Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,639
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 170
Gots: 773 | FT: 91
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 06-16-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch No. 001, Bottled on: 06/15/2012

Pours a hazy garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, bourbon, oak, and caramel.

Tastes of sweet malts with some bourbon notes. Lead off with soft caramel and toasted bread notes leading into some oak and vanilla notes. This then leads into some creamy dark fruits with cherries, figs, and dates. Has a bit of a cream sherry type feel to it. An earthy bitterness comes through and rounds things out a bit. Ends with a bit of booze.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is tasty, but it needs a bit more bitterness to round it out. I might've sat on it too long.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to a snifter, 2013 vintage, batch 002

Pours a cloudy amber with a half finger of beige colored foam. Moderate carbonation stemming from the sides and center. Lots of suspended yeast float around, little retention and lacing. This honestly isn't a great looking beer

Smells of roasted toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits and alcohol. All comes together pretty well and manages to be fairly complex. Very reminiscent of sucaba, very easy on the nose

Taste is close with the nose- strong toasted toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. There's quite a bit going on here but still needs some work coming together, should really improve with some age

Feel is smooth and creamy, thick and rich. Alcohol is concealed well, this would be really drinkable if it wasn't my third beer already today. Going to have to take this guy slow

Overall really good, can't wait to see this develop over the years

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rodlavers
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage split three ways with dad and brother. Been saving this for a special occasion and we're close enough to Thanksgiving.

Caramel toffee color, no real head at all, some decent legs, a bit of sediment, fairly transparent for a beer with 18 months on it.

Rich aromas of toffee, vanilla, molasses, almond, caramel, bourbon and oak. Fantastically complex but well-balanced. Flavors are very similar indeed, but more pronounced with a distinct syrupy sweetness that is not as present I the aroma.

Feel is smooth but probably more carbonated when fresh. Smooth texture, thick and syrupy.

Overall this is a fantastic beer, much much better than just DBA. The bourbon and oak here are superb. Tastes great with age on it. Cheers.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Split a 22 oz bomber with my little brother at a family gathering. Poured into two pint glasses. Great dark cream soda look with a 2 finger head that lingered for a while.

Smell was buttery, maybe some vanilla, but to me it smelled a lot like blue cheese. Not sure what combination of compounds it was, but most of the nose was blue cheese, which was okay but a little off-putting.

However, the taste was amazing. I've never had a beer quite like it. Much more of the bourbon and butterscotch in the taste and incredibly drinkable, given the high abv. Carbonation was low which was good because this beer would have seemed strange if it was fizzy.

Overall a great beer that I wish I hadn't shared. :)

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jwale73
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Dave for breaking this one out. Pours a mahogany hue with no head; just a thin band around the shoulders. Nose expresses ethanol, toffee and buttery notes. Taste consistent with nose - buttery and malty. Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with an easy carbonation and a slight oiliness. Overall, I'm very impressed with this brew. I didn't really know what to expect, but I found this quite enjoyable - not something I would recommend for extended cellaring, however.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,639 ratings.