Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by musicman575:
4.98/5 rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From a tiny Firestone snifter, it smelled a bit like hot, gooey banana bread. Lot's of buttery brown sugar and spicy goodness plus bourbon and vanilla. Tiny bubbles slowly rise through the clear, somewhat thick, mahogany-colored beer. It melts over the palate like a soft liqueur. It's delicate, but anything but subtle. The tinier the sip, the better.
Serving type: on-tap
09-03-2012 19:51:35 | More by musicman575
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4.11/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Served from a 650ml bottle into a Smutty Big beer tulip. 2012 vintage. Cellar temp.
Appearance- Clearer amber with quick bubbly off-white head that left no lacing. Looks to be well carbonated.
Smell- Rich caramel, stone fruits, mild booze, oaky vanilla and tobacco. Fairly typical barrel aged barleywine aromas.
Taste- Much of the nose, but oak is quite prevalent by now. Big caramel and cherry and plums, vanilla, tobacco. No booze taste.
Mouthfeel- Highly carbonated which perturbs me slightly. Other than that, Medium-full body, medium heat at the back of the throat, but over all pretty easy to drink. I would like less carbonation.
Overall- A nice BBA Barleywine. Too carbonated but overall, nicely balanced.
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 21:36:08 | More by Seanniek91
4.41/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
2012 bomber into a snifter. Served at fridge temp, allowed to warm ~30 mins.
Appearance: Unexpectedly light; I guess I was expecting something more like §ucaba, but this looks more like unfiltered apple cider. Cloudy reddish brown. Basically nonexistent head.
Smell: Now the smell is a lot more like §ucaba—caramel, vanilla, barrel, whipped cream. Maybe it's just because I've got apple cider in my brain now, but I also pick up a lot of bright apple notes. Smells really delicious.
Taste: Follows the nose. Toffee, some coconut, vanilla. I also get the sweet, slightly tart or bitter apple that I picked up in the aroma. A little alcohol burn, but really in the background compared to fresh barrel-aged offerings.
Feel: Fairly syrupy, but brightly carbonated at the same time. I would actually prefer a little lower carb, thought I guess it fits the slightly brighter, apple-y flavor pretty well.
Overall: Mighty fine brew. Haven't had this fresh, but I'm guessing the age did it well in mellowing out the alcohol presence and letting some of the other flavors come to the fore. Not sure where I'd rank this against FW's other widely-available Proprietor's Vintage beers, but not sure I'd care—it's delicious!
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 00:52:19 | More by neurobot01
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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