§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by augustgarage:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-24-2010 15:38:21 | More by augustgarage
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 3,579 ratings.