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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 157
Gots: 574 | FT: 55
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2013 21:38:17 | More by damienblack
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gshak

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to grab a couple of bombers of the first double DBA release. Let's see how this goes:

Poured about 3 oz from bottle at fridge temperature into a triple karmeliet snifter, and allowed to warm up for about 10 mins:
A - Orange/light brown with minimal head and zero lacing. Not much to look at, but I wasn't paying for the appearance either...
S - coconut, vanilla, delicate bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, and slight fruity tartness...the smell reminds me of a very decadent dessert.
T - slight saltiness, yielding rightaway to rich, sweet, toffee-like, brown sugary, rum-soaked raisin breadiness that finishes tart, and very abruptly at that. The mouth demands another sip to replace the one that just went down. There is some oak and a slight hop near the end to balance out the sweetness.
M - medium bodied, but chewy indicating that this is one flavorful beer.
O - A most excellent beer that will likely age gracefully into a more complex and rewarding fine liquid. At 12%, this one drinks remarkably easy and very filling. Drink it responsibly at home, with good company.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:05:29 | More by gshak
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage split three ways with dad and brother. Been saving this for a special occasion and we're close enough to Thanksgiving.

Caramel toffee color, no real head at all, some decent legs, a bit of sediment, fairly transparent for a beer with 18 months on it.

Rich aromas of toffee, vanilla, molasses, almond, caramel, bourbon and oak. Fantastically complex but well-balanced. Flavors are very similar indeed, but more pronounced with a distinct syrupy sweetness that is not as present I the aroma.

Feel is smooth but probably more carbonated when fresh. Smooth texture, thick and syrupy.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, much much better than just DBA. The bourbon and oak here are superb. Tastes great with age on it. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 23:30:30 | More by rodlavers
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Kinsman

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut colored body with a nice bit of creamy white head. Lots of sweet vanilla and toffee notes come forward immediately upon opening. Nice bourbon notes but not overly boozy for such a fresh bottle.

Taste is definitely sweet, as expected, with lots of woody vanilla notes and a healthy dose of molasses and toffee. Malty undertones help hold it all up. Some bourbon/alcohol character but not nearly as boozy and hot as some -bals can be.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy but not as vicious as most 12% barrel aged brews. Smooth and slightly syrupy texture that makes it plenty drinkable. Overall, a really enjoyable dessert beer. Sweet and slightly boozy but incredibly tasty. A little age would hopefully help the more subtle flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:33:38 | More by Kinsman
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gmendez1122

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

04-15-2014 20:05:02 | More by gmendez1122
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Lothore

California

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a small, off white head.

S- Caramel, dark fruit, fig, date

T- Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, which moves into a light bitterness followed by lingering notes of deep, dark fruit.

M- Thick and effervescent.

D- Great barleywine. Excellent sipper that i'm glad I got the chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 01:25:00 | More by Lothore
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-15-2013 03:20:33 | More by Elfastball7
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

11-28-2013 19:01:18 | More by Ncpogs
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Marco_Gtz

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

06-30-2014 16:48:55 | More by Marco_Gtz
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ScottP

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

12-16-2012 23:01:03 | More by ScottP
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

04-14-2014 14:14:22 | More by rjp217
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kjrod20

New York

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-05-2013 22:39:51 | More by kjrod20
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-24-2012 00:22:32 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-25-2012 01:56:19 | More by Yabev15
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DavidHume

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-07-2014 00:50:43 | More by DavidHume
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bmmortale

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%

03-06-2013 10:45:05 | More by bmmortale
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MrDave

California

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

07-23-2013 18:27:28 | More by MrDave
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steamboatbrewer

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

03-15-2014 19:33:16 | More by steamboatbrewer
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NumberNone

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

01-25-2014 19:15:32 | More by NumberNone
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

07-28-2013 16:50:44 | More by ROBSTARR
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a caramel-amber hue with a smaller, 1 finger head. Good retention, decent lacing. Semi-hazy when held to the light, and the head is a very light tan.

S- Prominently sweet oak barrel flavors mixed with caramel malts. Relatively high level of sweetness, with some underlying spiciness. Really complex and hard to pin down the flavors, but pretty enticing.

T- Really mild mix of everything in the scent. Starts off with a spicy barrel flavor and mixes right into the solid caramel malt base. Whiskey flavor makes a slight comeback after a short stint with the malt. Sweeter notes of vanilla and hints of spicy peppery flavors mix to provide a good contrast. Ends with slight alcohol spiciness with lingering barrel flavors.

M- Smooth and creamy, low carbonation. Semi-heavy weight supports the flavor profile well. Slight alcohol heat, but not much for the 12%. Not quite a sipper, but one you'd like to take slower.

Overall, this is the first barrel aged beer that I've had in which the barrel flavor hasn't overpowered the base beer, except for KBS. Superb mix of flavors from the beer and the barrels. Wish I had bought another bottle or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:50:05 | More by boilermakerbrew
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ruckus232

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Semi transparent amber color.

Smell: Nutty scent with a little hint of sweetness.

Taste: There is a nuttiness at first that changes into a sweet vanilla taste and ends with something somewhat smokey.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 23:50:33 | More by ruckus232
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wolf_switzer

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

09-07-2013 06:38:24 | More by wolf_switzer
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

11-18-2013 00:13:12 | More by Flabbyjandro
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s1ckboy

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12%

11-08-2012 03:58:20 | More by s1ckboy
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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