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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,445
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 174
Gots: 692 | FT: 75
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Zorora, Oct 22, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, black wine seal enclosure, capped bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks to doktorzee for extracting this from SoCal for me.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one hefty finger of bubbly, weakly frothy beige head, which leaves some spectral wave splash lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of acrid grainy whisky barrel staves, sweet toffee, caramel nougat, and treacle-tinted malt, some earthy, gritty vegetal essence, a bit of buttered biscuit, vanilla extract, brown sugar syrup, and some mildly bitter citrus cream and piney hops. The taste is more malt sweetness up front - caramel candy, biscuity toffee, molasses - followed by a prominent vanillan oakiness, a hint of cinnamon, mixed, understated black fruit, a tame sugary nuttiness, still mild citrus and pine notes, and a sort of red wine alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are pretty well stamped down, out for the count, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and fairly squishy in its rampant smoothness - or is that just an awkward creaminess? It finishes still sweet, sure, but tempered enough by the wood, hops, and alcohol to make a serious go of this.

One tasty, complex, and strong version of the style, among the last that I'd suspect to come out of this brewing region, what with their predilection for West Coast hop-pimpin'. Robust, thick, and rather enjoyable, the big-ass ABV well ingrained and generally obfuscated. A nice warm-up for a night on the local arts and lit scene with international sex pundit Dan Savage, methinks.

biboergosum, Oct 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

brycevolk, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Amill1046, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger of rather fizzy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a good level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is huge of sweetness with tons of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. Along with these smells are some more sweet doughy and bready smells as well as a light amount of the oak due to the oak barrel ageing. Rounding it all out was a light boozy smell, overall giving the brew a rather warming smell.

Taste – The taste is just as the nose would have suggested, starting out with a hugely sweet flavor of caramel, and toffee. Along with these tastes was a doughy and bready taste. A brown sugar flavor comes to the tongue more toward the middle, with a bit of a oaky flavor coming to the tongue. The sweet flavors fade ever so slightly toward the end of the taste with a little bit of a boozy taste coming to the tongue. While a boozy taste comes to the tongue at the end, it is minimal in comparison to the 12 % abv of the brew, in the end leaving a warming, smooth and sweet bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thick body and low carbonation really help make this a slow sipper and really accentuate all the big sweet flavors of the brew.

Overall – A big and sweet brew with a nice warming and smooth feel. A nice slow sipper.

Darkmagus82, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Greigh, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Rekrule, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

IronTom, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Vegasbeer, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

wesside89, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

hikeeba, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

BColton1, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Fluteswell, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Gotti311, Oct 16, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was purchased this year and a 2012 Vintage.

The beer comes in a slightly light reddish brown color with a light white ring around it.

The aroma is really lovely. It has sweet caramel and toffee, a punch of coconut, oak, brown sugar sweetness with not much alcohol. The initial hit is of straight up Scotch with peaty notes and tons of sweet oak character.

The flavor follows with barrels, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, coconut, but carried by light brown sugar and caramel and molasses. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. The finish cleans off nicely without the sweetness lingering too long. The beer has a medium body that drinks smoothy with a bit of carbonation.

This beer really drinks very easily. The alcohol is not there for a 12% beer. It has a lighter sweetness than that dark, rich toffee sweet barleywine. It does a wonderful job for those who find those beers too big and would like to try something that turns things a bit down into more subtle complexity.

dar482, Oct 16, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep rich amber with a nicely formed one and a half finger off white head atop,great rich clarity and color to this beer.Darf fruit,vanilla,and sweet acohol dominate the nose,some toasted oak is there as well,smells like a booze bomb.Sweetness is the main flavor component of this beer,sweet dark fruit and bourbon notes mixed with more vanilla and jet fuel-like booze.Wow a little to much boozy sweetness for me,I wanna stay awake to see the Tigers beat the ugly beards!

oberon, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

MarvinSnyder, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Dmbphoenix, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

hAle2theWort, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Elfastball7, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Moses_Malone, Oct 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

jtladner, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

wonothesane42, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

mattsander, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

Rick778, Oct 11, 2013
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,445 ratings.