head and good lacing. Smell was mostly lemon peel and citrus hops. Taste was floral/citrus hops and a strong bitterness that was not overwhelming. Medium bodied, oily, good carbonation levels. It was a little rough on the palette and a bomber is way too much to have at once, but I enjoyed this thoroughly.

alcstradamus, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of PatrickJR
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark amber with a slight haze. 2-3 fingers of off white head rise with decent retention and some heavy lacing.

S - Lots of grapefruit and the same pineapple aroma from it's little brother Arrogant Bastard. Underlying the huge fruitiness are hints of pine and mint. Very enticing.

T - Slight pineapple rounded off by apples and pears hits early palate. The beer then moves on to the big grapefruit component with floral, pine, and almost berry-like undertones. The sweetness present begins dying away leaving a touch of peppery/spicy flavor. Late palate the alcohol pokes through just a tad and finishes with a coarse bitterness.

M - Somewhere in the realm of medium bodied, but at times it seems a bit watery. Carbonation is moderate as well and can be a small deterrent.

D - A taste brew, but the high ABV and huge bitterness make this beer a one and done for me.

PatrickJR, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard pours a deep amber with ruby highlights and a small, light tan head. Lots of sticky hops show up on the nose with pine and a bit of citrus with hints of caramel underneath.

The tast is pretty much all hops. Piny and resinous with a big punch of bitterness. Very good, but a bit on-dimensional. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected, with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a really good beer and probably the most drinkalbe 10%+ ABV beer I've had.

Spidey13, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of JamesMN
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Translucent maroon/mahogany hue with a soapy off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Lots of malt. Great caramel aroma with a candied pineapple smell from the hops.

Taste: Not recklessly bitter like I was expecting but still a tongue stinger. The malt bill sticks to the usual caramel and crystal strains you get in the regular Arrogant Bastard but is a little more syrupy here. The hop presence is not as flavorful as I expected. Piny just a hint of citrus and the rest is devoted to pure bitterness. Most of it seems to hit your palate on the back end and in the aftertaste. Lovely dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just about full bodied with average drinkability. Not quite the robust palate engulfing experience I anticipated.

Final Thoughts: High expectations have led to a somewhat disheartened, yet satisfying experience. I think I actually like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale more than this one but it is still a very good beer that I like to think I'm 'worthy of'. Would I drink it again? Yes, I will probably pick up next year's release.

JamesMN, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of zookerman182
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear red brown color with a two finger head.
Aroma is fruit, toffee, bread, malt, some metallic smell even.
Taste is dark fruit, bready malt, toffee, deliciousness.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, coats your mouth with bitterness.
You don't really pick up the 11% abv which is nice.

zookerman182, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of gnemesis
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle poured from bomber into snifter on 11/30/10.
This ale pours a reddish, dark brown topped with a thin off-white head. Dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. I got a nosefull of sweet. Dark fruits, caramel, a dab of vanilla, a touch of honey, and some earthy hops. Booze is also detectable but not in a bad way. I can taste the roasted malt, a wee bit of the dark fruit (fig/plum), and slight caramel hiding. The earthy hops appear but add only a small bit of bitterness... just enough to help balance. Booze is present but not overwhelming. This ale is full bodied with medium carbonation. The slightly dry finish surprised me but it could be the hops playing tricks with my palette. I loved this beer and can't wait to cellar one for further review. Age should remove the detectable booziness and mellow the bitterness.

gnemesis, Mar 01, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,640 ratings.