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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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark tangerine color with moderate carbonation. About 1/2" of off white head forms, which has good retention and decent lacing. Overall a decent looking barleywine.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some very fruity layers underneath that I would not call akin to dark fruits (fig, dark raisin, etc.) but more like dried white grape and caramelized pear. Great barrel presence as well; oak with a rich vinous wine tone to it as well. Excellent.

Taste: Toffee sweetness and toasted caramel up front, with golden raisin fruitiness and coconut following. Oak and wine barrel character round things out. All in all very similar to the smell. Again, excellent.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with about the perfect level of carbonation. Does not come close to drinking to the ABV; not much of a hint of alcohol as you drink this. Overall, another superb barrel aged offering from Firestone Walker. In my mind, just about on par if not better than Abacus. Glad I have a 2013 sitting around to drink as well.

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

Boxed 22 oz bottle. Poured gently into a snifter. Light headed, dark rich coloration. A bouquet of scents rising from the surface. Toffee, coconut, nuts...almonds and just plain peanuts. The booze circling out of the glass like smoke from a cabin in the woods. The mouth feel, butter pecan ice cream melting slowly in a porcelain bowl. Coconut spreads across the mouth, the booze warms the tongue, imaginary nuts, shelled and crushed , delicately rise to the surface. Orange toffee desert surfaces at the finish of the swallow. You can sure taste the barrel, the aging process, the phenolics, smokey ...the ester has it all. So nice to sip close ones eyes and enjoy. Thank you Adam Firestone, Matt Brynildson and David Walker. Cheers!

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

Enjoyed out of a 22 oz brown bomber with a cap that is sealed with a paper, much like the wax dip you will see on some beers. Marked clearly with a the vintage number "2013" on the label, and I believe this was bottled in July(ish), making it about six months old, give or take . Poured into a large 20oz brandy snifter.

Appearance - An aggressive pour yields a sudsy three-fourths finger head with large, soapy-looking bubbles the color of raw cane sugar--maybe off-white is a simpler description. The body underneath is a caramel light brown with faint tones of maple syrup. What head there is fades away quickly and leaves almost zero lacing.

Smell - Heavy notes of graham cracker and booze, with more subtle elements of burnt caramel and toasted bread, along with some pleasant vanilla, toasted coconut, molasses, oak and aggressive esters from the high alcohol.

Taste - Caramel and coconut with vanilla and a nice bite from the alcohol. As it warms more fruity tones from dates and figs come through, as well as nice pleasant notes of molasses and a little bit of nuttiness, like almond extract or marzipan.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and viscous, with a hint of cloying element to it, even though it's not overly-sweet. Carbonation is very low, which allows me to cap the bottle and save the second half for the following night without any appreciable loss of mouthfeel. I almost preferred it a little better on the second day, as the subtle loss of carbonation allowed the flavors to shine even more.

Overall, a wonderful beer that is light years better than the base beer from which it is made. While I'm not really a fan of Double Barrel Ale at all, this one is fantastic. I'd like to get my hands on a second bottle and sit on it for awhile to see how it develops with time, but at six months, it's drinking just fantastic. It's Sucaba's less talked-about but nonetheless impressive sibling.

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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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