Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Double Double Barrel AleDouble Double Barrel Ale
BA SCORE
4.29/5
1,974 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:
#589
Reviews:
339
Ratings:
1,974
pDev:
8.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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245
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Trade:
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Photo of mudboneINla
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barely pours a head at all, even with a heartily aggressive pour. A few bubbles aggregate again the glass walls, no real appreciable lacing either. There’s a strong, bright glow to the orange to light brown hued liquid, needed given the high level of particulate floating about inside (bottle stood up for weeks), plenty of widely dispersed bubbles as well, looks like a lot of activity in the glass. The nose is balanced and does not betray excessive alcohol presence, a good underlying roastiness stiffens its nostril presence so it’s not overly sugary, still no lack of molasses, caramelized brown sugar, butterscotch, at the same time you get green apple, fig, golden raisin, spiced orange peel and a heavy floral musk, you get more lightly metallic earthiness at it warms, easy as she goes. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied and likewise smooth and flows effortlessly, not looking to make a huge display of itself. More leafy herbal qualities here, bready like challah bread or breakfast rolls. Fruitier with apricot, peach, cherry mixed in with the fig, raisin, date base. Chocolate truffle, toffee, butterscotch, cream soda give it the desired appeal, no sugar bomb. The carbonation could be considered mildly on the high side for the style, not obvious but rock steady and adds to its overall freshness. More for those who want a food friendly version of the style than an experience unto itself. (Proprietor's Reserve Series #002, 2013)

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of zhanson88
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Goliveidaho
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
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 fruity...it 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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Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 1,974 ratings
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