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RATINGS: 2613   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a lacerative muther of a beer. The evil big brother of Arrogant Bastard Ale. It is strongly suggested you stay far, far away from this beer. Those foolish enough to venture close enough to taste will experience a punishingly unforgiving assault on the palate. Course theres always the masochists...
Note: 2007 - 10%, 2008 & 2009 - 10.5%, 2010 - 11.2%, 2011 - 10.5%, 2012 - 11.2%, 2016 - 11%.

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4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thedindaniel (6) - Chula Vista, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006 does not count
This beer was a bit confusing for my palate as it had an initially sweet taste to it with a bitter kick at the end. Had a very nice clear caramel color to it and a strong aroma giving a hint of the flavors to come. As one rater mentioned before, it does leave the mouth feeling quite dehydrated but thats not surprising with a 10% alcohol beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2008 22oz bomber 2004 Release-An aroma of alcohol, malt and hops. Brown reddish with a small head that dissipates even quicker. A heavy body with an alcohol taste and malt. A complex brew that is very tasty. 22oz bottle "06 Release-An aroma of hops and malt on a reddish body with a small tan head. Tast of this big boddied brew is og hops, malt, and alcohol. Very tasty and drinkable. 8/4/8/4/17

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Quevillon (3024) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Post-mondial Tasting (3 litres). Rousse dlissieuse, trs beau collet. Arome super de fruit sucr cuite. Got rchaufant prsque parfait.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Reddish brown liquid with large light tan head. Plenty of thick lacing. Complex smells of caramel malt, honey, apples, and alcohol balanced well with some citrusy hops. The fun continues with some light fruit taste maybe pineapple and a little apple. Lots more caramel malt taste followed by a roasted malt taste. The transitions continue from sweet to spicy. Good spicy hops with plenty of pleasant alcohol warming. Smooth thick syrupy feel. The only thing that keeps this beer from being a perfect five is the overly dry spicy feel left ten minutes later that leaves my mouth feeling like I just woke up (yeah you know that feeling). Other than that, this is one of the most complex and delicious beers Ive had. Thank you again Greg Koch/Stone Brewing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 31, 2006
2005 bomber. Deep copper-orange pour with a thin yellowy tan head. Nose hits you immediately - brown sugary malt and citrusy hops. The strength of the malt in the nose is suprising. Initially, the sweet maltiness is there, but is bludgeoned into submission by the bitter flower. Still, the strength of the two flavors is remarkable. Slightly syrupy body, and the alcohol is hidden well - you only know it is there by the warming down your gullet. Niiice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2006
Despite supposedly being more "evil" than its smaller brother, it is actually much more balanced and better, even if the hops are more assertive. Big thick malty palate that is right at the line between being nice and being syrupy. Loads of American hop aroma and taste, well balanced by carame;ly malt flavors. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2006
2005 bottle courtesy of Naven. Good overall, but I just dont like the hops here. They come across to me as being very bitter and cloying. I love hops, but the combination here just doesnt work for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 27, 2006
2005 bomber - The bastard was taunting me from my fridge, telling me that sure I could handle an Arrogant Bastard, but I didnt have what it takes to down the unruly big brother, double bastard. So I had no choice but to drink up. This cocky SOB pours dark brown with a thin head. The aroma is surprisingly malty given the huge IBUs. My first sip revealed that though I hadnt smelled them much, there were huge mountains of hops hiding in this dark brew. The malts Id smelled were completely hammered down by the hops overload. With 10% ABV well masked, the thick body coats the tongue and leads to a long, bitter finish. Double Bastard put me in mind of a barley wine thats been hopped all to hell and back. Its good and I do like big, aggressive beers, but the description is very right about it being "lacerative". Its very harsh on the palate, much moreso than their comparably hopped Ruination, which I love. My bottle was about 7 months old. Id suggest waiting two years or more instead. Give this biggest of bastards some time to settle down a little bit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2009 Pours copper-amber color. Sweet malty aroma with some strong hoppiness- cherry, oranges, cotton candy, maple syrup, caramel, vanilla, pineapple. Flavor is ultra-hoppy, with tons of citrusy hops on a oaky caramel base; maple syrup, dried cherries and apricots. Sticky, thick palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
After tasting the Arrogant, or Single Bastard, I wondered for long what made the Double Bastard indeed double. I was hoping for a second helping of malts rather than hops as I found the original somewhat bitter for my taste. The pour produced a clear but deep ruby body topped of a creamy custard head that rapidly disappeared to yield a central column of carbonation. At the nose I found my inquiries to be answered by a straightforward but complex aroma. Sweet rich malts are well balanced by the alcohol and a fruity blend of cherry, apple, berries, and syrupy orange scents mingles with a creamy coffee note. The flavor was a bit more reminiscent of the single Bastard with its strong grapefruit tonalities accompanied by slightly green coffee and chocolate notes. Some flowery bitterness is also noticeable as it joins the finishing bloom of grape juice leading to a smooth creamy aftertaste. A terrific effort from Stone, and my favorite so far.


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