Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.64/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The auburn color of this local beer fooled me! The light taste of the dark pour was surprising once it hit my palette. I expected a bitter and hoppy brew but was instead met with a light refreshing taste that complimented my oysters very nicely. You want to know how surprising? I reacted to the taste the same way I acted when Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon got together. I was like SAY WHAT!
Yum yum all the way around!
Serving type: on-tap
06-22-2013 02:27:04 | More by SweetBrown
3.95/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz boxed bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY. Hard to nail down what this style really is. It's a double version of their English Pale Ale, so they list it as a barrel-aged imperial bitter, or something like that. It tastes like an boozy English barleywine or old ale to me.
Pours a golden brown into my tulip. Heads foams up nicely, and lasts a decent amount of time.
Smells very malty, and very sweet. Lots of brown sugar, and alcohol.
Tastes great, but gets a bit cloying and tiresome if you're trying to down the bomber yourself. Tons of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, bit of tobacco. Lots of bourbon flavor comes through as the beer warms up- it becomes the dominant flavor the longer you drink it, making it slightly fatiguing. The sweetness of the bourbon is welcome for about 12 oz, then becomes cloying. I'm not saying it tastes bad- it's just bit too much of too much. Would be much better to share.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Alcohol is very noticeable. The beer has low carbonation.
Probably the least of the Proprietor's Reserve series I've tried by FW, and this is evinced by the fact it sits on the shelves much longer than Parabola, Sucaba, the anniversary ales, and Velvet Merkin. That being said, it's still a worthy candidate for a nice warming, winter drink with friends. Be careful, it'll sneak up on you quick.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2013 02:03:02 | More by GreesyFizeek
4.46/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Reserve Series No. 001, bottled 6/15/12
A - Slightly hazy amber pour with minimal head and scant lacing.
S - Toffee, oak, cherries, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel...extremely complex.
T - More toffee, oak, bourbon and butterscotch. Also tastes like marshmallows with some alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
M - Smooth, creamy and a little thin bodied with low carbonation but very drinkable for the strength.
O - A complex, highly drinkable barleywine/strong ale. This was bottled 365 days ago, so I imagine some heat has come off this guy now. Very tasty and worth a try for you barrel-aged fiends. Go grab one if you can. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2013 04:47:53 | More by Hatzilla
4.26/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2012 vintage, No. 001. 22 oz bomber into a Founders 15th anny glass.
A - Pours a dark red body that is somewhat clear save for a great deal of floaties in the last pour. Really not much of a head to speak of. An initial fingers worth of tan foam fades away quickly to some thin edging. Minimal lacing.
S - The aroma reminds me a lot of Founders Boltcutter. Just a lightly hopped barrel aged barleywine/DIPA hybrid sort of thing. Rich caramel, toffee, biscuits and figs go right into some quasi-grapefruit/piney hops. Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar briefly on the end before it all gets consumed by a wall of ethanol.
T - The taste is very similar to the nose. Toffee and caramel central with some faded hops and a really nice barrel presence of butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is very noticeable but in a somewhat masochistic fashion. It impedes drinkability but half way into the beer I find myself enjoying its smooth burn. The finish really is fantastic. Mouth feel is a bit thin with low carbonation which suits the beer well enough.
O - I did not expect the beer to feel this massive. The booze is incredibly noticeable. Like a barrel aged old ale with a huge fruit presence but not as heavy. I wasn't totally sold initially but I really warmed up to it. Its very unique against the masses of BA barley wines out on the market. BA Imperial Bitter...go figure!
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2013 05:09:24 | More by davey101
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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