§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TruePerception:
4.26/5 rDev -6%
Firestone's §ucaba 2014, a barrel-aged barley wine. 13.5% ABV.
A: Just the thinnest bit of head. Very deep red/brown. You can see some VERY fine, active bubbles in the dimple, which shows yellow, and very bright at the very bottom. Clear/faint yellow meniscus.
S: Dark caramel and bourbon, right off the bat! Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa cereal. Woody notes. I'm loving the smell. Raisin starting to come out, as it warms.
T/MF: Starts out really bitter, but then the flavors start to pop out. Char. Burnt caramel. Sweet toffee. Extra dark chocolate. Hints of date or fig. Backing sweetness lingers, alongside some char and caramel notes. Fairly decent carbonation for a stronger beer.
This is a beer that could put people off if they go with their immediate reaction, but it has some nice qualities if you stick around. I could imagine this being very good after a couple of years.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
02-18-2014 09:27:50 | More by TruePerception
More User Reviews:
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 3,569 ratings.