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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,380 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,380
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 315
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-30-2013 10:05:14 | More by gator79
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Alberta (Canada)

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

2011 650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/4/13 cheers Rutager for sending the bottle

A clear red shade of amber with a few bubbles streaming up the side of the glass, a short lived two finger foam leaves just a few polka dots of lace

S burnt brown sugar and caramels are strong, slightly nutty, with just a little booze, some candied fruit but I can't quite pick it out, has some liqueur aspect I can't really place and a little bourbon

T a little pine I didn't smell and some citric hops, seeing how this from 2011 I can only imagine what a palate wrecker this would've been fresh, the caramels are still strong but the bourbons gone, I know this isn't BB aged but I could smell it

M a little syrupy with low carbonation, a little sticky on the lips with a little grit on the gums, pine and rind on the finish with just a little heat

O I think I may have caught this one in between being a fresh hop bomb and well aged barley wine, pretty solid stuff but a rare situation where I want a young or old bottle to compare to this one in the middle

went down smooth for a big beer, I think this one could fit into a few styles depending on its age, well worth trying and I'll look for both fresh and aged bottles in the future

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 06:11:55 | More by wordemupg
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-30-2013 04:57:22 | More by InfragilisBrew
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

04-30-2013 02:05:36 | More by fullmoonbeer
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-30-2013 01:01:54 | More by OoReFLuXoO
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-29-2013 22:47:58 | More by Phillyz
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-29-2013 20:45:44 | More by smooth_aleing
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

04-29-2013 18:17:55 | More by Ribsandwhiskey
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-29-2013 18:03:02 | More by FliryVorru
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4.73/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured entire bomber into 34oz mug. Clear dark orange with visible carbonation and a thick fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time, leaving lots of lacing. Smell is fruity and floral hops, with a strong malt/alcohol backbone underneath it. Taste is actually a bit smoother than I recall the regular Arrogant Bastard being; it's not as spiky from the hops as the regular. The high alcohol content must smooth it out; it's sweet and malty at the beginning, bittering only at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and full. Bit of alcohol heat, but not as much as you'd expect for 11.2%. Dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 03:25:16 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle purchased from Stones River Total Beverages in Murfreesboro, TN.

appearance: hazy dark brown, copper with a large off white/tan head. Lot's of intricate lacing.

smell: earthy hops, malts, alcohol, subtle citrus

taste: bitter hop bite, with a prominent malt backbone. Alcohol does not try to hide in this beer, it is very warming and has a punch to it, but a very pleasant smooth one at that. The end is a warm bitter hoppiness. For an 11%, this is very easy to drink, for me that is.

mouthfeel: slight carbonation

overall: A monster of a beer, this one hits hard. Very strong for a beer, but smooth for an 11% abv. Very balanced, like you would expect from Stone, great full flavor, and you will get a buzz off this one. A lot stronger than the Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 02:43:18 | More by Roman5150
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Ontario (Canada)

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Lee's Las Vegas NV for 7.99+tax - 2012 Edition

Appearance - Slightly hazy dark copper with a large size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around over 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, anise, dark fruits, leather, booze

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel/butterscotch, malts, and hops. There is also some anise, earthy notes, and some dark fruits, I can pick up on the booze and the beer finishes with a malty sweet and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Been wanting to try this one for a while. It definitely packs a punch and has a lot of flavour. And even with all the flavour it seems to have a good balance. I imagine that this would be even more powerful fresh, I'd love to see what it's like on tap. I have a 2010 tucked away and it will be interesting to see how it's held up. A beer worthy of the hype for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 00:18:54 | More by spinrsx
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-28-2013 20:41:24 | More by zachattack555
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-28-2013 00:01:37 | More by jar66su
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

04-27-2013 22:51:39 | More by Devilman
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-26-2013 05:57:29 | More by jimmah120
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-26-2013 05:01:06 | More by reverbking
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-26-2013 03:23:46 | More by blindpiggie
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-26-2013 03:20:26 | More by SDerik
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

A- A murky amber/caramel colored body with a bubbly tan head that leaves a thin layer.

S- Tons of sweet caramel malt, slight burnt hop aroma, lots of booze.

T- Really similar to the aroma. Just a huge amount of sweet caramel malt. Lots of grainy, bready aromas with some boozy flavors in the back.

M- Moderately smooth, still a little bite, but not as harsh as when it is fresh. Full bodied, medium-low carbonation.

O- The nearly two years of aging changed this one. When fresh, this beer is incredibly hot and the hops, malt and booze all fight each other. The hops are not as prevalent, the malt is in the fore front and the booze has diminished slightly. This almost drinks like a barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:48:37 | More by stephenjmoore
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-25-2013 21:28:10 | More by kylehay2004
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

04-25-2013 00:20:17 | More by Tim
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

04-25-2013 00:02:31 | More by Rmullerkc
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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