§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bbkd3b:
4.9/5 rDev +8.2%
The tulip glass provides a nice, thick off-white head on top of th beautiful, burgundy body. A bit hazy, with bits of malt floating around in the glass to reassure that this is gonna be a no-holds-barred sort of brew. Aromatically flawless. Cinnamon raisin bread in scent, kind of. Malts out the ying-yang.
The short version of the nose: Extremely malty, but with a hint of alcohol to provide complexity. In length, it's a sexy combination of dark plums, brown sugar, coffee, and bread that I can't even truly defined. Unbelievable balance in the complexity, and so potent that it's impossible to miss any scent. Each compliments the other in a way that's almost indescribable.
As if to mock me, the flavor is identical. A thick, thick, creamy body carries a wave of malt on to the tongue, with brown sugar and dark fruits being the most obvious flavors of the bunch. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon round off the palate, giving this beer an overall sweet feel. As if not to feel one-dimensional, though, it finishes with a warm kick of hops that heats up the back of the tongue and lingers for sips-on-end, right to the last drop. Complex, delicious, amazing. This is close to God in a glass.
Overall/notes - I can't be a Jedi, because tonight I experienced a love so passionate that I can't describe it. Lovely beer all around, with only one or two equaling it, and none surpassing. This goes well a good, dark cigar that sweats. Recommended on those special days where you feel as if your life is going in the perfect direction. My God.
06-04-2011 02:07:29 | More by bbkd3b
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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 3,552 ratings.