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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,436
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 173
Gots: 687 | FT: 72
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 +5.4%

Rochefort10nh, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

22 oz bottle drunk alone over an hour or so while deep into some nfl. Pours brownish amber, with a small off white head that settles slowly and leaves some patchy lacing. As the beer sits and settles I notice a fair of amount of yeasty floaties; otherwise it exhibits good clarity.

Nose is sweet and malty; my wife described it as rum raisin; lots of caramel, brown sugar, and whiskey notes. Flavor follows closely; a very subtly bitter and herbal, floral hoppiness is detected, otherwise the beer is dominated by a pleasant toffee sweetness, hints of maple, and boozy whiskey notes. Although the barrel comes out nicely there's almost no burn or warmth in the chest.

Medium body, medium carbonation, just a touch of stickiness. Really enjoyable even if it falls a hair shy of profundity. Get ready for a sugary whiskey treat.

tobelerone, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Jules11788
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Jules11788, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Double Double Barrel Ale opens to a malty, yeasty nose that smells initially more like the inside of a bakery than a beer: rising wheat dough, floury baguette, even touches of marble rye. These are slowly followed by a thick runnel of molasses, caramel, and wildflower honey, as well as a bevy of fruit esters, including berry, orange, apricot, and cherry, all of these present in Jolly Rancher candy-like strength. There’s a good hint of rosewater around the edges, joined by sweet pink grapefruit and a touch of pine resin. Good hints of oak, bourbon, and vanilla give away the barrel aging, but do not overpower the beer; rather, they blend nicely with the sweet fruits and thick breads. As a whole, the nose is very nice, bending toward the sugary side, but with enough bread and whiskey to avoid overpowering sweetness, and the aromas are full-bodied and potent.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a malty, yeasty hit of brown bread, caramel, toast crust, biscuit, bread dough, and chewy whole wheat bread, but this is tempered almost immediately by oak, vanilla, and whiskey from the barrel aging, adding a sexy alcoholic vibe to the breads. Fruit esters and sugars kick in next, bringing apricot, cherry, orange, and berry flavors, as well as molasses, honey, and brown sugar. Thick rosewater and pink grapefruit come from the hops, as well as touches of pine resin and hints of lemon. Hold the beer on the tongue long enough and the sugars will die off, revealing a good whiskey barrel belly. The aftertaste is slightly over-heavy on the whiskey notes, but a few touches of sugar and bread do remain, and the beer lingers on the tongue for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

As a whole, this is excellent beer. The barrel aging brings a fantastic oak and vanilla tone to what was obviously already a well-crafted brew, and the flavors mingle together deliciously. The whiskey flavors do tend to overpower the latter half of the mouthful, and the aftertaste is almost completely dominated by bourbon, making the high 12% ABV leave one’s breath feeling as if it could tarnish silver. But even here, this works well with the beer, and the next sip brings fresh berry and sugar notes to blend marvelously with the whiskey vapors. Recommended.

jondeelee, Oct 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Peglegtim, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of JamesShoemaker
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%

22 oz bottle poured out into my oversized tulip. Thanks to mhksuccess for this one.

A - this beer pours a deep brown, with a tinge of red and yellow on the outside. Very little head, very little carbonation.

S - not nearly as interesting as the taste. There's hardly any indication of alcohol, which is surprising given its high content.

T - wow. What a unique taste. Very sweet, coriander and honey at first, a little citrus bite at the end. The alcohol is still hardly a factor.

M - too syrupy.

O - very interesting beer. The sweetness was surprising, but a real treat. I don't know how many more chances I'll get to try this, but I'll certainly get it again.

JamesShoemaker, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of bonkers
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%

I poured from a bomber into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is a deep amber, moderate head, decent lacing. It has a strong bourbon smell, lots of vanilla and oak. The beer has a great bourbon taste, ton of vanilaThe beer is a bit boozey. It has good carbonation, suprisingly smooth for such a big beer. Really enjoyable, exceeded expectations.

bonkers, Oct 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

imperialking, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JayCin, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Served in a Founders shaker pint glass.

My vote would be to call this a "Quadruple Barrel Ale", as "Double Double" sounds either redundant or too close to a Jeopardy! bonus. This stuff pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises vanilla, light oak, light molasses, fig, brown sugar, a touch of wheated bourbon, maple syrup, and sweet toffee. Yup, malts are the name of the game here, and they're out in full regalia. The taste follows very closely in lock-step, but the fig seems to have dropped out a bit, and the oak has gotten bulkier. Still, an awesome complexity reigns. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine brew, one that comes across similarly t a mild oloroso or muscatel sherry. Gotta say, I was more than pleasantly surprised with how well this sat with me...

TMoney2591, Oct 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

A: Pours a deep copper color with minimal head, even after a vigorous pour. All that remains of the foam is a thin bubbly lining along the edges of the glass. But ever then, it looks very still.

S: I get a huge amount of vanilla, malt, and caramel. There is also a big boozy note in there as well. I guess I'm not all that surprised with this since it's been sitting in a barrel.

T: The taste follows the nose. I get a lot of sweetness right up front with huge vanilla and caramel notes. Those flavors last through towards the end of the beer, where it gets slightly bitter and then really boozy.

M: Full bodied beer. This one is a sipper. It's syrupy and coats the palate. The flavors linger on the palate with an alcohol burn well past drinking.

O: This is a good beer, but it's a vanilla bomb. I opened this bottle to drink in a single sitting, but I really wish I had decided to share it with some. It's a lot to handle solo.

trxxpaxxs, Oct 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Kmccabe33, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

Geez, don't know what happened with this bottle compared to what others seem to have tried. Poured at a cool temperature with a smallish, fizzy, tan head that quicly settled to a couple of dinky islands and no lace. Color is a clear amber orange cherry. Aroma is malt, caramel, hop, solvents, dark ripe fruit. Flavor's similar to nose, sweet and carbonic tang in front, followed by a little bitter and the solvent. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, slow taper to a lingering cheap brandy aftertaste accented by the alcohol.

drpimento, Oct 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mattdbh, Oct 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JRBecks, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

HoshuaJobbs, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

steinz, Oct 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Pours a caramel-amber hue with a smaller, 1 finger head. Good retention, decent lacing. Semi-hazy when held to the light, and the head is a very light tan.

S- Prominently sweet oak barrel flavors mixed with caramel malts. Relatively high level of sweetness, with some underlying spiciness. Really complex and hard to pin down the flavors, but pretty enticing.

T- Really mild mix of everything in the scent. Starts off with a spicy barrel flavor and mixes right into the solid caramel malt base. Whiskey flavor makes a slight comeback after a short stint with the malt. Sweeter notes of vanilla and hints of spicy peppery flavors mix to provide a good contrast. Ends with slight alcohol spiciness with lingering barrel flavors.

M- Smooth and creamy, low carbonation. Semi-heavy weight supports the flavor profile well. Slight alcohol heat, but not much for the 12%. Not quite a sipper, but one you'd like to take slower.

Overall, this is the first barrel aged beer that I've had in which the barrel flavor hasn't overpowered the base beer, except for KBS. Superb mix of flavors from the beer and the barrels. Wish I had bought another bottle or two.

boilermakerbrew, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Trio2shine, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of nataku00
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a slightly hazy amber/brown with little to no head. Some light lacing as you swirl the glass, but also a bit of alcohol legs.

Nose opens with fruity esters, red apple, a bit of toasted malt and caramel, light orange, oak, vanilla.

Taste follows the nose, fruity esters and caramel open up, with more toasted malt, toasted coconut, orange peel, toffee. Barrel comes through near the finish, a light charred wood and vanilla.

Medium body with a touch of carbonation. Very warming beer due to the high abv, though not too pronounced in the taste.

nataku00, Oct 19, 2012
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4.98/5  rDev +16.6%

This was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I loved every sip.

This poured an amber malty caramel color with low foam.

There’s a complex, layered aroma with caramel, coconut, some dark chocolate around the edges and a hint of tobacco too. Like a secret whispered to the senses.

The flavor has a similar complexity, sweet with a nice bitterness giving it definition and contrast. I get more caramel, a roasted coconut, some cinnamon and dark chocolate. It’s smooth, malty and warmed well. The alcohol is present at 12% but it doesn’t show it. This is one of those brews that had me reminiscing about it days—nay, weeks—later.

elNopalero, Oct 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mctizzz, Oct 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

vissai, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a hazy copper color with highlights of orange, good cap of dense, khaki colored foam, good lacing. Scent is filled with notes of toffee and caramel along with classic barrel notes of oak, vanilla, light bozzyness. Taste a little more deep and complex then scent dictated, still same qualities but with a little added earthiness to it. Not overly sweet by any means, but toffee and caramel are still the star, along with the aging barrel. Fuller side of medium bodied, slightly smooth. Good solid beer, they got the barrel thing down pat, but this may be one of the weaker base beers to do this with. Would take Anniversary, Parabola or Sucaba any day over this.

rfgetz, Oct 15, 2012
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,436 ratings.