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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,303
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 160
Gots: 598 | FT: 57
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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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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
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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
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.