RATINGS: 551   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.

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Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - JUL 31, 2016
Number 700. Bomber to a tulip. Pours hazy copper with very little head or lacing. Sweet toffee, caramel, brown sugar and bourbon notes. Vanilla and oak are additional layers in the flavor profile... Smooth sweet boozy finish... Delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

rodenbach99 (4572) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2016
Style et résumé: Imperial special bitter.
Comment: Dégustation Manseau 2016. Vintage 2012
Portrait: Une robe cuivrée qui ne mousse pas. Un nez de caramel sur du caramel avec du bois. Une bouche très puissante avec du caramel amère. Une finale tout en amertume avec de l’alcool. Correct.
Note: 7/10

fakebeersnob (325) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Not getting much out of the aroma (slight cold), but getting a sweet smell, and a slight grassy or floral hint every once in a while. When pouring, it looks orangish in colour, but in the glassware it is a light, murky toffee. Two finger offwhite, slightly foamy head that goes to a decent lacing. Getting a caramel flavor, with sweetness. There is a light hop bitterness towards the end, but nothing too strong. Mouthfeel afterwards has a slight oakiness to it. Pretty smooth beer. I am not overly familiar with the style, so nothing really stuck out. Having said that, I enjoyed the taste. It is a bit boozy though (as I didn’t realize it was a 12%). I will try again while having it with a different meal, and more appropriate glassware.

mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
[8062-20160130] 650mL bottle. Fragrant toasted malt syrup aroma. Hazy, red brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet malty syrup malt flavour has a long lovely woody aftertaste. Medium-full body. Very tasty. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(c/o Radek Kliber)
Overheard: "He’s driving a Suzuki Swift, so he’s clearly not compensating for anything."

cfrancis (3456) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
This is amazing. Aroma is sweet bourbon and caramel malts. Taste is just a smooth bourbon sweetness that has some booziness in it but overall it’s just amazing. Might like the base to shine a bit more but it’s really hard to argue with this treatment. I wish there was more. Way more.

nealblind (1867) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - MAY 17, 2016
2013 edition. Hazy gold orange pour. Aroma lactic caramel. Tastes big sweet whiskey. Nice toffee complexity.

jehoesefat (366) - Poway, California, USA - APR 30, 2016
Sweet oaky/toffee aroma, with a hint of the high alcohol content. Pours somewhat murky toffee. Sweet malty flavor with an alcohol finish and a hint of sweetness.

oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2016
Pours a dark amber color, with a off white head that had some lacing power. Aromas of citrus, sweet malts, and some alcohol. Flavor isn’t as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.

Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 12, 2016
Bottle 22oz. Pours copper with low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of barley sugar, caramel, alcohol. Taste is of barley sugar, caramel, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Soft-medium carbonation. Overall: Good, nice. Classy.

tom10101 (6088) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle (22 oz) shared at tasting. Thanks to pandableh for this one! Slightly hazy amber with a small off-white head leaving not much lacing. Flavors of candi sugar, hot alcohol, caramel, some oak spiciness, gingerbread, caramel-ish notes and toasted malts. Taste is moderately sweet and it lingers a bit but it’s mainly the hot alcohol / strong booziness that is off putting for me. Medium to full body. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Sweet and boozy finish. It’s not that it’s poorly made but it’s the epitome of what I don’t like in a strong beer, when the richness of the malt is completely eclipsed by the boooziness of the beer. Poor drinkability.

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