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RATINGS: 479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Bottle. Copper pour with a short, ring of tan foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, tropical fruit, coconut, booze, and sweet malt. Taste is strong toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, sweet malt, rum cake, tropical fruit, booze and soft hops. Body is medium-full with a mild carbonation and a syrupy, thick feel. Soft alcohol warmth as well. Finishes with more toasted coconut, vanilla, oak, chewy malt, caramel, candied fruit, booze, sponge cake, and soft hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2012
22 oz bottle. Murky brown with a splotchy head. Nose is caramel, strawberry jam and brandy soaked pears. Chewy with a fermented tang and a hot bite. Taste is butterscotch, bitter grass and scotch. I sometimes have a problem with these imperialized brews but this is pretty good. A barleywine? Maybe an English strong.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
keanex (1541) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Bottled 6-14-2012.

A: The body is a hazy mahogany with no head at all, just a very thin ring on the outside, it looks great though for what it is.

S: The nice is very heavy on the barrels with oak and coconut being rather prominent, toffee and caramel underlie it with a slight fruitiness hidden beneath it all. The aroma leans sweet and is very complex, very enticing.

T: Caramel and toffee play well up-front with a sweet intro with a well-balanced yet prominent oak mid-taste with hints of vanilla and some fruity dark fruit flavors coming through.

M: Thick with a light fizz that accents the beer great.

O: Should I even be surprised at how great this is? Firestone Walker is perhaps the best barrel aging brewery there is. This is oak prominent without being overpowering, allowing the base beer to shine through.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (885) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Massively intense aromas of wood, oak, barley, oats, alcohol and rye. Cloudy shade of brownish copper with a small foam top. Very complex and sweet flavors including oats, wheat, caramel, vanilla, mango, rye and alcohol. Full bodied and astoundingly complex. Overall, this is a fantastically complex brew boasting intense and sweet flavors. Big booze on the finish. I’d give this an A+ rating.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Some molasses and alcohol in the aroma. Tasty. Hops and caramel, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Seems more like an English Strong than a barley wine to me. (Also a relatively low barleywine score for me).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Orange-amber with small off white head, some particulate matter. Aroma dark sugars, faint hops, malt. Full body, alcohol pretty hard to detect. A creamy feel overall. Flavor slightly sweet and bourbon-like at first, then a little oak, then ends with a kind of dull ESB-like bitterness. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4592) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Sweet caramel and oak aromas. Thick with sweet toffee upfront turning hot before the lasting tropical fruit, oak and resin finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (628) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
In the glass it a honey brown color with a small head. On the nose there is some candy maybe some caramel and toffee. Also a little spice. Taste is unique. Starts off with some raisins an plums. After that there is some sweet malts and a little spice. The oak helps give it a brandy like quality. Good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (419) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2012
Tap. Pours a beige color with a small but firm head. Very sweet taste. So sweet it hides a lot of the barrel flavors. Very strong as well with apparent alcohol burn. I did occasionally pick up some bourbon and oak flavors, though not with every sip.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (760) - Iowa, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle pours medium brown with thin but persistent white dead. Aroma lots of caramel. Taste sweet malts, caramel and toffee. Nice full palate with alcohol burn. Finish slight dullness and booze. Did not get a bourbon flavor. Alcohol very apparent.

Good barley wine that packs a punch.


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