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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,886 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,886
Reviews: 2,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 378
Gots: 866 | FT: 28
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

zufffle, Sep 27, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've had this bad boy fresh and love it as such (easily 4.50/5.00). However, I wanted to see how one would age and thus I am reviewing the 2011 edition.

Pours a dark, burnt amber color with a two finger off-white head. Soft ruby highlights. It's a very pretty color and extremely attractive in a snifter.

The nose opens up with a touch of sherry. At first, this concerned me that oxidization set in and ruined what was once a fine ale. However, my concern was quelled. While it does have a slight sherry presence, there is still hops pulling through, and the malt stands on its own.

Dark fruits and piney, citrus hops play lead. The hops are still capable of crushing your palate a bit, but in a svelte way. Smooth and lacks the hotness that is present when it is fresh. For this reason, I'd say the aged version is slightly easier to drink so long as you are willing to forgo the deep, fresh hop flavor. However, by doing so, its power is yielded a bit.

Depending on your poison, you can drink this young to get the full hop bomb effect or age it for a while and watch it transform into something akin to a barleywine. Excellent either way. Great with blue cheese, honey, and crackers. A great sipper.

Zraly, Sep 26, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Muddy brown copper color. Off white head that sticks around with a nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nice warm smell, bread, caramel, hoppy background, vanilla

T - Big alcohol up front, same bread and caramel as in the smell, molasses, vanilla, hops in the background (grapefruit, pine, citrus zest).

M - The alcohol is not well covered at all in this one. It's pretty bitter, with some pine/grapefruit/citrus hops. Aftertaste is bitter pine with a solid caramel malt background.

O - I don't know if I would say this should be so highly rated. For 6-7 dollars a bomber it gets the job done, but I don't like saying that with regards to beer. It's got a cool name, and it's available everywhere, it just doesn't have what I want in a beer. Too much alcohol, not enough flavor.

ISmith87, Sep 25, 2013
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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,886 ratings.