§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.39/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Presentation: 22oz brown pop-top bottle, nicely boxed. Classy labelling and presentation. 2012 vintage, purchased from HyVee last year for around $15.00. Split with my wife into two Chimay chalices to commemorate a bittersweet day today. Sampled between cellar and room temperature.
Appearance: Beautiful burnished English walnut hued beer with a light beige cap which soon falls to a thick ring and patchy lacing. Lots of small sediment in suspension, but that's not particularly surprising. Beautiful burnt orange highlights when held up to the light, and tiny bubbles of streaming carbonation.
Smell: Incredibly rich and powerful. Very sweet notes of dark or slightly burnt caramel with dark fruity notes and a subtle kick of alcoholic heat as well. Rich, warm malt tones and no hop aromas to get in the way; the aromas are so thick and intense you can practically see them.
Taste: More complex on the palate than the aromas (as good as they are) suggest. Dark caramel, English pale malt, a dark spiciness reminiscent of Fisherman's Friend throat lozenges (menthol, eucalyptus oil, licorice), a bit of fruity alcohol, and a subdued, fruity English-hop bitterness. Ends on the light side of medium bitter and this, in combination with the alcohol, prevents this from becoming at all cloying.
Mouthfeel: Big and soft, though not quite as heavy as some big bruiser imperial stouts or the like...the mouthfeel works well for this beer.
Overall: Opened this today to celebrate the fact that after several years of looking forward to it, I finally had a paper accepted at the 2013 International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, AFTER I had decided to leave my PhD program and academia behind me. Everything happens for a reason though and, even if it sucks, the wife and I thought we'd split this tonight to celebrate. It really is a fantastic beer, second only to King Henry in terms of an American-made English-style barleywine. This is the second time I've had it aged now (had the 2011 in 2012) and can honestly say that I don't understand any of the people who like this fresh over aged. I had the 2012 fresh and it tasted thin and almost hot to me, with very little depth of flavor. This, however, is another story. I picked up 2 of the 2013s, and I'll definitely be hanging onto them for awhile. Paired with some good English Red Leicester, this is fantastic, and a good value for the money.
Overall: 93-94 = A
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 02:47:32 | More by BedetheVenerable
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4.3/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Very dark ruby red. Head was a a little soapy and coarse-grained for my liking.
S - Predominantly sweet and fruity. Fruitiness is of raisins and sherry. Sweetness is of maple and caramel. My favourite part of this beer.
T - I'm picking up the sherry-fruitiness from the nose, although not any one fruit in particular. Not as sweet as I would have expected and not particularly sweet overall. I was hoping for a little more vanilla, a little more coconut and a little more spice. Where this beer is not found wanting is in tobacco flavours. This beer had me racking my brain to see if I had a cigar stashed somewhere in the house. It's sort of dirty and a tad leathery but I like it. A little bitter malt and bitter bourbon on the finish as well.
M - Thick enough, but like the rest of the beer it's just not quite there.
O - At first I was quite disappointed, however this beer definitely benefits from time spent in the glass. The most relatable beer I've had to Sucaba lately was Fremont's Bourbon Abominable, which for me, was clearly the superior beer. This was malty, sweet and sherry-like with nice tobacco notes, but I wanted more bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak and spice. Sadly it did not live up to expectation.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 08:51:42 | More by abeeronthebeach
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,432 ratings.