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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 2,042
Hads: 6,358
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 462
Gots: 1,172 | FT: 40
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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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Photo of dar482
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a brown ruby color with a one finger head. It is relatively clear.

The aroma is of big roasted burnt malts and sweet caramel. There is a bit of hops and bread.

The flavor has some hops to pick it up, but the flavor is surely of really dark hard burnt malt. Almost a woody earthy flavor. There is sweet breadiness and then it turns into huge pine bitterness. It really does not have a huge alcohol flavor with it. The bitterness really stands out and keeps it wonderful. The hops are in your face with the bitterness, although the caramel and burnt notes are truly there to give it body and roundness.

There is both aggressive sweetness and bitterness in this, but the bitterness is a bit overpowering. (722 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 9/30/13 (my birthday). $8.99/22 oz. Poured into a chalice.

My favorite American strong ale. Take one for a cool autumn night around a campfire.

Is this a barley wine? Almost, but no. Over the top but balanced. You know the alcohol is there but it is calming and not hot. 4.5

A – Pours a clear amber with a half-finger light tan head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Good lacing. Nicely carbonated. 4

S – Malty sweetness with some caramel and dark fruit. A touch of whiskey in the nose but without the taste. 4.5

T – Huge malty backbone with a resiny bitterness. 4.5

MF – Smooth, warming and rich. Medium-bodied. Nice carbonation reflected with a bit of sharpness. 4.75 (704 characters)

Photo of rev3rb
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottom Line Up Front: This ale is one to take in slowly. At 11%abv it'll knock you on your ass if you end up having the whole bomber to yourself. I fully enjoy the full bodied taste and balance in hoppiness and maltiness. This is one I'll buy and enjoy when there is something to celebrate.

Decanted a 22oz bomber into a DFH goblet.

Appearance: Creates a nice off white head when poured vigorously. Head retention is moderate. Beautiful dark amber cloudy color.

Smell: Hop resins, bread, dark fruits

Taste: It is an amazing full bodied ale that balances out the hops and malts quite well. Plenty of hops and dark fruits. Doesn't leave a syrupy aftertaste as some of those winter warmers might.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and on the palate as well. Just a great ale.

Overall: Seriously this is an amazing ale. Don't give this to the "lite beer crowd" as it'll offend them and rightfully so. If you enjoy craft beer and want one that isn't a 3xIPA go for this one. You won't regret it.

Serving type: bottle (1,017 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark red/caramel color and pretty hazy. Pours one fingers worth of head on an aggressive pour.

Aroma- Pine bitterness, citrus, and lots of malty sweetness.

Taste- Taste is vice versa with the nose with the sweet malts big upfront focused on caramel. Almost a candy sugar flavor you'd get from a belgian quad. Towards the finish the hops really come out with pine and citrus being the most evident.

Feel- Heavy malt and hop combo provide a sticky resinous mouthfeel that can add to cloying at times, but never overwhelming. Mild alcohol noticeable at first, but that subsides very quickly. Low carbonation and very full in body.

Overall- Very enjoyable, but a little too much malt for me. Definitely worth repurchasing and aging this for a year or two could be a great idea. (792 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A-Pours a hazey, rich copper color with a medium, super creamy ivory colored head that has excellent retention and excellent lacing.
S-The aroma right off the bat has a huge burnt caremel note. Impressively, there is no alcohol aroma. On a secondary note, there is plenty of earthy hop aroma to keep the nose from being one dimentional. Way in the back there is some dark fruit notes as well.
T-The flavor is chock full of sweet, malty, burnt caramel notes. (Very barley wine like)
There is plenty of bitterness and earthy hop flavor to keep this palate satisfied for sure.
In the back the dark fruits consist of prunes and raisins and even sweet dates.
M-This beer has a huge body, huge creamy body. Huge bitterness along with medium to mild carbonation, makes this beer very balanced in the american barley wine sense. It's very aggressive to be sure but at the same time it is balanced.
O-Overall I am veru glad to have had the opportunity to try this delightful beer from stone brewing company. I highly recommend it to any craft beer lover like myself. (1,059 characters)

Photo of ac22rush
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice medium ruby with 1 finger of kinky head and some light lacing.

The aroma consists of dates, figs, carmel, toffee, grapefruit, light citrus.

Huge carmel malt straight booze and some light hop bitterness towards the end. At 11% most of what you taste is just malt and alcohol but its so well balanced with some real nice hop bitterness just sticking its head out so they don't feel left out.

Overall: Hell yeah buy like 5 of these and hold on. Sessionable? only if you want to have a hell of a blackout. Makes Christmas parties tolerable. Enjoy in a snifter or in shot glasses either way you'll have a great time. Love this beer easily one of Stones best offerings Also if you enjoy bashing macro brews read the back label. (740 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful honey color with a thick rich head that dissipates slowly and has great lacing. The beer is not clear but not cloudy, just looks thick. Not sure how you could make the beer look any better. The smell, as good as it gets. It is a wonderful mix of a lot of malt and the citrus of an IPA, balanced so great neither stands out but both are noticeable. There is also some maybe dark cherry that is more background. Again, not sure what else I could ask for. The taste is also excellent, very smooth malt up front, super tasty. But there is a late bitter that lingers in the back of the mouth. It is the first thing that I did not care for in the beer. You do not notice the alcohol, possibly that is because of the bitter. Pretty creamy with a lingering sweetness on the lips that I really liked. Overall, an outstanding beer with only the overwhelming late bitter holding it back. (906 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with cranberry highlights and a frothy, fleeting beige head.

Deeply caramelized sugar, toffee, floral hops, dates, figs, toasted malt, and muted citrus form the aroma. Very rich.

Flavor reveals a backbone of rich, deep caramelized malt, fairly sweet, which is juxtaposed by moderate bitterness at the finish. Notes of dates and figs are subtle. Earthy hops, grapefruit pith, muted grapefruit, and floral notes add complexity.

Body is full, with low carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Very complex beer. A balance of extremes, with a rich malt profile and enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. Nuances are plentiful. It's a touch hot. Revisited this years later and upped my rating. Great malt backbone, great flavoring hops, just a touch too bitter. (787 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Massive three finger dark creamy head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and prodigious lacing. Beer is a clear, reddish nut-brown color, nearly transparent.

Brown sugar and caramel through the nose, with some piney hops. Very sweet. Nuts and dark fruit.

Flavor is aggressively sweet, focusing on heavily caramelized brown sugar. Hops are present in a dry and piney sense, taking a background bite not unlike a porter. Not insignificant heat from evaporating alcohol, a la wine.

Sweet and syrupy full-bodied ale. Good bite and sting. Again, notable alcohol presence, but definitely not unpleasant.

If anything, this beer is too sweet for me. I'm just not getting the strong hop presence so many others have talked about. Still, it's a very, very good and tasty beer. (773 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 10oz short wide mouth glass at Lures

A-amber color with a thin creamy white head good carbonation

S-aroma is nutty, roasted grains, and some grapefruit and hops

T-taste a sweet, bitter and booze. Your hit with the hops and the caramel malt

M-well balance with hops and malt, smooth to the tongue especially for the amount of alcohol

O-a great if you want "winter warmer" for sure by Stone (408 characters)

Photo of MikeRusso
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening and pouring the beer I was very excited. Looks great, smells great. I really enjoyed the taste of the beer, but the higher alcohol content drives me away... too much alcohol taste at the end.
Still a great beer. In the end I think I'll stay with plain old arrogant bastard ale. (286 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3rd of a pint in Brewdog Glasgow (£4.25):
Amber to orange with a big light creamy head that settles as a thin, foamy lacing round the sides.

Very hoppy with lots of spice and some yeast too. Tonnes of pine with some lighter grapefruit and tropical notes along with quite a bit of alcohol on top that started to dominate but with hints of caramel as well.

Huge amount of hops & laced with more alcohol that I was prepared for despite the fact I knew it was an 11.2% beer going in. There was quite a lot of pine and grapefruit with hints of caramel but the alcohol that started strong just takes over come the end and the flavour definitely suffers as a result of this.

Strong and bitter beer with a full body and a fairly smooth mouthfeel. There is a huge kick that I sort of expected but the balance wasn't good at all and the alcohol seems excessive just because it could be.

An alright beer at best and I felt that the beer was only about loading the flavour with a mix of hops and alcohol meaning the balance was poor and the beer was a hard on to drink with everything in your face and to the extreme. I'm glad I got to try this one but I don't think I'll be giving it a go again. (1,189 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the 22 ounce at Table and Vine. Awesome dark amber appearance with a creamy head and good lacing on the sides. Aromas were heavy on malts, spices, grapes, and caramel. Great, powerful punch. The beer taste was rich in a sugary blast that was not too overpowering. The flavors were a mix of toffee, caramel, vanilla, and some citrus. Really good mouthfeel; a great balance of a creamy texture mixed with solid carbonation. Overall, a fantastic beer. (455 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ red cow

A= pours a mostly clear rusty orange color with an off white i finger head
S-sweet floral hops with a mixture of light and dark fruits some toffee
T- follows the nose with juicy hops and a range of fruits nice baked bread with caramel and toffee
M- sweet and smooth medium carbonation
O- tasty with ABV well hidden found this tasty and very easy to drink (374 characters)

Photo of Duane_Opfer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1pt 6 fl oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/30. Consumed on 12/3. Written from notes.

A - Light reddish brown. Transparent. Very light head with no lasting lacing. Very distinct lines of carbonation.

S - Somewhat faint. Apples, raisins, with a touch of sweetness. Malts are noticeable, and to a lesser extent, the hop aroma comes through.

T - Dark fruit, bitter malty breadiness, slight sweetness, caramel, and red apple, with a hint of grapefruit. Hops do come through. Alcohol there but not overwhelming. Slightly peppery.

M - Lightly bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. Smooth.

O - Very good quality. Very easy to drink despite alcohol content and not overwhelming in any manner. Hops come through which is a nice touch. Still, nothing really amazes me. It's just pretty good. (812 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I took on this Double Bastard in my snifter at cellar temperature.

Looks a lot like Arrogant Bastard, but with a slightly smaller head. It's got that same clear, blood ruby hue to go with the off-white foam.

The floral citrus and caramel sweetness of Arrogant Bastard are also in this beer's aroma, along with some cherries, raisins, and molasses. There's a more pronounced malty, doughy breadiness in this one.

Woah. The flavor packs some serious power. It has profoundly huge and hefty hop flavor throughout an entire swig, from first contact on my tongue to the substantial finish. There's a nice little citrus zing at the beginning, and then I get a mix of dark fruit flavors, spicy breadiness, and what I like to call "caramelized hops" in the middle. The finish delivers even more hops, now becoming astringent, woody, and pine-tinged. While there IS a bit of a boozy burn after I swallow this stuff, this is a case in which alcohol heat complements, and I daresay enhances, everything else that's happening. Complex, and incredibly delicious. Damn.

The feel is certainly excellent as well. It's thick, but also really smooth and velvety. Awesome.

This is one of the tastiest liquids I've ever imbibed. (1,213 characters)

Photo of emwild12
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red almost brown with light carbonation, two finger head the disipates fairly quick, creamy almost syrupy. Smells of bourbon, caramel, malts, pine, and citrus. Tastes almost exactly like it smells but the bourbon/booze taste is pretty stong. Overall very good beer. (271 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark orange, almost red body. Poured a nice creany 2 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly.
S- Tropical fruits, chocolate, caramel, pine, big Bourbon.
T - Follows the nose, but the booze is HUGE. Too much so.
M- Thick, almost syrupy. Crisp carbonation.
O- I am not worthy. The bottle told me so, but I didn't believe it. Way too much booze for my tastes. (366 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a clear red brown color with a two finger head.
Aroma is fruit, toffee, bread, malt, some metallic smell even.
Taste is dark fruit, bready malt, toffee, deliciousness.
Mouthfeel is fantastic, coats your mouth with bitterness.
You don't really pick up the 11% abv which is nice. (291 characters)

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

Appearance - Pours this wonderful deep caramel color, very little head in this one I received, poured nicely. Looks very shallow.

Smell - this is different than your standard arrogant bastard, this has the pine, hops, fruits, malty, breadiness. Very warming in the smell, just the perfect thing in winter.

Taste - Definately notice first is this rich toffee, raisin, and hops. As you sip in deeper it is this wonderful balance of oranges, mild chocolate, complexity from the hops, sticky, piney, just everything you love about a beer this has it all!

Mouthfeel - Definately on the Medium-high to to high side with the body. smooth, refreshing, light carbonation.

Overall - I am in love with Stone and this brew. I loved the arrogant bastard, but this is entirely a different experience. This has everything you love about various beers that are pulled into one masterful brew. You get this full body which is great for this time of year, toffee/coffee/dark which reminds me of a brown ale, then you dip deeper and get this splash of hops that are very complex both in their bitterness and sweetness. This is just a damn perfect beer. I'm amazed, I can't say enough good things. Something in this beer for everyone. IMO, I will be sipping this, this is highly drinkable, but also high in ABV so pace yourself.

Re-edit

I've had this beer from a growler and on tap. TBH, it's not as magnificent compared to a bomber of it. On tap, you'll get more of the bitter, with the growler, you'll get an arrogant bastard on bitter steroids. The way to drink this is from a bomber bottle. Idk why, but drinking it from the pint bottle is magnificent; it's loaded with every characteristic enjoyable to a beer drinker. (1,709 characters)

Photo of PAhopHead717
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition about 2 months old. I dont know what to say about this beer other than its a big one. Overloads your mouth with flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but would probably fade away with some age. Arrogant bastard is a favorite of mine but this is a must have every year. (273 characters)

Photo of anarchia
2.83/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thin white head, dark ruby color. Aroma is faint pine with lots of fruits, along with an unfortunate(to me) cherry cough syrup smell. Very thick in the mouth, syrupy. Taste is cherries, caramel, wood, grapefruit. Extremely bitter of course, starts within a second of sipping and stays around, coating your mouth with bitterness for an extended time. Some nice flavors before the bitterness takes over but I can't say I care for the bitterness or the syrupy feel in the mouth. Others may be more worthy than me. (510 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 09/26/13

Appearance - Pours a dark orange copper with a sandstone finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of bubbles with a thick cluster in the middle. Lacing is small and spotty with good stick.

Smell - Fresh orange hits the nose first, then a healthy amount of caramel and toffee. Light toast and chocolate notes, along with traces of alcohol. Dark fruit emerges as a more predominant presence the brew warms.

Taste - Complex. Orange and grapefruit pith sits atop the flavor profile, but plenty of other notes can be found throughout the experience. Raisin, caramel and light toffee. Ester fruitiness. Traces of chocolate. Finishes with fair balance, though the pith character tends to linger. A bit of heat comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied and thick, with moderate carbonation. Near syrupy.

Overall - One could a make a strong case that this should be classified as a barleywine, and a damn good one at that. Certainly isn't far off from their Old Guardian. The only issue in againg a brew like this is the temptation to drink it! (1,095 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark amber cloudy body with three full fingers of dense tan head. Incredible retention and lacing.

S - Citrus and caramel malts

T - The huge abv is the first thing to hit me. I probably tasted the lemony hops and the dank, earthy, sugary, and caramel malts ,first. But that alcohol is so strong you forget about the rest.

M - Medium/full body with moderate/low carbonation. Very sticky and syrupy.

O - Very well balanced. No one flavor overpowers another, but that's because every flavor is overpowering. This beer is huge! Stone can do no wrong. (560 characters)

Photo of IAmAPenguin
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: sweet raisins, candied caramel, burnt sugar and assertive hops. Appearance: deep ruby/amber with little foam. Taste: very noticeable bitter hop overtones, juicy plum, pineapple, caramelized sugar, mango, prunes and tart grapes. Overall: very complex, alcohol is very well masked but well felt. Very interesting hoppy yet malty overtones. Balanced and impressive. (369 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,042 ratings.