Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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1,970
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338
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy beige head that settles to small dots of foam on top of the beer. Small dots of lace also form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with the bourbon really coming through in the aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell but I think it needs to sit for a little while for the flavors to mesh together a bit better.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful showcase of the bourbon barrel here. different than all the stouts and thick sticky blends they do, this is a lighter (in color and in roastiness) malt bill than a lot of their big barreled beers. i think it lets the wood and the bourbon flavors really present themselves well. english sort of grain profile to this, sweet and sappy, caramel like, and full bodied. the beer looks about right for what it claims to be, toffee colored beer with bronzed amber edges. not much head from the tap, or at least it settles down pretty quickly. tons and tons of sweet vanilla on the nose, this has very obviously spent a great deal of time resting on bourbon. a sturdy char on the barrel too helps to add depth and mellow what i cant believe isnt hot alcohol. its so well hidden here. there is even some hops in the finish of this one, more than just the requisite english bittering hops, i get a dried straw and corn husk character from them, in addition to just enough bitterness to balance some of the left over sugars in the finish of this. complex and woody, this is a great example of firestone walkers ability to barrel age beers. tons of the whiskey character comes through, and i like the coppery sweet caramel malt. a real treat to drink, it warms up well, and i think its different than what we usually expect from barleywine.

edit: just enjoyed a 2014 edition, over two years old now, and it has evolved, mellowed, and matured tremendously well. this is near the high water mark for american made barleywine of any persuasion, as good as it gets!

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy reddish brown in color and has some yeast particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a thin off white head that died down but left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer begins to warm up, aromas of caramel malts and toffee become noticeable in the nose. These become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has flavors of caramel malts—notes of vanilla and alcohol also become noticeable as the beer warms up. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: The complex flavors of this beer make it a nice one to drink but it's not that difficult to consume because the alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

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4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When everything is double- it doesn't mean that you get twice the flavor, but it means that the complexity is compounded, thus creating a Frankenstein of an ale that grows to become something more than the beer could even have imagined of being.

This "double-dog" type of beer starts off much darker than the standard "Double Barrel Ale" and goes into a dark bronze world with tawny highlights. Its slowly forming but densely frothed head tops the beer with a sturdy head but in short-statured fashion. Spotted with lace, the beer trails with interspersed dots of foam.

Strongly aromatic with dessert-like scents- the ale kicks off with a abundance of molasses and brown sugar bleed into softer vanilla, cherry and port wine notes. Rummy in its scent the spices of cinnamon is alive in its alcohol scent.

Its taste is sweet and sultry as the expected taste of molasses, brown sugar and overwhelming toffee takes center stage. Its middle is rounded by a light vanilla and almost-coconut flavor while succulent port-like tastes come into play. Figs, dates, raisins and cashew all play a role in the beer's earthy and prolonged finish.

Mid-full on the palate, the beer plays out with little carbonation in order to finish with some semblance of dryness. Its a succulent and savory ale that retains much of its creamy sweetness to extend well into the beer's next sip. Finishing semi-dry, the ale offers a good degree of drinkability but is a tough out for anyone under a party of four.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz, black wine seal enclosure, capped bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks to doktorzee for extracting this from SoCal for me.

This beer pours a hazy, dark bronzed amber hue, with one hefty finger of bubbly, weakly frothy beige head, which leaves some spectral wave splash lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of acrid grainy whisky barrel staves, sweet toffee, caramel nougat, and treacle-tinted malt, some earthy, gritty vegetal essence, a bit of buttered biscuit, vanilla extract, brown sugar syrup, and some mildly bitter citrus cream and piney hops. The taste is more malt sweetness up front - caramel candy, biscuity toffee, molasses - followed by a prominent vanillan oakiness, a hint of cinnamon, mixed, understated black fruit, a tame sugary nuttiness, still mild citrus and pine notes, and a sort of red wine alcohol astringency.

The bubbles are pretty well stamped down, out for the count, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and fairly squishy in its rampant smoothness - or is that just an awkward creaminess? It finishes still sweet, sure, but tempered enough by the wood, hops, and alcohol to make a serious go of this.

One tasty, complex, and strong version of the style, among the last that I'd suspect to come out of this brewing region, what with their predilection for West Coast hop-pimpin'. Robust, thick, and rather enjoyable, the big-ass ABV well ingrained and generally obfuscated. A nice warm-up for a night on the local arts and lit scene with international sex pundit Dan Savage, methinks.

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2.86/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on nitro-draught into a snifter at the taproom in Paso Robles on its grand opening day. I found it interesting it was on nitro (which I verified with the bartender and by the black nozzle on the tap). I don't know if serving this on nitro was a decision made specifically for the new taproom or not.

A: Pours a one finger head of amazing cream (owed to the nitro-tap no doubt), great thickness, and amazing retention given the high ABV. A mild bubble show entertains the beholder as the head surfaces. Colour is a nontransparent caramel-amber. The head is very appealing.

Sm: Cream, butterscotch, buttery notes, and a hint of milk. Clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Cream, overdone butterscotch (diacetyl?), amber hop notes, clean bright malts, raspberry fruit esters, and bad biscuit malt. Severely imbalanced, compromising the lovely cream with the estery malts. Built okay. The finish in particular is awful.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and creamy (for the first half). It aborts the cream but shouldn't.

Dr: Drinkable but poorly executed, especially for the style. Hides its ABV quite well. I wouldn't have it again. Likely best on nitro-draught.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a respectable head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Caramel, oak and vanilla, with Bourbon tones readily apparent; the base fruit and mineral tones of the ESB base are also discernable

Taste: Caramel, vanilla and toasted coconut jut out, with the Bourbon (and perhaps a little English hop flavor) building in the middle; the vanilla returns, after the swallow, with the oak lingering in the finish; it is not until the aftertaste that the base beer tones come through

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: An interesting beer, with a lot of complexity; really rather sweet, however, and more suitable for an after-dinner nip, as a result

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3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty sanguine color, a finger of foam rises and settles after a few minutes, leaving behind a threadlike ring of foam and trace wisps of lace in the glass. There is a slight murkiness to it

Deep caramel and vanilla barrel notes, sweet and sticky toffee, trace bourbon.

Drinks pretty smooth, though the numbing alcohol heat is there in the swallow. More caramel and toffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Pretty sweet and sticky on the lips. Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. It's a slow sipper due to the sweetness and booze, which lingers a bit in the aftertaste.

Glad to have copped this for cheap, it's not quite on the level as Sucaba and most places charge upwards of $20 for it.

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4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt with nice toffee notes and light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some toffee notes, light biscuit notes and just the right amount of residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. This beer is super well-balanced with just the right amount of complexity and great drinkability.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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