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RATINGS: 493   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight beige head, which didn’t 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 (6364) - Indiana, 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 (1985) - 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 (3780) - 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 it’s not smooth drinking.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours a dark, hazy brown with a small tan head. Decent amount of lacing and carbonation. Bourbon barrel qualities are all over the aroma. Strong notes of vanilla and coconut. Definite hints of dark fruits (prunes) with caramel and brown sugar in the background. WOW! The taste is very sweet, once again picking up caramel and brown sugar. This time being backed up by a slight burning sensation from the alcohol. Finishes up sweet with a hint of dark fruits. This is so damn complex. Amazing stuff!!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2012
It poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee and light fuittiness. The taste was of oak, vanilla, toffee, light carmel and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering oak finish. A very good DBA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color wit ha pillowtop eggshell head. Aroma is caramel, prune, fig, vanilla, oak. Taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol warmth. This beer is amazingly smooth and easy to drink. The only indication that the beer is 12% abv is the alcohol warmth in the finish. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2799) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours hazy amber with a decent white head. Smells and tastes tangy and bitter all over, the bitters are quite prevalent. The heat is there, on the tongue with the bitters and an ABV of 12.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 23, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #74. Hazy dark amber color with an off-white head. Powerful aroma, vanilla and wood eith some booze and a slight hoppiness followed by some caramel as well. Nice flavor, a little alcohol heat with more vanilla and it keeps warming down the back of my throat. Nice! (2470)


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