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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,637 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,637
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 995
Gots: 2,074 | FT: 182
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011 Reserve Series Bottle Notes:
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 1500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

2014 Bottle Notes
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 3500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by MbpBugeye:
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this 3 times or so now. Each time is almost a different experience, but the first bottle I had at a tasting provided by boatshoes stuck out as the worst of the lot. I'm not sure what is going on here, but this beer is far from consistent.

Apearance
This is a pretty dark barleywine. Its a deep, burnt ruby with a wispy gray head that throws droopy lacing. The beer looks thick, showing good veining on the glass.

Aroma
The oak is fairly dominate here. Its damp, time worn and bourbon soaked. I can pick up a little notion of pollen or hay dust as well. Caramel, smoothed over by vanilla should be the dominate aroma, but instead is secondary. The bourbon smells spicy, almost like its a rye whiskey instead.

Taste
The taste leads off with that spicy bourbon which is smoothed over by the team of caramel and vanilla. Wood isn't as dominate here, but it is lending it's musty essence.

Mouthfeel
This beer is obviously fairly warm, but it is toned back and well incorporated. This is a sugary beer with a gritty, heavy body that is near impossible for the low carbonation to cut through.

Overall
This beer ranged from a let down to quite good. I had very high hopes for this one though, and it turns out that it didn't quite live up to them. Still though, this is an enjoyable beer.

MbpBugeye, Sep 25, 2011
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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.

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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.

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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.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,637 ratings.