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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale

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313 Reviews
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Reviews: 313
Hads: 1,878
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 22.12%
Wants: 223
Gots: 897 | FT: 114
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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Reviews: 313 | Hads: 1,878
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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: amber brown with orange accents; off-white head vanished quickly leaving a bubbly collar

S: candi sugar, toffee, some bourbon

T: super beer - reminded me of the scotch ale/old ale/barleywine styles; sweet malt toffee, some drier notes from the barrels; nice woody flavors wrapped around boozy dark fruits

M: creamy, little bitter on the drying finish; medium body

O: probably a great cigar beer, has a nice smokiness and strong character; again, I'd have pegged it for an old ale or scotch ale - warms well, finishes great, wonderful aftertaste - glad I got my hands on one

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Photo of pestalinc
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twice as good as the DBA.

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Photo of TruePerception
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Firestone's Double DBA, barrel-aged imperial special bitter. 12% ABV.

A: Nice smoky haze upon opening. A little less than a finger of lopsided head. Seems to be no lacing. Clear, slightly-orange red, with tiny grey sediment suspended throughout. Golden yellow in the dimple, with more suspended sediment. (4.5)

S: Deep, fruity molasses. Malty. Some bourbon and oakiness, but it's lighter than Firestone's other BA offerings. Lightly browned cereal grain (a la, whole grain Cheerios). I'm having trouble nailing down the fruit smell I'm getting. Something along the lines of fig or tamarind. Toffee. (4.5)

T/MF: Flavor is darker, and with more caramel notes, than the basic DBA. Rich fruity toffee. Dried cherry, plum. More of that malted cereal grain. Slight char note on the back end of all those caramel and toffee notes. Booziness is well masked. Slightly soft mouthfeel. Slight, bittersweet chocolate note. Very slight grassiness, but it very well hidden underneath the other flavors. (4.5/4.25)

Overall: Decent amount of sweetness along with the flavors makes this more of a dessert beer, to me. Quite glad I was able to try this before it was gone!(4.5)

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red color with thin lacing, minimal carbonation, and very viscous looking.

S - Bourbon, toasted caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T - Lots of toasted toffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, and bourbon from start to finish. Alcohol effervescence is prominent along with alcohol warming, light citrus bitterness at the very end and lingering alcohol warmth.

M - Thick, full body, sticky, carbonation is silky smooth.

O - Very boozy and complex.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tjk135
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of abeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of thedoctr
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Callmecoon
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Ryno3031
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mverity
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orangey amber with good legs, fair lacing and a thin collar persisting. Aroma is earthy and some citrus hop, lots of oakiness, caramel maltiness and vanilla. Taste is very much like the aroma: sweet toasty bread/caramel malt laced with spicy citrus, vanilla, wet earthy/floral hops. Light body that makes it crisp with the low carbonation.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Beerswag
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at Pangea Sacramento. Looks a smooth textured copper to ruby to medium dark brown.
Rich smell of plum, apricot, toffee and butterscotch.. Taste is semi sweet cocoa, toffee, plums, fermented fruit, butterscotch, almond/marzapam and getting lots of bourbon on the finish. Heavy mouthfeel with a sweet, smooth texture and plenty body. Laced the glass like rings at every sip..serve with desserts, vanilla ice cream, flambés, winter dishes, such as roasted kabocha or butternut squash, pumpkin pie; upmost rich-dishes such as anything browned or buttered or candied!!!

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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