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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,583 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,583
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 169
Gots: 748 | FT: 84
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SammyJaxxxx, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

FCal79, Oct 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

nick_asian, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

ilikebeer03, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white head that almost completely disappears with no lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate. There are also notes of toffee, burnt sugar, and booze.

T: similar to the aroma, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, burnt sugar, and bourbon dominate. There are some sweet bread flavors as well before a moderately boozy finish.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky or watery.

O: a great beer overall. Lots of great bourbon notes.

n2185, Oct 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kayaker, Oct 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

rct, Oct 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Ysgard, Oct 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

facesnorth, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of StuporJew
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After getting loads of crap from my local distributor, who failed to get the case of this beer allocated to my store, to my store(!), I had a buddy kind enough to swap an extra bottle to help ease my sorrows. Normally I would sit on a beer like this for at least a year... I failed in that regard. Poured from the bottle into my DFH tulip.

A - Pours a clear, rust orange, with little head that shows decent retention.
Lacing is almost non-existant from sip to sip, which is disappointing,
but the carbonation is very visible, so there's hope there.

S - BOOZE. Lots of it. There are HINTS of caramel, toffee, and light malt notes,
but the ABV and the barrel take over the nose for the most part. Letting it warm up made the booze even more apparent. Age would have done this one some good, it seems... Oh well. I was weak! Live and learn, I suppose.

T - Cheese and crackers! The taste is leaps and bounds above what the smell would lead you to expect. Creme Brûlée, coconut, peaty scotch notes, and even a hint of pineapple.... If a Pina Colada had sex with a 15-year Scotch barrel, I'm pretty sure it would taste somewhat like this. The malt serves to hold the whole thing together, and the hops add only the slightest hint of herbs and acidity. I will hoard as much of this next year as I can get my hands on! (And that's not how I roll... but I will make an exception.) There is a good bit of heat on the palate from the ABV, which builds the more you sip this monster, but honestly, I don't find that to be a flaw with this beer.

M - Light, creamy, and slick. The carbonation makes almost no appearance here, but the overall body of this beer is still pretty decent. The booziness is still there,
but doesn't punch the palate. It's warm... but in a "Geez, I wish I was sitting by a fire pit, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, huddled up with my lady under a bigass blanket, and sipping on some of this stuff" sort of way. Yeah. Longest run-on sentence ever.

O - I was thoroughly impressed with this beer, and given the chance, would fist fight Russell Crowe for another bottle. Great stuff, although I still liked Parabola (And Cockeyed Cooper, to name another BA beer I LOVED) a little better. Glad I had the chance to sip it....

Cheers!

StuporJew, Oct 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Yeti1979, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Abrahammer, Oct 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Zorora, Oct 22, 2013
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
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%

brycevolk, Oct 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Amill1046, Oct 21, 2013
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -0.7%

Greigh, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Rekrule, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

IronTom, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Vegasbeer, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

wesside89, Oct 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

hikeeba, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 1,583 ratings.