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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,627
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 173
Gots: 762 | FT: 90
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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4.71/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head that sticks around.

S: Smells like bourbon and vanilla, primarily. There's some coconut in there as well as some fruits I can't identify.

T: Follows the nose (especially the oak), with added notes of toffee, caramel, and toasted almonds. Excellent. Finishes with a little bit of hoppiness, but not too much. Oak and vanilla flavors stick around for the finish. Very well-balanced.

M: Thick and full bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Little bit of alcohol on the back end.

O: A very well done barleywine. Firestone really knows how to barrel-age beers, and alongside Sucaba and Parabola this holds up very well. Not as deliciously sweet as Sucaba, but this is still an outstanding beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Caramel with a brilliant red tone that comes through when held up to the sunlight.

S: Toffee, toasted coconut, vanilla, and a very faint, saison-like funk.

T: Following from the smell, an initial hit of toffee and light vanilla followed by a subtle sour apple flavor and finishing with the taste of a strong, English bitter mixed with a bit of bourbon.

M: Syrupy but not cloying.

O: A great beer that transforms from a barleywine to a bitter in your mouth.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Firestone's Double Double DBA came in 3rd in my recent beer tasting of Firestone Walker's top beers. Out of the seven BA guys we had at the tasting, Double Double DBA got a 5 from one taster for look, smell, taste, mouthfeel and overall. It scored and average of 4.19 from all the judges.

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4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75


Couldn't believe I was able to find this at a bar for $19, so I got a whole bottle to myself and had a very good night.

It poured a beautiful dark caramel color, with faint traces of beautiful frothy white bubbles. No head, just an outline of white around the glass.
The smell was intense. It was sex. This explodes with toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. It's like backwoods bastard on crack. Couldn't believe the aroma I was getting. Perfect.

The expectation on the taste was raised very high due to the incredible nose I got on this, and the flavors exceeded those expectations. Coconut, caramel, oak, vanilla, booze, just a sweet beer. I can still remember the taste even a week after having it.

Overall, if you've had founders backwoods bastard, and sweet repute, this is almost like a hybrid between those two flavors. Insanely good.

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4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light apricot color in a snifter. 1/2F head.

The aroma wafted from the glass: a very strong toffee aroma.

Mouth Feel: very carbonated, which transitions well into the taste.

The taste is rich toffee, with some butterscotch(?). The strong alcoholic finish works well with the taste- there is a very pronounced alcoholic bitterness accompanied by a smoothness in the palate.

overall: an excellent beer. Worth cellaring.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep amber, almost brown, not much carbonation or head.

S-Oak, bourbon, caramel, toffee. Some grassy notes

T-Very malt forward. Oak and bourbon as well. Caramel and toffee. Slight bitterness.

M-Medium in body, slight carbonation.

O-A good beer, nothing special. Age improved it some.

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4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on my 2013 for a few months. An unseasonably cold night like tonight seemed the perfect time to pour it. Bomber into a snifter:

A – Refractive, amber brown with a slight head and reasonable amount of lacing. Nice clarity.

S – Strong vanilla and toffee, with an enticing mélange of plum, raisin, lemon zest, and oak and pipe tobacco. Not as robust as something like the BCBBW, but nicely forthright. Rich but unadorned.

T – Caramel and toffee, coffee and figs. A little lemon tartness, but mostly stewed fruit and vanilla bourbon notes. Also, just a hint of bitterness in the back end. Like every other Reserve Series ale I’ve tried, the barrel-aging has accented a strong, flavorful base in a way that adds some pleasing hotness and decadent bourbon notes without overwhelming.

M – Stings just the right amount, with a heavy, sticky feel that lingers on the tongue and cheeks.

O - This is a bloody treat. With this, Sucaba, and Parabola (and to a lesser extent, Velvet Merkin), I’m coming to the conclusion that FW is incapable of a subpar barrel-aged beer.

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,627 ratings.