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: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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2/5  rDev -53.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of gmagness
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Yard House in downtown Denver.

A: Clear red/amber/copper color. One finger head, slightly off-color

S: The sharpness of strong ale comes through, with the aroma being pleasant but unremarkable.

T: Starts malty, but quickly becomes dry with alcohol in the finish. Fruity flavors are subdued.

M: Carbonation and body are appropriate for a strong ale.

O: This is a good strong ale, although I prefer more complexity. If allowed, I would score all categories at 3.75

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love DBA, Unfiltered DBA even better! So when I heard about Double Unfiltered DBA it was a must have!

Poured a amber color with a small dirty white head. Nose was caramel, hops, brown sugar, floral notes. Taste for DBA always has a wine like texture, very smooth and velvety. Brown sugar, caramel, wood, vanilla and the ABV is well hidden. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth.This beer is so smooth and easy that is nuts. Drinkability is phenom! I had 3 at 10% with no problem.
The 2 BA's below reviewed the beer as standard DBA and the reviews are incorrect.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours with a thick, foamy, dense, off-white head and a crystal clear ruby-copper coloring that is infested with bubbles, a sign of the high carbonation. The beer has caramel sweet aromas, mixed with cut grass and semi-sour notes. Also, slightly toasted characteristics are present. The flavors are toasted, both caramel malty sweet and a hint of bitter hops. Everything has a toasted feel to it. There is also a hint of dark chocolate buried way in the background. The beer itself is dry and crisp in mouth, and the aftertaste is slightly sour and dry. The finish is quick, and there is little to no linger in mouth, making this an easy one to continue to drink. Flavors lack a little body and staying power, and there are other Strong Ales I would lean towards.

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Photo of sj660
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Double Barrel Ale presents itself in a light copper-orange color, with a thick foam marking a lace at every sip.

I get a toasty aroma that comes through in the flavor, along with pine, grapefruit, toast, and perfectly in balance.

Medium-bodied and you can drink it like it's Groundhog Day.

This beer is part of California Central Coast cuisine as much as the local zinfandels, pinot noirs, strawberries, Tri-Tip, Pinquito beans, Ranch dressing (invented here), abalone, etc.

Goes great with tri-tip sandwiches, fries, and ranch, but also with fresh local greens.

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Photo of Swimsum
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery on 7/26/09 (working though a backlog of reviews).

Pours out a deep amber in color. Very thin white head emerges on the pour and quickly settles to ring around the glass. When held to light the sides highlight amber but the body is fairly cloudy and not much light come shining though. No lacing is left.

This one smells sweet (as in sugary). I asked about how they brewed this and was told they start with a ton of sugar. Well it definitely shows as there is a ton of residual sugar left in the smell. Also notes of vanilla and caramel. A lot of alcohol can be smelled in this as well.

As with the smell, tons of sweetness. Sort of taste like it was bourbon barrel aged but was told it was just the residual sugar. The vanilla and caramel comes out more in the taste than in the smell. This finishes with some alcohol heat and bitterness. However, this is still a very smooth tasting beer.

Nice and thick and sticky from the sugar. The alcohol causes a warming sensation as the beer is swallowed but thankfully isn't as present as the nose would lead one to believe.

This was a great beer. Pretty easy drinking but still a sipper. The alcohol heat is nice and mellow here yet present enough to remind you that it's a 10% beer. It really is like an "Imperial DBA"

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dome-like head that stick around for a very long time. Leaves a coating of lace. The color is dark amber and very clear.

Sharp spicy hop bite; good malt background.

Rich bodied with a low level of carbonation. Malty start that lasts through the swallow. Good hop to provide balance. The aftertaste mostly bitter but well balanced.

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

This one thanks to RaulMatisse.

A: A fluffy white head rises and quickly dissipates over an amber reddish auburn brown color that's mostly clear.

N: A nice hoppy aroma, some spicy and floral hops, combined with some caramel malts, some malty flavors, touch of oak.

T: Again with the nice hops, floral, a little spicy and slightly earthy, a decent bitterness. Then more caramel malts, toasty slightly, a slight nutty taste to it too. Somewhat sweet as well, with a little oak and vanilla.

M: Medium to heavier body with decent carbonation.

F: FInishes somewhat bitter with some lingering spicy and floral hops, as well as a little pine. Still somewhat sweet, but dries a bit. A little lingering malt and toasty flavors as well as that barrel and oak flavors. Very drinkable for 10%, you can barely notice the alcohol.

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Photo of SLObeer
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 24oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: poured a nice dark toffee color, slightly reddish when held to light. large fluffy off white head that dissapears quickly, leaving very minimal lacing.

S: big floral hops right away. caramel malt, sweet fruit, slight hint of wood. i love how this beer smells.

T: tastes amazing. first comes the floral hops, then the caramely sweetness, the aftertaste is slightly woody

M: creamy, buttery, perfect carbonation

D: im into my second pint of it and i could keep on going. great session beer. the flowery hops get slightly overwhelming to the palette, my only complaint

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Photo of tchenery
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks almost a light nutty brown color. It has a very rich reddish hue to it. There was a quick head that is gone, but it does seem to have decent carbonation from the looks of it.

It smells wonderful. Floral hop aromas are very forward, with an almost sweet smell. It tastes incredibly smooth. The malt shines through with this beer. It has a nice roasted/toasted nutty flavor to it. There is a bitter finish to the beer, but only slightly. Very delicious.

The malt of this beer give it a pretty full body, but it is extremely drinkable.

Well done.

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3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Free samples of Twelve, Thirteen, and a number of other Firestone rarities were being offered up at the Firestone Thirteen Release Party at the brewery in Paso Robles. That's where I got to try this. Following review based on notes from that event.

Served in a small snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy, bright amber with big, frothy, off-white head. This looks like a very big Double Barrel Ale (as it should, I suppose). Lovin' the color, lovin' the look of the head. Nice lacing too.

Smell: Caramel, flowery hops, chai, and butter. Odd, which is kind of what I expected. Wiseman Justin told me this smelled and tasted like chai, and so far he's dead on.

Taste: Chai tea (good call Justin!), caramel, and flowery and piney hops. A plethora of interesting spices emerge in the background. Weird-ish flavor.

Mouthfeel: Great! Malty, clean, and very balanced. Light spiciness and perfect, velvety carbonation. Not very heavy, and for 10%, the alcohol is hidden very well.

Drinkability: Pretty damn weird, but still good on the whole. I'd like to try a full pint sometime.

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Photo of charlzm
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 08/08/09 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Clear butterscotch/toffee colored brew with ample carbonation (though no appreciable head). A thin off-white crown provides some sheeting that's not terribly clingy.

Aroma is malty, with caramel/toffee being the dominant note over alcohol.

Flavor is more or less the same as standard Double Barrel Ale (caramel malt, bready, nutty and with an almost fruity juiciness), just more so. And with a little alcohol heat and substantial but not overdone bitterness on the finish.

Goes down easily, though not as creamy or smooth as the standard DBA.

I think I prefer the garden variety version of this one; Double Double Barrel is taking a good, sessionable beer and kicking it up in ABV. Which sort of ruins its sessionability. On second thought, this is more or less a barleywine (and not really an "imperial special bitter", as the label asserts), so why not? Fine piece of work from Firestone.

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Photo of Viggo
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Biercafe in Portland, served in a snifter. Went well with a deli sandwich.

Pours a lightly cloudy dark orange/brown, decently thick off white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick. Smell is nice, very malty, caramel and raisin, dark fruit, oak and bourbon, some vanilla, earthy, almost herbal hoppiness to it, some alcohol but decently hidden. Taste is similar, huge and malty, toffee, raisins, alcohol, bourbon, oak and vanilla, nice dark fruit, again an herbal bitterness that makes me think of this as more an imperial ESB than a barleywine, nicely balanced in the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation, a sipper but pretty smooth considering whats going on in it. I liked this one.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Bailey's in downtown Portland; a 10 oz. pour for $5. Not cheap but worth it, I hope.

A: Chestnut orange-brown with a fairly creamy head, ivory and <1 finger. Drops to a rim-hugging film and sprawling film. Strong lace in broad, drippy bands.

S: Malty-sweet aroma, full of candied fruit, vanilla and a hearty (but not overbearing) woodiness. Toffee and raisin sugariness, a sweeter booze than a barleywine or strong ale, but not far removed.

T: All the caramel and fruit found in the aroma comes through in the taste: candy sweet caramel with a deeper fruit flavor: sweet raisins, overripe melons, syrupy. 'Barrel' flavor is just strong enough to defeat over-sweetness.

M: Creamy smoothness, luscious medium-heavy body.

D: Far too easy to drink for a 10% beer, stealthy. Recommended; should be served in small doses or risk getting carried away.

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