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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,444
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 173
Gots: 693 | FT: 73
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 beesy
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into short rocks glass. 2012 release.

A - pours a slightly murky medium orange with a medium khaki colored head. The head is very thin, only builds to a half a finger and falls to a bubbly skim layer.

S - vanilla, boozey, whiskey, oaky, sweet, caramel, toffee and a slight English yeast nose.

T - lots of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes on first taste with vanilla and barrel being most prevalent. A fair amount of caramel sweetness throughout. Surprisingly malty. Nutty and Munichy. Very smooth with hardly any alcohol detected-which is awesome for a fairly fresh beer.

M - full bodies but on the lighter side of full.

T - surprisingly very easy to drink, really easy to drink.

Overall a fantastic beer that I enjoyed thoroughly. The smoothness is unbelievable. I like ba beers a lot so this hits the spot in a great way. I would have given the overall a 4.25 if it were available.

beesy, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

ms11781, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, foiled, boxed

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, clear garnet body, light beige film - no real lace

smell: vanilla, oak, port wine, toffee, dark fruit

taste: sweet and rich - heavy doses of bourbon, oak, vanilla, port, cherry and toffee. The barrel has obliterated the base beer, but no complaints - this brew is quite smooth and layered.

mouthfeel: smooth and rich, high ABV pretty well contained

overall: nice stuff

dirtylou, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited for a new FW beer made with barrels, they do that well.

A- A nice red beer pours into a pint glass with a foamy off white head, about a finger in size. Decent retention and a bubbly ring around the edges. Lace spots are fairly hard to come by.

S- Fairly edgy and strong with notes of fresh oak, whiskey, grains, dark cherry fruit and some alcohol. Barrel aspect rreminds me of Sucaba and Rye on Rye.

T- Barrel heavy for sure with nice notes of fresh oak wood, bourbon whiskey, great vanilla and toast notes. The base beer has a lot of dark fruit, toffee, spicy hops/yeast, fig, caramel and some alcohol overall.

MF- Has a nice creamy feel over a strong, alcohol warming all the way. Moderately thick

Barleywine like but not quite as rich as that style. Definitely unique and nice use of barrels.

cbutova, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep reddish-copper color with a nice one-finger thick creamy head. Rich, rich malt nose, coupled with figs, dates, caramel; sort of an alcohol-infused honey-bun...Rich, warm taste; roasted malts, pear, and an earthy bitterness squeezed in; honey and caramelized sugars. Medium-heavy body; chewy and syrupy.

The first whiff made me think of some of the strong dark Nordic brews I favor. Perhaps some sherry and port in the mix too (as far as smell goes). Anyway, a big, flavorful beer -- heavy on the malt characteristics overall; nicely balanced with an appealing alcohol warmth (considering its high ABV). Gonna get me another bottle or two while I can...

beergoot, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of redfacedshooter
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

redfacedshooter, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My 3000th different beer, although not my 3000th review.

A - Poured a hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. Decent retention and some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very boozy and malty with a sweet toffee-like aroma.

T - Big bold flavors. Boozy, sweet maltiness with caramel and toffee. Nice spiciness adds just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a really delicious, big beer. It wasn't too hard to drink despite its potent ABV. Sipped it slowly over a long sunday afternoon of football.

zeff80, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of danipp
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

danipp, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, dark amber/copper color with dark orange edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lacing left behind.

The aroma of this beer is dominated by a really strong barrel presence that never becomes one dimensional or overly boozy. There's a delicate, spicy bourbon character but the toasted oak, vanilla and coconut notes really stand out. The barrel seems to be nicely integrated into the base with some caramel malt, toffee and hazelnut. The American oak addition seems to tone down the bourbon, adding a woody toothpick presence. To be honest, I'm not picking up much of a hop presence but the nose of this beer is still complex and very inviting.

Medium bodied with a sweet, spicy bourbon barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The barrel is really stong up front dominating the flavor but the virgin oak counters the bourbon character really well. Dry toasted oak/earthy wood along with silky vanilla and toasted coconut flavors tone down the spicy bourbon heat but there's still plenty of sweet spirit flavor. Again, I'm not picking up much hop bitterness but there's a substantial malt backbone underneath the strong barrel flavors. Sweet caramel malt along with toffee, nut, bread, biscuit and subtle light fruit notes. At first there's some strong warmth/alcohol heat in the finish but once the palate adjust, the high ABV is decently masked, making this complex sipper easier to drink than expected.

corby112, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of swetsastonic
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

swetsastonic, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of nimrod979
3.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Murky amber color. Virtually no head.

Aroma: Bourbon, oak, vanilla. Mild dark fruit.

Taste: Oak, vanilla, and bourbon are the dominating flavors. Not much heat considering the ABV, but it has a strong flavor. Dark fruits have a presence with some sweet malt. Not getting anything as far as hops.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly smooth given it's high ABV. Caramel & toffee. Its a sipper for sure. Full of flavor but a bit thin on the mouthfeel. Very low carbonation. Lots of bourbon booziness but not much as far as heat that's interesting.

This one sure was fun. Probably best shared because the bourbon flavor becomes a bit much after too long. Took me awhile to finish it. But I did enjoy it. Not my favorite Firestone, would like to give this another shot sometime.

nimrod979, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of bluesplit63
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bluesplit63, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

muskiesman, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Fubar1453 for giving this to me as a gift.

Appearance: hazy, copper in color, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: dominated by pineapple--yes not what i thought I was gonna get, tones of oak and vanilla as well. This is right up there with Creme Brulee Stout as one of the best smelling beers I have ever had.

Taste: toffee and sweet vanilla start, citrus in the middle that quickly goes to oaking and whiskey

Mouthfeel: sweet with a touch of bitterness, heavy body, smooth, medium-high carbonation

Overall: The best beer I have tasted that has been imported to Massachusetts in a long time. The smell is amazing with the pineapple being so fresh. The oak and the whiskey tastes are present but never overbearing. I will certainly pick this up again as a treat for special occasions.

tigg924, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of eorwar
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

eorwar, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -6.3%

alamode, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Davit, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of portia99
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (Batch 001...2012) poured into a Harpoon 100 Barrel Series stemmed glass.

A - Pours a rich, medium amber color with a touch of muddiness and haze. A short 1/2 finger cap of off white foam forms briefly falling off to the surface leaving only a thick and uneven ring of a collar around the edge. Spotty lacing is left on the glass as the glass is consumed.

S - A bit of alcohol, lots of rich caramel maltiness, tons of oak showing signs of vanilla, notes of bourbon.

T - Sweet mix of bourbon and caramel malt. Somewhat boozy with alcohol well represented in the flavor. Modest hop bitterness, but does enough to lend some balance overall. Bourbon and booze take over a bit as the glass warms up. Gonna be a bit of a slow sipper.

M - Surprisingly a bit on the thin side, although I'd still classify this as medium bodied. Hots of alcohol tingle and burn on the lips, tongue and back of the throat on each swallow. Prickly carbonation adds an additional tingle on the tongue as well.

O - Overall a quite bourbony beer. Definitely boozy...and definitely a slow sipper. Wish I had waited to open this bottle when it could be shared. Gonna be a bit tough to get thru the whole bottle on my own. Not much of the base beer comes thru over the bourbon and leaves little additional character...basically a conduit for bourbon at a reduced alcohol level.

portia99, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Pahn
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tiny goblet. Best glassware I could find where I'm staying at the moment.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a half inch frothy bone white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a hazy chestnut and leaves a few streaks of lacing now and then.

Smell: Slightly citrusy hops, dark grape-like malt aroma, with some oaky caramel in the background. Stays pretty consistent. Is pleasant with a nice balance.

Taste: Oak, oak, oak. Midpalate, mild, smooth malt flavors speak up a little bit over the oaky vanilla din, before caramel oak notes fight them off. Long, boubon-like hot alcohol finish.

Some mild cola flavors emerge up front, as well as a tiny bit of that hard water character of regular DBA. Also like DBA, the overall effect of the beer is very smooth, rather than showy or complex. It's a good flavor, but for the ABV I think it comes up short in the depth department. While it works beautifully as a component of their anniversary beers (which is, if I'm not mistaken, originally the whole point of brewing DDBA in the first place), for drinking on its own I wish Firestone Walker hadn't been quite so literal in making "double" DBA. These flavors could be done--and better--at 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Slightly watery, but not unpleasant. As unremarkable as the mouthfeel of regular DBA.

Overall: Tasty beer. Sort of Abacus/Sucaba-light (this description originally brought to you by BA morningthief). I would buy it again, but I'm also a sucker for strong American oak flavors.

Pahn, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of richbrew
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

richbrew, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Massbmx, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Fahz
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Fahz, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at eulogy

Pours a mostly clear deep caramel and gold color with a thin layer of beige head. Dissolves into a few scattered spots of lacing with little retention.

Rich and boozy in the nose with smooth oaked bourbon and toffee. Layers of toasted malts, caramel, dark fruit and burnt sugar. Warm and inviting in a come-hither sort of way with a kiss of hops.

Light touch of citrus hops up front, quickly swept away by the richer, boozier components of the profile. Toasted oak, slick bourbon, sweet vanilla and chewy toffee. Heavy English malts with bread crust, caramel and burnt sugar. A few notes of dark fruits lurk underneath, meshing nicely with the oak barrel treatment. Finishes boozy and sticky.

Fuller body, milder carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Another well constructed beer that benefits from a tasty barrel treatment by Firestone Walker - I wasn't sure if I'd be into this one but this was really delicious.

xnicknj, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of JustinMatthew
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

JustinMatthew, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to pmarlowe for sending this to me as an extra. 2012 vintage, poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Cigar City snifter.

a - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head leaves quickly, looks pretty good.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, oak, molasses, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Pretty nice, better as it warms up.

t - Tastes of bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, sweet sugar, oak, toffee, caramel malts, toasted malts, and bready malts. Little more alcohol here than in the nose. As it warms up some vanilla as well, and it gets better.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation evident. Smooth, some light alcohol heat.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good beer, but a tiny bit hot. Definitely let it warm up a bit as it gets a lot better, though the bourbon is still a bit strong. Worth checking out and would like to get a second bottle of this to hold onto for a little bit.

mdfb79, Sep 12, 2012
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,444 ratings.