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Double Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,727
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.86%
Wants: 191
Gots: 837 | FT: 102
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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bomber to a snifter.

A: Poured a darker amber with no head. Little carbonation.

S: Lots of toffee/caramel malt. Oaky vanilla. Boozy sweetness.

T: The taste follows the nose really well. Big barrel characteristics at the front, then transitions to sweet bready, vanilla, caramel/toffee malt, some booziness.

M: Medium bodied. For 12%, its light on the tongue and goes down smooth. Fairly sweet beer but definitely well balanced compared to other 12% beers like it.

Overall a great beer. Balanced very well and no one flavor is dominant. The flavors also change nicely throughout.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintagte, poured into 22oz snifter; deep ruby/garnet/brownish with a fizzy cream-colored head that fades after a bit into a spotty ring of foam. Leaves lovely spidery lacing as it goes.
Smell is dark fruit, booze, toffee, caramel, burnt sugar, vanilla, oak, bourbon, raisin...awesome. Taste is big and sweet; sweet crackery malt over sweet cherries, golden raisins, toffee and caramel, oak and vanilla and bourbon barrel character, slight booze at the end but incredibly hidden for 12%.
Mouthfeel is smooth, wet and full. Glorious.
Overall, I can definitely see why this is classified on here as a barleywine (which is apparently what ESBs turn into when they evolve). The barrel aging has sapped any bitterness this beer once had, turning into a dark, sweet, sipping pleasure.

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4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a standard glass.

Appearance: (4.75)
Pours a beautiful, deep, almost glowing amber with vibrant highlights of scarlet throughout the body as sunlight strikes the glass. A 2 fingers tall, fluffy, light tan head quickly forms. For the beer's high ABV, the head lasts a surprising amount of time. As the head slowing recedes, it leaves little to no lacing behind.

Aroma: (4.5)
Immediately you're struck by the rich coconut that I'm learning to expect of Firestone Walker's barrel aged beer. Underneath this huge, woodsy coconut aroma are some subtle underlying notes of vanilla and cherry. As the beer starts to warm, some of the original DBA notes start to surface; rich toffee, caramel as well as a streak of orange marmalade from the delicate, lightly floral hops. For 12.5% ABV, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well.

Taste: (4.5)
Very similar to the aroma; immediately as you take your first sip, you are hit with that trademark Firestone barrel character of sweet coconut. Behind the barrel, there are subtle floral, grassy hop undertones. Like in the original DBA, the hops are very orange marmalade like. Before the slightly bitter off dry finish, your palate is kissed with a flash of fig that quickly transitions to a lightly chewy, sweet backbone of toffee and caramel malt. Huge lingering notes of more orange marmalade and sweet breads. There is a gigantic barrel character in the finish; rich coconut, vanilla, almonds and a moderate tannin presence. As the beer warms, a light alcohol presence surfaces.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. For it's ABV, it is very drinkable and very light.

Overall: (4.5)
As usual, Firestone knocks it out of the park with this beer. They took their flagship beer, DBA(Double Barrel Ale), doubled the recipe and aged in a mix of neutral oak and mixed spirit barrels. What comes out of these barrels, is a bit of an anomaly; Im not sure how Firestone managed to take a 12.5% 'Imperial Special Bitter' and still have it drink like a heavy ESB, with out it even verging into English Barleywine territory. This beer isn't their most complex Barrel Aged beer, but it certainly drinks the easiest. The low profile malts really allow the barrels to shine. I can't say I've had something quite like this. Bravo, Firestone.

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10oz pour into a goblet.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a touch of orange. Minimal head from the pour that doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Initial aroma of booze and fermented malts. Great oak characteristic. Dark fruits permeate the brew. Very enticing.

T: Such a finely crafted beer. Has the barley wine flavors one would expect with an extra dose of oak and booze. Dark fruits and malts similiar to the aroma.

M: Smooth and velvety mouthfeel. Full bodied with somewhat low carbonation. For being such a high ABV it's not too hot.

Overall a really good barleywine I would recommend in a heartbeat. Barrel qualities really shine. A must have for any fan of barley wines or oak aging.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 1,727 ratings.