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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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2,054 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,054
Hads: 6,416
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 19.25%
Wants: 477
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 38
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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Reviews: 2,054 | Hads: 6,416
Photo of lou50rp
3.56/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with some carbonation, off white head
Fruity, alcohol smell
Taste is a mix of sweet fruit and hops. A mellow taste, not strong.
Mouthfeel is good with definite tingle from the carbonation
Overall it is ok, but not outstanding. My least favorite Stone offering so far.

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

Purchased this fine brew a few times now. So I figured now I would rate it to avoid any snap judgement on it.

I've always liked most of Stone's offerings, especially earlier in my exploration of beer when hops were the only thing that seemed to matter (how naive hah!). I always appreciated Arrogant Bastard as a decently-balanced ale with good character and widespread appeal. So when I found out about Double Bastard, I was intrigued to try a more extreme offering of the Bastard, and ready to compare the two.

You've no doubt read a few times about the lacy white head, coppery color, etc. I'll just skip to the taste and impression.

Wow! Is all I could say after having a few sips. It has a strikingly bold start, but nothing overwhelms or hits you with one profile. All the hoppy characteristics of regular Bastard are there, but with better malt balance to even it out and also a more boozy sweetness.

You can definitely tell its potency after a few gulps. However that potency is more subdued than the 11.2% ABV might have you believe. A few friends of mine who have tried it were all shocked to learn it was that alcohol-infused, they guessed about 8.5-9%.

All in all, I believe this brew to be far superior to regular Arrogant Bastard. I am more partial lately to "extreme" style beers with strong ABV and character. It is a definite recommendation that you pick up a bottle if you fall in line with those tastes. I have already given it a good review amongst peers who are looking for something new and different in the beer world.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 Release.

A: Pours a mostly clear copperish ruby with an off white head. Head takes a couple minutes to dissipate leaving spots of lacing on the glass. Just a few bubbles of visible carbonation.

S: Very mellow aroma on this one that reminds me of a farmhouse I used to visit as a child. Malts add a big richness that overwhelm the hops. Certainly fig, raisin or another dried dark fruit pushes through.

T: Very bold flavor on this one. A wallop in the face of intense malt flavors that barely beats out the dramatic hop entrance. Carmel or toffee adds some sweet flavors. Hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Full body with moderate to low carbonation. A bit dry on the finish from the amount of hops. Not too hot considering the ABV but certainly warms you up.

Overall this one is just screaming to be aged. Haven't had one in a couple of years and am really able to appreciate this beer now. A very serious bastard that will leave you wanting more.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Stone Double Bastard is an American strong ale with a big 11.2%ABV~ Pours light to medium brownish/burnt orange with tons of sediment~ Nice big, full body robust head that sat pretty for several minutes~ Nose is malty, sweet, hoppy, bready, raisin, pine, fruit and vanilla~ Feel is smooth, creamy, full, warming, bitter and boozy~ Taste is intense, as per usual with Stone Brewery : Caramel, Malt, Bread, Brown Sugar, Grapefruit, Pine, Dough, Bourbon, Peach, Oatmeal, Plum, Oak, Cherry, Banana, Citrus, Toffee and Butter Biscuits~ Just an absolute Jaw Jacker... BIG, Heavy and Full flavored to the max! This liquid glory absolutely floors and round house drop kicks the Fu€k out of the taste buds and palate, satisfies and covers the 11% like a champ... Overall: 95

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

22 ounce Beer Club Mug-$7

A- Deeper orange in color.2 finger lingering head.

S- Hop was evident, pine and citrus with bready aroma.

T- Not as hoppy as I anticipated, smooth. nice full piney taste.


O- I liked it much but it is a dangerous beer. Knocked me over big time. Sip slowly and enjoy.

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Photo of Ohmmygawd
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dangerous beer. %11.2 Abv
Bottle to glass.
A- I'm really surprised about how little amount of head I got compared to other reviews on this page. Only about one fingers worth but it didn't settle as I drank and lacing was evident all the way through.

S- Molasses and black cherries. Deep dark fruity feel in the aroma.

T- Raisins, cherries, molasses with a slight bitter bite following. Yum!

M- Smooth and very creamy. The taste lingers on the sides of the tongue while the creamy taste rolls down the middle.

O- Great after dinner beer for sitting around and chatting. Pairs wonderfully with pineapple and other creamy deserts (chocolate fondue anyone?) This label screams eat with devil's food cake.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a dark murky brown ales with plenty of carbonation running up to the top. The center of the beer nests some lovely red and copper hues while the out edges get just a smidgen lighter in saturation. The head is thin and light tan, and quickly become a thin ring with some good lacing.
The aroma is sweet, banana bread and figs are the first thing I pick up, mild brown sugar follows and then mild pine and earthy smells mixed in with some dark malts tail the scent.
It is really smooth and I cannot believe this is a high ABV ale, its mildly sweet overall and the hops are strong but not over powering, the malts and hops are perfectly balanced in this one.
It is medium bodied and it really warms up your mouth without getting too foul!

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Photo of IronLover
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber in color with a slight haze that clarifies as this warm. Poured with a thick off-white foam that is fed by a lazy, but steady stream of bubbles from the depths of the glass. The thick, rich cap leaves sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus pineapple aroma up front with undeniable booziness in tow. Intense sweet caramel malty aromas follow with pine hop aromas deep in the background. Full bodied and sticky sweet, with an incredible, delicate, creamy smooth feel. Caramel malt flavors barrel right down the middle with pineapple hop bitterness around the edges that transition to pine hop flavors from the middle to the end. The boozy heat hides beneath the hop bitterness up front but slowly intensifies through the middle to the end. Finishes with a soft, slightly dry feel with lingering pine hop bitterness and lots of boozy heat. This beer is a force that lives up to its name.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City, paired with a pressed turkey and cheddar with sauerkraut and whole-grain mustard on marble rye bread. Served in a small Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Pour yields a sudsy caramel off-white head of a finger ahd a half. Mostly microbubbles, but a smattering of larger, soap-like bubbles are atop the beverage as well. Retention is excellent and leaves spots of lacing on the glass as I drink it down. Supporting the head is a beautiful dark crimson-amber hue with some shades of magenta or almost purple to give it an amethyst like quality, but more red. Maybe like a cross between an amethyst and a ruby. Very pretty shade of red in any case.

Smell - The smells of caramel malt and pungent hops compete to be the most predominant on the nose. Beneath that there are elements of dark fruit--specifically black plum and perhaps black cherry, but without any of the tartness that usually accompanies cherries. Maybe even some hints of raisin as well, although faint. the hops used are earthy and peat-like, rather than citric or floral.

Taste - Initially, I get some light sweetness, like light molasses or maybe even Grade A (light amber) maple syrup. But that is quickly complimented by the bittering of the hops used to avoid this from becoming just a lot of sweet malt. The hops are aggressive enough to provide bitterness and allow me to recognize that common beer ingredient, but they don't overpower the main character of this beer, which is malt, sweetness and a touch of light pepper.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and medium bodied, with ample carbonation for the style, but still probably moderate levels on an overall scale. Finish is sweet, but not cloying.

Overall, a wonderful beer, especially when paired with the right food. It worked quite well with the acidity and pungency of the spicy mustard and pickled flavors of the sauerkraut. But it's certainly good enough to stand on its own, even though it might be a sipping beer. I did prefer it as it warmed and allowed the malt profile to shine.

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Photo of john0721
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A favorite of mine in the "bastard" series for more the a decade.

2014 version, 22oz bottle.

brown sugar and pine in the nose.

Flavor starts with sweet brown sugar, toffee, followed by pear, apple, pine, orange, lemon, grape, cookie, all well balanced.

Ends with long bitter finish.

This one I keep coming back to, year after year.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle

Double Bastard Ale was orange-brown in color and a little hazy. It had a beige head with good retention. The smell sweet malt and fruit with some piney hops coming through. The taste was very good with sweet carmel malt and dried fruit flavors and plenty of bitterness to balance. The finish was long with some lingering bitterness. It was full bodied with medium- light carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer. Bought it for $10, pretty expensive. This beer is bursting with flavor. A lot of tart fruitiness, sharp hop flavor, some subtle malt backbone, and of course some booze going on here, as it is quite high on the ABV.

I couldn't ask for a better view. Pretty much the same as the oaked version, minus the oak flavor. This is a VERY strong beer, something you need to sip. Its actually so heavy and boozy, your body almost forces you to sip it.

Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find another beer quite like this one. One of a kind. Only thing that keeps me from buying this on a regular basis is the price, and the fact that I'm not a full blown alcoholic.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.