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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 158
Gots: 595 | FT: 57
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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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from jpaco47 (thanks man!). Bottled 6/15/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours shimmery red hued light brown with a quickly receding two fingers of cream head. A good many patches of lace considering the high abv.

A pronounced bourbon boozy aroma on the nose with toffee, caramel, bread, wood and hints of figs/ dates blended in. Interesting.

Right up front there is a significant barrel prescense. Oak, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, bread, the sweetness of dark fruits, caramel, biscuit, rum cake and unsalted nuts. The bourbon is ever present but the base beer holds it's own. There's no denying that this is high abv but there are so many things going on that distract from the near constant slight burn.

Medium thick feel with an almost heavy dose of carbonated fizz. It really plops right down, coating the tongue and sticking around for a lingering woodsy toffee finish.

A unique barrel aged offering. I wasn't sure what to expect but Firestone Walker has another winner here. Lots of sweet malty goodness in this nice slow sipper that. Full of depth and character.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 03:08:35 | More by ThickNStout
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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.

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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.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.