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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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314 Reviews
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Reviews: 314
Hads: 1,880
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 22.12%
Wants: 223
Gots: 897 | FT: 114
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 314 | Hads: 1,880
Photo of imstimpy
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The opening of a Vintage box always excites me. The box, the waxed cap, the bespoke label all add to the experience. This is a 2014 Vintage, poured into an Adelbert's Tulip glass.

The look is somewhere between an amber and a brown ale in color. The head is almost non-existent, with fine bubbles that lace at the edge of the glass and are locked into the body of the liquid.

The nose is caramel, toffee, a bit of oak, and dried fruit. It smells of a fine alcohol common of some ports and many barleywines.

The taste is delicious and sweet. It is light and hides the alcohol. Caramel and toffee, again, vanilla, dried fruit. The caramel and toffee are most prevalent when cold, with oak coming forward as it warms. There is something about the finish that doesn't sit right with me, like bitter apricots, maybe it is the malt?

The feel is clean, but coats the mouth with a light oily sensation. The carbonation is extremely light, near non-existent.

Overall, a very good beer that I am happy to have experienced. If you see it, buy it and age it.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage reviewed 1/1/15

L: Deep ruby-amber. Looks viscous from the start.

S: Sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon-soaked oak. Caramelized wort with faint grassy hops. A hefty dose of booze. A dry oaky character emerges more as this beer warms.

T: 4 Toasty, sweet and boozy, without being harsh. Certainly has the dextrinous malt taste of a hearty British ale. A bit nutty, with slight earthy hops balancing it out, and a faint taste of oak. Very sweet, but a bit lacking in depth.

F: Medium-full body, though a bit lighter than expected. Leaves a slick, oily sensation on the palate in the finish. Very little detectable heat from the alcohol; very moderate carbonation. I find the mouthfeel to be very appropriate for the style.

O: Not my favorite FW barrel-aged beer, but a pretty dope barleywine nonetheless. I would have liked to see a bit more balance, but heck, it's an English Barleywine: it's gonna be on the sweet side.

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Photo of gatornation
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage poured a dark copper brown color with a thin beige head , smells of fruit,oak malts and delicious bourbon taste is superb with mellow bourbon ,vanilla oak, and a faint berry , mouth fell is warm and tingly perfect BA so smooth each sip is to savor

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Photo of Tele
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (6.14.14)
Consumed: 11.12.15

A: 4.5 Pours a clear, reddish-brown with. The light tan head lasts a couple minutes and leaves moderate lace behind.

S: 4.25 Smell is like a dialed back Abacus. There’s bourbon and vanilla, of course, but these elements are integrated into toffee, caramel, spice, and a bit of charred oak – pretty classic FW. Overall, it smells great, but there’s a very subtle soy sauce aroma that puts it just below other FW barrel aged beers.

T: 4.25 Like the nose, DDBA is really nice and well balanced. Less sweet than Stickee Monkee and good barrel flavor. There’s more berries and toffee with a light bitterness on the finish. Fortunately, the soy sauce aroma does not show up on the palate. More malt character also shows up on the finish with some roasty, coffee flavors.

M: 4.75 Mouthfeel is one of my favorite parts of this beer. It has really satisfying body and carbonation without being too heavy. Highly drinkable.

O: 4.25 Another excellent barrel aged beer from Firestone Walker. A little less in your face than some of their other beers, but it seems to lack some complexity too. Still really tasty and interesting even if its’ not quite up to the level of Abacus and Parabola.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh I will miss you! While my love for Barleywines falls short of my yearning for BBA Stouts. This beer really nailed everything I like about the style.

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Photo of rob99er
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Barleywines I've had. I shared this with a friend over the weekend, both id us loved it. I have one left to age. It sucks they don't make this one anymore.

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

The 2014 vintage.. Holy smokes this is fan-freaking-tastic!!!!!! I have not been overly impressed with barleywines but this surpasses all expectations. The highlight is the supreme drinkability/smoothness of the bourbon barrel especially at 12%abv

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Photo of floridadrift
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice ale with equal balance and great caramel, toffee, vanilla notes. It's held up since 2013 quite nicely and the mouth feel was very smooth. Barrel presence in the nose and lightly on the back-end. Dangerously drinkable with a great presentation of a big head that disappears into a stickiness on the glass.

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Photo of PlayitAgain
4.76/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown, thin white head with some lacing. A tad sweet, plenty of malt, no bitterness or booziness. So damn good, I wish I could drink it all the time.

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4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a rich Amber body with a short dark tan head. Nose really sweeps me off my feet with tons of rich malt and sexy sweet bourbon notes. Toffee Carmel and sweet malt are so imbrassive to the wonderful smell. With first sip you get honey comb sweet bourbon notes and toffee. Dark fruits and sugar cookies dance on the palate as well. This is a very malty brew but in such a good way. Rich and slightly spicy on the finish. Wow, I wish I had a cellar full of this one as this will undoubtedly age with charm.

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Photo of markgugs
3.14/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps a terrible keg, keg line, pour, not sure, but this looked like muddy water (literally), smelled like alcohol and brown sugar, tasted like whiskey and caramel, and those were the positives. Couldn't finish my 5 oz pour.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa. Caramel apple and bourbon on the nose. Sweetness is prominent. Feel is silky. The alcohol is well hidden. Consumed with smoked baby back ribs. A beautiful pairing. Very very good.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark rusty orange red with some light sediment and an off-white finger of airy bubbles that dissipate rapidly.

Tons of caramel, toffee, and candied molasses-like sweetness with a slight burn of bourbon.

The faint dark fruit aroma develops more in the flavor, the caramel and toffee sweetness is still very upfront. Toasted malts are bludgeoned by the many complexities of this beer, but still apparent. Bourbon gently washes away the sweetness and adds notes of vanilla and oak to overall flavor.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, big, chewy, sweet & toasty.

Overall, another world-class beer from a world-class brewery.

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Photo of Mattygross44
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose consisted mostly of booze. The malts and any resemblance of a barleywine is largely muted.

Taste - In the front, I really detect the booze. Banana, nuts, vanilla, and oak linger in the background. Despite the heavy booze, all of the other notes are allowed to shine. A boozy warm finish occurs at the end.

Mouthfeel - There was an appropriate level of thickness with little carbonation.

Overall - This FW barleywine does not come close to Sucaba, but few beers do.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Low carb, ruby color. This beer goes down way too easily for 12%. The alcohol is well hidden. The texture becomes a little syrupy as it warms up but this is a good thing as it brings forward the caramel notes.
A beer I was not familiar with but that I would encourage anybody in BA beers to look for.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've consumed three of the 2014 version. Bourbon and vanilla are the tastes I get most. I like it most warmed in a 6 oz snifter to 50 degrees. This is a lovely beerl

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Photo of tviz33
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage from Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. Served back to back with Schlafly's 2008 Oak Age Barleywine. Firestone outshines Schlafly here by far. This is a lovely beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

served on draft

appears a clear copper in color, no head. amazing aroma of vanilla, whiskey, and caramel. same flavors in the taste. body was thinner than I hoped.

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Photo of badgustav
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of mverity
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orangey amber with good legs, fair lacing and a thin collar persisting. Aroma is earthy and some citrus hop, lots of oakiness, caramel maltiness and vanilla. Taste is very much like the aroma: sweet toasty bread/caramel malt laced with spicy citrus, vanilla, wet earthy/floral hops. Light body that makes it crisp with the low carbonation.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened the 2012 this weekend, which was outstanding. Sipping on the 2013 on tap at a local watering hole at time of this posting, which is also fantastic. I highly recommend cellaring this for 2-3 years.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown. Shows definite ruby when held to the light with clarity increasing as the beer settles. Nice 1+ finger cream colored head. Some fine lacing left behind as the head dissipates.

Big toffee and caramel aroma. Some bourbon notes underneath. Sugar cane and sweet malt. Mildly boozy but less than a 12% abv might be expected to be.

Taste begins like the aroma, big toffee and caramel. Sweet caramel malt. Very smooth bourbon is noticeable but restrained. Candied dates, hints of butterscotch(not in a diacetyl way, though), and dark molasses. Mild alcohol at the end. Flavors blend together nicely.

Rich, sweet mouth feel going towards syrupy. Medium carbonation. Despite the thick mouth feel, the flavors don't linger.

The is another hit from FW. Big flavors that blend together and balance each other. Very smooth and even with the high abv it is very drinkable.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.