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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 694 | FT: 75
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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Photo of elNopalero
4.98/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. I loved every sip.

This poured an amber malty caramel color with low foam.

There’s a complex, layered aroma with caramel, coconut, some dark chocolate around the edges and a hint of tobacco too. Like a secret whispered to the senses.

The flavor has a similar complexity, sweet with a nice bitterness giving it definition and contrast. I get more caramel, a roasted coconut, some cinnamon and dark chocolate. It’s smooth, malty and warmed well. The alcohol is present at 12% but it doesn’t show it. This is one of those brews that had me reminiscing about it days—nay, weeks—later.

elNopalero, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of mctizzz
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

mctizzz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of vissai
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

vissai, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color with highlights of orange, good cap of dense, khaki colored foam, good lacing. Scent is filled with notes of toffee and caramel along with classic barrel notes of oak, vanilla, light bozzyness. Taste a little more deep and complex then scent dictated, still same qualities but with a little added earthiness to it. Not overly sweet by any means, but toffee and caramel are still the star, along with the aging barrel. Fuller side of medium bodied, slightly smooth. Good solid beer, they got the barrel thing down pat, but this may be one of the weaker base beers to do this with. Would take Anniversary, Parabola or Sucaba any day over this.

rfgetz, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of felixljr
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

felixljr, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel colored opaque body with a frothy off white head.

Smells of caramel and butterscotch.

Slightly sweet taste, butterscotch, caramel, and light earthy and piney tones.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel.

A fantastic strong ale with pronounced flavor.

Vonerichs, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

12owls, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Archemedies, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Molnar
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Molnar, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

ShemRahBoo, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally broke down and shelled out the $13 for this tonight at the COOP... Poured into my slim tulip... Short lasting tan head atop a hazy chestnut colored brew.

Nose is thick caramel... vanilla... oak.. pretty boozy with warmth.

Flavor shows sweet maltiness without becoming cloying.... very malty... toffee and vanilla caramels...

Body is fairly thick.. sticky and viscous... lower than expected carbonation lends to a nice coating mouthfeel...

Interesting... I don't think I would age it as there is so little hoppiness to balance the heavy handed malt profile.


JohnGalt1, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

JVan, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figure I'd try it. Batch 001

pours a dark copper with a sheet of light caramel foam. Smells like I'd expect - vanilla, bourbon, cherry, oak, sweet caramel, nougat and some bits of tawny porto. Flavor is sweet and nougaty with some vanilla, oak, alcohol, a little bit of bitterness and toffee. Full bodied with light, fleeting carb. A nice beer, something on the caliber of FW, but not something I'm nuts about buying a load of.

harrymel, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Pinche_Oso
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Pinche_Oso, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of muttyd
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Portsmouth Brewing tulip glass. Initial pour yields a thick frothy off-white head with a cloudy, dark caramel colored body. Gently swirling the glass shows off moderate lacing / bubbles sticking to the edge of the glass. Head begins to fade as the beer sits for a minute or two.

The smell is very inviting: sweet & fruity, noticeable bourbon/vanilla from the barrel aging, and a very faint grassy/bitter hop aroma. The flavor follows with a big toffee/caramel malt sweetness, lots of oak/vanilla/leather, and an expected alcoholic warming/burn. Sticky on the palate well after the beer has gone down. Thinner than I had expected in terms of the mouthfeel. Moderate to low carbonation.

Enjoyed this beer (as I have enjoyed pretty much all of their barrel aged offerings), but nothing too memorable or outstanding.

muttyd, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of N3ptune
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

N3ptune, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

silentjay, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark fairly clear bronze. Not much head, a ring. Some spotty lace.

S - Sweet malt, almost brown sugar, a tinge of hops in the back.

T - Yum. Thick malt center, but not cloying in the least.

M - Medium to heavy, great carb, esp for the ABV. Nice Balance.

D - This beer could get me hurt.

srandycarter, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Glibber
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Glibber, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of monitorpop
3.5/5  rDev -18%

monitorpop, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light brown, fairly clear, and a decent head even when it's poured cold. Thin layer stays and leaves some lacing.

S: bourbon, brown sugar, and some fruits

T: very sweet, but great barrel flavor. It also has a ton of brown sugar flavor, a bit of alcohol when it warms, and some sweet dark fruits like dates or figs.

M: thick but well carbonated and overall very smooth feeling.

O: not bad, but not a go to like the other barrel aged beers from FW. $16 for a bomber at Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits. Very sweet, but has great flavors. This makes it delicious but has poor drinkability.

Holland, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany in color with moderate amounts of white yeast particles in suspension and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that redues to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol sweetness from the barrel aging. There are also moderate aromas of caramel malts.

T: Light amounts of caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by moderately strong flavors of vanilla and oak form the barrel aging. There are notes of bourbon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hints of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The barrel aging likely made improvements to an already good beer - I enjoyed the strong bourbon presence. I had really high expectations for this beer and it feel just a hint shy of them but that is mostly because everything else from the brewery has been really great.

dbrauneis, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Piason
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Piason, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer begins to warm up, aromas of caramel malts and toffee become noticeable in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has flavors of caramel malts—notes of vanilla and alcohol also become noticeable as the beer warms up. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The complex flavors of this beer make it a nice one to drink but it's not that difficult to consume because the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Oct 06, 2012
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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