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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,356 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,356
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 166
Gots: 629 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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Reviews by Florida9:
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Florida9

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

A: Dark chestnut brown, but thin, and still quite translucent. Forms a fizzy off-white head that fizzes away as quickly as it forms. No lacing. If it weren't for the fizziness, I'd say this one was flat.

S: Lots of barrel flavors, especially oak, with some vanilla and caramel, but little else.

T: Mildly sweet. Buttery caramel, toffee, raisin, and brown sugar. Then you get the barrel flavors: lots of woody, tannic, oak. Alcohol. Light vanilla and some bourbon. More oak on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is my problem with this beer. It's medium in body, but between the lack of a malt backbone and the high ABV, the beer ends up feeling thin and watery. There is a fairly appreciable tannic bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: As the side of the box says, this beer was brewed to be a blending beer, which is exactly what it is. While it certainly showcases the barrel in a way no other beer does, it just seems incapable of existing on it's own, bringing little to the party other than barrel flavor. I have a hard time faulting this beer for being something it was not intended to be. It's like faulting Cook County Stout for not being BCBS. However, the difference is that GI has never bottled and released Cook County Stout as a stand-alone beer.

11-10-2012 01:57:07 | More by Florida9
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours a deep rich amber with a nicely formed one and a half finger off white head atop,great rich clarity and color to this beer.Darf fruit,vanilla,and sweet acohol dominate the nose,some toasted oak is there as well,smells like a booze bomb.Sweetness is the main flavor component of this beer,sweet dark fruit and bourbon notes mixed with more vanilla and jet fuel-like booze.Wow a little to much boozy sweetness for me,I wanna stay awake to see the Tigers beat the ugly beards!

10-15-2013 22:23:23 | More by oberon
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DanGeo

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-04-2014 01:38:21 | More by DanGeo
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MadScientist

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A: A dark amber with good clarity and some very fine particulate floaters. The creamy light tan bubble dissipate quickly with a ring of bubbles hanging on to the rim of the glass.

S: An inviting spicy hops and oak whisky barral and whisky aroma to start. The hops are moderately-low with moderate oak and whisky. The cinnamon and vanilla from the oak almost give it coconut-like and almond aromas. There is a moderately-low orange ester and some obvious floral alcohol aroma.

T: A toffee malt flavor with a good amount of sweetness that is kept in check by a moderate bitterness. The oak and bourbon are there from start to finish without dominate the flavor at first but after a few sips their flavors seems to accumulate on the taste buds bringing moderate vanilla and cinnamon flavors. The alcohol adds a sweetness to the off dry finish with a quick bitter and somewhat orange aftertaste.

M: A medium-heavy bodied beer with moderately-low carbonation. There is quiet a bit of alcohol warmth and a touch of slickness.

O: This is a big beer with a lot of balance given the strength and complexity of all the flavors and aromas going on here. This beer will definitely take the sting off a cold winter night and is an excellent substitute for an after dinner glass of scotch bring many similar flavors.

09-30-2012 00:18:02 | More by MadScientist
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abeerdude

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

07-23-2012 23:25:15 | More by abeerdude
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Tiernan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-21-2014 19:56:44 | More by Tiernan
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-18-2013 03:47:08 | More by SanFranJake
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-30-2013 01:43:31 | More by SkiBum22
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freshflesh

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-27-2013 08:16:24 | More by freshflesh
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-20-2014 23:35:51 | More by DaftPatrick
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warnerry

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-08-2013 23:37:10 | More by warnerry
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Callmecoon

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-04-2012 01:19:46 | More by Callmecoon
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megamass

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-18-2013 04:16:27 | More by megamass
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-21-2013 03:53:37 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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mctizzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-15-2012 22:29:10 | More by mctizzz
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +8.7%

Big thanks to Fubar1453 for giving this to me as a gift.

Appearance: hazy, copper in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: dominated by pineapple--yes not what i thought I was gonna get, tones of oak and vanilla as well. This is right up there with Creme Brulee Stout as one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

Taste: toffee and sweet vanilla start, citrus in the middle that quickly goes to oaking and whiskey

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, heavy body, smooth, medium-high carbonation

Overall: The best beer I have tasted that has been imported to Massachusetts in a long time. The smell is amazing with the pineapple being so fresh. The oak and the whiskey tastes are present but never overbearing. I will certainly pick this up again as a treat for special occasions.

09-17-2012 13:30:03 | More by tigg924
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aquazr1

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-01-2013 04:51:15 | More by aquazr1
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kaneel

France

5/5  rDev +17.4%

09-27-2013 19:46:18 | More by kaneel
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Chris_Panos

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-27-2014 17:28:52 | More by Chris_Panos
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BigE90

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-16-2012 23:50:19 | More by BigE90
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LGB362

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12%

09-02-2013 14:14:10 | More by LGB362
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menkros

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -56.6%

Pours a hazy orange, no head. Smell is apple cider and banana bread. Not hiding the alcohol at all. Not my cup of tea 2oz bomber pours clear deep ruby red with tan head of foam. The aroma offends with robust levels of booze, sweet whiskey, coconut and candy like sweetness. I can’t say that the taste is any different. It is just full up booze and whiskey that gets hot and boozy from time to time. It also has lesser notes of sort of a coconut to candy like sugary sweetness.

09-28-2012 05:05:31 | More by menkros
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Mattco

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-09-2013 18:02:06 | More by Mattco
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-10-2014 20:00:21 | More by Prospero
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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-27-2012 04:41:09 | More by jaminjohnson
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,356 ratings.