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RATINGS: 417   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrances33 (27) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Bottle thanks to Gehrig13, enjoyed in a HF stem.

Pour: Murky caramel color, with a finger and a half of white soapy head. Head recedes for a nice film. Leaves little to no lacing

Smell: Big chewy raisins and figs up front. Lot of candied sugar, caramel and toffee. Sweet bourbon finish.

Taste: Follows the nose but the bourbon sweetness hit first. Chewy raisins and figs, lots of candied sugar and caramel. Finishes with bourbon and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth bourbon heat typical of most FW barrel aged beers. Not too hot. Nice. A definite sipper, and quite chewy.

Overall: I was more impressed with this than I was expecting. Quite good. I probably wouldn’t get it over Sucaba or definitely Parabola, but I would have this again.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BEENJAMIN (288) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2014
Vintage bottle pours a dark mahogany with a tan head. Even with some age on it you get a big burly boozy nose with a beautiful oak aroma. Vanilla, leather, cocoa, and sugary toffee. Really nice rich body with soft carbonation. This was a sipper for sure and I enjoyed it throughly.

3.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmelater (2) - California, USA - APR 5, 2014 does not count
Excellent go-to beer. Must have it in fridge at all times. Low ABV but holds a bold flavor for an ale with guts. Firestone got this one right.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbudd19 (394) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Light brown pour, minimal tan head. Aroma, so nice, caramel, oak, sweet malts, vanilla and on and on. Taste, rich caramel, sweet malts, toffee, brown sugar all mixed together very effortlessly, sweet malty finish. Great stuff.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tukten (5) - Ken Caryl, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
Absolutely amazing beer... Malty, subtle hops, bubbles, presentation, its got everything. Amazeballs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishonmyplane (353) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - MAR 27, 2014
A very sweet, rich, dense, barleywine - not usually my favorite style, but this one is much better than most. Tons of caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak, all rolled together. They pull it off brilliantly - a great sipping beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RuneStumo (2130) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2014
15.02.2014.0,65l Bottle. RBNG-14. Dark amber colour with white head. Rich malty. Veery strong. This beer is sweet, its strong, and its rich. Strong beer with notes vanilla and wood. Good flavours of bitterness at the end. Veeery nice beer!!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AlainG (1035) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
Ambrée, légèrement embrouillée, une mousse, plutôt chétive, tient toutefois la route et trace des motifs qui ressemblent à des explosions solaires. Le nez perçoit des effluves boisées et sucrées au tout début, alors qu’ensuite, c’est champêtre, automnal et herbacé et au travers tout ça, le caramel écossais et la tire-éponge se fraient un chemin. Ça goûte les bonbons raffinés. C’est sucré, il y a de la vanille, c’est amer, poivré, herbacé et boisé. En sortant de la confiserie, l’alcool nous masse tout le haut du corps tellement il est réconfortant. C’est liquoreux et ça semble plus corpulent au fil des gorgées. Celle-ci vaut amplement son prix. Brassin 2013 Nº 002 (1015-160214)

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SnoopDoug (19) - Oregon, USA - MAR 12, 2014
This is such an incredible beer. The aroma and flavors are like a caramel candy. Sweet, but with enough of a slight bitterness to balance it out. We paired it with a giant pretzel dipped in salted caramel and it was heavenly. This is definitely on my all time faves list. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7356) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 2, 2014
Shared bottle at the Grand Tasting at the RBNG-event at Fredrik 3.’s Hall. Tiny beige head to a near-clear amber coloured body. Sweet aroma, hints of vanilla and caramel. Oak vanilla flavours, hints of liquorice, dried fruits and honey. Bittersweet tail. Full bodied. Pleasant, a bit too sweet though. (Fredriksten festning, Halden 15.02.2014).

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cunningham (4028) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 1, 2014
Amber color with a tan head. Sweet fruity aroma. Slightly sweet and “big” body. Malty, sweet fruity and some spices in the flavor. To sweet for me.
[Bottle at Grand Tasting RBNG14 – Halden]


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