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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 157
Gots: 574 | FT: 55
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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farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barely pours a head at all, even with a heartily aggressive pour. A few bubbles aggregate again the glass walls, no real appreciable lacing either. There’s a strong, bright glow to the orange to light brown hued liquid, needed given the high level of particulate floating about inside (bottle stood up for weeks), plenty of widely dispersed bubbles as well, looks like a lot of activity in the glass. The nose is balanced and does not betray excessive alcohol presence, a good underlying roastiness stiffens its nostril presence so it’s not overly sugary, still no lack of molasses, caramelized brown sugar, butterscotch, at the same time you get green apple, fig, golden raisin, spiced orange peel and a heavy floral musk, you get more lightly metallic earthiness at it warms, easy as she goes. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and likewise smooth and flows effortlessly, not looking to make a huge display of itself. More leafy herbal qualities here, bready like challah bread or breakfast rolls. Fruitier with apricot, peach, cherry mixed in with the fig, raisin, date base. Chocolate truffle, toffee, butterscotch, cream soda give it the desired appeal, no sugar bomb. The carbonation could be considered mildly on the high side for the style, not obvious but rock steady and adds to its overall freshness. More for those who want a food friendly version of the style than an experience unto itself. (Proprietor's Reserve Series #002, 2013)

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:01:02 | More by farrago
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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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jallen5076

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-20-2014 15:46:09 | More by pwayDBA
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-20-2014 05:29:54 | More by Howlader
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-19-2014 00:55:14 | More by anhigdon
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ivyman

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-17-2014 23:52:18 | More by ivyman
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huysmans

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-17-2014 16:21:14 | More by huysmans
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-17-2014 00:04:35 | More by ncaudle
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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-16-2014 02:47:57 | More by GregDuB65
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mhbarber

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-15-2014 00:38:57 | More by mhbarber
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keags_beer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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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

07-14-2014 23:51:05 | More by antott0523
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KnowYourCraft

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-14-2014 23:26:24 | More by KnowYourCraft
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ChrisAlbertine

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-14-2014 17:44:26 | More by csfcmitchell
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bret717

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-13-2014 04:13:56 | More by bret717
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Warlocks-Passage

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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PickleBucket29

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-12-2014 14:32:09 | More by PickleBucket29
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djteiwaz


5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-11-2014 16:12:48 | More by djteiwaz
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Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-08-2014 03:19:18 | More by GClarkage
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Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,286 ratings.