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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (365) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 31, 2012
Bottle. Aroma: Cedar, canned mandarin oranges, malt Palate: Flavor: Moderately bitter orange from start through finish. Comment: Balanced, though fruit quickly fades on the finish. Pleasant lingering bitterness and good aroma. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
toxichop (322) - South Gate, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
A: Oak, vanilla, almonds, alcohol and carmel malt. P: Amber with a thin white head. T: Vanilla, caramel malt, dark fruits and a bit of a hop profile on this. Finishes with slight bourbon and wood but on a weak note. M: Light and creamy, the alcohol is well hidden. O: Even though the barrel is weak it is still a fantastic brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2012
(bottle) reddish amber with off white head. Aroma of bourbon. Flavor is bourbon. Too off balanced for me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryecatcher (720) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bomber. Poured into a snifter, a nice caramel color with very little head. Nose is candy and bourbon. Mouth is full, but not overpowering, with bourbon in the front and a toffee creaminess. Goes down so smooth, you barely notice the alcohol. Epic example of style (barley wine) from a technically proficient brewer. FWBC hasnít disappointed me yet.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Deep ruby red with an off white head. American oak aromatics and bourbon on the nose. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the alcohol bite is muted. Caramel and tobacco leaf palate. Endless finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10698) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight beige head, which didnít last long but tried to ring. Aroma is rich malt with hints of wood and perhaps treacle. Arguably full bodied. Flavor is light brown sugar, light oak astringency, and some light hop. Comes across a bit treacle. The heat is not really present to a noticeable extent. The individual flavors seemed light, but the sum is greater than the parts. The overall effect is a lot of flavor. Really excellent ale.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5138) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter (thanks dudeabide!). Looks good; a barleywine brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Outstanding beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Aroma of toffee and caramel. Pours clearish with slight film. Taste is very sweet with strong caramel and maple syrup notes. Delicious and sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3074) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle, pours a hazy ruby copper color with small off white head, random clearish lacing around the inners of the glass. Aromas of rum, oak, bannana bread, toffee, brown sugar, and heavy caramel malts. Taste is just as sweet as aroma but hoppy and boozey at the same time. Further flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, booze, and wood. Nice and bitter. Another winner from FW.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mattj01 (4) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012 does not count
Nice amber color with a slight bitter taste, but not too bitter that itís not smooth drinking.


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