DocJitsu (1972) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Poured into my Figueroa Mountain pint glass for a bit of poetic irony. The beer pours a mildly hazy copper-amber with a light taupe head. The head gives off an orange hue. The head, like all FW brews, subsides nearly immediately. Vibrant notes of coconut, honey, caramel, and bourbon comprise the aroma. The mouthfeel is so soft, creamy, and full that it takes on a life of its own. There’s just enough scrubbiness on the top to balance. The mouthfeel is so complimentary to the gestalt of the beer. The flavor, while easily describable, does not lend itself to words for adequate appraisal of how good it really is. A flawlessly engineered combination of bourbon oak, caramel, and honey causes one to be thankful to have had the good fortune to experience it. It finishes with the most perfectly smooth coconut and butter, and, finally, just a hint of alcohol warmth. This may be the best beer I’ve ever had. liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 22 oz bottle of 2013 vintage from my cellar. Looks thin, but it sure doesn’t smell or taste that way. Sugary, malty, boozy, glorious. The barrel aging and massive malt profile imparted a huge array of flavors, including brown sugar, oak, caramel, leather, and cherry. Mouthfeel was syrupy and smooth. No noticeable hop aroma or bitterness until the finish. The hops must be there, otherwise this beer wouldn’t taste quite so balanced. Amazing! I will try to remember to grab a bottle from this year’s batch. Scott65 (3) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
Epic beer, incredibly complex flavors from vanilla, banana, to a hint of coconut and even some graham cracker. All just below the surface of a perfectly balanced bourbon note that does not overpower, but instead compliments the other flavors. Let stand to approach room temperature prior to drinking- cool now cold. Too many flavors may be missed if it is cold. SPDickerman (1239) - 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. FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
One of the best beers I've ever had. Definitely a sipper. So many flavors but caramel is the big offering. A tad syrupy and sweet, but in a good way and very complex.
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Tukten (5) - Ken Caryl, Colorado, USA - MAR 28, 2014 does not count
Absolutely amazing beer... Malty, subtle hops, bubbles, presentation, its got everything. Amazeballs. cernjoh (183) - Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Poured from a 2014 vintage bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter. Aroma is vanilla bourbon booze caramel and some slight banana. Appearance is a clear reddish amber with a one finger light tan head that dissipates to a small ring around the perimeter of the glass. Taste is a vanilla, buttery caramel, bourbon goodness with a very slight bitter finish. Palate is smooth and creamy. This vintage seems a bit more boozy than previous years. Overall a favorite of mine. Last year of this beer so get it while you can. Cheers! eeblah (106) - Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Nice and smooth strong ale that has all the tastes malt lovers go for. Hops are well balanced and not the main flavor. Very high Abv but does not have a overpowering alcohol flavor or smell. Reminds me of the good darker Belgium ales. Since it is a limited release it is pricey but worth the experience. Great beer for fall or winter. budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Pours deep garnet with ample head that quickly recedes. The aroma is bourbon barrel, caramelized brown sugar, and rich toffee malts. There is a chewy mouthfeel that coats the tongue and finishes with a silky smootheness. Taste is oak, bourbon, vanilla, figs, and a touch of booze. Simply outstanding. Jvezp (86) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2012
Smell of good ol bourbon, taste is overwhelming. The barrel age takes the stage, is it a barleywine or scoth ale? I’d rate it as an awesome scotchale. Might be wrong but tasty as hell.