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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 180
Gots: 817 | FT: 101
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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3.57/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Capitol Beer and Tap Room in Sacramento, CA

Appearance - A semi-hazy, deep reddish copper, served up with a razor thin, off-white head. Too thin to properly judge retention.

Smell - Strong boozy quality. Bourbony. Vanilla. Hints of caramel. Sharp.

Taste - Thankfully, smoother on the tongue than in the nose. Bourbon qualities do dominate the profile, however, and comes across as oaky and vanilla sweetness. Subtle caramel near the finish, then more bourbon qualities punch through again in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Finishes bone dry.

Overall - Call it what you will, but there are barrel-aged brews out there that don't really do it for me. Often I find too much booziness will get in the way of more subtle, enjoyable qualities of a beer. This one is no exception. It's good, but this just isn't my cup of tea. Take away the bourbon flavors, and this beer barely has a leg to stand on it's own.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Snifter from 22 oz.

A-Brownish, reddish copper hue. 1/2 inch head that dissipates rather quickly. Moderate lacing that immediately runs down side of glass.

S-Big Sweet Aroma, Cherries, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch

T-Follows the nose, First sip produces a big blast of bourbon upfront. followed by slightly burning sweetness. Barrel aging is prominent. Picking up the vanilla, canidied dark fruits, Oak. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering for 12%. Blends nicely with the complex flavors. Flavor lingers long after taking a sip. Lingering sweetness quite noticeable as near the bottom of glass.

M-quite a bit more carbonation than I was expecting. warms the mouth, leaves a slight tingle on roof of mouth. Carbonation mellows as beer warms.

O-This does the trick. Big beer with complex flavors that holds the drinkers attention while sipping on a cold day. Drinks more like a spirit than beer. Continues to improve as it warms. Well done.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle dated 06/14/12 poured into a goblet. I'm forgetting which trader got me this,but thanks again.

A- pours hazy mahogany orange color. Light khaki foam recedes quirky, not surprising for 12. Pretty looking beer.

S- get lots of vanilla sweetness and caramel and toffee. Definite bourbon barrel booziness. Just slight bit of fruity hop, but not much. Very complex, as I would expect from Firestone walker specialty brews

T- follows the nose. Barrel character is evident with the creamy vanilla and caramel. Lots of booze. Big malt backbone with just a hint of bittering hops on the finish. Nice complexity.

M- thick and sticky mouthfeel. Not cloyingly sweet. Carbonation is minimum, but seems correct for the style,

Overall, another very good beer from firestone walker. Without much style-wise to compare It to, it's hard to say how truly good this is.

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4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle, dated 6-15-12.

a- Lovely color and clarity, poured nice, above average carbonation, but no issue.
s- Wow. Raisins, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla.
t- Very complex flavor profile. The barrel effects are very evident, and add much to it. Not too hot, especially once it warmed a bit.
m- Full, thick.
o- This is a great beer. It'll probably put me to sleep, but that's ok!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer is rich, a cacophony of flavors and smells. It really bares no resemblance to the run of the mill DBA other than it was aged in a barrel. This has a huge, complex smell. Chocolate, bourbon, cherries, shit loads of malt, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla. The taste is equally diverse, but the bourbon flavor really comes though but its not overly boozey. I liked it the most around 58 degrees F. Feel is very smooth with mild carbonation.

Addendum: Opened a bottle that had been aged 1 year. Bourbon flavor is much more evident but all remnants of alcohol warmth and boozeyness are gone. All carbonation gone, becomes a little thin. Not my favorite beer that I've aged, lost a little too much "character".

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$7.25 for a 10 snifter
Sampled 20AUG12

[A] Amber brown with medium depth and a thin tan colored cap on top. Retention is shortly lived, leaving only a crescent shaped collar and an island of film.

[S] Dominantly caramel and toffee-forward upfront fades into mild figs and raisins and butterscotch. Bourbon barrel introduces a subtle counterpoint. Marvelously done.

[T] Big and bold malty flavors with rendered sugary flavors of caramel and buttery toffee dominating. Dark fruits of raisin and dates add complexity and, to take it another step further, the bourbon and barrel flavors bring it all together.

The flavor does, however, take a hit purely on the the completely average mouthfeel alone. This beer deserves better than this. (Note: This, nor the mouthfeel isnt an issue from a bottle serving.)

[M] A more syrupy texture would have benefited this beer immensely. The carbonation is just a tad too aggressive. Body is between full and medium full otherwise.

[O] Fantastic. As far as FW offerings go, and in my opinion of course, Double DBA is a more complete beer than say 14, 15 or Abacus - and every bit as good as Parabola.

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4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle served in a Founders snifter

Appearance: Copper/Orange color with a 1 finger cream colored head. Head dissipates to a thin film and collar around the edges of the glass. Once in the glass, its very hazy. Can't see anything through it.

Smell: Caramel, rum soaked raisins, vanilla, oak, bourbon, butterscotch.

Taste: Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, sweet malt, hints of coconut and brown sugar. Incredibly complex, yielding different flavors with each sip. Light bitterness in the finish balances out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium/full bodied, with light carbonation. Alcohol yields a gentile warming sensation going down, but isn't hot. Dangerously drinkable for 12%

Overall: More evidence that Firestone Walker has one of, if not the best barrel program in the world. Incredibly complex and flavorful, while at the same time maintaining a surprising level of drinkability. This one's definitely a winner.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.