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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,266
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 154
Gots: 554 | FT: 53
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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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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Double Barrel Ale opens to a malty, yeasty nose that smells initially more like the inside of a bakery than a beer: rising wheat dough, floury baguette, even touches of marble rye. These are slowly followed by a thick runnel of molasses, caramel, and wildflower honey, as well as a bevy of fruit esters, including berry, orange, apricot, and cherry, all of these present in Jolly Rancher candy-like strength. There’s a good hint of rosewater around the edges, joined by sweet pink grapefruit and a touch of pine resin. Good hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla give away the barrel aging, but do not overpower the beer; rather, they blend nicely with the sweet fruits and thick breads. As a whole, the nose is very nice, bending toward the sugary side, but with enough bread and whiskey to avoid overpowering sweetness, and the aromas are full-bodied and potent.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a malty, yeasty hit of brown bread, caramel, toast crust, biscuit, bread dough, and chewy whole wheat bread, but this is tempered almost immediately by oak, vanilla, and whiskey from the barrel aging, adding a sexy alcoholic vibe to the breads. Fruit esters and sugars kick in next, bringing apricot, cherry, orange, and berry flavors, as well as molasses, honey, and brown sugar. Thick rosewater and pink grapefruit come from the hops, as well as touches of pine resin and hints of lemon. Hold the beer on the tongue long enough and the sugars will die off, revealing a good whiskey barrel belly. The aftertaste is slightly over-heavy on the whiskey notes, but a few touches of sugar and bread do remain, and the beer lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is excellent beer. The barrel aging brings a fantastic oak and vanilla tone to what was obviously already a well-crafted brew, and the flavors mingle together deliciously. The whiskey flavors do tend to overpower the latter half of the mouthful, and the aftertaste is almost completely dominated by bourbon, making the high 12% ABV leave one’s breath feeling as if it could tarnish silver. But even here, this works well with the beer, and the next sip brings fresh berry and sugar notes to blend marvelously with the whiskey vapors. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 00:36:42 | More by jondeelee
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.