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RATINGS: 456   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1349) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
140801, bottle 2013 vintage. Pours light hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak, milk chocolate. Taste is medium sweet caramel, dried fruits, milk chocolate, finish is light bitter, alcohol notes and vanilla. Medium dobied, soft carbonation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (59) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
22 oz bottle of 2013 vintage from my cellar. Looks thin, but it sure doesn?t smell or taste that way. Sugary, malty, boozy, glorious. The barrel aging and massive malt profile imparted a huge array of flavors, including brown sugar, oak, caramel, leather, and cherry. Mouthfeel was syrupy and smooth. No noticeable hop aroma or bitterness until the finish. The hops must be there, otherwise this beer wouldn?t taste quite so balanced. Amazing! I will try to remember to grab a bottle from this year?s batch.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
julesjis (51) - Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
2013 vintage. Poured from 22oz that was tucked away in the cellar. Color is a beautiful scotch/whiskey dark amber color. Aroma is definitely boozy, barrel aged. First sip is surprisingly sweet, smooth and flavorful. Additional tastes bring out the booze, but still remains very balanced. I get mostly a caramel, molasses, malty finish. Masks the 12% well. Drink this one at home kids!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsnicholas (134) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle (22 Oz. $18): poured clearest amber with small head. Smells and taste of bourbon. Some vanilla. Very little bitterness. Not sure why the call it an Extra Bitter. Very nice sipper.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (124) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Poured from a 2014 vintage bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter. Aroma is vanilla bourbon booze caramel and some slight banana. Appearance is a clear reddish amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. Taste is a vanilla, buttery caramel, bourbon goodness with a very slight bitter finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. This vintage seems a bit more boozy than previous years. Overall a favorite of mine. Last year of this beer so get it while you can. Cheers!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tderoeck (4680) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 3, 2014
1/VIII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ Belgo-Swedish Crazy Summer Trade Tasting - BB: n/a, 2013 vintage (2014-868) Thanks to hackobock for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy dark red brown beer, creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet, caramel, lots of vanilla, dried fruits, bourbon, some alcohol, milk chocolate. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, alcohol, lots of caramel, milk chocolate, bit sugary, alcohol. Aftertaste: caramel, sweet, lots of vanilla, chocolate.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gendv138 (1326) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 oz draft pour at ChurchKey, 2014 release. Clear ruby with off-white head. Aromas of big toasted coconut, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit. Tastes of huge toasted coconut, caramel, dark fruit, light booze. Medium body with a dry finish. Syrupy mouthfeel. One of my favorites of Firestone Walker’s barrel aged offerings with all the coconut, too bad it’s being retired.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (945) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a cloudy amber color with no head. The aroma is bourbon and the taste is a wonderful bourbon taste that lingers on the palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3174) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2014
2012 vintage. Took me 2 hours to drink it but NOT becuase it was hard to drink. Simply becuase of the ABV. Aroma of raisin, figs, thick syrupy toffee, light roasted nuts. The flavor is on the mild side of oxidation and right were I want it for the style. Flavor is right with the aroma and has a sweet finish that would never be cloying. Earthy dirty English feel in the caramel. Weak oak note. The mouthfeel has smoothed out with the age and no alcohol can be detected. Just enough time sitting in the cellar.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbaaron (1244) - Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Beautiful, radiant, fiery autumn with a creamy white head. Phenomenal aroma. Base represented well. Bread, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, fantastic bourbon barrel perfectly integrated. Medium to full body. Slick. Not overly boozy but no wimp either. Pleasant warmth. Creamy vanilla and bourbon finish. Wouldn’t call it sweet or bitter. Sophisticated. Coconut and vanilla grow a bit cloying towards the end. Enjoyed first night at new place.


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