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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 406
Gots: 994 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of JustinAniello
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours reddish brown with a two finger head. Dissipates to a light cap and semi-sticky lacing.

S - Dry wood and burnt caramel take up the majority of the aroma with pine coming up in the background.

T - Heavy breadiness turning to burnt caramel and molasses, quite sweet on the swallow. The resiny hops shows through in the aftertaste, though lighter than I was expecting from Stone. Little alcohol flavor as well but pretty good overall at hiding it for how high it is.

M - Medium body and carbonation, oily feel.

O - Pretty good beer, nice flavors and aroma despite the lack of complexity. A enjoyable sipper. Would prefer with the oily feel and could use another flavor or two. Would have again.

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

Pours out a viscous dark reddish brown that reveals a clearish ruby cast when held up to the light; Thick tan head two fingers thick in my tulip fades to a tightly bubbled ring and an island of tan bubbles surrounded by the thinnest scum of a head. Thin but persistent curls of lacing are left behind.

I've been waiting to sample this one for a long time, but really haven't been sure what to expect other than 'one lacerative mother of a beer'...

The nose surprises me at once, very sweet and fruity and light; I expected evil hop resin scents to reach out and beat me up a bit. Lots of honeyish notes, biscuit, and if you really get your nose in there, rising swirls of rummy alcohol.

Wow, very smooth on the palate! Lots of alcohol, but it's presented well - it's made into a centerpoint of the beer, and the warmth and flavor of it burn a trail all the way down. Surrounding that tight, rummy love are surprisingly smooth flavors - a little honey, some more wheat and oat notes, and a lot of tart fruity esters. Lots of esters. (I love sounding like I know what I'm talking about) Mostly, lots of alcohol. This is like drinking tasty spirits.

Pretty slick, light carbonation, which is proper; Medium-full body, clean finish except for the lingering caramel burn of alcohol.

For what this beer is, it's nice and drinkable... At least in the sense that drinking one is great fun. (And the one I drank was about 8oz). More than that would put you on your ass. Enjoy!

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

Doops broke this bottle out as a night capper on New Years Eve. We loved the Arrogant Bastard, so it was cool to check out the steroid version. Good choice my man!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. A maroon red body is transparent and shows medium levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a good foamy wisp and clings to the sides. A ring remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. A beauty of a beer.

SMELL: A bolder nose of caramel malts, toffee notes and plenty of hops. Lots of floral hops and some grassy notes.

TASTE: Follows the nose nicely. Caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with a good dose of floral and hop bitterness at the finish. Bold and lingering aftertaste with a good balance of caramel sweetness and bitter, floral hop flavors, with some grassy and piney notes as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Good feel.

OVERALL: Another solid offering from Stone. This is clearly the Arrogant Bastard’s older brother, with more malt on the bill and a greater dose of hops as a counter weight. This one is a sweeter, more caramel and toffee forward brew than the younger sibling, and as a result is a little more simple. Lots of sweetness and lots of bitter hops, but not as much nuanced complexity perhaps. Regardless, we really enjoyed this and I’d gladly pick up more if I saw it. Thanks again for sharing Doops. Recommended.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark burgundy-red color. Off-white head is small but dense and creamy; turns into a nice film too.

Smell: Pine-like hops, with an acidic sweetness, like pineapple. A bit of alcohol present in the nose too.

Taste: The piney hops kick in at the start, set off against a malt backdrop. Towards the finish the pineapple (and a bit of citrus flavors) come into play. Alcohol is noticable for a good deal of the time.

Mouthfeel: Super-smooth feel especially at the start. Light carbonation, with slight alcohol burning towards the end.

Drinkability: This is for drinking very slow! The alcohol taste is quite noticable.

I was afraid this beer might be too over-the-top hop-wise, but it isn't. Instead, though, it is a bit over-the-top in alcohol content. I prefer a strong beer that masks the alcohol better. I do still think it's a good beer, but I probably won't get it again for a while. It's not for the faint of heart, and it's one that you have to give a lot of extra time for drinking...

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

A: Clear and dark red with a slightly tan head. 2-fingers, slowly edging down to half a finger, and holding steady. Great looking beer.

S: This one is very aromatic, especially when pouring. Sticky brown sugar, dark fruit abound, a lot of alcohol burn. This is a serious beer.

T: Nice hoppy flavor with lots of dark fruit backing, some spiciness. Wow - the bitterness really kicks in after swallowing. Alcohol is very present, but acceptable. Slight smokiness in the aftertaste (just barely).

M: Feels good in the mouth. Kinda chewy, a little astringent, great carbonation.

D: Drinks well, but not for the faint of mouth. Not a good first beer to try!

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Release, Sampled November 2004
Wow, this is certainly pungent and fresh smelling, it is a solid punch of citrus hops that is approaching the level of candied fruit. I get notes of apricot, tangerine, ruby red grapefruit, tangelos. The aroma is really quite interesting, and before my first sip of this beer, I am going to hazard a guess that this is the best part of this beer. The beer itself is a brilliant deep amber color that is topped by a creamy tan head.

The taste is definitely not quite as intense as the aroma. It is full bodied, with a certain creamy fullness to it. The taste is definitely hoppified, with a nice mixture of apricot, grapefruit, and an astringent herbal character. This beer is not overly bitter, in fact the bitterness is pretty well in balance, there is a lingering astringency that sticks to my tongue long after the beer has slid down my throat, this seems to be from the copious amounts of hops added. I am sure this will fade with time, but so will the fresh hoppiness that I am enjoying right now.

There are some notes of hot alcohol in the finish as well, but nothing overwhelming. This is not nearly as malt dominated as I remember last years being. Basically this beer is quite tasty, and quite a bit better than I have previously given credit for.

2003 release, Sampled November 2003
A brown head, that as you pour starts deceptively small and then blossoms in my tulip Duvel glass to about 3 inches (7.62 cm for the non-Americans) thick. A hazy amber color with beautiful garnet notes when held up to the light. A malty hoppy aroma, evokes the thought of a sticky sweet hop smell. Surprisingly, very malty was my first thought upon tasting this beer. The hops are there, but not over the top and in your face. This is a thick bodied beer that seems to leave a coating film even after I have swallowed. Definitely hoppy, the more I sip the more I can detect the bitter finish in this beer. A syrupy hop flavor hits your tongue at first, and then finishes with a drying bitterness. Rating 3.7/3.5/3.5/4.0/3.5/3.5

Photo of farrago
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up to a two finger head of frothy deep tan microfoam, pools of larger bubbles here and there, dissipates a bit quicker than expected, however, no lack of broad lacings left behind. Fully opaque red rust to amber color, like a glass of metallic mud swirled about, no variance throughout. Boozy nose of coconut custard, caramelized brown sugar, molasses, ginger snaps, raisin bread and then releases the pink grapefruit, mandarin orange citrus, pine sap and green straw, unprocessed grains. Full-bodied, the carbonation like a jelly roll, gets everything cascading left and right, for better or worse, it is certainly active in the mouth. Sweet and alcoholic, as if barrel aged. The caramel, molasses, butterscotch not to be denied, coats the palate like a blanket, were it not for the carbonation and the bitterness of the hops it would move into old ale or barleywine territory, even the grapefruit, orange citrus feels reduced. Pine and flowers here seem more obligatory than natural, steady presentation of the cherry, apricot, peach fruit, lower degree of dried fruit character. Admirably, not imbalanced yet it's not a beer founded in clarity of parts and choral harmony.

Photo of deaconoflove
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Very nice cloudy golden brown with slightly yellow/tan strong head. Nice looking beer.
Sm. Mild grapefruit, caramel/toffee and some alcohol.
Ta. Surprised me with complex fruity flavors at first. Some caramel and malt. Slight alcohol burn comes on and then a lingering sweet, but biting bitter finish that hangs and hangs.
Mf. Sweet thick sticky, but with full carbonation. Sippy, sippy.
Dr. Good thing I've got a long evening ahead of me. This is one heavy duty sippy beer. Like a multi-flavorful carbonated glass of bourbon. It's good, but apparently I am not worthy.

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

Appearance - Hazy with yeast particles, amber red color with a brownish head that leaves lacing.

Smell - Fruity, mostly dark sweet fruits and fudge.

Taste - A lot sweeter than the smell! Fudge and wweet malt with the same dark fruits and finishes with a long lingering bitterness that I find a bit overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Full body with soft carbonation and smooth to drink.

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

Tap to a brandy snifter.

A: dark brown, very cloudy. red in the light.

S: Bitter flowers.

T: hops and hops and hops!!! caramel and cherrys

M: tickles, becomes smooth.

D: A hop-heads dream. bitter and floral and layers of sweetness in between sips. A well made beer that I would have again when the hop bug bites! Recommend!

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

Pours a deep caramel color with a nice 2 finger bubbly head. Lacing that looks like it was glued to the glass.

Smells of piney hops, booze, citrus hops and a big caramel like sweetness. Bastardly indeed.

A strongarm of a boozy punch, crisp hop bitterness, waves of sweet toffee & caramel.

Smooth, creamy, warms as it goes down.

A strong %10 warming sipper. A monster of a beer.

This beer will take you down, get you in the guard, ground & pound you into submission. I tapped after a bottle. I'm not worthy.

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

Thanks to Damian and Lona for sharing this bottle.

2006 vintage

The beer appears a russet brown with subtle crimson highlights. The head is substantial in stature and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of alcohol, malts, and toffee. The hop character of the beer has faded during the aging process, so I am not detecting any of the fruit, hop, pineapple, or citrus flavors I have been told are well associated with Double Bastard Ale. The feel is thick and syrupy, with a strong alcohol presence throughout. I liked this much better than the Stone Old Guardian 2007 we had alongside this. This is a great beer to share a few ways and sip slowly on a cold night.

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

2006 vintage, sampled fresh. I bought it as soon as it hit the shelves in Ohio.

Poured into pint glasses, ruby red color with juicy tan head (but with no retention, it poofs away as quickly as it appears). The aroma is barley winish IPA, hoppy with a medicinal strength. The flavor is aggresive and burning, filled with grapefruit and alcohol.

Really nice but not my favorite Stone beer. I wouldn't say I'm wimping away from the DB, it's just that Stone 10th and even Ruination are so much better tasting.

Photo of MrBIP
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of flannelman808
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2010 version and this one reads 11.2% abv

A: pours a gorgeous rosy amber color and is very bright. Nice looking light tan head compliments the brew. Good head retention and lacing.

S: The malt certainly drives the aroma though I will say its tough to pull any one driving characteristic out of it. Hints of grain and toffee are there as well as a funky kind of dark chocolate and just the slightest hint of pine. all of these notes are extremely subtle one really has to search for them.

T: Nice... Im loving this actually. More than I remember having last I had it. Subtle smells but not flavor POW... starts off leading with a softly sweet milky caramel and moves to a slowly and increasingly bitter mid palate of resiny goodness. Its good beer, though I will note that its a bit two dimensional. Its got what I would want out of the style but could perhaps use a bit more character from either the hopping or the malt bill.

M: Prickly

D: high for the ABV and you have to throw stone out a bonus point for keeping it under 7 bones a bomber 5bitchs jyeah!

Photo of SawDog505
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage, fresh. Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip glass. Poured aggressively and got a huge 4 inch head, with plenty of lacing. Color is red with orange notes, head is off white. Smell is pine, grapefruit, hard candy, oranges, and a little grassy. Taste wow I have come along way in a year. Last year this beast almost brought me to my knees and now it is just a great beer, doesn't rip my taste buds apart. Starts with a burst of pine, orange, and then a huge burst of grapefruit and very little booze for the high abv. Body is good size, but not crazy. Carbonation is o.k for the size, wish it had a little more life. This is a great beerand pretty damn drinkable for it's abv. 2010/11 side by side is coming in the next few weeks, can't wait to see the subtle differences.

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

Poured from the 2007 vintage 22 oz brown Bomber. The pour produced a 1-1/2" head in my trusty pint glass from the relatively hard pour. The head slowly settled leaving big gobs of lace on the sides of the glass. The beer is a deep amber/copper color and quite clear. The second pour introduced some minor particulate that stayed suspended.

I expected more aroma.... but it was rather slight. I could pick up hints of a citrus hops and a carmel/toffee sweetness.

The TASTE: WOW.... right between the eyes (in a good way)! First wave is a big citric bitterness from the hops (almost a lime-like tang). There is a big alcohol presence here as well. Hey.... don't mask it... let it club you over the head.... this is supposed to be an extreme beer! A little bit of buttery smoothness. There is some toasted malt in there.... trust me, it's there.... just not dominant.... The hops are the boss here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and robust. Carbonation is about right. Good mouth coating and a bitter aftertaste (not bad).

Drinkability: I don't think this beer is intended to be a session beer.... 22 oz. is plenty for my "session". But this is a good solid extreme beer from Stone. I prefer Arrogant Bastard.... but this is still good. I WISH that I had the self control to hang on to one of these for a couple of years....to let it age.... it would probably mellow out over time.

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

On tap at 775 Gastropub

Looks really nice - deep copper, close to red, with a thick, sticky head.

Smell is complex, but the alcohol is clearly there. This transfers into the taste as well, but the taste is even more complex. It's incredibly hard to pick apart the flavor, but the strength of the alcohol (11.2%!!) is obvious. Not too hard to put down - all things considered, it is a pretty smooth beer - but it's no gulper.

I respect this beer more than I enjoy it, but that's not to say I don't enjoy it. It is a fantastic beer and nice to have here and there, but I think I'll be drinking the standard Bastard more often, because this one is really a BASTARD. I can't believe 775 serves this in a 19oz. glass. That's absurd.

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type : 22oz. Bottle poured into tulip glass

Appearance : dark amber with a well formed head and good
retention lacing sticks to my glass all the way down

Smell: citrus malt carmel hop aromas smells like this is going to taste strong

Taste: wow! strong tasting bombastic ale- bitter biting after taste I love it really attacks your palate- not much. sweetness

Mouthfeel: good mouthfeel not as syrupy or thick as I thought it
would be - no escaping the boldness of this brew not for the faint of palate.light carbonation

Drinkability: suffers a little bit because of its strong biting nature of this beer .The more I drink the easier it is to drink.

Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of RyanAU
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Kingrat831
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Jackandjulia
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

A murky and velvety auburn with some glowing bright orange along the edges with a thin tan head. This beer appears thick and lightly carbonated. It doesn't take long for the short head to fall away. There's some lacing but not an abundance of it. While the color is beautiful, an altogether disappointing appearance.

The nose is all kinds of sweet with a hint of citrus hops. The main citrus fruit I smell is orange but the nose is dominated by sweet candied-cherries and sticky caramel. It smells like a strong barleywine, as there's certainly the aroma of warm alcohol mixed in with the candy-like sweetness. So far, this beer appears more closely related to Stone's Old Guardian Barley Wine than it does it's "little brother" Arrogant Bastard.

The taste is a mouth-blasting brigade of bitter and citrus hops, sweet, fruity and caramel malts, and a deluge of hot alcohol. The most upfront flavors are the sweet fruits, namely cherries, and a punch of bitterness. The warm alcohol toward the finish though reminds you to be careful with this one. While the flavors are certainly bold and "in your face," I think this one could particularly benefit from some aging.

Creamy and thick mouthfeel that fits the beer exceptionally well.

I always look forward to my first Double Bastard, as it's a showcase of so many different flavors all coming together as one. But I very rarely make it to my second; this beer is big, bold, and filling. An exceptional sipper that, in my opinion, is significantly improved with some time in the cellar.

Photo of Jagen
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into snifter
A – pours with an amber, two finger white head with great retention. Very dark red amber color…hard to see through to the other side unless held up to a light. Head very slowly fades away leaving minimal lacing on the side…fades to a mild amount of head retention. A ruby red color is a very accurate description
S – mm…very present hop notes. Nice, sweet, and fruity. When you take a very deep smell of it, you can definitely feel the alcohol lingering in the background
T Wow! This truly deserves the name double bastard…everything that arrogant bastard has but doubled. Strong alcohol bite in the front with a hoppy/malty finish. Makes you question your hubris for daring to drink this bomber by yourself! This is a fresh bomber that I just bought. I now know the bastard…but I do not know if it will set me free. As I have never had this before (I think I may have had it on tap in the past…no way of verifying), I look forward to seeing how the rest of my bottles will age. The aftertaste is the hop character lingering…very strong hop character that attacks you immediately. This is cold right out of my car (has sat there during my work shift…low 30’s when I left work)…going to continue this review when it warms up. The alcohol and hop character seem a little overwhelming right now..as it warms. The heat leaves a little leaving way to a deliciously strong, hoppy character beer with a strong malt profile in the background
M When cold, it feels very carbonated. The carbonation and hops attack your mouth and seek to control it…not necessarily bad, but almost overwhelming!
O While I really enjoy this beer, I think it is a little hot fresh. I look forward to seeing how this evolves in the future…If I didn’t have a twelve hour grace period to recover from this, I would say that I was the arrogant bastard for daring to drink this solo…I will be working out my mouth and liver to deal with this bastard. This is a damned good beer. My one regret is drinking it so fresh but I am also reminded that I have a few sitting in the cellar waiting for the right opportunity to be unleashed

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,108 ratings.