Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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1,970
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Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 bomber into a snifter. Served at fridge temp, allowed to warm ~30 mins.

Appearance: Unexpectedly light; I guess I was expecting something more like §ucaba, but this looks more like unfiltered apple cider. Cloudy reddish brown. Basically nonexistent head.

Smell: Now the smell is a lot more like §ucaba—caramel, vanilla, barrel, whipped cream. Maybe it's just because I've got apple cider in my brain now, but I also pick up a lot of bright apple notes. Smells really delicious.

Taste: Follows the nose. Toffee, some coconut, vanilla. I also get the sweet, slightly tart or bitter apple that I picked up in the aroma. A little alcohol burn, but really in the background compared to fresh barrel-aged offerings.

Feel: Fairly syrupy, but brightly carbonated at the same time. I would actually prefer a little lower carb, thought I guess it fits the slightly brighter, apple-y flavor pretty well.

Overall: Mighty fine brew. Haven't had this fresh, but I'm guessing the age did it well in mellowing out the alcohol presence and letting some of the other flavors come to the fore. Not sure where I'd rank this against FW's other widely-available Proprietor's Vintage beers, but not sure I'd care—it's delicious!

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2013 vintage poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head that sticks around.

S: Smells like bourbon and vanilla, primarily. There's some coconut in there as well as some fruits I can't identify.

T: Follows the nose (especially the oak), with added notes of toffee, caramel, and toasted almonds. Excellent. Finishes with a little bit of hoppiness, but not too much. Oak and vanilla flavors stick around for the finish. Very well-balanced.

M: Thick and full bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Little bit of alcohol on the back end.

O: A very well done barleywine. Firestone really knows how to barrel-age beers, and alongside Sucaba and Parabola this holds up very well. Not as deliciously sweet as Sucaba, but this is still an outstanding beer.

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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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