Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
08-24-2013 21:11:37 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
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
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
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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