Rye Double DBA | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by raynmoon on 05-16-2016

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Ranking:
#823
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
91
pDev:
6.62%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
44
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10
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3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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

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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!

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4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

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4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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.

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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

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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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.

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Photo of gcasher
4.03/5  rDev -8%
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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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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!

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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.

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4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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3.1/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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4.84/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Rye Double DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 91 ratings