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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§ucaba§ucaba

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,861 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,861
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1,025
Gots: 2,129 | FT: 192
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)
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

2012

A: One finger of head formed when poured from the bomber into a snifter glass and fell in under a minute leaving behind a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The foam is tan in color and made of medium sized bubbles mostly. Nice alcohol legs are kicked up on the edge of the glass when swirled, but very little foam. The beer is a deep mahogany color and that color only comes through with a back lite.

S: Sweet bourbon dominates the nose with oak and vanilla right behind it, medium levels. Raisins and prunes with sweet plums come next at mild levels. A light spicy hop character. Candy raisins and toffee notes also present. Alcohol is mellow and mostly in the form of bourbon. Nicely developed after the 2 years it was cellared.

T: Wow, beautiful bourbon barrel character. Smooth and tobacco tasting bourbon with vanilla, caramel oak flavor - very developed and up front. Sweetness is kept to a minimum and seems to be reduced by the bourbon. Bitterness is medium with a more neutral hop character. Malty flavors come through as the beer warms up with prunes and plums consistent with the aroma. Some milk chocolate notes come out as well.

M: A big tingly tongue sensation from the bourbon that leads to a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Carbonation is on the lower side and very complimentary with the style. The tannins from the wood provide a slight drying sensation on the mouth and the body of the beer is in the medium range.

O: Fantastic BA Barley Wine, The barrel is up front with tons of character from the bourbon left over. The alcohol is there, but not offensive or difficult to drink. This beer aged perfectly. I would like to try a fresh version to compare, but as it stands this was superb.

guityler83, Sep 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

color is a dark caramel, some big bubbles visible in the beer and pours a solid finger of brown foam, wonderful lacing left on the side of the glass.
Aroma-dark fruit, burned sugar, vanilla,oak
Taste-burned sugar and dark fruity sweetness upfront, balanced by smooth vanilla and oak, faintest bite from the booze but drinks very smoothly.
Feel-moist upfront, full bodied yet surprisingly carbonated.
overall-delicous, satisfying, great representative of the style. love the effect of the oak on this one.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,861 ratings.