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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikedR (1162) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2013
Good, but quite boozy. Deep copper pour. Toffee and caramel aroma, which carries through to the taste, along with a hint of vanilla and a slight bourbon flavor endemic of barrel aging. This is a sipper; what lingers is alcohol burn. Would probably benefit from aging, but even moreso would benefit from kicking down the ABV from 12% to 8-9%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocJitsu (909) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Poured into my Figueroa Mountain pint glass for a bit of poetic irony. The beer pours a mildly hazy copper-amber with a light taupe head. The head gives off an orange hue. The head, like all FW brews, subsides nearly immediately. Vibrant notes of coconut, honey, caramel, and bourbon comprise the aroma. The mouthfeel is so soft, creamy, and full that it takes on a life of its own. There’s just enough scrubbiness on the top to balance. The mouthfeel is so complimentary to the gestalt of the beer. The flavor, while easily describable, does not lend itself to words for adequate appraisal of how good it really is. A flawlessly engineered combination of bourbon oak, caramel, and honey causes one to be thankful to have had the good fortune to experience it. It finishes with the most perfectly smooth coconut and butter, and, finally, just a hint of alcohol warmth. This may be the best beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3961) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Thanks to Carter (I think) for sharing this one. Pours murky amber with a light ring of a beige head. The aroma has rich malt, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee, warm alcohol and overall rich and fullness to everything. Medium / full lush rich body with gentle soft carbonation. The flavor starts with brown sugar, huge sweet malt, rich toffee and warming alcohol. The finish has a bit of pepper, lots of toffee and a bit of oak. Nice beer. Even with it being on the sweet side I enjoyed this quite a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3079) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a hazy copper color with a dense off white head. The nose is slightly piney with lots of butterscotch and toffee notes. The flavor is surprisingly well balanced between the thick, sweet malt with notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak and the hops. Just enough bitterness to help balance things out with a warming but not hot alcoholic finish. A full bodied brew with a good bit of soft carbonation. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontbeertaster (2337) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle, thanks for the share, it tastes and smells like a barley wine, the beer was quite smooth all in all and very drinkable, it wasn’t overly sweet which was nice, nice offering

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badhack (304) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Another variation on the standard FW profile (not that this is a bad thing). You’ll find this one to be very full flavored, lots of malt and citrus hops. Fairly bitter. Found the mouthfeel too sticky and too much caramel in the flavor, prefer its big brother Union Jack but who has $8 for a 6-pack?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3667) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle shared by Gillard, poured an amber color with aromas of oak, toffee, caramel, and some light vanilla. Flavors follow suit with some light booziness in the aftertaste. Thanks for sharing Ryan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmarq423 (3) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2013 does not count
Pretty damn good beer. Gorgeous golden copper color with hardly any head. Good malty taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rbrazell (1634) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle shared at Hunaphu Day. Mahogany pour with a small white head. Sweet nutty, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla and caramel. Sweet caramel and toffee up front with vanilla, coconut, oak, burnt toast, brown sugar and molasses. Heavy, warm sweet body and booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3880) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 12, 2013
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours copper/ruby with a small, light beige head. Aroma of oak and vanilla, caramel and toffee malts, and a little bit of hops. The oak and malts dominate this beer, with a nice toffee and malty finish. Smooth texture. A good beer, but I feel like it could be better and have more of everything, especially hops.

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