Firestone Walker’s Double-Double Barrel Ale


I’ve been meaning to try this Firestone Walker Reserve Series brew for a while now – and finally go to experience this masterpiece in all it’s wonder tonight. Meet DDBA, a massive 12.0% ABV imperial english barleywine that packs some serious flavor. How you ask? Why don’t you read my full review:

Final Rating: 4.54/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Firestone Walker pint glass. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

Appearance- Pours a clear copper body with a generous 3 finger off-white head that sticks around from a while and leaves no lacing.

Smell- Smells absolutely fantastic.. sweet vanilla, butterscotch, freshly baked sugar cookies, caramel, bourbon, toffee, slight booze. I really can’t wait to taste this.

Taste- First off is an instant burst of sweet butterscotch, french vanilla bean, sweet bourbon-caramel, toffee. On the follow through is a subtle hoppy bite, finished by a slight roasty note. I would have give this a 4.75 in this category if the finish was more roasty, which is something I prefer in bourbon barrel aged beers (especially barleywines). Very nice nonetheless.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, definitely a sipper. Low carbonation. Very smooth for 12% ABV.

I was super impressed with this Firestone Walker offering. This is what an English Barleywine should taste like – sweet and balanced, without being an alcohol-bomb or cloyingly hopped. Very nice, and probably my new favorite of the style.


One response to “Firestone Walker’s Double-Double Barrel Ale

  1. angela

    Judging by your rating, it seems like you’re pretty impressed with this beer. The way in which you described the smell alone was enough to entice me to try this selection. I will definitely put it on my to do list.

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