Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,583 | Reviews: 1,975 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev -8%
The bastard shall set you free. Pours a nice amber cherry wood mahogany with tan head that settles to a thin lacing. The smell is a nice citrus wallop, pine and spice make everything nice. Hints of caramel but are just overmatched. The taste is a lemon lime citrus blast up front, the hops will tingle in the mouth all the way through, you will have a nice robust roasted malt taste afterward with buttered tofee, very nice, medium bodied and dangerously good, the drinkability is down because 2 of these and you will be on your knees.
12-05-2004 05:25:43 | More by beertaster13
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
2007 release 22 oz. bomber.
Pours a brilliantly clear crimson amber with a khaki colored 1/2" head. Large sized bubbles strangely clinging to most of the inside surface area of the glass - then steadily releasing to move upward - reminds me of what soda looks like. After this little phenomenon is complete, the head reduces to a steady 1/4". Some lacing, but it's thick and chunky.
The scents are very meaty and malty; caramel, juicy figs all mixed with an arousing bright scent of hops and a bit of alcohol. Fresh macerated dark fruits, almost like compote. Toasty dark malts that dance throughout this fruity mosh pit.
My tongue was hit with warm flavors of the aforementioned flavors - reminiscent of a heavy down pillow with a ton of momentum behind it being catapulted to my face. It kinda jumbles your noggin' but doesn't really hurt. A little sweet and syrupy malt presence with a regime of hops blowing up everything in its path. This son of a gun doesn't take any prisoners when it comes to showing up to the party. There's some spiciness in the background with a nice dryness and alcohol warmth lining the inside of my cheeks.
Mouthfeel is quite perfect. Creamy, perfect amount of fine and soft carbonation, prevent this monster from lying dormant. Long flavorful, spicy warm finish. Full body beauty at it's best.
Drinkability is quite dangerous. I'm halfway through this bomber and my mind's not drifting to another offering - it's got my full attention.
This is the very first time I've tried this ale and it definitely lives up to its infamous lore. Man, this baby's got some moxy and gumption - this is no lie. Very full tilt and in a strange way, very balanced and somewhat graceful. This ale sure dishes out some tuff love; sit down, mind your manners, look me in the eye when I'm talking to you and raise your hand when you have a question. Thank you sir, may I have another? <Ouch!>
12-02-2007 23:10:58 | More by malty
4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
On-tap @ Anam Cara in Brookline, MA.
Nice deep reddish-brown color. Poured into a red wine type of glass without much head at all. Did not leave a lot of lacing or retain its head very well. Sweet, malty aroma with the presence of alcohol. Very complex flavor but the alcohol taste and aroma is unavoidable. The mouthfeel is incredible. Very creamy texture which makes it a great after dinner beer. Very easy to drink despite all the alcohol in it.
I was not overwhelmed by this beer, but I feel it would be most enjoyable as a dessert beer or something to sip after a nice meal.
12-05-2004 17:54:55 | More by Jacobob10
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
The head is very frothy and stays throughout the beer. It also has a great super dark color to it. The taste is very nice and very hoppy, but had some harshness to it. The mouthfeel was a little dry. The drinkability was ok, nothing to freak out about.
01-06-2007 09:14:40 | More by Erdinger2003
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
pours a cloudy dark orange color without much of a head on it, looks very thick out of the bottle, tons of sediment floating around in the beer. smell is awesome, has a distinct hop aroma to it, smell reminds me of of a dfh 90 min for some reason, i think its the mixture of lots of hops and lots more malt. taste is great, like all of stones beer, a nice thick syrupy mouthfeel compliments the great taste. the drinkability is lower just because of the strength of the beer, wish i could get stone here, have to rely on gifts from friends.
12-20-2009 05:50:23 | More by 1fastz28
4.75/5 rDev +11.2%
Review #40. Big ups to my brother in law for scoring two bombers of the 2005 release for me from Tucson when, as far as I know, this limited production vintage has yet to make it to upstate New York.
Brown-garnet with active carbonation and bubbly head that rapidly becomes a mere wisp of a cap (barely) and collar -- in fact, it kinda bubbles away as quickly as the head on a cola. Aroma is vanilla, cherry, figs, and dates. Peach and anise. No hops whatsoever (?!?). First sip is sweet cherry vanilla malts with the faintest hint of floral piney hops. Pretty boozy -- the 10% ABV numbs my tongue and warms my gullet damn near immediately. Surprisingly low bitterness for what I've come to expect from Stone. Sort of a let down as I was expecting a bitter hop blast on top of a massive malt assault, like an Arrogant Bastard whose nipples have just been tweaked. It's delicious nonetheless; just not what I expected -- my own obstacle to overcome, I guess. Halfway through the first glass (oversized wine goblet), the citrus and pine hops show themselves a bit more; also, the head is completely MIA. Thin to medium body. Slick and oily mouthfeel with a buzzing alcohol heat on the tongue. Mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect. The taste is fan-freekin-tastic, though, and for 10% ABV, this is one dangerous mofo of a BARLEYWINE (not an "American Strong Ale"). Ridiculously so, in fact. A great choice for getting dumb with at an appropriate celebratory occasion.
At first this tasted too sweet to me, but I think it's actually quite artfully balanced. The malts are just more prominent in this gigantic beer. It's a superior drinking experience fresh, but I'm gonna lock my other bottle away for a year to see if this will meld, change, become creamier...something.
12-12-2005 07:49:17 | More by orfeu
4.95/5 rDev +15.9%
Hazy dark brown ale with copper highlights in the thinner parts of the glass. Thin tan head falls quickly to a thin fillm. Hot, whiskey like nose that clears the sinuses. Malt, dark fruit, burnt cherry pie, caramel blend for a complex and extremely assertive nose. Predominate hop bite in the taste--blistering bitterness with resin. Oily mouthfeel with strong malt, chocolate, raisins, and figs. Love this beer. I can see where some might not like the overly assertive qualities of the beer, but I cherish them. Move up on my all time favorite list and need to acquire some more. Thinking aging might have some very interesting effects as well.
11-12-2011 01:31:06 | More by FightingEntropy
4.72/5 rDev +10.5%
Thanks to Drew for the sample.
Syrupy, chewy with hops and malt. Arrogant Bastard with some more citric and brown sugar tones. Double Bastard displays wonderful fruit but doesn't let it overpower like 120 or Avery 10. It's concentrated and rich, but still beer, still . . . how do I say it? It isn't 120, it isn't Avery 10. It's everything those beers are without any of the faults. That's right, that's it, this beer has no faults, nothing I would ask more of it. So I can give it a perfect rating, right? No, not just yet; maybe after I get a couple more bottles of it -- it might happen some day.
Go ahead, make something better.
01-18-2004 23:51:35 | More by ngandhi
4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
Aquired via trade with Hogtown Harry. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for a long time, so I am very excited! Pours out quite dark and cloudier than the regular ABA. Nose is hops, hops and more hops. First sip- wow. Its like getting hit in the head with a shovel. You scrape yourself off the floor and ask for more. One of the most bitter beers I've had. Booze tast is fairly evident and it has quite a dry finish. Its tough to describe the malt due to the massive hop bill. I would love to get my hands on more of these- however this is the poster child of 'enjoy in moderation'!
02-04-2007 02:42:51 | More by oakbluff
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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