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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
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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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-19-2012 23:53:59 | More by bsuedekum
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 12% abv. Slightly cloudy amber color, with ruby highlights. Thin white head disappears quickly, but does leave a thin ring. Very few spots of lace, but not a shocker for a beer of this size.

Caramel malt, toffee combines well with bourbon and oak. A few fruity notes as well. A bit of vanilla softens things out.

Caramel malt and toffee seem to be the base here. Not a great deal of sweetness. Little hop bitterness or flavor, just a bit earthy. The barrel aging comes out very strong, adding some booze, drying oak and vanilla.

Lighter body, soft carbonation. The barrel aging seems to really dominate this style. Not a bad thing, but not as good as some of their other offerings. Still, Firestone seems to be very strong in the barrel aging stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 21:44:04 | More by Bierguy5
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parris

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: I edited this in a more positive light once I let it warm up from ice cold, to slightly below cellar temperature.

Appears cloudy amber, medium carbonation, nice legs but not much lacing.

Smells of bready malts, rye whiskey, caramel.

Taste up front is oak, giving way to vanilla, munichy malts, some cinnamon and caramel.

Mouthfeel is big bodied, and smooth, a bit slick, noticeable but pleasant

Overall this beer is really good. I'd pair it with some steak though, or barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 19:03:36 | More by parris
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at TJ's Everyday.

Double Double Barrel Ale looks pretty dead from the tap, it came to me with no bubbles whatsoever. I thought there would be something. The color is a dark shoe polish brown with dark bronze within. Smell is very layered, hits of toasted malt, caramel, English yeast, baker's chocolate and coconut. A nice scent of oak/whiskey with warming. A beautiful nose. Taste wise, this delivers, in small sips, it's a huge beer. Pretty simple cold, with deep caramel, toffee, toasted malt, warming brings out the whiskey/oak and coconut. The English appeal is large and in charge. Feel is smooth and just a bit of booze shows towards the end. Carbonation is barely there, if at all. I am glad I ordered this, I like it better than Sucaba, and it's more drinkable as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 04:27:30 | More by BARFLYB
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ControlledBurn

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-19-2012 02:09:17 | More by ControlledBurn
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Omer4176

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-19-2012 01:48:08 | More by Omer4176
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ThePaleRider

California

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pizza Port in San Diego.

A - Dark red, almost mahogany in appearance. Thin off white head that really stays on the glass. Nice lacing as you would assume from a beer of this style.

S - Very rich, notes of oak, bourbon, and chocolate.

T - This is where Firestone Walker really shows that their barrel aging is one of the best. Very smooth flavor. Similar to many of their brews. Toasted coconut is the first flavor to hit my tongue. Definite whiskey presence, with what seems to be a hit of tobacco.

M - Nice and heavy without much carbonation. Lighter than some of FW's other options.

O - My favorite out of the barrel aged series from FW. If this beer was available in unlimited quantities it would be a daily brew for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 00:02:31 | More by ThePaleRider
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Depends on the mood you're in - barley wine but the whiskey ends up being the hero on the nose and tongue. Looks a bit flat in the glass with little carbonation action but upon taste it is more present than expected - even better than the norm for this style. Nose has whiskey, honey and maybe some syrup. Flavor is strong with the same and as expected brings some heat on the back side.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 21:57:04 | More by Oakenator
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-18-2012 21:41:33 | More by kevgod
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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-18-2012 21:01:22 | More by TicoCali
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jwat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-18-2012 20:54:29 | More by jwat
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-18-2012 16:21:00 | More by brez8791
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-18-2012 08:20:33 | More by enelson
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-18-2012 05:07:41 | More by johnnyboy76
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EtherealArtistry

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-18-2012 04:21:55 | More by EtherealArtistry
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John_M

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly dark copper color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is not what I expected, as I'm picking up brown sugar, chocolate and considerable caramel. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this sweet, rich beer. It's pretty tasty, no doubt, but given the name, I was expecting a bit more of a hoppy presence. There's a hint of hops and alcohol in the finish otherwise, and you can certainly tell the abv. is up there. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a soft, creamy, long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though as mentioned, you can tell it's up there.

An impressive beer, even it it wasn't what I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 20:06:16 | More by John_M
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ESPNman

California

3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a coppery brown, it really does look like a slightly darker version of their standard DBA. Slight tan head quickly gives way to a surprisingly steady stream of champagne-like bubbles. Very little lacing.

S - Yep, this smells like a barleywine. Lots of overripe fruit, caramel malts, and an overwhelming whiff of alcohol. This does not smell like a Double DBA, it smells much more like Abacus / Sucuba.

T - Surprisingly it's a very different taste than what the smell would lead you to expect. Definitely a barleywine-type taste, but much more caramel and the slightest hint of floral hop. The alcohol bite present on the nose is very subdued here. It comes through a bit as heat on the finish, but overall they did a great job of balancing the high ABV and impressive malt bill to create something very drinkable.

M - Thin. It has an almost identical mouthfeel to the standard DBA. Overly carbonated and doesn't really leave a presence. I expected something a little more viscous and chewy. Disappointing.

O - Overall, it's not a bad beer, and a lot of my review is based on expectation and price-point. It's a good beer, but for the style and the $15+ pricetag you can do a lot better.

Served in a Stone RIS Snifter

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 17:00:46 | More by ESPNman
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BucannonXC5

California

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 16, 2012 that I purchased at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 12, 2012. About just one finger of head, light white lacing. Beer color was dark caramel, almost mahogany. Almost no retention on the top or the sides.

Smelled a sharp whiff of alcohol first, mainly bourbon or wine. I sometimes have a problem of mixing those two up. Got some plum and other dark fruit malts as well. Very malty overall. Finished with a strong alcohol bite as well. Reminded me of a barleywine.

Tasted better than the smell, just more sharper all around. Got that dark fruit taste. Caramel, plum, bourbon (light), wine (light) and very smooth.

Medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-below average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. Definitely the best part of the beer.

A beer that just got better as it went down. So damn smooth. Really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 08:02:03 | More by BucannonXC5
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Kinsman

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice chestnut colored body with a nice bit of creamy white head. Lots of sweet vanilla and toffee notes come forward immediately upon opening. Nice bourbon notes but not overly boozy for such a fresh bottle.

Taste is definitely sweet, as expected, with lots of woody vanilla notes and a healthy dose of molasses and toffee. Malty undertones help hold it all up. Some bourbon/alcohol character but not nearly as boozy and hot as some -bals can be.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy but not as vicious as most 12% barrel aged brews. Smooth and slightly syrupy texture that makes it plenty drinkable. Overall, a really enjoyable dessert beer. Sweet and slightly boozy but incredibly tasty. A little age would hopefully help the more subtle flavors come out.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:33:38 | More by Kinsman
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BigE90

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-16-2012 23:50:19 | More by BigE90
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JazzIPA55

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-15-2012 22:41:05 | More by JazzIPA55
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Listers

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-15-2012 18:51:00 | More by Listers
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-15-2012 13:08:23 | More by justintcoons
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mkennedy119

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-15-2012 04:39:13 | More by mkennedy119
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-14-2012 09:20:31 | More by ambruns1979
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.