§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,452 | Reviews: 739 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Tilley4:
4.83/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to screamforme for sending this my way in a trade a while back...
Into a CBS snifter... 2011 version
Dead still with a deep ruby/brown shade and no head or carbonation at all... Barrel aging, baby...
Huge aromas of pineapple, bourbon, chocolate, oak, some vanilla... Not a hint of that booze either... Simply amazing... The aromas are incredible and intense... Those pineapple hops are still unreal after all this time... The barrel is present and takes this barleywine above and beyond into the ethereal planes of what other barleywines only aspire to be... Its freaking unreal...
I'm speechless... I'm usually fairly critical of barleywines with any age on them at all as I like that sharp contrast between the bitterness and sweetness but this is a different story altogeher. Sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, stinging bourbon, earthy oak... No booze at all... This is just stupid... Stupid... At 13%, it's that ass in a hurry if not careful but I find myself not caring... It's in the upper 80's here today and I wish it was in the 30s as I'd sit out on the porch with my snifter and sublimely cruise into unconsciousness...
Easily the best barleywine I've ever had... Head and shoulders above all others... Thanks, Mark!!!
Serving type: bottle
05-21-2012 23:16:16 | More by Tilley4
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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 3,452 ratings.