Rye Double DBA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
15%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 6.39%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
100
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Dec 05, 2022
Added:
May 16, 2016
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  39
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Rated: 4.42 by BAsbill from California

Dec 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Nov 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Aug 17, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Vintage 2016 (were there other vintages of this?)

This one pours a murky dark orange color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This one smells like dark fruit, raisin bread, caramel, rye, oak, and some definite oxidation.

This is definitely a little bit over the hill, but it's still drinking decently well. There is some definite oxidation here, a bit of sherry and fruity sweetness, but also definitely cardboardy. There's some good barrel here - rye and caramel and vanilla and oak, with the typical caramel and breadiness you expect from this beer.

This is medium bodied, with a lower carbonation. It's a pretty slow sipper.

I wish I had tried this maybe 3 years ago, but I'm still happy to have tried it nonethless.
Jun 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.56 by cd34 from Illinois

Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Eziel from Ohio

May 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.41 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Apr 07, 2019
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Rated by sd123 from Georgia

4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
2016 bottle drank in Feb 2019
Mar 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.9 by grapeshops from California

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
(2016 bottle, shared between 3 people... poured into shaker pints - - what we were given at restaurant)

Hazy, reddish amber liquid; little foam on pour, didn't last... toasty, thick melanoidin-crusty graininess; perfumy, vaguely solvent strong booze; hint of rich candy caramel... rye-wine: barleywine-like foundation; flowery essences, raisin and dried pear fruitiness, bit of red grape juice blend; caramel weaves nicely within fruity flavors, chewy-crusty bread and malt sits not far back... like drinking brandy - smooth, lightly slick, tapered; little carbonation, but fizz wasn't necessary... setting and glassware were naturally not quite appropriate, but the beer has a brash, vinous character that seemed to fit in well with the food and conversation
Nov 25, 2018
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Huge thanks to rawfish for handing this to me unprovoked in a dimly lit parking lot. I find the nicest people in dark places after drinking. 22 oz. both dated 2016 shared with my lovely wife.

The pour is murky amber. The nose runs hot & lovely: spices, rye, coconut, vanilla. Wonderful.

Rye Double DBA is hotter than that shower scene in Starship Troopers. Almost. Booming booziness up front is followed by a gorgeous shot of rye, spicy & sharp. Toffee, vanilla, balsa wood, light sweet bread. Full & a touch harsh, even at 2 ½ years of age. Oh so drinkable. Despite the obvious alcohol, this is a delight to swill.

Normally it bothers me when I can’t taste the base beer, but here, who cares? Another barrel aged triumph from Firestone Walker. Thanks again Kevin, you’re a gem!
Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by Docrock from Illinois

Oct 13, 2018
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Rip Current 8-oz. beer glass
From: Barrelworks in Buellton, Calif.
Price: $29.99
Purchased: June 1, 2018
Consumed: June 22, 2018
Reviewed as: American Strong Ale
Misc.: 2016 release (bottled in May); Black foil wrapping on neck

Picked this up on a stop at Barrelworks on my way to the 2018 Firestone Invitational. Was psyched to see a 22-oz. Firestone bottle still for sale, but not for the $29.99 price. Later found out that was the original price, so not as mad about. One description I found online read, “Seeing Double? Folks, we introduce you to Rye Double DBA. What is this beast, you ask? Well it’s our Double DBA oaked for a second time in rye barrels. Clocking in at a whopping 15% abv, this beer is not for the faint of heart.” Was expecting good things from it.

Poured a copper/garnet surprisingly clear color with two fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Lots of fast-moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good spotty lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled toffee, caramel, butterscotch, leather, fig, raisin, dates, oak, maple syrup, brown sugar, rye whiskey, vanilla, coconut, milk chocolate and dark cocoa. (Smell - 4.50)

No hiding that 15 pct. on the taste. Damn. Got toffee, caramel, spicy rye whiskey, leather, fig, raisin, date, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, toasted oak, milk chocolate, coconut, plum, dark fruit, brownie batter and liquid fudge with nuts. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

Just a really good beer. Lovely. Can’t believe how boozy it is still two years later. (Overall - 4.25)

4.31 | 96 | A
Jul 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.63 by needMIbeer from Virginia

Apr 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by crobinso from Colorado

Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.21 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2018
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Reviewed by Avitra from California

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
As good a beer as any. very balanced. Not too sweet, not too hoppy. even the taste is a perfect combination of chocolate, vanilla on the one side, but also pineapple and peach on the other. 15% but definitely not too boozy. very drinkable. this is the kind of combination I am always looking for and which makes a top 10 beer.
Feb 25, 2018
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Reviewed by emyers from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 bottle poured into snifter.

Cloudy dark amber with a thin off white head

Nose: Rye whiskey, oak, fruity esters up front. Quite a bit of depth with bourbon-soaked raisin, vanilla.

Taste: Rye whiskey and caramel dominate. Finishes sweet with bready malt and alcohol heat.

Full-bodied, medium carbonation for the style
Feb 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by brianmandell from California

Jan 18, 2018
Rye Double DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 100 ratings