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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,448
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 174
Gots: 692 | FT: 74
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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

DarrenStory, Jul 27, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 poured from a bottle into a teku.

A - Deep red amber, very little head.

S - Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, cotton candy, raisin bread, hint of nutmeg, alcohol.

T - Caramel, burnt toffee, slightly bitter (not as bitter as one might think being a "special bitter"), raisin, bready, cinnamon, little bit of candy apple, nutmeg, sweet syrup.

M - Not as carbonated as I'd like, feels flat/watery.

O - Really sweet. A tasty beer, a little less bitter than I'd prefer being an "Imperial Special Bitter." Really not carbonated enough. I'd like to put it down for a year and see how it matures.

LaneMeyer, Jul 27, 2013
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MrDave, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Baab200, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Eazy28, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2013
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MattXT, Jul 18, 2013
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JakeDebus, Jul 14, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It has been some time since I have written a full review. The beer I am drinking now has inspired me to return to the art of the beer review. I had a bottle of this when it was released...eh? Few times has aging a beer resulted in such beneficial returns. The appearance is a lovely garnet color, and rather clear. Some lacing is left by the rather light tan head. Aroma is interesting, the barrel has faded almost completely and what is left is a port like quality. Kind of fig like dried fruit thing. The flavor pops. Smooth. There is still barrel in the flavor. Fruity, caramel, toffee, all of the great flavors you would expect from an English strong ale. Oh wait this is an American strong ale? Who listed it as such? The surprise of this beer is that it is soft, balanced, and meshes with itself. Not cloying, not sweet, really great. This beer is full on the palate, it does not burn, it is not cloying. Remember this ale is around a year old now.

pmlondrigan, Jul 13, 2013
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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Double DBA pours a dark caramel ruby color with a small but thick ecru head. A bit of webbed lace sticks down the side of the glass.

The aroma has a bit of the English Bitter aroma to it. Peat, roasted malt, raisin, brown suar, earthy notes and a bit of booze hit my nose.

The flavor has a lot of sweet caramel and brown sugar up front. Vanilla, woody and earth notes, peat, caramel malt, and a touch of alcohol compose the flavor. The taste does not change over the course of the sip but has a nice complexity to it. There is a charred brown sugar flavor that overlays the whole flavor.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich, with a smooth and creamy carbonation. There is a bit of fusel alcohol flavor. It is sticky on the lips.

This is a very good beer; I can see why Firestone uses it for their anniversary beers. The alcohol flavor would fade with proper aging, and there is a good amount of flavor, smoothness, and depth of character to the beer itself.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 07, 2013
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Rau71, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

JoninVT, Jul 05, 2013
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,448 ratings.