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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,970
Reviews:
338
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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243
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876
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92
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of gcamparone
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours a clear copper body with a generous 3 finger off-white head that sticks around from a while and leaves no lacing.

S- Smells absolutely fantastic.. sweet vanilla, butterscotch, freshly baked sugar cookies, caramel, bourbon, toffee, slight booze. I really can't wait to taste this.

T- First off is an instant burst of sweet butterscotch, french vanilla bean, sweet bourbon-caramel, toffee. On the follow through is a subtle hoppy bite, finished by a slight roasty note. I would have give this a 4.75 in this category if the finish was more roasty, which is something I prefer in bourbon barrel aged beers (especially barleywines). Very nice nonetheless.

M- Medium body, definitely a sipper. Low carbonation. Very smooth for 12% ABV.

I was super impressed with this Firestone Walker offering. This is what an English Barleywine should taste like - sweet and balanced, without being an alcohol-bomb or cloyingly hopped. Very nice, and probably my new favorite of the style.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of n2185
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a clear copper with a finger of off-white head that almost completely disappears with no lacing.

S: caramel, vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate. There are also notes of toffee, burnt sugar, and booze.

T: similar to the aroma, caramel, vanilla, oak, toffee, burnt sugar, and bourbon dominate. There are some sweet bread flavors as well before a moderately boozy finish.

M: thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being too sticky or watery.

O: a great beer overall. Lots of great bourbon notes.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of StuporJew
3.87/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After getting loads of crap from my local distributor, who failed to get the case of this beer allocated to my store, to my store(!), I had a buddy kind enough to swap an extra bottle to help ease my sorrows. Normally I would sit on a beer like this for at least a year... I failed in that regard. Poured from the bottle into my DFH tulip.

A - Pours a clear, rust orange, with little head that shows decent retention.
Lacing is almost non-existant from sip to sip, which is disappointing,
but the carbonation is very visible, so there's hope there.

S - BOOZE. Lots of it. There are HINTS of caramel, toffee, and light malt notes,
but the ABV and the barrel take over the nose for the most part. Letting it warm up made the booze even more apparent. Age would have done this one some good, it seems... Oh well. I was weak! Live and learn, I suppose.

T - Cheese and crackers! The taste is leaps and bounds above what the smell would lead you to expect. Creme Brûlée, coconut, peaty scotch notes, and even a hint of pineapple.... If a Pina Colada had sex with a 15-year Scotch barrel, I'm pretty sure it would taste somewhat like this. The malt serves to hold the whole thing together, and the hops add only the slightest hint of herbs and acidity. I will hoard as much of this next year as I can get my hands on! (And that's not how I roll... but I will make an exception.) There is a good bit of heat on the palate from the ABV, which builds the more you sip this monster, but honestly, I don't find that to be a flaw with this beer.

M - Light, creamy, and slick. The carbonation makes almost no appearance here, but the overall body of this beer is still pretty decent. The booziness is still there,
but doesn't punch the palate. It's warm... but in a "Geez, I wish I was sitting by a fire pit, somewhere in the middle of nowhere, huddled up with my lady under a bigass blanket, and sipping on some of this stuff" sort of way. Yeah. Longest run-on sentence ever.

O - I was thoroughly impressed with this beer, and given the chance, would fist fight Russell Crowe for another bottle. Great stuff, although I still liked Parabola (And Cockeyed Cooper, to name another BA beer I LOVED) a little better. Glad I had the chance to sip it....

Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,970 ratings.
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