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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,265
Reviews: 250
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 153
Gots: 554 | FT: 53
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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Goobastic

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-22-2013 14:23:16 | More by Goobastic
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-22-2013 13:05:46 | More by cdwil
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle, big thanks to ZamaMan!

Appearance: Amber, unfiltered and cloudy. Not much of a small white head to speak of that lines the perimeter of the glass.

Smell: Butterscotch, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly. This kind of tastes like Werther's candy; really good. Yeah, it's got this buttery sweetness thing going on and hides the abv so well. Wow. I could go on describing the profile of this thing and its nuances down to the nitty gritty, but I'm just enjoying it too much.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue nicely. Medium bodied with light carbonation, as expected.

Overall: Hides the abv so damn well, this is a real treat. Would drink again, and wouldn't hesitate to pick up this year's vintage to test drive.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 09:44:42 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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kew

Texas

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-22-2013 04:45:19 | More by kew
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-21-2013 13:49:24 | More by srw
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-21-2013 12:46:44 | More by atone315
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jshusc

South Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. Found it a better version of the Kentucky Bourbon Ale I've had in Lexington a few times.

A: Served in a snifter. Dark gold in color with minimal head. Maybe user error for to careful a pour.

S: Loved the nose of this beer. Caramel, malty, rich smell. Bourbon barrel is very present. Kept going back to the glass for more wafts.

T: Big and bourbony. Slight alcohol burn but easily handled. A sipping beer due to the richness and depth. This is meant to be savored.

M: Slightly carbonated, a heavy and pleasing texture. Toes the line of alcohol burn nicely.

O: Glad I bought a second. Expert use of the barrel and the bourbon flavor really sets the DBA off. An achievement.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 20:52:34 | More by jshusc
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large Brandy snifter and served at 65 degrees.
22oz Bottle – 12.0% ABV – 2013 Vintage No.002

Appearance: Dark amber color body, ¼ inch off-white color head, very minimal carbonation, a little bit of lacing on the sides, thick alcohol legs sticking around.

Aroma: Rich candied toffee, huge caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, earthy hop notes, slight cocoa powder, back strap molasses, robust and bold bourbon whiskey, vanilla, slight coconut, deep oak nuances with undertones of charred wood. Very complex, I'm really digging the exceptional balance of all the flavors presented. There is also a very subtle and sweet booziness that is just slightly noticeable.

Taste: Very sweet. The combination of caramel and toffee is endless, sweet butterscotch, candied and dry plum, raisin, fig, coconut, vinous grapes, and a touch of orange citrus. Big bold bourbon, earthy charred oak tannins, subtle vanilla, a lingering smokiness character, sweet bready and spicy yeast esters, light piney hops, and a grainy nuttiness. To me this is more of an English Barleywine with just a touch of ESB characteristics than just an Imperial ESB. DDBA is almost like Sucaba but this is much sweeter and just a bit more complex.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, full and an almost chewy-like kind of body, smooth on the tongue, minimal carbonation, an awesome sipping beer and a subtle sweet booziness. The most dominating characteristics were the bourbon barrel elements but the sweet malts, dark fruits, and spices were almost up there with the barrel notes.

Overall: This was everything that I expected. This was also very well crafted, nicely balanced, and the base beer was just spot on to the style of an English barleywine! This is an exceptional example of its style and if you are a fan of American and English-style barleywines, don’t miss out on this limited release!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 06:53:01 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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dcloeren

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-19-2013 11:00:00 | More by dcloeren
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Spaz7

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

09-18-2013 19:17:05 | More by Spaz7
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.6%

09-18-2013 05:02:55 | More by NorthSideSean
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Los1324

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-17-2013 00:50:43 | More by Los1324
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ACB

California

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-16-2013 19:22:42 | More by ACB
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outoffocus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-15-2013 21:10:20 | More by outoffocus
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-15-2013 14:44:36 | More by Davepoolesque
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-15-2013 02:33:23 | More by BullBearHawk
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

09-14-2013 22:45:46 | More by Camjmorton
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KristineT

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-14-2013 03:00:58 | More by KristineT
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Tschnab

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-12-2013 01:59:33 | More by Tschnab
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cw577enfield

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-11-2013 23:42:26 | More by cw577enfield
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banger7

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-11-2013 20:41:12 | More by banger7
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle bought online from the Brewdog shop... 2012 vintage

Poured a deep coppery brown colour. Creamy head with some coppery tinges poured quite thick and rocky then faded to nice light ring around the edge of the glass. Barely any carbonation... some light frothy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of toasted coconut and vanilla upfront, bourbon booziness, spicy piney hops, peppery, herbal notes, caramel / toffee sweetness, some burnt sugar notes, spicy dark fruits (raisins, oranges, some light figs), strong resinous notes, some saltiness, toasted bread, biscuity malts, woody, some faint leathery traces, grassy...

Taste - Again lots of vanilla oakiness and rich dark fruits, spicy hops to the fore followed by lots of toffee and caramel malt sweetness, sweet coconut, earthy notes, spicy fruits (bitter oranges (strong marmalade hints), some figs, raisins), dark muscovado sugar traces, burnt sugar, yeasty traces, herbal, some anise, toasted bread, alcohol is noticeable..

M&D - Quite sharp initially then mellows to quite a syrupy smoothness. Medium bodied... At 12% you certainly notice the alcohol - definitely one for sharing

Overall - My first brew from Firestone Walker and i wasn't disappointed. An excellent barleywine and one of the best American brews i've had... Definitely recommended although at £18 or so a bottle not something a could afford too often !!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 08:20:33 | More by mdagnew
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hermit990

Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage. 650 mL bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a mahogany color with a thin layer of a khaki-colored head which gradually recedes into a film. Some spotty patches of lacing on the glass. Slight presence of alcohol legs. A small amount of carbonation bubbles rising through the liquid.

Smell: The nose is immediately hit with a huge barrel presence - notes of oak, vanilla, coconut. This followed by some heavy, malt character - some bready notes, sweet toffee and caramel scents. Some definite alcohol presence on the back of the aroma. Smells excellent.

Taste: Big sweetness at the front of the tongue - brown sugar and dark fruits (raisin) mix well with caramel and toffee malts. This is mellowed as the barrel characteristics start to shine through, those vanilla, coconut and wood flavors of the nose come through. This fades into a breadiness, almost graham cracker flavor with a bit of earthy spiciness, and a bit of an herbal character as it warms. Some more of that alcohol coming through at the end. Very rich, deliciously sweet.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth and tongue well, medium body to it. Very smooth, velvety texture here. Some definite warming coming through the mouth and throat from the alcohol.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. Such a complex aroma and taste to this one, it's a shining example of barrel aging quality. This is one to sip, savor and experience. It can run a bit expensive ($14.99 per bomber in this area), but it's definitely worth the price tag. Pick this one up while it's available.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 04:30:54 | More by hermit990
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Evarigan

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-10-2013 01:32:55 | More by Evarigan
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Mattco

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-09-2013 18:02:06 | More by Mattco
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,265 ratings.