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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,290
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 157
Gots: 580 | FT: 56
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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jryanj927

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-24-2013 23:39:05 | More by jryanj927
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flayedandskinned

California

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a standard glass.

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a beautiful, deep, almost glowing amber with vibrant highlights of scarlet throughout the body as sunlight strikes the glass. A 2 fingers tall, fluffy, light tan head quickly forms. For the beer's high ABV, the head lasts a surprising amount of time. As the head slowing recedes, it leaves little to no lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.5)
Immediately you're struck by the rich coconut that I'm learning to expect of Firestone Walker's barrel aged beer. Underneath this huge, woodsy coconut aroma are some subtle underlying notes of vanilla and cherry. As the beer starts to warm, some of the original DBA notes start to surface; rich toffee, caramel as well as a streak of orange marmalade from the delicate, lightly floral hops. For 12.5% ABV, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.5)
Very similar to the aroma; immediately as you take your first sip, you are hit with that trademark Firestone barrel character of sweet coconut. Behind the barrel, there are subtle floral, grassy hop undertones. Like in the original DBA, the hops are very orange marmalade like. Before the slightly bitter off dry finish, your palate is kissed with a flash of fig that quickly transitions to a lightly chewy, sweet backbone of toffee and caramel malt. Huge lingering notes of more orange marmalade and sweet breads. There is a gigantic barrel character in the finish; rich coconut, vanilla, almonds and a moderate tannin presence. As the beer warms, a light alcohol presence surfaces.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. For it's ABV, it is very drinkable and very light.

Overall: (4.5)
As usual, Firestone knocks it out of the park with this beer. They took their flagship beer, DBA(Double Barrel Ale), doubled the recipe and aged in a mix of neutral oak and mixed spirit barrels. What comes out of these barrels, is a bit of an anomaly; Im not sure how Firestone managed to take a 12.5% 'Imperial Special Bitter' and still have it drink like a heavy ESB, with out it even verging into English Barleywine territory. This beer isn't their most complex Barrel Aged beer, but it certainly drinks the easiest. The low profile malts really allow the barrels to shine. I can't say I've had something quite like this. Bravo, Firestone.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 21:11:37 | More by flayedandskinned
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-24-2013 00:40:53 | More by mikeincharleston
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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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jpd026

New York

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-23-2013 02:12:39 | More by jpd026
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CloudStrife

New York

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10oz pour into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a touch of orange. Minimal head from the pour that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Initial aroma of booze and fermented malts. Great oak characteristic. Dark fruits permeate the brew. Very enticing.

T: Such a finely crafted beer. Has the barley wine flavors one would expect with an extra dose of oak and booze. Dark fruits and malts similiar to the aroma.

M: Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Full bodied with somewhat low carbonation. For being such a high ABV it's not too hot.

Overall a really good barleywine I would recommend in a heartbeat. Barrel qualities really shine. A must have for any fan of barley wines or oak aging.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2013 00:02:23 | More by CloudStrife
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SGToliver

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-22-2013 16:41:27 | More by SGToliver
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shelby415

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-21-2013 22:39:24 | More by shelby415
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AdamP

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-21-2013 21:00:43 | More by AdamP
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gtermi

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-21-2013 05:50:49 | More by gtermi
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SuperbikeShaun

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-21-2013 03:53:37 | More by SuperbikeShaun
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Piddmeista

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-21-2013 03:52:50 | More by Piddmeista
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JZ468

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-21-2013 01:58:48 | More by JZ468
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-21-2013 01:10:18 | More by Rifugium
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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-19-2013 21:46:13 | More by anteater
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mhksuccess

California

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

had last night at a tasting thanks to YOITSARCH for bringing
it pour a nice color very little head
this bottle was 2012 version so had a year of age on it which did it wonderfully
the heat mellow out a bit and the flavors definitely came out
think maybe another year and this would be ripe wish he had another bottle for next year lol
anyway it is drinking really nice and still has a hint of heat but overall
this is a great bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:38:07 | More by mhksuccess
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-17-2013 05:35:38 | More by zestar
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timc100

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 2013 vintage

A: Murky copper with a orange/gold hue. Typical BA head - a vigorous pour yielded a substantial big bubble light beige head. It quickly is reduced to a small ring around the glass.

S: Huge, delicious, typical FW. Rich caramel, toasted coconut, vanilla and toffee all blend together. There is a great organic woody oak flavor as well that smooths out the sweetness. There are subtle notes of light-skinned berries, cocoa powder, and mild alcohol.

T: Very rich caramel and toffee, coconut and vanilla sweetness outline the experience. At the back end there are notes of light cocoa and smooth toasted oak.

P: Incredibly smooth. Medium-full body with very soft, velvety carbonation that's almost unnoticeable but still there, definitely not flat. It allows all the flavors to present themselves. Perfect, really.

O: An absolute knock out. So well balanced, appropriately rich, and obviously blended with care and intelligence. The alcohol is barely noticeable, but it will be interesting to see what age does to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:45:48 | More by timc100
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thebeerprophet

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-16-2013 02:10:32 | More by thebeerprophet
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admonster00

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-16-2013 01:17:06 | More by admonster00
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Rosquin

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-15-2013 03:47:42 | More by Rosquin
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brywhite

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-14-2013 23:39:04 | More by brywhite
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bca115

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-14-2013 14:22:41 | More by bca115
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Petcha

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-13-2013 22:58:02 | More by Petcha
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Ian_Hammons

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-13-2013 20:35:04 | More by Ian_Hammons
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,290 ratings.