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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

5,996 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,996
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 386
Gots: 914 | FT: 31
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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Photo of BrewMaster
4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a huge handled glass. Clear deep red copper with a huge persistant off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing on the surface. Aroma is mostly nice citrus hops with a definite underlying sweetness. Taste is quite sweet with some caramel. Some earthiness and hints of raisins and plums. Noticeable alcohol in the finish. Lots of citrus hops balance the sweetness well. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Delicious. Full bodied mouthfeel and not overly carbonated which I think suits this beer perfectly. The noticable achohol and 10% abv detract from drinkability somewhat but its awesome stuff that I could hardly refuse another glass of.

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4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage - poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Hazy amber/copper color. Inch of white, fluffy head that stuck to the sides of the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Wow! So much was going on here, it's almost hard to describe. It was a combination of citrus fruits, pineapples, burnt malt, and a nice smell of piney hops to cap it off. So similar to many of the west coast IPA's (i.e. Pliny the Elder) that I have had.

T- Even better than the smell! Initially, a nice sweet pineapple, malt taste hits the tongue. Right before it ends, the hops kick in to give it a nice crisp, piney finish for the perfect touch.

M- Medium bodied that almost felt light and crisp at times and then thick and syrupy at others. So versatile, absolutely loved it!

D- This beer went down so smooth, it was unbelievable. I have had stronger beers before, but from the very first sip, I felt the burn in the chest and flushness in the face (not necessarily a bad thing). If I could have more than one, I would have gave it a 5.

Overall, this beer may be the best that I have had so far! I'm not sure if it's because I let it age for a year, but this beer was so complex and brought so many different varieties of flavors. Nice sweet citrus/pineapple malt flavor followed by a crisp, piney hops flavor. Absolutely perfect! I'm seriously debating whether or not to let my other bottle age for another year.

edit: Just opened a bottle of the 2008 Double Bastard and the 2007 is so much better. Let this beer age for at least a year.

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Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 5,996 ratings.