Rye Double DBA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Strong Ale
Ranked #11
Ranked #903
4.38 | pDev: 6.39%
Nov 19, 2022
May 16, 2016
Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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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
Rated: 4.34 by Beerbom from California

Dec 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Brolo75 from California

4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours a deep rich amber color with an off white colored head, no retention, no lacing, very little carbonation, nice array of colors when held up to the light.

A: Deep aromas of toasted coconut, vanilla, bourbon, hit of spice and rye, caramel, burnt brown sugar, oak, lots of complexity and depth, alcohol does come through especially as the beer warmed, smells amazing.

T: Taste follows the nose with bourbon, oak, toasted coconut and marshmallows, caramel, burnt brown sugar, hit of rye and spice as well as a soft chocolate note, finish is hot, alcohol comes through adding an awesome warming feeling to the beer, tastes amazing.

M: Full bodied, low carbonation, it's syrupy and thick.

O: Another world class barrel aged beer from Firestone Walker, lots of bourbon, oak, hint of rye, and some alcohol, an amazing beer to drink on a cold night as it warms the belly. For the ABV, 15%, it does drink smoother than I expected.
Dec 23, 2017
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Reviewed by gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours brown with thin head
Smells sweet
Not getting the rye
Tastes of sweet caramel malt like a Brandywine. Packs a punch at 15%.
Thin fizzy body,
Dec 22, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by Shaneb818 from California

Dec 20, 2017
Rated: 4.31 by Lucnifter from California

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 4.67 by gelasin from California

Oct 23, 2017
Rated: 4.48 by wilymobastardo from California

Sep 10, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by bcsbeer from Florida

Aug 10, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by TrojanRB from Texas

Aug 01, 2017
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
As my 900th beer, I really wish I had taken notes on this beer. All I can say is that this was one of the most fantastic smelling and tasting beer I've had. The alcohol warmth was a bit much, but the overall marshmallow sweetness, oak, and bourbon, with just a hint of lovely rye spice was just incredible. Cheers!
Jul 25, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2016 vintage; drank 7/20/16 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Semi-opaque dull orange rust appearance.

Minimal khaki head; no lace.

Oak, apricot & leather notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Apricot & oak flavors up front; faint dill pickle notes on the finish. Mild booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Too wood heavy, perhaps, but still nice.
Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by johnInLA from California

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 3.1 by Justriv from Arizona

Jun 05, 2017
Rated: 4.84 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

May 27, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

May 10, 2017
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Reviewed by aoampm from Hawaii

4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pour is an amber color just like a barleywine. A minuscule head tries to appear but it disappears immediately. Literally not head or lacing whatsoever. A tiny amount of carbonation.

Smells is superb. Caramel, tons of bourbon / whiskey, some sweet apple, plum raisin, and a nice oaky spice.

Taste is banging. The plum raisin is forefront with more boozy caramel whiskey flavors in the back. Some vanilla, brown sugar, and breaded malt is detectable.

Feel is very unique. The sheer lack of head and carbonation makes it drink like a mix of beer and wine. Hard to describe but I love it.

Overall this was an amazing beer. I love a good BA Barleywine and this really reminds me of that. I think the bottle I had really mellowed out due to the complete lack of head and almost no carbonation. Firestone kills it yet again!
Apr 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle Date: June 2016
Palate Contaminants: none

Okay, time to crack this one open.

Appearance is a slightly murky caramel color. A little bit of head that leaves some lacing as well.

Just like the color descriptor, the first smell I get is caramel. And lots of bourbon. It's sorta like a bourbon candy. A little apple as well, but maybe I'm just conflating everything with a Halloween carnival. The only knock is that alcohol is certainly detectable, even after ten months of cellaring.

This thing is rich. It's only a step down from a dram of Woodford Reserve, albeit obviously a rye. Sweet barrel, slightly smoky, moderately spicy. Plus a little bit of clover and some pecans. Some figs and dates. Scorched caramel is definitely still there. The one complaint I have is that the alcohol seems to be helping cover up even more flavors. I'll keep aging the other bottle for a little while longer.

The weight is good and moderate, and there's not a whole lot of carbonation. The aftertaste is more like a rye whiskey than a bourbon, in a reversal from the earlier order. For both the taste and the feel, the only thing dragging it down is the heat.
Apr 16, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by TmKeisySC from South Carolina

Apr 16, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Gobzilla from California

Apr 12, 2017
Rated: 4.44 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Apr 10, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania

Mar 27, 2017
Rye Double DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 99 ratings