Double Double Barrel Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Bitter - English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
ABV:
12%
Score:
95
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.86%
Ratings:
1,993
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 22, 2022
Added:
Jun 16, 2009
Wants:
  256
Gots:
  850
SCORE
95
World-Class
Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale
Notes: DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength. It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two. English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels.
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2012 vintage; consumed on 5/21/2022

Pours a crystal-clear deep ruby hue topped with a finger and a half of fluffy, off-white foam; solid head retention leaves a spotty few islands of chunky cap, an expansive, frothy collar, and limited gobs of dense, webby lacing spattered around the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens to cherry cut with residual brown sugar undertones as floral hops burst forth, imparting notes of amaro and light varnish into flambéed grapefruit over the middle, while caramel malts meet a grassy prickle on the back end of the bouquet and musty cocoa lingers.

Taste offers caramel and lighter shades of vanilla upfront, with charry butterscotch finding prickly oak over the mid-palate; root beer tones emerge from a floral liqueur-laced back end, wavering into a delicately boozy orange peel finish.

Mouthfeel brings a medium body with a rounded, moderate carbonation; almost oily/syrupy textures remain slick over the mid-palate, where a quick drying results in a distant prickle, leaving a noncommittal bitterness on the back end and a nearly paper-dry close.

Stunningly resilient at a decade in the bottle, this ale shines proudly as a successfully amplified iteration of a traditionally milder style; the firm malt backbone is expressive throughout, and the floral hops are persistent and endlessly in tandem with their caramel-leaning counterpart; a polished example of quality brewing built to withstand time.

May 22, 2022
 
4.29 by GaryM6 from New York on Jan 28, 2021
 
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 15, 2020
 
4.45 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Mar 04, 2020
 
3.99 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Feb 09, 2020
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4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Bottle shared by Dave. Thanks man!

2014 vintage

Copper crimson body with a half inch of soapy, khaki-hued head. Aromas of oak, vanilla, caramel, sweet bread. This beer has developed with age, akin to a strong English barleywine.

Mar 30, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

Vintage 2014 bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Semi hazy amber color with light sediment in the glass with a mahogany tint to the glass. Orange tinted white head with a sticky head which initially rose roughly half a finger's length.

Smell: lighter butterscotch scent. Comes and goes and though great lacks that touch of potency to the nostrils.

Taste: Maltier than most English barleywines, still retains a nice light Woody finish with light feel of whiskey and light toffee.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but sticky beer with a mild bitter finish. I will tell you this, if you can smell with your mouth, there's a lot of body to the brew.

Overall: Good brew, took my time drinking this gem and wouldn't trade it for the world. I treat classics like this they way they should. Salud!

Mar 25, 2019
 
4.25 by paulish from New York on Mar 08, 2019
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4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

2012 vintage; drank 10/10/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Murky orange appearance.

Minimal khaki head; minimal lace.

Cream soda, mild caramel & oak notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cream soda & oak flavors up front; caramel notes on the finish. No booze heat. Smooth, rich & tasty.

Mar 06, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2012 edition... poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed mahogany pour. Thin fizzy white head leaves a thin rim of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee... sugars and sweets... some fruity notes.

T/F: Sweet toasted grains... big time sugars... caramel and toffee... molassas and booze. Vanilla... lighter fruit and coconut. Warming... sticky on the tongue.

O: A big, big beer... the 2012 version aged fantastically and at 7 years was still super. One to sip on a cold winter night. Very solid effort.

Feb 22, 2019
 
4.1 by crobinso from Colorado on Jan 23, 2019
 
3.75 by PprBurke from Virginia on Jan 12, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. So right off the bat the coloring is way too golden for a barleywine, but otherwise fine. The smell of this beer is incredible, vanilla, toffee, large wood notes, brown sugar, malts, caramel, cherry, all kinds of booze and I could swear a little gingerbread. The taste and body fall short of this glorious smell however, as they both feel so disconnected, with all of this various pieces fighting for space instead of creating a cohesive unit together. Perhaps some aging would help meld flavor together? Hopefully because that smell is too good to waste!

Dec 11, 2018
 
4.35 by tsgooch79 from Kentucky on Nov 13, 2018
 
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2014 vintage poured into a teku

A- pours a deep amber brown color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention

S- big malty notes of molasses, caramel, dried cherries & figs. Earthy tobacco & leather, undertones of bourbon barrel that adds a hint of vanilla, just a touch of oxidization

T- big malty sweetness up front with notes of caramel & toffee, molasses & brown sugar. Mid-palate brings out a bit of barrel character that adds some vanilla and a trace of toasted coconut. The finish is earthy & fruity, with notes of pipe tobacco, rum soaked raisins and dark cherries

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a somewhat chewy finish

O- as expected, big malty sweet notes throughout, complimented by some nice dark fruity notes

Feb 19, 2018
 
3.59 by Sellen from Connecticut on Feb 04, 2018
 
4.28 by deonreds from New York on Dec 26, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by adidaswp from Illinois

2012 vintage on 3/17. Was drinking great!

Dec 12, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Had 2014 version.

Nov 23, 2017
 
4.75 by mitch3114 from New York on Oct 15, 2017
 
4.49 by thoglund from New York on Aug 16, 2017
 
4.42 by Reinmogard from Idaho on Aug 12, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

2014 bottle. Pours murky medium brown, thin white head. Great woodsy Bourbon aroma. Sweet n toasty, boozy. Great lasting boozy finish. Outstanding brown ale.

Aug 02, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Zoomslowik from Illinois

2012 vintage.

L- Dark amber color with some head that doesn't last. A few bubbles are visible.

S- Caramel and toffee. A little booze. Some vanilla.

T- Similar to the nose. Smooth and balanced. Caramel and toffee, just a little booze. Some vanilla.

F- It's fine. Smooth, medium thickness. Slight alcohol burn. Decent carb.

O- Solid and tasty. Good balance and easier to drink than you would expect at 12%.

Jun 22, 2017
 
4.85 by BlunderfulGuy from Nebraska on Jun 14, 2017
 
4.21 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas on Jun 12, 2017
 
4.1 by Mikexw from New York on May 22, 2017
 
4.13 by mdlb44 from California on May 01, 2017
 
4.59 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on Apr 23, 2017
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4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Radcpa from Washington

2014 ventage. Reddish amber appearance with a slight tan/white head that desipates quickly. Mild bourbon and fruity aroma. Mild bourbon and fruity taste without any alcohol aftertaste.

Apr 06, 2017
 
4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Mar 26, 2017
 
4.25 by Philcassella from Massachusetts on Mar 05, 2017
 
4.46 by paresis from Massachusetts on Feb 16, 2017
 
4.23 by rawfish from California on Feb 13, 2017
 
4.25 by mrcraft from California on Feb 09, 2017
 
4.62 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois on Jan 21, 2017
 
4.75 by Hopstout from Minnesota on Jan 14, 2017
 
4.05 by monty79_1997 from Missouri on Jan 13, 2017
 
4.25 by lemmy187 from Missouri on Jan 13, 2017
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 1993 ratings