Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale
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Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark rusty orange red with some light sediment and an off-white finger of airy bubbles that dissipate rapidly.

Tons of caramel, toffee, and candied molasses-like sweetness with a slight burn of bourbon.

The faint dark fruit aroma develops more in the flavor, the caramel and toffee sweetness is still very upfront. Toasted malts are bludgeoned by the many complexities of this beer, but still apparent. Bourbon gently washes away the sweetness and adds notes of vanilla and oak to overall flavor.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, big, chewy, sweet & toasty.

Overall, another world-class beer from a world-class brewery.

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Photo of facesnorth
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to review this beer. It's still pretty damn fresh right now, only being on the market for about a month now topps.

A - A bit lighter than a cherry red, good head on a semi-aggressive pour but receeds to nothing within a minute or so. Good.

S - Toffee, light Butterscotch and all barrel from that point on (coconut, vanilla, oak and Whiskey) Besides the Toffee, this one is all about the Barrel.

T - Mirrors nose but this is a one trick pony. What I mean by that is that this beer is all barrel BUT balanced!! Not too hot and not over-bourboned. The only bit of the base beer I get is strong notes of toffee. Otherwise, as I mentioned...this is all balanced classic house FW Barrel flavor profile. A wee bit boozy but COME this not expected for a Barrel Aged ALE? Very nice.

M -'s where it's hard to review. It's the easiest drinking barrel aged beer I've ever had. I'm not used to such a light body for this style while still holding so much great Barrel flavor. At 12%, I could easily kill this 22oz in an hour or less. I usually prefer more body to the barrel aged style, but the base beer is a Ale afterall, which is why I'm giving such a high score, and well deserved I'd say DAMNIT!

O - Another solid score but I'm not jumping out of my shoes, but really...I don't have any other Barrel Aged Ales to compare it to. It's delicious! I'd be very curious as to what age will do to this beer. Hopefully bring out more of the base beer BUT, the big barrel flavor dominating right now is quite sublime while still being a "one trick pony." I wish this year's Parabola had more of this much Barrel influence BTW.

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Shawner
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bum732
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Dark fruits, figs mostly, prominent caramel bourbon, oak, papaya, toffee candy sweetness

L: Fairly clear maroon, creamy white head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Very bold caramel sweetness with slight papaya notes up front with additional bourbon sweetness. Little bitterness yielding some breadiness and additional toffee sweetness. Oak and some bourbon comes through near the finish. Finishes quite sweet with lingering oak, bourbon and toffee.

M: Slightly slick on the palate, medium full body, medium carbonation. Alcohol barely present.

A really solid beer, my only quelm being that it is really sweet. If not for the barrel treatment, this beer would be cloying. Delicious for a dessert beer though and i loved the unique papaya notes.

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Photo of Wayne17
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Rekrule
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of moarmare
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is an Imperial extra special bitter and is the brainchild of Firestone production manager Ali Razi. It's made with first runnings of DBA, hopped with EKGs and Styrian Goldings, fermented in the oak union system, then aged in a blend of new oak and bourbon barrels for ten months. Poured into a snifter.

Deep maroon, fairly clear. The head fizzes away quickly, just to a thin ring. Looks not so lively.

Nice. Sweet. Tons of toffee, buttery. Vanilla, oak. Just a touch of mild, earthy English hops.

Like a piece of buttery toffee. Hops are bigger here, lending a little flavor and more bitterness on the sides of the tongue. Alcohol heat numbs in the same spots. A little broght, sweet cherry like a jolly rancher, some mild orange, caramel, burnt sugar. Soft vanilla, a ton of buttery oak. More of a carrier for the barrels than a show case of the beer flavors. A touch of flowers.

Medium light body. Light. Lot of alcohol heat in the nose, some tongue numbness. Mild carbonation. Almost not there.

Like I said, the beer is just more of an engine to carry the barrel flavors. Which is fine; Firestone does barrels better than almost anyone. Like a mild barrel-aged barley wine.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.7% out of 100 with 1,973 ratings
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