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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,398
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 169
Gots: 656 | FT: 68
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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TruePerception

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

08-20-2014 03:55:59 | More by TruePerception
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mattreitz49

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

09-01-2014 04:42:41 | More by mattreitz49
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tclipse

Virginia

5/5  rDev +17.4%

09-01-2014 04:33:54 | More by tclipse
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CK319

Florida

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%

09-01-2014 03:40:46 | More by CK319
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

08-31-2014 14:20:52 | More by WesMantooth
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gelasin

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-30-2014 02:11:38 | More by gelasin
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mbeerdino21

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-30-2014 01:35:37 | More by mbeerdino21
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

08-29-2014 16:43:24 | More by Canada_Dan
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Docrock

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-29-2014 04:56:23 | More by Docrock
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Piels25

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-28-2014 21:22:17 | More by Piels25
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sjjn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-28-2014 15:59:52 | More by sjjn
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RazielBeers


4.56/5  rDev +7%

08-28-2014 05:31:56 | More by RazielBeers
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Eddiehop

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-28-2014 03:35:37 | More by Eddiehop
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xedous


4.16/5  rDev -2.3%

08-28-2014 01:55:37 | More by xedous
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EliotRosewater

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-28-2014 01:36:27 | More by EliotRosewater
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Deathwray3927


4.28/5  rDev +0.5%

08-28-2014 01:15:15 | More by Deathwray3927
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mcintire78

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-27-2014 19:37:08 | More by mcintire78
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Thothamon

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-27-2014 19:18:51 | More by Thothamon
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Dogleg

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-27-2014 15:42:18 | More by Dogleg
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D-18V

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-27-2014 03:26:29 | More by D-18V
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spykespnoypbg

California

4.52/5  rDev +6.1%

08-27-2014 02:05:01 | More by spykespnoypbg
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zookerman182

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-27-2014 01:58:46 | More by zookerman182
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-27-2014 01:16:23 | More by Gonzoillini
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Until we meet again.. Don't know where, don't know when… Vintage 2014.

American Strong Ale looking like appearance, deep cherry caramel brown and very dark red, fairly glowing and clear. Not much head produced off the pour, a creamy buttery tan yellow, that settles to a good thin and creamy collar that always sticks around. Not as dark as I expected, but a real nice color and looking brew.

Simple nose that hints at good oak. Creamy notes of buttered caramel and toffee. Nice cinnamon like warmth and cherry spices to match. Mild booze warmth.

Palate is interesting, very light bodied and almost crackling biscuit, but with a much rounder oaky feel of course. Small hints of toffee and woody warmth. Some nice vanilla but without the sweetness and a buttery oak quality just keeps coming. Not particularly big on any fruit, minimal caramel and toffee, but also very light sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty tame but fills nicely. With some time and warmth, a bit more fruity quality of cherry comes out a bit slightly.

Overall it's a decent aged brew but seems to also hint at lighter strong and old ale qualities, which for the heavy hitting oomph dorks out there probably doesn't get to many people excited. Great beer to try, and decent for what it is.

08-26-2014 22:29:51 | More by smakawhat
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Austin_M

Texas

5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-25-2014 20:40:27 | More by Austin_M
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,398 ratings.