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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,885
Reviews: 2,001
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 377
Gots: 865 | FT: 28
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

atoulouk, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Carl_R, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of geuze_gone_wild
4/5  rDev -6.3%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of rootbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 Bomber poured into Sam Adams boston lager glass

A: Pours light-dark brown, thin head, lighter than ABA
S: sweet and malty. hops. smells again like similar to other stone brews
T: Bitter, malty sweet very complex, alcohol is noticeable. good hop after taste
M: syrupy and coating.
D: drinkable, yes, more than one no not in the same day

rootbeerman, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Atron67
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to london1o1 for the trade. So sad that there is no stone in wisconsin, makes me miss new york

A- poured a reddish amber pretty dark almost brown with a heavy tan head of tight knit bubbles which laid on top for a little bit but didnt stay long at all. Clear body

S- amber scents, some hop bitterness underneath, smooth slightly piney hop character. Lots of malts throughout

T- heavy maltiness smooth, amber character, strong bitterness, more bitter than floral character, solid smooth, the bitterness grows as the beer leaves your tongue, giving a nice almost grassy piney character which is a really nice finish

M- full body, medium carbonation

D- pretty sweet ale another solid drinking choice

Atron67, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of seedyone
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

08/22/12 On tap. Thought I caught some pineapple in the aroma. Had this as part of a flight. After even a small glass my face is getting slightly separated from it's skull.

This could prove to be a dangerous relationship if someone doesn't save me from myself.

Not a big hops person, but I can make exceptions for the exceptional and this is such a one.

seedyone, Jun 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

yoitsarch, Apr 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

marcobrau, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of theopholis
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 Release – Double Bastard. 10% ABV.

Appearance: Dark blood red brown body with a cherry wood look. It's like looking through a perfect pomagranite. Nice tan head that lasts for a bit.

Nose: Not much hop aroma, which is a bit surprising considering the style. Has a sweet malty nose with a hint of hops.

Taste: Whoa!!!! What was lacking in nose is definately present in taste. Considering the massive, almost overpowering maltiness and hops,it still has a nice complexity. Very nice hoppy aftertaste. Hops are not overpowering in the fore-taste.

Mouthfeel: You definately know this beer is in your mouth. A thick, malty, slighty carbonated beer.

Drinkability: This ain't a sipping beer, but it's pretty damn close. This should be the last beer of the day, preferably sitting in front of a fireplace, or watching a thunderstorm while sitting on the front pourch. Don't rush it.

Overall: This beer ain't for everyone. I'm a hop-head, so I love it. If you love big beers, this is a beer for you.

theopholis, Nov 19, 2006
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

WhitmansNiece, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of malcontent
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not entirely opaque although pretty close, deep mahogany with a good layer of head.

Brown sugar, blood oranges, and a touch of cinnamon accompany a slight medicinal aroma. A complex and rewarding nose.

Yeah, it's a hop bomb. Sweet grapefruit, a little candy-link on the finish, medicinal again at points but fairly controlled for something this size. As it warms fruit and spice qualities come to the foreground.

Very strong in this department; creamy and lush. Bitterness really tingles the tongue on the finish.

I really do like this beer, but it's not something I could drink much of. Bitterness begins to border on annoying by the end of the bomber. Certainly a wonderful beer to share with a friend.

malcontent, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Casey10
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a bomber poured a red hue apperance smell is strong of almost citrus like or maybe wood. The taste is strong and numbs the tast buds. The mouthfeel is exceptional and might go numb. The drinkabilty is fantastic however more than one of these might be dangerous as the abv is so high!!

All in all a beer I will be drinking again.

Casey10, Jan 10, 2009
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was transported by car about a week ago and, from the look of it, it hasn't quite settled down yet. There is a murky, reddish-brown hue to it with minute suspended particles that suggest plum puree to me. The head is fleeting but a thin veil remains atop the prune-like nectar. The smell is big hoppy, spirited, caramel, sweet toffee ... very reminiscent of a barleywine. The taste is similarly BIG with layers of caramel, heat in the mouth, sour dark fruit, very long drawn out aftertaste with flashes of bitter, malty liquer, more caramel, more malt. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but, for me, the alcohol remains front and center. The label says, in part, "not to be wasted on the tentative or weak" and it makes me wonder where I fit in ... it's almost too much for me. Barleywines have never been my favourite beerstyle although I respect them and, in this case, the 10 per cent ABV is reasonably well kept in check. But make no mistake, a strong ale like this is never to be taken lightly; I've been sipping my half of the big bottle for well over an hour and while I'm appreciating it more as I go along, I'd be loathe to recommend this to a novice. For the experienced beer lover, this pushes the envelope big time and it's a trip you owe yourself: complex, thrilling, entertaining and not soon to be forgotten.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 18, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

KlayWey, Jan 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Jho3325, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

HuntDaddy540, May 08, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Dark orange, almost red body. Poured a nice creany 2 finger head that dissipated pretty quickly.
S- Tropical fruits, chocolate, caramel, pine, big Bourbon.
T - Follows the nose, but the booze is HUGE. Too much so.
M- Thick, almost syrupy. Crisp carbonation.
O- I am not worthy. The bottle told me so, but I didn't believe it. Way too much booze for my tastes.

tmm313, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

EF4, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of saintwarrick
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Always though ABA was a bit tame for the name, but this brew kicks it up a notch. Rusty, brick red brew has a foamy white head that laces the glass. Aroma is very thick with malts and citrusy hops, a lot like an American barleywine. Taste differs from the AB style as this is more malty before a bitter, almost acrid, taste takes over. Very sweet and slight fruitiness, almost like a liqueur, but not that sweet. Gets pretty damn smooth as it warms.

This is a big ale, and a worthy heir to the Arrogant Bastard name.

saintwarrick, Dec 02, 2009
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3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 release

A- auburn w/ 2 finger off white, decent retent, thin silky lacing

S- alcohol, carmel, piney, citrus, fruity

T- burnt wood alcoholic finish, some sticky caramelized sugars in after, oily hops, pine, earthy, dried fruit

M- full body, some stickiness and heat in finish & after

D- better shared than drank alone, complex but boring, worth a try once, but i'd prefer arrogant bastard any day

tonistruth, Jun 02, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Crap! That's a damn fine beer! HEB in Austin had it for 7.99 and a buddy of mine picked it up for me...a great price for such a big, tasty brew.

Dark brown/red color, nearly ruby...head does not last too long, but leaves a thick, sticky lacing after each delicious sip.

Sweet scent...reminds me of a doppelbock/barleywine hybrid...some dark fruits, mixed in with a bit of citrus hops, chased with sweet malt.

Taste follows smell...damn good. A lot going on...again, reminds me a lot more of a strong doppelbock, with hints of barleywine and DIPA thrown in. Unbelievable something at over 11% abv can be this smooth. Liquid velvet at its finest. Still, gets a bit hot as it warms, but that's to be expected with such a strong beer.

Gotta give this one a big thumbs up! So happy to finally have it available in Austin.

obrike, Apr 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

gr8zehaman, Dec 23, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber of the 2003 release served slightly chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Hazy dark ruby liquor topped with a scanty beige head that's quite short lived. Smallish bits of lace are left on the glass.

Smell: Glorious grapefruit, pine, pepper, circus peanut candy, and caramel malt aromas. Nicely pungent. I also caught a mildly soapy smell once or twice.

Taste: Painfully bittersweet initial assault followed by some raisiny caramel malt sweetness. Lingering pine aftertastes. Alcohol flavors lurk menacingly in the background, packing heat.

Mouthfeel: Slight burning sensation as this goes down, but it's quite pleasant. Bracing and heavy in body, this is reminiscent of a really really hoppy barleywine in feel.

Drinkability: This is sadistically good. Almost everything about this beer is meant to challenge to the worthy and punish the unworthy. I admit I experienced both in equal measure, but I kept coming back for more. This is probably the beer equivalent of Joyce's "Ulysses," and I mean that as a compliment.

ManekiNeko, Nov 25, 2003
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

hpthebull, Nov 20, 2011
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,885 ratings.