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

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Added by HopHead84 on 06-16-2009

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Ratings:
1,967
Reviews:
337
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.92%
 
 
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Photo of smi69
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stompilator
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.97/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.23/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Nick! Didn't think I would get a chance to try this. 2013 vintage.

Pours a murky brown color. The head is a finger high and off-white in shade. I don't like the soda-like texture, and its retention sucks. Let's face it, this isn't a good look - when the best descriptor I can think of is "it looks like a glass of something scooped out of a septic tank at Chipotle", you know it's a poor-looking brew.

It doesn't smell like a glass of something that came from a septic tank at Chipotle, thankfully! The textbook barrel character of Firestone Walker is featured here, in full force. Plenty of vanilla meshes with a powerful oak character, and even a touch of coconut. It has a fairly light base (malt and ester wise) when compared to something like Sucaba - I pick up caramel, toffee, brown sugar, apricot, cherry, and peach to go along with the bourbon. There are some additional tones of butter (like DBA) and banana fluttering around. Put simply, it has the depth I look for from a 12% behemoth, though the aromatic strength is a bit timid thanks to the lack of head.

Its flavor opens up with the malt backbone appearing - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and the like. Stone fruits lurk around the fringes. This certainly isn't another Sucaba, as the whole thing tastes a bit brighter to me. Past the midpoint, the barrel practically explodes on the palate. I start getting tons of vanilla and oak, even a touch of coconut. The profile, unfortunately, doesn't strike me as being terribly deep, nor does it seem well balanced (the bourbon barrel qualities pummel the base). It's not pure tannin water, but it's not far off from that ideology - I really wished the malts were showcased more effectively.

This is quite light on the palate, thanks to how tannic it is. I almost get the sense the oak barrels are pulverizing the base beer as it traverses my palate. Drinkability is excellent, at least, though it does feel fairly harsh going down. Carbonation is medium-low, as expected from the style.

I'm not a big fan of the normal DBA. But an imperialized DBA put in bourbon barrels? It's an improvement...but not a huge one. It's damn good if you like FW's typical barrel characteristics, but me, I want more of a balance between the base and the barrels. On the plus side, it's very easy to down given its strength (and age, to be fair). You know, I'm beginning to think FW's barrel-aged brews not named Sucaba or Parabola are pure hype...

3.23/5: Sucaba does everything this beer does (did?), and far better at that

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Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JakerLou
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SourAddict
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soco89ziegler
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of whatname
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BKotch
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beerman1980
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

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

Photo of Beervana
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of capnamerica
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AMCimpi
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage picked up at the Tin Bucket Christmas sale.

A clear mahogany with a dense, off-white head that falls off to a ring rapidly, this looks decent. The nose is nice. Opening with a blend of toffee, caramel, a soft vanilla and coconut character from the bourbon barrels, with the coconut character being surprisingly fleshy and meaty. Mild prune and some raisin are also present. The malt character is really good, with the complex, bready, mildly nutty character of British malts but caramelized to lend notes of toffee and butterscotch. The palate opens moderately sweet with toffee, butterscotch, caramel and brown sugar, all on a silky smooth body. Booze and the classic FW bourbon character - mostly coconut with a heady dose of vanilla - is present on the mid-palate. Sweet and boozy on the finish with lingering toffee, coconut and vanilla, this beer is medium-full in body, softly carbonated and delicious.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stephensinner
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Double Double Barrel Ale from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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