PattiA (49) - Madison, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Firestone Double Barrel Ale pours out the way I see beer pour in commercials and seems almost perfect to look at. It has an orange/brown tone to it like a shiny penny and is crystal clear. The head foams up nicely and off-white but dissipates fairly quickly. If that wasnít inviting enough, the aroma is sweet and malty with a slight hint of spices.
I found the taste to be very well-balanced between the flavor of the hops and malts. My first impression was toasted malts or toffee, but later I could subtly detect just hints of spice and possibly a grapefruit-like tangy bitterness from the hops. I think some of this flavor was also from fermenting in the oak barrels as there seemed to be an almost pepper-like taste in there that was hard to pin down. The finish was definitely bitter with a good kick of carbonation that was a bit heavier than what I usually like in my brews.
delmecum (87) - Western Illinois, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A good all around average beer, nothing to sell the farm and buy a warehouse full of it. Buy it and try it, you wonít be disappointed nor will you think you have found the end of the rainbow
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. Pour a nice brown almost golden color and is very clear. Strong hops aroma. Seem a little old so I might of had a bad one. But still was good.
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The bottle poured a crystal clear dark amber beverage with a medium-thin off white head that was mostly diminishing and left good lacing on the glass. The aroma was primarily malty with notes of sweet caramel in the background. The body was medium-thin with lively carbonation and a slightly watery texture. The flavor started off just a bit on the bitter side with sweet nuances around the edge. The finish was average in length, slightly dry and just a bit bitter as well.
bcasper (4) - bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 12, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
as this beer goes down it very smooth and light and my mom doesnít even make a face when she tries it. the after tastes is strong and woody on your palete and it ends with a very crisp taste this beer leaves you wanting another drink
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
"Poured a dark amber/copper color with a small head. Smelled of spicy hops. Tasted of caramel. Had a nice clean well balanced mouthfeel. Tasted better as it warmed up. "
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22 oz bottle: $2.99 at BevMo in La Jolla, CA) I must admit to never being all that impressed by this beer, or rather, it seems like a well-crafted beer, but itís not really to my liking. Itís nicely balanced, featuring a dry, lightly roasty and minimally sweet maltiness and a crisp, moderately bitter hoppiness. While the oak barrel fermentation adds just a touch of wood, Iím not sure Iíd even notice it if I werenít looking for it, though itís slightly more noticeable as the beer warms to room temperature. Lightly roasty and malty, earthy and woodsy in the nose. Medium bodied, dry, trim, crisp and very clean on the palate. Medium amber color and somewhat hazy in appearance. Bubbly, off-white head settles to a ring with an lily pad floating in the middle. Overall, itís just too dry, clean and "sanitized" for my tastes. Just not my thing, I guess.
warriorx99 (85) - USA - JAN 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear deep red with a scent thatís quite malty. This is a smooth drink thatís a good balance of malts, caramel, and hops. Medium body. Smooth and delicious.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Not your typical barrelled beer. I guess when I saw it, I was expecting something bigger. However, thatís not to say that I was disappointed, itís actually refreshing to have a smaller barrelled beer. Citrus hops, caramel and faint malts are all in good balance. Thereís also a very faint oak taste, but it likes to play nicely in the corner. Finishes light with some citrus tartness and a little bitterness. Not bad.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Secret Santa dhlesq for this goodie. Poured a clear copper color with a nice head and good lacing. Slight aroma of yeast and biscuits. The flavor was clean and fresh, with notes of caramel and oak and tobacco leaf. A bt thin, but overall a very drinkable pale ale.