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:
#639
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
1,980
pDev:
8.86%
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Ratings: 1,980 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of lemmy187
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amorphousrock
1.76/5  rDev -59%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

2012 vintage. Not sure if it wasn't cellared properly, but it was horrible. I brought it to a bottle share and we couldn't even finish it, it was so bad. I was told that the 2012 were in their prime right now, hope this was a fluke...

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of socon67
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage. Exceptional beer. Dark amber pour that smells of vanilla bean, caramel, and molasses. Mellowed flavor but very sweet. Easy drinking ale for what it is. Perfect for a cold winter day.

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Photo of PugsandBeer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 vintage enjoyed on New Years Eve 2017. A lot of oak, vanilla, barrel in the nose with a complex taste with a lot of warmth in the finish from the alcohol.

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

Photo of RyanK252
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage on tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep red orange with a tan head that settles to a thin layer and leaves a few spots of light lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee,brown sugar, smooth bourbon, toasted coconut, vanilla, mild spice,and a little oak.

T: More of the same, caramel, toffee and brown sugar, toasted coconut, nice oak presence, smooth bourbon, and a little spice. Alcohol is well hidden over all.

M: Medium to full body, mild carbonation, with a very pleasant warmth on the finish.

O: Age has treated this one well. Not overly complex, but you don't have to go searching out obscure flavors. It puts all its cards on the table and they play beautifully together.

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Photo of Angerhaus
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage.

Booze, heat, loads of caramel. This thing smells really good and the flavor follows on all those notes. Reading reviews that this started a bit too hot, I am glad I got my hands on a vintage bottle. Kept in good conditions (box always help from light), this has aged very well and I would gladly stock another in my Cellar if I could find one. Another barrel aged gem from the pros at FWB.

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

Photo of g00ey
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage from Total Wine Palm Springs for $17

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Photo of rand
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650 mL 2012 bottle, poured into a snifter

Kind of a light-tan-leather color, the brew forms almost no head on an aggressive pour, although little specs of suds cascade down the glass as it twirls.

Big, bold nose, layered and complex as they come. Oaky, bourbony, with distinct notes of tobacco and maple. Orange zest and cocoa edge-out the bouquet.

The flavors are crazy-smooth on the palate, helped by extensive cellaring I'm sure. Any sharp, tannic-like astringency has been replaced by silky notes of caramel and rum and carob. The brew is chewy, and decadent, as desert-like flavors wash in mid-sip, suggesting creamy raisin-rum. Boozy toward the finish, but not hot, as the brew closes relatively clean and quickly.

This beer is good fresh, but a few moons in the cellar make it ridiculously drinkable. As I've mentioned many times, Firestone has some of the best barrel-aged brews, hands-down.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beerbom
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevenhaal
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zythophile
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2013
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a slightly opaque tannish brown with barely any head.

Smell is caramel, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and it's a little woody. I hardly get any alcohol.

Taste is sweet and savory, a beautiful combination. Sweet rye bread is the base, and you can tack on everything that was in the smell, but the cinnamon and cloves are diminished. The caramel has a nice scorched element to it. There's a spot of tea, too.

The last bottle I had was a few years ago, and I remember it being a bit thicker. A little swish brings out some carbonation, but well below the ideal. I don't get the alcohol until a little warmth after the last swallow.

I'm glad I have a couple more bottles.

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

Photo of Rihup
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 1000th review and I have been keeping this one for a while. 2012 vintage batch one and it didn't disappoint. Hints of bourbon, deep caramel notes, with a slight fig finish. Smooth as a babies butt. Glad I waited. Nom nom nom.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,980 ratings