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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,628
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 172
Gots: 765 | FT: 90
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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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%

Photo of chefduff2
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of cletusdog
2.5/5  rDev -41.6%

Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of badboy7113
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Evan47
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of CADMixes
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of MrRockstar
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of AJacob81
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Siggy125 for this bottle as part of a trade that meant I must have been really good this past year...never met a bottle of FW I didn't like. Bet this won't be the first. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark, dark red with hardly a breath of carbonation. Bourbon spreads from the open mouth of the bottle like the best Glade Plug-In ever. Underneath that boozy blanket is a bit of caramel, fruit basket. You had me at bourbon.

Double Double Barrel Ale burns all the way down; as if the brewer not only aged this in the barrels, but they weren't really empty when they splashed a little beer into them. Hard-core whiskey leaves scorched-earth behind. Past that storefront is caramel/toffee & a big swig of sweetness, malt & vanilla. Bare ground pepper right in the end, before the barrel takes over again. Couldn't drink more than a tub full of this, really. OK, maybe two.

This is sexy boozy. The barrel is brings some heat & the base beer slinks up against it like it's a cold night. And it is. Excellent beer that's warming my toes. Kickin' off my slippers. Ahhh.

Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty sanguine color, a finger of foam rises and settles after a few minutes, leaving behind a threadlike ring of foam and trace wisps of lace in the glass. There is a slight murkiness to it

Deep caramel and vanilla barrel notes, sweet and sticky toffee, trace bourbon.

Drinks pretty smooth, though the numbing alcohol heat is there in the swallow. More caramel and toffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Pretty sweet and sticky on the lips. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper due to the sweetness and booze, which lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Glad to have copped this for cheap, it's not quite on the level as Sucaba and most places charge upwards of $20 for it.

Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Pours cloudy and dirty brown with very little head -- the head that is present is pale, bordering on clear. Lots of extremely slow, extremely fine carbonation. Smell is barleywine -- musty, sweet, alcohol. Woody, wet, and dark.

Taste is sweet and musty again, mild, wet woody. Good, but hard to describe. Not as cloying as I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel is unassuming. Not too sticky, not too thin.

Overall, this is a quite tasty beer.

2013-11-01: 22oz bottle poured into a large snifter again. 204 12 A1P 1512 is the bottle code. 2013 version. First half of the bottle poured quite clearly, second is a bit cloudy.

Again, this smells great. Fruity and nutty, not so smokey. Very tasty. I might give it higher marks this year.

Photo of Casterbridge
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MikeRoni
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of popery
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, warm shade of amber. Small, light beige head, which dissipates to nothing. Filtered. The aroma is dominated by rich caramel and toffee malt flavors. There's some apricot, coconut, sugar cane, almonds and cotton candy. The taste is sweet and luxurious. It's pretty much a delicious barleywine with light barrel notes. I'm mostly getting vanilla and a light woodiness from the barrel-aging. There's some fairly subtle bourbon in the background, but it meshes into the other notes quite nicely. Some booze in the aroma, but it mostly just warms up the palate once you take a sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but it never got cloying for me. This is one of the best barrel-aged beers that I've had from FW, probably my second favorite after Sticky Monkey (? - one of the barleywines that was used in a recent FW anniversary beer). It does a particularly good job of showing FW's light touch with barrel-aging. Great stuff.

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of GregSVT
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy reddish brown with an eggshell white head that fades to a ring and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is pretty amazing on this one...loads of vanilla, caramel, toffee, figs, and Belgian candied sugar.

T: The taste is even more impressive! Big flavors of vanilla, caramel, candied figs, and a small hint of hops on the finish. The finish really lasts.

M: The feel is medium bodied and slightly creamy.

O: I was way more impressed by this one than I thought I was gonna be. The aromas and flavors are really great. It's pretty sweet but it's nowhere near cloying.

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mychalg9
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of spark3148857
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter:
Pours dark orange with a frothy off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma is typical of FW barrels: rich toasted oak, sweet caramel malts, faint dark fruits, toasted coconut. Taste is huge notes of toasted coconut, American oak, and sweet caramel upfront. Middle of the mouth brings some notes of rum soaked dark fruits and slight bitterness to cut the sweet malts. Finish is long lasting and mouth coating. No alcohol is perceptible. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. Another great FW barrel aged beer. The barrel characteristics are remarkably similar among these beers. Aroma and taste were very similar to Parabola in the barrel notes, until the crafting of the beer takes you in a different direction.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours a solid mahogany and amber color with a thin crown of beige foam. The nose is dominated by vanilla, caramel, coconut and toasted oak characteristics. The taste starts out with lots of toffee, brown sugar, candied date and caramel malt flavors. From the oak, there’s notes of vanilla, bourbon and caramelized sugars. The body is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a dry, oaky booze burn finish. Overall, a very nice double strength ale!

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,628 ratings.