Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,024
Reviews: 2,018
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 393
Gots: 937 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GreenWBush
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage, aged one year in my makeshift closet cellar. I'm amazed how unphased it was, and for that matter how little it changed or quieted down. I'm sure with how wickedly potent this is in terms of hot booze and hops it could remain brash after a decade.

Comes out of the bottle a cherry-hued amber. An ivory sea-foam head politely rests atop the glowing DB, leaving the faintest lines of lace.

For how brash this beer is, the nose really doesn't reflect its intensity. Somewhat subtle; slight hints of licorice, dough, baker's yeast, cherries, paste, a metallic twinge.

This is astonishingly 'big' in flavor though. Many of the aromas hinted at were nowhere to be found on the palate, most of which I noticed had directly to do with ethyl alcohol. Hot shots of hop-vodka. Watermelon and cranberry hints are there too, but below the caustic hop and booze attack.

Like biting into a live wire...high-voltage shocks of alcohol and hop cones. Doesn't have the addictibility of Bigfoot et. al, but will sure put an end to your insomnia.

Photo of Yabev15
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Appearance: Translucent maroon/mahogany hue with a soapy off-white one finger head.

Aroma: Lots of malt. Great caramel aroma with a candied pineapple smell from the hops.

Taste: Not recklessly bitter like I was expecting but still a tongue stinger. The malt bill sticks to the usual caramel and crystal strains you get in the regular Arrogant Bastard but is a little more syrupy here. The hop presence is not as flavorful as I expected. Piny just a hint of citrus and the rest is devoted to pure bitterness. Most of it seems to hit your palate on the back end and in the aftertaste. Lovely dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Just about full bodied with average drinkability. Not quite the robust palate engulfing experience I anticipated.

Final Thoughts: High expectations have led to a somewhat disheartened, yet satisfying experience. I think I actually like the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale more than this one but it is still a very good beer that I like to think I'm 'worthy of'. Would I drink it again? Yes, I will probably pick up next year's release.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of nhindian
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ye shall know the Bastard, and the Bastard shall set you free."

22oz bottle poured into a Double Bastard glass.

A - Pours the color of a deep sunrise; dark orange with a burst of ruby interspersed. Only builds a slight head, about a finger's worth at most. Very nice lacing, thin but covers most of the glass.

S - Smell is actually a bit more balanced and maltier than I would've expected, but much more complex. It's still aggressively hopped, but I'm getting some fruits and sweet malts as well to counter-act that. Make no mistake, this thing still threatens to destroy your mouth. I'm getting some alcohol heat as well.

T - The taste has an intense hop bite at the hop, but it is quickly neutralized by sweetness. Not overwhelming, but enough to curb the hop bitterness. Slight grapes and sugar come through midway, before having the alcohol make a resurgence. Not sure I'd peg this at 11%+, but the alcohol is no stranger in this beer. Finishes bitter and long.

M - After drinking a bomber of this alone in a moderately short amount of time.... I'm doubting that I am worthy of this beer. About 3/4's through and my mouth is a mess; hops, alcohol, and sweetness have wrecked my palate and are settling in for good. It's moderately thick with good carbonation and lingers for minutes afterward.

D - Drinkability is high. While it's not the hop bomb I was expecting from a Stone beer, it borrows some balance excellence from Old Guardian and is incredibly easy to drink. The alcohol is only there to tempt you while the flavors pop long after the sip is done, but unfortunately as it warms the alcohol becomes MUCH more prominent.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of ColdWaffles
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams signature pint. Reviewed from notes from a New Years Day get together.

Appearance: Pours a mixed amber/brown color with a solid tan head that lasted a short while and left a decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of malts and lots of spices. Maybe some cherry. A lot stronger from the bottle than the glass though.

Taste: Much the same. Very strong malt flavor with spice and a strong sweetness that picks up like cherry and honey. Seemed comparable to some extent to cherry bourbon I've had in the past. Still maintains a little bit much booze, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel going down.

This is something I enjoyed, but I don't think I'd have a problem never having it again. There is a lot going on here, but not enough to cover up the strength of alcohol flavor here.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of dherling
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a really pretty clear dark caramel color with a big bubbly bone white head leaving behind big sticky lacing. The nose offers grapefruit, alcohol, yeast, malt, hops, melon, and candy. The taste gives rotten apple, apricot, bad melon, alcohol, big bitter green hops, spice, persimmon, and even some Mike Tyson sweat. Don't ask. The mouthfeel is spicy, the tight carbonation is nearly painful. How'd they do that? The alcohol wasn't terribly masked, it's a bit much to really drink more than one, but drinking one is a treat.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

excellent on all accounts. very full body and flava! wonderful head, carbonation and lace. full rich smell that is supported by the taste. this is very very rich. personally the AB rather than the Double AB is easier for me to drink. i can only have one of these instead of 2 or 3.

excellent choice.

suckem up and movem out!

read the label on all their brews.


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2/5  rDev -53.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,024 ratings.