Double Barrel Ale is one of my favorite beers out there. The malt complexity, the subtle hops and the oak round out an amazing beer so I was really excited to find a clone recipe on Homebrew Talk (link) and quickly set out to make it.
After picking up a six-pack and reviewing the recipe we set out to brew it. The brew day suffered no complications and we nailed all of our numbers. Fermentation went well and I pitched the oak chips into secondary for about a week. When we kegged it there was a very strong oak aroma and flavor but as it went through the natural carbonation process and then chilled the flavor backed down to a great level.
The beer pours a little cloudy with a big rich head that hangs on for quite a while. On the nose the beer gives some rich medium roast aromas with a bit of oak sweetness. The flavor is a great malt forward beer with just a bit of hops for bittering and a big long oak finish. It has nice small bubble carbonation from the natural carbonating and gets even better as it warms up just a bit.
I really look forward to making this again to tweak with little elements but it is an amazing beer.