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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,590 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 169
Gots: 747 | FT: 85
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,590 | Reviews: 277 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Sailracer, Feb 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

ctrevino, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark murky brown. Hazy with little head and decent lacing. 2012 reserve.

Toasted coconut, vanilla, fruit of raisin and prune. Burnt sugar, bready with caramel.

Upfront sweetness with a bourbon head tic. Vanilla, tobacco, toasted coconut and burnt sugar works well with the heat. Sweetness just shines. Just plain crazy and complex!

Classic FSW barrel program. Big malt sweetness, vanilla, toffee and dark fruit. This is a bourbon neat. If you love bourbon and GI BCS, this is a must, esp. the price. $13 is a steal. I'm stunned! Drink now or cellar. Just simply Awesome!!!

joeseppy, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

dt_gbpackersfan, Feb 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

markmcconv, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Devinph, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

RedneckBeerz, Feb 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

clarkw42, Feb 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

SBoyar1, Feb 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

SFC21, Jan 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

calcnerd, Jan 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SkiBum22, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of smcnulty1981
4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours with a nice copper color with a 2 finger white head that sticks around for awhile good ammount of lacing on the head and some alcohol legs

S: starts off with a good ammount of coconut bourbon and oak very very little alchol on the nose

T: hints of bourbon flavor and coconut and maltiness that is present in most English bitters no alchol on the taste

M: full bodied mouthfeel that fully Coates the mouth almost sticky

O: another great example of why fw is the best at barrel aging

smcnulty1981, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DmanGTR, Jan 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

GoGators, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a respectable head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Caramel, oak and vanilla, with Bourbon tones readily apparent; the base fruit and mineral tones of the ESB base are also discernable

Taste: Caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut jut out, with the Bourbon (and perhaps a little English hop flavor) building in the middle; the vanilla returns, after the swallow, with the oak lingering in the finish; it is not until the aftertaste that the base beer tones come through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, with a lot of complexity; really rather sweet, however, and more suitable for an after-dinner nip, as a result

brentk56, Jan 26, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Deep red-amber with a small bubbly head that quickly dwindles down into a thin, white film.

S - Complex and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

T - Toasted caramel, vanilla bean, bourbon, and candied dark fruit. There is a distinct nuttiness present throughout. The finish is slightly bitter with strong oak/wood notes and a hint of alcohol.

M - Full bodied, silky and creamy. Mild carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - A very tasty and complex strong ale. Sweet up front but balanced nicely by earthy hops and a spicy alcohol bite. A true delight.

mooseo, Jan 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

CommanderOfAwesome, Jan 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Tom-Peters, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

oglmcdgl, Jan 22, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from jpaco47 (thanks man!). Bottled 6/15/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours shimmery red hued light brown with a quickly receding two fingers of cream head. A good many patches of lace considering the high abv.

A pronounced bourbon boozy aroma on the nose with toffee, caramel, bread, wood and hints of figs/ dates blended in. Interesting.

Right up front there is a significant barrel prescense. Oak, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, bread, the sweetness of dark fruits, caramel, biscuit, rum cake and unsalted nuts. The bourbon is ever present but the base beer holds it's own. There's no denying that this is high abv but there are so many things going on that distract from the near constant slight burn.

Medium thick feel with an almost heavy dose of carbonated fizz. It really plops right down, coating the tongue and sticking around for a lingering woodsy toffee finish.

A unique barrel aged offering. I wasn't sure what to expect but Firestone Walker has another winner here. Lots of sweet malty goodness in this nice slow sipper that. Full of depth and character.

ThickNStout, Jan 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jspriest, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

tfidler, Jan 12, 2013
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,590 ratings.