Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev -8.9%
22oz bottle (Batch 001...2012) poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series stemmed glass.
A - Pours a rich, medium amber color with a touch of muddiness and haze. A short 1/2 finger cap of off white foam forms briefly falling off to the surface leaving only a thick and uneven ring of a collar around the edge. Spotty lacing is left on the glass as the glass is consumed.
S - A bit of alcohol, lots of rich caramel maltiness, tons of oak showing signs of vanilla, notes of bourbon.
T - Sweet mix of bourbon and caramel malt. Somewhat boozy with alcohol well represented in the flavor. Modest hop bitterness, but does enough to lend some balance overall. Bourbon and booze take over a bit as the glass warms up. Gonna be a bit of a slow sipper.
M - Surprisingly a bit on the thin side, although I'd still classify this as medium bodied. Hots of alcohol tingle and burn on the lips, tongue and back of the throat on each swallow. Prickly carbonation adds an additional tingle on the tongue as well.
O - Overall a quite bourbony beer. Definitely boozy...and definitely a slow sipper. Wish I had waited to open this bottle when it could be shared. Gonna be a bit tough to get thru the whole bottle on my own. Not much of the base beer comes thru over the bourbon and leaves little additional character...basically a conduit for bourbon at a reduced alcohol level.
09-15-2012 22:54:23 | More by portia99
3.63/5 rDev -14.8%
22oz bottle into a tiny goblet. Best glassware I could find where I'm staying at the moment.
Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch frothy bone white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy chestnut and leaves a few streaks of lacing now and then.
Smell: Slightly citrusy hops, dark grape-like malt aroma, with some oaky caramel in the background. Stays pretty consistent. Is pleasant with a nice balance.
Taste: Oak, oak, oak. Midpalate, mild, smooth malt flavors speak up a little bit over the oaky vanilla din, before caramel oak notes fight them off. Long, boubon-like hot alcohol finish.
Some mild cola flavors emerge up front, as well as a tiny bit of that hard water character of regular DBA. Also like DBA, the overall effect of the beer is very smooth, rather than showy or complex. It's a good flavor, but for the ABV I think it comes up short in the depth department. While it works beautifully as a component of their anniversary beers (which is, if I'm not mistaken, originally the whole point of brewing DDBA in the first place), for drinking on its own I wish Firestone Walker hadn't been quite so literal in making "double" DBA. These flavors could be done--and better--at 8% ABV.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly watery, but not unpleasant. As unremarkable as the mouthfeel of regular DBA.
Overall: Tasty beer. Sort of Abacus/Sucaba-light (this description originally brought to you by BA morningthief). I would buy it again, but I'm also a sucker for strong American oak flavors.
09-14-2012 23:01:39 | More by Pahn
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
on tap at eulogy
Pours a mostly clear deep caramel and gold color with a thin layer of beige head. Dissolves into a few scattered spots of lacing with little retention.
Rich and boozy in the nose with smooth oaked bourbon and toffee. Layers of toasted malts, caramel, dark fruit and burnt sugar. Warm and inviting in a come-hither sort of way with a kiss of hops.
Light touch of citrus hops up front, quickly swept away by the richer, boozier components of the profile. Toasted oak, slick bourbon, sweet vanilla and chewy toffee. Heavy English malts with bread crust, caramel and burnt sugar. A few notes of dark fruits lurk underneath, meshing nicely with the oak barrel treatment. Finishes boozy and sticky.
Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Another well constructed beer that benefits from a tasty barrel treatment by Firestone Walker - I wasn't sure if I'd be into this one but this was really delicious.
09-12-2012 18:53:07 | More by xnicknj
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
Huge thanks to pmarlowe for sending this to me as an extra. 2012 vintage, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.
a - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves quickly, looks pretty good.
s - Smells of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, oak, molasses, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Pretty nice, better as it warms up.
t - Tastes of bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, sweet sugar, oak, toffee, caramel malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. Little more alcohol here than in the nose. As it warms up some vanilla as well, and it gets better.
m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation evident. Smooth, some light alcohol heat.
o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer, but a tiny bit hot. Definitely let it warm up a bit as it gets a lot better, though the bourbon is still a bit strong. Worth checking out and would like to get a second bottle of this to hold onto for a little bit.
09-11-2012 23:53:17 | More by mdfb79
4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
22oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip
The body sits a hazy mahogany color with a foamy two finger tan cap. The cap recedes slowly, leaving some lines and dots of lace in its wake.
Rich, complex nose. Huge toffee notes, vinous fruit, figs, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon notes. As this warm, the rich vinous fruit really comes out.
Toffee and bourbon notes dominate the palate as figs, plums, cherries and oak round out the profile mid palate. The finish is a touch of brown sugar and vanilla with boozy bourbon and toffee coming back into play.
Full, rich body with tons of flavor. Mild carbonation. Finish is boozy, but not overly so, and slightly sweet.
This is a really nice barleywine with tons of flavor. Full, rich, and complex. A definite sipper that gets better as it reaches room temp. The fruit flavors that pop at room temp make this beer.
09-08-2012 16:35:30 | More by ColForbinBC
British Columbia (Canada)
4.73/5 rDev +11%
A: 1/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over rich mahogany liquid.
S: Sweet caramel, honey, tangerines, apricot and oak.
T: Oak, sweet caramel malt, honey, earthy hops, lemon, and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth considering the ABV.
M: Medium to thick syrupy viscosity and a medium level of very fine carbonation. Some drying.
O: Extremely drinkable and tasty considering the 12% ABV. As a fan of oak and caramel, I definitely will be picking up this one next year.
09-08-2012 00:59:16 | More by DaftCaskBC
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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