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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 157
Gots: 574 | FT: 55
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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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felixljr

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-15-2012 00:26:21 | More by felixljr
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caramel colored opaque body with a frothy off white head.

Smells of caramel and butterscotch.

Slightly sweet taste, butterscotch, caramel, and light earthy and piney tones.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel.

A fantastic strong ale with pronounced flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 18:44:35 | More by Vonerichs
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12owls

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-12-2012 09:12:41 | More by 12owls
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Stevie_Janowski

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-12-2012 03:06:20 | More by Stevie_Janowski
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-12-2012 02:33:57 | More by Archemedies
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Molnar

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.1%

10-12-2012 02:08:16 | More by Molnar
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

10-12-2012 00:24:42 | More by ShemRahBoo
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally broke down and shelled out the $13 for this tonight at the COOP... Poured into my slim tulip... Short lasting tan head atop a hazy chestnut colored brew.

Nose is thick caramel... vanilla... oak.. pretty boozy with warmth.

Flavor shows sweet maltiness without becoming cloying.... very malty... toffee and vanilla caramels...

Body is fairly thick.. sticky and viscous... lower than expected carbonation lends to a nice coating mouthfeel...

Interesting... I don't think I would age it as there is so little hoppiness to balance the heavy handed malt profile.

3.5/4/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:09:45 | More by JohnGalt1
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JVan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-08-2012 13:40:29 | More by JVan
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harrymel

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Figure I'd try it. Batch 001

pours a dark copper with a sheet of light caramel foam. Smells like I'd expect - vanilla, bourbon, cherry, oak, sweet caramel, nougat and some bits of tawny porto. Flavor is sweet and nougaty with some vanilla, oak, alcohol, a little bit of bitterness and toffee. Full bodied with light, fleeting carb. A nice beer, something on the caliber of FW, but not something I'm nuts about buying a load of.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 04:29:41 | More by harrymel
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Pinche_Oso

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-08-2012 01:22:40 | More by Pinche_Oso
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Portsmouth Brewing tulip glass. Initial pour yields a thick frothy off-white head with a cloudy, dark caramel colored body. Gently swirling the glass shows off moderate lacing / bubbles sticking to the edge of the glass. Head begins to fade as the beer sits for a minute or two.

The smell is very inviting: sweet & fruity, noticeable bourbon/vanilla from the barrel aging, and a very faint grassy/bitter hop aroma. The flavor follows with a big toffee/caramel malt sweetness, lots of oak/vanilla/leather, and an expected alcoholic warming/burn. Sticky on the palate well after the beer has gone down. Thinner than I had expected in terms of the mouthfeel. Moderate to low carbonation.

Enjoyed this beer (as I have enjoyed pretty much all of their barrel aged offerings), but nothing too memorable or outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 21:41:01 | More by muttyd
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N3ptune

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2012 19:57:03 | More by N3ptune
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-07-2012 06:11:49 | More by silentjay
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srandycarter

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark fairly clear bronze. Not much head, a ring. Some spotty lace.

S - Sweet malt, almost brown sugar, a tinge of hops in the back.

T - Yum. Thick malt center, but not cloying in the least.

M - Medium to heavy, great carb, esp for the ABV. Nice Balance.

D - This beer could get me hurt.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 03:49:36 | More by srandycarter
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Glibber

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -12%

10-07-2012 02:24:00 | More by Glibber
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

10-07-2012 00:29:49 | More by monitorpop
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Holland

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: light brown, fairly clear, and a decent head even when it's poured cold. Thin layer stays and leaves some lacing.

S: bourbon, brown sugar, and some fruits

T: very sweet, but great barrel flavor. It also has a ton of brown sugar flavor, a bit of alcohol when it warms, and some sweet dark fruits like dates or figs.

M: thick but well carbonated and overall very smooth feeling.

O: not bad, but not a go to like the other barrel aged beers from FW. $16 for a bomber at Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits. Very sweet, but has great flavors. This makes it delicious but has poor drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 22:34:45 | More by Holland
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage.

A: Pours a murky dark mahogany in color with moderate amounts of white yeast particles in suspension and light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall beige head that redues to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and alcohol sweetness from the barrel aging. There are also moderate aromas of caramel malts.

T: Light amounts of caramel malt sweetness upfront followed by moderately strong flavors of vanilla and oak form the barrel aging. There are notes of bourbon.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hints of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The barrel aging likely made improvements to an already good beer - I enjoyed the strong bourbon presence. I had really high expectations for this beer and it feel just a hint shy of them but that is mostly because everything else from the brewery has been really great.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 21:04:45 | More by dbrauneis
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Piason

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-06-2012 19:47:51 | More by Piason
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metter98

New York

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer begins to warm up, aromas of caramel malts and toffee become noticeable in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has flavors of caramel malts—notes of vanilla and alcohol also become noticeable as the beer warms up. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The complex flavors of this beer make it a nice one to drink but it's not that difficult to consume because the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 13:19:49 | More by metter98
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djre4orm

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

10-04-2012 16:11:40 | More by djre4orm
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Poucher86

Maryland

5/5  rDev +17.4%

10-04-2012 13:40:02 | More by Poucher86
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Jaycase

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: dark caramel. small frothy head. lacing is minimal

s: caramel & bourbon primarily. some vanilla, coconut, dark fruit, raisin/plum.

t: caramel, vanilla, slight coconut, sweet bourbon

m: bit syrupy. medium body/carbonation.

o: Seems to be some similarity with Sucaba. Booze is not hidden at all. A good beer for sipping on a cold night.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:39:43 | More by Jaycase
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crowsoup

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-03-2012 19:25:46 | More by crowsoup
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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