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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,598
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 346
Gots: 737 | FT: 26
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12-09-2011 04:21:09 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

05-29-2014 16:24:42 | More by Latarnik
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New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-12-2014 23:21:58 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

A: Poured similar to its little brother, a dark crimson red which was topped off by a flat sandy beige colored head which quickly fell. A moderately fair lacing was left afterwards. Perhaps most intriquing was its dark brooding nature.

S: The nose was pungent and evident from the first pour with the Chinook hops providing dried grapefruit scents mixed with pine. A nice malty aroma filled with light roasted character blends nicely with the dried citrusy nature.

T: The flavor was malty, with dried pine and grapefruit hopping. A sugary malting lies underneath the rich, and dried hoppy character. Boozy with some warm alcohol and cask notes with a dry flowery lacing coats the tongue after the swallow. Really smooth overall with some light dried fruitiness of raisins as well some bitter chocolate hints.

M: warm and luscious, with an oily viscosity medium full in nature and a light to moderate carbonation showing

D: Drinkability was good I thought, much smoother and refined then the original bastard. A dark ale that was rich, malty and arrogant, yet somehow very smooth and easy to put down despite its abv.

01-05-2009 23:44:13 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a clear orange/brown, with very nice looking head, and a lot of lacing. The smell is HOPS, but a very fresh hop smell, floral citrus, very little alcohol can be detected in the nose. The taste is a dense malty backbone balanced perfectly with hops. This is the most perfectly balanced beer I've ever had. You know theres a shitload of malt and a shitload of hops, but neither of them have the advantage. Insanely full mouthfeel, and just an excellent ale. Thanks a lot DrJay!

06-05-2005 22:34:09 | More by Viggo
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3%

A - dark amber, slight orangish hue in the light; tan, off white head that is dense, foamy, and soft; great retention

S - bread, citrus, floral; a perfect bouquet; smells like a fantastic DIPA

T - bread, caramel, raisins, plums, prunes, pine, mild wood, candy sugar, bitterness in the finish that hangs on the palate for a while, as the beer warms the alcohol adds warmth and body

M - full bodied, smooth, crisp but not overly carbonated, a bit warm

This is a great beer!! It could be a barleywine. It could be an extreme DIPA. No matter what you call it the flavor profile and balance are fantastic. For the ABV it's drinkable based on it's flavor. This is a dangerous, delicious delight.

04-28-2012 00:23:00 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Got this out on tap into a goblet.
Deep caramel color with a slight head and little lacing.

Unfortunately I was a bit stuffed up to get a real good smell of it. I got hops, a malty caramel, and a sweet smell to it.

Hops in the front followed by a malty taste and finished by the sweetness on my tongue. A bit of alcohol can be detected throughout the taste.

This thing is thick, almost chewy. Still somehow smooth in my mouth.

I could have enjoyed at least one more of these if I hadn't been driving. Better safe than sorry.

01-21-2010 04:53:03 | More by Kelp
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3.55/5  rDev -16.9%

Review from notes 2/6/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a hazy orange/ruby color. A one finger head forms, but dissipates quickly to nothing.

S: Very malty, not a lot of hop presence at all. Some dark fruit and alcohol is quite present.

T: Very sweet, there is a lot of dark fruit - some raisins dark cherries, as well as some caramel. Again, not a lot of hops. Can taste the alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied. Overall, the alcohol presence really hurt this one for me. I was also surprised at the lack of hops.

03-03-2011 01:53:34 | More by mdaschaf
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Deep cherry wood / mahogany tone. Thin beige head leaves spotty lace. Aroma is quite malty. Sweet. And some NW hoppiness to it as well. More malt than hops on this nose though. The body of this beer is full and has a viscous feel to it. Mouthfeel is actually quite creamy. This, along with the nice taste, leads to a high drinkability even though it's 10%. The taste is quite exotic. A virtual cornucopia of fruit flavors. Passion fruits. Pineapple. Ripe melon. Grapefruit rind. All this is accompanied by a noticeable EtOH heat and a high alpha acid hop bitterness. The malt tones are what really make this beer great though. The toffee and caramel tones are quite delicious. What an accomplishment in brewing. This is a dandy.

12-18-2003 04:35:25 | More by Bighuge
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4.09/5  rDev -4.2%

Warning, this is a huge beer. Big dark ruby and brown pour, massive amounts of everything.

If there was ever a beer that is a malt bomb and uber hoppy, this is it. Chewy, but oh so bitter. Chinook smack to it. Mouthfeel is so puckering. Share this one with someone. Good price for what goes into it, but damn if you'll have two of these in a sitting.

This beer is challenging. Full of a ton of ingredients. But its good, but oh so warming.

03-17-2010 13:43:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

12-21-2012 19:58:38 | More by sendbeer
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a caramel brown color with a little bit of a cherry tint to it. it had a frothy thin head covering the top of the beer that receded a bit as I drank it, only to cling to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a pine and citrus flavor to it with a fairly strong zesty, orange and lemon peel flavors. It also has a pretty big malty, caramel and somewhat sweet flavor to the nose as well. I really like that it seems so unique and doesn't really fit into a style, although it probably comes closest to an American Barleywine in my opinion.

The taste has a nice big malty and caramely backbone to it but also has a big bitter, citrusy, hop presence to balance out the sweetness. The zest that the nose had is definitely present in the taste as well. It finishes a little on the bitter side with a little bit of earthy spice to it. Little bit of alcohol to it but not a lot.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with below average carbonation, which worked well for the style. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice beer overall. It's a very good tasting beer but what I really like about it is it's uniqueness.

Another Stone release that I will purchase a few bottles of every year. I can only imagine my score on this one would increase with some age on it as the alcohol bite fades and the malt comes through a bit more.

05-08-2010 01:24:24 | More by billab914
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-11-2014 04:56:24 | More by dmorgan310
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%

2004: Mostly clear, deep red with orangish highlights. Thick, dense, off-white head that showed very good retention and lacing. Big, balanced aroma profile combining rich maltiness with fresh citrus and piney hops. Again, the flavour was a wonderful balance strong, caramel maltiness and aggressive hop bitterness and flavour. There's also a very light fruitiness present. Complex finish, dry and long with plenty of bitterness, alcohol warmth and pine resin flavours. Full bodied with medium carbonation and a smooth, creamy texture. This is an awesome beer, surprisingly well balanced and drinkable considering the huge flavours and high abv.

06-22-2005 02:56:26 | More by DrJay
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

22oz 2007 release picked up at Erickson's fine wines for about $5.50.. poured into my New Belgium tulip at cellar temp.

Thick sticky head and alot of lacing atop a deep clear amber/copper brew.

Aroma is thick and very hoppy.. pine and caramel big time.... getting some alcohol on the nose, but I don't mind alot... dried cherries and a touch of raisin.

Damn.. tastes like a sweeter barleywine.. big burly bitter backbone.. balanced by a very sweet but not cloying maltiness. Huge pine and citrus hop flavors and caramel toffee... hops and malts kung fu fight for control of my palate... Fairly thick body and an assertive but small bubble carbonation... fair amount of yeasty fruitiness adds well to the overall complexity... Very aggressive and subtle at the same time... more like a kung fu ballet.

This is the 4th year I've had this brew, and I can tell you I only have 1 '06 in the cellar... It is always a goto beer anytime I can't pick something out... after tonight, I am thinking I am going to have to get a case and let them mellow in the box, out of sight out of temptation.

Edit: Wooh! I only wanted 1 beer before bed.. this is the perfect nightcap.

01-08-2008 09:20:57 | More by JohnGalt1
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-29-2012 23:45:18 | More by Zaphog
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2011 01:25:37 | More by PEIhop
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4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

Got the 2006 version on-tap at the GA release.

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes slowly but eventually settles into a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is sticky at first but near the end there's not much of it.

Smells very good. Big malt sweetness up front followed by a bigger piney hop aroma. It smells like a big beer.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Malty sweetness followed by a slight citrus hop flavor and ending with a piney and bitter finish. The flavors meld flawlessly and the only hint of the alcohol is the warming sensation. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is great. It has a great thickness to go along with very subtle carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

Drinkability is also great. I wouldn't guess that it was 10%, and I could easily drink a few of these.

Overall, this was my introduction to Stone and it did not disappoint. The hops were still big even after the two years of aging. I'm excited to try a more recent version of this to see how it stacks up.

09-23-2008 04:58:25 | More by glid02
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -18%

05-14-2013 23:11:24 | More by liamt07
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4.15/5  rDev -2.8%


On tap at Stone. 2010 Double Bastard dry hopped with Simcoe.

A: Dark brownish red with a big off white head. Good retention. 

S: Big floral presence, with ample grapefruit and pine. Hops are expressive, and accompanied by a rich caramel profile and bready notes. Nice combination of caramel and hops.

T: Slightly sugary caramel with notes of grapefruit and pine. Booze is restrained for the ABV. Midpalate ephemeral sweetness. Firm bitterness with low astringency. Finish is dry.

M: Upper medium body with upper low carbonation. Mouthfeel is sticky and smooth, with some astringency and warming.

Overall: Slightly mellowed Double Bastard with added dry hopping makes for an enjoyable beer in small quantities.

02-20-2011 07:24:24 | More by HopHead84
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3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a semi-cloudy orangeish-mahogany with over an inch of light tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was mostly bitter hops with some sweet malt undertones. There was also a bit of yeasty spice hiding in there. On the tongue, alcohol was the dominant taste, followed by hops, malt and spice.

The body was pleasingly full, but a bit too sticky-sweet. Drinkability was good, but a little rough due to the alcohol taste.

Overall, a decent beer that's much better than the original AB. Certainly worth trying.

01-02-2011 06:15:50 | More by beertunes
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +8.4%

This had a little more sherry flavour, but seemed just as smooth, if not smoother, than its little brother: the Arrogant Bastard! It is quite bold, but not at all harsh.

A: Dark caramel, with an off-white head. Some retention, with nice lacing.

S: Sherry & pine, with malty goodness.

T: Initially slightly sweet, with sherry, chocolate and fruity caramel flavours. Some warming pine in the middle. Slightly bitter in the finish... but VERY smooth.

M: Full syrupy body, slightly higher than moderate carbonation.

D: Truly is exceptional for a beer of this strength. (Though some may not like the Chinook hops).

Thanks Kevin!

09-17-2005 20:17:29 | More by Derek
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%

Release 2003
On the pour a translucent deep garnet color and the head portly in size and spumescent in texture, the color a toothsome light tan with the resultant lace a satiny veil to obscure the glass. The aroma of the hop flowers quite evident along with the fusel alcohol, malt sweet at the back, fresh and a portent of things to come this nose, start is ambrosial, rich in malt with the top a full in its feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops omnipotent and the 10 percent ABV instantly warms the tummy, droughty aftertaste that maintains the bitterness alcohol and hops to the very last. One of the beers I wait for each year, a six pack for the fridge, and a case for the cellar.

Release 2002:
On the pour a crystal clear deep Sanguineous color with the head majestic in size and frothy in texture with the lace a thick glutinous sheet. Nose is malt; hop floral, caramel, hints of butter and light fusel alcohol tones. Front is ambrosial, the top middling, the finish is devastatingly hopped, peacefully acidic, the aftertaste is beastly alcohol bitter, a major league “Belly Warmer to boot". Oh God, how I love this magisterial brew, it’s a Jekyll and Hyde beer, good at the start, brutal at the finish.

Release 2001:
The beer pours a deep ruby color with a portly reddish-brown head that is semi-creamy and after its decomposition a fine sheet of lace forms to cover the glass. Nose is buttery, sweet, hints of brown sugar, and traces of hops. Begins malt sweet with the top full in its feel and the carbonation moderate, the acidity moderate, also the finish is loaded with hops and the aftertaste dry and alcohol bitter with the 10 percent ABV warming the tummy. Another great beer from this most magnificent brewery, but as they say "Not Meant For Everyone", so beware!

01-15-2004 23:01:18 | More by Gusler
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

07-26-2012 04:45:56 | More by rolltide8425
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-22-2013 18:04:57 | More by ShanePB
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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