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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 160
Gots: 595 | FT: 57
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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menkros

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 05:05:31 | More by menkros
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Jlk819


2/5  rDev -53.1%

11-12-2012 00:52:51 | More by Jlk819
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spamages

Michigan

2/5  rDev -53.1%

12-25-2011 03:05:31 | More by spamages
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nathan33

Arkansas

2/5  rDev -53.1%

07-23-2014 17:22:26 | More by nathan33
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cletusdog

California

2.5/5  rDev -41.3%

12-31-2012 05:26:04 | More by cletusdog
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

08-25-2012 20:17:07 | More by Psychmusic
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arash1000

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

09-26-2012 18:03:06 | More by arash1000
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PG2G

California

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

06-30-2014 02:26:55 | More by PG2G
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hoppyboy69

Arizona

2.75/5  rDev -35.4%

08-23-2013 23:43:31 | More by hoppyboy69
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kojevergas

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-draught into a snifter at the taproom in Paso Robles on its grand opening day. I found it interesting it was on nitro (which I verified with the bartender and by the black nozzle on the tap). I don't know if serving this on nitro was a decision made specifically for the new taproom or not.

A: Pours a one finger head of amazing cream (owed to the nitro-tap no doubt), great thickness, and amazing retention given the high ABV. A mild bubble show entertains the beholder as the head surfaces. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-amber. The head is very appealing.

Sm: Cream, butterscotch, buttery notes, and a hint of milk. Clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, overdone butterscotch (diacetyl?), amber hop notes, clean bright malts, raspberry fruit esters, and bad biscuit malt. Severely imbalanced, compromising the lovely cream with the estery malts. Built okay. The finish in particular is awful.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy (for the first half). It aborts the cream but shouldn't.

Dr: Drinkable but poorly executed, especially for the style. Hides its ABV quite well. I wouldn't have it again. Likely best on nitro-draught.

C

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-23-2012 03:51:37 | More by kojevergas
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TheEarl

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I split a bottle of the 2012 Double DBA, poured into a tulip glass, on 8/3/2012.

Appearance: DDBA pours a dark red/brown with a slight and lacey head. There is very little visible carbonation.

Smell: DDBA’s aroma is initially of strong toffee, followed by apple and almond, finishing with almost overwhelming vanilla from the barrel.

Taste: As with the aroma, DDBA’s taste is nearly overpowered by the toffee sweetness from the malts and the aggressive vanilla character from the oak. While these are pleasant flavors, I didn’t find the taste well balanced. The sweetness was simply too aggressive.

Mouthfeel: DDBA is medium/full bodied, quite sticky, and fairly viscous. There is a slight amount of alcohol heat on the finish. For me, the feel of this beer is probably its best characteristic.

Overall: I was disappointed by DDBA. It is certainly a good beer but, it is not a great beer, and I would not buy it again. In this style (barrel aged strong ales), I find Fremont’s Bourbon Barrel Abominable Ale to be infinitely better balanced and more complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:51:19 | More by TheEarl
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.6%

01-11-2013 20:04:14 | More by Thorpe429
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Rick778

California

3/5  rDev -29.6%

10-11-2013 02:36:14 | More by Rick778
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beerrooster

Colorado

3/5  rDev -29.6%

05-14-2012 13:50:16 | More by beerrooster
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.6%

09-29-2013 16:34:06 | More by nrs207
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -29.6%

10-01-2012 18:13:53 | More by kaelingirl
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NateMac13

Illinois

3/5  rDev -29.6%

11-14-2012 03:22:04 | More by NateMac13
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Garrett

California

3/5  rDev -29.6%

05-08-2012 02:40:57 | More by Garrett
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -29.6%

11-12-2012 22:18:14 | More by jenray
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mcsauter82

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -29.6%

03-25-2013 01:10:31 | More by mcsauter82
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mbixler

California

3/5  rDev -29.6%

12-16-2012 18:04:07 | More by mbixler
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Arbitrator

California

3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: This pours a clear, light copper body capped with a finger of off-white head that vanishes quickly.

S: Green apples, bourbon, vanilla, oak; it has an estery nose that initially reminds me of the stone fruit qualities tripel. Alcohol heat that vanishes after a few minutes (or I become used to it).

T: The taste is a letdown. I enjoy the fruity apricot-apple qualities of the base (?) beer, but it lacks the character to stand up to the barrels. The initial taste holds up well, but it devolves into thin oak-tannin juice in the finish. Very bourbon-forward, coupled with substantial heat.

M: This is fairly hot, in part because it's thin. I find it imbalanced and overly tannic, especially in the finish. The aftertaste is nice; I think the astringency helps it to clean up well, at the expense of, well, astringency.

O: I didn't find the this very remarkable for $14. It's a shade above 'meh.' I just got one and I'll stop there.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 05:03:17 | More by Arbitrator
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jethrodium

California

3.1/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a copper brown with a small tan head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee as well as some light oak, a bit of nuttiness, and some sweetness. The taste is sweet with lots of caramel, some oak, some light bourbon, toffee, and a light nuttiness. The finish is toffee and some lingering barrel notes. Medium body. Low carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2013 04:00:35 | More by jethrodium
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle $14.99 Picked this up off the strength of all teh Anniversary beers, Parabola, and Abacus. I figured it would not let me down but I was mistaken. Dark amber color, scant head. Aroma is booze and oak and more booze, meh. Flavor is just real boozy with notes of oak barrels. It really lacks the toasted coconut character I enjoy in their barrel aged beers. For me (and my friend who split it with me) this was a real letdown. I'm just glad I only bought the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 19:17:21 | More by ArrogantB
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incubuscience

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

09-02-2013 15:49:50 | More by incubuscience
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.