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RATINGS: 503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

b33r's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
b33r (745) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Cloudy, pale medium brown color with almost no head- just a ring around the edge and light oily lacing. Aroma has insanely rich vanilla, caramel, and oak. Flavor is smooth with huge caramel malts, with nearly no bitterness. A lot of sweet vanilla and toffee, tastes like candy. Thick, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation. Definitely one of my favorite barley wines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csaso (1773) - Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Tap - small foamy head, very dark copper/Amber color, complex malty aroma and flavor, slightly sweet, oaky flavor come around towards the end of the sip, good big earthy hop balance, fair alcohol notes, smooth finish, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElManana (1234) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle at home, thanks to a trade with Steve. Vanilla, oak, alcoholic, caramel, english style caramel, bourbon, bitterness to cap it all off. Nice, but I've come to expect more when drinking Firestone Walker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (1585) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Bomber shared by Chalumeaux. Thanks, TJ! Pours orange mahoghany with a light beige head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, mild floral. Flavor is quite sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, toffee. A bit of oak on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (504) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Poured from bottle for the Ratebeer Camp extravaganza. Pours rich copper with a nice off white head. Aromas of bread malt and caramel. Taste is caramel bread toffee and dark fruit with a nice hint of bourbon. I like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heather_B (49) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Looks like an orange mated with a cherry (a burnt orange color). Smells like a barleywine. Tastes like a malty barrel aged ale. Not a bad beer but I wouldn’t seek it out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1482) - GREECE - AUG 10, 2015
From bottle. Light unclear orange color with off white head. Malty aroma, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Sweet and light bitter taste. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 2, 2015
2014 Vintage. Surprised it took me so long to tick this one! Poured like a barleywine. Hazy, burnt orange, 2 finger off white head. Aroma is sweet with caramel, persimmon, apples and raisins. barrel character is light. taste is good. Very thin mouthfeel and carbonation. Lots of sweet, burnt oak, vanilla, toasted nuts. like a baby barley wine and the 12% ABV is very well hidden.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bpreo (2110) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Strong flavor, but not a lot of alcohol content present. Muddy water appearance. Dessert spices in the flavor, which reminds me of Christmas. Sampled at Tap & Growler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8661) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts with a few caramelized sugars benefit from gentle fruitiness in this malt-driven strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam covers the cloudy red.
-Alcohol is well hidden for this type of powerful brew.
-You could see this as a nice Barley Wine without too much caramelization.
-The malt finish is lovely.
-While this is quite good, I can see why it is mostly being used in blends. It may not have the complexity to completely satisfy the strong ale lover on its own...

On tap at O’Brien’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SPDickerman (1075) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Pours rich copper with a small beige ring. Smells lightly fruity, toffee, hints of caramel. Taste is toffee, treacle, hints of caramel. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Firestone Walker Double DBA finishes with a smooth sweetness with a touch of alcohol heat.

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