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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,047 Ratings
THE BROS
100
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Ratings: 5047
Reviews: 1959
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%


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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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. This beer is knock-your-socks-off strong. Who is worthy indeed? Lively, complex and fervent flavors throughout. A great dessert beer and another winner from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 07:37:23 | More by Dogbrick
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Stone Tap Takeover in Charlotte. 2006 Vintage. Served from tap into a tumbler. Poured a deep red-orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and a slight hop character. The flavor was of sweet malt and a subtle bitter hop note. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carboation. Overall this brew really seemed to mellow out with the aging. Everything was nice and smooth. I really enjoyed this one quite a bit and it has motivated me to age some the next time I can find it in stores.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 15:14:40 | More by thagr81us
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit and nice big presence of hops. In the taste, dark fruit, a nice balanced alcohol burn, and a nice hop presence. A hop bite with a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop and a alcohol aftertaste. Big hops in a barleywine. nice alcohol presence, but still mellow.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:23:37 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wowee, wow, wow, what a fantastic beer! The beer Gods from Stone have bestowed this upon us for a reason, because to know heaven you must pass through hell! This is pure pleasure and make no mistake you will pay by nights end. Pours a deep firey tawny amber brown, settles a bit darker in the chalice glowing of newly created lava from the earths crust as it procedes to grow a tall, firmly thickened, whipped froth of tannish wonder. Fades ever so slowly like a dieing fire to a thin ring and a hazy skim across the liquid leaving massive sticking amounts of webby laced sheets. Aroma appears stronger then smoke, more like heat from an oven with mounting sweet caramel, lightly burnt, darkened tropical passion fruits, earthy crispness of deep woods pineyness. Malts are king in this world of aroma, ruling with a mighty pitch fork that pokes at the hops as if to say "Ha, ha... Try to take my throne you measly weed". Taste is where it leads you down the path of whats about to become a head full of everything thats tempting. Complexing malts are forest fire big, tons of great semi sweet caramel, thick and thicker yet, flowing in and out of scorched and deeply ripe dark fruityness, pineapple, mango, plum, and raisins bursting within with a light burntness touching everything. Its calmingly smooth and far to creamy for such a fire to burn, but yet it does, and it builds with a wind of hops thats burning up brush of small dwindling pine, dried leaves, and wood. Incredibly balanced bitterness is deep and crackly over the musculature of the big boned skeleton of malts. Alcohol never makes its presense felt til it finds its way to the head where it smokes out any notions of all before it. You remember liking this thing you enjoyed the next day but are now lurking around like a zombie wondering how in the hell did I survive such a dance with the flames of a devil. F*cking great stuff!! Can't wait to dance again with this dark nectar, but not any time soon, as not to become a devils second hand. I hopefully have learned my lesson. Why did they have to put this in a bomber? Much like a devil its always tempting you to take more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2003 21:39:02 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly hoppy and has a strong fruity overtone. It pours a deep coppery reddish brown with a fairly thick off-white head. Flavor - WOOO! One sip of this beer, and you will know what it is like to have an angry puma in your mouth. It is FIERCE - not for the faint of heart! Bitterness is strong, but not unpleasant. Taste is mainly hoppy with some malty and sweet tones and hints of Coca-Cola and caramel. Texture is satisfyingly smooth, and aftertaste is bitter yet with a sweet fruity undertone. Like no other beer I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 03:39:35 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge creamy, long-lasting head and outstanding lacing.

S: A big, hoppy nose, with hints of pine and some sweets.

T: An extremely balanced flavor, featuring hops, caramel, pine and a slight maltiness. It's a powerful flavor, but very tasty.

M: High rate of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is yet another well made, drinkable beer from Stone. Very flavorful and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 13:40:57 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear red with a 1 finger head of foam which shrinks during the session to a fine layer with lots of lacing.

The smell is very malty with lots of caramel. Nice. There's also a fairly faint, compared to the malt, nose of hops.

The taste has notes of caramel malt up front followed by some fruit(black cherry), and citrus and piney hops and a pretty big dose of alcohol.
Lots of warming during and after the swallow.

The more sips I take, the less I notice the alcohol and now I'm able to really start focusing on the flavours and man, it's so tasty and so well balanced that I don't want the bottle's contents to leave. *Very* nice sipping Strong Ale and with its creamy smooth mouthfeel and nicely done light carbonation, this is certainly a great brew worthy of its reputation. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 20:37:08 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle.

Double Bastard has a slightly more rounded flavor than the standard Arrogant Bastard - the malt is more pronounced, completely engulfing the palate at first, though the hops do come through quite strongly in the finish. Alcohol is noticeable and warming. The aroma leaps out of the glass; fruity yeast, caramelized malt, powerful pine and citrus hops. The appearance is equally impressive, with a moderate-but-lingering head, curtains of lace, and a translucent ruby color. This isn't something I'd care to drink in large quantities, but it's a great beer to share with a friend during the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 01:16:23 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from the 2010 vintage pours a medium copper color with a cap of tiny-bubbled tan head. Retention pretty good, lacing not so much.

Piney, juicy, tropical and oozing caramel. Just dripping with malt and hops, the cool thing about the aroma is the balance and heft of the two battling for ultimate supremacy...sorry had to get my Wu-Tang quote on.

Taste somehow seems smoother than the ABV and hoppiness would indicate. It is sweet. And it definitely is bitter. Big beer, syrupy and clingy and the lupulin glands seem to make permanent residence in the pockets of my tastebuds. Resinous finish lingers longer than any beer I can remember. Mouthfeel is full till it's spillin, but damn, it is easy to drink! I like this better than regular bastard, easily. I could see this aging well, but I like it rough and leafy right now. Fun ride and really not all that difficult to polish of the bomber by myself, surprisingly. Well done Stone, well done...I have not had a beer this strong and so good in quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:10:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 10.5% ABV, Age at Cellar temp (55°F) or below. 2009 Release.

Thanks to sweemzander for this bottle!

A - DB pours out quietly with some viscosity. Hazy brown amber in color, it's topped by a dense light khaki head with great retention and minor patchy lace clinging to the glass.

S - Double the bastard, double the malts I suppose. This one is both a hop and malt bomb. Tons of gooey caramel and toasted dense bread make up the heavy amber malt nose. Lots of earthy hops come though in support as well. Decently balanced and really strong.

T - What a punch in the mouth even at about a year old. Thick roasted amber malts, sticky caramel, and dense bread really come out strong with an almost minor dark fruity alcohol kick to it. No booziness but the alcohol is definitely there. Strong earthy and floral bitter hops kick the end into high gear.

M - Massively full-bodied and rich with a smooth and throat-coating viscosity, the alcohol isn't so much tasted as it is felt in the finish that's got a lot of warming sensation. Largely bitter and sharp too, the mouthfeel of Double Bastard is pretty complex.

D - Still drinkable for how rich it is, this strong ale is double the bastard to you when the bottle is finished I'm sure. A nice beer with good profiles going on here.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 17:18:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Preparation – I popped an Arrogant Bastard for comparison purposes and thought it might be interesting to do the review in this manner. Not only is this my 400th review, but it’s also my 39th birthday. Cheers!

Appearance – This came out a beautiful brown, lighter than the Arrogant Bastard but with a bigger head. I knew after a few minutes that it was not going down for a while, so I left it for five minutes or so.

Smell – The sharp, complex hops come out slowly and very tight. I left it again to warm a bit and came back to a smack on the olfactory bulb. The toasted malt balance is there as well, but this is all about the awesome Stone hops.

Taste – This has a little bit more malt balance than the Arrogant Bastard. Otherwise, it is surprisingly similar. It seems a bit more refined, though. The extraordinary complexity of the hops is astounding. Every type you can think of sends a delegate to this gathering of electives.

The malts have to be huge just to get noticed, and they are. There’s actually some sweetness to this one, mostly caramel and table sugar.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied and bitter, but with a touch of offsetting caramel on the cheeks. This ale is smooth, smooth, smooth. Not a hint of alcohol that I could pick up. Unbelievable!

Drinkability – What makes the Arrogant Bastard a shade from perfect, IMHO, is the lack of refinement and harmony of flavors (which could probably be relegated with a little cellaring). The DB has it all, and IMO can not be improved.

Update – The 2005s just came out (11/10/05) so I culled one out of the cellar box before tucking it away. It’s tight and not opened up yet, but man the hops are raging and the malts are in full effect. I put my ‘04s away for two years but I think this vintage will be best after just 1 year in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 02:33:06 | More by RoyalT
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the Stone Brewery. The beer was poured into a pint glass, with an amber-brown color, very vibrant and deep. The beer has a thin, cream colored head. There is a strong, heavy caramel smell to the beer. The taste is also very heavy, with a strong, sweat quadrupel style flavor. There is a sharp, roasted malt finish, with a sweet and sour/bitter aftertaste. The finish was kind of rough, and the sweetness seemed to be a bit unbalanced. I guess I was expecting a little bit more after hearing so much about this beer. It was good, don't get me wrong, but it didn't seem to live up to the hype.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 07:45:32 | More by GarthDanielson
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a brownish/red color, with about an inch off-white head. It smells very nice, like caramel, hops, cherries and a bit of a spicy smell. It tastes very hoppy, like grapefruit, pine and some malt. Overall the taste is very strong and hoppy, and a bit harsh at times. The mouthfeel is almost syrupy, it's on the thicker side and it's full bodied. Drinkability is good but not excellent. I don't think I could drink more than one of these at a time, but I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 00:58:22 | More by bluejacket74
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Red brown hazy in color with a slight faded head.
S - well I mostly smell coffee malt and oak.
T - Slight citrus hops with oak as the predominant flavor.
M - Alcohol well balanced with flavor. Bitter finish
D - Well I will have to have this again.

Overall a very bitter yet drinkable beer. Even though I bought it over 2 months ago the bitter floral hops really hit the tounge.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 01:45:33 | More by DrDemento456
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish copper color....impressve looking...little head...nose is malty and seet...dark fruits...cherries...plums...also some excellent molasses/brown sugar notes....body is firm, full and it exhibts a slightly spicy mouthfeel from the alcohol..definitely a sipper....big beer all the way..

Very tasty...sweet dark fruits and brown sugar dominate....alcohol spiciness slices into the sweetness(the alcohol spiciness feels almost like grain alcohol at times )....closes with a late piney hop feel...

Outstanding beer....feels like a BW to me...a standout....

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 05:38:35 | More by ZAP
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle chilled and poured into my oversize wine glass

A: Gorgeous deep ruby red with a frothy and lacy head

S: Potent. Hoppy with a blast of pineapple up front. Well balanced with the malt backbone coming through. Dried figs, maybe? Just a hint of alcohol as it warms up

T: A blast of piney hops that is ridiculously well-balanced. The malt backbone reveals tons of caramel and sweetness. There's hints of dark raisins and dried figs in there. The finish is long and bitter.

M: Silky smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

D: Something this strong and so tasty has to approached with care. This is definitely a sipper disguised as a quaffer.

4.5/4.5/5/5/4

**Edit 29 Nov 2011**
It's been 3 years since my review, and while I haven't drunk as much of this beer as I thought I would, I still remain very impressed with it. I'm taking my scores down to better reflect the changes in my palate. However, the succulent, juicy blend of hops with pine, pineapple and grapefruit with dark caramel, a little cocoa and a mild sweetness. The flavors on the palate are the same as the nose would suggest, and while this is boozy, this never gets overbearing. The alcohol does hinder the drinkability, but split two ways, this is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 03:35:36 | More by DefenCorps
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gford217

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ArrogantB for this 2006 bottle! 22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Deep mahogony pour with a small off white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing and little head retention.

S: Quite a bit going on in the aroma. The first thing I noticed was a sweet, sugary malt smell with a heavy dose of dark fruit. Definitely a smell of alcohol in this one to burn the nostrils. I didn't get a whole lot of hops in this smell.

T: Definitely dominated by the initial malty sweetness with heavy caramel and brown sugar yumminess. I got a bit more of the hops in the taste and it was balanced very well given the ABV.

M: Syrupy but prickly, this definitely coats your mouth but has enough carbonation to tickle the tongue a bit.

D: This one is certainly an assault on the senses. I couldn't imagine having more than one of these in a sitting. Complex but also in-your-face, this is definitely a unique Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:33:01 | More by gford217
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty menacing look amber. A little bloody even with hints of rust and cinnamon. But you can still see some medium bubbling. The head is strong and noble, leaving a thick, bready, filmy foam as well as sporadic lacing. The aroma is a spicey mix of hops, sudgey amber malts, and alcohol. The red grapefruit aroma with this beer is pretty good. The taste was a little discouraging. Was good, but a little stronger than I was hoping. The alcohol was integrated with the hops and malts very well. Sometimes I think it cut out some of that dry amber malt smack I just love. The Grapefruity hops and alcohol were ok. Or at least make up for some of my dissapointment. The palate is cleansing and has a nice burn to it. Keeps the chest a little warm actually.

Not exactly what I was hoping for, but still pretty good. I think this beer has some aging potential.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 03:39:28 | More by scruffwhor
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flagmantho

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: rich tawny brown with a nice cloudiness, one finger of light tan foam atop. It looks pleasing.

Smell: rich, sweet malt aroma with hints of plums. Hops are big, peppery, spicy and a little floral. Quite nice.

Taste: whoa. Malt is very big with a flavor of plum-tobacco hard candy. This beer is quite sweet. Hops are as in the aroma, although they seem a little more floral than peppery here. It's hard to compete with this malt. Alcohol is quite present. Overall, very good, but very ... big.

Mouthfeel: thick, heavy, syrupy with very little carbonation. A nice mouth-coating leaves plenty of opportunity to revel in the flavor. Very little carbonation on this bad boy.

Drinkability: I must not be worthy. It is delicious but HUGE in flavor and alcohol. Screw brandy, Saint Bernards should carry casks of this stuff to stranded Alpine skiers.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:48:01 | More by flagmantho
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bark

Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2007 vintage.

The colour is deep brown with a tint of red; the two finger head is firm and beige. Lots of lacing occurs.

The medium strong smell is very hoppy (but not very bitter) in an American citric way. But at the same time, there are large quantities of lightly roasted hops to balance the hops: The grapefruits are mixed with plums, raisins and candied oranges. There is some alcohol too, but not as much as one could think.

The taste is very balanced: loads of dried fruits (plums, raisins, figs) and walnuts, some sour hints of lemons, lots of round sweet flavours. Fruit candy, fresh vegetables, grilled meat and an impressive balanced and luxurious feel. The aftertaste got a warming alcoholic flavour, dried fruits, very elegant bitterness that keeps in the background. The finish reminds a little of fine Scottish lowland whiskey and Christmas desserts.

The carbonation is mild, yet refreshing. The liquid is thick and creamy.

Does this style get better than this? I think it is hard to imagine such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:32:33 | More by bark
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 properly cellared bottle tasted in late 2011. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a one finger very light fine tan head and lacing. Looks nice. Delicious aroma of dark fruit, intense caramel malt and a hint of citrus. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Taste is well integrated citrus, dark fruit, citrus (especially orange) and malt, changing to an astringent and long lasting bitter finish. The start is absolutely well integrated and delicious, but the finish is just too bitter without an herbal balance. This is a 2009 cellared bottle and I note that the astringency of the finish was an issue for me with the fresh bottle. I hope this mellows out in a year or so. This is a delicious beer with a somewhat flawed finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:12:20 | More by LiquidAmber
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Release – Double Bastard. 10% ABV.
Sampled: Fresh

Appearance: Strikingly clear dark blood red brown body with a polished mahogany look. Dark tanned head sits proud and lasts. Resilient carbonation throughout. This one looks feckin’ good.

Nose: It is all here, and whilst it is high profile it sits low on the Arrogant Bastard chassis but projects the needy cunt stained twat juices that it induces from the off. Spunky hair laden labia still entice and effortlessly draw one into a pace that you don’t need to be at unless your tongue is on Gene Simmons overtime.

Taste: Transient raucous malt. Old red eyes is back. Red from the night before the night before. They’re only red from all the tears that I should’ve shed. They’re only red from all the women that I could’ve wed. Old red he died. And every single landlord in the district cried. An empty bottle of whisky laying by his side. A lazy little tear running from each eye. They could never be blue. I was that dude and will be one day. I feel one with this brew.

Mouthfeel: Hot toasty malts. Belligerent hops. This is Stone. Coarse but always one to fall asleep in. A lovable rogue…..reminds me of the heady Beer Engine days..oh..happy times.

Drinkability: After a few years of trying this monster I think I have grown accustomed to its strength. Maybe. Even so, this is such a marvelous malty hop bomb when fresh and still so graciously hoppy and aggressive, even when you know what to expect. It’s so fucking hard to put this one down though….like a Sado-Masochist you just go back for more! Gargoylian Quaffability. I really should not have drunk a whole Bomber of this in like 25 minutes right?! Deja-Vu...

Overall: A refined brute……if this was a car it would be the twin turbo-charged Bentley Arnage T, refined yet with a punctual awareness.

Arrogant Bastard has left the building.…..Double Bastard better be on door duty.

I love Double Bastard.
Double the Pleasure – and almost half the price of Oaked AB.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 09:24:20 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bomber into my Rochefort chalice.

This bastard pours a very dark copper almost amber, that is pretty clear. The head is very nice rising about 2 fingers and lasting for awhile. It is medium tan with good lacing.

The aroma is medium in strength and dominated by hops only. I can't pull anything else out.

The taste is pretty mild, I was expecining a big explosion of flavor. I get mostly hops with alcohol. The aftertaste is very bitter.

The feel is good, drinkablility suffers a tad.

Overall, prett decent. Its like an ipa on steroids not totally my thing but I see its mass appeal.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 01:22:55 | More by jrallen34
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Flames shoot forth from the fiery crimson pool of magma. Tan smoke fills the area overhead, but clears after several moments.

Charred aromas emanate outward. Crackling, sticky pine, engulfed apricots, charred pinapples, blackened caramel and seared brandy-drenched woodchips.

This is not a blisteringly hot inferno, but rather a creeping, encompassing torch. It wiggles its way into the oral cavity and ignites explosively.

It consumes all of the sweet kindling left unattended. Brown sugar scorches. Pineapples dance and sizzle on the grill. Plums shrivel and burn. Toffee melts and bonds with the teeth. Cotton Candy wilts and liquefies. Oranges turn brown, then black, then ashen gray. Mangoes do the same. So do limes. Raisins are reduced to a pile of dusty, glowing orange powder. A fruit-laden smoke fills the mouth.

The blaze rages and moves further back on the tongue. Roasty and toasty yet, but the conflagration has reached the hops. Citrus and tropical fruits leave their jellied resin behind. Pine trees are combusted, leaving behind a messy residue of clinging sap. The woody bark is fuel for a tempest that is rapidly gaining strength.

The wall of fire reaches the entrance to the esophagus and detonates in a fantastic alcoholic blast. The ensuing push floods the throat and mouth with a sticking Port shrapnel, as everything else is incinerated. The Port gains heat and becomes cognac. The cognac gains heats and becomes pure ethanol.

The blood is heated by this thick, but airy, semi-adhesive burst of fire. The warmed blood travels to the brain, where it first ignites the pleasure center. The face reflects the increased temperature and becomes red and the mouth draws up in to a smile. Affect is heightened. Flights of imagination and verbosity are common. Next, the sensory-motor complex is set ablaze. The eyes burn red, mirroring the status of the interior. Sirens reverbrate and hum within the ears. Balmy impulses are sent via the nerves to the outmost extremities. The whole body has been consumed. The brow emits sweat beads in an attempt to cool, but it is too late. The "old brain", source of the body's basic functioning, is overcome. The enflamed person becomes increasing sleepy and disorientated. Verbals cease, except for the basest formation of language, exemplified by mutterings such as: "This is fucking awesome, man", and "Holy shit!"

The eyes close.

The ears ring louder.

The smile continues.

The fire ventures onward and outward from the limp body.

(2002 Release, courtesy of feloniousmonk.)

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 08:47:37 | More by cokes
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Half a finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, dark reddish-brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves thick lace.

S - Moderate aroma of pine scented hops mixing with dark malts to give off a distinctive barleywine note of mustard and pepper. There are some sweet malt notes as well; toast, toffee, and caramel.

T - Thick, rich toffee and caramel malt at first, followed shortly by velvety pine hops. Sugary malt in the middle, lots of caramel and toffee with a bit of red apple yeast. Gets spicy towards the end with more of the pepper/mustard notes from the aroma and a nice, strong wave of bitterness to push back the malt. This beer lingers on the tongue long after the last sip with notes of peppery tobacco, coffee, and mouth-coating hop bitterness.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a big one! At first, I was a little underwhelmed, but a few sips in, it started to open up. The is that of a classic, mustardy, American barleywine and the flavor is a complex interaction of caramel malts and dark, bitter hops. It reminds me in many ways of Brooklyn monster, except this tasting requires me to take down a whole bomber of this big, intense beer. Seems like this would be well worth laying down for a couple of years to mature.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 05:51:16 | More by nickfl
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