Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
Poured into a standard glass.
Pours a beautiful, deep, almost glowing amber with vibrant highlights of scarlet throughout the body as sunlight strikes the glass. A 2 fingers tall, fluffy, light tan head quickly forms. For the beer's high ABV, the head lasts a surprising amount of time. As the head slowing recedes, it leaves little to no lacing behind.
Immediately you're struck by the rich coconut that I'm learning to expect of Firestone Walker's barrel aged beer. Underneath this huge, woodsy coconut aroma are some subtle underlying notes of vanilla and cherry. As the beer starts to warm, some of the original DBA notes start to surface; rich toffee, caramel as well as a streak of orange marmalade from the delicate, lightly floral hops. For 12.5% ABV, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well.
Very similar to the aroma; immediately as you take your first sip, you are hit with that trademark Firestone barrel character of sweet coconut. Behind the barrel, there are subtle floral, grassy hop undertones. Like in the original DBA, the hops are very orange marmalade like. Before the slightly bitter off dry finish, your palate is kissed with a flash of fig that quickly transitions to a lightly chewy, sweet backbone of toffee and caramel malt. Huge lingering notes of more orange marmalade and sweet breads. There is a gigantic barrel character in the finish; rich coconut, vanilla, almonds and a moderate tannin presence. As the beer warms, a light alcohol presence surfaces.
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. For it's ABV, it is very drinkable and very light.
As usual, Firestone knocks it out of the park with this beer. They took their flagship beer, DBA(Double Barrel Ale), doubled the recipe and aged in a mix of neutral oak and mixed spirit barrels. What comes out of these barrels, is a bit of an anomaly; Im not sure how Firestone managed to take a 12.5% 'Imperial Special Bitter' and still have it drink like a heavy ESB, with out it even verging into English Barleywine territory. This beer isn't their most complex Barrel Aged beer, but it certainly drinks the easiest. The low profile malts really allow the barrels to shine. I can't say I've had something quite like this. Bravo, Firestone.
08-24-2013 21:11:37 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-20-2014 03:55:59 | More by TruePerception
3.7/5 rDev -13.1%
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!
10-15-2013 22:23:23 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
09-30-2012 00:18:02 | More by MadScientist
4.63/5 rDev +8.7%
Big thanks to Fubar1453 for giving this to me as a gift.
Appearance: hazy, copper in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation
Smell: dominated by pineapple--yes not what i thought I was gonna get, tones of oak and vanilla as well. This is right up there with Creme Brulee Stout as one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.
Taste: toffee and sweet vanilla start, citrus in the middle that quickly goes to oaking and whiskey
Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, heavy body, smooth, medium-high carbonation
Overall: The best beer I have tasted that has been imported to Massachusetts in a long time. The smell is amazing with the pineapple being so fresh. The oak and the whiskey tastes are present but never overbearing. I will certainly pick this up again as a treat for special occasions.
09-17-2012 13:30:03 | More by tigg924
1.85/5 rDev -56.6%
Pours a hazy orange, no head. Smell is apple cider and banana bread. Not hiding the alcohol at all. Not my cup of tea 2oz bomber pours clear deep ruby red with tan head of foam. The aroma offends with robust levels of booze, sweet whiskey, coconut and candy like sweetness. I can’t say that the taste is any different. It is just full up booze and whiskey that gets hot and boozy from time to time. It also has lesser notes of sort of a coconut to candy like sugary sweetness.
09-28-2012 05:05:31 | More by menkros
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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