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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,046 Ratings

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Ratings: 5046
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%

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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Photo of MisSigsFan


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle aged 10/22/12. Pours a cloudy orange/red with a finger thick white head. Smell is much sweeter than the original Bastard. A lot of citrus and booze coming through with some malt. Taste follows the nose, but with more maltiness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Very smooth and has that signature Arrogant Bastard sting to it. The bitterness really lingers here. Overall, this is an absolutely insane ale. If you thought the original Bastard was good, this is a whole new beast.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 01:35:50 | More by MisSigsFan
Photo of brewskifan55


4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Opaque amber with a tan half-finger head that turns to tiny bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Malts, grainy.

T: Really comes on like a barleywine. Nice malt/hop bite. Bready malts, alcohol heat. Sweet. Chewy finish.

M: Medium to high with great carbonation.

O: Strong, bold, kickass. Terrific with a slice of swiss cheese.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:09:37 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of wordemupg

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
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


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
Photo of Roman5150


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
Photo of stephenjmoore


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
Photo of spoony


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle into a globe glass.

A-The pour is thick-looking. The brew is reddish with a deep amber, iron-wood color. The head is on the thin side and light tan in color. A few bubbles are visible. Some lacing on the glass.

S-This smells like a lumber mill...in a good way, with lots of fresh pine and herbal forest scents. I detect mint, and fruity booze, along with some burnt caramel, spice, and chocolate as it warms up. Nice and earthy.

T-The taste is also earthy, herbal, and heavy on the pine-forward hops, but there is less mint and more chocolate. The booze is very apparent, but not in a hot, stout like manner. Instead, you get an almost medicinal, brandy-like flavor of sweet, fruity booze.

M-Feel is medium to full body with a pine-heavy dankness to it. Carb is mild, alcohol is noticeable.

O-This is a unique and delicious beer. I have had regular Bastard on numerous occasions, but nothing prepared me for the pine-bomb that this beer let off. Sweet, fruity, and full of herbal, medicinal alcohol, this is definitely a big beer. I suggest pairing with spicy foods or drinking alone as a digestif-like after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:04:09 | More by spoony
Photo of Clonies720


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber @ 11.2% ABV poured into a snifter glass.

Aroma - Medium brown in color but turns dark ruby red when held to the light. The head is thick and frothy with excellent retention. Lacing is plentiful.

Smell - Pine resin, orange peel, pineapple, and some malty sweetness. Alcohol burn is slightly noticeable.

Taste - The taste is fairly well balanced with a lean towards hoppy bitterness . Loads of bitterness and loads of sweet malty backbone. Maple, pine, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and smooth as hell. Carbonation is medium-high and just right. Full bodied.

Overall - Extremely tasty. It's a sipping beer for sure. Laid 2 bottles of this down for aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:13:20 | More by Clonies720
Photo of WiscoBrewsco


4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Rich amber red in color with a decent amount of carbonation and little to no head

Smell - A big malt bomb with a sugary sweet hint of brown sugar and a slight alcohol smell

Taste - The flavor followed suit with the aroma. A big punch of malt right off the bat with lots of sweet notes immediately following. Brown sugar with hints of caramel. This immediately gives way to a bready thick malt backbone and then tapers off into a slightly hoppy sweet alcohol burn at the very end

Mouthfeel - Decently thick for a strong ale with a nice amount of carbonation to move everything around. Good example for the style

Overall - This is one of the better strong ales I have ever had and a really big beer overall. Lots of nice malt complexities going on here with a good balance of sweetness. Very solid beer

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 17:18:23 | More by WiscoBrewsco
Photo of arfenhouse


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 release, ~4-5mo. old.

A: Dark copper/ruby red with off-white head. Retention is good and lacing is decent

S: Big sweet caramel aroma dominates. Behind it are a touch of spicy and earthy hops. Very slight alcohol.

T: Sweet caramel mixed with a noticeable amount of alcohol bite. Aftertaste is a spicy hop, oak + vanilla, with a tiny bit of pine coming through.

M:Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation. Silky smooth and dry.

O: I haven't had this fresh so I'm not sure how it's "supposed" to taste like but I like it. Malt heavy with not much of a bitterness. It may just be an older bottle, but this wasn't as "arrogant" as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 06:45:23 | More by arfenhouse
Photo of Siriusfisherman


4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, hazy mahogany with glints of ruby, a decent off-white head that dissipates quickly into a ring of foam around the sides, good lacing.

S: Big sweet malt, burnt candy, apricot, resinous and piney hops, some alcohol spice and fruity esters that grow as the beer warms. Very complex.

T/M: A nice crescendo of bitterness, joined by sweet, burnt caramel candy notes, resinous hops, apricot, and peppery/estery alcohol notes. Full sticky mouthfeel, semi-sweet finish, with more alcohol complexities appearing as the beer warms.

Overall, this beer as outstanding. It is upfront and no-nonsense, and full of complexities. It doesn't get bogged down with ten different malt characters, and a ton of different hops, it instead opts for excellent execution and complexity from basic ingredients. I cannot recommend this one enough, incredible.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 00:24:24 | More by Siriusfisherman
Photo of JustinAniello


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours reddish brown with a two finger head. Dissipates to a light cap and semi-sticky lacing.

S - Dry wood and burnt caramel take up the majority of the aroma with pine coming up in the background.

T - Heavy breadiness turning to burnt caramel and molasses, quite sweet on the swallow. The resiny hops shows through in the aftertaste, though lighter than I was expecting from Stone. Little alcohol flavor as well but pretty good overall at hiding it for how high it is.

M - Medium body and carbonation, oily feel.

O - Pretty good beer, nice flavors and aroma despite the lack of complexity. A enjoyable sipper. Would prefer with the oily feel and could use another flavor or two. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:58:31 | More by JustinAniello
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a beautiful dark amber almost burgundy pour with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head giving off great lacing. huge sweet malt on the nose, a little hint of bubble gum, slightly boozy. WOAH, the flavor is bitter and boozy up front, with a huge burn on the chest. lots of sweet malt, slightly fruity like a tutti frutti candy, strawberries, can't really pinpoint it but there is something fruity about this beer, which is way weird, because bastard tastes nothing like this usually. a delicious full-medium body beer with a nice amount of carbonation and a huge burn from the abv.

i love this one, so tasty which makes it go down so damn easy, and then you read the abv on the label and WHOOPS. n seriously, a lovely beer, glad i picked up another one to age for a bit. it's like a fruity barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:28:48 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of deeznuts420


4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured into a duvel tulip. had about a finger and a half of head that dissipated fairly quickly. brownish red color.smelled of sweet bready maltiness followed by a ton of piney, citrusy hops. also a tiny bit of grapefruit and slight alcohol.tastes fairly bitter up front followed by sweet bready maltiness with the piney citrusy hops following right behind. sweet then bitter finsh with a good heavy mouthfeel. one of the best strong ales out there and would and have it again

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 11:13:26 | More by deeznuts420
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.46/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Opened on 3.17.13
2011 3l swing-top bottle.

A - Pours a light hazy orange with an explosive off-white head. Great retention and streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S - A bit oxidized, and some strong sweet malts and older faded hops.

T - Just as the nose. A bit oxidized, but it really didn't take much away from the taste.

D - Tons of carbonation and a medium body.

O - Ok, the fun part was pouring the big boy bottle, but I don't think this is really the way to age a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:59:00 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of PhantasIPA


4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The colour of this beer is a very dark amber and brown. The beer pours with a solid 1/2 inch head and has minimal lacing against the glass.

The smell of this brew is a heavy, sweet malt mixed with a very earthy scent of earth and nuts.

That taste of this beer is malt heavy, with a strong molasses and caramel flavor. followed by the heavy, earthy notes.

The mouthfeel is bitter and heavy and lingers on the tongue with a steady yet tasty flavour. Very nice!

This beer is complicated, strong, balanced and tasty. It is difficult for me to identify every flavour and scent but the balance of earth tones, very heavy, sweet flavour and bitter aftertaste make for a unique and nice tasting beer. Absolutely worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 02:27:58 | More by PhantasIPA
Photo of Moose90


4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber
Bottled 10.19.12
Tasted 03.14.13

A – Vivid translucent dark copper color. Head is light brown and tall, though it does recede to a thin sticky layer that leaves behind great lacing.

S – Nothing too crazy. Quite alcoholic and sweet. Big boozy notes. Underneath it all it comes across as a barleywine; dried dark fruits, brown sugar.

T – Bright and hoppy initially, but the malt sweetness abounds and dominates. Lots of pine, not fresh, but old and resinous. Flavors are strongly bitter and do linger on the palate, there is somehow a nice balance here between sweet and hops, the hops are not fresh, but they do bring a nice, cutting dryness to the table.

M – Thick, drinks like a stout, more alcohol comes through here. It has a lingering and lasting finish.

O – This is one hell of a beer, quite strong, and 22oz in a sitting is more than enough. The label writing on the back is on the spot. This is a brew worth seeking out, it is seriously boozy and astringent. This is bar none the best warming beer ever, when Stone releases this in the winter as a pick me up (and kick your ass) beer, it is an experience, this beer is great fresh, and only gets better with age. I will seek this out in the future. This beer is greater than the sum of its parts.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 05:08:55 | More by Moose90
Photo of sooner961


4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lives up to it's name and the "book" printed on the back of the bottle. Not for the weak or inexperienced. Not sure what to say about this one...or should I say, not sure how to express all the tastes, experiences, or lingering emotions I had with each sip... notice I said sip... this isn't one you'll be slamming back and wondering why the bartender hasn't poured you another one already. For this one, you'll have to have some time to savor and some good music or a great movie to back it up. Smooth at the beginning and smells wonderful! Then it hits you with an explosion of different tastes...hops, citrus, and some kind of spice...can't identify it...(it's top secret, after all!). Ends with a kick of bitter "can of whoopass!" that'll have you wondering, "what just happend!?!"

I really think that's why this beer is high on the ranking lists... it's so much freakin' fun trying to figure it out!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:03:38 | More by sooner961
Photo of damndirtyape


4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber (2012 bottling, bought in October 2012) served in a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Translucent deep amber-copper color. 1/4" thick foam at pouring died down to thin foam across the top. Persistent strands of lacing, a few sheets of lacing here and there.

Smell: Surprisingly not a strong smelling beer. With a swirl you get some alcohol notes that make you think of barrel aging. Some citrus/lemony hops under the alcohol and malt sweetness.

Taste: Starts off with a lot of hop flavors well blended with malt sweetness. I got pine and grapefruit and orange peel mixed in with caramel malt and a deep sweetness for balance. This blended flavor then transitions into more of the malt and then a long lingering bitterness that really smacks you around. It's a strong bitterness, not overpowering, but strong. Piney, herbal, grassy, earthy, spicy too. Complex bitterness would be a good way to describe the finish. Definitely a slow sipping beer for savoring, but that bitterness can really dominate the palate. And domination is the right word - it rules the tongue and dictates what it senses at the end of the swallow. I feel that the words on the back of the bottle "one lacerative muther of an ale" are true to form for that finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and thick. Just right carbonation. A little bit sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Well...I drank the whole 22oz bottle by myself. I met the bastard and the bastard did set me free. For such a strong and bitter beer, it keeps inviting you to drink more and it kept smacking me around with every sip. And yet I savored it despite that strong bitter finish and abuse of my palate. It reminds me a bit of the Stone Ruination ale for what it's doing to my tongue right now. Drinkability is good, and I have a feeling I'm going to regret it later. But....that strong bitterness I could see as a love it or hate it feeling early on in the beer. Either you embrace it and succumb to the domination of the bitterness with this beer, or you reject it early on and find something else to drink. I chose to take it all in, but I can see myself also on another occasion saying no and stopping early on. I think the only weak spot with this beer is that the aroma is weak. Otherwise its well crafted and worth a try. See if you can hold up to the onslaught and succumb to it - I'm glad I tried it and I suspect I would take up the challenge again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 00:20:18 | More by damndirtyape
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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a big four finger khaki head. It kept growing past the point where I thought it would; it spilled over the mug a bit, and I was delighted. It died down to about one finger, but that stuck around just about all the way down. The color was very murky and a deep brown; sort of amber hues in there as well.

Smell- Pretty hoppy, a fair amount of citrus aroma is present. A bit of alcohol on the nose.

Taste- The taste sort of explodes on the palate. It was bitter with citrus hops; very, very flavorful. You get the alcohol on the end but it isn't too overpowering, maybe because I was expecting a bite from this one.

Mouthfeel- I liked the amount of carbonation. It's there, but it isn't dominating the palate or anything. This is a very smooth beer.

Overall- I've been meaning to try this for a while now, and I have to say it lives up to the short story on the back of the bottle. It's flavorful, smooth, and packs quite a punch. I would absolutely buy this one again. Let's just say I was feeling the arrogance after drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 14:00:27 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
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4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for Stone. i was expectin mass hops....
poured a dark amber, little head, very little carbonation...
smell is sweet, malts and barley; very nice and unexpected.
taste is of the same. very much easier than expected to put down. even after a long conversation with the beautiful red-head next to me, the warming of the brew was a complete non-factor. this is urprisingly easy to drink, sweet and almost delicious-especially for the abv.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 03:08:31 | More by pkalix
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Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a bright amber with a 1 finger light tan head. Vertical columns of lacing bubbles remain on the glass.

S- toffee, toast, nice citrus and some pine and earthiness.

T- toasted malts, caramel and toffee, citrus with some citrus rind, with a good amount of pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Effervescent and a little acidic right away and then mellows some.

O- nice beer that I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Nice blend of sweet malts, citrus and bitter pine.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:37:35 | More by kawilliams81
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4.99/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tasting snifter. Glowing, slightly opaque amber color. Full tan and rocky head. Good lacing down the glass. Taste is surprisingly fruity and hoppy with good caramel character across the middle and citrusy throughout. Sticky but very drinkable mouthfeel. Booze is prominent while not overpowering, though it is very warm in the belly. Aftertaste is pleasantly bitter yet refreshing. A REAL pleasure to drink! Excellent pair with salty or spicy foods, not sweets. DELICIOUS and overall excellence. BRAVO!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:27:12 | More by jgurley
Photo of Fatehunter


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A finger and half of reddish head on an almost clear amber colored body. There's a lot of sediment.
The aroma is weak with only a little malt and lemon coming through.
The taste is HUGE and BOLD. Lots of lemon bitterness thrown against tons of malt. It maintains a great balance.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
A big beer with still keeps it together.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 01:25:35 | More by Fatehunter
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,046 ratings.