§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,362 | Reviews: 735 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rdickey:
4.2/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: The beer pours a very deep yet clear reddish brown, with a minimal head that vanishes quickly from my goblet. A very tiny stream of bubbles continues to rise from the depths.
Smell: Raisins, vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel and a huge dose of alcohol are all clamoring to be in front. It’s clear that this is going to be a massive beer.
Taste: Everything in the nose continues through in the mouth, although the various flavors have gotten themselves a bit more organized. You would be excused, when you first sip, if you experience momentary confusion and think that you’ve accidentally picked up a nice single barrel bourbon. The caramel, joined by toffee, then takes you for a ride. I can’t say that the beer finishes anywhere close to dry, but there’s a more significant hop presence at the end than I would have expected.
Mouthfeel: This is a complex and truly rich beer. Despite the huge dose and range of the sweet flavors, it never gets cloying even though it is not terribly zippy. Instead, it seems as though the lurking hops and the alcohol burn provide an adequate counterweight.
Drinkability: I think you need to judge each beer in the context of its style, so a high drinkability score for a barleywine doesn’t mean you can knock down a half dozen of them and then operate heavy machinery (or, perhaps, stand up). I will say, however, that this is a quite drinkable beer (and I am not typically a big fan of barleywines).
Serving type: bottle
02-19-2012 22:30:18 | More by rdickey
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: The beer was a cloudy shade of black with an off-white colored head crowning the glass.
Smell: The nutty notes jump to the front, but malt and bourbon are also very detectable.
Taste: I love the nuttiness that starts the taste. Nuts, caramel, sweet milk chocolate notes balance in the taste. The bourbon does not overwhelm the taste, but lends itself to balance. The warming aftertaste makes each of the taste notes glow a little brighter. This is orgasmic!
Moutheel; The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and resembles a port. Of course, this allows the taste to linger for an exceptional amount of time.
Overall: This is my first perfect score on BA; I really can not say anything bad about it. I certainly wish it was more accessible.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 15:43:12 | More by JohnnyHopps
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,362 ratings.