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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§ucaba
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100
world-class

3,414 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,414
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 962
Gots: 1,998 | FT: 172
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)
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augustgarage

California

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of having this on-tap at the brewery yesterday. Served in a small snifter.

Color is described as "dark ruby," which is apt; much more concise description that mine: a sort of burgandy and copper-tinged rosewood with hints of plum and taupe. A thin whispy collar yields fine bubbles when swirled, a few colonies of which pause on the sides of the glass before receding back onto the surface, driven down slowly by the legs.

The base of 13 is perhaps even better on its own - the myriad nuances contributed by the barrel aging can be better appreciated without the overwhelming variety of aromatics in the blend. Vanilla, butterscotch, and molasses bleed into the malts. Rum, brown sugar, and a hint of oak are suggested as well. Sophisticated and powerful.

Dark cherry, chocolate, German malt, and a touch of Barbaresco on the palate. Nice tannic finish with incredibly deep rich malt complexity; leather, loam, cocoa, roast coffee beans, and tobacco all fight for attention. The hops seem rather restrained in this onslaught, which is the only deficiency I can note.

Light carbonation, mild astringency, maybe a touch thin, but still fairly velvet-like...

Heavy flavors and ABV, but so luscious...nearly impossible to put down the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 15:38:21 | More by augustgarage
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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,414 ratings.