Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kinsman:
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice chestnut colored body with a nice bit of creamy white head. Lots of sweet vanilla and toffee notes come forward immediately upon opening. Nice bourbon notes but not overly boozy for such a fresh bottle.
Taste is definitely sweet, as expected, with lots of woody vanilla notes and a healthy dose of molasses and toffee. Malty undertones help hold it all up. Some bourbon/alcohol character but not nearly as boozy and hot as some -bals can be.
Mouthfeel is medium-heavy but not as vicious as most 12% barrel aged brews. Smooth and slightly syrupy texture that makes it plenty drinkable. Overall, a really enjoyable dessert beer. Sweet and slightly boozy but incredibly tasty. A little age would hopefully help the more subtle flavors come out.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2012 02:33:38 | More by Kinsman
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4.41/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2012 bomber into a snifter. Served at fridge temp, allowed to warm ~30 mins.
Appearance: Unexpectedly light; I guess I was expecting something more like §ucaba, but this looks more like unfiltered apple cider. Cloudy reddish brown. Basically nonexistent head.
Smell: Now the smell is a lot more like §ucaba—caramel, vanilla, barrel, whipped cream. Maybe it's just because I've got apple cider in my brain now, but I also pick up a lot of bright apple notes. Smells really delicious.
Taste: Follows the nose. Toffee, some coconut, vanilla. I also get the sweet, slightly tart or bitter apple that I picked up in the aroma. A little alcohol burn, but really in the background compared to fresh barrel-aged offerings.
Feel: Fairly syrupy, but brightly carbonated at the same time. I would actually prefer a little lower carb, thought I guess it fits the slightly brighter, apple-y flavor pretty well.
Overall: Mighty fine brew. Haven't had this fresh, but I'm guessing the age did it well in mellowing out the alcohol presence and letting some of the other flavors come to the fore. Not sure where I'd rank this against FW's other widely-available Proprietor's Vintage beers, but not sure I'd care—it's delicious!
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 00:52:19 | More by neurobot01
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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