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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,465 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 172
Gots: 695 | 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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4.6/5  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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4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, poured into my The Bruery snifter, 2013 vintage (batch #002) , drank 10/9/13 over a glorious hour

A: 3/3 - ruby red-to-brown coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see and read through); initial frothy/creamy white head subsides into minimal/subtle 1/4 glass lacing; moderately carbonated , large alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - unfortunately, I'm not picking up a whole lot on the nose - maybe some bready-biscuity and toffee aromas but that's about it

T: 19/20 - this is where this beer shines; on the anterior tongue, there's lots of barrel-aged qualities...toffee, vanilla, coconut, rum raisan...and these flavors just blossom throughout the sip; there is a subtly sweet aftertaste that invites another sip; there are some alcohol notes but you'd never think that this one was 12.5% ABV!

M: 5/5 - moderately bodied and carbonated as expected for a high ABV barrel-aged beer

O: 10/10 - wow, just wow...FW never fails to impress and this one is no exception, I wanted to drink it fresh but I'll certainly purchase another bottle or 10 for aging/trading --> highly recommended!

TOTAL = 46/50

MNishCT77, Oct 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

BeerSnobDougie, Oct 09, 2013
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.