Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale
BA SCORE
4.29/5
Outstanding
1,975 Ratings
Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#590
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
1,975
pDev:
8.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
245
Gots:
873
Trade:
90
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,975 |  Reviews: 339
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Until we meet again.. Don't know where, don't know when… Vintage 2014.

American Strong Ale looking like appearance, deep cherry caramel brown and very dark red, fairly glowing and clear. Not much head produced off the pour, a creamy buttery tan yellow, that settles to a good thin and creamy collar that always sticks around. Not as dark as I expected, but a real nice color and looking brew.

Simple nose that hints at good oak. Creamy notes of buttered caramel and toffee. Nice cinnamon like warmth and cherry spices to match. Mild booze warmth.

Palate is interesting, very light bodied and almost crackling biscuit, but with a much rounder oaky feel of course. Small hints of toffee and woody warmth. Some nice vanilla but without the sweetness and a buttery oak quality just keeps coming. Not particularly big on any fruit, minimal caramel and toffee, but also very light sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty tame but fills nicely. With some time and warmth, a bit more fruity quality of cherry comes out a bit slightly.

Overall it's a decent aged brew but seems to also hint at lighter strong and old ale qualities, which for the heavy hitting oomph dorks out there probably doesn't get to many people excited. Great beer to try, and decent for what it is.

 1,319 characters

Photo of Austin_M
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of blue-dream
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Erik-P
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Fabiand
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of joshshepperd
4.12/5  rDev -4%

Photo of MLDucky
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

2014 on tap at Flying Saucer Downtown Houston.

I don't think there is any way you can improve upon this beer. It looks great, the aroma is heavenly, and it doesn't suffer from the sweetness that some BA barley wines do. I love the taste of it. It's luxurious and entrancing. I think this is perfection of the style.

 317 characters

Photo of Wayne17
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MrPlayboy
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Dadboneau
3.4/5  rDev -20.7%

Photo of Rich1818
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of PalatePilot
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of daryk77
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Big vanilla nose, slightly sweet vanilla/barrel taste. Not hot at all. Well balanced for a 12%abv beer. Think ~6 months will put this beer in a good spot. Firestone is truly a master of barrel aging.

 199 characters

Photo of GOGRANDE
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of akang
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TruePerception
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

Firestone's Double DBA, barrel-aged imperial special bitter. 12% ABV.

A: Nice smoky haze upon opening. A little less than a finger of lopsided head. Seems to be no lacing. Clear, slightly-orange red, with tiny grey sediment suspended throughout. Golden yellow in the dimple, with more suspended sediment. (4.5)

S: Deep, fruity molasses. Malty. Some bourbon and oakiness, but it's lighter than Firestone's other BA offerings. Lightly browned cereal grain (a la, whole grain Cheerios). I'm having trouble nailing down the fruit smell I'm getting. Something along the lines of fig or tamarind. Toffee. (4.5)

T/MF: Flavor is darker, and with more caramel notes, than the basic DBA. Rich fruity toffee. Dried cherry, plum. More of that malted cereal grain. Slight char note on the back end of all those caramel and toffee notes. Booziness is well masked. Slightly soft mouthfeel. Slight, bittersweet chocolate note. Very slight grassiness, but it very well hidden underneath the other flavors. (4.5/4.25)

Overall: Decent amount of sweetness along with the flavors makes this more of a dessert beer, to me. Quite glad I was able to try this before it was gone!(4.5)

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

 1,221 characters

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,975 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.