851. Firestone Walker – Double Barrel Ale

851. Firestone Walker - Double Barrel AleIt’s been a bit of a lazy Saturday, which I’m enjoying before my son starts soccer and baseball within the next few weeks. I decided it had been a week, so I’d do another review. I dug into the beer fridge and found this one. I’m not sure where I got it, or how long I’ve had it, but the bottle says 2/26/14, which make it almost exactly two years old.

Location: Poured into a goblet style pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 5% ABV, 30 IBUs, 13.5 SRM, ~200 Calories

Ingredients: Malts: Premium Two-Row, Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate; hops: Bittering-Magnum; Late Kettle-Styrian Golding, East Kent Golding; Dry Hops-East Kent Golding

Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark copper in color, and extremely clear with a thin head that barely covers to the top. It has a unique woody-malty aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is light and somewhat thin, and the mouthfeel is watery, but crisp from the carbonation in it. There’s a very light toffee-malty flavor up front. The maltiness grows slightly in richness in the middle, along with some woodiness. There a bit of noble hop bitterness mixed with woodiness and light toffee maltiness in the finish. The mix of woody-noble hop bitterness and light maltiness lasts briefly in the finish.

Food Pairing: The woodiness and toffee-like maltiness would definitely pair well with smoked meats and BBQ, but I think it could also bring a different dimension to teriyaki. It’s even light enough that I might also try to pair it with a grilled fish.

Overall Impression: It’s a very light and crisp beer, and unfortunately, it seems a bit watery and stale – which is likely my fault for letting this beer age for so long. I’ve always had really good beers from Firestone Walker, so I’m definitely going to have to get a fresh bottle of this to try.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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