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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,435 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,435
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 687 | FT: 72
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Sammy, Jan 01, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to small dots of foam on top of the beer. Small dots of lace also form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with the bourbon really coming through in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but I think it needs to sit for a little while for the flavors to mesh together a bit better.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

djrn2, Sep 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Thorpe429, Jan 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

nmann08, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

acurtis, Sep 06, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer begins to warm up, aromas of caramel malts and toffee become noticeable in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has flavors of caramel malts—notes of vanilla and alcohol also become noticeable as the beer warms up. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The complex flavors of this beer make it a nice one to drink but it's not that difficult to consume because the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Oct 06, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a respectable head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Caramel, oak and vanilla, with Bourbon tones readily apparent; the base fruit and mineral tones of the ESB base are also discernable

Taste: Caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut jut out, with the Bourbon (and perhaps a little English hop flavor) building in the middle; the vanilla returns, after the swallow, with the oak lingering in the finish; it is not until the aftertaste that the base beer tones come through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, with a lot of complexity; really rather sweet, however, and more suitable for an after-dinner nip, as a result

brentk56, Jan 26, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

When everything is double- it doesn't mean that you get twice the flavor, but it means that the complexity is compounded, thus creating a Frankenstein of an ale that grows to become something more than the beer could even have imagined of being.

This "double-dog" type of beer starts off much darker than the standard "Double Barrel Ale" and goes into a dark bronze world with tawny highlights. Its slowly forming but densely frothed head tops the beer with a sturdy head but in short-statured fashion. Spotted with lace, the beer trails with interspersed dots of foam.

Strongly aromatic with dessert-like scents- the ale kicks off with a abundance of molasses and brown sugar bleed into softer vanilla, cherry and port wine notes. Rummy in its scent the spices of cinnamon is alive in its alcohol scent.

Its taste is sweet and sultry as the expected taste of molasses, brown sugar and overwhelming toffee takes center stage. Its middle is rounded by a light vanilla and almost-coconut flavor while succulent port-like tastes come into play. Figs, dates, raisins and cashew all play a role in the beer's earthy and prolonged finish.

Mid-full on the palate, the beer plays out with little carbonation in order to finish with some semblance of dryness. Its a succulent and savory ale that retains much of its creamy sweetness to extend well into the beer's next sip. Finishing semi-dry, the ale offers a good degree of drinkability but is a tough out for anyone under a party of four.

BEERchitect, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Texasfan549, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Jul 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

jaydoc, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours a deep rich amber with a nicely formed one and a half finger off white head atop,great rich clarity and color to this beer.Darf fruit,vanilla,and sweet acohol dominate the nose,some toasted oak is there as well,smells like a booze bomb.Sweetness is the main flavor component of this beer,sweet dark fruit and bourbon notes mixed with more vanilla and jet fuel-like booze.Wow a little to much boozy sweetness for me,I wanna stay awake to see the Tigers beat the ugly beards!

oberon, Oct 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Served in a Founders shaker pint glass.

My vote would be to call this a "Quadruple Barrel Ale", as "Double Double" sounds either redundant or too close to a Jeopardy! bonus. This stuff pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises vanilla, light oak, light molasses, fig, brown sugar, a touch of wheated bourbon, maple syrup, and sweet toffee. Yup, malts are the name of the game here, and they're out in full regalia. The taste follows very closely in lock-step, but the fig seems to have dropped out a bit, and the oak has gotten bulkier. Still, an awesome complexity reigns. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine brew, one that comes across similarly t a mild oloroso or muscatel sherry. Gotta say, I was more than pleasantly surprised with how well this sat with me...

TMoney2591, Oct 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Rusty sanguine color, a finger of foam rises and settles after a few minutes, leaving behind a threadlike ring of foam and trace wisps of lace in the glass. There is a slight murkiness to it

Deep caramel and vanilla barrel notes, sweet and sticky toffee, trace bourbon.

Drinks pretty smooth, though the numbing alcohol heat is there in the swallow. More caramel and toffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Pretty sweet and sticky on the lips. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper due to the sweetness and booze, which lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Glad to have copped this for cheap, it's not quite on the level as Sucaba and most places charge upwards of $20 for it.

emerge077, Dec 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

My 3000th different beer, although not my 3000th review.

A - Poured a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. Decent retention and some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very boozy and malty with a sweet toffee-like aroma.

T - Big bold flavors. Boozy, sweet maltiness with caramel and toffee. Nice spiciness adds just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a really delicious, big beer. It wasn't too hard to drink despite its potent ABV. Sipped it slowly over a long sunday afternoon of football.

zeff80, Sep 20, 2012
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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz, black wine seal enclosure, capped bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks to doktorzee for extracting this from SoCal for me.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one hefty finger of bubbly, weakly frothy beige head, which leaves some spectral wave splash lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of acrid grainy whisky barrel staves, sweet toffee, caramel nougat, and treacle-tinted malt, some earthy, gritty vegetal essence, a bit of buttered biscuit, vanilla extract, brown sugar syrup, and some mildly bitter citrus cream and piney hops. The taste is more malt sweetness up front - caramel candy, biscuity toffee, molasses - followed by a prominent vanillan oakiness, a hint of cinnamon, mixed, understated black fruit, a tame sugary nuttiness, still mild citrus and pine notes, and a sort of red wine alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are pretty well stamped down, out for the count, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and fairly squishy in its rampant smoothness - or is that just an awkward creaminess? It finishes still sweet, sure, but tempered enough by the wood, hops, and alcohol to make a serious go of this.

One tasty, complex, and strong version of the style, among the last that I'd suspect to come out of this brewing region, what with their predilection for West Coast hop-pimpin'. Robust, thick, and rather enjoyable, the big-ass ABV well ingrained and generally obfuscated. A nice warm-up for a night on the local arts and lit scene with international sex pundit Dan Savage, methinks.

biboergosum, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JAHMUR, Sep 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, May 17, 2013
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,435 ratings.