§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.38/5 rDev -3.3%
500th rating!!!! Pretty exciting day. Been off BA for the past week or so because of visiting friends and try decided what I would rate. I picked this beer because I wanted to do something special and this one the only beer I was aging that I felt would be both great and good to go (aging wise) for today (maybe not perfect but close enough). Poured into a snifter and paired with almonds, water, and a movie with occasional breaks to think and rate.
A&S: Woody, vanilla, lots of dark fruits (raisins) as it warms. Surprisingly as it warms I get more of a hoppy presence than before. Quite complex. Head is initially very fizzy causing me to think the head was going to die fast, however it does hang around in a thin top layer. Light brown colored head. Bottle nails the color as dark ruby. Pretty lively carbonation.
T&M: Not nearly as in my face as I expected in the taste. A little boozy, it has a very solid malty, dark fruit mix. I’m tasting more cherries than raisins in the taste. Very smooth even without being super thick as far as body.
Overall: Not my favorite English Barleywine, but it was up there. Felt it could be a tad bit more sweet and intense in favor, but the aroma was spot on. I would be interested to see how more aging would affect this beer, but honestly, since it was more mellow than I expected, now was probably a better time to drink it. One of the few big ABV over 12oz bottles I would recommend not sharing. This beer has a extremely long development time, unless you drink it super slow you miss out on more than the usual brew.
08-31-2014 23:50:22 | More by minterro
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
2014, bomber poured into tulip glass
A-pours a rich dark black that fills the glass like oil. Small off white head that dissipates very quickly into an outer lace.
S- tons of bourbon, rich, malty, sweet and hot. Some dark fruit . Overall it is a very sweet hot smell.
T- bourbon first, then a blend of sugar and vanilla. There's a sweet taste of berries but I can't pick up on which one. There also might be some cherries in there.
M- full bodied, thick, hot and creamy!
O-one of my top barleywines. It rivals king henry and bcbbw in my opinion. The heat keeps it from being perfect but I will definitely seek these out in the future.
08-28-2014 02:08:01 | More by mlhyatt
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.