Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.08/5 rDev -4.2%
22oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip
The body sits a hazy mahogany color with a foamy two finger tan cap. The cap recedes slowly, leaving some lines and dots of lace in its wake.
Rich, complex nose. Huge toffee notes, vinous fruit, figs, oak, brown sugar, vanilla, and bourbon notes. As this warm, the rich vinous fruit really comes out.
Toffee and bourbon notes dominate the palate as figs, plums, cherries and oak round out the profile mid palate. The finish is a touch of brown sugar and vanilla with boozy bourbon and toffee coming back into play.
Full, rich body with tons of flavor. Mild carbonation. Finish is boozy, but not overly so, and slightly sweet.
This is a really nice barleywine with tons of flavor. Full, rich, and complex. A definite sipper that gets better as it reaches room temp. The fruit flavors that pop at room temp make this beer.
09-08-2012 16:35:30 | More by ColForbinBC
British Columbia (Canada)
4.73/5 rDev +11%
A: 1/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over rich mahogany liquid.
S: Sweet caramel, honey, tangerines, apricot and oak.
T: Oak, sweet caramel malt, honey, earthy hops, lemon, and a touch of alcohol. Very smooth considering the ABV.
M: Medium to thick syrupy viscosity and a medium level of very fine carbonation. Some drying.
O: Extremely drinkable and tasty considering the 12% ABV. As a fan of oak and caramel, I definitely will be picking up this one next year.
09-08-2012 00:59:16 | More by DaftCaskBC
4/5 rDev -6.1%
22oz bottle poured into a tasting glass. It poured a bright copper color with a thin sticky lacing clinging to the edges of the glass. Great color and nice lacing to it.
The aroma shows a lot of rich, toasted malts along with some notes of caramel and toffee. The bourbon and barrel flavors are a little light, but it does add some nice brown sugar and oak flavors. The malts are really showcased nicely in it.
I get more of the caramel flavors coming out in the taste. Toasted malts and toffee are there towards the finish. Again, the barrel flavors are a little light in it but they do add some some nice depth to it.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Pretty nice beer overall. I thought the toasted, caramel malts were really showcased nicely in it. The barrel flavors could have stood out a little more, but I liked what was there. It came together well and was pretty enjoyable overall.
09-06-2012 23:54:13 | More by billab914
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
S: Dark fruits, figs mostly, prominent caramel bourbon, oak, papaya, toffee candy sweetness
L: Fairly clear maroon, creamy white head that dissipates to a ring of foam.
T: Very bold caramel sweetness with slight papaya notes up front with additional bourbon sweetness. Little bitterness yielding some breadiness and additional toffee sweetness. Oak and some bourbon comes through near the finish. Finishes quite sweet with lingering oak, bourbon and toffee.
M: Slightly slick on the palate, medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol barely present.
A really solid beer, my only quelm being that it is really sweet. If not for the barrel treatment, this beer would be cloying. Delicious for a dessert beer though and i loved the unique papaya notes.
09-05-2012 02:12:04 | More by bum732
4.43/5 rDev +4%
Poured from bottle into Ommegang tulip. Bottled date is hard to read... xx/14/12.
Pours a deep muddy amber brown, no head, but oily lacing lingers on the glass. Smells really nice...boozey toffee, sugar, coconut, a bit of vanilla, and hops. Taste is great! Really nice boozey sweet toffee and toasted coconut, hints of vanilla. Such a tastey beer! Its slightly astringent/harsh, but it is 12%abv...
overall, this is quite an amazing beer..if you can even call it a beer at this point. Of course, id recoomend it. In fact, id love to find out how this would age. Id imagine this to be amazing in 3-5 years...
09-05-2012 00:29:33 | More by DrinkSlurm
3.9/5 rDev -8.5%
22oz bomber into a snifter.
A- Pours a blood orange/red with minimal head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Not much in the lacing department, but leaves a thick film/legs. 4
S- Big boozy bourbon, vanilla, caramel, toffee, spicy/woody notes, 3.5
T- Sweet waves of caramel, vanilla, toffee, some of that signature FW coconut, and finishes with a bit of heat…not too much though. 4
M- Medium-bodied and slick with more carbonation than I was expecting, but it works. Finishes just a bit hot, but again it’s not really detrimental. 4
O- Yet another tasty brew from FW. Not on the level of Abacus or Parabola for me, but it’s definitely different and it definitely works. 4.
09-04-2012 05:03:07 | More by stxSS07
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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