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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,383 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,383
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 316
Gots: 663 | FT: 24
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.

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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

09 Vintage. Bomber poured into a snifter.

Beautiful deep dark brown amber with a very nice head formation. A fingers worth of head is hanging around and looks pretty luxurious. A bit tan. Huge hop nose as expected from Stone. Hard to reach the malt base of this one through all these hops. Very nice change of pace for the ASA. Getting some lemon and grassy aromas here too. Quite piney and resinous. Expecting a wallop of hops here. Indeed, starts with a hint of malts but you are promptly greeted by Mr. Hop. And he is quite a bitter gentleman. Some sweetness comes through in the beginning and end, but hops are so dominant in this one. Could be just a smidgen more balanced.

Pretty nice mouthfeel here too, not as thin as the hops would lead you to believe. Has the hop character of a IIPA, but a more viscous mouthfeel. Very nice juxtaposition.

Not excessively drinkable, more of a special occasion beer. And we all know snow is a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:43:37 | More by kiddynamite920
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Tom8Analise

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- When poured into a tall glass this beer has a nice golden coloring. Didn't really have any foam but it did leave some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Had a nice honey smell, but had an even stronger alcohol smell that overpowerd the honey sweetness.

T- The taste of this beer was the highest rating. There were very nice sweet honey and vanillan notes! The only down side was the after tase, which left a strong alcohol taste in your mouth.

M- very light and smoth but yet had a lot of carbonation.

D- I would love to be able to drink a few of these, but the carbonation was a little to heavy to enjoy more than one.

Cheers
Tom and Analise

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:21:48 | More by Tom8Analise
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t_carterb

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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2010 v
A: Copper color with a 1.5 in golden head. Excellent retention and lacing. Not sure how the appearance could look anymore inviting.

S: Great malty sweetness with caramel and toffee. No hiding the hops though, which are very apparent in the aroma. Excellent balance in the aroma between hops and malts.

T: Sweetness from the malts immediately apparent along with warmth from the booze. Hop flavors of citrus and finishes with bitterness. In general, the flavor is just very complex and demanding, yet balanced and not lacking in anything I can really think of.

M: Thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe a perfect beer. I think I might cry if Stone ever discontinued this.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 16:04:40 | More by t_carterb
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almychristopher

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

definitely in the extreme beer area, the appearance is a beautiful amber red with a rocky off white head that recedes to lacing. the effervescence at the top of the bubbles is a malty hoppy nose full with a bit of fruit perhaps. the high levels of both hops and malts are there with a fury in the taste and once again the malt sweetness is well balanced by the hops. the mouthfeel is a lovely balance of malt body and crisp carbonation. all in all an excellent beer but I don't think I want more than a pint in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:28:29 | More by almychristopher
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 Release

It’s been nearly a year and a half since I acquired this bomber via trade, and I read today that this beer tastes best at this age. My palette has evolved quite a bit since the last time I tried this one. It is time to find out if this beer has undergone some evolution as well.

The beer came out the traditional color of barleywine, which to me is burgundy with a touch of orange. The first pour was clear, and had a one finger thick head with remarkable staying power. Carbonation in the underlying beer was gentle looking but steady. The aroma was multilayered malts with vanilla, hazelnut, toffee, and chocolate. Not many hops were detectable using the nose. The taste was amazingly complex as well. Flavors of chocolate, oak, black pepper, raisins, and mandarin orange were found in each sip. The mouthfeel however was a little pricklier than I remembered. Radiating warmth was felt in the belly, letting the alcoholic strength numb away all angst about letting this sit in a warmer than recommended cellaring closet. I can see this one going a few more years along the ascending path. Unfortunately no more bottles are left in the cellar to test the theory. Time for a Chattanooga beer run soon I think.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 04:26:55 | More by rajendra82
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 22 oz bottle. Pours a reddish copper with a big fluffy off-white (almost orangeish) head that retains well and laces the glass. The first pour is clear, the second has some miniscule floaties.

The aroma is piney, grassy hops, some pineapple fruitiness, and a dose of spicy alcohol.

The flavor is sweet fruity caramel malts, pepper, and some woodiness followed by a big spicy alcoholic hop finish. It is medium to full bodied and fairly velvety, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent brew. Big in every way (especially hops and alcohol), yet not overbearing and fairly well balanced - it is almost too sweet at times. The more I drink, the smoother it gets! Reminds me quite a bit of Great Divide's Old Ruffian.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2005 06:39:58 | More by Beaver13
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color, with about an inch off-white head. It smells very nice, like caramel, hops, cherries and a bit of a spicy smell. It tastes very hoppy, like grapefruit, pine and some malt. Overall the taste is very strong and hoppy, and a bit harsh at times. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy, it's on the thicker side and it's full bodied. Drinkability is good but not excellent. I don't think I could drink more than one of these at a time, but I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 00:58:22 | More by bluejacket74
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Edition

A - A fingers worth of creamy tan colored froth with some big chunky bubbles sitting on top... Minimal retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and slight collar... The color is a medium caramel brown... Slightly murky... Some stray slow paced carbonation bubbles can be seen rising along the sides of the snifter... A minimal bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Raisins... Brown sugar... Dark fruit... Cherries... Caramel... Toffee... A bit of booze... A faint citrus tinged hoppiness lies beneath the surface...

T - The ultra sweet malt forward nose it tamed considerably on the palette by a strong hop presence... The consistent back and forth between the malts and hop make for a complex and interesting offering... Oranges... Raisins... Brown sugar... Caramel... Toffee... The beautiful cycle goes round and round...

M - Medium to full bodied... Stiff and sturdy... A touch of lushness... A bit of brisk carbonation... Slightly sticky... The finish is a bit on the dry side...

D - A definite sipper... Walks the fine line between Barleywine and Strong Ale... As the bottle insinuates, this one isn't for the weak of heart... Loaded with complexity... Quite rewarding to the well trained palette...

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 01:58:31 | More by philbe311
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jsanford

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. 22oz bomber poured into a Stone Double Bastard Snifter.

A - Pours a murky orange-brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just a slight ring. Looks like liquid caramel.
S - Sticky-sweet aromas of amber malt, caramel, and resinous grapefruit hops. While the intense hops of a fresh bottle have obviously faded, what's left is an amazing candied-orange-peel and caramel bomb that just begs to be drank.
T - Yeah, right on with the nose, lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt with a candied orange peel and grapefruit hop profile. Surprisingly smooth, and lacking in noticeable alcohol "burn", but I suppose that's attributed to the age.
M - Sticky and big, with a full mouthfeel and lowish carbonation. Your lips literally stick together while drinking this! Definitely a slow sipper, but a very enjoyable one.
O - Stone never fails, and this is no exception. A great beer fresh, a great beer with age, definitely a world-class brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:55:49 | More by jsanford
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber of Stone's Double Bastard Ale a couple weeks ago for $7.49 at The Lager Mill. I have been meaning to try Arrogant and Double Bastard for a while but on the time that I remembered to pick one up the store only had Double Bastard, so it looks like I will be trying these ass backwards, oh well lets see how it goes. 2011 vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer looks good and evil, I like it, and the short story on the back is full of typical Stone shenanigans. It poured a nice dark and hazy amber color with a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin wispy ring that stayed till the end. This was a proper looking American Strong Ale.

S- The aroma is pretty much a nice mixture of sweet caramel malts and citrus hops. The malts impart a sweet caramel and toffee aroma along with some molasses, apple cider, and dark fruit aromas. There are a lot of hops to balance out all those malts and they are pretty citrusy with pineapple and grapefruit sticking out the most, it also has a real slight booze aroma. This beer had a pretty nice aroma that I enjoyed, the citrus hops complemented the malts nicely.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma but it isn't as intense. It starts off with a large amount of malts that have a pretty high amount of sweetness and impart some nice caramel and toffee flavors with a little bit of vanilla at the end. Next comes the hops which have a high amount of bitterness in the middle and impart medium a amount of hop flavors with some grapefruit and pineapple sticking out the most with a little bit of floral notes. The finish was pretty damn bitter with a nice sweet dark fruit finish and a noticeable amount of booze with a nice malty and hoppy aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer and when when combined with the high amount a bitterness it made for a pretty in your face kind of beer.

M- Slightly smooth, creamy, a little sticky, on the medium side of being full bodied and it had a good amount of medium carbonation but it was a little fizzy. Good mouthfeel but a little fizzy.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty damn good beer and one potent American Strong Ale. It had a big malty base with more then enough very bitter hops to balance out all those malts, the high amount of bitterness balances out the high amount of sweetness. This isn't the most drinkable beer because of how big and intense it is, but if I wasn't splitting this beer with my brother I think I could take out the whole bottle and it wasn't that boozy for being 10.50%. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma, it was intense and aromatic while still being well balanced, the flavor was also pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the fizzy carbonation. it wasn't that bad, but it was the only flaw I found in this beer, I also wish it had a little better head and retention. I would buy this beer again when looking to mix things up with a big and intense beer, it was also pretty affordable. I would recommend giving this beer a try, if you love being hit over the head with tons of malts and hops then this is the beer for you. I was pretty impressed with this beer and like all the other beers I have tried from Stone this one was also pretty solid and not tame at all, I like Stone's intensity. Now I really need to try Arrogant Bastard, I am sure that a toned down version of this beer will still be pretty intense and good. This is one solid beer and a great choice when I feel like ripping my tastes buds a new one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:59:55 | More by StoutHunter
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into chalice. Dated 9/16/13

A - Dark amber with 1 finger eggshell head. Fair retention and no lacing.

S - Earthy hops, brown sugar, toffee, burnt caramel, and dark fruit. Scent is reminiscent of a barelywine.

T - Even at 6 months the hops are still very present. Earthy with citrus notes, they give off a bitterness. The malts come in with many different flavors of brown sugar, burnt caramel, toffee, and a little dark fruit. The finish has a nice bitterness to it.

M - Medium body with decent carbonation. Quite smooth with a barleywine like feel.

O - Big and bold this one can be drank fresh with huge hop notes or aged to make it more mellow and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 19:22:37 | More by Ri0
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cordelia3310

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber color with a tan head. Some lacing around the glass.

S: Very hoppy. Lots of citrus with a hint of apple.

T: Upfront hop bitterness. Lots of citrus flavors mix well with a very alcoholic bite. Finishes somewhat sweet.

M: Thick and syrupy.

D: A delicious beer but drinkability is not high. A 10% brew in a 22 oz bomber certainly packs a punch. Overall however, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 17:22:12 | More by cordelia3310
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trancesk8er

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is for a 2007 bottle

A- I think its mildly cloudly and a rich amber in color. No head at all.

S- very potent sweet smell, cherries perhaps..maybe almost prune. or raisin.

T-slightly bitter, mostly sweet. kinda builds on the raisin flavor more here.

M- Fullbodied and satisfying. Not too thick but not watery.

O- A solid beer worthy of aging. I think this is an example where people can get let down by the hype of an aged Db because of so much hype of stone, but if you give this to someone in a blind tasting they would say its epic possibly.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 05:01:44 | More by trancesk8er
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vwcraig

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 Double Bastard

Poured translucent dark amber with thinnest ring of head around edge. Smells of sweet malt mostly with only a small citrusy hop smell. Initial fruity banana taste switching to a dark malt and hop bitterness. Very interesting. Hop comes through in a bitter and resiny taste. Acidic hop bite mellows to a mild sweetness. Lower carbonation with a decent mouthfeel, only slightly bubbly. Smoother than expected and not as harsh or abusive as standard AB. Decent drinkability for 10% and I will be a fan of this every year it is released.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:32:17 | More by vwcraig
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger cream head that goes quickly and leaves no lace. Clear, red/amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is malts, raisin and alcohol, starts with a distinct alcohol flavor some sweetness, finishes sweet & sour. 22oz bottle for $5.95 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 23:03:17 | More by jdhilt
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william5586

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a redish tan color with one finger of head. This one has a great hop aroma of grapefruit and pine.

The taste was nice and sweet to start off. Towards the middle a fruity taste comes out and it finishes with a great hop bitterness. The sweet start and bitter finish make a great balance. It is a med bodied beer and is very smooth.

The alcohol is well hidden but it can catch up with you fast at 10.5%

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 00:11:24 | More by william5586
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Spider889

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Winking Lizard in December, review from notes.

Served in a true tulip - nice one WL, stepping up your game.

The beer is a deep unfiltered plum color. Showcases a short but dense meringue of bone-white foam. Decent head retention and sticky, chunky lace cling to my glass.

The aroma is very unassuming - some soap and leather are what first catch my attention. The hop aroma isn't very big like you might expect coming from Stone (and considering the taste).

Great flavor on this Strong Ale. Very bitter - though this likely balances out an otherwise extremely sweet beer. Dry malt flavors and toffee with some dried cherries and herbal hop flavor. Pine and a subtle sticky sweetness underlie it all.

There's some chalkiness to the mouthfeel, and of course the long-lasting and pervasive bitterness. Strong and boozy, but Double Bastard delivers exactly what you'd expect.

Overall this is a beer that needs to be sipped slowly, and is not something to imbibe in regularly. Nevertheless, it packs a punch flavor-wise and is well worth the trip once in a while.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2012 20:21:23 | More by Spider889
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep dark mahogany brown with rusted red accents into my chalice. It has a thin tan head that quickly disappeared with little to no lacing to speak of on the glass. The smell is dominated by sweet malt and dark fruits coming through. The scent of alcohol and pineapple is present as well about mid-chalice. Sugary malt, pine, dark fruit, and a touch of citrus run across my palate. There is a great deal going on with this beer. Rich malted tones and a smoky caramel are the most dominant flavors to me in this beer. I served this beer at cellar temp and still somehow this beer tends to gain more life the warmer it gets. The sweetness of the malt and bitterness of the hops is very well balanced and well made. The taste is in your face the whole time and in no way subtle, but the balance is really a nice surprise. This beer is a very nice sipper and coats the mouth and tongue very well with it's stickiness. After finishing the bomber I don't really want another one right now and I wouldn't drink this beer with a meal most likely. It is very heavy and quite filling. I know the American strong ale category is a bit of made up category to fill a large variety of beers that craft brewers are making, but the flavors on this beer actually reminded me of a good barleywine.All in all great offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:04:25 | More by TheodorHerzl
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animal69

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 2009 release, pours a cloudy brownish-copper color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lace in my snifter

S- a strong smell, piney, "assy" citrus hops and vinous alcoholic (rotting breadfuit ?)fruit up front with baking bread, caramel, nuts and dried darker fruit as it warms, a def. alcohol smell all the way through, tho not out of place

T- taste is rich, sweet bready cereal grains w/ a ton of grapefruit hops, almost a toffee-DIPA taste overall, the powerful hop bitterness gives way to a dark fruit, a good bit of licorice and some faintly mineral flavor, finish is fairly bitter and full of warming alcohol notes that come off as brandy-like in nature

M- a rather thick full bodied beer w/ nominal carbonation

D- not a bad beer by any means but def. a sipper, the 10.5% is hard to miss in this one for sure

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 05:03:35 | More by animal69
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free."

22oz bottle poured into a Double Bastard glass.

A - Pours the color of a deep sunrise; dark orange with a burst of ruby interspersed. Only builds a slight head, about a finger's worth at most. Very nice lacing, thin but covers most of the glass.

S - Smell is actually a bit more balanced and maltier than I would've expected, but much more complex. It's still aggressively hopped, but I'm getting some fruits and sweet malts as well to counter-act that. Make no mistake, this thing still threatens to destroy your mouth. I'm getting some alcohol heat as well.

T - The taste has an intense hop bite at the hop, but it is quickly neutralized by sweetness. Not overwhelming, but enough to curb the hop bitterness. Slight grapes and sugar come through midway, before having the alcohol make a resurgence. Not sure I'd peg this at 11%+, but the alcohol is no stranger in this beer. Finishes bitter and long.

M - After drinking a bomber of this alone in a moderately short amount of time.... I'm doubting that I am worthy of this beer. About 3/4's through and my mouth is a mess; hops, alcohol, and sweetness have wrecked my palate and are settling in for good. It's moderately thick with good carbonation and lingers for minutes afterward.

D - Drinkability is high. While it's not the hop bomb I was expecting from a Stone beer, it borrows some balance excellence from Old Guardian and is incredibly easy to drink. The alcohol is only there to tempt you while the flavors pop long after the sip is done, but unfortunately as it warms the alcohol becomes MUCH more prominent.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:07:39 | More by nhindian
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DosBeerigos

Florida

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C. Pretty Clear
H. Dark Red
N. Sweet almost like candy then a nice hint of hops lingering around there

Well, this was a beer that I highly anticipated ever since I heard that it was coming out down here this year. All I could think was Stone is making their version of Double Dead Guy (one of my favorites). Well this is probably the fifth time I have sat and drank this beer, but the first time I have actually written while drinking. I love this beer, but it seems like every time I drink it I get something new from it. The inconsistency brings me back every time for an additional sip. Now with that said I think I was pretty wrong in assuming that it was like Double Dead. This beer starts out with a perfect harmony of malt and hops then leaves a bastard of a lingering bitterness on your tongue. I love it. Stone did make this bad boy ready to cellar, and I have had one in that state since November. One of the good things I love about all stone beers is that they never let you down. This is a great beer from a great brewery. Pick it up if you can still find a bottle lying around! Worth a few tries!
Score; 4.3453

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 18:30:18 | More by DosBeerigos
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jcpaulun

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. You have to love Stone's bottle art and diatribes.

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with a 1" thick tan head. Head dissapates to a small ring. No lacing to speak of.

S: Some nice sweet malt and citrus hops. The hops smell resiny and a little piney.

T: Upfront malty goodness that gives way to some bitter hops. The malt is accented by great pineapple and apricot hop goodness.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: The alcohol is hidden nicely. I didn't have any problem taking down my bomber. I will be looking to pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 22:45:26 | More by jcpaulun
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PintOHops

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears hazy clouded amber with lite-medium carbonation, little head that reduces quickly to a ring & leaves no lacing. Smells of very dry and floral hops, very aromatic with a touch of alcohol. Some grape and pine aroma with some burnt malts. Very pleasant!

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of lots of dry floral hops, lots of burnt biscuit like bitterness lingers on the palate. Some citrus flavor is present with little sweetness. Alcohol is definitely present, but more so as it warms. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, thick and full bodied.

Drinkablility/Final thoughts - This beer is very, very delicious and rich, but to me, there wasn't to much complexity to it. Just lots of intense floral hops with allot of burnt biscuit like aftertaste, which isn't bad! I'm just making a point, I also think because of the high ABV, its allot less drinkable. So I would enjoy maybe 1-2 of these once in a while.

I still really enjoyed this beer though. Very good, very delicious, definitely recommended. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 00:47:34 | More by PintOHops
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Naes

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark brown ale with reddish hues showing through. It has a nice tall cream colored head which laces well.
The aroma is quite sweet with citrus and a bit of hops is in there as well.
Its flavor starts out with caramel malt and follows with citrusy hops and has a dark fruit presence. There is a slight alcohol warmth, but it is hidden quite well for 10% ABV.
The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is nicely carbonated.

Another fine brew by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 05:40:04 | More by Naes
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ruby-brown with a one finger off white and creamy looking head. It's clear with a moderate amount of carbonation.
I'm picking up notes of caramel, dark fruit and alcohol as it warms. It has a very deep, rich smell about it that just pours out of the glass.
This flavor is thick with caramel malts along with a slight citrus hop flavor and as it warms the alcohol, which there is a lot of, starts to show through.
On the palate it's smooth and deep with malt flavors followed by citrusy hops. The alcohol heat rounds out the feel along with a nice malt aftertaste.
Double Bastard is a very strong, tasty beer great for a cold night. If this thing doesn't warm you up I don't know what will.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 20:55:06 | More by JCaweinstein
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,383 ratings.