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RATINGS: 530   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Boxed bomber received as a gift late this summer. Deep muddy ruby color with moderate foamy cream-colored head. Aroma and flavor very similar, basically a malt bomb with loads of caramel and toffee dominating. Being a double, the finish is a bit rough as expected, smacking of booze and a bit sharp on the tongue. A really good barleywine, almost enough to convert me on the style!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2012
22oz bottle, 2012 batch 1, bottled 6/15/12, for like $15-16 at Olive Tree Market in OB back in August. Clear dirty orange with a small creamy beige head that dissipates to a thick ring before long. Plenty of bourbon and dry oak woodiness in the aroma, but with a good sweet caramel backing, as in the regular DBA, though really not all that sweet thanks to the extra wood character. The flavor adds more of the fruity English ale yeast to the beer, but there is still plenty of boozy woody bourbon, and not in the old Angel’s Share type of way, but newer and fresher. Still nice caramel notes, but still not too sweet, by any means. Definite booze burn, but I still wouldn’t put this at 12%. Dry, bitterness peaked at a 2, not quite a 3. Low to moderate carbonation with a full body. Pretty tasty, though not mega complex--you gotta like bourbon to enjoy this one, and I do. For whatever reason, I think this is a solid 4.0, just dunno where I would add any points. . .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours hazy copper with no head. The aroma Is very malty with some big caramel notes. The taste is sweet with some vanilla on the finish.. Super sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2279) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle shared at the November 2012 Santa Cruz tasting. Light amber pour, tan head. ’Doubling’ this beer really fills out the body and flavor, which I always though was lacking in the normal DBA. Rich toffee and a bitter woody finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3416) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle from trade with michaelinwa. Pours a cloudy burnt copper color with a small head that lingers a bit and collects at the edges. Good lacing. Aroma is rich toffee and caramel. Smells and tastes like liquid candy. Oak barrel notes come through in the finish with vanilla and a little burnt toast. Somewhat boozy, light alcohol burn. Full body and sticky mouthfeel. This is a must try beer for toffee lovers. I very much enjoyed slowly sipping this.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (3086) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2012
The aroma is sweet, candy, fruit. The flavor is the same, with a hint of booze. The appearance is a deep russet color. The finish is boozy, pine. Medium/thick in body, slick mouthfeel. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (7319) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Draft at blind tiger with Tom, Paul and Andy. Pours a deep amber body with ligh lacing. Aroma is maple, molasses and toffee. Light booze nose. Mouthfeel is slick with notes of sweet maple syrup, sweet fruity malts, light molasses and oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aroma- big toffee, dates, plums, molasses, dark fruits Appearance- slightly darker than most barleywines, decent head and lacing as well Taste- some hops upfront followed by a caramel sweetness, nice barrel qualities follow, toffee, ginger, dark fruits, some roasted notes Palate- very nice mouthfeel, higher carbonation Overall- Excellent take on a barley wine from FW. Better, and more drinkable, than Sucaba, IMO. Quite sessionable and very complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours deep copper with brown hues and a small tan head. Nose is Rick vanilla, brown sugar, light smoke, booze, honey, wood and butter toffee. Taste is sweet, very sweet but this is not a bad thing. I wouldn't call it balanced but it has enough bitterness to have it not be offputting. Mouthfeel is soft and creamy, just a bit sticky, body is heavy and the finish is long. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle thanks to timfoolery: Poured a mohogany brown with little to no tan color head. Aroma is strong whiskey booze, caramel malts, and very hot to the nose. Strong booze and alcohol singe the tip of my tongue, but slowely reveals a nice caramel malt.

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