Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,638
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 170
Gots: 773 | FT: 91
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 Jaycase
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark caramel. small frothy head. lacing is minimal

s: caramel & bourbon primarily. some vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, raisin/plum.

t: caramel, vanilla, slight coconut, sweet bourbon

m: bit syrupy. medium body/carbonation.

o: Seems to be some similarity with Sucaba. Booze is not hidden at all. A good beer for sipping on a cold night.

Photo of crowsoup
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Bilco
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of jriggins6
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a snifter

A: pours a nice warm red color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours clear with a finger of fine off white head that dissipates pretty rapidly, leaves spotty lacing
S: boozy, warm wood notes that are quite phenomenal, slight vanilla, definite Bourbon notes
T: begins with a nice sweetness that is kind of heavy like molasses, incredibly smooth for the ABV, solid wood notes through the middle, slight alcohol note at the middle end, bourbon notes really come through well at the end
M: carbonation is intense initially but backs off rapidly, drinks thickly and with a sweet stickiness, leaves the mouth cleanly, minimal alcohol burn in the back of the throat
O: really well balanced given the ABV, great bourbon notes, really complex and delicious, wish i had a couple more bottles of this to put away for a while

Photo of MadScientist
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark amber with good clarity and some very fine particulate floaters. The creamy light tan bubble dissipate quickly with a ring of bubbles hanging on to the rim of the glass.

S: An inviting spicy hops and oak whisky barral and whisky aroma to start. The hops are moderately-low with moderate oak and whisky. The cinnamon and vanilla from the oak almost give it coconut-like and almond aromas. There is a moderately-low orange ester and some obvious floral alcohol aroma.

T: A toffee malt flavor with a good amount of sweetness that is kept in check by a moderate bitterness. The oak and bourbon are there from start to finish without dominate the flavor at first but after a few sips their flavors seems to accumulate on the taste buds bringing moderate vanilla and cinnamon flavors. The alcohol adds a sweetness to the off dry finish with a quick bitter and somewhat orange aftertaste.

M: A medium-heavy bodied beer with moderately-low carbonation. There is quiet a bit of alcohol warmth and a touch of slickness.

O: This is a big beer with a lot of balance given the strength and complexity of all the flavors and aromas going on here. This beer will definitely take the sting off a cold winter night and is an excellent substitute for an after dinner glass of scotch bring many similar flavors.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to James for this one!

A: Pours a brown color with ruby highlights with a very small off-white head with very little retention or lacing.

S: Some vanilla, bourbon, caramel and toffee dominate the aromas. Some faint raisin and dark fruit aromas mixed in.

T: A nice combination of vanilla, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak. There is a faint alcohol flavor right at the end.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol presence, but not really off-putting.

O: Even though it is an imperial bitter, it comes off like a poor man's Abacus, pretty good, but I would rather drink the barleywine.

Photo of Smokee
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to a Chimay chalice. The color is orangish brown. A thin head that lingers with fine bubbles throughout. Malty scent. Excellent mouthfeel. Tastes of toffee, banana, medium on the malty scale, and oak. Moderate booze burn on swallowing.

Very enjoyable and drinkable

Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decent beer served in a Firestone Walker shaker pint. This is basically an American barleywine.

Beer is brown and compltely hazy, thin tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy and malty.

Beer is big, heavy, sweet, malty, very strong, mild booze, mild ethanol, nice beer, really grows on me, the warmer it gets the better it gets, seriously. I'd have it again.

Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of menkros
1.85/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy orange, no head. Smell is apple cider and banana bread. Not hiding the alcohol at all. Not my cup of tea 2oz bomber pours clear deep ruby red with tan head of foam. The aroma offends with robust levels of booze, sweet whiskey, coconut and candy like sweetness. I can’t say that the taste is any different. It is just full up booze and whiskey that gets hot and boozy from time to time. It also has lesser notes of sort of a coconut to candy like sugary sweetness.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium red-orange amber. Half finger fine light tan head with good retention and lacing. Great bourbon, caramel malt and dark fruit aroma with a note of oak. Flavor is strong vanilla, bourbon, caramel malt, nuts, great bourbon and oak finish. This is delicious. Medium bodied with a silky, creamy mouth feel. This is an interesting take on a strong ale, with the malt body noticeable lighter than a barrel aged barleywine or stout, but the malt sits in the background just enough to showcase the other great flavors. Another ale that needs caution because it so pleasant to sip, but packs a punch. Another Firestone Walker gem. I was torn by wanting to give this a 5 for taste, I liked it that much, but there is a slight bump of alcohol in the finish. I really liked this and hope to see it again.

Photo of arash1000
2.75/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of rodkin
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, yellowish red.

Smell of butterscotch, vanilla, caramel, bit of heat. Pretty one-dimensional, really sweet and malty. Maybe a bit of barrel, slightly boozy.

Taste is less sweet, a bit more heat, which is nice and balances out the sweetness. Got a bit of dark fruits in there, bit of oak. Better than smell, but still kind of one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I'd like, but decent carbonation.

This kind of reminded me of a not-as-good bb4d. I'd definitely drink it again if someone offered it to me, but it needs to be a bit bigger and more complex to really shine.

Photo of Yabev15
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Chico1985
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeahh, been wanting to try this beer - imperial English bitter/pale ale aged in bourbon and oak barrels?!?, thanks Cam. Batch 1, bottled on 6/15/12.

Color is a light amberish-orange with some haze. Small off-white head turns to a ring and slight cap, spots of lace. Pretty good considering the beer.

Big bourbon in the scent, quite flavorful and not too boozy. Lots of nutty caramel barrel-y goodness.

Taste is on the sweeter side, big bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, caramel, some hints of cocoa and fruit. Kinda boozy but not bad. Reminds me of Firestone 15, kinda like a big blonde barleywine.

Slick mouthfeel with lower carbonation. Kind of hot on the tongue.

Definitely a sipper but good, nice to see a unique barrel-aging experiment.

Photo of Schwillis
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear, dark amber color. Head is an incomplete layer of froth above the body. Head leaves light lacing stains. Almost has legs akin to wine.

S-Amazingly sweet and potent. The American oak and Bourbon both come out individually. I get a surprising caramel apple aroma. Also the caramel is shockingly strong. Molasses and brown sugar. Vanilla extract too.

T-Delectable. Almost like a dessert wine in terms of strength and sweetness. Woody and oaky. Vanilla is easy to detect. Mild spice. An absolutely behemoth malt profile. A bit nutty. Not afraid to showcase the booze here.

M-Full and syrupy. Booze saps the tongue of its moisture. This is definitely a sipper. Slow and steady. Actually pretty bitter.

O/D-Closely resembles their last Anniversary beer and also a bit like Sucaba. I enjoyed both of those beers more. Double DBA is huge and tasty to boot, but it lacks the complexity and drinkability of some of the other barrel aged FW brews. Nevertheless, all of FW's barrel aged collection brews are gems. This one just isn't in the same tier as a few of the others I have tried.

Photo of beesy
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ms11781
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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

Photo of cbutova
3.7/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of beergoot
4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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...

Photo of redfacedshooter
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.