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RATINGS: 526   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dinkle50 (1265) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Reddish pour with a small head. Aroma of sugar with a full mouth. Very sweet. Taste of amaretto and hazelnut liquer. Aroma is full on vanilla and oak. Very sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Bomber. Pours a solid mahogany and amber color with a thin crown of beige foam. The nose is dominated by vanilla, caramel, coconut and toasted oak characteristics. The taste starts out with lots of toffee, brown sugar, candied date and caramel malt flavors. From the oak, there’s notes of vanilla, bourbon and caramelized sugars. The body is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a dry, oaky booze burn finish. Overall, it’s a tad sweet and hot but offers up enough oak aged complexity to balance things out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Pours a very hazy, dark amber/copper color with dark orange edges and a one finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of lacing left behind. The aroma of this beer is dominated by a really strong barrel presence that never becomes one dimensional or overly boozy. There’s a delicate, spicy bourbon character but the toasted oak, vanilla and coconut notes really stand out. The barrel seems to be nicely integrated into the base with some caramel malt, toffee and hazelnut. The American oak addition seems to tone down the bourbon, adding a woody toothpick presence. To be honest, I’m not picking up much of a hop presence but the nose of this beer is still complex and very inviting. Medium bodied with a sweet, spicy bourbon barrel presence that’s nicely integrated into the flavors of the base beer. The barrel is really stong up front dominating the flavor but the virgin oak counters the bourbon character really well. Dry toasted oak/earthy wood along with silky vanilla and toasted coconut flavors tone down the spicy bourbon heat but there’s still plenty of sweet spirit flavor. Again, I’m not picking up much hop bitterness but there’s a substantial malt backbone underneath the strong barrel flavors. Sweet caramel malt along with toffee, nut, bread, biscuit and subtle light fruit notes. At first there’s some strong warmth/alcohol heat in the finish but once the palate adjust, the high ABV is decently masked, making this complex sipper easier to drink than expected.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyburnette (26) - - SEP 17, 2012
Wow. Tasted in bottle in mid September in Baltimore. Has lively end of year holiday overtones...especially at 12%! Lots o vanilla ala holiday cookies, marzipan (almond paste) from German pastries spicy from oak and sweet caramel loveliness. Will put away some bottles for holiday cheer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from Nugget. Aroma and flavor of a full, malty ESB. First taste was rather bitter, followed by a more mellow session of maltiness and not much else. There’s some barrel in there somewhere as well. This needs to age a bit as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dodgrblu (707) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle from Nugget Vacaville at Tim’s. Carmel and booze dominate. I wouldn’t call it bad but I don’t like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3045) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2012
A very strong brew that lets you know it. Pours. Cloudy brown with a thin head. The aroma has a lot of fruit, vanilla, wood, candy sugar. The flavor has these too. More flavors emerge as it warms. Lots of booze in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bitter, barrel flavor is prominent. Sweet, brandy, cherry dark fruit, smell of dark fruit and alcohol. The abv is not masked that well but leaves you with a warm finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. This beer is really quite stupendous; very few vestiges of the supposed base beer; not even remotely a bitter in any way, shape, or form. Big oaky sweetness including vanilla, caramel, molasses, confectionary sugar, but with lovely dryness and stunningly well balanced attenuation on the mouthfeel. Delightful nutty walnut and marzipan mixing in as well. Absolutely superb as usual from FW.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2469) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Draft at Eulogy. Hazy orange brown pour with a slim white head. Surprisingly big barrel aged flavors. Medium dark red fruit flavors. Raisins. Red plums. Dates. Caramel apple. Dark brown sugar. Vanilla bean. Bit chewy. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Medium full body. Very nice and well blended but missing some complexity. Higher ABV not hidden. Thicker brighter fruit content than a stout. Quite good actually. Heads above the non-barrel aged version.

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