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Double Bastard Ale by Stone Brewing Company
American Strong Ale
10.00 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 08/26/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
98 3 11 20 5 10 2010
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.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber thanks to Reino. Poured into a shaped pint. 2007 vintage.

A: Pours a very nice dark caramel color, this sweety is hazy, can't see all the way through it. Got about a finger of head, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in retention. Lacing is a bit thin but always comes back with every pull from the glass. Carbonation bubbles are small and plenty.

S: Dark caramel that is slightly burnt. Malt that is sweet. Cracked pepper, citrus and/or floral hops, and booze. The booze smells more like a bourbon type alcohol rather than just alcohol. Very nice.

T: Nice thick malt up front. The caramel sweetness is nice but not at all overbearing. Slight citrus flavors mingle in this profile. Spices kick in on the back side. Nice amount of flavor and many other rich, dark spices. Alcohol kicks in also on the back side. Not too overpowering.

M: This is a creamy, medium bodied brew. Carbonation is light. Really sticky. Coats palate, tongue and throat. Slight alcohol burn. Mostly spices linger in the aftertaste with some spiciness. Damn nice.

D: So the ABV is high, but this is still highly drinkable. I want more and I want it now. This stacks up very well with AB and OAB. Better than AB, not as good as OAB (but little is).Very good.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 09-05-2008 04:42:08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by cjsell on 11/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 17 4 7 2008
A: Poured a nice amber color with just a pinch of lighter color at the bottom when held up to the light. A nice finger of tiny-bubbled off white head that sticks around a while.

S: Smells fruity with some serious malts. Maybe some hops, but not a lot.

T: Way more hops than you would think from the smell. Followed up by some sweetness that balances it out, but still pretty hoppy. Some hints of caramel are also in there.

M: Medium body, maybe just a little too bitter. Very low carbonation.

This is pretty good, but I can imagine it being really good with some age to mellow it out a little.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 06/16/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 17 4 8 2007
Thanks to Joey for the bottle, this is a 07 vintage.

Pours a strong caramel color but settles an amber and ruby color in the glass. A good half inch of foam amassed and remains for a few minutes.

The aroma is of sweet grapefruit. I am reminded, when I was younger, of cutting an orange in half and topping it with sugar. There’s some soft notes of pine and citrus with a huge caramel, sweet dark fruits, malt profile. I’m also detecting a little bit of coffee in the background and raw brown sugar. Alcohol is not as strong as one would think, it is hidden behind the massive amount of malt and aroma hops. Love the aroma.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma would lead. The first sensation is a strong hop bite and as you swallow, the bitterness, scrapes your tongue all the way down but almost instantly the sweetness balances it all out. The alcohol appears mostly in the aftermath of everything, just warms the esophagus and stomach. Caramel and brown sugar are definitely there along with sweet raisins and dates. Aside from the aforementioned fruits I’m also getting subtle notes of ripe apples and pears. There’s also a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste.

Definitely one to sip, some ageing would definitely help make this one smoother.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 04/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
Color was dark, maybe amber or slightly brownish. Smell was strong, with hops balanced slightly by malt sweetness. Also got some bananas and caramel in the smell. Taste followed the smell with hops front and center and only slightly outshining the matls and the fruit tastes. Might have gotten a hint of dates in the taste too. Feel was full, as expected.

Overall, this is another good bottle from Stone. This bottle was aged I think a little over a year for me. Stood up quite well with that.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 0
Review from 11/30/06

2005 Release

A - Oh my, what a nice looking brew. Pours a bright garnet body with good bubble action. Big thick tan head isn't moving an inch. Great looking brew. Great sticky lacing.

S - Big fruity smell. Big caramel malt scent along with an over-hopped smell. Lots of layers of flavors coming on in the scent.

T - Huge hoppy red. Big caramel malts are balanced perfectly with a huge amount of fruity, floral hops. 10%abv is hard to believe. There is almost no hint of big alcohol.

M - Medium to full bodied with great, smooth carbonation.

D - Great beer that holds up well over time.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
Just had this one and wow, what a great beer. Like taking the Arrogant Bastard and just smoothing it out. Pours a copperish color with a light tan head. The smell great, very hoppy with the alcohol smell. The taste, as I just mentioned is th AB, just smoother and slightly more alcohol taste. Very drinkable and very good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Organized Chaos on 12/02/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 20 5 9 2008
Beer pours a dark amber color, very clear with tiny bubbles rising to the top. A nice 1/2 head forms and slowly dissipates.

I could smell this one the second I popped the cap, I smell hop and what seems like a sweet malt

Nice, this beer has a good taste, a bitter hop on the tounge with a really good sweet malty taste, good aftertaste. It's hard to believe this is a 10% beer as the alcohol is not present.

With the bitterness and good carbonation with lack of alcohol bite, love the mouthfeel on this one.

Overall, love this beer.

Price: $6.50 Served In: Flute Glass

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