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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a tulip glass. 2013 vintage.

A- Pours a deep amber, the year of aging has settled out a lot of yeast and the initial pours are quite clear, had about a quarter of a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly.

S- Lots of toasted coconut with a bit of marshmallow in there, vanilla, bit of oak, not too much alcohol, and dried dark fruits of date and raisin.

T- Similar to nose, mostly toasted coconut, marshmallow and vanilla with some oak and alcohol on the end. The age has made this beer really smooth. I thought for a second that I was getting a slight English hop note on the finish but I could be wrong.

M- On the lighter side of heavy, slightly syrupy.

O- English Barleywines and Old Ales are one of my favorite styles and when the are barrel aged I usually find them to be amazing and that is the case with this one. I really enjoyed how smooth it was and it really had the same huge toasted coconut and marshmallow that I get from two of my favorites Kuhnhenn BB4D and BCBBW. I hope to trade for more of this in the future.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Caramel/muted orange translucent ale, some floaties if you look hard enough and let it settle. Head is slow to form, but is strong (if small), pale, with nice, oily retention.

Lovely aroma, full of vanilla, toffee, light caramel, earth, tobacco, tannin, a hint of citric acid, and of course bourbon - very smooth and mild, though.

Unbelievably smooth flavor, with the bourbon ending up a perfect complement. Very mild on the oak presence, but vanilla, bourbon, and toffee are present in spades. A tiny bit of slightly tart grape presence; barely noticeable caramel; a dry, earthy hop presence (extremely mild and smooth). Everything is perfectly blended together for one delicious overall package.

Very smooth mouthfeel; very little sting, but not quite syrupy; smooth and silky. Medium feel, but it's definitely a sipper. Alcohol heat is almost completely hidden.

This is a delicious beer, well worth cracking for a special occasion or a long, slow evening.

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On tap at the FW Tasting Room – Paso Robles
Served in a FW Tasting snifter glass – 08/16/2014

A: Double DBA pours a dark and muddled caramel amber color with some reddish brown tint to it. The carbonation invokes about a quarter inch of dark khaki froth with some sufficient staying power. Light broken tracks of tan lace cling onto my glass after every sip.

S: Smells like rich toffee nougat laced with toasted coconut and vanilla spice. This is not distinctively Bourbon forward to me but I do get some of that aged oak presence. Really this has a big caramel malt sweetness accompanied with a dried fruit medley, doughy breads, and a touch of earthy hops surfacing. Some mild alcohol presence as well. Smells warm and inviting with some nice barreling attributes.

T: Taste bares no surprises as the buttery rich toffee malts carry over. Sweet breads with coconut flesh, brown sugar, toasted oak, and some subtle Bourbon vanilla spice all come together. The beer is big and rich yet never gets sickly so. Maintains a nice frothy consistency throughout and there is a lower level of hop bitterness that brings in some nice earthy mineral qualities to round out the other flavors. Finishes with a warming alcohol spiced kick. A lovely sipper for sure.

M: Heavy and filling at times however with a nice upper level of frothy carbonation that lends a nice creamy texture to the beer. Finishes with a bit of a drying lift and some warming alcohol effects.

D: Double DBA is another great barrel aged offering in the Firestone-Walker lineup. While the final blend doesn’t scream Bourbon to me I just can’t get enough of that coconut. I think that balance is the real testament to the brew masters as I appreciate the fact that this doesn’t pummel you over the head with the spirits like a truncheon yielding bobby. A bit sweeter than others so best to take some time with this one or share with friends. Shame they are discontinuing bottles.

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Poured hard into my Lucifer snifter.

Sight: Lovely hazy, burnished orange with a stark white head. This recedes into a light film on top, delicate speckles of lace.

Smell: Oh God, the malt! Sweet bready, malty, raisin goodness. Just the slightest hint of hop.

Taste: More Heaven in a glass. Sipped while chilled, it offers a great caramel note, playing in concert with a sugary malt and like its aroma, dark fig/raisin characteristic of balanced English style Barleywines. Booze is well hidden for 12%- to me, a great hallmark of well-crafted barleywine. As it warms, the hops are a bit more apparent, but the other flavors still take control. I MAY consider this a "malt bomb."

Mouthfeel: Delicate carbonation, slick oily feel on the tongue. Very pleasing. Smooth, almost to a fault.

Overall: Fantastic offering by FW. And a new "nomenclature" for me: Imperial Special Bitter. Call it what you want, I'll call it malty magnificence.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94.7% out of 100 with 1,973 ratings
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