Double Double Barrel Ale | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,970
Reviews:
338
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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244
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Ratings: 1,970 |  Reviews: 338
Photo of Jimmys
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2014 Vintage.

Booze, heat, loads of caramel. This thing smells really good and the flavor follows on all those notes. Reading reviews that this started a bit too hot, I am glad I got my hands on a vintage bottle. Kept in good conditions (box always help from light), this has aged very well and I would gladly stock another in my Cellar if I could find one. Another barrel aged gem from the pros at FWB.

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Photo of bongobeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of g00ey
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of BdM
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

2012 vintage from Total Wine Palm Springs for $17

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Photo of rand
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650 mL 2012 bottle, poured into a snifter

Kind of a light-tan-leather color, the brew forms almost no head on an aggressive pour, although little specs of suds cascade down the glass as it twirls.

Big, bold nose, layered and complex as they come. Oaky, bourbony, with distinct notes of tobacco and maple. Orange zest and cocoa edge-out the bouquet.

The flavors are crazy-smooth on the palate, helped by extensive cellaring I'm sure. Any sharp, tannic-like astringency has been replaced by silky notes of caramel and rum and carob. The brew is chewy, and decadent, as desert-like flavors wash in mid-sip, suggesting creamy raisin-rum. Boozy toward the finish, but not hot, as the brew closes relatively clean and quickly.

This beer is good fresh, but a few moons in the cellar make it ridiculously drinkable. As I've mentioned many times, Firestone has some of the best barrel-aged brews, hands-down.

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Photo of cyrushire
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopley
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Studfarm69
4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stevenhaal
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zythophile
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 2013
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Appearance is a slightly opaque tannish brown with barely any head.

Smell is caramel, molasses, cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, and it's a little woody. I hardly get any alcohol.

Taste is sweet and savory, a beautiful combination. Sweet rye bread is the base, and you can tack on everything that was in the smell, but the cinnamon and cloves are diminished. The caramel has a nice scorched element to it. There's a spot of tea, too.

The last bottle I had was a few years ago, and I remember it being a bit thicker. A little swish brings out some carbonation, but well below the ideal. I don't get the alcohol until a little warmth after the last swallow.

I'm glad I have a couple more bottles.

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Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rihup
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My 1000th review and I have been keeping this one for a while. 2012 vintage batch one and it didn't disappoint. Hints of bourbon, deep caramel notes, with a slight fig finish. Smooth as a babies butt. Glad I waited. Nom nom nom.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lanedlr
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TrojanRB
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage drank 6/2/16

Translucent brown red brick with two fingers of white head

Nose: Coffee, oak, brown sugar

Taste: Rum, plum, bourbon

Lightly carbonated, not overly sweet

Wonderfully balanced beer, has really improved with age. Fantastic,

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Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.93/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LXIXME
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of THSmusicman
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'13 Batch 2.
look: mostly clear dark amber. Nice reddish tan head and messy lacing.
smell: Rich malty caramel, toffee. Vanilla, and oak.
taste: More rich molasses port. Fantastic brew and 3 years has turned this into something special.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage at barrelworks

Aroma: toffee, Malt sweetness like malt syrup.

Really balanced! Toffee rum soaked dark fruits, Malts, a bit of tobacco

It gets a 94/100.

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Photo of Intlpostman
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brewlinson
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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