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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,543
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 173
Gots: 736 | FT: 81
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

eawolff99, Dec 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

AJacob81, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Siggy125 for this bottle as part of a trade that meant I must have been really good this past year...never met a bottle of FW I didn't like. Bet this won't be the first. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark, dark red with hardly a breath of carbonation. Bourbon spreads from the open mouth of the bottle like the best Glade Plug-In ever. Underneath that boozy blanket is a bit of caramel, fruit basket. You had me at bourbon.

Double Double Barrel Ale burns all the way down; as if the brewer not only aged this in the barrels, but they weren't really empty when they splashed a little beer into them. Hard-core whiskey leaves scorched-earth behind. Past that storefront is caramel/toffee & a big swig of sweetness, malt & vanilla. Bare ground pepper right in the end, before the barrel takes over again. Couldn't drink more than a tub full of this, really. OK, maybe two.

This is sexy boozy. The barrel is brings some heat & the base beer slinks up against it like it's a cold night. And it is. Excellent beer that's warming my toes. Kickin' off my slippers. Ahhh.

maximum12, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty sanguine color, a finger of foam rises and settles after a few minutes, leaving behind a threadlike ring of foam and trace wisps of lace in the glass. There is a slight murkiness to it

Deep caramel and vanilla barrel notes, sweet and sticky toffee, trace bourbon.

Drinks pretty smooth, though the numbing alcohol heat is there in the swallow. More caramel and toffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Pretty sweet and sticky on the lips. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper due to the sweetness and booze, which lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Glad to have copped this for cheap, it's not quite on the level as Sucaba and most places charge upwards of $20 for it.

emerge077, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours cloudy and dirty brown with very little head -- the head that is present is pale, bordering on clear. Lots of extremely slow, extremely fine carbonation. Smell is barleywine -- musty, sweet, alcohol. Woody, wet, and dark.

Taste is sweet and musty again, mild, wet woody. Good, but hard to describe. Not as cloying as I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel is unassuming. Not too sticky, not too thin.

Overall, this is a quite tasty beer.

2013-11-01: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter again. 204 12 A1P 1512 is the bottle code. 2013 version. First half of the bottle poured quite clearly, second is a bit cloudy.

Again, this smells great. Fruity and nutty, not so smokey. Very tasty. I might give it higher marks this year.

snaotheus, Dec 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Casterbridge, Dec 26, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

MikeRoni, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm shade of amber. Small, light beige head, which dissipates to nothing. Filtered. The aroma is dominated by rich caramel and toffee malt flavors. There's some apricot, coconut, sugar cane, almonds and cotton candy. The taste is sweet and luxurious. It's pretty much a delicious barleywine with light barrel notes. I'm mostly getting vanilla and a light woodiness from the barrel-aging. There's some fairly subtle bourbon in the background, but it meshes into the other notes quite nicely. Some booze in the aroma, but it mostly just warms up the palate once you take a sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but it never got cloying for me. This is one of the best barrel-aged beers that I've had from FW, probably my second favorite after Sticky Monkey (? - one of the barleywines that was used in a recent FW anniversary beer). It does a particularly good job of showing FW's light touch with barrel-aging. Great stuff.

popery, Dec 26, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

jamesDaExMoBeerGuy, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with an eggshell white head that fades to a ring and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty amazing on this one...loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, figs, and Belgian candied sugar.

T: The taste is even more impressive! Big flavors of vanilla, caramel, candied figs, and a small hint of hops on the finish. The finish really lasts.

M: The feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy.

O: I was way more impressed by this one than I thought I was gonna be. The aromas and flavors are really great. It's pretty sweet but it's nowhere near cloying.

GregSVT, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

mychalg9, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter:
Pours dark orange with a frothy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma is typical of FW barrels: rich toasted oak, sweet caramel malts, faint dark fruits, toasted coconut. Taste is huge notes of toasted coconut, American oak, and sweet caramel upfront. Middle of the mouth brings some notes of rum soaked dark fruits and slight bitterness to cut the sweet malts. Finish is long lasting and mouth coating. No alcohol is perceptible. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Another great FW barrel aged beer. The barrel characteristics are remarkably similar among these beers. Aroma and taste were very similar to Parabola in the barrel notes, until the crafting of the beer takes you in a different direction.

spark3148857, Dec 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jco3rd, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of CuriousMonk
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a solid mahogany and amber color with a thin crown of beige foam. The nose is dominated by vanilla, caramel, coconut and toasted oak characteristics. The taste starts out with lots of toffee, brown sugar, candied date and caramel malt flavors. From the oak, there’s notes of vanilla, bourbon and caramelized sugars. The body is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a dry, oaky booze burn finish. Overall, a very nice double strength ale!

CuriousMonk, Dec 21, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Gehrig13, enjoyed in a HF stem.

Pour: Murky caramel color, with a finger and a half of white soapy head. Head recedes for a nice film. Leaves little to no lacing

Smell: Big chewy raisins and figs up front. Lot of candied sugar, caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbon finish.

Taste: Follows the nose but the bourbon sweetness hit first. Chewy raisins and figs, lots of candied sugar and caramel. Finishes with bourbon and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth bourbon heat typical of most FW barrel aged beers. Not too hot. Nice. A definite sipper, and quite chewy.

Overall: I was more impressed with this than I was expecting. Quite good. I probably wouldn't get it over Sucaba or definitely Parabola, but I would have this again.

cfrances33, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

rab53, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Duvel glass. Appearance is toffee colored gold with heavy visual weight and minimal head retention. Nose has intense rush of bourbon up front with heavy carmel malt character to follow. Notes of honey and pine come through at the end. Taste starts with rich molasses and plenty of malty sweetness. Vanilla and oak come next with a sharp boozy punch at the end. Mouthfeel is heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is quite the bourbon bomb, the base beer doesn't seems to hold up the flavors as well as a stout or barleywine. Also a bit hot.

homebrew311, Dec 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

MarkFy, Dec 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ScottP, Dec 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

mbixler, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

B00ZER, Dec 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

ryser2k, Dec 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

bigred89, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Googs
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Blind Tiger's VSK event. I was really looking forward to this one. I have a bottle sitting in my cellar and I had a feeling I should wait on it for a while.

A: Dark ruby colored brew with a 1/4 inch had which faded real quick leaving nothing. Some alcohol legs.

S: A nice smelling "American Strong ale", but really has the characteristics of an English Barleywine. Malt forward smell that is sweet, caramel and toffee aroma. There's also oak and vanilla from the barrels. Really not getting much hop aroma on this.

T: Taste of the beer follows suit to the smell. Bready english malts and I'm getting all that rich toffee and sweet malt. Whiskey/oak are subtle but work well. Slight bitterness from the hops but certainly on the English side of the Barleywine category.

M: On the thicker and sticky side, and a bit under-carbonated for my taste. Somewhat smooth but drinkability is on the low side, I had to sip slowly. It is a bit hot right now. No underage drinking for me.

O: Well I must say I was a little underwhelmed, I had higher hopes for this brew. I forgot to mention i was drinking this alongside of a Boltcutter and a 2010 Bourbon County Vanilla Stout, both very different beers, but just as big. It is certainly not a bad beer but I think the taste and mouthfeel could be better. And I'm sure it will be from the bottle conditioning and some age which will help blend the flavors and mellow the alcohol. I'd like to try the base beer too. I'll update my review when I revisit. Another interesting barrel aged concoction from FW and I'm not surprised. Copp a bottle and age awhile.

Googs, Dec 13, 2012
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.