luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2007
tangy candy like nose, almost peach nose. This has a massive malty sweetness. it has a hint of caramel. The bottom line is this just haves a lot of malt. There is a bitterness at the end but it is not as aggressive as I thought this was going to be. It iis actually more balanced than regular
Arrogant Bastard. I actually like it more than the original. HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004
04’ vintage-Such an interesting beer. I used to think it was an Imperial IPA, but it really is an American Strong or Stock ale, so its correctly identified here. I’d actually like more hop character to come through, but that’s just me. A very nice malt profile and very well integrated with enough hop bitterness to back it up. I hope I’m worthy enough to enjoy it. firefly765 (195) - - JUN 25, 2013
Pours a nice ruby red with a large off white head that lasts long with good lacing. Very nice balance for an 11.2% beer. A little unpleasant bitter aftertaste. Not bad. Cant drink more than 2. Plum citrus and alcohol aroma.
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Dark amber pour with small head and sticky lace. Astringent aroma. Definite alcohol presence. Good, but not a 100 percentile. bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
Double Bastard. You evil fucking cunt. It’s a hop monster, it’s a malt monster... it’s a little sweet, but then it kicks you in the junk for calling it sweet. I love this fucking beer. This is a tough bomber.
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Stone is celebrating 10 years of the Double Bastard and I was fortunate enough to have the current vintage (2009) on draft at a local beer bar. Much appreciated treat for myself.
Beer was clear and brown. Formed a thin white head (slightly yellowish bubbles) and has low carbonation. Lacing is high, its an attractive beer.
The aroma is primarily hops and malt. There is some detectable alcohol in the nose, but its not solvent-like at all.
Beer is surprisingly smooth, really high bitterness at the back of the mouth, a little (less than I expected) sweetness at the front. Sweetness in the front is primarily malt based syrup flavor. Its good. There is some alcohol in the midpalate but its not bad and is well balanced by the high hop bitterness in the back. Drinkability is fine, not high, couldn’t pound this beer, Mouthfeel is good, nice connectivity throughout the beer, good body, not thin or too thick. Beer gets a little dry after a few drinks but that’s OK. A really nice beer.
Whenever I drink a beer like this I wonder how it will age. This is one of those strong ales that I bet would get sweeter with time as the hops fell back and the alcohol warmness mellowed.
Serving type: on-tap Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bomber...poured into pint glass, nicely hoppy, great looking beer, a bit boozy definitely a sipper and shouldn’t be enjoyed at too cool a temperature Wolfenkopf (193) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2011
The aroma is somewhat malty, faintly fruity. I would testify in court that there is a Tootsie roll in here somewhere. Peanut hued head is fluffy for awhile and then settles a bit. Laces slide back into the lightly foggy amber brew. The flavor is vibrant with roasty malt and bitter hops, the two forces tangling fiercely with neither winning out in the end. The palate is assaulted with the brew’s thick oily-ness, but let’s be honest, it was asking for it. Brilliantly fun and tasty ale with a mighty punch. DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 Inviting sweet (slightly citrus?) aroma. Finish seems hoppier, more bitter than Arrogant Bastard. Great carbonation in the bottle I got. Definitely hugely alcoholic. aaronbr (188) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
"Strong" ale is right! This one’s full-bodied, and sort of thick feeling. Definitely packs a punch on ABV, and has a nice blend of hops and powerful malts creeping in. Nutty brown in color and taste, but with a lingering bitterness that I kind of like. Pretty good.