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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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6,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,169
Reviews: 2,044
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 422
Gots: 1,052 | FT: 34
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz. bomber that had the creepy looking label which reminds the buyer that this brew could be too much MACHO for most men. The appearance is reddish- copper brown but not too dark a brown. The head is decent sized and settles to a sticky lace.
The aroma has a bite of it's own as one can detect malts,caramel,hops and spicy alcohol. The taste is so complex for me so I will try my best to describe this awesome brew.

It is piney and sweet,but the malts blend so well with the hops. The fruit flavors are popping with a looming alcohol presence.The beer is spicy but not so much to classify it a spicy beer and roasted malts seem to keep things in check.
There is a hint of bitterness too, yet I believe this improves the finish. The feel to this brew would be medium body with a smooth,crisp yet creamy finish. One can not ignore the after taste of hops,bitter and sugar on the tongue.
The alcohol does spring to life as it warms.
The beer is exceptional but nothing to be afraid of. Simply respect it and realize that it can get to you quite suddenly.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage poured into my Duvel tulip.

A-Pours out a nearly translucent,brownish red body that gives off on almost purple glow at it's edges and serves as the foundation for 1 1/2 inches of quickly receding off-white foam that reduced to a thin collar of loose bubbles and left wispy remnants of lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,toffee,cherry liquer,whole grain toast,glazed nuts,pipe tobacco,golden raisin and
some pine resin.

T-Candied cherries,grapefruit zest,toffee glazed nuts,caramelized grains,white pepper,raisin,pine and an earthy,herbal hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with an assertive hoppiness,moderate grainy sweetness and a nice dry

O-Another solid brew from Stone.

Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Evarigan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of twelvsies
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is almost identical to the color of the bottle it came in; dark but clear brown, seaglass brown if you will, with a nice tan head leaving behind a trail of lace. Smells ripely malty, and of dried sticky fruits and raisins. Taste is insane, in a word. The complexity comes at you in levels, and challenges the drinker as promised by the blurb on the back of the bottle. Out front sweetness is followed by a bitter hoppy kick contrasted with a sturdy malty backbone. Getting a lot of syrupy molases sort of tastes and the contrast of that to the bitterness is fricken great. A fun beer to drink for sure. Super slick smoothness in the mouth. For a beer this big it's surprisingly easy to drink, though it's not a beer to pound by any means... it pounds you. Word.

Photo of cletusdog
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice dark robust amber-brown color with a finger of creamy tan head that sticks around for a while.

S- Not too strong, I get piney/grassy hops and some malt. Caramel and lightly toasted malt comes out as it warms.

T- This is too cold right now, but as it starts, I'm getting bitter piney hops mainly. As it warms, I get a little sweetness--like a cherry twinge or something. Still piney. Rum-raisin flavor lingers. Alcohol in the background is masked well. This is nice! I remember first trying this when I was a new BA and thinking it was horrible... definitely something that you have to be ready for. Caramel and a slight biscuity sweetness comes out too--actually, big malt flavors come out as it moves along.

M- Not bad, a decent amount of carbonation to keep things moving, pretty creamy and full though too. Syrupy.

D- This is a big beer, definitely a tough one to move through quick. I would only have one of these at a sitting and then reach for something else. Definitely like a rich Barleywine, IMO, I like it a lot. I would compare it to a harsh Old Guardian, honestly.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/01/2010:

2009 Vintage. 22 oz bottle served at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This beauty pours an extremely murky, brick-red color with 2 full fingers of foam. It looks like it came from an advertisement.

S: An intense aroma of sweet caramel malts, potent piney hops, vanilla, chocolate, and alcohol esters fills the nose. It smells like a very hoppy barleywine.

T: It is a delicious balancing act between the sweet caramel malts and intense piney and floral hop character. A citrus kick comes in late with alcohol rearing its head as well.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a long-living flavor.

D: This is a very good brew but it almost becomes a chore to drink.

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of horshack7
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a 22 ounce bomber comes forth a stunning deep amber copper color witha nice thick head about two inches thick. It thins out slowly yet still reamins fothy.

Aroma: Big sweetness aroma a bit like molasses. Nice hop charcter to this monster of a beer. The malts ar big, bad and devious I love it. It has smoky undertones with mild alcohol notes.

Taste: Wow what a wallop this one has out of the gate. Big sweetness from the malts wtih great molasses flavor. It does slight smokiness. The mouthfeel is a little smooth with a bit of a biscuity texture. A little bit of hoppiness but mercy is this beast sweet.

Notes: This one is beastly and very devilish all in one. I'm glad I picked this one for my 100th review. If you do not respect this beast it will slay you. I recomend fearing this one to keep it from slaying you. What an absolutley kick ass beer. Or maybe I should say a mastepiece. Cheers

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

Enjoyed some of this courtesy of abfraser. Appearance is hazy amber with fair amount of head. Smell is fragrant hops and sweet malts. Taste is more of the same. Very strong, sweet flavors that are well balanced with the hops. A pleasant contrast to the regular and oaked Arrogant Bastard. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with pretty significant carbonation. Drinkability is hampered by the ABV and hops. But overall, one of the better Stone brews I've had. I'd definitely drink this one again.

Photo of climax
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The body pours a deep red, more of a reddish copper hue than the original. The head is a creamy even tan layer which fades pretty quickly.

The aroma is complex and intriguing.... very much so. In fact, it's lovely enough to yield a 5. This is what you get when sweet ripened fruit, snappy hops, wood aged goodness, a substantial malt backbone, and a hint of alcohol have an orgy. Dashes of mandarin orange citrus and herbal notes stand out enough to please hop-head's nostrils. Yet, the sweet ripened plum, caramel, clove, banana, warming alcohol, and wood barrels keep me sniffing. If Stone made a Double Bastard potpourri, I'd buy a pallet.

The alcohol shows it's true arrogance in the taste, letting me know I'm not worthy enough to quaff it as quickly as I initially intended. It's warm from beginning to end, while the flavors come and go. Sweet buttery biscuits and caramel rolls satisfy the sweet tooth, while the hoppy dry bitterness balances it out perfectly.

The feel is excellent, Stone really has this aspect down to an art. The carbonation stings with the alcohol initially. That dies down quickly and allows a bold dryness to take over. The body is very full, yet the dry finish urges me to sip on. This beer is not joking. A bomber of this bass turd goes a long way.

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of YalovaIA
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of noproduction
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of razorsdescent
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard

Appearance: dark red, small head, and good lacing.

Smell: malty hops and spices.

Taste: strong hops, semi-thick malts, and a faint honey-caramel backbone.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick and explosive.

This was much more potent than first imagined. You can't tell from the aroma, but the hops are strong. Nothing seems to be overbearing making this drinkable.

Photo of cowboy83
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of agreenman19
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MattGrimley
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dannyfayy
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of perrymarcus
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at sunset grill and tap, allston, ma. (review from notes.)

pours a deep amber tone with a good degree of clarity to it. fluffy beige head displays strong retention and nice walls of lacing.

nice bold nose with strong caramel malt notes along with some citric hoppiness making itself known. very nice aroma.

flavor follows the smell; caramel malts lead the way out front, with the hops characters opening up more mid-palate and transitioning into a bitter, slightly boozy finish. an intense, robust beer through and through. also quite tasty. not for rookies.

full, creamy mouthfeel with average carbonation. drinkability is so-so just do to the big and taxing nature of this beer. one per sitting is enough.

Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 6,169 ratings.