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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,444
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 173
Gots: 692 | FT: 73
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%

bbreneman, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

guezarka, Nov 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

joefc, Nov 24, 2012
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3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber with very little head. Aromas of bread, heavy sugar and hard candy. Vanilla toffee maybe with some oaky scotch. Slight hops in the smell. I can tell this will be intense. Flavor is very sweet to start, but seems to mellow out to keep it from being too, too cloying. Still a bit overly sweet for my liking. Flavor of brown sugar candy, toffee and vanilla. Ever so slight bitter on the finish, with strong booze lingering a bit. Very much highlights the english malt here. The barrel aging definitely comes out in this one. Heavy slick mouthfeel. Very interesting. Glad I tried it but won’t likely seek it out again. That’s not to say I wouldn’t have it again if offered.

BMMillsy, Nov 23, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
2012 vintage, bought in September 2012.

A - Pours an opaque liquid caramel color, with a one-finger off white head, which is what I would expect for a beer that is 12% abv. Moderate retention. No lacing to speak of, except for the finest film of bubbles that sink back into the glass when sipped.

S - Powerful aroma of whiskey, wood, date/fig, and carmelized sugars of all sorts. This is probably going to be good.

T - Complex and intriguing. Getting all of the following in no particular order; caramel, malt whiskey, oak, butterscotch, overripe fig, vanilla, coconut, toffee, and brown sugar. Hint of rum-soaked raspberries in the finish. Superb. However, sadly this has one glaring flaw: heat. This sucker is like, just short of liquor hot. I know it's my fault for not aging it, but still...(and I must note that the booziness seemed to decrease as it warmed. Or maybe that was just me starting to care less, haha)

M - Oddly light bodied, with mild carbonation. FInishes the exact opposite of "dry".

O - Man is this tasty, one of the best tasting strong ales I have had. Why, oh why didnt I age this longer? (Answer: it was Thanksgiving and I my resolve crumbled) Besides the flaw of being a little too boozy, I found it could use a little more body as well. But don't let that talk you out of trying it, this is still an exceptional and rare treat. Nice job, FW.

TempeBeerMan, Nov 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

guytyping, Nov 23, 2012
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4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cellar temperature into a goblet with thanksgiving dinner.

DDBA is a redish amber brown color with a slight haze. The head is thick and creamy and is slow to settle.

Aroma is boozy and earthy, almost like a good scotch, with nice vanilla oak elements.

The flavor is sweet at first with a caramel and toffee. The bourbon barrel brings several qualities. Bourbon of course, but also vanilla, tannin, and maybe a bit of peat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and a nice low carbonation level.

Overall another very good barrel aged beer from Firestone Walker.

GilGarp, Nov 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Nov 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking red with a tan head that stays around longer than I expected due to the alcohol content.

Beers like this make me wish my sense of smell was sharper. I can really tell this is barrel aged, it has a nice smokey wood smell to it, and what I assume is the smell of bourbon. Bit of sweetness and a hint of coffee.

Has a sharp booze bite to it, I don't drink hard liquor, so my best guess is whiskey or bourbon. It is smokey, hints of caramel and coffee and chocolate.

Solid and silky smooth.

This is a big potent beer. Very much a sipper, but really nice. There is a lot going on here, all of it good. Glad I got a chance to try this, another great beer from FW.

Vixie, Nov 22, 2012
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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.