Rye Double DBA
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #19
Ranked #1,185
4.39 | pDev: 6.38%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Rye Double DBARye Double DBA
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SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cola dark brown with a soft hazy head. Smell is crystal malt roastiness, maple-caramel-nuttiness, capped off by robust rye barrel spice and vanilla. Taste is rich praline notes with a molasses boldness and rye spice. Very dessert-y, dense and rich, without being syrupy. Feel is smooth and dense, allowing the palate to savor the nuances for a good measure of time. Great beer, and a very nice variation of the regular Double DBA. A great showcase of rye barreling.

Aug 09, 2016
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MadManMatt from California

4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am new to beer advocate and a bit new to beer in general so I will give this the best go I can. I picked up four of these bad boys at the Firestone Walker brewery in Paso Robles at 10am along with at least 200 other beer maniacs just like me. Please note that I pulled this from the beer fridge at about 40 degrees.

LOOK: I'm shining my iPhone light through it and I see a thick honey like amber. It's a beautiful color really, and is a far cry from the reds of Abacus and the almost deep blackness of Parabola. There is almost no head at all to this beer and it seems to sit flat, almost looking like honey in my snifter. I don't see much red in it just brown and amber. I was hoping for a little head to the pour hence the 3.5.

SMELL: I'm new to this so don't judge me if this sounds silly, but this is what I smell: Right when I pop the top I bring it up to my nose and inhale deeply. I immediately sense deep dark chocolate, a hint of caramel and even vanilla. There is definitely that big boozy heavy hit of these world class brews. I put the snifter to my nose and inhale over and over again: brandy or burbon, rye, more chocolate, something red that I can't quite place. Cinnamon. More vanilla. When you inhale deeply it almost burns my sinuses. Such a glorious smell to this god send of a brew.

TASTE: Big booze. The first sip is a surprise, strong, heavy and thick like honey diluted with Stickee Monkey. Vanilla, Chocalate, more big booze. Going down it burns the first time and is warm to the throat and belly with each sip and swallow. There are other flavors too, but my nose is not yet trained enough to pick them up, but I love it. I take another sip and let it linger on my taste buds: Big booze, syrup of a sort, maybe even a tiny hint of cinnamon. I love it.

FEEL: As noted very smooth, but it burns the first time swallowing and then rounds out to a deep inner warmth. 30 seconds after my last sip I have this warm calmness about me brought about by the feel of this brew. Light carbonation, feels like diluted, but bubbly syrup. When it lingers on the tongue the heat of the alcohol can almost have a little burn to it.

OVERALL: Good God almighty, these maniacs have once again blown me away. I want to say right now that this is steal beaten hands down by Parabola, Stickee Monkey and Sucaba, all of which are heavenly. But if you need something new that is different from the other world class beers from Firestone Walker, take as many people as you can to Venice, Beullton or the 805 and get as many as you can, but do not try to drink this monster by yourself unless you have a lot of time on your hands or you can handle this much alcohol. 15% ABV and 650 ML is enough to make me silly. Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, you are a godsend to this planet. Please keep making brews such as this. If all you can get is Parabola or Sucaba, don't feel bad, but if you have the $30.00 and are within 5 hours of FW go and get this beer NOW!!

Jun 05, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.97/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - dark brown mahogany clear color with a off white head that dissipates quick and therefore doesn't leave much lacing
S - HUGE caramel toffee vanilla, some Rye bite, bourbon, oak, figs, raisins, milk chocolate (mild), butterscotch, toasted coconut
T - big caramel, toffee, vanilla, then Rye whiskey, bourbon, oak, bites a little bit, nice alcohol flavor given the 15%abv, toasted coconut, mild butterscotch
M - big beer. Alc present but appropriate. Aftertaste is caramel, toffee, vanilla.
O - jesus. When I think about perfection this beer will now come to mind. It's insane. It's like listening to Rush, driving a capable Jeep through 3 feet of mud, or sex with a petite brunette with attributes, but in beer form...

Sep 01, 2016
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aoampm from Hawaii

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!

Apr 21, 2017
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

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

May 10, 2017
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johnInLA from California

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

Jun 17, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Feb 10, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
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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bcsbeer from Florida

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

Aug 10, 2017
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
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
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

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

Feb 06, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 16, 2016
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
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
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emyers from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Feb 06, 2017
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oline73 from Maryland

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

Feb 10, 2017
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IrishColonial from Texas

4.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 23, 2016
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Gobzilla from California

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

Apr 12, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Feb 11, 2017
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tbone1384 from Wyoming

4.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 02, 2016
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KevSal from California

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Double DBA 2014 aged for an additional 14 months in rye whiskey barrels, makin. it a whopping 15%, up from 12.

poured into a fw glencairn

looks amazing, immense dark orange hue. small ring of bubbles.
nose is big dba, malts, bourbon and rye whiskey, a bit subdued.
luckily it note only follows the nose but pops with flavor! big bourbon and vanilla, sweet malts, peppery rye finish. very flavorful!
feel is thick, big body and some alch, not as much as I was expecting honestly, most of the tingle is the rye
overall this is excellent! I wish the limit was higher on this guy. but being brewery only at a hefty $30 a bottle, I'm not sure it's worth the extra price tag over the already great regular dba, but it sure tasty!

Sep 09, 2016
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 28, 2017
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crobinso from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mar 29, 2018
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mattreitz49 from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 08, 2016
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hopkrid from Florida

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

Sep 12, 2016
Rye Double DBA from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 95 ratings