Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 2,038
Hads: 6,332
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 452
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 41
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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 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 silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

A - A dark amber with a redish tint. Almost no head and minimal bubbles. Barely any light passes through.

S - Malts, citrus fruit, sweet and fruity.

T - A malty and sweet front that transforms into a mild bitter aftertaste. Alcohol taste is strong.

M - Smooth, heavy body. Not a lot of carbonation, some alcohol burn.

O - The smooth heavy body combined with the malty sweet taste makes for a pleasant drink. The bitterness is fairly mild, which I like. (461 characters)

Photo of Intelligentsia
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz bottle. I heard they released it Tuesday, drinking Thursday night, so I don't think many are drinking a fresher one. "Ye Shall Know the Bastard, and the Bastard Shall Set You Free."

Don't drink this one cold! You're defiling it!

Immediately I notice that there isn't that impressive of a head. Very little in the way of lacing, either. What little head there was receded quickly.

Smells of caramel, sugar.

Great malt presence from the start. Balanced well by the big hops on the end. I get caramel, sugar, baker's chocolate, wood, pine. Absolutely dominating beer.

About as little carbonation as you can get. Nice complement to the heavy mouthfeel. At 10.5%, you have to expect a great mouthfeel. This one is an absolute wrecking ball on the palate even after the first few ounces. It's great, but at 10.5% and hoppy don't expect to have more than a glass or two. (889 characters)

Photo of agomega
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel color with a large frothy head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: The overwhelming aroma is biscuity with some sweet caramel overtones. In addition there are hints in the background of dark fruits and even some hints of citrus.

Taste: A ton of darker roasted caramel flavors with hints of raisin and fig - surprisingly sweet. A resiny, piney hop character is present in the beer which reaches out and punches you in the face on the finish. Even though the sweetness and the bitterness are close to balanced they clash a little in the finish

Mouthfeel: A big thick mouthfeel with a lot of residual sweetness. The hop resins are very apparent and since they are decidedly piney it is almost like a small amount of tree sap was added to the beer.

Overall: A good beer that any lover of big american beers should appreciate. The only downside is the large format bottles. With the finish sweetness and the 11.2 percent alcohol content it is a very difficult bottle to finish by yourself. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Jeriba
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my brand new Ikea $2 snifter.

A: Dark ruby color, kinda hazy. Lingering cream-colored bubble bath foam.

S: Intense malt and raisin aromas, and spice.

T: Starts out with a punch of sweet raisin and date, followed shortly by toasted malt, which fades into a lingering hop finish. This is how I imagine that gum in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" that takes you through an entire meal while you chew it. Is the brewmaster at Stone an oompa loompa?

M: Lovely texture of tiny bubbles. Rich and creamy but not oily. The mouthfeel really brings out the flavor.

D: This beer should have been named "Sneaky Bastard" for the way it hides the 11.2% ABV. (666 characters)

Photo of TheBrother
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 22oz bomber, gracious diatribe against bro beers on back, release year (2010) on side. Poured amber/mahogany into perfect pint glass. Half finger off white head.

Smell: Floral and citrus, somewhat orange. Sweet and inviting.

Taste: Wow! Sweet up front followed quickly by a huge wave of hops (my girlfriend HATED it), medium-bodied and smooth lingers and spreads across the tastebuds. Fades bitter and has a bit of a bite on the after-taste but leaves you craving for more.

Drinkability: Probably a sipper, you'll notice the high ABV, but one I wouldn't mind sipping all night. (593 characters)

Photo of colt45n
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aparently this was a pretty rare find on tap..

A: Nice burbon brown pour, with a slight bubbly off white head, I can already tell this one is going to be great

S: Lovely malt and some sweet toffee in the nose, maybe a slight amount of bourbon in there as well

T: Malt, Toffee, and a little bourbon, def a thick sipping beer.

Overall I thought the double was absolutly wonderful, this was what the regular was missing. (421 characters)

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. (712 characters)

Photo of TheOtherMike
4.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle

I tried this one solely based upon the reviews here and I was not disappointed.

A: beautiful dark red/brown color with thick head and sticky lacing.

S/T: Full-spectrum flavor here. More on the dark side than I usually prefer but very well balanced.

M/D: The ABV does not go unnoticed and as such this is not something to drink for an entire evening. (369 characters)

Photo of gearbike
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Way over the top. But all good. Deep almost maroon color from tap. First impression is this is a winter warmer. But after a few more sips it starts to reveal so much more. The alcohol is always present but a cornucopia of flavors is contained in this full body beer. Dark fruits give it some sweetness. Some malt gives it a wet stickiness. I even detected some spicy hops. (372 characters)

Photo of xhuskr
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hops lacking presence. More like a barley wine at this point. High malt presence. A bit astringent. Enjoy by myself in moderation. Half pour for a knowledgeable beer friend as too metallic. Still looking forward to the 2009.

A fond remebrance of 2005 in the snow in colorado.

Stone lives on, just not today... for some.

;)... ;| (331 characters)

Photo of tuckevalastin
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber with a medium tan head

S: Nice hoppy smell with a sweet caramel tone

T: Strong hoppy taste but not overpowering. A surprisingly heavy malt taste with a caramel flavor to it. A very nice balance between hops and malt.

M: Little heat and decent bitterness. Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

D: The alcohol hides well but the bitterness holds back drinakbility (380 characters)

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

A nice deep copper/amber color and a two finger head greet you on the pour. On the nose, piney citrus, molasses sweetness and faint alcohol. On the palate, a nice creamy mouthfeel. Malt sweetness balances an intense bitterness (beyond hops, a real grapefruit rind bitterness), with hints of grape.

A really bold American strong ale, to me a marriage of a barleywine ale and a DIPA. Double Bastard. I've been called a lot worse, for a lot less. Can I get an Amen?! (465 characters)

Photo of cdpike
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into trappist glass.

Pours heavy into a very cloudy brownish amber with an off-white, ivory colored foam. I can barely see light through the glass. As I raise the glass to examine the colors, I can already smell the wonderful fragrance. Nose is strong of very chewy caramel malts and a bit of alcohol. Some vanilla and a bit of spice is somewhere in there. Very big bodied on the way in. It hits you first with that wonderful chewy roasted vanilla, caramel flavor and the malts rush throughout your palate on the way down. Finishes arrogantly bitter with that roasted oak lingering in the distance. What a strong ale. What a combination. Holy Stone...these bastards are good. (690 characters)

Photo of advill88
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange tinted brown, with a thick and creamy white two finger head.

Smell is predominantly of strong pineapple fruitiness and floral hops with a hint of malt in the background.

So many flavors going on here. Strong fruity malt kick at the beginning, that's quickly built upon by strong fruity hops, with another swirl of malt that's finished by a slowly perceptible alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is quite heavy, almost chewy, with carbonation on the lighter side, and a really creamy mouthfeel.

Great beer, although the Oaked AB edges it out. Only thing is I'd say the fruitiness is a tad too overpowering, which affects the drinkability to some degree. I never thought I'd say a beer could be bolder than the regular AB, but wow, never mind. (749 characters)

Photo of smerrell
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double Bastard 2011 is excellent - from the thick, white head and heavy lacing, to the deep mahogany, this beer does not fail. the bright, piney aroma accompanies the aggressive hop bitterness. It doesn't take long to feel the 10.5 % alcohol, although you do not taste it. I really like this one. (296 characters)

Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.28/5  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. (1,082 characters)

Photo of CaptYellow
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I tried it without high expectations. I got it while traveling to share with a friend. It was great. $6 a bomber. I'll happily buy it again. Drinkability was high for me. Not only did I finish it wanting more and looking forward to buying it again, I drank it quickly. Being that I'm a sipper and take forever on any beer, it's drinkability is exceptional. It is 10.5% so, of course, a person who drinks quickly might be limited.

Mouthfeel was medium-heavy. Very malty sweetness. Bitterness evident in the taste and particularly in the aftertaste. A pleasant find was butter in the taste. The alcohol was evident in the best possible way- it had a warming taste to it and I felt my face get warm like it does from alcohol. The only other flavor I'd claim to have tasted was caramel.

This reminded me of Rogue's Old Crustacean.

Not the best beer I've ever had, but it is tops in my book and for a fair price with good availability. A definite recommend and remember. (986 characters)

Photo of mutterfudder
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first double bastard! Been looking forward to this since I bought Double Bastard glasses. Clearly, that was what this was poured into ;)

A - Thick and viscous, it goes into the glass with no real head but an ever present ring of a head. The color is a heavy rouge color that is thick and hazy.

S - WOW... malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, wood... then the hops, piney and sharp. What a complex and appetizing nose!

T - Taste doesn't let down. Similar to Arrogant Bastard, but smoother and better balanced in my opinion. The malts and hops are similar, but feel amplified. There is a noticeable "heat" to the beer, but you kind of expect that from a nearly 11 percent beverage.

M/D - Thick on the mouth. The hops stick with you, as does a residual sweetness from the malts. My lips were sticking together. Good stuff. Drinkable but one bottle was all that was needed.

One amazingly complex, well balanced brew. Do recommend! (927 characters)

Photo of Tony49er
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 VINTAGE A Year and a Half old or so....

Serving Type- Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

Appearance- Big thick head, tons of alcohol legs, a reddish cloudy brown color

Smell- Hops, caramel malts, tons of biscuit bread notes, some roasted notes and toffee

Taste- WOW a year and a half has done alot to this beer, alot of the hops have gone to the background and more of the great malts upfront on the palate, tons of toffee, caramel and biscuit bread notes, just wow, solid beer this beer with some age on almost has a barley wine style taste to it with some age on it

Mouthfeel- Very sold, medium to thick mouthfeel, very smooth

Overall- AWESOME just an amazing beer by Stone Brewing Company I love this beer and have had it for many years but never with any age on them and I am glad I put this one away for a while just great stuff if you have never aged this beer do so you will not regret it...CHEERS (922 characters)

Photo of discovolante65
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Split a bomber with a fellow BA.
Poured into a shaped pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, not murky, quite clear in fact. Nice lacing and big, shiny, rainbow-mirror, soapy bubbles.

Smells malty, with a spicy, acidic citrus/ hoppy/ pine bark smell. some alcohol lingers in the aftershock.

Taste - really tough to describe. I can sense some of the same from the nose, citrus, hops, but there's something else at work here. Honestly, and I don't care how crazy it sounds, I can taste burnt pumpkin seeds and leather. Not the taste of leather, but the aroma of a leather jacket captured in a beer. Nutz, I know.

Nice Carbonation with a thin mouthfeel. Good even body throughout, alcohol snuck up towards the end.

Sadly, this is really not my type of beer. It's a great beer, it's just not my beer. I somewhat enjoyed the regular, and was over the moon with the Oak, but I just didn't enjoy this one.
I just wasn't that into it. (929 characters)

Photo of dankbrew21
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Appearance of a milky brown color. The way the bubbles danced to the top of the glass in a wave to form the head was very impressive.
Great head retention, and lots of lacing sticking to the sides of the glass.

Smell is spicy, dark fruits, mabye some peppers. No hops coming through.

Strong alcohol taste! Very thick. Dark malts. Bitter, medium carbonation. There is a sweet underbelly. Definitely double bastardly, this IS and "angry beer". Leaves a kind of stingy bitter after taste. Very complex flavors achieved in the making of this beer.

Moderate drinkability, although I would recommend drinking this slow. Do not underestiimate the double bastard. (672 characters)

Photo of strictly4DK
3.79/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2008 release poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep dark burgundy with almost ruby hues, 2" densely compacted light tan head, amazing thick retention and sticky lacing

S - Overpowering sweetbread malt, followed by underlying grapefruit and grassy/floral notes

T - As with the nose, an initial blast of sweetbread malts, but then here come the hops. Doses of sweet grapefruit, pine, and a bit of earthiness.

M - Good carbonation, residual hop flavors feels like a hop cone has been dragged over the tongue leaving a delicious earthiness like leftover buds and stems, hopefully that make sense to at least someone else.

D - While individually the malt and hop profile are above average, together the difference is too stark for my liking. A bit of a failed effort at our amazingly balanced east coast IPA's. (807 characters)

Photo of mmercede
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 bottle aged for 2+ years. Poured into a liqueur glass.

Appearance: Dark brown and cloudy. typical of a barley wine. Light head that quickly dies down. Nothing special.

Smell: The best characteristic of this ale. As soon as the bottle was popped, I could smell this beer if I had my nose in the glass! Smelled of sour cherries, citrus, dark malts, whiskey, caramel, roasted coffee, and chocolate.

Taste: The taste was very boozy from the get go. Bourbon, coffee, caramel, chocolate, brandy, some fruity tartness, and a light bitterness. As far as fruit goes citrus and tart cherries dominate the palate. Very complex and strong!

Mouthfeel: A bit thick as I expected. However, not oily like some strong ales. The carbonation is light and hardly noticeable upon swallowing.

Drinkability: A great beer, however I would not have more than one in a sitting. I am definitely looking forward to trying one agin though. (935 characters)

Photo of Clowerweb
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass aggressively.

Been waiting to try this one for a while. It's certainly intimidating after examining the bottle, with the dualing big ugly satanic demon signature Stone logos and insanely well crafted and humorous (but true) text on the back.

A: This one was a lot darker than expected. Very dark amber, bordering on crimson. Hold it up to the light and it almost seems to get darker, defying all logic. Very tiny carbonation bubbles, almost none visible. Three fingers of head with large bubbles, disappears almost completely after a minute, but leaves a nice sticky lace on the glass. This one likes to taunt you. Looks wickedly amazing, little head retention is the only fault I can find in the appearance. This is a gorgeous beer.

S: Smells fruity and hoppy. Very curious nose. Pineapple and/or banana and pine stand out the most. Has a sweet smell. In the words of Jack Black: "Sweet sassy molassy". The nose will surprise you on this one. It's not too light, not too pungent. It's perfect. The nose will leave you curious and anxious for a taste. 5/5 perfect.

T: Umm... hard to put this one into words. Every sip takes you on a journey of wild twists and turns. Starts mild with a slight bitter hopiness, then transforms into sweet pineapple, pear, banana, dark fruits, molasses and caramel, with just a perfect hint of smoky roasted malts, that will kick in from nowhere so hard you'll feel it rise through your nasal passages. It finishes on the dry side with the light bitter hops coming back through, but the tropical fruit flavors linger. I don't know how they pulled this off, but it's amazing. I really can't detect the alcohol in this, despite it being 10.5%. Huge kudos. 5/5

M: Chewy, bready, full bodied. I don't pick up on the syrupy feel that others have mentioned, but it is a bit on the thicker side, I wouldn't say syrupy though. Very little carbonation, but just enough to be nearly perfect for its style. I think a TOUCH more carbonation could have benefited it though, but just a touch. Despite what another reviewer said about it being overly carbonated, my bottle had very little, almost too little.

O: This beer lives up to the hype. If you've ever wanted to try it, go for it. If you've been reluctant, don't be. This beer will take your senses on a wild and wonderful ride. Drink the whole 22oz. bottle - it's easy to do because it's so damn smooth and interesting, but it'll give you a nice slap on the ass with it's 10.5% ABV :D

I'm still looking for that perfect 5/5 beer, but this one almost got it. It was so close. Probably the best beer I've ever had, although I was still unfortunately able to find some very very small flaws. This is dangerously close to overall perfect. This almost made me give up that perfect 5/5 review on my 8th beer review. (2,848 characters)

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 2,038 ratings.