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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,625
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 762 | FT: 91
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a respectable head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Caramel, oak and vanilla, with Bourbon tones readily apparent; the base fruit and mineral tones of the ESB base are also discernable

Taste: Caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut jut out, with the Bourbon (and perhaps a little English hop flavor) building in the middle; the vanilla returns, after the swallow, with the oak lingering in the finish; it is not until the aftertaste that the base beer tones come through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, with a lot of complexity; really rather sweet, however, and more suitable for an after-dinner nip, as a result

Photo of mooseo
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Deep red-amber with a small bubbly head that quickly dwindles down into a thin, white film.

S - Complex and sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, oak, vanilla. Hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

T - Toasted caramel, vanilla bean, bourbon, and candied dark fruit. There is a distinct nuttiness present throughout. The finish is slightly bitter with strong oak/wood notes and a hint of alcohol.

M - Full bodied, silky and creamy. Mild carbonation, warming alcohol.

O - A very tasty and complex strong ale. Sweet up front but balanced nicely by earthy hops and a spicy alcohol bite. A true delight.

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from jpaco47 (thanks man!). Bottled 6/15/12. Served in a Southern Tier snifter.

Pours shimmery red hued light brown with a quickly receding two fingers of cream head. A good many patches of lace considering the high abv.

A pronounced bourbon boozy aroma on the nose with toffee, caramel, bread, wood and hints of figs/ dates blended in. Interesting.

Right up front there is a significant barrel prescense. Oak, vanilla, toffee, bourbon, bread, the sweetness of dark fruits, caramel, biscuit, rum cake and unsalted nuts. The bourbon is ever present but the base beer holds it's own. There's no denying that this is high abv but there are so many things going on that distract from the near constant slight burn.

Medium thick feel with an almost heavy dose of carbonated fizz. It really plops right down, coating the tongue and sticking around for a lingering woodsy toffee finish.

A unique barrel aged offering. I wasn't sure what to expect but Firestone Walker has another winner here. Lots of sweet malty goodness in this nice slow sipper that. Full of depth and character.

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of CanisMajor
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tfidler
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of nUgZ
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter. Thanks to SanFranJake for this opportunity!!

A: Pours a somewhat clear burgundy color with a half finger head and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet smelling at first with a lot of vanilla and oak aged aromas. Bourbon is present as well.

T: Much like the smell, but not as smooth. There are vanilla and oak flavors as well as some alcohol, bourbon, and caramel. There is also a slight champagne or white wine aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: Pretty good, but it would probably benefit from some more aging. Personally, I prefer my Lukcy Basartd and Double Bastards over this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of miadw3
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of kevwcamp
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of AntLeatherface
3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of EricTheRed
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of london1o1
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bbrown12
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jethrodium
3.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a copper brown with a small tan head settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is lots of caramel, bourbon, vanilla, and toffee as well as some light oak, a bit of nuttiness, and some sweetness. The taste is sweet with lots of caramel, some oak, some light bourbon, toffee, and a light nuttiness. The finish is toffee and some lingering barrel notes. Medium body. Low carbonation.

Photo of Whimpers
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dark burgundy color with a decent size off-white head of bubbly foam that recedes to leave some decent retention and some sudsy trails of lacing behind.

Aromas begin with a ton of vanilla, oak and brown sugar. As it warms you get a lot more toasty bready malt and wheaty bourbon, maple syrup and sweet toffee.

The tastes follow the nose but are a bit more brash. It begins with semi-boozy, sweet maltiness with caramel and toffee joining soon after. Some bourbon spiciness adds just enough bitterness to balance the vanilla sweetness.

The mouthfeel is just below full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Finish is fairly sweet but the oak and alcohol cuts the sweetness just enough.

Overall this was another great beer from Firestone Walker, but a bit too brash after only six months in the bottle. I feel some more age would be beneficial for the flavors to mellow and mesh and I will be revisiting my other bottles down the line to see how this develops.

Photo of Bobheed
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,625 ratings.