Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev -1.4%
22oz into a tulip. Pours a polished red stained wood, crystal clear shellac, minor fleeting head, zero lacing.
Sweet sweet sweet aroma. As much an old ale as anything. Time touching wood is obvious. A bit solvent.
The flavor is big and expressive, massive caramel toffee sweet sweet goodness. Boozy but not hot. Long lasting complex aftertaste, evolves significantly, pleasantly. Full bodied oily slick appropriate mouthfeel.
08-02-2014 20:54:19 | More by impending
3.25/5 rDev -23.7%
This one packs quite a punch which I normally don't mind in something like a stout but this one tastes more like a liquor than beer. The taste is pretty close to that of a cognac. This is certainly more of a sipping beer than one watching a ballgame. I really wish I had a nice cigar to go along with this one.
08-01-2014 16:13:09 | More by Goalcam
3.76/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours a deep red colour, amber tinged. Head is off-white, large bubbles. Decent lacing. But a bit thin. Paradoxically though, it looks heavy overall.
Smells like oak. Vanilla, coconut, even bourbon. Smells sweet, kind of cupcake-esque, with a big bourbon hit. Yeah, cupcakes with bourbon. There's an idea. Let's talk, Firestone Walker.
Taste is coconutty. Vanilla, as well, lots of sweetness. American oak, notes of butter, with cake batter, chestnut, coconut, sweet bourbon maybe. Touch of corporeality. Not a huge amount of beer character, just tastes of sweetness with huge bourbon ageing. I like all the characters, but yeah I'd like more nuance. Just tastes like delicious barrel ageing with the beer removed.
Smooth, heavy, has a slight nip of alcohol on the back. Not bad.
Very tasty. But rating it as a beer I'm a bit torn. It's nice, but is there really much beer character left here?
08-01-2014 04:40:20 | More by laituegonflable
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
22oz bomber purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Brought back to Sydney where I shared it with Sam.
Beautiful reddish-amber colour, very clear and bright in the body. Some slightly sudsy streaking lace. Body is thick and fine, and holds wonderfully slim streams of carbonation. Looks pretty wonderful.
Nose is incredible. Oaky, bright but leavened with a sweetness that keeps it grounded and tethered. The lightness comes from the hops, which are heady, but still tied to a slightly English earthiness—they give a denseness to the beer. Really beautiful stuff.
Taste is similarly good—here, though it has a sweetness that really takes it beyond anything resembling an ESB. That's fine, but the bitterness has a hard time keeping things together. There's a oakiness towards the back that smooths over all of the oddities, but it's hard to deny that all of the weight doesn't necessarily work.
Feel is very smooth and clean, but with a slick, marble-like sweetness always providing a bit of weight.
Overall. This is nice stuff. As part of the big, intense blended anniversary ales, it's clearly a integral part. But on it's own, it's a little bit of an oddity.
07-26-2014 05:09:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.39/5 rDev +3.1%
a wonderful showcase of the bourbon barrel here. different than all the stouts and thick sticky blends they do, this is a lighter (in color and in roastiness) malt bill than a lot of their big barreled beers. i think it lets the wood and the bourbon flavors really present themselves well. english sort of grain profile to this, sweet and sappy, caramel like, and full bodied. the beer looks about right for what it claims to be, toffee colored beer with bronzed amber edges. not much head from the tap, or at least it settles down pretty quickly. tons and tons of sweet vanilla on the nose, this has very obviously spent a great deal of time resting on bourbon. a sturdy char on the barrel too helps to add depth and mellow what i cant believe isnt hot alcohol. its so well hidden here. there is even some hops in the finish of this one, more than just the requisite english bittering hops, i get a dried straw and corn husk character from them, in addition to just enough bitterness to balance some of the left over sugars in the finish of this. complex and woody, this is a great example of firestone walkers ability to barrel age beers. tons of the whiskey character comes through, and i like the coppery sweet caramel malt. a real treat to drink, it warms up well, and i think its different than what we usually expect from barleywine.
07-21-2014 16:35:59 | More by StonedTrippin
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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