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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,434
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 684 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Firestone's Double DBA, barrel-aged imperial special bitter. 12% ABV.

A: Nice smoky haze upon opening. A little less than a finger of lopsided head. Seems to be no lacing. Clear, slightly-orange red, with tiny grey sediment suspended throughout. Golden yellow in the dimple, with more suspended sediment. (4.5)

S: Deep, fruity molasses. Malty. Some bourbon and oakiness, but it's lighter than Firestone's other BA offerings. Lightly browned cereal grain (a la, whole grain Cheerios). I'm having trouble nailing down the fruit smell I'm getting. Something along the lines of fig or tamarind. Toffee. (4.5)

T/MF: Flavor is darker, and with more caramel notes, than the basic DBA. Rich fruity toffee. Dried cherry, plum. More of that malted cereal grain. Slight char note on the back end of all those caramel and toffee notes. Booziness is well masked. Slightly soft mouthfeel. Slight, bittersweet chocolate note. Very slight grassiness, but it very well hidden underneath the other flavors. (4.5/4.25)

Overall: Decent amount of sweetness along with the flavors makes this more of a dessert beer, to me. Quite glad I was able to try this before it was gone!(4.5)

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

TruePerception, Aug 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mikepcarney, Today at 09:31 PM
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4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

brewskis, Yesterday at 09:54 PM
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured hard into my Lucifer snifter.

Sight: Lovely hazy, burnished orange with a stark white head. This recedes into a light film on top, delicate speckles of lace.

Smell: Oh God, the malt! Sweet bready, malty, raisin goodness. Just the slightest hint of hop.

Taste: More Heaven in a glass. Sipped while chilled, it offers a great caramel note, playing in concert with a sugary malt and like its aroma, dark fig/raisin characteristic of balanced English style Barleywines. Booze is well hidden for 12%- to me, a great hallmark of well-crafted barleywine. As it warms, the hops are a bit more apparent, but the other flavors still take control. I MAY consider this a "malt bomb."

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, slick oily feel on the tongue. Very pleasing. Smooth, almost to a fault.

Overall: Fantastic offering by FW. And a new "nomenclature" for me: Imperial Special Bitter. Call it what you want, I'll call it malty magnificence.

JMS1512, Yesterday at 04:53 PM
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks so much to Benny (styleisking) for snagging me this before it's gone for good.

It's a heavily clouded brown with lighter brown in its outer edges but no highlights to speak of in terms of color. The head is a tan cap that settles nicely to roughly half a finger's height and sticks some moderate to slightly heavier spotting and thin webbing sparsely.
This is a malty beast to be sure. It does manage to show off its English nature in its own way, more particularly in the flavor than the aroma. Otherwise there's a lot of sweetness while refraining from cloying. There's lots of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and maybe even a hint of something like marshmallow flashing in there. Vanilla comes clearly through the barrel, which adds plenty of spirituous heat and wood to complement. It comes off as a touch heavy at times, but I'm surprised this monster can be kept in check at all. Earth runs into the middle and on through as it finishes with lots of dark fruits.
It's smooth as good bourbon with a steady carbonation to it. It comes on creamy and eases dry without losing the smoothness, while just a bit of crispness gently nips. It never loses smoothness, and the heat just sort of slides in and into the finish.

Brenden, Sep 08, 2014
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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