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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

6,108 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,108
Reviews: 2,034
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 407
Gots: 996 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of johnnye1981
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Benjamin_Stewart
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dyjaba123
3.45/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SackBlabbath
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RichD
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickyDee21
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bonis
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Life-Love-Beer
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harvest06
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blksab99
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of the_benskii
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adamt1022
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very thick and malty. Slightly sweet with caramel and apples

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one powerful beer! It is a strong ale that will be remembered once you drink it. It has a ton of complex maltiness and hopped nicely. This beer packs a serious punch.

Photo of PostRockandCats
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CO_GD
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Redneckwine
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into tulip

Appearance - Looks like practically every other beer in the Bastard line-up: Murky dark red/brown with a big 2 finger tan head that retains for a long time and leaves awesome lacing.

Smell - Caramely, toasty malts with a musty, sweet fruitiness. Some piney hops hide underneath. Booze is all over the more, but in the most mellow, pleasant of ways.

Taste - Not half as abrasive as I was expecting... The high alcohol content really tempers the flavors. Sweet, caramely, toasty malts are up front with LOADS of musky fruitiness and nuances of yeasty spice and cocoa. The hops reinforce the somewhat tropical fruitiness, then begin to creep in to balance with a well-rounded pine and citrus bite. Finishes semi-sweet with toasty malt sweetness hanging on tightly and moderate pine resin bitterness that seems to build; a slight alcohol burn lets you know this is a huge beer. Otherwise, any specific fusel booziness is nonexistant.

Feel - Decidedly, this is a full bodied monster of a beer with a viscous feel that coats the mouth. Thankfully the carbonation is executed perfectly - smooth and creamy but ample enough to lighten the feel, which is quite drinkable for a beer of this heft. Awesome.

Overall - Finishing a bomber of this isn't just "having a beer", it's an event. Super flavorful, super complex, this Bastard is much more well-rounded than I thought it would be: the huge flavors really marry together well and the booze is ridiculously well integrated. The musty fruitiness of this beer almost reminds me of a Belgian quad. A bit sweeter than I'd prefer, this is still one hell of a brew by Stone, I'm impressed (and a little buzzed).

Photo of S2kookies
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Los13
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Extrajoker00
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sharp pine hops upfront but no lingering bitterness, malted bread and burnt caramel finish

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber 2014 vintage poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a ruby garnet with 1/2 finger of off-white head and a fine lace

Smell: Hops with a lot of pine and earthy hop aromas

Taste: Hop bitterness up front with a lot of earth tones similar to the aroma and finishes with caramel and toffee notes

Mouthfeel: Medium but lighter and not as sticky as the ABV would suggest

Overall: A fantastic winter sipper that I look forward to. I haven't had it cellared but when fresh there is an overwhelming hop bitterness and flavor that is enjoyable. The happiness helps to balance the high alcohol content. I personally find this to have a real "old-school" hop flavor. A lot of earth and pine notes as opposed to something like Enjoy by IPA.

Photo of BrewClint
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not very good at writing reviews for beer, but I try.
This is just too flowery and bitter for my liking. Not really sure why they call it an American Strong Ale. I have really lost confidence in anything labeled as American now.

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