Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
22 oz bottle served in a Great Divide cervoise.
A: Pours a clear brown color with ruby highlights throughout. A light khaki head forms on the pour and quickly recedes to a thin ring. Splotches of lace are left behind.
S: Caramel soaked raisins with a sweet toffee malt and some mild leather. Grainy, cereal malts and some background oak make up the finish of the nose.
T: Sweet, sweet caramel. Almost sugary. Cereal malts with a mild booziness. Raisins with a thick toffee sweetness on the finish. Very sweet with some nutty, almost like almond, qualities to it. There is a very slight hint of bitterness amongst the sweetness on the finish.
M: Medium bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is at a medium+ level and the finish is smooth and sweet.
O: This was a like a sugary, barleywine-light. I can drink this in small doses and my 8 oz. pour was more than enough. That being said I really do like sweet beers and this one was right at the border.
08-27-2012 18:34:42 | More by Treebs
4.65/5 rDev +9.2%
Served in a snifter. Delicious straight out of the refrigerated bottle but man does this shine with plenty of time to warm to room temperature! Becomes much more complex and flavorful (as any big beer/BBA beer should be).
A: Gorgeous burnt sienna/amber with shades of brown/red/clay/golden-yellow. If you pour it straight into the glass it'll build a nice, tall, bubbly off-white head but generally the head is minimal, leaving behind a bit of lace and retention. As it should be.
S: Massive bourbon and oak notes. Everything is there. Bourbon, smoke, earth, toffee, sweet malt, booze, toasted malt, vanilla, molasses, caramelized sugar. I could keep attempting to describe the nose but I'll just leave it at COMPLEX.
T: Everything that's in the nose but kicked up a notch. The warmth brings out so many flavors. And warming flavors at that. Definitely a good sipping beer on a cool night. The bourbon is intense but when each sip finishes, you're left wanting more. So I'm going to say it's perfectly balanced bourbon flavor. Not too much and not too little.
M: There's a bit of an alcohol burn but this beer has been sitting out for over two hours. Besides that, it's incredibly smooth, exploding with flavor, and blows your mind. I can't believe a beer can be this great. And I can't believe barrel-aging can be this awesome.
O: Firestone Walker defines the category of barrel-aging. They do it so well. All of their big beers are exceptional. Every beer aficionado/connoisseur should have the opportunity to try this. Outstanding!
08-27-2012 01:28:42 | More by Gatch
4.16/5 rDev -2.3%
Hard to review this beer. It's still pretty damn fresh right now, only being on the market for about a month now topps.
A - A bit lighter than a cherry red, good head on a semi-aggressive pour but receeds to nothing within a minute or so. Good.
S - Toffee, light Butterscotch and all barrel from that point on (coconut, vanilla, oak and Whiskey) Besides the Toffee, this one is all about the Barrel.
T - Mirrors nose but this is a one trick pony. What I mean by that is that this beer is all barrel BUT balanced!! Not too hot and not over-bourboned. The only bit of the base beer I get is strong notes of toffee. Otherwise, as I mentioned...this is all balanced classic house FW Barrel flavor profile. A wee bit boozy but COME ON...is this not expected for a Barrel Aged ALE? Very nice.
M - OK...here's where it's hard to review. It's the easiest drinking barrel aged beer I've ever had. I'm not used to such a light body for this style while still holding so much great Barrel flavor. At 12%, I could easily kill this 22oz in an hour or less. I usually prefer more body to the barrel aged style, but the base beer is a Ale afterall, which is why I'm giving such a high score, and well deserved I'd say DAMNIT!
O - Another solid score but I'm not jumping out of my shoes, but really...I don't have any other Barrel Aged Ales to compare it to. It's delicious! I'd be very curious as to what age will do to this beer. Hopefully bring out more of the base beer BUT, the big barrel flavor dominating right now is quite sublime while still being a "one trick pony." I wish this year's Parabola had more of this much Barrel influence BTW.
08-27-2012 00:19:16 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.15/5 rDev -2.6%
bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from my FW prop series tulip.
a - opened the box, removed the bottle, took the funny wrapper off the bottle, popped the cap, and filled my glass. brew poured a barleywine looking caramel with a thin off cream colored bubbly head that bubbled away quickly.
s - some barrel woody booziness glazed on caramel and butterscotch. toffee and vanilla and butter pecan icecream.
t - pretty heavy booziness on top of the same toffee and butter pecan icecream that i picked up in the nose. much hotter than the nose leads you to believe, but at 12% what would one expect? rather sweet and kind of between a barley and an old ale.
m - very boozy. medium bodied, but tingly.
o - overall, not sure what an imperial special bitter should taste like, but i can tell you that this is pretty tasty. not the best FW barrel aged brew, but certainly feels like a component of the anniversary beers. more of a barleywine to me than anything else, but the extreme heat on this beer dominates. could probably use some time to mellow out a bit.
08-27-2012 00:08:09 | More by cosmicevan
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 06/14/12.
A- Pours a dark red/ light brownish color with a finger's worth of off-white head. The head sticks around for awhile and forms lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass.
S- The aroma is of alcohol/booze first and foremost for me. I also get some oak notes as well as some caramel and toffee aromas.
T- A hard hitting beer but good stuff. Up front I get some dark fruit notes and a nice bitterness. Then comes the alcohol, which is very noticeable. The overall hotness isn't necessarily a bad thing for me, as all of FW Barrel Aged releases seem overally hot when fresh.
M- Nicely carbonated, heavy, a sipper for sure. Drinks rather hot, as said above.
I like this one, it hits hard so be forewarned. Another fine special release from FW.
08-26-2012 23:58:42 | More by vic21234
4.93/5 rDev +15.7%
Double DBA, on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC
Appearance: Luscious color, Southern-style sweet-tea color, cherry overtones. One finger of head, then a rim and a mantle. Substantial lacing.
Smell: Rich, sweet, Christmas. Chesnut, caramel, butterscotch. Flan and all the desserts you can imagine. Countryside, smoke, Kentucky ham. Peat. Fields ready to be harvested, late summer in the Midwest. Malt, straight-up whiskey, barrel.
Taste: Great barreling here. Toastiness, lip-smacking hop touch as it goes down. Coconut, essential oils, vanilla. Whiskey (not bourbon) at the end, that astringent feel. Well balanced, not too sweet or heavy on the barrel. Just how I like it. Brulee sugars and spicy finish. Simple, but amazing.
Mouthfeel: Great carbonation, body and flavor. Love the tangy finish, like chewing on a Szechuan button. Whiskey all around, no doubt.
Overall: So drinkable! I don't get tired of this. Smooth, edible, beautiful. This is all I want in a barrel-aged beer.
Note: A second tasting of this on tap the next day was shorter in flavor and complexity and bigger in booze and barrel. More one-dimensional but still damn delicious.
08-26-2012 05:26:08 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.44/5 rDev +4.2%
A: amber brown with orange accents; off-white head vanished quickly leaving a bubbly collar
S: candi sugar, toffee, some bourbon
T: super beer - reminded me of the scotch ale/old ale/barleywine styles; sweet malt toffee, some drier notes from the barrels; nice woody flavors wrapped around boozy dark fruits
M: creamy, little bitter on the drying finish; medium body
O: probably a great cigar beer, has a nice smokiness and strong character; again, I'd have pegged it for an old ale or scotch ale - warms well, finishes great, wonderful aftertaste - glad I got my hands on one
08-25-2012 21:28:57 | More by Greywulfken
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
Oh my! This beer is phenominal. Dobule Barrel Ale is good for its style, but when I heard about this one, I just knew it would blow my expectations out of the water. This one is actually pretty close to an old ale. Strong notes of toffee and caramel, a touch of vanilla. Very nice. I wish the nose were a little stronger, though. That's really my only complaint. This beer was expensive, but worth it! Another excellent brew from Firestone Walker.
08-25-2012 06:06:05 | More by TheRealBigC
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
On tap at TJ's in Paoli, PA.
A: Dark brownish amber. Head fades right away, which is to be expected from this high ABV brew. Some alcohol feet for sure. No lacing.
S: Lots of barrel on this one. That vanilla and toffee are pronounced. But also the dark fruits. Coconut, as per the FW barrel program.
T: This is delicious. Even drinking it really cold. I get lots of dark fruit: figs and dates and mild plume. Then you get those toffee notes and coconut from the barrel. Typical FW. No alcohol burn. It's there but hidden well.
M: Medium to full.
08-24-2012 14:24:31 | More by inlimbo77
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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