Tuesday, July 31

Beer Review: Firestone Walker Double DBA (Release #1)


"DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength.  It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two.  English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels."
  • style
    Barley Wine
  • abv
    12%
  • color
    13.5
  • fermentation
    Selectively fermented in the Firestone Union.
  • malts
    Premium Two-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
  • hops
    Bittering—Magnum; Late Kettle—Styrian Golding, East Kent Golding; Dry Hops—East Kent Golding
  • availability
    CA, NV, OR, WA, AZ, CO, MO, Chicago, MA, NJ, NY, VA, PA, DC, MD
    22 oz bottle, 1/6bbl & 13.2g draft 
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Appearance: (4.0)
-  This beer poured a very huge light tan head that was a fluffy 2-3 fingers of thick foamy head over the top of a rather dark and ruby-like copper brew. Thin layers of creamy head reside over the brew while a medium sized ring is left. Solid.

Smell: (4.0)
- Big notes of vanilla and oak with a kiss of bourbon. It's a little hot and would be a nice aging brew. Huge sweet molasses-like malts with a caramel punch. Rather sweet. Bready notes are certainly present as well.

Taste: (3.5)
- Big sweet molasses and caramel notes with a lovely grassy and earthy hop bitterness present as this beer is fresh. Light heat flavors from the alcohol. Lovely vanilla dessert with an oak bottom. Solid brew, but for me doesn't touch a lot of other barrel aged beers. The flavors are great from the aging process, but i am not sure if the beer is.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, a nice chewy flare, and well carbonated. Curious what this would be like without the use of a standard British Ale yeast. It's not too syrupy at all from the aging which is nice. The base beer must have been. Overall not a bad feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- This beer is nice after the whole process. I doubt that I would like the base beer that much, and to be honest I don't care much for the basic DBA beer from Firestone. I find most to be too malt forward. This however is a nice dessert beer with a nice sweet touch. The malt, caramel, and vanilla is solid, but I would still like a little more bitter rather than dry heat from the alcohol... though I'm reviewing this beer a tad fresh. Got another in the cellar.

3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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