Friday, March 23, 2012

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale Review

Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening, and welcome to the first review from the second round beer trade with rlhvegas of No Limit Brewing.  I am pleased to introduce you to Double Barrel Ale by Firestone Walker Brewing Company out of Paso Robles, California.  This Amber Ale / English Style Bitter is fermented and conditioned in oak barrels, hence the name Double Barrel Ale.

 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

  • style
    English Style Bitter / Amber Ale
  • abv
  • fermentation
    Selectively fermented in the Firestone Union oak barrel brewing system
  • malts
    Premium Two-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate
  • hops
    Bittering—Magnum,  Late Kettle—Styrian Golding,  EKG; Dry Hops—EKG

Firestone Walker in Proprietor's Series Glass   
Appearance:  Pours a clear amber, copper, mahogany color with a half inch of ivory head.

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.

MouthfeelCrisp, Light bodied, clean beer.  Very smooth and balanced with moderate carbonation. 

OverallVery 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.