Firestone Walker Brewing Company Double Barrel Ale (365 Day 145)

By scot in 365 Days of American Craft Beer, Beer on Monday, April 25th, 2011

Firestone Walker Double Barrel Ale

The countdown is on and my excitement is quickly building as I know that Dark Lord day is this Saturday. Unfortunately, for the second straight year, I have family business and I will have to pretty go and leave, not able to take in any of the fun, good beers, and good people that will be there this year. I am curious to see how much better things will run this year with the changed format.

Double Barrel Ale by Firestone Walker Brewing Company marks the third of four different Firestone Walker beers I received in a recent transaction. Velvet Merlin is the fourth and final, probably finding it’s way into a review sometime this week.

I had Double Barrel a couple of years ago and sort of forgot what this beer was about, in spite of the review. I was wondering what that meant to the beer since I couldn’t remember it: good or bad.

I will have to say that it means nothing bad. Double Barrel is a solid English Bitter with a big, bread malt backbone that is balanced by some hops. Not my favorite style of beer, but Double Barrel is one of the better examples, for me. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8, Taste: 8, Look: 8, Drinkability: 8, Overall: 8.0

Useless Fact: The first automobile race ever seen in the United States was held in Chicago in 1895. The track ran from Chicago to Evanston. The winner was J. Frank Duryea, whose average speed was 7 and a half miles per hour.

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