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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,889
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 378
Gots: 866 | FT: 29
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

WuBByG999, Apr 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

wellsnb, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of Truh
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was adopted twice with this one on 11/27/2004. 16-oz. pour, the fool of a bartender, in a shaker glass at Sunset. I was sorely tempted to order a second.

Nice, ½ inch plume of initial down feather head. Deep amber to light brown hue that is calm and clear. Candied apple and cherry cotton candy sweetness to nose, underneath which resides a malt clamminess. Gaudy dreamberry fizziness on the tongue, followed by a shot of alcohol heat and a fairly cleansing hop bite at the end. Sort of middling sting to the mouth as it warms. I should have ordered a second 16-oz tumbler.

Truh, Dec 01, 2004
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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised to find this on tap at the Horse Brass in Portland.

The smoke in the air rendered any sniff test useless but I was impressed by the beer's dark, dark red appearance. It would perhaps be most instructive to compare this to the now ubiquitous Arrogant Bastard: I noticed more of a berry flavour than with AB, and despite the presence of a disturbing amount of alcohol it seemed a little smoother and just as drinkable. The impression I gained was less roughage, more alcohol. However the alcohol was not so apparent that it ruined the beer which was extremely easy to drain. Fortunately I realised how hammered 20 fluid ounces had made me and didn't risk any more. This is not for the faint of heart.

charlatan, Jan 13, 2006
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2/5  rDev -53.2%

VikeMan, Dec 01, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

prdstmnky, Apr 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

beerhast, Aug 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

wizo, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of taigor
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured cloudy orange brown color with big rosy head that slowly dissipated leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Malt and hops scents, slightly floral and fruity.

T - Sweet malts and brown sugar to start with with slightly hoppy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very well balanced and carbonated. ABV is well masked which makes this ale very enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

taigor, Nov 15, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

jpd026, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

hansgruber, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

cletusdog, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JRBecks, Nov 12, 2012
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4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This bottle was a 22 oz bomber from 2000. It was not labeled with the year, but it was kept specifically to age it. So this was about 4 years old.

The color is a brownish red cloudy color with a great head. The head thins as expected from a barley wine style beer. The nose is of soy sauce, caramel, molasses, and salt. The flavor is clean and complex with a toasty character. It has caramel and nuts in it and is a bit like a porter.

I drank this beer with some friends who were not as into it as I, so I finished most of the bottle by myself. I had tasted the beer many times before, but aged it is just superb. I enjoyed every last sip of this bottle, so the drinkability has to be a 5.

BrewMaster, Sep 13, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Opened this up with a 2008 to do a side by side, but I’ll review the 2009 as I feel the 08 had dropped off a bit. Poured like a strong ale with a solid whiff of resinous hops and that signature “Stone Smell”. Flavor is on point with a strong ale with the dominant flavors being sweet malts (bready and biscuit like), sugared plums, raisin, dates, and a finish of light pine cone. Age has mellowed this out nicely and it was a real treat to try it.

taylor714914, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Screper, Aug 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

kevindp9, Feb 22, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one better than Arrogant Bastard. It's got a bit more of everything that AB has, but it's a bit more balanced. It's a bit whiskey-like and really packs a punch.

Since I just tried the '02 version, I'm updating (and upgading) my orginal review. This beer is nothing short of beer bliss. Yes, it's packed with hops, but it's also packed with malt and an amazing array of flavors: similar in flavor and complexity to a good cognac. Don't pass on this one if you see it around.

mickeymac, May 05, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

badboy7113, Jan 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

KornWallace, Nov 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Dolfan907, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

cwd, Jul 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

dominic4beer, Feb 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

MammothTarantula, Jan 13, 2013
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,889 ratings.