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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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Ranking:
#593
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
1,976
pDev:
8.86%
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle, big thanks to ZamaMan!

Appearance: Amber, unfiltered and cloudy. Not much of a small white head to speak of that lines the perimeter of the glass.

Smell: Butterscotch, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose perfectly. This kind of tastes like Werther's candy; really good. Yeah, it's got this buttery sweetness thing going on and hides the abv so well. Wow. I could go on describing the profile of this thing and its nuances down to the nitty gritty, but I'm just enjoying it too much.

Mouthfeel: Coats the tongue nicely. Medium bodied with light carbonation, as expected.

Overall: Hides the abv so damn well, this is a real treat. Would drink again, and wouldn't hesitate to pick up this year's vintage to test drive.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. Found it a better version of the Kentucky Bourbon Ale I've had in Lexington a few times.

A: Served in a snifter. Dark gold in color with minimal head. Maybe user error for to careful a pour.

S: Loved the nose of this beer. Caramel, malty, rich smell. Bourbon barrel is very present. Kept going back to the glass for more wafts.

T: Big and bourbony. Slight alcohol burn but easily handled. A sipping beer due to the richness and depth. This is meant to be savored.

M: Slightly carbonated, a heavy and pleasing texture. Toes the line of alcohol burn nicely.

O: Glad I bought a second. Expert use of the barrel and the bourbon flavor really sets the DBA off. An achievement.

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Poured into a large Brandy snifter and served at 65 degrees.
22oz Bottle – 12.0% ABV – 2013 Vintage No.002

Appearance: Dark amber color body, ¼ inch off-white color head, very minimal carbonation, a little bit of lacing on the sides, thick alcohol legs sticking around.

Aroma: Rich candied toffee, huge caramel malts, sweet dark fruits, earthy hop notes, slight cocoa powder, back strap molasses, robust and bold bourbon whiskey, vanilla, slight coconut, deep oak nuances with undertones of charred wood. Very complex, I'm really digging the exceptional balance of all the flavors presented. There is also a very subtle and sweet booziness that is just slightly noticeable.

Taste: Very sweet. The combination of caramel and toffee is endless, sweet butterscotch, candied and dry plum, raisin, fig, coconut, vinous grapes, and a touch of orange citrus. Big bold bourbon, earthy charred oak tannins, subtle vanilla, a lingering smokiness character, sweet bready and spicy yeast esters, light piney hops, and a grainy nuttiness. To me this is more of an English Barleywine with just a touch of ESB characteristics than just an Imperial ESB. DDBA is almost like Sucaba but this is much sweeter and just a bit more complex.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, full and an almost chewy-like kind of body, smooth on the tongue, minimal carbonation, an awesome sipping beer and a subtle sweet booziness. The most dominating characteristics were the bourbon barrel elements but the sweet malts, dark fruits, and spices were almost up there with the barrel notes.

Overall: This was everything that I expected. This was also very well crafted, nicely balanced, and the base beer was just spot on to the style of an English barleywine! This is an exceptional example of its style and if you are a fan of American and English-style barleywines, don’t miss out on this limited release!

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,976 ratings
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