§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Gatch:
4.74/5 rDev +4.6%
On-tap at Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ.
A: Deep brown, thick liquid. No head, no lace, no retention. Looks like port or any other dessert wine. Big legs on the glass.
S: Leathery molasses. Chocolate covered cherries. Booze becomes stronger as the beer warms.
T: Malty, syrupy, sugary goodness. Molasses, caramelized sugar, brown sugar, dark chocolate. Booze soaked fruits. Heavy malt, heavy sugar, heavy booze. But the alcohol doesn't take anything away from the beer. There is a lot going on. Very complex. The amount of layers reminds of the their 15th Anniv.
M: Mild carbonation but smooth as can be. Malty and boozy. Viscous.
O: Gotta be the epitome of the style. This is the bar for English barleywines. When you read about the style, this hits every mark and exceeds it. Fantastic beer.
Update: had to bump up this score! Snagged a bottle of the 2012 and sat on it for a while. (still have a 2013 in the "cellar") Wish it had a bottling date. Don't even remember when I picked this up. Maybe the fall or winter of 2012?
Beautiful liquid...deep brown with red and amber hues. Burnt sienna for the last few sips as the glass empties. A very light brown head that bubbles up quickly and fizzy while also fading quickly. Nice lacing and a ring of head retention throughout. Serious aromas of vinegar, booze, bourbon, wood, and even a bit of funk and sour as it warms up. Flavor is a bit more subdued, with flavors of heavily roasted and charred malt, delicious booze, vanilla, caramelized and brown sugar, molasses with alcohol, and sweet, dark fruits. Wow. So complex. Mellowed out from what I remember but not as much as I expected. Either it needs more time or it's just a big beer that will always be in-your-face. Which I like. Since the barrels and bourbon were such an emphasis, they should always stand out. Which they do. Heavy on the buttery, earthy bourbon as well as the wood, malt, and booze. A huge beer for serious beer drinkers. Not for the faint of heart, as shown with my brother who I gave a small glass of this to sample and it was too much for him. A fantastic sipper with massive flavor and drinkability. If I had the entire bottle, though, this NYE wouldn't be much to remember. I'm excited to try the 2013!
2013 bottle drunk on 2/21/14. Bottled on 1/10/2013. Amazing stuff. Lots of delicious bourbon character while retaining all the great qualities of an English BW.
12-31-2013 23:55:48 | More by Gatch
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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 3,539 ratings.