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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 169
Gots: 657 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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Photo of harrymel


3.98/5  rDev -6.6%

Figure I'd try it. Batch 001

pours a dark copper with a sheet of light caramel foam. Smells like I'd expect - vanilla, bourbon, cherry, oak, sweet caramel, nougat and some bits of tawny porto. Flavor is sweet and nougaty with some vanilla, oak, alcohol, a little bit of bitterness and toffee. Full bodied with light, fleeting carb. A nice beer, something on the caliber of FW, but not something I'm nuts about buying a load of.

10-08-2012 04:29:41 | More by harrymel
Photo of Pinche_Oso


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-08-2012 01:22:40 | More by Pinche_Oso
Photo of muttyd


3.78/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured into a Portsmouth Brewing tulip glass. Initial pour yields a thick frothy off-white head with a cloudy, dark caramel colored body. Gently swirling the glass shows off moderate lacing / bubbles sticking to the edge of the glass. Head begins to fade as the beer sits for a minute or two.

The smell is very inviting: sweet & fruity, noticeable bourbon/vanilla from the barrel aging, and a very faint grassy/bitter hop aroma. The flavor follows with a big toffee/caramel malt sweetness, lots of oak/vanilla/leather, and an expected alcoholic warming/burn. Sticky on the palate well after the beer has gone down. Thinner than I had expected in terms of the mouthfeel. Moderate to low carbonation.

Enjoyed this beer (as I have enjoyed pretty much all of their barrel aged offerings), but nothing too memorable or outstanding.

10-07-2012 21:41:01 | More by muttyd
Photo of N3ptune


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2012 19:57:03 | More by N3ptune
Photo of silentjay


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2012 06:11:49 | More by silentjay
Photo of srandycarter


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Dark fairly clear bronze. Not much head, a ring. Some spotty lace.

S - Sweet malt, almost brown sugar, a tinge of hops in the back.

T - Yum. Thick malt center, but not cloying in the least.

M - Medium to heavy, great carb, esp for the ABV. Nice Balance.

D - This beer could get me hurt.

10-07-2012 03:49:36 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Glibber


3.75/5  rDev -12%

10-07-2012 02:24:00 | More by Glibber
Photo of monitorpop


3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

10-07-2012 00:29:49 | More by monitorpop
Photo of Holland


4.23/5  rDev -0.7%

A: light brown, fairly clear, and a decent head even when it's poured cold. Thin layer stays and leaves some lacing.

S: bourbon, brown sugar, and some fruits

T: very sweet, but great barrel flavor. It also has a ton of brown sugar flavor, a bit of alcohol when it warms, and some sweet dark fruits like dates or figs.

M: thick but well carbonated and overall very smooth feeling.

O: not bad, but not a go to like the other barrel aged beers from FW. $16 for a bomber at Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits. Very sweet, but has great flavors. This makes it delicious but has poor drinkability.

10-06-2012 22:34:45 | More by Holland
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany in color with moderate amounts of white yeast particles in suspension and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that redues to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol sweetness from the barrel aging. There are also moderate aromas of caramel malts.

T: Light amounts of caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by moderately strong flavors of vanilla and oak form the barrel aging. There are notes of bourbon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hints of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The barrel aging likely made improvements to an already good beer - I enjoyed the strong bourbon presence. I had really high expectations for this beer and it feel just a hint shy of them but that is mostly because everything else from the brewery has been really great.

10-06-2012 21:04:45 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Piason


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-06-2012 19:47:51 | More by Piason
Photo of metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer begins to warm up, aromas of caramel malts and toffee become noticeable in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has flavors of caramel malts—notes of vanilla and alcohol also become noticeable as the beer warms up. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The complex flavors of this beer make it a nice one to drink but it's not that difficult to consume because the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

10-06-2012 13:19:49 | More by metter98
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-04-2012 16:11:40 | More by djre4orm
Photo of Poucher86


5/5  rDev +17.4%

10-04-2012 13:40:02 | More by Poucher86
Photo of Jaycase


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

a: dark caramel. small frothy head. lacing is minimal

s: caramel & bourbon primarily. some vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, raisin/plum.

t: caramel, vanilla, slight coconut, sweet bourbon

m: bit syrupy. medium body/carbonation.

o: Seems to be some similarity with Sucaba. Booze is not hidden at all. A good beer for sipping on a cold night.

10-04-2012 00:39:43 | More by Jaycase
Photo of crowsoup


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-03-2012 19:25:46 | More by crowsoup
Photo of Bilco


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-03-2012 02:51:39 | More by Bilco
Photo of kaelingirl


3/5  rDev -29.6%

10-01-2012 18:13:53 | More by kaelingirl
Photo of jriggins6


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-01-2012 16:31:45 | More by jriggins6
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a nice warm red color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours clear with a finger of fine off white head that dissipates pretty rapidly, leaves spotty lacing
S: boozy, warm wood notes that are quite phenomenal, slight vanilla, definite Bourbon notes
T: begins with a nice sweetness that is kind of heavy like molasses, incredibly smooth for the ABV, solid wood notes through the middle, slight alcohol note at the middle end, bourbon notes really come through well at the end
M: carbonation is intense initially but backs off rapidly, drinks thickly and with a sweet stickiness, leaves the mouth cleanly, minimal alcohol burn in the back of the throat
O: really well balanced given the ABV, great bourbon notes, really complex and delicious, wish i had a couple more bottles of this to put away for a while

09-30-2012 23:40:10 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

A: A dark amber with good clarity and some very fine particulate floaters. The creamy light tan bubble dissipate quickly with a ring of bubbles hanging on to the rim of the glass.

S: An inviting spicy hops and oak whisky barral and whisky aroma to start. The hops are moderately-low with moderate oak and whisky. The cinnamon and vanilla from the oak almost give it coconut-like and almond aromas. There is a moderately-low orange ester and some obvious floral alcohol aroma.

T: A toffee malt flavor with a good amount of sweetness that is kept in check by a moderate bitterness. The oak and bourbon are there from start to finish without dominate the flavor at first but after a few sips their flavors seems to accumulate on the taste buds bringing moderate vanilla and cinnamon flavors. The alcohol adds a sweetness to the off dry finish with a quick bitter and somewhat orange aftertaste.

M: A medium-heavy bodied beer with moderately-low carbonation. There is quiet a bit of alcohol warmth and a touch of slickness.

O: This is a big beer with a lot of balance given the strength and complexity of all the flavors and aromas going on here. This beer will definitely take the sting off a cold winter night and is an excellent substitute for an after dinner glass of scotch bring many similar flavors.

09-30-2012 00:18:02 | More by MadScientist
Photo of mdaschaf


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to James for this one!

A: Pours a brown color with ruby highlights with a very small off-white head with very little retention or lacing.

S: Some vanilla, bourbon, caramel and toffee dominate the aromas. Some faint raisin and dark fruit aromas mixed in.

T: A nice combination of vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak. There is a faint alcohol flavor right at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol presence, but not really off-putting.

O: Even though it is an imperial bitter, it comes off like a poor man's Abacus, pretty good, but I would rather drink the barleywine.

09-29-2012 02:06:59 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Smokee


4.45/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured in to a Chimay chalice. The color is orangish brown. A thin head that lingers with fine bubbles throughout. Malty scent. Excellent mouthfeel. Tastes of toffee, banana, medium on the malty scale, and oak. Moderate booze burn on swallowing.

Very enjoyable and drinkable

09-29-2012 01:45:08 | More by Smokee
Photo of drabmuh


4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Decent beer served in a Firestone Walker shaker pint. This is basically an American barleywine.

Beer is brown and compltely hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy and malty.

Beer is big, heavy, sweet, malty, very strong, mild booze, mild ethanol, nice beer, really grows on me, the warmer it gets the better it gets, seriously. I'd have it again.

09-28-2012 18:20:48 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Beeradelphia


4/5  rDev -6.1%

09-28-2012 09:45:03 | More by Beeradelphia
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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