§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.38/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2013 vintage drunk 8 months old at room temp in a tulip.
A - 4.5 - Beautiful crystal clear ruby brown when held up to light. Away from the light it looks like root beer and you can't see through it. Beautiful, rich, even, creamy, thick, light tan head.
S - 4.25 - Malty like wet Raisin Bran cereal (both for the bran flakes and the raisins), and sweet like when I used to drizzle honey over my Raisin Bran. Those flavors are potent and saturated, with a lesser hint of booze and a slighter hint of mystery fruit.
T - 4.5 - Sherry, and lots of it. Malty with a fruit tinge. A hybrid of honey and caramel sweetness initially, which later in the bottle accumulates and concentrates into a Raisinets malty/raisiny/chocolate-ness. A decent bitterness is left behind on the palate to remember it by, which is at least in part a bitterness like oxidized apple peels.
M - 4.25 - Creamy, smooth, soft, and barely viscous. Short of medium bodied surprisingly. Leaves a faint sting on the tongue, which turns into mild hop abrasion.
O - 4.25 - It's good. Given its reputation, I had for some reason expected a bolder complexity in terms of layering. But like some other English-style barleywines I've had, and like a lot of English and English-style beers in general, its subtlety makes its complexity something you have to work for, in this case at least beyond the sherry notes, which are themselves pretty bold and nice to have. There in the center is a mildness where I want something more. Style considerations aside, if I could magically alter it for the better, I'd put a puff of spice in it for that extra sense of layering and altitude, give it a buttery viscosity to play against the bitter/dry ending, and add something unmistakeably earthy to give it some additional depth and counterpoint to the sweet elements. Take me down low. It's still a very nice beer and well made. The potency of the alcohol in it leaves you dreamy warm and relaxed. To me it's an ideal slow, no-hurry, contemplative sipper for when the weather cools. Great brewery.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2013 01:21:43 | More by BrownNut
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4.73/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a dark ruby/rust red in appearance with a soft and plump two-finger head.
Aromas of raisins, plums, roasted malts, and bourbon are most prevalent, a little sharp in the nose for my taste.
Dark fruits, slight vanilla, mainly sweet malt, finished with a splash of bourbon.
Mouthfeel is the only score here that did worse off, though a delicious beer, the mouthfeel of this is too grainy (IMO).
Overall this is another delicious example of Firestone doing everything right.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 14:14:06 | More by larryarms847
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,451 ratings.