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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,415
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 962
Gots: 1,998 | FT: 172
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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1/5  rDev -78%

03-20-2014 01:37:47 | More by Cracker666
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2/5  rDev -55.9%

02-25-2012 15:15:58 | More by FarmerTed
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2/5  rDev -55.9%

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2/5  rDev -55.9%

01-02-2012 06:01:18 | More by ROBPIII
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2.08/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours muddy and with no head. Looks still. Smell is dark fruit, vanilla, and soy sauce in a this Chinese restaurant uses way too much sauce, kind of way. Taste is sweet and dark fruits and soy sauce with a quick finish. At least the booze is hidden very well, but with the lack of almost any carbonation, cloying nature of it and the soy sauce flavor, it was a big disappointment.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 21:40:03 | More by JDV
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -44.9%

05-14-2013 13:37:15 | More by earlholman
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2.6/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Batch one with several months on it.

Gorgeous dark maroon pour with just the right carbonation. Can't get any better looking.

Boozy on the nose, barrels obvious but not rich and deep, more sharp and simple. Smells like other barrels too, not just bourbon, which the label confirms. Muddled hotness results. Maybe they should have just used whiskey barrels. Too much sharp and undefined alcohol ultimately.

And the tastes agree; too much booze here. Esters complement the alcohol in an unholy union. Hints of the rich carmel and dark fruit depth I crave in a barrel bw, but it doesn't deliver.
Aftertaste bites with unwelcome astringency and grainy ethanol.
Thickness cut down by the barrels, right in my sweet spot there.

Lots of reviewers I trust like this beer, and it sounds like something I'd love, a bourbon heavy barleywine. Oh well. At least I didn't trade for a case. (I have two more that are sitting in the cellar for at least 3 years.)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 00:39:01 | More by caskstrength
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2.63/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Abacus 2011 vintage

Pours deep maroon with a small off-white head leaving some lacing.

Some sweet burnt toffee in the aroma along with heavy barrel presence. A lot of oak, vanilla and general boozy sweetness.

Heavy toffee and barrel presence in the flavor as well. Some earthy hops peak in, but this one is malty. Still pretty hot even after a year.

Booze is not hidden well. Good body and carbonation though.

Maybe KH has raised my standard for this style, but I thought this was awful. A hot boozy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 20:29:55 | More by jmarsh123
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2.75/5  rDev -39.4%

04-11-2013 02:18:48 | More by Atomicskis5
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2.75/5  rDev -39.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -39.4%

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3/5  rDev -33.9%

08-02-2012 17:08:04 | More by DavyJones
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

12-07-2012 03:44:36 | More by Cody66
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

02-12-2012 05:13:58 | More by tonyrl26
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

01-10-2012 00:46:39 | More by schwaeh
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

09-26-2012 17:51:05 | More by arash1000
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

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3/5  rDev -33.9%

12-10-2011 21:26:57 | More by BarrytheBear
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

12-18-2011 22:47:27 | More by rpaul2012
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

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3/5  rDev -33.9%

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3/5  rDev -33.9%

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3.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, bourbon, slight chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate/toffee. Medium Body. OK, this is not an English Barleywine, since when do barleywines have bourbon in it.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:18:44 | More by Wasatch
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3.08/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a snifter at Firestone Walker's taproom in Paso Robles (NOT tasting room) on its grand opening day. This was my first beer there as I was really excited to try it given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours no head at all. Not even a floater about the edges. Colour is a murky dark caramel brown-black; maybe black cherry (though that makes it sound far more appealing than it is). Not horribly appealing.

Sm: Fruit esters - perhaps cherry. Mulled wine, spice, a bit of vinegar, and fresh yeast. An attractive aroma. Mild in strength.

T: Black cherry alongside almond, alcohol, caramelized malt, and other clean malts. Decently balanced but far from impressive. Decently built, but nothing to write home about. How did this beer get such a good reputation? Very strange as a barleywine, and not in a good or experimental way. Warm alcohol comes through. Neither complex nor subtle.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours okay. Far from good. Not tailored to the flavours by any stretch. Way too thin for the style. Fails to adequately support the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but not exceptional. Hardly hides its ABV at all. I expected far better given its reputation. I wouldn't have it again. People pay $20.00 a bottle for this? Trade your bottles away, lads. Get something worth your time.

I really hope this gets better with age. This isn't worth seeking out. As a fan of barleywines, I'm very disappointed.


Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2012 04:14:13 | More by kojevergas
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3.25/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a flute glass at the City Beer Store in SF. Pours a dark brown/red with minimal head. The aroma features a wide array of flavors, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. The taste has a lot of the dark fruit (boozy raisin?) along with the bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an adequate amount of carbonation.

It was a decent barleywine, but the taste just turned me the wrong way, perhaps I'm not cut out for barleywines but the high alcohol presence, sweetness, and the pronounced dark fruit just turned me off.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 22:43:16 | More by mkotsayfan
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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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