Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.46/5  rDev +4%
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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4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 Vintage

Pours out with a thin soapy off-white head and a ruby body. Plenty of carbonation bubbles going through this.

Lots of barrel in the nose with coconut, vanilla, oak wood, caramel, toffee, cherry, dark fruitiness and some alcohol. Very inviting with the warm sweetness.

Subtle alcohol burn and plenty of warmth. The same flavors are popping on the palette with caramel, toffee, coconut, vanilla, graham cracker, cherry, raisin. Some sweetness comes through since it is such a big malty beer.

Not quite as big a mouthfeel as I was expecting from this 12% monster. Still a sturdy medium body that drinks smooth with some light carbonation.

Nice showcase of barrel aging and malt character.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,979 ratings