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RATINGS: 532   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benfi (692) - DENMARK - MAY 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2013 Deep amber with a small pale head. Aroma is caramel, oak, vanilla, booze. Taste is toffee, caramel, vanilla, raisins, graham cracker, oak. Smooth on the palate, slightly sticky mouthfeel, sweet finish with only a hint of booze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VsXsV (3889) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2013
Bottle. Hazy amber liquid with small off-white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, port wine, oak, vanilla, coconut and bread. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee and wood. Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aenima (333) - Askim, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2013 Aroma of some raisins. Taste also contains a little raisins. I miss carmalization. Doesn’t taste much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (2819) - DENMARK - MAY 4, 2013
Sample at CBC. Copper with a tiny off white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, wood. Heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body, creamy/syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol well hidden, soft caramel. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deanso (8623) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2013
Sample at cbc 2013. Thin white head. Ckear amber pour. Noticable woody notes and alcohol. A lovely brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (16615) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle split with JF, 20/04/13, from an IP trade with George. Lightly hazed dark amber with a thin beige film of a head. Nose is dark caramel, vanilla, brown sugars, almonds, dark fruit, waft of booze. Taste comprises Dark toffee, light chocolate, booze, marsh mallows, brown sugars, syrup & figs, toasted malt, butterscotch popcorn. Full bodied, dine carbonation, boozey finish. A more than decent barley wine!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4749) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
From Dawson’s Restaurant on draft at the Hyatt Regency in Sacramento, CA. This came in the 16 oz glass a dark murky brown with a small tan head and light lacing. Nose of rich malts and treacle. Medium plus in body and with a smooth clean mouthfeel. Flavor is very rich with lots of roasted malts and some fruit and vanilla. Very tasty and nice to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock (7553) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2013
Bottle at a tasting in Stockholm, April 2013. (thanks Johan) Dark amber with a medium head. Aroma of toffee, some vanilla, malt and some dried fruit. The taste was sweet with vanilla, toffee, malt, fruit, pine and notes of oak. Thick body with a smooth mouthfeel. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirLimpsalot (3673) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
@ Norman: stor bärig doft. Fantastisk len smak med stora toner vanilj och toffee. Lång söt eftersmak. Mycket god. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1974) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 13, 2013
Pours a deep, warm shade of amber. Small, light beige head, which dissipates to nothing. Filtered. The aroma is dominated by rich caramel and toffee malt flavors. There’s some apricot, coconut, sugar cane, almonds and cotton candy. The taste is sweet and luxurious. It’s pretty much a delicious barleywine with light barrel notes. I’m mostly getting vanilla and a light woodiness from the barrel-aging. There’s some fairly subtle bourbon in the background, but it meshes into the other notes quite nicely. Some booze in the aroma, but it mostly just warms up the palate once you take a sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and thick, but it never got cloying for me. This is one of the best barrel-aged beers that I’ve had from FW, probably my second favorite after Sticky Monkey (? - one of the barleywines that was used in a recent FW anniversary beer). It does a particularly good job of showing FW’s light touch with barrel-aging. Great stuff.

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