Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.69/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Extremely close to perfection. Hard to compare this beer to others, as it stands alone in taste and quality. I have had this beer on a nitro tap at the brewery and also out of the bottle. A strong beer for an ale, with a definite taste of alcohol strength. The texture is silky, especially out of the nitro-tap, with a bone white head and an amber color.
The taste is fantastic, with a wine-like quality. One of my all-time favorite beers.
Serving type: nitro-tap
09-01-2013 20:52:25 | More by Matthew_Taylor
4.25/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bomber to a snifter.
A: Poured a darker amber with no head. Little carbonation.
S: Lots of toffee/caramel malt. Oaky vanilla. Boozy sweetness.
T: The taste follows the nose really well. Big barrel characteristics at the front, then transitions to sweet bready, vanilla, caramel/toffee malt, some booziness.
M: Medium bodied. For 12%, its light on the tongue and goes down smooth. Fairly sweet beer but definitely well balanced compared to other 12% beers like it.
Overall a great beer. Balanced very well and no one flavor is dominant. The flavors also change nicely throughout.
Serving type: bottle
08-26-2013 06:48:22 | More by Joshpu
4.56/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 vintagte, poured into 22oz snifter; deep ruby/garnet/brownish with a fizzy cream-colored head that fades after a bit into a spotty ring of foam. Leaves lovely spidery lacing as it goes.
Smell is dark fruit, booze, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, oak, bourbon, raisin...awesome. Taste is big and sweet; sweet crackery malt over sweet cherries, golden raisins, toffee and caramel, oak and vanilla and bourbon barrel character, slight booze at the end but incredibly hidden for 12%.
Mouthfeel is smooth, wet and full. Glorious.
Overall, I can definitely see why this is classified on here as a barleywine (which is apparently what ESBs turn into when they evolve). The barrel aging has sapped any bitterness this beer once had, turning into a dark, sweet, sipping pleasure.
Serving type: bottle
08-25-2013 02:47:59 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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