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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,394
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 169
Gots: 653 | FT: 68
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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4.13/5  rDev -3.1%

Bomber to a snifter, 2013 vintage, batch 002

Pours a cloudy amber with a half finger of beige colored foam. Moderate carbonation stemming from the sides and center. Lots of suspended yeast float around, little retention and lacing. This honestly isn't a great looking beer

Smells of roasted toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits and alcohol. All comes together pretty well and manages to be fairly complex. Very reminiscent of sucaba, very easy on the nose

Taste is close with the nose- strong toasted toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. There's quite a bit going on here but still needs some work coming together, should really improve with some age

Feel is smooth and creamy, thick and rich. Alcohol is concealed well, this would be really drinkable if it wasn't my third beer already today. Going to have to take this guy slow

Overall really good, can't wait to see this develop over the years

11-28-2013 23:56:32 | More by lordofstarside
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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
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North Carolina

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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

03-04-2014 01:38:21 | More by DanGeo
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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%

08-22-2014 19:33:09 | More by tectactoe
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New York

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
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

07-23-2012 23:25:15 | More by abeerdude
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

02-21-2014 19:56:44 | More by Tiernan
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-18-2013 03:47:08 | More by SanFranJake
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-30-2013 01:43:31 | More by SkiBum22
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-27-2013 08:16:24 | More by freshflesh
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-20-2014 23:35:51 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-08-2013 23:37:10 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-04-2012 01:19:46 | More by Callmecoon
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-18-2013 04:16:27 | More by megamass
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-21-2013 03:53:37 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-15-2012 22:29:10 | More by mctizzz
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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
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-01-2013 04:51:15 | More by aquazr1
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

09-27-2013 19:46:18 | More by kaneel
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-27-2014 17:28:52 | More by Chris_Panos
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-16-2012 23:50:19 | More by BigE90
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -12%

09-02-2013 14:14:10 | More by LGB362
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-09-2013 18:02:06 | More by Mattco
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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