Double Bastard Ale - Double Dry Hopped - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard Ale - Double Dry Hopped
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: charlzm on 03-03-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 11
Reviews by sabinelr:
Photo of sabinelr
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear transparent reddish brown. I can't place the smell or the taste. I think it has a balance of malt, hops, and alcohol that leaves you wondering what you are drinking but you know it is something significant. There is no unpleasantness at all. I referred to ordinary Arrogant Bastard as the Owsley acid of beer - this is Owsley with a little injection of STP to shoot you up to an explosion of beer experience. If it wasn't so expensive I would sip this until they picked me up off the street and threw me in Western State raving about swimming in hops and malt.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rdilauro
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love every Stone beer that they have made. I have been a big fan of the Arrogant Bastard Ale for a long time now. The Double Bastard was somewhat different.
The pour was a bit lighter, between a copper pour and the darker pour. There was no question about tropical fruit aromas. I could almost feel pineapples coming out of the bottle. The Hops were there but not as pronounced as some other Stone Ales.
The initial taste was very good, not spectacular , but enjoyable, as well as the in between and the finish
So, I enjoyed this beer, but was not over excited about it.

Photo of jsanford
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival 2011. Likely dry-hopped with Centennial or Amarillo, according tho the guy pouring.

Pours a dark orange-amber with a generous off-white head. Huge aromas of hops (duh!), mostly grapefruit and pine resin, with a solid caramel malt backbone. Flavor is very pithy, with a ton of grapefruit and pine resin with a heaping helping of caramel malt. Basically Double Bastard on steroids, which is a good thing! Creamy, with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly drinkable, despite the high ABV. Amazing.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. Pours a cloudy amber, with a soapy skin of foam punctuated with big bubbles.

Smell is intense, malty, hoppy and yeasty. Currants and other dark fruits. Leather, earth, leafy.

Intense taste; earthy at first, but smooths out, with sweet apricot, grape, and currants, malty and biscuity in the middle, ending bitter and astringent.

Mouthfeel is medium, leaving the tongue dry.

Would definitely have again, though this one is so dry it requires a water chaser!

Photo of charlzm
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed Feb. 7th, 2010 at Stone World Bistro.

Fairly clear medium coppery hue with ruby highlights. Fine, nitro-esque tan head provides good lacing.

Aroma is comparable to a fresh Stone barleywine, meaning lots of wet herbal hop character and a smallish trace of bready, caramel malt.

Malt flavors of bread and caramel again remind me of an Old Guardian, that is until the hops hit. They have no doubt faded a great deal, but there is still an earthy hop character, grassy and citric. Oh, and lots and lots of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is quite dry, bordering on parching. This is actually a good thing, considering the big flavors this beer packs.

A sipper, to be sure, but this is so similar to a barleywine (to my palate, at least) that it makes me wonder where Stone is going with this one.

Photo of wikked1
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's another great IPA from Stone but the IBU just plain over power the malt in IMO. It's ABV s over the top and the taste is good but it's not as well balanced a beer as I prefer. I like the malt to come through somehwere and this just gets lost in the ABV and the hops. It's nicely carbonated and this is a one pint hand your keys over ale,seriously! It's and 10% + ABV ,not the beer you want to bring home to your momma.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous amber with reddish hints. Lots of off-white head with great lacing. Smells incredible! Hoppy up the wazoo. Lots of citrus on the nose. Tastes sweet and bitter. Vry heavy and smooth. Boozy but not nearly what i would expect at nearly 12 percent. Incredibly drinkable and very tasty

Photo of brew3crew
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big ups to danwho for this growler

A-brown amber with tan head that sticks around for a while
S-wow. Hard to find a better smelling beer. The dry hopping really took it to another level
T-very nice hop taste. I love double bastard and this takes it to another level.
M-medium bodied and a nice hop aftertaste
D-very drinkable considering this abv is prolly upwards of 10%

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review # 200, from notes

thanks to brew3crew and urbancaver for this one.

A - deep ruby red body, big creamy reddish tan head.

S - big fresh hoppy nose, creamy and "amazing." Smells real good

T - a complex nutty/fruity sweetness with a good balance from bitter/spicy hops. Great stuff

M - big and smooth and creamy, couldn't ask for more

O (D) - Very tasty, easy to drink, even despite the high alcohol.

Photo of smbslt
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass creating a two finger head. Head was initially coarse but coalesced into a fine, creamy foam wheat colored with some orange highlights. A few oily bubbles trapped within it. Carbonation was steady, not over-abundant. Clung in random patches to the side of the glass.

The expected piney smell was accented by a citrus (again orange - if I had to pick not overpowering.

The taste experience changed throughout. Tasted banana in the head. Hops initially but then woody. The ending bitterness lingered a bit long. May have sensed malt somewhere along the way after getting used to the bitterness.

Feel was good. Substantial but not thick. Complimented the level of flavor.

Definitely drinkable. Have have had on a couple of occasions. The alcohol does tend to sneak up though.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium white head, leaves some spotty lace.

S: Big hop character, I wouldn't expect anything less from Stone. Pine, grapefruit American hop heavy with noticable sweet crystal malt.

T: Taste is big on the hops, still pretty sweet malt wise, but nowhere near as boozy as the original can be fresh. The hops really take the beer over, and make something much more like a hoppy barleywine than Double Bastard.

M: Full-bodied, silky with ethanol and thick. Resiny and big.

D: Interesting take on DB. Something fresh that is clearly more drinkable than the template. Certainly worth a try if on-tap.

Double Bastard Ale - Double Dry Hopped from Stone Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.