Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Fresh 2012 Batch 001
A: Pours a nice deep ruby with a big frothy tan head. Fades nice and slow. Moderate lacing.
S: Lots and lots of boozy raisin. Perhaps some prunes and fig too? Sweet caramel helps balance it out a bit. Just a hint of vanilla. Simple but strong.
T: Surprisingly smooth for being so fresh. Up front there is a super caramel, toffee and toasted malt combination. Raisins are here again in the middle but much less prominent. Finish is all bourbon with oak, toffee and caramel. Distinctive bourbon burning finish too. Now you can tell it's fresh. Lingering aftertaste is indistinguishable from drinking pure bourbon.
M: Very heavy, thick and smooth as can be. Feels even thicker than 12%
O: I like the description. "Barrel-Aged Imperial Special Bitter". It is absolutely correct. Tastes like a super huge english bitter with a bunch of bourbon characteristics thrown in. Basically pure maltiness and bourbon. I bought an extra bottle to put in the cellar, curious to see how this is with a little milder bourbon. Just a bit too hot and heavy on the bourbon, especially in the aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
08-11-2012 03:32:05 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
4.39/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
a wonderful showcase of the bourbon barrel here. different than all the stouts and thick sticky blends they do, this is a lighter (in color and in roastiness) malt bill than a lot of their big barreled beers. i think it lets the wood and the bourbon flavors really present themselves well. english sort of grain profile to this, sweet and sappy, caramel like, and full bodied. the beer looks about right for what it claims to be, toffee colored beer with bronzed amber edges. not much head from the tap, or at least it settles down pretty quickly. tons and tons of sweet vanilla on the nose, this has very obviously spent a great deal of time resting on bourbon. a sturdy char on the barrel too helps to add depth and mellow what i cant believe isnt hot alcohol. its so well hidden here. there is even some hops in the finish of this one, more than just the requisite english bittering hops, i get a dried straw and corn husk character from them, in addition to just enough bitterness to balance some of the left over sugars in the finish of this. complex and woody, this is a great example of firestone walkers ability to barrel age beers. tons of the whiskey character comes through, and i like the coppery sweet caramel malt. a real treat to drink, it warms up well, and i think its different than what we usually expect from barleywine.
Serving type: on-tap
07-21-2014 16:35:59 | More by StonedTrippin
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 Bottle. Poured into a goblet.
A: Opaque caramel color. Moderate carbonation. Static bubbles against the glass. Serious condensation on the outside of the glass as the brew is 38 degrees and my apartment is 78. Thin rim of light brown head around the edge.
S: Toffee, caramel, and figs. Strong booze, but not at all overpowering.
T: Sweet and malty notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla. A smooth tawny port wine. As the beer approaches room temperate I get some more nutty notes as well, such as sweeter hazelnut. The finish is long and powdery.
M: Moderately carbonated and extremely velvety. Boozy warmth.
D: I only bought one due to the price tag, but wish I had cleared the shelf of the three of four boxes they had. This beer does not need any more age, which is good, because I am not sure I could resist. I have been trying to convert my port wine drinking dad to beers for years, and this may be just the one to do it.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 23:51:05 | More by antott0523
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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