Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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95
world-class

6,300 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,300
Reviews: 2,073
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 444
Gots: 1,142 | FT: 41
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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Ratings: 6,300 | Reviews: 2,073
Photo of kernalklink
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

2011 Release
22oz. Bottle poured into imperial pint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Growler. Poured into Stone Double Bastard Ale glass.

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

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

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

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

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

Highly recommended to all!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured bomber into 500mL mug.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of BadmouthBrews
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Perfectly balanced beer, the aging process really sets this one off! Great!

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

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

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

Thought I'd find something special for review number 100 and this definitely fits the bill. I'm sure I'm not worthy, but nevetheless here goes:
Dark coppery pour into a Duvel tulip glass.
Off white head wells up from the depths.
Intense fruity aroma, sweet fruits, alcohol dominate the nose.
Flavor is a beautifully balanced blend of malty sweetness and a deep grapefruit bitterness which lasts a very long time in the finish.The depth of the flavors is quite impressive. This beer would stand up to any of the great Belgian ales for complexity although the hops put it into a category of its own. The more it warms the more interesting it becomes and the hops become more intense. Alcohol becomes a bit more prominent as well.
Syrupy, prickly mouthfeel which becomes softer as the beer warms. Carbonation lasts forever on the tongue.
For such a strong beer, this is very easy to drink. THe alcohol is there and I'm sure I'll pay soon enough, but for now it's not really obvious that this is a 10% abv beer. I've pretty much sworn off of cheese for health reasons but I have to have a super sharp cheddar with this beer.
Worthy or not, I do plan to drink this beer again, whenever I can find it. One of the world's great beers.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

APPEARANCE - Orange with no head.

AROMA/SCENT - Hoppy, piney. Not sweet.

TASTE - Hoppy, dry, bitter. ABV well-hidden.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Pleasant, dry, little carbonation.

VALUE - Reasonable.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Great beer, almost chuggable.

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

A: Burnt orange and cloudy. Didn't pour much head but who cares it was a great beer.

S: It has citrus and sweet aromas with a strong hoppy smell in there. There is also some great spices swirling in the mix.

T: Strong bitter and alcohol taste but the citrus and spices are top quality. The great part is that the taste keeps on coming and gently tapers off after several minutes.

M: Bitter in the mouth but still tingles and makes your mouth scream for more.

D: I definitely love this beer and could drink a keg of it if I could but considering the close to 10 abv I doubt I could.

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

Enjoyed the 2011 version on tap into a tulip glass.

Beer pours a nice orange color.

Beer smells extremely sweet and hoppy. Smell is almost like that of pineapple.

Tasts very hoppy and sweet initially and then flavors open up on the back end with a carmel flabor and boozy finish. For being over 10% alcohol, this beer is surprisingly smooth and even a bit easy to drink (relatively speaking).

Beer has a nice mouthfeel and laces well throughout.

Excellent strong ale.

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

Pours a dark ruby brown with not much head. Lacign remains on top. Moderate bubble action.

Smells yeasty, citrus and floral hops. Rosewater. Fruitiness, like pineapple.

Whoa!! Taste is a face-meltingly awesome blend of piney pitch, delicate yet formidable malty sweetness, caramel, smoke, spice, lots of fruit flavors, alcohol present yet enjoyable. Finishes with lasting oily bitterness.

Mouthfeel is spot-on with the right amount of alcohol, CO2, and consistency. Perfect.

Overall not a session due to abv, but holy crap, this is a magnificent and drinkable brew. Absolutely stunning in it's depth of flavor and perfect mouthfeel. Tremendous. Absolutely tremendous, even for Stone.

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

Poured a burnished ruby/copper color with a big foamy, chunky tan head. Left good lace. Big malty sweet aroma with some caramel, fruitiness and citrus hops.The alcohol was also present.
Huge rich malt taste with caramel/brown sugar sweetness, fruits and a nice citrus rind hop bitterness. Noticable alcohol, but not in a bad way. More a part of the package than its own entity. Complex and nicely balanced.
Full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy and syrupy. Very barleywine-like. Unbelivable drinkibility for a 10% brew.

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

This beauty pours a huge thick head with large lacing on the glass. The nose as big aroma of caramel and brandy like qualities. The high alcohol level warms the mouth,then the syrupy malt wave controls the heat, until the blast of piney hops counter attacks the big burnt sugar,congnac flavor. All this fades into a sweet citrus finish. Pretty amazing where I found this beer, in a small quicky mart like store next to Venice beach! Gotta Love California...

Photo of stella77artois
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

One of my new favorite beers! Bottled 10/22/12, consumed 05/24/13.

A - Hard to beat. The beer just "looked" good. A reddish-brown, almost mahogany.

S - Among the best smelling beers I've experienced. Hops, lots of malt, and lot's of fruit. Always figured reviewers were being pretentious when they described the aroma, but that's not the case. Noted pineapple, melon, and even some mint. Smelled absolutely delicious.

T - Delicious. Lot's going on. Perfect blend of hops and malt, and all those aforementioned fruits without being sweet. Juicy would be a good way to describe the beer. And suprisingly, very difficult to tell how high the ABV % is. Simply delicious. Said deliciousness stays with aftertaste. Fruity-ness even more prevelant in aftertaste.

F - The only aspect of the beer I'm not crazy about. Certainly not bad, but kind of dry and thick.

O - Disappointed in myself for not trying this sooner. Absolutely love it. Wonderful sipping beer that's potent, powerful and delicious. Will definitely put hair on your chest! This is simply a world class beer, and has become my personal #1 beer. There's so much going on in the aroma and the taste, it's also very drinkable, just a truly outstanding beer. Bow down!

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

I have been waiting to try this for weeks. I had managed to buy a bottle and not touch it for two weeks. This Saturday night I broke down and I am glad that I did. Amber in color with almost no head even after an aggresive pour. The first thing that I noticed was how smooth this beer was. Hops, malt, blaaaaa, complex, overwelming, and delicious! Let this one warm up a bit in the glass, the flavors really come out then. A bit like a barley wine but even better. Very warming as it goes down. When my 22oz. bottle was gone I could have cried. I must get more!

Photo of beersensei305
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is am amber/copper color, with cream head. The smell has a strong alcohol and hop scent. Smooth beer, you can taste the grapefruit and pineapple, alt with the hops, sugar, caramel, and slight chocolate notes. This beer gets better and more comlex as it warms. Great beer, almost perfection.

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Plenty of good reviews have already been written on this beer in standard beer-review format so I decided to write a haiku about this one:

beautiful red brown
bitter creamy malty booze
I am satisfied

Photo of ski271
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Stone on tap at Zeno’s! Awesome! About time we’re able to get it in central PA.
Pours a clear medium-dark copper with a small, off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing head. The smell surprisingly mild and sweet… well, it’s not really mild but I was expecting an Arrogant Bastard on steroids, but smells like they didn’t go for a ridiculously big beer, like many brewers tend to do. Wonderful aromas of fruity and piney hops and smooth roasted malts. The taste is…. Oh wow, it’s big and delicious! Huge flavors of piney hops and caramel malts, but what sets apart from the other and makes it superior is the excellent balance. It has a full body, oily, slightly syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Perfect mouthfeel for the big-beer experience. This beer goes down wickedly easy for as strong as it is. It’s liquid crack. I really want to go back to Zeno’s soon to try the other Stone beers they have on tap while they last, but I’m not sure how I’ll be able to pick anything over the DB. I need a fix!!!! MUST…. HAVE…. MORE… DOUBLE BASTARD!!!

Photo of GonzoPizzaBurger
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Double Bastard = Liquid glory. Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz brown bomber with a red and white gargoyle mirrored image on the front.

A- Beautiful. My kind of beer.Thick frothy 2 finger creamy white head over a full bodied dark-reddish amber brew. Sticky lacing with great retention, microbubbles dance on the top.

S- Sweet malt and sugar, alcohol, burnt chocolate and a whiff or refreshing fruity hops. In that order.

T- Incredible, very complex. Smooth beginning that gives off a lot of sweetness to be immediately followed by a welcoming hop bitterness that does not allow the sweetness of this one to get carried away. The alcohol is masked by the balance of all of these wonderful flavors. They linger on the palate a while after drinking, and I can't complain!

M- Sticky, almost syrupy, taste definitely lingers on tongue. A bit tingly from the huge 10.5 abv.

D- Don't think I could drink anything else after this one, very strong, complex brew that I would pair with a giant slab of ribs with drenched in sbr's bbq sauce. Or as a night cap.

Another great brew from Stone!!

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

2003 edition obtained from ppoitras in a trade. Part 4 of the 4 part Stone tasting done with my bro. By this point, we we up to our ears in Stone.

Pours out amber brown and sits dark orange-brown in the glass with a nice foamy tan head, leaving a light skim.

Smells malty with brown sugar and a light hint of diactyl. Some light citrus and alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms.

RICH and malty up front. Hops come in the middle with grapefruit and lemon. Sweet, rich, but light, in comparison with the rest of the beer, dark fruits. Loads of barley. Alcohol brings more sweetness and fruity character. It's a ride.

Rediculously smooth and creamy with light carbonation.

A bottle of this a day would keep me happy, two bottles would make a perfect start and end to any day, and this bottle made the perfect end to our tasting.

4 beers averaging a 4.5 rating. Well done.

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

A: Opaque brownish red

S: Malty dark fruit, some citrus and booze,

T: Pretty brilliant balance of sweet fruit, fig-like beginning with a surprisingly citrusy backbone. Very complex flavors that are well balanced that hide and ABV well.

M: Thick but finished pretty clean

O: Love this beer. Balanced complexity is executed very well. My favorite strong ale yet. My wife and a non beer snob friend both did double takes when trying this with me. Let's just say that we were all a bit sad when this bottle was empty.

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

2008 release. 1 finger head with moderate to light lacing throughout. Dark murky red with a light frothy cap. Smell is boozey, malts, slight hops, baked goods, and caramel. Taste is less boozey, bit more hoppy, and huge caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy and full with mild carbonation. I've had the 2008 release 4 times since it came out and it's worth cellaring.

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours clear copper with a three finger slightly off white head. Left decent lacing.

S - Heavily roasted malt, grapefruit, slight pineapple, dark fruits, smoke, caramel malt.

T - Toasted caramel malt, grapefruit, smokey, a bit of mango, roasted malt, dry hops, wonderful for 11.2%. Much tastier and a bit lighter than it's sibling Arrogant Bastard. Flavor profile is seriously beautiful and extremely complex.

M - Wonderfully creamy medium body with lightly stinging carbonation.

O - Overall, a perfect high ABV beer. Wonderful flavors. I'd loveee to age one of these.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,300 ratings.