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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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306 Reviews
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Reviews: 306
Hads: 1,842
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 217
Gots: 884 | FT: 113
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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Photo of Mattygross44
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best smoothest beers i have ever had! I bought 6 of these 3 being 2013 3 being 2014 and been sipping on 1 about every 3 days.. great experience!! Worth the money (172 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Figueroa Mountain pint glass for a bit of poetic irony. The beer pours a mildly hazy copper-amber with a light taupe head. The head gives off an orange hue. The head, like all FW brews, subsides nearly immediately. Vibrant notes of coconut, honey, caramel, and bourbon comprise the aroma. The mouthfeel is so soft, creamy, and full that it takes on a life of its own. There's just enough scrubbiness on the top to balance. The mouthfeel is so complimentary to the gestalt of the beer. The flavor, while easily describable, does not lend itself to words for adequate appraisal of how good it really is. A flawlessly engineered combination of bourbon oak, caramel, and honey causes one to be thankful to have had the good fortune to experience it. It finishes with the most perfectly smooth coconut and butter, and, finally, just a hint of alcohol warmth. This may be the best beer I've ever had. (909 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I loved every sip.

This poured an amber malty caramel color with low foam.

There’s a complex, layered aroma with caramel, coconut, some dark chocolate around the edges and a hint of tobacco too. Like a secret whispered to the senses.

The flavor has a similar complexity, sweet with a nice bitterness giving it definition and contrast. I get more caramel, a roasted coconut, some cinnamon and dark chocolate. It’s smooth, malty and warmed well. The alcohol is present at 12% but it doesn’t show it. This is one of those brews that had me reminiscing about it days—nay, weeks—later. (636 characters)

Photo of musicman575
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Double DBA, on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC

Appearance: Luscious color, Southern-style sweet-tea color, cherry overtones. One finger of head, then a rim and a mantle. Substantial lacing.

Smell: Rich, sweet, Christmas. Chesnut, caramel, butterscotch. Flan and all the desserts you can imagine. Countryside, smoke, Kentucky ham. Peat. Fields ready to be harvested, late summer in the Midwest. Malt, straight-up whiskey, barrel.

Taste: Great barreling here. Toastiness, lip-smacking hop touch as it goes down. Coconut, essential oils, vanilla. Whiskey (not bourbon) at the end, that astringent feel. Well balanced, not too sweet or heavy on the barrel. Just how I like it. Brulee sugars and spicy finish. Simple, but amazing.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, body and flavor. Love the tangy finish, like chewing on a Szechuan button. Whiskey all around, no doubt.

Overall: So drinkable! I don't get tired of this. Smooth, edible, beautiful. This is all I want in a barrel-aged beer.

Note: A second tasting of this on tap the next day was shorter in flavor and complexity and bigger in booze and barrel. More one-dimensional but still damn delicious. (1,161 characters)

Photo of bball208
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Masterpiece.

Couldn't believe I was able to find this at a bar for $19, so I got a whole bottle to myself and had a very good night.

It poured a beautiful dark caramel color, with faint traces of beautiful frothy white bubbles. No head, just an outline of white around the glass.
The smell was intense. It was sex. This explodes with toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. It's like backwoods bastard on crack. Couldn't believe the aroma I was getting. Perfect.

The expectation on the taste was raised very high due to the incredible nose I got on this, and the flavors exceeded those expectations. Coconut, caramel, oak, vanilla, booze, just a sweet beer. I can still remember the taste even a week after having it.

Overall, if you've had founders backwoods bastard, and sweet repute, this is almost like a hybrid between those two flavors. Insanely good. (861 characters)

Photo of smcnulty1981
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours with a nice copper color with a 2 finger white head that sticks around for awhile good ammount of lacing on the head and some alcohol legs

S: starts off with a good ammount of coconut bourbon and oak very very little alchol on the nose

T: hints of bourbon flavor and coconut and maltiness that is present in most English bitters no alchol on the taste

M: full bodied mouthfeel that fully Coates the mouth almost sticky

O: another great example of why fw is the best at barrel aging (497 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
4.86/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Recommended to me by willbm3. Picked up a bomber at Sun Devil Liqours in Mesa, AZ. Poured into a stout/porter glass.

A - 4.5 - Nice warm brown color, little bit hazy. Very thin film of bubbles on the top with a nice ring around the edge, leaves a light lacing. Bottle is cool, "reserve series" style that comes in a nice box that makes you feel like you're drinking a vintage wine or something.

S - 4.75 - caramel, oak, bourbon, honey, vanilla. Smells sweet and smooth. It smells like a really good whiskey.

T - 5.00 - Damn. Huge smooth bourbon flavors with absolutely no harshness, I'm baffled at how they even managed this. Vanilla, toffee and butterscotch on the finish. Definitely some wooden barrel flavors in there too. It's beautiful.

M - 5.00 - I can't believe this is 12% ABV, the taste of the alcohol is completely covered. It's got a nice full mouth feel to it but then it leaves no aftertaste other than the slightest hint of whiskey.

O - 4.75 - I guess I should have expected this to be amazing for a twenty dollar beer, but god damn. It really doesn't taste like anything else I've ever had. I haven't really gotten into aging beers yet but my guess is that aging this one would only make it better. I've always been one to avoid spending over 6-10 dollars on a bomber or six pack but this completely changed my attitude. Absolutely amazing. The only thing I could ask is a little bit more head, but hey, at 12% what are they supposed to do? (1,464 characters)

Photo of badgustav
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - clear and ruby brown, with a beige head that settles to a light foam

Aroma - sweet, malty, low to no hop bite. Hints of raisin and plum

Flavour - Rich, malty, caramel, notes of toffee and fig. Sweet, rich, with an underlying hint of alcohol

Feel - thick, rich, and lasting. Finishes on a sweet note.

This beer is wonderful, curious how it will age. (365 characters)

Photo of 01001111
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Caramel with a brilliant red tone that comes through when held up to the sunlight.

S: Toffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, and a very faint, saison-like funk.

T: Following from the smell, an initial hit of toffee and light vanilla followed by a subtle sour apple flavor and finishing with the taste of a strong, English bitter mixed with a bit of bourbon.

M: Syrupy but not cloying.

O: A great beer that transforms from a barleywine to a bitter in your mouth. (463 characters)

Photo of Abbbp
4.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gosh all mighty this is greatness. Lil background when this sucker dropped in DFW I started scouring up the bottles because of my beer naïveté I missed out in both Parabola and Sucaba (traded and got em both though) and didn't want to miss out again. Traded some, gave some away, but never tried it until this past Thursday before the Baylor/O-who game...

The appearance is pure dark cream soda. The smell is sweet vanilla, butterscotch, oak, bourbon, but the taste was anything but. It was smooth and decadent, I felt like I should be sipping on this with royalty, like nothing I had tried before. Hidden [relative] high ABV, idk how they managed that with the low carbonation, just perfect.

Bravo, bravo firestone walker, your proprietors reserve series is just thru he roof, easily my top 5 beers I've enjoyed.

PS- I'll be hoarding this guy all next year also! (869 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Color is bight caramel with dark red hues. Pours only a very thin head that quickly dissaptes to outer ridges of the glass.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with toffee aromas and a little bit of bourbon sweetness as well.

Taste- Mild bourbon sweetness up front with coconut, vanilla, and toffee showing up. Some oak and herbal hop are subtle, but provide a perfect balance to the sweet flavors.

Feel- Very smooth, mild carbonation, and no cloying malts whatsoever. No alcohol presence as well.

Overall- Definitely a world class beer. The bourbon presence is subtle, but the flavors imparted (vanila, coconut,etc) blend perfectly with the toffee malts and oak. Perfectly balanced, all the flavors enhance each other, and the finish is smooth and clean. Its a shame this will no longer be bottled. (822 characters)

Photo of PlayitAgain
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage in a snifter. Wow, based on some of the reviews of this being "Sucaba Lite" I tempered my expectations quite a bit. I am completely blown away by what I'm drinking. Tastes like the birthday cake that I always wanted. It's a real shame this got discontinued. Firestone knows how to barrel age a beer, and the result here is a real treat. (354 characters)

Photo of JMS1512
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Poured hard into my Lucifer snifter.

Sight: Lovely hazy, burnished orange with a stark white head. This recedes into a light film on top, delicate speckles of lace.

Smell: Oh God, the malt! Sweet bready, malty, raisin goodness. Just the slightest hint of hop.

Taste: More Heaven in a glass. Sipped while chilled, it offers a great caramel note, playing in concert with a sugary malt and like its aroma, dark fig/raisin characteristic of balanced English style Barleywines. Booze is well hidden for 12%- to me, a great hallmark of well-crafted barleywine. As it warms, the hops are a bit more apparent, but the other flavors still take control. I MAY consider this a "malt bomb."

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, slick oily feel on the tongue. Very pleasing. Smooth, almost to a fault.

Overall: Fantastic offering by FW. And a new "nomenclature" for me: Imperial Special Bitter. Call it what you want, I'll call it malty magnificence. (939 characters)

Photo of SLObeer
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured a nice dark toffee color, slightly reddish when held to light. large fluffy off white head that dissapears quickly, leaving very minimal lacing.

S: big floral hops right away. caramel malt, sweet fruit, slight hint of wood. i love how this beer smells.

T: tastes amazing. first comes the floral hops, then the caramely sweetness, the aftertaste is slightly woody

M: creamy, buttery, perfect carbonation

D: im into my second pint of it and i could keep on going. great session beer. the flowery hops get slightly overwhelming to the palette, my only complaint (620 characters)

Photo of Ngntjp
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Going into this knowing that we don't particularly love bourbon barrel aged beers, I was stunned. This was such a pleasure to drink, as each sip becomes more and more complex with the temperature of our glasses rising. Beautiful color, nose, taste, and mouthfeel. Overall this is one I expected to be indifferent to, but came out absolutely loving. Should've bought more! (371 characters)

Photo of Big_Eatums
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first posting, so I’m afraid to give it the full on 5.0. But seriously…..this one ROCKS!! Okay, wait…to get more sophisticated.

It has a caramel taste, which could be from the barrels. As a homebrewer, I’ve already made note to get some kegs to double barrel my own brews….okay. The flavor is very malty indeed with a nice small ring a foam.

Trust me, this BEER is worth the price you’ll pay for it. Heck, get two and save one for when the world comes to a end and enjoy…… (501 characters)

Photo of shehateme
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A ...amber /copper tiny head
S...vanilla ,bourbon carmelized sugar
T...ooo Firestone you've done it again .i don't know what bourbon barrels Firestone uses but they should be the standard for beer aging .Huge bourbon ,vanilla and sugar shine through the perfect boozyness
M...still not sure what mouthfeel is
O...the barrel program at Firestone is heads and tails above every other that I have tried ,and this is no exception this beer seems to sit on the shelves in my area ,and now I'm glad it does will make this a staple in my rotation . (543 characters)

Photo of Labeorphile
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split a 22 oz bomber with my little brother at a family gathering. Poured into two pint glasses. Great dark cream soda look with a 2 finger head that lingered for a while.

Smell was buttery, maybe some vanilla, but to me it smelled a lot like blue cheese. Not sure what combination of compounds it was, but most of the nose was blue cheese, which was okay but a little off-putting.

However, the taste was amazing. I've never had a beer quite like it. Much more of the bourbon and butterscotch in the taste and incredibly drinkable, given the high abv. Carbonation was low which was good because this beer would have seemed strange if it was fizzy.

Overall a great beer that I wish I hadn't shared. :) (703 characters)

Photo of Tbub18
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucky to have this one on tap--have an unopened bottle in my cellar. Really, really surprised by how good this was. Great caramel nose, booze was well hidden. This thing is only gonna get better with age. Really great stuff. (228 characters)

Photo of dave73ok
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle, dated 6-15-12.

a- Lovely color and clarity, poured nice, above average carbonation, but no issue.
s- Wow. Raisins, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla.
t- Very complex flavor profile. The barrel effects are very evident, and add much to it. Not too hot, especially once it warmed a bit.
m- Full, thick.
o- This is a great beer. It'll probably put me to sleep, but that's ok! (393 characters)

Photo of Bedrocker
4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head that sticks around.

S: Smells like bourbon and vanilla, primarily. There's some coconut in there as well as some fruits I can't identify.

T: Follows the nose (especially the oak), with added notes of toffee, caramel, and toasted almonds. Excellent. Finishes with a little bit of hoppiness, but not too much. Oak and vanilla flavors stick around for the finish. Very well-balanced.

M: Thick and full bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Little bit of alcohol on the back end.

O: A very well done barleywine. Firestone really knows how to barrel-age beers, and alongside Sucaba and Parabola this holds up very well. Not as deliciously sweet as Sucaba, but this is still an outstanding beer. (793 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over rich mahogany liquid.

S: Sweet caramel, honey, tangerines, apricot and oak.

T: Oak, sweet caramel malt, honey, earthy hops, lemon, and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth considering the ABV.

M: Medium to thick syrupy viscosity and a medium level of very fine carbonation. Some drying.

O: Extremely drinkable and tasty considering the 12% ABV. As a fan of oak and caramel, I definitely will be picking up this one next year. (479 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark murky brown. Hazy with little head and decent lacing. 2012 reserve.

Toasted coconut, vanilla, fruit of raisin and prune. Burnt sugar, bready with caramel.

Upfront sweetness with a bourbon head tic. Vanilla, tobacco, toasted coconut and burnt sugar works well with the heat. Sweetness just shines. Just plain crazy and complex!

Classic FSW barrel program. Big malt sweetness, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit. This is a bourbon neat. If you love bourbon and GI BCS, this is a must, esp. the price. $13 is a steal. I'm stunned! Drink now or cellar. Just simply Awesome!!! (583 characters)

Photo of bpasquini
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: dark ruby in color, similar to sucaba, a little more carbonation leaving a small half finger head

S: similar to sucaba and parabola, very sweet smelling, vanilla and bourbon predominately, some tart fruit also

T: slight bourbon presence, vanilla, and a little caramelized sugar, tasted a little coconut, and very little earthy hops as well, can tell they aged this in the same barrels as sucaba and parabola, very good flavor to it, would say it is sweeter than parabola, gets a little boozy as it warms

M: feels thick but smooth, almost identical to sucaba, very easy to drink considering %12 ABV

O: very good beer, recommend trying if you can find it, Sucaba and Parabola are better but this still compares to them, a little cheaper than sucaba and parabola, but still very good (788 characters)

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.