Double Double Barrel Ale
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale
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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #12
ABV:
12%
Score:
96
Ranked #686
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.8%
Reviews:
347
Ratings:
1,991
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Reviews by TruePerception:
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TruePerception from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Firestone's Double DBA, barrel-aged imperial special bitter. 12% ABV.

A: Nice smoky haze upon opening. A little less than a finger of lopsided head. Seems to be no lacing. Clear, slightly-orange red, with tiny grey sediment suspended throughout. Golden yellow in the dimple, with more suspended sediment. (4.5)

S: Deep, fruity molasses. Malty. Some bourbon and oakiness, but it's lighter than Firestone's other BA offerings. Lightly browned cereal grain (a la, whole grain Cheerios). I'm having trouble nailing down the fruit smell I'm getting. Something along the lines of fig or tamarind. Toffee. (4.5)

T/MF: Flavor is darker, and with more caramel notes, than the basic DBA. Rich fruity toffee. Dried cherry, plum. More of that malted cereal grain. Slight char note on the back end of all those caramel and toffee notes. Booziness is well masked. Slightly soft mouthfeel. Slight, bittersweet chocolate note. Very slight grassiness, but it very well hidden underneath the other flavors. (4.5/4.25)

Overall: Decent amount of sweetness along with the flavors makes this more of a dessert beer, to me. Quite glad I was able to try this before it was gone!(4.5)

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Aug 20, 2014
More User Reviews:
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pestalinc from California

4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Twice as good as the DBA.

Dec 30, 2014
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DaverCS from Arizona

4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage at barrelworks

Aroma: toffee, Malt sweetness like malt syrup.

Really balanced! Toffee rum soaked dark fruits, Malts, a bit of tobacco

It gets a 94/100.

May 01, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red color with thin lacing, minimal carbonation, and very viscous looking.

S - Bourbon, toasted caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T - Lots of toasted toffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, and bourbon from start to finish. Alcohol effervescence is prominent along with alcohol warming, light citrus bitterness at the very end and lingering alcohol warmth.

M - Thick, full body, sticky, carbonation is silky smooth.

O - Very boozy and complex.

Jan 04, 2015
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Kayaker from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Oct 27, 2013
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mdillon86 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Aug 23, 2012
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Rutager from Canada

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to my mother and father in law for this most excellent Christmas gift.

Appearance. Pours a deep, hazy burnt orange with almost a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Rich oak and vanilla, bourbon and sweet caramel malts, some brown sugar and a bit of woody spice.

Taste. Caramel, vanilla, barrel wood and bourbon with a little chocolate and coconut.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with medium-low carbonation and some nice smooth boozy warmth.

Overall. A nice big but smooth sipper that actually goes down quite easy.

Apr 10, 2013
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RAKeeler from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Oct 14, 2014
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incubuscience from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -24.8%

Sep 02, 2013
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bpasquini from California

4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: dark ruby in color, similar to sucaba, a little more carbonation leaving a small half finger head

S: similar to sucaba and parabola, very sweet smelling, vanilla and bourbon predominately, some tart fruit also

T: slight bourbon presence, vanilla, and a little caramelized sugar, tasted a little coconut, and very little earthy hops as well, can tell they aged this in the same barrels as sucaba and parabola, very good flavor to it, would say it is sweeter than parabola, gets a little boozy as it warms

M: feels thick but smooth, almost identical to sucaba, very easy to drink considering %12 ABV

O: very good beer, recommend trying if you can find it, Sucaba and Parabola are better but this still compares to them, a little cheaper than sucaba and parabola, but still very good

May 13, 2013
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sammyg832 from Arizona

5/5  rDev +15.7%

Jun 26, 2014
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HappyDays

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Oct 19, 2014
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belgbeerdrinker from Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.4%

Sep 11, 2014
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wrightst from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Jul 07, 2014
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

3.5/5  rDev -19%

Jan 11, 2013
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Leftofthedial from California

4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

Dec 26, 2013
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jmkoller11 from Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Jul 07, 2014
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gillagorilla from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

Oct 10, 2014
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Silverpath6 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Nov 08, 2013
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ryanflc from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 10, 2015
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bcrossan from North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Has aged well. Nice simple BW. Not too heavy and easy drinking

Sep 28, 2013
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davey101 from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage, No. 001. 22 oz bomber into a Founders 15th anny glass.

A - Pours a dark red body that is somewhat clear save for a great deal of floaties in the last pour. Really not much of a head to speak of. An initial fingers worth of tan foam fades away quickly to some thin edging. Minimal lacing.

S - The aroma reminds me a lot of Founders Boltcutter. Just a lightly hopped barrel aged barleywine/DIPA hybrid sort of thing. Rich caramel, toffee, biscuits and figs go right into some quasi-grapefruit/piney hops. Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar briefly on the end before it all gets consumed by a wall of ethanol.

T - The taste is very similar to the nose. Toffee and caramel central with some faded hops and a really nice barrel presence of butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is very noticeable but in a somewhat masochistic fashion. It impedes drinkability but half way into the beer I find myself enjoying its smooth burn. The finish really is fantastic. Mouth feel is a bit thin with low carbonation which suits the beer well enough.

O - I did not expect the beer to feel this massive. The booze is incredibly noticeable. Like a barrel aged old ale with a huge fruit presence but not as heavy. I wasn't totally sold initially but I really warmed up to it. Its very unique against the masses of BA barley wines out on the market. BA Imperial Bitter...go figure!

Jun 10, 2013
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -4.4%

Aug 18, 2014
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heffnate77 from New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Mar 28, 2014
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hollywood_15063 from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +10%

Sep 11, 2014
Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1991 ratings