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.