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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Photo of PlayitAgain
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage in a snifter. Wow, based on some of the reviews of this being "Sucaba Lite" I tempered my expectations quite a bit. I am completely blown away by what I'm drinking. Tastes like the birthday cake that I always wanted. It's a real shame this got discontinued. Firestone knows how to barrel age a beer, and the result here is a real treat.

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Photo of Robomunky
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brown, thin white head with some lacing. A tad sweet, plenty of malt, no bitterness or booziness. So damn good, I wish I could drink it all the time.

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4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a rich Amber body with a short dark tan head. Nose really sweeps me off my feet with tons of rich malt and sexy sweet bourbon notes. Toffee Carmel and sweet malt are so imbrassive to the wonderful smell. With first sip you get honey comb sweet bourbon notes and toffee. Dark fruits and sugar cookies dance on the palate as well. This is a very malty brew but in such a good way. Rich and slightly spicy on the finish. Wow, I wish I had a cellar full of this one as this will undoubtedly age with charm.

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Photo of markgugs
3.14/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Perhaps a terrible keg, keg line, pour, not sure, but this looked like muddy water (literally), smelled like alcohol and brown sugar, tasted like whiskey and caramel, and those were the positives. Couldn't finish my 5 oz pour.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Whoa. Caramel apple and bourbon on the nose. Sweetness is prominent. Feel is silky. The alcohol is well hidden. Consumed with smoked baby back ribs. A beautiful pairing. Very very good.

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Photo of Marius
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I am usually a sucker for bourbon barrel-aged barley wines, but this one blows most of them out of the water. Rich caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak notes.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Mattygross44
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best smoothest beers i have ever had! I bought 6 of these 3 being 2013 3 being 2014 and been sipping on 1 about every 3 days.. great experience!! Worth the money

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a murky brown color with bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell - The nose consisted mostly of booze. The malts and any resemblance of a barleywine is largely muted.

Taste - In the front, I really detect the booze. Banana, nuts, vanilla, and oak linger in the background. Despite the heavy booze, all of the other notes are allowed to shine. A boozy warm finish occurs at the end.

Mouthfeel - There was an appropriate level of thickness with little carbonation.

Overall - This FW barleywine does not come close to Sucaba, but few beers do.

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Photo of edhizdeid
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Low carb, ruby color. This beer goes down way too easily for 12%. The alcohol is well hidden. The texture becomes a little syrupy as it warms up but this is a good thing as it brings forward the caramel notes.
A beer I was not familiar with but that I would encourage anybody in BA beers to look for.

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Photo of tprinzing
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've consumed three of the 2014 version. Bourbon and vanilla are the tastes I get most. I like it most warmed in a 6 oz snifter to 50 degrees. This is a lovely beerl

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Photo of tviz33
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage from Rattle N Hum in Manhattan. Served back to back with Schlafly's 2008 Oak Age Barleywine. Firestone outshines Schlafly here by far. This is a lovely beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

served on draft

appears a clear copper in color, no head. amazing aroma of vanilla, whiskey, and caramel. same flavors in the taste. body was thinner than I hoped.

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Photo of badgustav
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - clear and ruby brown, with a beige head that settles to a light foam

Aroma - sweet, malty, low to no hop bite. Hints of raisin and plum

Flavour - Rich, malty, caramel, notes of toffee and fig. Sweet, rich, with an underlying hint of alcohol

Feel - thick, rich, and lasting. Finishes on a sweet note.

This beer is wonderful, curious how it will age.

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Photo of mverity
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy orangey amber with good legs, fair lacing and a thin collar persisting. Aroma is earthy and some citrus hop, lots of oakiness, caramel maltiness and vanilla. Taste is very much like the aroma: sweet toasty bread/caramel malt laced with spicy citrus, vanilla, wet earthy/floral hops. Light body that makes it crisp with the low carbonation.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lucky to have this one on tap--have an unopened bottle in my cellar. Really, really surprised by how good this was. Great caramel nose, booze was well hidden. This thing is only gonna get better with age. Really great stuff.

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Photo of Original_Gravity
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Opened the 2012 this weekend, which was outstanding. Sipping on the 2013 on tap at a local watering hole at time of this posting, which is also fantastic. I highly recommend cellaring this for 2-3 years.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown. Shows definite ruby when held to the light with clarity increasing as the beer settles. Nice 1+ finger cream colored head. Some fine lacing left behind as the head dissipates.

Big toffee and caramel aroma. Some bourbon notes underneath. Sugar cane and sweet malt. Mildly boozy but less than a 12% abv might be expected to be.

Taste begins like the aroma, big toffee and caramel. Sweet caramel malt. Very smooth bourbon is noticeable but restrained. Candied dates, hints of butterscotch(not in a diacetyl way, though), and dark molasses. Mild alcohol at the end. Flavors blend together nicely.

Rich, sweet mouth feel going towards syrupy. Medium carbonation. Despite the thick mouth feel, the flavors don't linger.

The is another hit from FW. Big flavors that blend together and balance each other. Very smooth and even with the high abv it is very drinkable.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Great complexity and variety of amber shades. Sunset cherry and ruby highlights. Appealing off-white head and everlasting effervescence. Toffee and butterscotch could be interpreted as some vanilla, coconut, oak, orange. Full body flavor, slick, and good amount of carb. Get some buttered corn, some coarse wood grain, vinous and light char. Rich toffee malts and the slightest of hop twang.

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Photo of scotorum
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a; Clear copper with a two inch thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Grain spirits.

t: Bourbon or rum up front with a fine smoothness, followed by a significant hop bite, and throat burn on swallow. Boozy finish.

m: Full and very smooth with wonderful body. Some carbonation tingle.

o; A top flight barrel aged Imperial bitter with an amazing mouthfeel and flavor to burn. Could well be the best out there in its style.

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Photo of Radome
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage, poured from a bomber bottle into a globe glass.

L - Medium amber color with some orange when held up to light. Just the slightest haziness. Off-white head is initially thick and active but fades to a thin sheet and big lacing on the edge of the glass. Light "legs" on the glass when it is swirled.

S - Amazing aroma of caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, oak, bourbon. No hops or yeast contributors to the nose, but alcohol definitely comes through.

T - Malt and barrel flavors totally dominate. The malt is sweet, biscuit- and graham cracker-like. From the other flavors, this appears to have been aged in bourbon barrels, getting a sweet, toffee, caramel and vanilla-infused character. Some sweet alcohol in the lingering finish.

F - Thick, mouthcoating body. Plenty of hops bitterness in the mid-palate, despite lack of obvious hops flavors or aromas. Low, smooth carbonation. Mild alcohol burn, but surprisingly low for such a high ABV.

O - Very sweet and sticky, but the flavors and aromas are so amazing that it's easy to forgive its lack of balance.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Ruby brown with a half an inch of khaki colored head which dissipates rather quickly into a film on the surface. Good amount of sediment throughout.

Aroma: Very fruity. Tropical notes of coconut and pineapple and citrusy lime. Honey and baked crackers. Bourbon, vanilla and sweet toffee and caramel.

Taste: Impressed with the amount of fruitiness interlaced throughout the sweet caramel/toffee flavors. At times enhancing or balancing the sweet side. Picking up coconut, vanilla, lime, Graham crackers, bourbon. Lots going on and all of it is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Rich and full-bodied with a complex dry finish.

Overall: A knockout. Could have been overly sweet but it dries right out in the finish. More fruit than I would have thought which enhances the flavor. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt with nice toffee notes and light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some toffee notes, light biscuit notes and just the right amount of residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. This beer is super well-balanced with just the right amount of complexity and great drinkability.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy dark ruby red color with thin lacing, minimal carbonation, and very viscous looking.

S - Bourbon, toasted caramel, toffee, vanilla, and oak.

T - Lots of toasted toffee, vanilla, caramel, oak, and bourbon from start to finish. Alcohol effervescence is prominent along with alcohol warming, light citrus bitterness at the very end and lingering alcohol warmth.

M - Thick, full body, sticky, carbonation is silky smooth.

O - Very boozy and complex.

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Photo of Mgm54
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the 2013 release, so roughly 1.5 years of age on it. It drank exquisitely, with almost the perfect amount of bourbon flavor and smell backed by a solid malt backbone. Highly recommended seeking this beer out.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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