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RATINGS: 486   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (961) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Bottled; proprietorís reserve series 2012. Purchased from the Paso Robles brewery tasting room. Pours ruby brown with a slight haze and a thin ring of tan head. Complex aroma of black cherry licorice, slight hint of anise, with bourbon oak and cinnamon spice. Flavor is very sweet with notes of caramel, nutmeg and liquor. Ends with a warming alcohol finish and dry bitterness. Would probably improve with a few years on it. Very enjoyable, in small quantity.


4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ARH (663) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
2013 vintage 22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. Warm apple pie and cinnamon aromas emanate from the beer - in fact, itís quite reminiscent of a fall spice blend / candle. Secondary aromas include, citrus, molasses, caramel, oak, and a light licorice. Itís a murky bronze color with a thin, white soap head that only retains a very thin ring and has a light runny lace that doesnít stick. Itís highly sweet with a medium high bitterness. Itís syrupy and smooth, with a bit a stickiness as well. The carbonation is a smooth fizziness which lends to the thick texture. The full bodied beer has flavors of sweet bourbon caramel, port wine notes, apple pie, wood, cooked molasses, toffee, and light licorice. It finishes crisp with a spice cleanliness, a mellow alcohol warmth, and toffee, vanilla, and bread crust flavors which turn into an aftertaste that has a mellow burnt wood and caramel quality, but very clean for a barleywine, and dangerously drinkable for a 15% abv.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (302) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2015
On tap at Mikkeller, San Francisco. Pours orange golden color, large white frothy head. Aroma is hops, orange, citrus, malty biscuit aroma. Hop forward Aroma. Flavor is malty biscuit, lots of caramel, hoppy, citrus. Really nice. Nitro-like mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tightslice (250) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle share at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is a heavenly blend of bourbon, vanilla, caramel candies, natural fruit syrup. Taste is punchy bourbon... very rich and thick caramel notes with figs, vanilla. Some oak too. Very complex and rich... but even half a bottle was a bit much. Couldíve sniffed this stuff all night though. Amazing aroma.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mstrcrwly (386) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2015
on tap,poured into a tulip glass..burnt orange/copper color with a fluffy off white head..aroma of vanilla,bourbon,wood,coconut..really complex taste,,wood,bourbon,coconut,vanilla all come through with almost no alcohol burn..phenomenal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1115) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle to tulip Aroma of caramel, toffee, bourbon, grape, and pine. Muddy amber with a thin white head with very little retention. Taste is candied orange, bourbon, oak, toffee, sour grapes, and pepper.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MadIndian (2509) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle from Sider. Absolutely amazing. Beautifully blended notes of coconut, oak barrels, bourbon, caramel, bread, and Earth. I am speechless and like a crack head, I left craving more.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxodom (34) - - FEB 2, 2015
Bottle during Super Bowl. Dark red Amber color, pleasantly sweet with a great aftertaste. Wish i had discovered this before, great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mears (37) - - JAN 23, 2015
Beer is great. Love the heavy malt flavor. Don't taste the toffee. But can't believe it is this good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
on tap at library ale house, like the little brother of the sucaba, lighter in color, similarly rich but less intense in flavor, similar genre of flavors as the sucaba, but also a fresher seeming experience than the sucaba

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boutip (4964) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of nice caramelized malt with nice toffee notes and light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by caramelized malt with some toffee notes, light biscuit notes and just the right amount of residual sugar. Body is about average with good carbonation and light warming alcohol. This beer is super well-balanced with just the right amount of complexity and great drinkability.


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