Rye Double DBA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by raynmoon on 05-16-2016

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Ratings:
69
Reviews:
18
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
6.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 69 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of john0721
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Justriv
3.1/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Hallertau
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aoampm
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of Zythophile
4.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of TmKeisySC
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Do not know if I have ever had an imperial ESB. But wow is this delicious. Nice sweet, taste with a big bourbon finish. Works well with the rye though. Nice smooth mouthfeel

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Photo of Bammer21
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: poured light brown / clearing brown with a lot of lilting carbonated bubbles (like soda) that disappeared fast. Now it looks still with no carbonation, looks like whiskey. Big alcohol legs on his one....again looks like whiskey
S: huge whiskey, smoke and char with sugar sweetness to cut the booze.
T: smooth whisky and barrel, fairly sweet. This is so much different than any other beer. This is like the best sipping whiskey you could ever dream of. This does not taste like beer at all. This is really good if you like Barrel and whiskey like me, but this is so far from any other beer I've had.
F: so smooth and easy drinking. Crazy this is 15%! If it was thicker I'd give it a 5. But this is scary smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of Houser
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eddiehop
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2016 vintage bottled in 5/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium ruby red/light copper color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lacing eventually. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining a thin cap. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, coconut, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, and apple; with light notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, almond, molasses, butterscotch, and yeast/oak earthiness. A fair amount of booze in the aromas as it warms. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, rye whiskey barrel, and moderate fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, coconut, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, date, cherry, apricot, and apple; with light notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, fudge, almond, molasses, butterscotch, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate rye whickey/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toasted oak, spicy rye whiskey, coconut, brown bread, dark fruit, apricot, apple, light cocoa/fudge, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, rye whiskey barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt and rye whiskey/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from rye whiskey/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, fairly tannic, and lightly slick/syrupy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is fairly well hidden; pleasantly warming, and not too boozy. Overall this is an outstanding barrel aged English barleywine! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, rye whiskey barrel, and moderate fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Huge on the rye barrel presence, but still has impressive balance; and is not too tannic, drying, or boozy. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to eyebereej for this bottle! Handed to me on the way out of our epic tasting, and cracked open shortly thereafter. Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Hazy bronze to brown, and becomes more hazy after getting some of the yeast sediment in the bottom of bottle in the glass. A thin off-white head disappears quickly, and has minimal visible carbonation.

S: Big toffee, oak, and vanilla. Some liquor as well - it comes across as bourbon, but I’m honestly not sure if this is "Rye" in the sense of rye malts or a rye barrel. There's sweet malts, and a bit of dark fruits, and some fruity yeast esters.

T: Toffee, sweet malts, and rye whiskey. The big oakiness lends dryness and vanilla along with the woody tannins. Some fruity esters as well, with brown sugar sweetness and the lightly toasted malts. Mild spices and raisiny fruitiness. It finishes with malt sweetness, more brown sugar and whiskey.

M: Medium to heavy body, with low carbonation sensation. The alcohol is quite noticeable but stops short of detracting.

O: This rather drank like a barleywine. I'm a bit confused by the label - not only was a not certain which "Rye" the label was referring to, the label implied that was a Special Bitter. It shared no characteristics with an ESB while drinking, and getting on here I see that's not how it's listed. So the labeling could use some help. But it was a tasty enough beer for sure.

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Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

02/05/2017

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Photo of Duffman79
4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of von_kaiser
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Rye Double DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 69 ratings.
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