Double Barrel Ale - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Jordan:
3.38/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A dissapointing experience in the least. Firestone "Double Barrel Ale" fails to reach its supposed high standards of artisanship. This brew is aged in 'Toasted Oak Barrels', and there is a definate woody flavor on the palate. However the thin body fails to accentuate the wood notes in a more pleasing way. This is good for change, but there remains much room for improvement.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2002 23:28:03 | More by Jordan
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3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
L: classic clear amber with big tan head of foam; head's about 1.5 inches and thick-looking but dissipates quickly; decent stick off head; not much lacing
S: musty grain; oak ... wet wood ... grain but the musty, dusty woodiness is the keynote; really sweetens at times and is fantastic but usually it's just musty wood/earth
T: toasted malt that never really sweetens; corn; grain ... there's some of the English pale ale fruitiness, too, but it's overcome by a woodiness that's both nice and not so nice because it seems to be blocking the sweet finish. yep, as it warms, more wood -- no doubt about the Firestone Walker barrel system; this thing is woody.
F: standard all around, decent
O: like a train struggling uphill and never quite making it to the top -- it's trying ... trying hard but just not quite...
DBA has some good taste and smell notes in a super-drinkable form with a nice woodiness. the barrel system is cool and different, but it's creating an English pale ale here that isn't accentuating what I love most about the EPA: sweet bread malt. there really seems to be a roadblock where everything is moving in the right direction but then suddenly it all stops ... the taste is fantastic but then just stops, no sweet finish, and it leaves you with a very dirt/earth hops taste that isn't great.
good beer. not a great beer. but Firestone Walker gets all due credit for giving us something just a bit different.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 18:34:10 | More by Premo88
Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 1,782 ratings.