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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,693 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,693
Reviews: 1,978
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 365
Gots: 762 | FT: 26
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 ToasterChef
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served in a snifter at the Lion's Pride. The beer is a dark ruby hue with a thin head of tan bubbles. It is too dark for me to see inside the glass, but I can see carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. It has a robust malt aroma with hints of toffee and raisin. The flavor has a big malty punch up front and a hop bitterness in the finish that lingers on. There is plenty of sweetness and some alcohol to contend with. I think I can detect tastes of dark fruits, like plum, but it is the malts and alcohol that dominate. It has a medium body that feels thicker due to the thick mouth coat. There isn't much carbonation, as far as I can tell. I wouldn't classify this beer as a sipper, but it also isn't one you want to drink fast. A 22 oz bomber would do any BA nicely. Any more beyond the initial bottle may be too much for a sitting. This beer has some great cellaring potential. I want to review one that's been aged.

ToasterChef, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of travolta
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Head lasted a while and was right on the money with formation and color. It was mocha in color and frothy, just like a cappuccino. Color was toasty red. maybe even a brown ruby Lacing is very nice.

Nose: The smells explode out of the glass. It is very sweet, with fruits, citrus, malt.

Taste: Quite foamy in the mouth. It started bitter and ended with alcohol. The bitter hoppines and alcohol made for an interesting aftertaste. Carmel, fruit, citrus, hops, wheat are all present. there is a mean hop bite in the middle of your mouth.

Notes: This is an excellent brew. For sure a brew you want for yourself, dont share!

travolta, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of mavbrew
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Release, poured into DFH Signature glass.

A: The color is an auburn brown with amber highlights. The head off-white and a finger thick. Dissipates after a few minutes and leaves some lacing down the glass.

S: The smell is sweet upfront, pretty malty. There are hints of dark fruits or cherries, caramel and some alcohol is present. Very sweet smell with fruitiness, an excellent and complex scent.

T: This is an aggressive beer, as expected it's malty. It has a bit of a spicy alcohol taste to it but also has some sweet malts coming through. The finish is dry with slight caramel notes with some bitters coming through for the aftertaste.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. The feel is boozy and spicy with bitters coming through. This beer is very aggressive and complex.

D: This is definitely not a beer for the average beer drinker, this is an aggressive beast of a beer. It's not incredibly high in alcohol, but the 11% is all there, hardly masked at all. It's very complex, lots of different tastes coming through, sweet, spicy and fruity. A different beer, but a good one nonetheless.

mavbrew, May 27, 2011
Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to MiguelMandingo on BA for sharing this bottle! Wasn't expecting too much from this as I wasn't a terribly big fan of the Arrogant Bastard, but was very pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark maroon color, a bit murky, and a nice beige head atop. Taste is rich, sweet maltiness in the form of dark toasty caramel and nicely and appropriately hopped. Smooth with no rough edges, yet crisp and with a nice mild bitterness. Creamy caramelly, hopped flavor and much superior to Arrogant Bastard, I thought. Thanks again Mike!

JDV, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of IPAescotch
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get to see the beer. Drank from a goblet but we were outside watching stars. Needless to say the beer looked dark but...
Very little lacing.

Smells fruity and nutty

Hop bitterness, oddly sweet

Very thick. Almost frothy or fizzy

Highly drinkable. Absolutely delicous. may have to buy this again

IPAescotch, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of HOPPYKC
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Nice dark brew. Great aroma for the style. Amazingly complex. Full body and great texture. You can really feel the alcohol to this brew. I would have trouble not splitting this bomber. Nice caramel notes, hops, malt, sweet grain and overall dark fruit aroma. Dates and raisens. Dark fat head. Long lasting.

HOPPYKC, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of WetCoaster
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

-2004 release

Appearance: Deep copper with a thick, off-white/caramel swirled head. Very active, fine carbonation. Excellent retention. Thick lace and residual head/collar for quite a while. Nice.

Smell: Powerful blend of caramel, chocolate, pine, citrus, floral and pitted fruit. (Peach? That's a new one.) Slightly medicinal/solvent. It all combines to create its own unique, perplexing scent. There's a lot going on here.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thick, dense, coating but lively mouthfeel. Chocolate maltiness off the bat, with dense hop favors mid-palette. Cherry/plum sweetness emerges periodically. Finishes slightly bitter. There seems to be a hint of diacetyl in this one as well.

Drinkability: Big and brash--one's more than enough. Truth be known, I much prefer the Single Bastard. This one's good, and lord knows it's big, but I'm not finding anything that really wows me. Maybe a bit of aging will help, but as it stands, Bigfoot stomps da Bastard.

WetCoaster, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of philipt
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a monster of a beer..monster hops...monster malt...monster alcohol.

Ruby color with a hint of orange and a mediocre head. This beer is heavy on the hops in both the smell and taste. Significant malt sweetness but somewhat overshadowed by the hops. There is an initial explosion of caramel with a hint of cookie dough before being slapped across the face by tremendous hoppiness. Maybe a year or two of aging could smooth and balance this beer. The alcohol in this beer is not over done and, in fact, fits nicely with the beer.

philipt, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice dark robust amber-brown color with a finger of creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

S- Not too strong, I get piney/grassy hops and some malt. Caramel and lightly toasted malt comes out as it warms.

T- This is too cold right now, but as it starts, I'm getting bitter piney hops mainly. As it warms, I get a little sweetness--like a cherry twinge or something. Still piney. Rum-raisin flavor lingers. Alcohol in the background is masked well. This is nice! I remember first trying this when I was a new BA and thinking it was horrible... definitely something that you have to be ready for. Caramel and a slight biscuity sweetness comes out too--actually, big malt flavors come out as it moves along.

M- Not bad, a decent amount of carbonation to keep things moving, pretty creamy and full though too. Syrupy.

D- This is a big beer, definitely a tough one to move through quick. I would only have one of these at a sitting and then reach for something else. Definitely like a rich Barleywine, IMO, I like it a lot. I would compare it to a harsh Old Guardian, honestly.

LordAdmNelson, May 17, 2009
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a large snifter, this is a medium to dark caramel color with a light head. The smell really drifts in a balance between some sweet syrup or molasses and a floral bitterness. The taste is also complex and balanced with lots of sweet and bitter flavors mixing together. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, keeping this a heavy slow sipper.

webmanspidey, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of goschool
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Father's Office.

Okay, I'm going on record as one of the few hopheads who craves over-the-top bitterness and laughs at a need for balance, to not fall in love with this beer. It's very good but a rough, medicinal malt profile ruins it for anything that would make this exceptional. It looks good- deep, dark brick red, good size head for the high abv. Pine, floral and grapefruit hops in front of caramel and toffee malts make up the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, good carbonation and it's a lot easier to drink then it should be. You get what you smell in the taste, with the addition of the unfortunate medicinal flavor, the keeps this from being an amazing brew.

goschool, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Release

A - Hazy brown, caramel with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that dissipated to a thin ring along the outside of the glass.

S - Spicy pine, citrus and pineapple hops with a big dose of sweet malt, raisin, plum,caramel and a touch of alcohol as it warms.

T - Strong caramel malt with raisin, molasses and an orange candy like taste. Some bitter pine and citrus hops balance things out.

M - Thick with light carbonation and a warming alcohol feeling with a dry finish.

D - Barleywine like. A tasty beer slightly on the sweet side. I enjoyed this one more than arrogant bastard but not as much as the oak aged.

brewcrew76, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard Ale pours a brown color with a tan head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is intensely hoppy, pine and floral notes abound. The flavor is intensely hoppy, grapefruit and pine especially come to mind. The malt balances this a bit, but it's really all about the hops.

Drew966, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date.

A: Velvety brown with ample golden head that disappates quickly and a couple of lines of lace.

S: Delicious caramel malt, dark fruit like purple grapes and dates, leafy, tobacco-like hops

T: All I can say is -- malt-assault with a serious hop snap. Dark fruit and toffee malt flavors blend with leafy and bitter hops and hefty alcohol warming finish.

M: Medium-to-full body although less body than I expected. Aftertaste is very bitter and the alcohol is substantial.

D: A huge beer with upped hops and malt from little brother Arrogant Bastard. I think I like the little brother more because the alcohol presence is a lot less but still retains most of the character of this fine brew.

argock, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of Onibubba
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste of the 2006. Copper brown with a very small tight beige/white head that offers surprisingly good lacing. Smell is powerful with citrusy hops and a sweet toffe. That malty backbone is present in the taste, but the hop frofile is what is on stage here. This really reminds me VERY much of one of the sweeter DIPAs, like DFH 90 Minute for example. Wish I had one handy for a side by side... Mouthfeel is nice and full and the alcohol is very well hidden. Drinkability is good - Excellent if you are a Hop Head.

I'll keep my other bottle until the 07 is out.

Onibubba, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of jamescain
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Deep mahogany with an off white head about an inch thick that fades into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Alcohol, fruit and pine with a strong sweet malty back bone.

Taste: Sweet malty mouth with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with a noticeable alcohol burn and medium carbonation.

Overall: Still boozy, it will be nice to see how it ages, once the alcohol mellows out a little bit.

jamescain, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2+ fingers of head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is a dark amber brown.

S. Quite a bit of hop aroma, and a big blend of malty goodness. Caramel malt mixed with some piney hops. Brown sugar, molasess, raisins, and spice come out more as it warm. Gives the beer a sweet spicy aroma reminsescent of a cookie. Really like the smell on this.

T. Has hop bitterness up front, followed by caramelt malt sweetness. Surprised by the amount of bitterness in this one. Spices come out on the back of the tongue, hard to pin down individual flavors. I have difficulty getting passed all of the bitterness.

M. Full bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Wish the taste followed the aroma more closely. I prefer Strong Ales or Barleywines with more sweetness than this. Not sure if some of that bitterness will fade over time or not. Right now it seems to be a beer contradicting itself.

siradmiralnelson, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of DannyS
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

So far, I've been wowed by Arrogant Bastard and disappointed by Ruination. Time to try the big bad Double Bastard.

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - An almost opaque dark amber with a big, tan pillow of foam that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lacing.

S - Malty sweet, short but sharp alcohol bite on the nose. Toffee, pine, caramel, grapefruit, and so much more assault the sinuses. I take points off for lack of intensity. Gets very fruity on the nose when it warms up.

T - A substantial deal more bitter than regular Arrogant Bastard. Lots of big malt/sugary sweetness once again intermingling with strong hop/coffee-like bitterness. It's unrelenting, all over the place, and in your face, but I can totally respect that. Sweetness really comes through and the bitterness mellows when it warms up, rewarding my persistent palate with lots of sugary love.

M - Excellent level of carbonation gives some lightness of body to this thick, heavy brew.

D - Negligible alcohol burn and great flavor countered by a powerful ABV and lots of bitterness. Still very drinkable, but will tide you over for the whole day if you decide to have a whole bomber by yourself.

Overall - I can't really tell if I like this better than AB or not. Both are uncompromising powerhouses of flavor and dangerously drinkable. As the bottle clearly says, it's not for the faint of heart. It might not even be for the fairly stout of heart, as I'm learning right now. I'll defeat this one like I did the others, but this one put up one hell of a fight.

DannyS, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of misinformed
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage into a pint glass.

A- Dark reddish/copper color that poured with about 1/4" khaki colored head. The head faded pretty quickly, but the beer left a bit of blobby lacing.

S- Enjoyable strong smell. Pine and a bit of floral hops first followed by sweet malt after it started to warm up. Some citrus and the alcohol came out later as well.

T- Nice big flavor going on here. Faint note of the floral/citrus hops at first followed by a big dose of sweet caramel and malt. I picked up some dark bread (maybe rye?) and faint chocolate notes a couple of times. Finishes piney and hoppy with some lingering sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar. Balance definitely leans towards the sweeter malt side, but the hops don't take a backseat. The bitterness has sort of a sharp bite to it.

M- Warm and dry. Medium bodied with a bit of oiliness to it. Medium carbonation.

D- The alcohol only showed itself now and then flavorwise, but left a warm finish constantly which was nice. This isn't my favorite, but a very well crafted beer nonetheless.

misinformed, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Prufrock
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsner.

deep red amber, crystal clear with a touch of off-white head that leaves strings of lacing.

pineapple and metal in the aroma, like opening a can of Dole. some sugary malts and a touch of hops. much less hops than i expected in the aroma.

wow, is this one smooth and drinkable. sweet alcohol and bready, sugary malts, then a nice balance of oily, bitter hops in the finish. full mouthfeel with a medium-high carbonation.

as someone who is a not a huge fan of the Arrogant Bastard, this is one very nice surprise. getting the alcohol a little higher means a little more malt, and it balances out the hop profile very well. a bold but balanced brew.

Prufrock, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was copper with some plum and had a head that dissipated quickly. The nose showed sweet caramal, plum, stewing raisins, spice and orange. In the mouth it was medium to full-bodied with good malt richness with balancing hops. The palate was not as dilineated as the nose and showed more chocolate and coffee than the nose. It was also sweeter as the malt showed stronger. This should age well but is great now if in the mood for a sweet malty beer.

SQNfan, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of jdense
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into St. Bernardus chalice 1/9/2010.

1/2 finger white head, quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Copper reddish clear amber body. Certainly has a barleywine type nose, sweet, not much smoke in initial whiff, nice hop presence, piney and citrus. As it warmed up the smoke became more pronounced in the nose. The taste is dominated by sweetish caramel malts, a bit of fruit, Rainier cherries, and pear, smoke and a bit of leather. Not the most carbonated of beers. Pretty drinkable for this high ABV, but one bomber is sufficient. I thought this was nicely balanced, certainly a step up complexity wise from 'regular' Bastard. Would like to see how this taste after a bit of aging. I knew there was a reason I'd stashed that 2006 bottle.

jdense, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of xav33
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Bastard Ale
3 Liter bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Brewed winter 06, consumed 01/07

Poured a clear ruddy brown and amber with a yellowish beige fizzy somewhat diminishing head with good lacing.

Smelt of canned pineapple, citrus grapefruit with moderate tutti frutti , sucre d'orge, and light spruce, pear and banana.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet pineapple and light gelatin and barley sugar followed by a strong/harsh bitter sweaty spruce and pine with light cinnamon and clove spiciness on a long finish. Palate was medium bodied, softly carbonated, oily, moderately alcoholic and strongly astringent.

Overall, opening a bottle of this size is an occasion itself, and the contents do not disappoint with great bold flavors and aromas.

xav33, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz into a pint - yikes

A - Pours a dark red, to pretty much ruby color. Strong head formation, eggshell, breaking down to about a 1mm head. Lots of bubbling.

S - Whoa a malty Stone beer. Huge amounts of sweet, caramel, toasted malt, toffee, maybe even a raisin or two. It just screams: Red ale. After more huffing, I can now get some floral hopping.

T - Starts off malty, very innocent. Boom, the comes in a super strong malt profile of caramel and a boat load of floral hopping. Bitterness takes over - for this malt bill is insane. stays somewhat balanced through the finish, sticky, more caramel and toffee. A huge huge beer.

M - Strong body, moderate carbonation. All results in a very full bodied beer. Somewhat stingy on the carbonation at times. Beer is overall very heavy. Huge oily finish on the tongue.

D - I don't know how to define drinkability on this beer. It is frightening. It will hurt you. The Bastard is already scary, this is doubly scary. A bit cloying at times, not very filling , a bit too over the top - probably how i would take it. Share this beer - please.

This is one lacerative mother of an ale - bottle quote. They are not kidding.

katan, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of wrycon
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark and murky orangish-brown. Looks sinister. Robust malt nose underpinned by some floral hop notes. Man, is this good. Sweet, sweet malts up front. Slightly caramel, slightly toasted. Just when the malt feels like it might be too much, a truckload of hops jump on that rocket and both shoot into space. The hops don't attempt to balance the malt, but rather speak louder to create a hugely flavorful brew.

Like It? Oh Yes

wrycon, Nov 13, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,693 ratings.