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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,295
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 156
Gots: 587 | FT: 56
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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Hoptimus-Prime

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

11-28-2013 01:51:11 | More by Hoptimus-Prime
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.

Beautiful reddish-amber colour, very clear and bright in the body. Some slightly sudsy streaking lace. Body is thick and fine, and holds wonderfully slim streams of carbonation. Looks pretty wonderful.

Nose is incredible. Oaky, bright but leavened with a sweetness that keeps it grounded and tethered. The lightness comes from the hops, which are heady, but still tied to a slightly English earthiness—they give a denseness to the beer. Really beautiful stuff.

Taste is similarly good—here, though it has a sweetness that really takes it beyond anything resembling an ESB. That's fine, but the bitterness has a hard time keeping things together. There's a oakiness towards the back that smooths over all of the oddities, but it's hard to deny that all of the weight doesn't necessarily work.

Feel is very smooth and clean, but with a slick, marble-like sweetness always providing a bit of weight.

Overall. This is nice stuff. As part of the big, intense blended anniversary ales, it's clearly a integral part. But on it's own, it's a little bit of an oddity.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 05:09:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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California

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-24-2014 08:39:51 | More by kmclell33
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Illinois

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07-24-2014 00:17:59 | More by DerekDudley
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nathan33

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -53.1%

07-23-2014 17:22:26 | More by nathan33
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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07-20-2014 19:33:13 | More by jallen5076
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pwayDBA

California

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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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anhigdon

Kentucky

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Massachusetts

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Virginia

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antott0523

New Jersey

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

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California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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ChrisAlbertine

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Texas

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.