drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2003 I almost wept with joy when I saw this at the store last night. Then I jumped about 3 feet in the air due to my unabashed excitement and grabbed a bastard for each hand. Wow! Finally a double bastard for me to try! God bless this 2003 release. God likes beer. The look of it!! Clear dark caramel, touch of ruby. What a head! tan and swirly puffy, sudsy like all awesome IPA's. Imagine this: my favorite style is IPA and I'm about to take a sip of Stone's coveted DOUBLE BASTARD. Now do you understand the context of this action? Smells like an orchard. Fresh piney hops and citrus notes. Alcohol is unbelievably well hidden...not surprising because of all the fresh, pungent bracing hops. This bitterness however is complemented by the most delicious sweet malt that will make you almost cry and thank stone so much for making a double bastard, let alone an arrogant bastard.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 release: Light copper with a small light beige head. Heavy caramel malt and piney hop aroma at the first sniff. Toasty malt and surprisingly a little bit of raisiny fruit, and the usual subtle alcohol. Very strong hop flavor is well balanced by the sweet caramel malt and fruitiness. Light alcohol flavor with a hoppy aftertaste and surprisingly sweeter finish. Warming well hidden alcohol, very moderate carbonation, and a full body make this a winter warmer for sure. Although atypical of an American Barleywine, this is a damn good one!
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 WOW! Great strong ale that makes a distinct impression. Aroma is complex with distinct hop and toffe overtones and a mildly sweet and hoppy after taste. Appearance is deep rich with a strong tawny head and good lacing. Flavor...what words can I use...? rich complex fruity, hickory with a nice hop bite that hides the alcohol very well. Brings remnants of a fine barley wine combined with a well seasoned IPA. Palate was very rich, filling and lasting. Overall this is Stone's best beer! They should consider making this one year round, I know I will be drinking this one again! I can not recommend this one enough!...Double my Bastard!
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 2003 bottle of tasty Stone brew. It's kinda like a cross between Arrogant Bastard and Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot. As others mentioned, it is very much like a barleywine. This beer seems to be a bit lighter on the hops than its little brother... Either that, or I'm just getting used to it. Seems to taste and smell better than regular AB. More sugar, more alcohol, less hop bite and bitterness. This evil bastard seems blasphemous as it fornicates with my innocent Rochefort Trappist glass. Well-masked alcohol flavor that's backed up by spicy aroma of delicious hops and citrusy fruits.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2003 Just a prelim assesment since I already drank it. Very heavy. Kind of like Arrogant, but more barley wine like. The more I drank the better it got. Went to my local large chain liquor store and they sold all 20 of their cases in less thatn a day. Luckily, Stone has a very good web site with all the stores that carry it with the arrival date listed. I found my case and am very happy. I'll rerate when I drink the nex one.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 bottle. Poured a fiery red-orange, with a light tan head dissipating to an off-white ring of carbonation around the rim of my St. Bernardus glass. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, and some citrusy hops. Flavor leaned towards the malt sideline, with strong caramel, breadiness, and dark, sweet fruits dominating the flavor. Grapefruit hops with a touch of bitterness were also present. Alcohol was nicely masked. This is one sticky beer. In comparison to Bells Batch 6000, this is definitely smoother around the edges, also having a fuller mouthfeel and malt rather than hop dominance. The caramely aroma contrasted the sweeter, soylike aroma of Batch 6000. At this point in time, I can say that Stone produces the most consistently smooth, delicious beverages in the nation. Still, I can't help but think I've tasted most of the Double Bastard before in their other beers...
egajdzis (5481) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2003 Poured a clear ruby color with a medium sized off white head. Interesting aroma included hints of fruit (pineapples, strong pineapples), spicy hops, and peanut butter, very strange. Very bitter hops are dominant, followed by caramel malt, finished with more hops. Very full, very good.
deprogram (115) - Renton, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle Mmmm. Fragrant, fruity aroma, much like the venerable Arrogant Bastard, but sweeter. Head is minimal, and slightly yellow, lacing nicely. This beer grows on you, not as bitter as it's little brother, but with more complexity, dark honey malts fading into red-tinged bitterness. Lovely, and you won't even notice the alcohol, until halfway through the beer...
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2003 Fantastic. This beer made me dance ridiculous capers in the kitchen. I like it better than the regular Arrogant Bastard. Like a barley wine crossed with a very bitter India pale ale. A wonderful meeting of malt and hops. I love the dark red color. You can smell the mash in the glass, sweet malty caramel aroma behind all that hoppy goodness. Drinks stronger than 10%, I thought. Nice big assed beer.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oily looking, orange amber hue, clear and bright in appearance; earthy, resinous aroma, not overly large on the hop aroma, balanced. Sweet at first, with an all most immediate hit of hop acid, evergreen and orange juice, not so much grapefruit, with a wisp of smoky dryness and carbonics on the finish, with the standard caramel/brandy interplay in this sort of beer. Well done, sets a pretty high standard for over-the-top yet balanced American barleywine.