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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale

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1,689 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,689
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 180
Gots: 815 | FT: 100
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of Bedrocker
4.71/5  rDev +10%
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.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.83/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone's Double Double DBA came in 3rd in my recent beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting, Double Double DBA got a 5 from one taster for look, smell, taste, mouthfeel and overall. It scored and average of 4.19 from all the judges.

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,689 ratings.