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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 188
Gots: 838 | FT: 102
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to quirkzoo for this one!

Pours a murky copper body with bits of sediment, a half finger of off-white head that retains well and leaves a spotty set of lacing.

Toasted biscuit, caramel, french toast, molasses, very warm and inviting, bittersweet, corn bread, brown sugar, faint milk chocolate - beautiful.

More of the same... tons of vanilla, pale toffee, some caramel sweetness, organic wood notes, completely balanced in every way, smooth malts and subdued hops.

Surprisingly drinkable. Smooth.

A delight.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chestnut brown, but thin, and still quite translucent. Forms a fizzy off-white head that fizzes away as quickly as it forms. No lacing. If it weren't for the fizziness, I'd say this one was flat.

S: Lots of barrel flavors, especially oak, with some vanilla and caramel, but little else.

T: Mildly sweet. Buttery caramel, toffee, raisin, and brown sugar. Then you get the barrel flavors: lots of woody, tannic, oak. Alcohol. Light vanilla and some bourbon. More oak on the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is my problem with this beer. It's medium in body, but between the lack of a malt backbone and the high ABV, the beer ends up feeling thin and watery. There is a fairly appreciable tannic bitterness. Lower carbonation.

O: As the side of the box says, this beer was brewed to be a blending beer, which is exactly what it is. While it certainly showcases the barrel in a way no other beer does, it just seems incapable of existing on it's own, bringing little to the party other than barrel flavor. I have a hard time faulting this beer for being something it was not intended to be. It's like faulting Cook County Stout for not being BCBS. However, the difference is that GI has never bottled and released Cook County Stout as a stand-alone beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is an Imperial extra special bitter and is the brainchild of Firestone production manager Ali Razi. It's made with first runnings of DBA, hopped with EKGs and Styrian Goldings, fermented in the oak union system, then aged in a blend of new oak and bourbon barrels for ten months. Poured into a snifter.

Deep maroon, fairly clear. The head fizzes away quickly, just to a thin ring. Looks not so lively.

Nice. Sweet. Tons of toffee, buttery. Vanilla, oak. Just a touch of mild, earthy English hops.

Like a piece of buttery toffee. Hops are bigger here, lending a little flavor and more bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Alcohol heat numbs in the same spots. A little broght, sweet cherry like a jolly rancher, some mild orange, caramel, burnt sugar. Soft vanilla, a ton of buttery oak. More of a carrier for the barrels than a show case of the beer flavors. A touch of flowers.

Medium light body. Light. Lot of alcohol heat in the nose, some tongue numbness. Mild carbonation. Almost not there.

Like I said, the beer is just more of an engine to carry the barrel flavors. Which is fine; Firestone does barrels better than almost anyone. Like a mild barrel-aged barley wine.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it's worth:

OG: 26
IBU: 29
Cases: 1500
FG: 4.7
Yeast: British
Color: Dark

Thanks for the cool info FW!

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped-glass (the other side of the US from FW, according to my calculation).

A: Poured a gold/amber color, along with a slight, ring-like off-white head on the brew. If I didn't know any better, I'd think this was a DIPA.

S: I can tell this is boozy, but still fresh and delectable. Got a bit of coconut, melted Astro Pop, but overall, this was understated.

T: Coconut-like for sure. Seriously, this is definitely the primary taste to my mind. However, I could gulp this ALOT easier than the average BA beer, which told me lots. Imperial - yes, special - yes, bitter - absolutely not!

M: Actually, I found this HIGHLY drinkable for such a high-octane brew. Only splotchy lacing left on the glass, and the sweetness was quite delectable.

O: Man, what a great beer. Not sure the style, but still great nevertheless!

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Bottled 15 June 2012.

A: Murky mud brown-yellow with light, short-lived head. Translucent.

S: Caramelized sugars and booze. Raisins, slight spice, and molasses.

T: Hefty. Reminds me of an English barleywine with its huge, sweet, malty base and noticeably high alcohol content. Rum-soaked raisins; distant, grassy-bitter hops; slight lemon zest; brown sugar; and a hint of distant spiciness.

M: Lightly sparkly, covered up by the booze. Rather pleasant.

O: Oversweet and overstrong. This is a one-trick pony, and I'm too not crazy about the trick.

OG: 26p
FG: 4.7p
IBU: 29
Yeast: British Ale
SRM: 27 (Dark Ruby)

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4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a boxed bomber in early August from Total Wine for 13.99.

Beer poured a deep amber with a little white head.

Nose is vanilla, charred oak, bourbon.

Taste is sweet bordering on cloying, vanilla and bourbon is huge, toffee lingers. Booze was very warming on the first sip but well hidden with subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty well crafted beer by FW, seems like it could use some more hopping to balance the sweetness. This is a pretty fun beer to try if you want to swing the price tag.

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.