Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by xnicknj:
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
on tap at eulogy
Pours a mostly clear deep caramel and gold color with a thin layer of beige head. Dissolves into a few scattered spots of lacing with little retention.
Rich and boozy in the nose with smooth oaked bourbon and toffee. Layers of toasted malts, caramel, dark fruit and burnt sugar. Warm and inviting in a come-hither sort of way with a kiss of hops.
Light touch of citrus hops up front, quickly swept away by the richer, boozier components of the profile. Toasted oak, slick bourbon, sweet vanilla and chewy toffee. Heavy English malts with bread crust, caramel and burnt sugar. A few notes of dark fruits lurk underneath, meshing nicely with the oak barrel treatment. Finishes boozy and sticky.
Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Another well constructed beer that benefits from a tasty barrel treatment by Firestone Walker - I wasn't sure if I'd be into this one but this was really delicious.
Serving type: on-tap
09-12-2012 18:53:07 | More by xnicknj
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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
4.54/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 Bottle. Poured into a goblet.
A: Opaque caramel color. Moderate carbonation. Static bubbles against the glass. Serious condensation on the outside of the glass as the brew is 38 degrees and my apartment is 78. Thin rim of light brown head around the edge.
S: Toffee, caramel, and figs. Strong booze, but not at all overpowering.
T: Sweet and malty notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla. A smooth tawny port wine. As the beer approaches room temperate I get some more nutty notes as well, such as sweeter hazelnut. The finish is long and powdery.
M: Moderately carbonated and extremely velvety. Boozy warmth.
D: I only bought one due to the price tag, but wish I had cleared the shelf of the three of four boxes they had. This beer does not need any more age, which is good, because I am not sure I could resist. I have been trying to convert my port wine drinking dad to beers for years, and this may be just the one to do it.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 23:51:05 | More by antott0523
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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