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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2749) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Poured from a bottle at the Beerhive. Bourbon, burnt sugar, malty, raisin, fruity alcohol, big alcohol bomb, very sweet and slightly cloying. Not really getting into this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
baraciisch (2553) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Reddish orange in color... Aroma of oak, vanilla... Flavor is unbelievably smooth, notes of caramel, vanilla, oak... Delicious..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2276) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2013
bomber shared by jsprime. deep amber with a tan head. big beer but well balanced. very drinkable for the abv but not overly memorable. id have this again but wouldnt seek it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maekchu (3044) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 22, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 Draught at the Paso Robles Taproom. 2012 vintage. Huge barrel nose: oak, strong caramel, some smoke. Glowing dark amber color. Smooth oak whiskey-like hit / mid gives plenty of alc. warmth, along with strong earthy caramel, leather, and sweet pipe tobacco / final has warm alc. traces and more deep oaky malt. Medium-heavy body. Wow! So smooth and warming. Great mouthfeel. An oaked barleywine, but with even more alc. strength. I bought a bottle of this to take home, but I doubt that it will be as good as this fresh tap version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Dark copper. Toffee. Vanilla. Pretty strong. High alcohol. Sweet brown sugar. Nine. Thanks Tony b.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Bomber from my Rocky Mountain pusher - thanks, Jeff! FW continues to crush it with these massive ABV beers, bringing loads of subtlety and elegance where others often only realize face-wrecking booziness. Lustrous dark brown pour with a firm silky head, this one’s opaque and chalky once it settles a bit. Massive nose of toasted malts, toffee, and really nice oaky richness. Taste is really intense and heavy, but excellent as a sipper. S’mores, oaky tannins, and old ale qualities more than a conventional barleywine. Surprised by how good this was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1949) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
Thanks to Jon for bringing this to a bottle share. 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. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XaenDovet (1259) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 15, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Bottle share. Thx John. Deep amber, with raisin, woody, caramel aroma. Taste is crystal wood and raisin. Brilliant, tingly finish that’s incredibly easy drinkin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Discgolfin (36) - - FEB 13, 2013
Pours dark copper with white head...head lasts a minute with some lacing. Good smout of ruich dar caramel, booze, nice balance. Big flavors malty and finish sweet. Hop biterness low, finish sweet from mslt anf booze. Mouthfeel is nice. .good deceiving beer at 12 percent..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rxeight (2150) - Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Brown amber pour. Lots of bourbon tasted dominated by vanilla but not forced. Similar to backwoods bastard. Really good stuff. My only complaint is the lack of body. I guess the base beer is a bit thiner than most souts that go in barrels but it is the only downside.

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