Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This beer was bottled 6/12 and cellared for two years, and poured into a tall pint glass.
The beer was an opaque yellow with an orange hue and with a lot of cloudy particles inside. There was no head and some lacing along the sides of the glass.
The smell was what you'd expect from a barrel aged barley wine. Some vanilla, a little oak and a bit of bourbon on the nose.
The taste was what was expected of one of the base beers of Firestone Walker's anniversary ales. It was sweet with a hint of vanilla and toffee balanced by the grains. The alcohol was buried so deep that it didn't give a burn on the back of the throat and I had to read the label again to make sure that it was really 12%. The beer had the FW character, but for some reason the taste of bourbon or whiskey was prevalent, although without the whiskey burn.
I really enjoyed this beer. It was a reminder of any of the anniversary ales that I have enjoyed. It wasn't as sweet and flavorful as SUCABA, but for a barley wine it would hold its own against any others out there. This beer knows how to treat you right.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 00:24:20 | More by RutgersEng
4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Clear ruby color. Not much in the way of lacing or head. Very attractive in the light.
Aroma: Pleasant aromas of vanilla, toasted nuts, and some alcohol.
Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong flavors of caramel, sweet vanilla, toffee, and toasted coconut. Tingly mouthfeel on the tongue, with a bit of alcohol warmth and flavor. Roasted/toasted nut flavors surface occasionally, with a rich finish of toffee and nutty malts. The mouthfeel is tingly, but also has a smooth, buttery texture and flavor that really holds all of the elements together.
Final Word: Buy it on the spot, no questions asked! Firestone Walker beers are rarely available outside of the West Coast, much less a reserve series like the Double DBA, so you may only ever get one chance to taste it barring a move to California (though it’d probably be worth the move). All of the flavors in this beer work in perfect harmony to create a drink that sips like a liquid dessert, but without being too sweet or overbearing. Drink it when the air outside is chilly, and let the warm, roasted flavors wrap you up like a blanket.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 19:11:38 | More by Louisville-Beer-Reviews
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,271 ratings.