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RATINGS: 490   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cards04 (2061) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
Pours a nice lgooden brown. Boozy and caramel aromas. Nice smooth mouthfeel with caramel sweetness and hop bitterness. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from trade with Farhaad. Thanks! Pours a dark coppery brown with a thin active khaki head that doesn’t lace too much. Nose is sweet toffee, caramel, citrus, boozy Bourbon and some oak. Taste is very smooth. Velvety mouth feel with a ton of caramel, some roasted characteristics, bitter into a long boozy Bourbon finish. Not overpowering but definitely pleasingly complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - JUN 26, 2013
Nice clear dark coppery color. Sweet, caramel aroma, taste of caramel and scotch with alcohol finish. It particularly reminds me of sherry-cask finished scotch (which I love).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2013
Draft. Brown pour, beige head, some retention/lace. Aroma of toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, barrel. Taste is sweeter, toast, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon. Palate is soft, oily, sweet finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16867) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
4th May 2013
CBC. Very tired rating! Light haze on this amber beer, little pale tan head. Light and semi dry palate. Big vanilla wood and sweet malts. Very drinkable!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a murky brownish-red with a white ring. Aroma of bourbon, wood, brown sugar, and malt. Taste of brown sugar, wood, hops, malt. Lingering rather watery bourbon wood with a light mouthfeel. Nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a slight caramel hue. Aroma is very strong alcohol with some caramel and malt tones. Taste is very good but very strong in alcohol content. Definitely double in every way. Very sip-able beer that just overloads the palate with flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Errl (1871) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2013
2012 Bottle.. Pour is dark ruby with a white head.. Nose is nice vanilla, smoke, oak, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar...Taste is Spice, vanilla, barrel, nice caramel sweetness, toffee

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Get in my mouth. Sweet nectar of all DIPA, super viscous, very impressive mouthfeel, with loads of scotch, caramel, and toffee on the tongue. Finish is clean but boozy, with hop complexity and gosh darn it’s just delicious.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (727) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 9, 2013
2012 vintage, No. 001. 22 oz bomber into a Bolt Cutter glass. A - Pours a dark red body that is somewhat clear save for a great deal of floaties in the last pour. Really not much of a head to speak of. An initial fingers worth of tan foam fades away to some thin edging. Minimal lacing. S - The aroma reminds me a lot of Founders Doom or Boltcutter. Just a lightly hopped barrel aged barleywine/DIPA hybrid sort of thing. Rich caramel, toffee, biscuits and figs go right into some quasi-grapefruit/piney hops. Vanilla, oak, and brown sugar briefly on the end before it all gets consumed by a wall of ethanol. T - The taste is very similar to the nose. Toffee and caramel central with some faded hops and a really nice barrel presence of butterscotch, oak, and vanilla. The alcohol is very noticeable but in a somewhat masochistic fashion. It impedes drinkability but half way into the beer I find myself enjoying its smooth burn. The finish really is fantastic. Mouth feel is a bit thin with low carbonation which suits the beer well enough. O - I did not expect the beer to feel this massive. The booze is incredibly noticeable. Like a barrel aged old ale with a huge fruit presence but not as heavy. I wasn’t totally sold initially but I really warmed up to it. Its very unique against the masses of BA barley wines out on the market. BA Imperial Bitter...go figure!


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