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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge fan of Firestone Walker's barrel program, let's see how this measures up seeing as it's about to be retired from bottling. 2014 vintage.

Appearance: lighter complexion for an English barley wine; a hazy, translucent brown. Looks just like Double Barrel Ale.

Smell: big sweetness, caramel, toasted coconut, molasses, brown sugar.

Taste: similar to nose. Certainly an English barley wine, the malty sweetness is very pronounced. No hop presence. Main taste is molasses with toasted coconut. Slight bitterness on the finish. Alcohol is present mostly in form of bourbon, almost a flavoring of cognac. No alcohol heat though so it works.

Mouthfeel: quite a thick and chewy beer. Very viscous, almost syrupy.

Overall: impressive, but I think I had unrealistically high hopes. Probably a palate issue because the single Double Barrel Ale is one of my least favorite Firestone beers and at its core this has the flavoring of DBA. A nice English barley wine though, especially if you like an after dinner, sweet, sipper.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is the 2014 vintage.

A big flavor profile. Taste like candy, just a major sweetness. The first sip gives you a sugary caramel, molasses and vanilla taste. A slight coconut, and toffee taste comes through as the beer warms.

It's a shame that this will be the last time this is bottled.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


22oz into a tulip. Pours a polished red stained wood, crystal clear shellac, minor fleeting head, zero lacing.

Sweet sweet sweet aroma. As much an old ale as anything. Time touching wood is obvious. A bit solvent.

The flavor is big and expressive, massive caramel toffee sweet sweet goodness. Boozy but not hot. Long lasting complex aftertaste, evolves significantly, pleasantly. Full bodied oily slick appropriate mouthfeel.

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3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one packs quite a punch which I normally don't mind in something like a stout but this one tastes more like a liquor than beer. The taste is pretty close to that of a cognac. This is certainly more of a sipping beer than one watching a ballgame. I really wish I had a nice cigar to go along with this one.

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3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red colour, amber tinged. Head is off-white, large bubbles. Decent lacing. But a bit thin. Paradoxically though, it looks heavy overall.

Smells like oak. Vanilla, coconut, even bourbon. Smells sweet, kind of cupcake-esque, with a big bourbon hit. Yeah, cupcakes with bourbon. There's an idea. Let's talk, Firestone Walker.

Taste is coconutty. Vanilla, as well, lots of sweetness. American oak, notes of butter, with cake batter, chestnut, coconut, sweet bourbon maybe. Touch of corporeality. Not a huge amount of beer character, just tastes of sweetness with huge bourbon ageing. I like all the characters, but yeah I'd like more nuance. Just tastes like delicious barrel ageing with the beer removed.

Smooth, heavy, has a slight nip of alcohol on the back. Not bad.

Very tasty. But rating it as a beer I'm a bit torn. It's nice, but is there really much beer character left here?

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.26 out of 5 based on 1,970 ratings.
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