§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by augustgarage:
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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4.33/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Very hard to pinpoint.
Pours a caramel color beer, dark. I don't remember any carbonation, maybe a light foam around the edges of the glass. I smelled some oak, some brandy, but all very faint, and the beer doesn't really lead you anywhere. Taste reveals a sweet barleywine, very light, not heady, not strong, but very tasty. Not many notes picked up. Body is medium, not a light bodied beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:09:16 | More by JulioH
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,414 ratings.