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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 762 | FT: 90
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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3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer is rich, a cacophony of flavors and smells. It really bares no resemblance to the run of the mill DBA other than it was aged in a barrel. This has a huge, complex smell. Chocolate, bourbon, cherries, shit loads of malt, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla. The taste is equally diverse, but the bourbon flavor really comes though but its not overly boozey. I liked it the most around 58 degrees F. Feel is very smooth with mild carbonation.

Addendum: Opened a bottle that had been aged 1 year. Bourbon flavor is much more evident but all remnants of alcohol warmth and boozeyness are gone. All carbonation gone, becomes a little thin. Not my favorite beer that I've aged, lost a little too much "character".

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$7.25 for a 10 snifter
Sampled 20AUG12

[A] Amber brown with medium depth and a thin tan colored cap on top. Retention is shortly lived, leaving only a crescent shaped collar and an island of film.

[S] Dominantly caramel and toffee-forward upfront fades into mild figs and raisins and butterscotch. Bourbon barrel introduces a subtle counterpoint. Marvelously done.

[T] Big and bold malty flavors with rendered sugary flavors of caramel and buttery toffee dominating. Dark fruits of raisin and dates add complexity and, to take it another step further, the bourbon and barrel flavors bring it all together.

The flavor does, however, take a hit purely on the the completely average mouthfeel alone. This beer deserves better than this. (Note: This, nor the mouthfeel isnt an issue from a bottle serving.)

[M] A more syrupy texture would have benefited this beer immensely. The carbonation is just a tad too aggressive. Body is between full and medium full otherwise.

[O] Fantastic. As far as FW offerings go, and in my opinion of course, Double DBA is a more complete beer than say 14, 15 or Abacus - and every bit as good as Parabola.

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jonada
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle served in a Founders snifter

Appearance: Copper/Orange color with a 1 finger cream colored head. Head dissipates to a thin film and collar around the edges of the glass. Once in the glass, its very hazy. Can't see anything through it.

Smell: Caramel, rum soaked raisins, vanilla, oak, bourbon, butterscotch.

Taste: Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, sweet malt, hints of coconut and brown sugar. Incredibly complex, yielding different flavors with each sip. Light bitterness in the finish balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied, with light carbonation. Alcohol yields a gentile warming sensation going down, but isn't hot. Dangerously drinkable for 12%

Overall: More evidence that Firestone Walker has one of, if not the best barrel program in the world. Incredibly complex and flavorful, while at the same time maintaining a surprising level of drinkability. This one's definitely a winner.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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!!!

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.