§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.6/5 rDev +1.5%
One of the bottles sent along by deschutes_fan in a great trade. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no bottling date, but a vintage of "2013" marked clearly on the label along with other beer stats like OG, FG, IBU and more. Poured into a large 20 oz snifter.
Appearance - Pours a murky chestnut brown with a twinge of clay red giving the hue some warmth. Atop the body sits a khaki cream colored frothy head, about a finger thick. The foam dissipates after a few minutes, leaving just spots of film intermittently along the surface of the glass, and a faint ringlet around the edge. Lacing is nonexistent.
Smell - Heavy notes of caramel (of course), but this one goes deeper, with richer, sweeter notes of toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Alongside the sweetness are flavors of coconut, vanilla bean, and dried fruit, like figs and golden raisins. The heat of the barrel is there as well, with faint notes of bourbon and oak tannins. So rich and succulent, I'm almost remiss to begin drinking it. Almost.
Taste - While I loved the aroma, the taste somehow kicks it up a notch. Every flavor that seemed to waft out of the glass is present on the tongue as well. Rich, creme brulee toffee and caramel and coconut, with a heavier influence from the barrel this time around, preventing the wonderfully sweet aroma from becoming cloying or off-putting. Finish has a healthy amount of heat that creates a warming sensation. I also pick up more of the grains in the taste than I did in the aroma. Rustic barley and oats are a subtle compliment to the sweet and estery profiles.
Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied and moderate carbonation. Honestly, I'm surprised/impressed by how dynamic the mouthfeel is from the carbonation. Much more tingling feel than I expected. There is also the warming note in the chest from the alcohol--I guess that would be chestfeel?
Overall, it's yet another BA take on a style that I'm quickly falling in love with. Were it not for the unconventionally unique take on the style that GI released in 2013, this would be the benchmark. Heck, it probably still is, especially as they continue to release it every year when BCBW will likely be a one time thing. I will have to make a point of getting my hands on this as often as I can.
05-04-2014 21:28:06 | More by LambicPentameter
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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 3,587 ratings.