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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 157
Gots: 575 | FT: 55
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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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ngeunit1

California

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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avaldivia

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Massachusetts

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.

M:

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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

Illinois

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
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Dope

Massachusetts

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
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tut2528

Illinois

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
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sleuthdog

Illinois

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
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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
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CoryR

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-10-2012 02:38:07 | More by CoryR
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Dontcounttoday

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12%

08-10-2012 02:33:38 | More by Dontcounttoday
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with my brother, poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses.

A: Dark golden amber with good clarity, faint lacing trails on the glass along with alcohol feet.

S: Tons here...honey, vanilla, oak and woody notes, fruity esters (English ale yeast?), berry notes, bready malts, caramel and toffee, almonds, toasted coconut, sweetness, bourbon, pleasant alcohol.

T: Intense...honey, pleasant vanilla sweetness, and oak are all prominent. Toasted almond, caramel, toffee, roasted coconut, all evolve on the palate...bourbon emerges as it warms to room temp. Finishes a bit hot.

MF: Sweet, a bit hot, lower carbonation, creamy medium-to-full body.

O: FW kills every BA beer they do. This thing is pretty awesome if you like the BA stuff. The alcohol is manageable right now, and in a few months this thing should drink amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 17:42:57 | More by Scotchboy
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-08-2012 21:18:27 | More by jpbebeau
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-08-2012 18:18:17 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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DovaliHops

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, ruby-amber color with a small off-white head that disappears quickly. Scent is definitely full of toffee and vanilla. I pick up the almonds that the box talks about, but very faint. A ton of vanilla with some lovely dark fruit aromas. Rich plums and fresh dates. Nice oak with sweet bourbon aromas. Very inviting beer. Taste is boozy at first. Sweet whiskey booze with lovely toffee and vanilla flavors. Light cherry flavors with some delicious plums, dates, and raisins. Toffee finish with a bit of burn. Mouthfeel is a little on the light side. I wish this beer had a bit more body to it. Drinkability is fairly high for such a big beer. Definitely a sipper though. Overall, I think this is a very tasty brew that I will definitely age to see how it progresses. I must say that I like Parabola and Abacus/Sucaba a little bit more though.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 06:52:25 | More by DovaliHops
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SageO

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-08-2012 04:02:54 | More by SageO
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ucsbmullet

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-08-2012 03:07:46 | More by ucsbmullet
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TheEarl

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I split a bottle of the 2012 Double DBA, poured into a tulip glass, on 8/3/2012.

Appearance: DDBA pours a dark red/brown with a slight and lacey head. There is very little visible carbonation.

Smell: DDBA’s aroma is initially of strong toffee, followed by apple and almond, finishing with almost overwhelming vanilla from the barrel.

Taste: As with the aroma, DDBA’s taste is nearly overpowered by the toffee sweetness from the malts and the aggressive vanilla character from the oak. While these are pleasant flavors, I didn’t find the taste well balanced. The sweetness was simply too aggressive.

Mouthfeel: DDBA is medium/full bodied, quite sticky, and fairly viscous. There is a slight amount of alcohol heat on the finish. For me, the feel of this beer is probably its best characteristic.

Overall: I was disappointed by DDBA. It is certainly a good beer but, it is not a great beer, and I would not buy it again. In this style (barrel aged strong ales), I find Fremont’s Bourbon Barrel Abominable Ale to be infinitely better balanced and more complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:51:19 | More by TheEarl
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StarRaptor

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-07-2012 21:29:25 | More by StarRaptor
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gshak

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to grab a couple of bombers of the first double DBA release. Let's see how this goes:

Poured about 3 oz from bottle at fridge temperature into a triple karmeliet snifter, and allowed to warm up for about 10 mins:
A - Orange/light brown with minimal head and zero lacing. Not much to look at, but I wasn't paying for the appearance either...
S - coconut, vanilla, delicate bourbon, toffee, brown sugar, and slight fruity tartness...the smell reminds me of a very decadent dessert.
T - slight saltiness, yielding rightaway to rich, sweet, toffee-like, brown sugary, rum-soaked raisin breadiness that finishes tart, and very abruptly at that. The mouth demands another sip to replace the one that just went down. There is some oak and a slight hop near the end to balance out the sweetness.
M - medium bodied, but chewy indicating that this is one flavorful beer.
O - A most excellent beer that will likely age gracefully into a more complex and rewarding fine liquid. At 12%, this one drinks remarkably easy and very filling. Drink it responsibly at home, with good company.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:05:29 | More by gshak
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paulromeroii

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-07-2012 20:43:10 | More by paulromeroii
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2beerdogs

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

08-07-2012 20:08:36 | More by 2beerdogs
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-07-2012 15:56:52 | More by ystazi
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LotsofLupulin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

08-07-2012 00:42:29 | More by LotsofLupulin
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TeamUgly

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

08-07-2012 00:11:14 | More by TeamUgly
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,286 ratings.