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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 160
Gots: 596 | FT: 57
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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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Reviews by gleemonger:
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-08-2012 00:18:34 | More by gleemonger
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Goalcam

California

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one packs quite a punch which I normally don't mind in something like a stout but this one tastes more like a liquor than beer. The taste is pretty close to that of a cognac. This is certainly more of a sipping beer than one watching a ballgame. I really wish I had a nice cigar to go along with this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2014 16:13:09 | More by Goalcam
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red colour, amber tinged. Head is off-white, large bubbles. Decent lacing. But a bit thin. Paradoxically though, it looks heavy overall.

Smells like oak. Vanilla, coconut, even bourbon. Smells sweet, kind of cupcake-esque, with a big bourbon hit. Yeah, cupcakes with bourbon. There's an idea. Let's talk, Firestone Walker.

Taste is coconutty. Vanilla, as well, lots of sweetness. American oak, notes of butter, with cake batter, chestnut, coconut, sweet bourbon maybe. Touch of corporeality. Not a huge amount of beer character, just tastes of sweetness with huge bourbon ageing. I like all the characters, but yeah I'd like more nuance. Just tastes like delicious barrel ageing with the beer removed.

Smooth, heavy, has a slight nip of alcohol on the back. Not bad.

Very tasty. But rating it as a beer I'm a bit torn. It's nice, but is there really much beer character left here?

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2014 04:40:20 | More by laituegonflable
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-30-2014 16:07:04 | More by tweezer159
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mj81

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-30-2014 00:20:11 | More by mj81
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Vivified

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

07-28-2014 17:34:55 | More by Vivified
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ethanmc12

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-28-2014 12:48:37 | More by ethanmc12
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SD0430


3.75/5  rDev -12%

07-27-2014 00:18:28 | More by SD0430
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daave1

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-26-2014 22:14:55 | More by daave1
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.

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.

Taste is similarly good—here, though it has a sweetness that really takes it beyond anything resembling an ESB. That's fine, but the bitterness has a hard time keeping things together. There's a oakiness towards the back that smooths over all of the oddities, but it's hard to deny that all of the weight doesn't necessarily work.

Feel is very smooth and clean, but with a slick, marble-like sweetness always providing a bit of weight.

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2014 05:09:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Yad1da


5/5  rDev +17.4%

07-25-2014 22:27:53 | More by Yad1da
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grimholm

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-25-2014 21:25:53 | More by grimholm
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grittybrews

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-25-2014 19:55:30 | More by grittybrews
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junglelarry

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

07-25-2014 00:23:28 | More by junglelarry
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kmclell33


4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-24-2014 08:39:51 | More by kmclell33
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ananddullabh

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-24-2014 08:18:45 | More by ananddullabh
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DerekDudley

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

07-24-2014 00:17:59 | More by DerekDudley
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nathan33

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -53.1%

07-23-2014 17:22:26 | More by nathan33
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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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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.