§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
4.39/5 rDev -3.1%
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
03-21-2013 02:47:32 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours a rich, red-tinged black with a small white head. Minor lacing and retention.
S - Nice scent bringing lot of barley wine and barrel elements with other notes of goodness. Dark fruits come through the most, along with caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, light tobacco and alcohol.
T - Tons of maple and vanilla, a bit nutty, very similar to smell, some sips had some alcohol in the back of the nose
M - Surprisingly smooth. Packs a punch but in all the right ways.
O - An amazing barleywine and another amazing beer from Firestone. This to me is the second best barleywine behind King Henry right now. Glad I have a few extra bottles.
05-22-2012 21:51:06 | More by SkiBum22
4.97/5 rDev +9.7%
2011 reserve series in a brandy snifter.
Alcohol notes overwhelm the senses from the get-go. Like a fine brandy only better.
This is why I now prefer beer to other alcohol choices.
Mouthfeel and aftertaste leave a very pleasant taste and feel that makes each sip a joy to behold.
Life is good when one of these are at hand.
11-24-2011 21:46:53 | More by NWer
4.76/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into a large snifter after about 20 minutes out of the ice bucket. Deep reddish brown with a fair amount of tan, creamy head. Good lacing, and the collar was thick at the edge of the glass. Aroma of toffee, caramel, some woody earthiness, sweet medium roasted malt too. Taste is of toffee/caramel, leather, woody-earthy, very lightly smokey (perhaps because of the campfire). So damn good. Mouthfeel is all that barleywines should be. Appropriately carbonated, medium creamy body. I could drink this til the cows come home; too bad I have to trade for it.
11-18-2013 02:09:22 | More by mverity
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,576 ratings.