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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.2%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage

Yet another amazing brew from FW. A hazy dark orange hue gives way to bourbony, sweet overtones through the nose. As the beer warms, the sweetness overwhelmes as strong hints of marshmallow take over.

Truly another world class brew. I will have to try this side by side with Sucaba to determine which is my favorie.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:19:31 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barely pours a head at all, even with a heartily aggressive pour. A few bubbles aggregate again the glass walls, no real appreciable lacing either. There’s a strong, bright glow to the orange to light brown hued liquid, needed given the high level of particulate floating about inside (bottle stood up for weeks), plenty of widely dispersed bubbles as well, looks like a lot of activity in the glass. The nose is balanced and does not betray excessive alcohol presence, a good underlying roastiness stiffens its nostril presence so it’s not overly sugary, still no lack of molasses, caramelized brown sugar, butterscotch, at the same time you get green apple, fig, golden raisin, spiced orange peel and a heavy floral musk, you get more lightly metallic earthiness at it warms, easy as she goes. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and likewise smooth and flows effortlessly, not looking to make a huge display of itself. More leafy herbal qualities here, bready like challah bread or breakfast rolls. Fruitier with apricot, peach, cherry mixed in with the fig, raisin, date base. Chocolate truffle, toffee, butterscotch, cream soda give it the desired appeal, no sugar bomb. The carbonation could be considered mildly on the high side for the style, not obvious but rock steady and adds to its overall freshness. More for those who want a food friendly version of the style than an experience unto itself. (Proprietor's Reserve Series #002, 2013)

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:01:02 | More by farrago
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zhanson88

California

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark tangerine color with moderate carbonation. About 1/2" of off white head forms, which has good retention and decent lacing. Overall a decent looking barleywine.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some very fruity layers underneath that I would not call akin to dark fruits (fig, dark raisin, etc.) but more like dried white grape and caramelized pear. Great barrel presence as well; oak with a rich vinous wine tone to it as well. Excellent.

Taste: Toffee sweetness and toasted caramel up front, with golden raisin fruitiness and coconut following. Oak and wine barrel character round things out. All in all very similar to the smell. Again, excellent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with about the perfect level of carbonation. Does not come close to drinking to the ABV; not much of a hint of alcohol as you drink this. Overall, another superb barrel aged offering from Firestone Walker. In my mind, just about on par if not better than Abacus. Glad I have a 2013 sitting around to drink as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 04:34:24 | More by zhanson88
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Goliveidaho

Idaho

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boxed 22 oz bottle. Poured gently into a snifter. Light headed, dark rich coloration. A bouquet of scents rising from the surface. Toffee, coconut, nuts...almonds and just plain peanuts. The booze circling out of the glass like smoke from a cabin in the woods. The mouth feel, butter pecan ice cream melting slowly in a porcelain bowl. Coconut spreads across the mouth, the booze warms the tongue, imaginary nuts, shelled and crushed , delicately rise to the surface. Orange toffee desert surfaces at the finish of the swallow. You can sure taste the barrel, the aging process, the phenolics, smokey ...the ester fruity...it has it all. So nice to sip close ones eyes and enjoy. Thank you Adam Firestone, Matt Brynildson and David Walker. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:47:39 | More by Goliveidaho
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a cap that is sealed with a paper, much like the wax dip you will see on some beers. Marked clearly with a the vintage number "2013" on the label, and I believe this is a late-year release, so this bottle should be just a month or two past bottling. Poured into a large 20oz brandy snifter.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a sudsy three-fourths finger head with large, soapy-looking bubbles the color of raw cane sugar--maybe off-white is a simpler description. The body underneath is a caramel light brown with faint tones of maple syrup. What head there is fades away quickly and leaves almost zero lacing.

Smell - Heavy notes of graham cracker and booze, with more subtle elements of burnt caramel and toasted bread, along with some pleasant vanilla, toasted coconut, molasses, oak and aggressive esters from the high alcohol.

Taste - Caramel and coconut with vanilla and a nice bite from the alcohol. As it warms more fruity tones from dates and figs come through, as well as nice pleasant notes of molasses and a little bit of nuttiness, like almond extract or marzipan.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and viscous, with a hint of cloying element to it, even though it's not overly-sweet. Carbonation is very low, which allows me to cap the bottle and save the second half for the following night without any appreciable loss of mouthfleel. I almost preferred it a little better on the second day, as the subtle loss of carbonation allowed the flavors to shine even more.

Overall, a wonderful beer that is light years better than the base beer from which it is made. While I'm not really a fan of Double Barrel Ale at all, this one is fantastic. I'd like to get my hands on a second bottle and sit on it for awhile to see how it develops with time, but it is really good fresh as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:49:00 | More by LambicPentameter
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BierJager89

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Ruby Red with a creamy brown head.

S: Earthy, malty nose with dark fruit notes.

T: Vanilla, oak, caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, bourbon, full bodied, smooth, 12% alcohol only detectable through warming/burning in the chest, maybe a slight hint in taste.

M: Full bodied, somewhat harsh carbonation/alcohol astringency.

O: Really good, but I'd take most of the other barrel aged FW beers over this, if not all.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 18:47:50 | More by BierJager89
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spoony

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (2013 edition says the box) into a snifter.

A-A normal pour produces a thin head that fades immediately to a collar of nearly white foam. The collar soon disappears leaving pink-tinted amber brew that is still and clear in the glass.

S-I smell a lot of rich, sweet toffee and caramel. There is also some fruity sweetness, but I cannot quite identify what kind of fruit...maybe golden raisin? Anyway, the booze heat is moderate and I get a faint suggestion of bourbony-vanilla.

T-The taste tracks the smell pretty closely with more caramel than toffee this time around and a bigger dose of vanilla. Otherwise, there is still the same high level of sweetness (light-brown sugar, mostly), sweet golden raising, and moderate amount of boozy warmth.

M-The feel is medium body for the style and drinkable despite the booze and sweetness. This is no chugging beer, but it drinks easily.

O-This is a tasty beer and it made for a nice accompaniment to my Boxing Day meal of Christmas leftovers. Compared against the best Barleywines, this brew might be a little simple, but if I come across another bottle I would consider aging for a bit to see if the booze and sweetness mellow and develop more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 21:57:21 | More by spoony
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kylelenk

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed both Batch no. 1 and 2 in a snifter

A- A thick, creamy, viscous copper pour with a blunt white head that leaves a little froth around the edges.

S- Right out of a sweet bakery. A fresh batch of caramel and angel food cake. Light scented bourbon and oak.

T- Very sweet up front with quite an absence of hops. Not as powerful as a barley wine and fits more with the description of a barrel aged bitter. Very thick caramel, burnt sugar, bourbon, and toffee taste.

M- Low carbonation and a very easy drinker. Hides the 12% well.

Easy to find and a very solid offering from FW. While it won't carry quite the allure of others from the program, DDBA isn't one worth passing over.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 04:30:59 | More by kylelenk
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch No. 001, Bottled on: 06/15/2012

Pours a hazy garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, bourbon, oak, and caramel.

Tastes of sweet malts with some bourbon notes. Lead off with soft caramel and toasted bread notes leading into some oak and vanilla notes. This then leads into some creamy dark fruits with cherries, figs, and dates. Has a bit of a cream sherry type feel to it. An earthy bitterness comes through and rounds things out a bit. Ends with a bit of booze.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but it needs a bit more bitterness to round it out. I might've sat on it too long.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 03:18:35 | More by ocelot2500
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lordofstarside

Nevada

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, 2013 vintage, batch 002

Pours a cloudy amber with a half finger of beige colored foam. Moderate carbonation stemming from the sides and center. Lots of suspended yeast float around, little retention and lacing. This honestly isn't a great looking beer

Smells of roasted toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits and alcohol. All comes together pretty well and manages to be fairly complex. Very reminiscent of sucaba, very easy on the nose

Taste is close with the nose- strong toasted toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. There's quite a bit going on here but still needs some work coming together, should really improve with some age

Feel is smooth and creamy, thick and rich. Alcohol is concealed well, this would be really drinkable if it wasn't my third beer already today. Going to have to take this guy slow

Overall really good, can't wait to see this develop over the years

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 23:56:32 | More by lordofstarside
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rodlavers

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Labeorphile

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split a 22 oz bomber with my little brother at a family gathering. Poured into two pint glasses. Great dark cream soda look with a 2 finger head that lingered for a while.

Smell was buttery, maybe some vanilla, but to me it smelled a lot like blue cheese. Not sure what combination of compounds it was, but most of the nose was blue cheese, which was okay but a little off-putting.

However, the taste was amazing. I've never had a beer quite like it. Much more of the bourbon and butterscotch in the taste and incredibly drinkable, given the high abv. Carbonation was low which was good because this beer would have seemed strange if it was fizzy.

Overall a great beer that I wish I hadn't shared. :)

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 18:15:09 | More by Labeorphile
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Dave for breaking this one out. Pours a mahogany hue with no head; just a thin band around the shoulders. Nose expresses ethanol, toffee and buttery notes. Taste consistent with nose - buttery and malty. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an easy carbonation and a slight oiliness. Overall, I'm very impressed with this brew. I didn't really know what to expect, but I found this quite enjoyable - not something I would recommend for extended cellaring, however.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:31:22 | More by Jwale73
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An excellent sipper. Smooth, easy drinking. Gets even better as it warms. Although the barrel smells and tastes are fairly forward, they don't overwhelm to make it too boozy. For a 12 percenter, this goes down so smoothly and easy. Tons of complex caramel and sugary tastes. Beautifully crafted. Just a delight to drink. Can't wait to consume my bottle being aged as we speak. Yum.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2013 00:55:03 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Abbbp

Texas

4.81/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Gosh all mighty this is greatness. Lil background when this sucker dropped in DFW I started scouring up the bottles because of my beer naïveté I missed out in both Parabola and Sucaba (traded and got em both though) and didn't want to miss out again. Traded some, gave some away, but never tried it until this past Thursday before the Baylor/O-who game...

The appearance is pure dark cream soda. The smell is sweet vanilla, butterscotch, oak, bourbon, but the taste was anything but. It was smooth and decadent, I felt like I should be sipping on this with royalty, like nothing I had tried before. Hidden [relative] high ABV, idk how they managed that with the low carbonation, just perfect.

Bravo, bravo firestone walker, your proprietors reserve series is just thru he roof, easily my top 5 beers I've enjoyed.

PS- I'll be hoarding this guy all next year also!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 16:15:46 | More by Abbbp
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a clear copper body with a generous 3 finger off-white head that sticks around from a while and leaves no lacing.

S- Smells absolutely fantastic.. sweet vanilla, butterscotch, freshly baked sugar cookies, caramel, bourbon, toffee, slight booze. I really can't wait to taste this.

T- First off is an instant burst of sweet butterscotch, french vanilla bean, sweet bourbon-caramel, toffee. On the follow through is a subtle hoppy bite, finished by a slight roasty note. I would have give this a 4.75 in this category if the finish was more roasty, which is something I prefer in bourbon barrel aged beers (especially barleywines). Very nice nonetheless.

M- Medium body, definitely a sipper. Low carbonation. Very smooth for 12% ABV.

I was super impressed with this Firestone Walker offering. This is what an English Barleywine should taste like - sweet and balanced, without being an alcohol-bomb or cloyingly hopped. Very nice, and probably my new favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 03:01:10 | More by gcamparone
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n2185

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white head that almost completely disappears with no lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate. There are also notes of toffee, burnt sugar, and booze.

T: similar to the aroma, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, burnt sugar, and bourbon dominate. There are some sweet bread flavors as well before a moderately boozy finish.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky or watery.

O: a great beer overall. Lots of great bourbon notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 02:39:31 | More by n2185
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StuporJew

Texas

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After getting loads of crap from my local distributor, who failed to get the case of this beer allocated to my store, to my store(!), I had a buddy kind enough to swap an extra bottle to help ease my sorrows. Normally I would sit on a beer like this for at least a year... I failed in that regard. Poured from the bottle into my DFH tulip.

A - Pours a clear, rust orange, with little head that shows decent retention.
Lacing is almost non-existant from sip to sip, which is disappointing,
but the carbonation is very visible, so there's hope there.

S - BOOZE. Lots of it. There are HINTS of caramel, toffee, and light malt notes,
but the ABV and the barrel take over the nose for the most part. Letting it warm up made the booze even more apparent. Age would have done this one some good, it seems... Oh well. I was weak! Live and learn, I suppose.

T - Cheese and crackers! The taste is leaps and bounds above what the smell would lead you to expect. Creme Brûlée, coconut, peaty scotch notes, and even a hint of pineapple.... If a Pina Colada had sex with a 15-year Scotch barrel, I'm pretty sure it would taste somewhat like this. The malt serves to hold the whole thing together, and the hops add only the slightest hint of herbs and acidity. I will hoard as much of this next year as I can get my hands on! (And that's not how I roll... but I will make an exception.) There is a good bit of heat on the palate from the ABV, which builds the more you sip this monster, but honestly, I don't find that to be a flaw with this beer.

M - Light, creamy, and slick. The carbonation makes almost no appearance here, but the overall body of this beer is still pretty decent. The booziness is still there,
but doesn't punch the palate. It's warm... but in a "Geez, I wish I was sitting by a fire pit, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, huddled up with my lady under a bigass blanket, and sipping on some of this stuff" sort of way. Yeah. Longest run-on sentence ever.

O - I was thoroughly impressed with this beer, and given the chance, would fist fight Russell Crowe for another bottle. Great stuff, although I still liked Parabola (And Cockeyed Cooper, to name another BA beer I LOVED) a little better. Glad I had the chance to sip it....

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:11:42 | More by StuporJew
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 22:40:51 | More by biboergosum
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger of rather fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is huge of sweetness with tons of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. Along with these smells are some more sweet doughy and bready smells as well as a light amount of the oak due to the oak barrel ageing. Rounding it all out was a light boozy smell, overall giving the brew a rather warming smell.

Taste – The taste is just as the nose would have suggested, starting out with a hugely sweet flavor of caramel, and toffee. Along with these tastes was a doughy and bready taste. A brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle, with a bit of a oaky flavor coming to the tongue. The sweet flavors fade ever so slightly toward the end of the taste with a little bit of a boozy taste coming to the tongue. While a boozy taste comes to the tongue at the end, it is minimal in comparison to the 12 % abv of the brew, in the end leaving a warming, smooth and sweet bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body and low carbonation really help make this a slow sipper and really accentuate all the big sweet flavors of the brew.

Overall – A big and sweet brew with a nice warming and smooth feel. A nice slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:19:17 | More by Darkmagus82
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dar482

New York

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased this year and a 2012 Vintage.

The beer comes in a slightly light reddish brown color with a light white ring around it.

The aroma is really lovely. It has sweet caramel and toffee, a punch of coconut, oak, brown sugar sweetness with not much alcohol. The initial hit is of straight up Scotch with peaty notes and tons of sweet oak character.

The flavor follows with barrels, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, coconut, but carried by light brown sugar and caramel and molasses. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. The finish cleans off nicely without the sweetness lingering too long. The beer has a medium body that drinks smoothy with a bit of carbonation.

This beer really drinks very easily. The alcohol is not there for a 12% beer. It has a lighter sweetness than that dark, rich toffee sweet barleywine. It does a wonderful job for those who find those beers too big and would like to try something that turns things a bit down into more subtle complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:05:56 | More by dar482
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:23:23 | More by oberon
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MNishCT77

District of Columbia

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, poured into my The Bruery snifter, 2013 vintage (batch #002) , drank 10/9/13 over a glorious hour

A: 3/3 - ruby red-to-brown coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see and read through); initial frothy/creamy white head subsides into minimal/subtle 1/4 glass lacing; moderately carbonated , large alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - unfortunately, I'm not picking up a whole lot on the nose - maybe some bready-biscuity and toffee aromas but that's about it

T: 19/20 - this is where this beer shines; on the anterior tongue, there's lots of barrel-aged qualities...toffee, vanilla, coconut, rum raisan...and these flavors just blossom throughout the sip; there is a subtly sweet aftertaste that invites another sip; there are some alcohol notes but you'd never think that this one was 12.5% ABV!

M: 5/5 - moderately bodied and carbonated as expected for a high ABV barrel-aged beer

O: 10/10 - wow, just wow...FW never fails to impress and this one is no exception, I wanted to drink it fresh but I'll certainly purchase another bottle or 10 for aging/trading --> highly recommended!

TOTAL = 46/50

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:55:00 | More by MNishCT77
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BEERMILER12

Maine

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 002, 2013 Vintage. Bottled 06/14/13

A: Pours a nice dark ruby color with a fingers worth of head that dies down to nothing but a few bubbles

S: Quite complex. Some sweet toffee and vanilla, oak, coconut, and graham cracker all present themselves up front along with a trace amount of alcohol

T: Starts off with the sweetness from the malts and vanilla from the oak. Toffee and caramel both present. The oak and vanilla are the most pronounced parts of the barrel to come through, but the coconut and graham cracker are there as well. A light fruitiness comes across with the alcohol, which is present but not burning. Finishes with a lingering sweetness and barrel presence

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very complex and layered beer. The oak really shines along with the massive amounts of malt. Doesn't really feel like 12% until it hits you over the head. A great BA brew that's worth the $15 price tag

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 17:49:33 | More by BEERMILER12
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dalahodson

California

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double a double can be good or it can be bad. In the case of this brew, it's quite good. Poured a copper color with a small cream head. Light lacing on the glass. The smell is malty, wood and yes sweet. The mouth feel is smooth and sweet, a bit to sweet for me. There is no alcohol after taste. Full of Carmel toffee and oak. This one goes down very easy, and at 12 percent this could be a bad thing! A wonderful after dinner sipping brew. Firestone is getting very good with the oak barrels in there brewing.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 16:08:16 | More by dalahodson
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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