Double Devil Bourbon BA Imperial Pale Ale – R&B Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Double Devil 2012 Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Pale Ale – R&B Brewing Co., 8.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-retired, no longer available

on the front-right label:

This brew is an extra strong take on our Red Devil Pale, conditioned for three months in bourbon barrels. Full flavoured and fruity, with a subtle touch of whiskey, it is a hearty and warming seasonal ale.”


  • Style: (Bourbon barrel aged) American Strong Ale
  • Taste: Boozy tangy bourbon toffee barley malt
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: n/a, no longer available

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). 2012 vintage. Pours light root beer brown with just a small head, ringed micro retention, loose clusters of steady streams.

Nose: bourbon-laced toffee barley malt, slight booziness. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light slick-crisp, heavy sweet toffee malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), boozy-tangy, bourbonized toffee barley malt, light background oak notes

Finish: cinnamon, cola, trace alcoholic heat, prominent residual heavy sweet malt

Summary: Quite boozy and heavy with some thinness/shortness of the malt body in the mids. Decent complexity.