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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 159
Gots: 595 | FT: 57
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-16-2012 23:50:19 | More by BigE90
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-15-2012 22:41:05 | More by JazzIPA55
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-15-2012 18:51:00 | More by Listers
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-15-2012 13:08:23 | More by justintcoons
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-15-2012 04:39:13 | More by mkennedy119
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-14-2012 09:20:31 | More by ambruns1979
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-14-2012 03:58:52 | More by AApparel
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-13-2012 18:44:27 | More by krazybartender
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-13-2012 18:21:08 | More by wdarcy77
Photo of klink40


4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pros-balanced, hidden boozyness, able to draw many subtle flavors from it (caramel, vanilla, banana, slight green apple)

Cons-thin mouthfeel (despit being an Ale I'd expect a tad more)

Tastebuds were probably saying "YES! KBS! No. Wait. This is an Ale but a really balance barrel-aged one. Awesome."
Overall I LOVE IT! and will buy again. Wonder how it'll age...

AHHH! computers! After writing this a 3rd time I hope got my point across.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 01:27:38 | More by klink40
Photo of beerandcycling88


3.55/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a dark brown with a creamy white head.

S Vanilla, some woody notes and slightly tart fruit.

T Quite a bit going on with vanilla, some nutty notes, caramel and a hint of tart apple.

M I found this one to be quite thin which really doesn't work with this one.

Overall this is a pretty good beer but definitely not in the same class as Parabola or Sucaba. Worth trying but I'm not sure I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 20:50:08 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of draheim


4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz (bottled 6/15/2012) into a snifter. Pours a clear amber w/ a thin head that dissipates almost instantly. Some strings of lazy carb rise around the sides of the glass.

Aroma is rum-soaked figs/dates, vanilla, over-ripe banana, and booze.

Taste is thick, sweet barley malt with a hint of spice, bourbon and char from the barrels, and dried sugary fruits.

Mouthfeel is chewy and coating with a nice sharp bitter bite on the finish.

Overall a good slow sipper of a beer, maybe not quite as complex as I'd hoped for but a well-balanced and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 06:26:32 | More by draheim
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

08-12-2012 03:23:12 | More by CEDAMA
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-12-2012 02:23:59 | More by vitters03
Photo of siege06nd


3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Jackie O's snifter....

A. Pours a very cloudy, caramel brown. Quite a few floaties, not sure why. Soapy off white head that is just a trace on top of the brew. Lacing is faint. Meh.

S. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and oak. Litte bit of honey and dark fruit. But the predominant note is, of course, bourbon. Wave after wave of the sweet, vanilla tones of bourbon. Reminds me a bit of Backwoods Bastard.

T. Caramel, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. Some cloying sweetness and mild tannic qualities. Brighter than Sucaba. Little bit of oak char on the finish. Pretty nutty flavor overall.

M. A little bit one-note with so much bourbon character. The body of the base beer doesnt offer up much except a little bit of maltiness. The barrel does all of the talking, and I just think it's a but watery.

O. A good beer, though not nearly as impressive as its brethren, Parabola and Sucaba. The problem is that the base beer just doesnt bring much to the table. This drinks like a barrel aged mild. That said, the barrel aging is top quality and this drinks very smooth, if one-note. Glad to have tried it, won't need to try it again. Would be surprised if Firestone bottles this again next year. Good but instantly forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 19:43:32 | More by siege06nd
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4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy copper-brown color with a finger of khaki colored head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, brown sugar, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with sweet caramel malts with some raisin and other dark fruits and vanilla. Through the middle, some toasted coconut, oak, and Bourbon comes through with a some brown sugar. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, dark fruits, fruity English yeast character, oak, vanilla, and some booze.

M - Medium full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nicely balanced. The sweet malty profile is nicely balanced by the Bourbon barrel character.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 07:17:07 | More by ngeunit1
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-11-2012 05:44:52 | More by avaldivia
Photo of PeterIngemi


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a nice clean ruby brown with a finger of toffe colored head that dissapates on the quick side, not much lacing here.

S: sweet caramel and toffe, along with oak, some raisiny dark fruits and booze. Vanilla and burbon notes become more and more pronounced as this brew warms, the aroma reminds me of fw sucaba, delicious, pungent and sticky. As the beer continues warming I start getting light cherry burbon notes and toasted coconut.

T: a lot like the Aroma, there is a ton of complex barrel aged deliciousness going on here. I get caramel, toffe and brown sugar covered burbon soaked raisins, there is a very nice vanilla notes in there as well along with a slight burbon dark cherry. There is a light nuttyness in there as well, along with a slight tart green apple and a hint of chocolate . This is a delicious barrel aged beer.

M: medium to heavy body with lower carbonation, it works very well here.... Just enough carbonation to give it a slightly creamy body... Very nice.

O: once again FW produces enough great example of what oak and barrel aging can do.... If you love barrel aged beers, you gotta try this one.... Everything is very well balanced and utterly delicious.


Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:59:26 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of EzraAtom


4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-11-2012 03:41:04 | More by EzraAtom
Photo of chanokokoro


4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly aggressively poured from a 22 oz. bottle into Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve Series snifters

Pours a maple syrup-colored amber with a light beige one and a half finger head. Oak and bourbon and perhaps a hint of toffee on the nose. Smooth oaky bourbon, semi-sweet caramel and vanilla, joined by a touch of fig and dates, and some biscuit notes. Finishes smooth with some alcohol warmth. Full bodied, lower carbonation, with light syrupy accents. A perfect beer to sip and savor. Resembles a barrel-aged English barleywine in certain aspects, however doesn't have the same level of sweetness. A perfect Double version of DBA which displays many of the same characteristic with some added complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:36:01 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of Dope


3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Fresh 2012 Batch 001

A: Pours a nice deep ruby with a big frothy tan head. Fades nice and slow. Moderate lacing.

S: Lots and lots of boozy raisin. Perhaps some prunes and fig too? Sweet caramel helps balance it out a bit. Just a hint of vanilla. Simple but strong.

T: Surprisingly smooth for being so fresh. Up front there is a super caramel, toffee and toasted malt combination. Raisins are here again in the middle but much less prominent. Finish is all bourbon with oak, toffee and caramel. Distinctive bourbon burning finish too. Now you can tell it's fresh. Lingering aftertaste is indistinguishable from drinking pure bourbon.

M: Very heavy, thick and smooth as can be. Feels even thicker than 12%

O: I like the description. "Barrel-Aged Imperial Special Bitter". It is absolutely correct. Tastes like a super huge english bitter with a bunch of bourbon characteristics thrown in. Basically pure maltiness and bourbon. I bought an extra bottle to put in the cellar, curious to see how this is with a little milder bourbon. Just a bit too hot and heavy on the bourbon, especially in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:32:05 | More by Dope
Photo of tut2528


4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pour is maple in color (orangish-brown), almost zero head formation, no lacing, little carbonation

S: huge strong oak notes complemented by bourbon and vanilla to sweeten this one up. Pick up on alcohol soaked raisins with a slight green apple.

T: a great balance of oak, bourbon, sweet vanilla and toffee. I get a slight nutty note, a complementary alcohol character, some bready notes, and slight touch of raisins.

M: full bodied, lacks a carbonation. Leaves some heat on the gums, but its not overwhelming.

O: another fantastic offering from Firestone Walker, their barrel aging process is truly phenomenal. I thoroughly enjoyed splitting this with 2 others, and I must say that 1 glass was sufficient. Personally, I think this one might be a bit too hit, and will definitely be interested in letting one age for a year or two to see how this one turns out. Other than that, a absolutely terrific beer

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:23:48 | More by tut2528
Photo of sleuthdog


4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tut2528 for sharing this at our tasting
Poured into FFF tulip glass

Appearance: Poured an orange brown rust color with almost no head to speak of.

Smell: I am picking up on sweet character tied with oak and bourbon in the background. This one is hard for me to describe but unique for sure. I think I get alcohol soaked raisin or figs and some vanilla. Interesting to say the least.

Taste: Wow this one is not what I expected. I get sweetness and the trademark Firestone Walker barell program in that vanilla, bourbon and oak stand out in an unbelievable way. There are some dark fruits and some nuttiness present.

Mouthfeel: This is a velvety smooth beer for the abv. No carbonation and I actually wish there was some more present to cut some of the sweetness. The alcohol does have a warming and somewhat burn on the gums.

Overall: This is one hell of a beer but one that I believe should be shared. I really enjoyed this beer and it surprised me at how good it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:05:35 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.5.12.

A - Pours a cloudy carmel brown with a small light tan head.

S - Carmel, booze, molasses, sweet dark fruits.

T - Just like the nose, carmel, molasses, sweet booze and fruit.

D - Decent carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Sweet and lots of barrel characteristics. Subtle bitter finish. A true winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 05:50:22 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of CoryR


4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-10-2012 02:38:07 | More by CoryR
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.