According to Firestone Walker, "Our patented Firestone Union uniquely incorporates 60-gallon American oak barrels into the fermentation process that yields beers of extraordinary character and complexity. This system improves the fullness of the palate, balances hop character and lends a clean briskness to the finish. The influence of the toasted oak also imparts unique hints of smokiness and vanilla, as well as a subtle fruitiness to the flavor profile."
|Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale|
|Firestone Walker in Proprietor's Series Glass|
Smell: Scents of caramel, toffee, and biscuits, with a subtle floral, piney hop aroma. I am also getting notes of some oak.
Taste: The toffee, buttery, toasted biscuit flavor is the first thing I picked up on this beer. There are some hits of citrus hops, but not much in the way of bitterness. There is a woody, oak, vanilla aftertaste that is quiet pleasant and not overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, Light bodied, clean beer. Very smooth and balanced with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very easy to drink. I found myself at the bottom of the glass before I knew it and had to crack open another beer to finish my review. Very enjoyable to drink. Weighing in at 5.0% this makes a very excellent session beer! Those oak barrels on my wish list just moved closer to the top. I definitely would like to attempt to make a clone of this beer.