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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,639 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,639
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 999
Gots: 2,075 | FT: 183
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,639 | Reviews: 749 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by scottfrie:
Photo of scottfrie
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very very dark mahogany red with a finger of dark tan head that quickly faded into a thick collar that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: I knew this was going to be a good beer before I even opened (I know, biased much?), but this smells deeper and more complex than I could have imagined. I get notes of caramel, raisins, vanilla, mint, herbal hops, pepper, pine resin, bourbon, honey, coco nibs and even a splash of coffee. I mean this beer has everything, and I haven’t even taken my first sip.
T: Again, very rich and complex flavors. There is an amazing balance between sweet, spicy, and alcohol. I get dominant notes of spicy bourbon and woody cask flavors along with vanilla and a honey-like sweetness, but there are more subtle flavors of molasses, raisin and red grapes, caramel, and both herbal and pine hops. The vanilla in the finish reminds me of marshmallows, and that splash of coffee and chocolate I smelled is present in the aftertaste. I get a note or two of leather and tobacco in the aftertaste as well, and those flavors along with some warm bourbon linger long after I swallow.
M: Low, even carbonation over a thick body and slick, sticky mouthfeel. The bourbon and alcohol are warm but comfortable and work well with the boldness of the flavor.
O: Just an amazingly rich and bold beer with complex and well integrated flavors. I enjoyed this whole bottle over the course of a couple hours and savored every sip!

scottfrie, Jul 30, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

SkiBum22, May 22, 2012
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

NWer, Nov 24, 2011
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4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

mverity, Nov 18, 2013
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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,639 ratings.