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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 172
Gots: 764 | FT: 90
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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Reviews by jondeelee:
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TruePerception
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MadScientist
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at Pangea Sacramento. Looks a smooth textured copper to ruby to medium dark brown.
Rich smell of plum, apricot, toffee and butterscotch.. Taste is semi sweet cocoa, toffee, plums, fermented fruit, butterscotch, almond/marzapam and getting lots of bourbon on the finish. Heavy mouthfeel with a sweet, smooth texture and plenty body. Laced the glass like rings at every sip..serve with desserts, vanilla ice cream, flambés, winter dishes, such as roasted kabocha or butternut squash, pumpkin pie; upmost rich-dishes such as anything browned or buttered or candied!!!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tigg924
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.