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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,295
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 157
Gots: 589 | FT: 56
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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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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! This beer is phenominal. Dobule Barrel Ale is good for its style, but when I heard about this one, I just knew it would blow my expectations out of the water. This one is actually pretty close to an old ale. Strong notes of toffee and caramel, a touch of vanilla. Very nice. I wish the nose were a little stronger, though. That's really my only complaint. This beer was expensive, but worth it! Another excellent brew from Firestone Walker.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 06:06:05 | More by TheRealBigC
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-25-2012 03:31:32 | More by ajs4bd
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-24-2012 20:15:37 | More by ejimhof
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scottiethebody

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-24-2012 18:55:57 | More by scottiethebody
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz
On tap at TJ's in Paoli, PA.

A: Dark brownish amber. Head fades right away, which is to be expected from this high ABV brew. Some alcohol feet for sure. No lacing.

S: Lots of barrel on this one. That vanilla and toffee are pronounced. But also the dark fruits. Coconut, as per the FW barrel program.

T: This is delicious. Even drinking it really cold. I get lots of dark fruit: figs and dates and mild plume. Then you get those toffee notes and coconut from the barrel. Typical FW. No alcohol burn. It's there but hidden well.

M: Medium to full.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 14:24:31 | More by inlimbo77
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iKrystin

Washington

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-24-2012 06:24:00 | More by iKrystin
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-24-2012 02:43:44 | More by iL0VEbeer
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-24-2012 00:22:32 | More by GaryMarkle84
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

The beer pours a nice dark golden caramel color. When held up to the light it looks like a nice dark amber color. There is a nice 0.25 inch head that is medium dense with some sprinkled in larger bubbles. The color is slightly off-white and recedes pretty quickly.

Aroma is delicious. Vanilla and toffee notes initially. Nice sweet caramel as well. Some nice boozy heat can be perceived. Bourbon notes and some nice wood are present as well. The nice malt sweetness is delicious in the nose. There is some honey mixed in with the caramel and the toffee and its soo smooth and pleasing. Very nice nose. If anything it might be a bit mild.

The flavor is different though. The flavors are all very clear and well represented and not at all muddled as some BA beers can be. Starts off with some nice toffee and sweet molasses. Deep dark fruit notes with a very syrupy sweetness. Bourbon notes are present and there is also some vanilla. Reminds me a bit of a lighter Old Ale. The bottle calls it an Imperial Special Bitter and its classified here as an American Strong Ale. I can see it being both and whatever it is its good. The finish is nice and sticky with some oily and sweet aftertastes as well as some slight wood. There is even some slight hop bitterness in there trying to fight through the caramel notes. Well done.

Pretty good brew. I've always been impressed with the FW reserve series and this one does a good job as well. The flavors are all very well developed on their own and don't get all in each others business.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:20:35 | More by JoEBoBpr
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bertram

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-24-2012 00:02:46 | More by bertram
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jhb138

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-23-2012 22:09:44 | More by jhb138
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-23-2012 14:02:52 | More by mdillon86
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

08-23-2012 06:27:05 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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strongaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-23-2012 06:24:01 | More by strongaf
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Rizalini

Nevada

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a cloudy ruby color, with a thin 1/2 finger of light tan, peach color head.

S - The nose is of toffee, vanilla and bourbon. The nose also gives way to some booze too.

T/M - The mouth follows the nose, but yeilds more to the bourbon. So bourbon in the fore front, toffee and vanilla in the middle, followed by a slightly sweet malty honey aftertaste. Warming alcohol as it goes down. Perfect carbonation.

O - The box says Imperial Special Bitter, but it's listed as an American Strong Ale. What ever it is, it's damn good. Another great reserve brew from Firestone. If I can buy another one, I will definatly age it so hopefully it cools off a little bit. That's my only complaint.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 06:06:52 | More by Rizalini
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akribos


5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-23-2012 00:12:10 | More by akribos
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-22-2012 20:10:34 | More by Chugs13
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sbricker

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

08-22-2012 13:07:52 | More by sbricker
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bifrost17

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-22-2012 04:22:16 | More by bifrost17
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

08-22-2012 02:29:11 | More by mendvicdog
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-22-2012 00:04:45 | More by Eriktheipaman
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared courtesy of Nick, thanks! Served into a tulip glass.

A: Dark caramel/amber colored beer, slightly hazy in the body with a small off-white head. No real lacing and only a small thin ring around the edges.

S: Caramel malts, toffee, oak, faint sweet bourbon, vanilla, toasted sugar and touches of dark fruits.

T: More of the caramel notes first along with toffee and almonds. The vanilla comes through, as does plenty of oak and undertones of bourbon. No real dark fruits here though a hint of booze on the back of the palate.

M: Lower amounts of carbonation but just enough to break things up and keep the 12% ABV from becoming sticky or cloying.

For me, this was awesome. Toffee, vanilla, oak and bourbon are some of my favorite things to find in big, rich beers and this has all of those. Another testament to the wonderful brewers and blenders at FW.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 17:45:45 | More by ShanePB
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KDawg

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark caramel color with a small head.

Pungent with a lot of malty aromas along with caramel, toffee and some bitter notes too.

Full bodied but extremely smooth. It's certainly bigger, but holds it with notes of raisins, bourbon, caramel and malts.

This was some wonderful beer. While it's a big beer, it holds it well together and it doesn't feel like it's overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:14:04 | More by KDawg
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kdb150

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled into my large Piraat tulip.

A - Deep amber/brown color, a fairly vigorous pour yields a nice 2 fingers of khaki head. Not much retention and minimal lacing. Looks good.

S - Muted oak and bourbon backstop a ton of English malts, with a ton of toffee and caramel. Strangely, I get a hint of banana as well. Not sure where that's coming from.

T - Follows the nose with tons of caramel and toffee. As is typical from the big FW barrel-aged beers, the oaky bourbon notes are nicely muted, especially for a young beer. There is a slight alcohol note on the back-end, which doesn't detract from the taste. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

M - This is well-carbed, and has a very nicely balanced feel. Substantial body without being sticky or syrupy. Very good feel.

O - This is a good beer, very drinkale and delicious. I think they nailed what they were going for, as it tastes exactly like a huge, barrel-aged version of an English session ale. However, the relatively mild flavor profile makes it a bit one-dimensional - it doesn't quite have the complex flavor profile of it's Proprieter's Reserve brethren, but I think it will be worth throwing a few of these in the cellar to see how they look a couple of years from now.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:49:35 | More by kdb150
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FullObs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-20-2012 17:01:50 | More by FullObs
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.