1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,482 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,482
Reviews: 1,972
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 330
Gots: 691 | FT: 27
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Double Bastard Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,482 | Reviews: 1,972 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RnRManifesto


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red with a half inch foamy tan head, some of which sticks around. Some lacing that doesn't stay stuck to the sides for very long.

Smells of caramel malts, grapefruit. Sweet and bready. Like a fruit pie! Something else I can't put my finger on, but it smells great.

Hints of caramel in the flavor, some roastiness, sweetness, malt backbone. Hop bitterness is balanced out by the malts very well, with only a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. This is extremely smooth for a 10.5% ABV beer.

Mouthfeel is sort of velvety smooth.

Stone is an incredible brewery. I haven't been disappointed by one of their beers yet, and this is no exception. Another great one in their lineup.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 23:48:24 | More by RnRManifesto
Photo of lightindarkness


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My bomber poured a beautiful deep, deep red-orange with a high creamy head that leaves monster lace as it bubbles down to a thick froth.

The smell is woody with redwood and oak, and some strong caramelly malt and grainy bread. Noticeable alcohol smells warm the nose.

The taste follows the nose and is very strong, with an up front tannin dominance of wood and bitterness. It definitely becomes more complex as I drink it, a characteristic present in many 'big beers' that kind of numb the palate as you go, revealing more of the depth. It has a running smoothness in the malt with some grain and caramel tastes. The initial rounded sweetness is quickly replaced by a bitter warmth on the back end. Finishes with a sticky clinging bite that is almost chewy, with a robust aftertaste of grains, still hanging in the bitterness.

The longer I drink it, the more I like it, but given its character of overall strength in every category, it lacks some drinkable appeal.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 01:04:41 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of charlzm


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled, consumed 11/13/07.

Pours a deep golden brown with a plentitude of swirling tiny bubbles. The head is modest off-white/tan and dissipates quickly to a thin off-white skin.

Big hoppy aroma of grapefruit with some molasses notes, too. Thick, slick mouthfeel with a cola-like carbonation/mild burn. Sweet and malty in the front and cleanly bitter and lingering in the back. Alcohol flavor is there, but not as noticeable as you'd expect a 10% beer to be.

Man, this is a good, well-balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:34:47 | More by charlzm
Photo of HopHead84


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone. 2010 Double Bastard dry hopped with Simcoe.

A: Dark brownish red with a big off white head. Good retention. 

S: Big floral presence, with ample grapefruit and pine. Hops are expressive, and accompanied by a rich caramel profile and bready notes. Nice combination of caramel and hops.

T: Slightly sugary caramel with notes of grapefruit and pine. Booze is restrained for the ABV. Midpalate ephemeral sweetness. Firm bitterness with low astringency. Finish is dry.

M: Upper medium body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, with some astringency and warming.

Overall: Slightly mellowed Double Bastard with added dry hopping makes for an enjoyable beer in small quantities.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 07:24:24 | More by HopHead84
Photo of waltersrj


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Pour: Dark cola brown with a slight red/orange hue. Small off white head at first...recedes into a floating, soap like head that lasts.

Nose: caramel, burnt sugars, piney, citrus hops, fig, dates, raisins, and alcohol.

Taste: Strong piney, citrus hops, large caramel malt backbone, burnt sugars, slight alcohol, bready finish with smooth caramel and slight heat.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderately heavy, moderately carbonated. Great mouthfeel.

Overall: This is pretty great now but will make a fantastic beer after a few years to cool down the heat. Really great either way though.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:26:37 | More by waltersrj
Photo of genog


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh 2007 bottle.

Pours a Dark, dark reddish amber color with a beautiful light brown and foamy head that spills out of the glass and over the side as it builds and builds. A great lacing just splatters the side of the glass. Smell is of hops and some more hops! Grapefruit, and citrus and some earthy hops too. Malty flavor makes for an initial sweetness, followed by an intense bitterness. Crisp carbonation on this beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 04:53:15 | More by genog
Photo of gford217


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ArrogantB for this 2006 bottle! 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogony pour with a small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing and little head retention.

S: Quite a bit going on in the aroma. The first thing I noticed was a sweet, sugary malt smell with a heavy dose of dark fruit. Definitely a smell of alcohol in this one to burn the nostrils. I didn't get a whole lot of hops in this smell.

T: Definitely dominated by the initial malty sweetness with heavy caramel and brown sugar yumminess. I got a bit more of the hops in the taste and it was balanced very well given the ABV.

M: Syrupy but prickly, this definitely coats your mouth but has enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

D: This one is certainly an assault on the senses. I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. Complex but also in-your-face, this is definitely a unique Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:33:01 | More by gford217
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber...

A. Pours a dark mahogany with a nice cream head that coats the side of the glass as it thins. For it's strength, it is quite active as far as carbonation goes.

S. Biter hops overwhelm the nose at first, but soon aromas of graperuit and pine stand out. The malty backbone is only somewhat present.

T. Reminded me at first of Arrogant Bastard, but then it hit me with that hoppy character. Flavors of pine, citrus, and hemp were dominant. The finish was malty. Sweet and supple, yet aggressive on the palate.

M. Wow. This was a brew that soaked the tongue and stayed there. Full bodied and smooth ay the same time, the alcohol didn't even really poke through. It was there, and there to stay. That flavor didn't leave the palate for quite some time.

D. Double Bastard is no session beer by any means. A 22 oz. bottle at a time is all one needs. Very tasty though. If you can find it, buy a bottle. It's definitely worth the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 05:19:26 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark orange amber. The head eventually settles to a thin wispy cap with a thicker collar. Some spotted lacing no doubt attributed to the hops left behind despite the minute head.

Very boozy and comes off as a barleywine's cousin. Lots of citrus hops. Interesting hints of caramel and possibly chocolate. A tad too much fusel going on for my nose.

Taste tart and bittering due to the hops, but the mouthfeel is creamy and top notch. Balanced in a jangled Stone sort of way. The caramel is surely present to fight a losing battle with the grapefruit and pine. Finishes with a bashing of alcohol and hops. Its difficult to tell where the bitterness from the hops start and end and the alcohol takes over.

A sipper and a bomber worthy of sharing. I think I may prefer the regular Arrogant Bastard because its less brash. Maybe I'm just not worthy? Comes off as an American Barleywine in my book, but who cares for style guidelines?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 02:10:26 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent red color with a moderate head. Smell is terrific, with hints of candied fruits and a surprising amount of alcohol. The taste is huge as well, with the malts lingering the whole way down the throat. The hops are big and chewey, and provide a terrific balance to the dark malts. The texture is also enjoyable, with a creamy consistancy and a huge aftertaste. A really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 00:28:19 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of xnicknj


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release - 22oz bottle poured into snifter glass

Pours a clear cherry mahogany with a one finger high off white head. Fades slowly to some bubbly film, leaving spots of lacing around the glass.

Some bitter hops in the nose with a flair of booziness, pine, toasted caramel, and a bit of fruit sweetness with citrus.

A nice dose of bitterness up front, giving way to dark fruit sweetness including raisins, cherries, and dates. A burly malt backbone dominates the middle of the beer with some bready and caramel qualities. A light touch of grapefruit citrus is also apparent. Finishes long, crisp, and with a nice splash of alcohol warmth.

Fuller body, but very smooth and easy on the tongue. Carbonation is lighter, and even though this is still boozy, its not quite as hot as I expected. This beer is nice with some age on it, but this reminded me how tasty it is fresh as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 05:17:29 | More by xnicknj
Photo of scotorum


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this almost a year ago (!) but the high ABV had so far kept me away from trying it. 22 oz. of 11.2% could make it difficult to crawl to bed.

Poured from the 22 oz, bomber into a Tree House tulip.

a: Clear copper with a finger-and-a-half thick offwhite head which receded to patchy and then thin even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Slight ripe fruit.

t: Caramel malt and dark ripe fruit leavened with a good hop bite. The very high ABV (11.2%) well covered, although there is throat burn on the way down.

m: Medium to heavy,. Very smooth.

o; Just about what I had expected and hoped for. A strong ale with a lot of flavor and hop retort.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2014 05:14:20 | More by scotorum
Photo of Oxymoron


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double Bastard is one of those beers that is best to try fresh rather than aged. Or at least IMHO. Pours a mostly darker amber color with a reddish hue throughout. Mostly cloudy with a fuzzy white head with limited retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is malty with big melanodian and kettle caramel notes. A bit sugary but more from a super long boil more than brown sugar. Very much boozy, a bit much even for the ABV. Some yeast notes as well with some light oxidation and sherry notes. Some lighter esters, plums and figs mostly. Very hoppy for style, but ok for a US Strong Ale. Noticeable citrus and piney notes.

The taste is similar. Very malty upfront with a super kettle caramel flavor. This is mixed with a sugary kettle flavor as well. (side note, as it ages mixes with a sherry oxidation which gives it a bourbon/butyric thing). The yeast is light versus the nose but the fusel/alcohol notes really come out. Almost to the point I would call it under pitching. Some minor oxidation but nit picking. The malt lingers into the finish with a very nice plume, pineapple mix. When fresh a noticeable hop presence with a good blend of bitterness and finishing hops. Some citrus and noticeable pine at that end. This of course is limited as ages.

The body is big and sweet. Add the fusel/alcohol notes I lean towards miss treatment of yeast. But not exactly under attenuated and fusels do age out. Overall a marketing beer that is second to none. But for me this is a boarderline US Barleywine with some issue but fantastic caramel notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 05:04:26 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of dcook11


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a cherry color with a thick off white head and sparce lacing. Visible carbonation that lingers well after the initial pour.

S- Caramel, hops, tropical fruit, and a touch of abv.

T- Hop forward. Pinapple with lingering bitterness. Caramel and alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium bodied.

O- Well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:47:49 | More by dcook11
Photo of vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beat me over the head with a rubber chicken! This beats ruination for palate slaughter, fer sure! Red color, tan head. Clear. Carmel and hop aroma. Big, chewey, malty hoppy flavor. Lingers. Massive bitterness that lingers even to the next day. Hop flowers, BABY! Special thanks to Eyedrinkale.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 18:59:07 | More by vladtheimpaler
Photo of wd40

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy dark amber. Lots of lace and a great foam head that lasts a while.
Smell and taste were much less hoppy than I expected from Stone. Instead there is a really interesting sweet caramel maltiness that comes through in both the smell and taste. The alcohol is strong at 10.5% and present in the aftertaste, but in a nice way that isn't overwhelming or unpleasant.
The mouthfeel is understated and subtle. Stronger than a cask ale, but not by a lot.
There is a small amount of bitterness, but this beer is really malty and sweet so it is dangerously drinkable. I mention danger only because of the high ABV which is already starting to have some effect... :) Thank you Stone. You never disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 01:26:56 | More by wd40
Photo of TheMultiYeast


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with vibrant red hues.

Hops fill the nose at first with citrus and pine goodness followed by toasted barley, grains and a nice sweetness.

Taste is perfectly balanced and full flavored. Layers of pungent grapefruit and piney resin flavors fall into loads of toffee-like sweetness. Big wave of bitterness at the end.

Big thick body..almost chewy despite the hop character

This is one hell of a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 17:11:40 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of malcontent


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not entirely opaque although pretty close, deep mahogany with a good layer of head.

Brown sugar, blood oranges, and a touch of cinnamon accompany a slight medicinal aroma. A complex and rewarding nose.

Yeah, it's a hop bomb. Sweet grapefruit, a little candy-link on the finish, medicinal again at points but fairly controlled for something this size. As it warms fruit and spice qualities come to the foreground.

Very strong in this department; creamy and lush. Bitterness really tingles the tongue on the finish.

I really do like this beer, but it's not something I could drink much of. Bitterness begins to border on annoying by the end of the bomber. Certainly a wonderful beer to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 13:42:21 | More by malcontent
Photo of Pooba001


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 release
Pours a deep mahogany color. Decent head that lasts about average duration. Nose is sweet and hoppy, fruity, piney, hints of aged rum. There's more here that's eluding me, lots of complexity.

Huge taste, there's almost too much here to describe. Very sweet with a lot of smooth dark malt flavors, but with a hoppy bite to posit a great counterpoint. Rich malt, carmelized sugars, and alcohol vie with earthy, fruity, and grassy hops for domination of the tastebuds. Definitely a standout, whether you put it in the strong ale category or consider it a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is big, creamy, smooth, with good carbonation. Drinkability is good for such a big complex ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 14:55:27 | More by Pooba001
Photo of mmercede


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle aged for 2+ years. Poured into a liqueur glass.

Appearance: Dark brown and cloudy. typical of a barley wine. Light head that quickly dies down. Nothing special.

Smell: The best characteristic of this ale. As soon as the bottle was popped, I could smell this beer strongly...as if I had my nose in the glass! Smelled of sour cherries, citrus, dark malts, whiskey, caramel, roasted coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: The taste was very boozy from the get go. Bourbon, coffee, caramel, chocolate, brandy, some fruity tartness, and a light bitterness. As far as fruit goes citrus and tart cherries dominate the palate. Very complex and strong!

Mouthfeel: A bit thick as I expected. However, not oily like some strong ales. The carbonation is light and hardly noticeable upon swallowing.

Drinkability: A great beer, however I would not have more than one in a sitting. I am definitely looking forward to trying one agin though.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 04:35:49 | More by mmercede
Photo of ryanonline


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep brown with a tan fluffy head, and good lacing.

smells wonderful. citrusy (grapefruit) hops with a slight vanilla scent and maybe a lemony finish.

the taste is bitter, lots of piney/floral hops and caramel malts. finishes BITTER.

mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation, nice.

drinkable but can be very hard on the pallet.

nice beer but not too many.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:51:36 | More by ryanonline
Photo of egohepar


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank the beer some weeks ago, a whole bomber for myself...oh my. When I opened the bottle and poured the beer into a large snifter, the gorgeous and powerful aromas stroke me at once. The beer looked nice and the head was pretty big, it left some remains on the glass afterwards. The smell was big and bold, the smells of a regular am. IPA was there with its tropic fruits, but I also smelled sweeter notes, more of pineapple than grapefruit. When I tasted it, it felt crazy. So much to handle here! It was sweet at first, syrup and honeymelon I would call it. Pretty cool with the hints of melon, it was probably the contrast with the bitter, hoppy finish which created the sensation also. Not superhoppy, but hoppy. The feel was heavy too, you didnt feel much of the alcohol but you felt the heavyness of it all. Maybe a bit extreme and powerful to me, but I still liked it. It felt almost as perverted as California itself.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 14:29:30 | More by egohepar
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Great pour, garnet glowing red. Two finger tan foam, sticky lacing with good retention. On the nose you pick up bready malts, some light faint citrus and grapefruit, caramel, and some spicy toast. Warm and bready with some hop presence, but a muted one. Somewhat sherry like. Rather long finish of pithyness. A strong beer with reasonably well concealed alcohol. A slightly syrupy brew but with decent carbonation to livin' it up. I have had this fresh and with a little age, a little age is the way to go. Fresh this beer is hot, hoppy and well....yucky. But add some time and it mellows and turns into this lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:57:16 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of zee3are0


4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought as a graduation gift for me, the time I drank from the Double-Magnum was among my better memories. More recent enjoyment here at home has been just as delicious, if not the same joy for what beer always represented since the dawn of time - a chance to enjoy times with companions.

A - Semi-dark. Not as black as an Irish stout, but still, like a fresh coffee. Reddish, with a thick head.

S - Like burnt carmel with toasted nuts.

T - Starts sweet, or at least feels that way because the after-taste comes on strong. Very bitter after-taste. Lives up to it's name; very arrogant. Moderate finish, alcohol is barely noticable in both taste and feel. It's strong in flavor, but not of alcohol in taste.

M - Arrogant, for lack of a better term. Despite the head, it's not very effervescent in the mouth.

D - A bit to harsh to be a daily enjoyed beer, it's nothing I would turn down.

The Double Magnum needs to be enjoyed at a party or at least with a whole lot of friends who respect "strong" beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 22:24:50 | More by zee3are0
Photo of yesyouam

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard pours a rich sienna with a creamy, frothy tan head which is fully lasting and has great lacing. When held to the light, with the glass at an angle, the beer is crystal clear and becomes a yellow-- almost olive color at its thinnest point. The aroma provides a bit of bread, hibiscus, raisin, cherry, tar, and alcohol. It is recognized as a Stone beer from the cement-like smell of the yeast. The body is quite full and has an oily texture that slides right down. The carbonation is soft and small. It has a heavily bitter flavor with a moderately sweet aftertaste. The flavor of grapefruit and medicine lingers for a good while.
(rated Jan 22, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 04:23:13 | More by yesyouam
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,482 ratings.