Rye Double DBA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,294
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
81
pDev:
6.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 81 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of brianmandell
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerbom
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of gcasher
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber
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,

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Photo of Shaneb818
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucnifter
4.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gelasin
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of wilymobastardo
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcsbeer
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrojanRB
3.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of john0721
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Justriv
3.1/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Hallertau
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aoampm
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
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 +3.6%
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 +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.44/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.21/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lupercmda
4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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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Rye Double DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.39 out of 5 with 81 ratings