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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,054 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,054
Hads: 6,416
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 477
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Reviews: 2,054 | Hads: 6,416
Photo of orfeu
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Review #40. Big ups to my brother in law for scoring two bombers of the 2005 release for me from Tucson when, as far as I know, this limited production vintage has yet to make it to upstate New York.

Brown-garnet with active carbonation and bubbly head that rapidly becomes a mere wisp of a cap (barely) and collar -- in fact, it kinda bubbles away as quickly as the head on a cola. Aroma is vanilla, cherry, figs, and dates. Peach and anise. No hops whatsoever (?!?). First sip is sweet cherry vanilla malts with the faintest hint of floral piney hops. Pretty boozy -- the 10% ABV numbs my tongue and warms my gullet damn near immediately. Surprisingly low bitterness for what I've come to expect from Stone. Sort of a let down as I was expecting a bitter hop blast on top of a massive malt assault, like an Arrogant Bastard whose nipples have just been tweaked. It's delicious nonetheless; just not what I expected -- my own obstacle to overcome, I guess. Halfway through the first glass (oversized wine goblet), the citrus and pine hops show themselves a bit more; also, the head is completely MIA. Thin to medium body. Slick and oily mouthfeel with a buzzing alcohol heat on the tongue. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect. The taste is fan-freekin-tastic, though, and for 10% ABV, this is one dangerous mofo of a BARLEYWINE (not an "American Strong Ale"). Ridiculously so, in fact. A great choice for getting dumb with at an appropriate celebratory occasion.

At first this tasted too sweet to me, but I think it's actually quite artfully balanced. The malts are just more prominent in this gigantic beer. It's a superior drinking experience fresh, but I'm gonna lock my other bottle away for a year to see if this will meld, change, become creamier...something.

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruby/amber with a minimal tan head that does not stick around.

Smell: Strong nutty, caramel aroma. Very nice.

Taste: Wow. Huge caramel malt presence with a ton of piney hops. Very well-balanced, well-hidden alcohol. Whether you love hops or malt, this beer will suit your tastes. Very complex, but easy to appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, and not heavy despite the high ABV. Goes down way too easy!

Drinkability: Again, for a 10% brew, this one goes down easy and smooth. I could easily have another one.

This has got to be one of my 3 favorite beers. Huge malts, big hops and a nice alcohol bite. If it's available in your area, I would highly recommend stockpiling as much as you can afford.

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Photo of jt31914
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

'06 batch On-Tap at Hopcat

A: Dark amber/brown with a small amount of head; not very carbonated.

S: Faint hops and barley sweetness in the smell. Very nice.

T: Barley and slight bitterness in the taste; almost barleywine flavors.

Very good and shockingly drinkable for 10 percent alcohol. Very smooth and worth having.

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Photo of uhhhaaron
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

consumed 03-17-2010, 22oz bomber into snifter.

I was totally blown away by this brew. I was expecting this to be super hoppy and a beefed up version of AB, but i was wrong. But its a good thing! this thing is so drinkable it almost brings a tear to my eye. smell was the AB smell but more sweet and boozy. taste was magnificent. Hops, sweet malt, caramel, burnt resin, citrus, pine, grapefruit, pineapple, booze. but it goes down so smooth. you do get that burning sensation going down, but its bearable. delicious ass beer.

very similar traits to an American Barley Wine.

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Photo of beerinator
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark amber, with a cloudy light khaki head.

Aroma- Incredible aroma, caramel notes. Hop presence boldly noticed.

Taste- Balanced bitterness. Never harsh/ or always harsh... Lingering bitterness with competing sweetness. Barleywineish. One of the most balanced great tasting beers ever!

Notes- Drink this beer 'after' the others that you're trying. Very few can keep up.

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Photo of maddamish
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer settled into a crisp red color. The head was minimal but laced nicely.

Smell: High Alcohol smell to this one. . A hint of chocolate. White fruits. Also a smidge of banana and candy. Complex and rewarding.

Taste: Wow! A hint of banana. mellow grapefruit. A creamy ale that goes down nicely. Syrupy mouth feel.

Notes: Man I have been privy to some great beers as of late and this one is one of the best. You simply must pick up a bottle of this and share it with some friends.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought myself a 65 cl long-necked brown bottle. The label is really cool-looking; red & white with two devils (bastards) - one white, one red.

A: It pours very cloude brown/red with a reddish head, quite small, but compact, oh how compact. The slow dissipation leaves very rich lacings.

S: American floral as well as bitter hops in great balance. Citric and piney. Sweet caramell malt. Very complex. Fruity and flowery. Faint chocolate and dark dried fruits.

T: Syrupy piney. Sweet caramell malt. FLoral and bitter hops. Citric - pineapple. Very complex.

M: The aftertaste lingers for quite some time and holds both syrupy sweetness and dry bitterness. The body is full and the carbonation is light.

D: You'll get what you pay for - I bought it in Sweden for ~$13 - worth every penny.
Macro-beers: eat your hearts out!!!

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Photo of Ivegotmule
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Stone Double Bastard. 22oz into a pint glass. 6.99$ at Total Wine.

A. 4. Deep hazy golden red color. Perfect thick lingering head with lacing stuck all to the glass. Nice.

S. 4.5. Strong. So much alcohol coming through it covers up the hops I was expecting. Sort of smells like apple juice to me.

T. 5. Amazing. Pretty much the ideal for me. Strong and hoppy. Really like barley wine I keep thinking.

M. 5. Wonderful heavy body. I can feel the warming alcohol in my stomach too. Perfect.

O. 4.5. I'm saving my overall 5 for a game over type beer. That being said, if this was a year round release, I'm not sure I would buy anything else. It is one of Stone's best beers and they are my favorite brewery. I can't find anything I don't like. It is strong and hoppy and amazing especially for the price tag. If you can handle huge beers, buy 2! Drink responsibly!

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Photo of twelvinlucifer
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorite beers!!! I really like bottle conditioned ales but actually prefer that this beer not be. Everything about this beer is perfect or near perfection!

I love the ruby color!

I think the carmel smell and perfectly balenced hop malt ratio is inpecable!

This is without a doubt one of the best batches of Double Bastard EVER! 2009 sets a new standard for this and all beers!

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Photo of smerrell
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard 2011 is excellent - from the thick, white head and heavy lacing, to the deep mahogany, this beer does not fail. the bright, piney aroma accompanies the aggressive hop bitterness. It doesn't take long to feel the 10.5 % alcohol, although you do not taste it. I really like this one.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'08 bomber into a snifter.

Opens with an awesome pop + smoke. Pours an excellent dark reddish brown with a big, off-white creamy head that retains very well. Smells of caramel and piney hops. The taste is great, very smooth, loads of caramel, pine, good balance of hops and malts, even a tiny bit of chocolate. A tiny alcohol bite but quite hidden for 10.5. Not quite the "kick" that I remember Arrogant Bastard having but this beer seems much more balanced. Absolutely excellent from the first sip to the last. Another winner from Stone.

**More notes - 2008 bottle consumed on 12/21/10...2 years of age.

What a great beer. Alcohol is frightening at first but you quickly get adjusted to it's bad-ass-ness after a few sips. It reminds me slightly of a nice aged barleywine, super malty, but hops are still kickin'. A bomber of this, fresh or aged, will always please me.

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Photo of oelergud
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 bottle.
Semitranslucent almost opaque brown, ruby dark orange body. Good carbonation. Lace hangs in clumps and the retention is great.
Undulating tan head of tiny to medium bubbles.
Smell is caramel and hops, crisp and fresh, some hay and just enough grass to be noticed.
Intense caramel malts and strong hops topped with an alcoholic kick. Aftertaste is an incredible hop flavor spiked and bitter. Lots of residual sugar.
Full body with good coating.
This is a very drinkable brew. Intense and a very well crafted beer.


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Photo of lynchtae
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone brewery seems tread a fine line between delicious and almost unpalatable. The key to this balance. Without balance the hops can be too bitter or the malts too sweet and cloying. Well done.

AP - Could use a bit more head, I like the color a nice nut brown.

SMLl - Expected more on the nose. You can tell there are lots of malts and hops, but I can't pick out any individual notes.

TST - Bit of a party in your mouth! Balanced. 11.5% alcohol and probably over 100 IBUS and it comes together nicely. Sweet caramel and a hint of molasses for the malts. Pine, citrus, a hint of Cinnamon and a nice bitter finish from a friendly dosage of hops.

MF - Feels great, give me more! Its nice when this much flavor can leave you wanting more. The drying affect of the hops leaves you wanting for more.

OA - I love it. I guess if you have flabby, underdeveloped taste buds it may be a bit much for you. Start with something a bit simpler and work up to this.

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Photo of Tawnos
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruby red with a thick head that dissipates into a light coat of froth. As the carbonation struggles to the surface, I begin to wonder what I'm in for.

I inhale a whiff and am in another place. Sweet and strong, this smells like something to be reckoned with. But that's just the start.

The taste... Oh, the taste. The malty sweetness cuts the hop oils, and both linger on the palette, warming the body and bringing a smile to the soul.

You can't drink it all night, but for the time the bottle lasts, it's heaven (or hell) in a glass. Double bastard is everything arrogant bastard wishes it could be.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bomber pours this beautiful ale. A nice bubbly head rests atop a dark red brew. It is slightly lighter at the bottom of the glass than near the head. A nice bold color, complimented by an estery caramel smell. It simply smells of a good blend of hops and grains, with a plenty of alcohol on hand. Bitter hops start and finish the taste in a glorious fashion. In between the hops there is a big full bodied malt taste, lots of sweet caramel and creamy malt. Also a roasted character and a slight hint of nuttiness. Definitely a complex taste. Very full, satisfying mouthfeel. Big and creamy, but broken up by clean citrous hops and warming alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable for the abv, a remarkable brew.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having enjoyed Ruination so much this past week, I decided to grab a bottle of Double Bastard from the very good selection at Hiller's in Northville before heading home. I'm more than glad that I did. It's outstanding. This is very close to perfection, a beer whose whole is greater than the sum of the collective parts.

The presentation is glorious--a finger of dense tan froth that won't quit, nestled atop cloudy brown body with cider-orange highlights--incredible. The nose is a terrific amalgam of caramel, brown sugar, and hops, with hints of fruit, as is the taste. I'm completely impressed with how well integrated the hops, sweetness, and overtures of bitterness are. Phenomenal.

The mouthfeel is certainly smooth in texture, but nicely complex with occasional percolations of grittiness that are easy to tolerate in such a smooth, tasty beer. Only the Deacon Jones head slap that this beer delivers with its very high ABV (10%) lowers this a small notch below eminently drinkable. yet don't be misled--this is still highly and deceptively drinkable, a beer requiring one to gladly set aside the keys.

Yet again I've come across a glorious, great beer that will make frequent appearances in my refrigerator. Truly outstanding, Double Bastard ranks right there with Brown Shugga as my favorite strong ales.

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Photo of calebmills
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

to start this off well its the best beer ive ever had!!!! when you pour it into a glass its a dark and deep shade of red and has a thick tan head almost like a stout. the smell isnt very overwhelming more misleading than anything because its not near as strong as the taste. the taste is very sweet and hoppy you have some fruit mixed in there and again pretty damn hoppy. the alcohol is mixed very well with the taste it doesnt overwhelm but warms when you take a drink. its a very complex and full but its very drinkable i was actually suprised when i finished it because i was ready for another. shame it costs like 80 dollars a case... i recomend the hell out of this beer but like the bottle warns you must be worthy of it or it will kick your ass haha!

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul!

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Photo of kernalklink
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow- pours a deep dark reddish brown with nice carbonation. solvent aromas with huge hop presence. Sticky sweet at first on the tongue- burnt caramel, some tropical malt breadiness. Great balance, but so many flavors. The tangy citrusy hops dominate after the sweetness fades- huge and oily slick while at the same time making this heavy brew light tasting and refreshing. Despite the solvent fumes, the alcohol presence seems like a muted finely aged liqueur. A slight burn but nothing to hint at the high ABV. For hop-heads this one is the perfect pairing of traditional beer character and the new generation's hop craziness.

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Release
22oz. Bottle poured into imperial pint.

A- Deep ruby red. Some blood orange highlights against the light. A little haze. Thick off white head about 1-1/2" high. Slowly recedes to a dense, nicely clingy lacing.

S- American hops up front, very nice mix of medium range caramel malts behind.  Really smells great. Specific comparables are hard to nail down, some citrus, maybe pine.

T- The malts come forward! Really almost American barleywine at first sip. Subsequent drinks bring out some really nice floral hop flavor underlies the big malt profile and really helps dry it out a bit. Great caramel sweetness, balanced with a complex bitterness on the finish. Lots going on. Not a specific hop profile coming through but really nicely done. Alcohol stays subdued to a point.

M- Big, sticky mouthfeel up front, but the hop bitterness and flavor seem to help dry out the overall feel. Very tightly carbonated. Soft on the tongue. More drinkable than you might anticipate a 10.5% ABV to be.

Overall, I really enjoyed this.  Sort of in it's own category. Highly recommended for any lover of strong, assertively American style strong ales.

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Photo of sessycuban
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 vintage. Got a growler fill from the brewery some months ago. These are notes I took from the tasting.

Growler. Poured into Stone Double Bastard Ale glass.

A - The beer pours a rich, amber color. The beer is somewhat murky, but this is to be expected given the age. The tan head didn't retain to well, but again, well for a beer that has been aged and poured from a growler.

S - The smell is very complex. I get a slight toastiness, citrus, tropical fruit, and a slight tinge of hops. This has held up well for such a hoppy beer.

T - I'm getting grapefruit very early on followed by pine notes. The beer finishes with a hop backbone, which is a bit surprising. Given the color, I'd expect a maltier backbone. The balance is spectacular.

M: The taste is a bit chewy, but not too thick. I'd still say this is medium bodied. It has a very nice feel to it for such an aggressive beer.

D: The beer does have some heat to it. But as they say, if you can't handle the heat, stay out of the fire. With that said, supremely drinkable for a 10% abv beer that goes to great lengths to warn you how aggressive the beer is.

Highly recommended to all!

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Release.
I've been longing to try this much revered brew and I figured my 200th review would be a great time to do so. A deep caramel red pour that nears opaque with a big fluffy, creamy two finger khaki head sitting nicely atop the brew. A circular ring of lacing appears as the head falls. Pine bough resin and citric hops waft up into my nose alongside a rich, candy sweet caramel toffee nose. Big and inviting.

First sip brings an elegant mix of big, bracing fresh pine tree and citric hop flavors along with a lush, caramelly toffee sweet maltiness. Quite well balanced with a nearly mouth puckering bitterness on the way down. Hints of dark fruits and raisins lurk in the mix as well. A damn good barleywine...10% abv is nowhere to be found in the taste. Wow.

Big, creamy buttery smooth mouthfeel with spot on carbonation. Simply a treat to drink. Each sip leaves me longing for another. This will be one I will look forward to each year. Glad I have another bottle in the cellar. Highly recommended and yet another winner from Stone!

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

The long-awaited 2003 version of Double Bastard poured a light mahogany hue with an off-white head that yielded little head retention and even less lacing ability. Nonetheless, an enticingly attractive brew that screams for one's attention. Resinous, sappy, piney hops dominate the nose, while the lion's share of sweet malt appears to keep the hop notes in check. Grapefruity, piney hops smack the palate around at first, though as the beer warms, a sizeable, lightly toasted malt profile introduces itself, expounding lavishly sweet caramel flavor to the near-dominant flavors that the members of the lupulin family emit. Fresh pineapple notes linger, as well. A touch of alcohol is evident on the finish, but hardly enough to be overly distinguishable. The full, round mouthfeel is viscous, oily and sappy all at once. Drinks quite well for a beer of ten percent ABV, but the effects certainly introduce themselves shortly after the emptying of the bomber. Highly drinkable for its size... hedonistic nectar.

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

Poured bomber into 500mL mug.

A: dark copper color with foamy light tan head. Not too much lacing, but amazing head retention.

S: maple syrup, alcohol, pine and citrus hops, brown sugar, toffee, figs, raisins.

T: strong pine hop flavor mixing with sweet dark fruit. Warming alcohol, some rye flavors, toffee. Citrusy dry finish.

M: syrupy medium-heavy mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation, dry hoppy finish. Warming alcohol present but still very drinkable.

O: great beer. Strong, hoppy, malty. Just awesome.

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

What a fantastic beer. Very Malty presence accompanied by a pleasant hop bitterness along the lines of grapefruit. Also smoother than I had thought at 11%.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.