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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§ucaba
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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,564 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,564
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 981
Gots: 2,058 | FT: 179
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -13.9%

On-tap at City Beer Store. Good barleywine aromas, creamy mouthfeel, A tad of creamy off-white head on brown. Carbonation was a tad fizzy. Decent drinkability, I could have much more in a meal. A decent barleywine,British in character though not exceptional on this day.

05-30-2010 03:26:14 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

09-26-2012 22:58:23 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.85/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a dark crimson red/dark brown with a very, very small tan head that fades to nothing. The head came out very fizzy, much like a soda. No lacing whatsoever on the drink down. The smell coming off this beer is absolutely fantastic. Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, brown sugar, cherry, coconut, earthy woods all come out of the glass. I spent about 5 minutes just smelling this beer before I even took a sip. Not surprisingly the taste is out of this world. The first taste that I get is toasted coconut. This is followed by sweet caramel/toffee, candied cherries, and very subtle hints of chocolate. There is an aftertaste of some woody notes from the barrels. This beer has a good level of carbonation which I think helps it from being too thick and cloying. This is by far the best barleywine I have ever had. The 13% ABV is really not noticeable at all. The aromas and flavors mesh together amazingly well. I have 2 more of these in my cellar and I can't wait to see how these age. I am going to seek more of these out for sure.

05-06-2011 04:11:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-14-2011 18:50:18 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap as a guest draft at Dark Lord Day 2009.

A: Fairly dark--especially for the style. Some reddish highlights with a light, cream-colored head.

S: Oak, roasted malt, chocolate, and bits of vanilla. The oak definitely came through, as I had this not too longer after sampling the Oak Aged DL.

T: Fairly-roasted malt with some caramel/toffee taste as well as a certain earthiness to the underlying malt. On top of this lies some of the oak/wood flavors as well as characteristics of chocolate and hints of vanilla. A bit of bourbon in there, too.

M: Very chewy and quite heavy. Fairly low carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, as the alcohol is hidden, but not too much.

05-01-2009 18:22:27 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-07-2012 14:26:41 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

A: The beer is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin beige ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and a small patch of bubbles in the center.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bourbon, oak toffee and vanilla in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is somewhat sweet and has complex flavors of bourbon, caramel, toffee and vanilla.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate and has some hints of stickiness. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great beer to sip because it continually keeps your taste buds interested due to its complex flavors. It definitely tastes quite strong but the alcohol does not detract from the taste.

03-12-2012 00:43:48 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: With a 13% ABV, it is a rare beer that will produce much of a head, so it is not surprise that this one fades quickly, leaving the caramel-colored liquid denuded

Smell: What it lacks in head, it makes up in aroma, with a rich combination of fruit (hints of fig, date and black cherry) and spice cake (brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon and vanilla), ensconced in the Bourbon barrel

Taste: Spice cake favors, up front, followed by the fruit and budding vanilla/brown sugar elements; earthy hops add some balance, at mid-palate, with the Bourbon barrel adding complexity to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: This is a really nice English Barleywine that is brimming with complexity and hides the alcohol mysteriously well

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

01-31-2012 02:00:26 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

03-04-2013 10:00:19 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -11.7%

06-17-2013 22:51:23 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -14.3%

Bottle: Poured a medium clear amber color ale with a small foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of bourbon and corn is very deep with some sweet caramelized malt notes. Taste is a very rich mix between some bourbon notes with light corn ester and some deep caramelize sugar. Bourbon is intense though not too much too ruin the balanced though vanilla notes are harder to distinguish. Residual sugar is also not too overwhelming and some attenuation remains to keep some kind of balance into this big beer. Well done and something I would have again.

10-19-2012 19:50:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%

Extremely complex, powerful, and gentlemanly, this Barleywine carries a plethora of flavors but without the heavy body that's normally associated with the style. Warm body with amazing drinkability sets this one apart.

Deep garnet in color, the beer allows for only the most supple of light to announce it's ruby-like glow. Low carbonation, the beer forms a creamy light head that disipates early in the session- seemingly very port-like.

A potpouri of aromas erupt from the glass, with the shape of maple, toffee, chocolate, plumbs, grapes, figs, walnuts, oak, bourbon, sherry, vanilla, cherries, and currants- the independent notes seem endless.

Sweeter malty notes show in flavor first with the maple syrup, toffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Very savory and succulent before the alcohol ushers in the powerful flavors of bourbon, rum, cherries, berries, light coffee, mild toast, and oak. Late flavors of alcohol and fruit bring about the strong estery notes and balance of oak, walnut, and bitter alcohols.

Rich and sweet early, the low levels of carbonation allows the full weight of the beer to rest on the taste buds- seemingly heavy and chewy. But the beer's thinning alcohols lighten the brunt of malty character and give a warm and numbing effect on the mouthfeel. Powdery woods and mild tanins give balance late for impressive dryness and palatable weight.

A world class barleywine that makes a statement with intense alcohols and a remarkably dry finish and smooth variety of flavors. Where a mystery flavor seems to emerge with each sip, so does the intensity of alcohols that seem to distract from time to time. This the only reason to keep it from top scores.

Thanks given2flybrewing!

06-10-2011 03:20:55 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev 0%

had the pleasure of splitting this one with calton last night and what a great beer, poured into my pint glass and enjoyed on 5.24.11

great look here with a nice hazelnut brown color and a smooth and even head of light tan that really seemed to show quite nicely how well it would be.

aroma was to die for with rich vanilla tones, tons of barrel and just a huge oaky and caramel presence. this was a monster for sue. it seemed each sip became more complex then the one before and soon i was totally sucked into its workd and just beaten down. nice light feel , a bit different then what i would have thought but overall i think it was quite nice.

an outstanding ba barleywine for sure!

05-25-2011 01:53:56 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%

Huge thanks to LtDan (from RB) for a sample of this one.

A: The pour is a dark, rich amber color with a small off-white (perhaps beige) head.

S: The nose has an incredibly rich fruitiness to it which I really was not expecting. Plenty of sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose as well.

T: The nose gave this one a lot to live up to, and I'm happy to say the flavors delivered! A lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, obviously, but also some really great barrel character as well. The bourbon, vanilla, oak, and even some hop bitterness really round this beer out.

M: The body is very full with a low level of carbonation that works well here.

D: Normally you don't associate barleywines with easy drinking, but this one is so smooth and delicious that it's easy to keep going back for more. I can't wait until this is bottled.

02-25-2010 17:17:00 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-04-2011 23:14:06 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

11-15-2011 03:46:27 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

01-13-2012 05:44:08 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

11-15-2011 05:23:47 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

11-23-2011 21:08:47 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

11-16-2013 04:53:07 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%

Another big thanks to jzeilinger for cracking a bottle of this brew for us to try. This was one I've wanted to try for a while and I'm honored to say that I finally had it. The beer poured out as a deep amber color with some brown hues to it. The head was white and actually stuck around for a little while. There was a light lacing on the glass too. The smell of the beer is sweet and earthy, lots of caramel and toffee notes along with some hops too that I am a bit surprised to pick up. The barrel aging also comes in on the nose too. The taste of this beer is awesome. I can't even explain the kind of flavors I experienced here. There is some serious complexity here. The mouthfeel is very good too, it's super smooth with a nice subtle carbonation to it,. Overall this was great, There is no doubt that I will buy this for myself one day to have it again. I miss this beer already and it's only been a few hours since i had it. Very very good stuff.

02-19-2013 16:49:31 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -12.8%

Served in a tulip glass.

Big thanks to Alpar for sharing this bottle!

I haven't busted out an abacus since seventh grade math class. Let's hope this beer tops those memories (not much of a challenge, really). It pours a dark garnet-brown topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises sharp caramel, mild cocoa, graham crackers, and butterscotch. The taste reunites all of these elements, while simultaneously introducing them to a few newbies: ruby red grapefruit, orange peel, and mandarin orange flesh. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an oily, sorta syrupy feel. Overall, a more-than-solid b-wine, though I'm not sure it deserves all of the praise it gets. Don't get me wrong: this is some tasty stuff, but there are many better barleywines more readily available.

04-18-2011 20:23:43 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

11-14-2011 19:09:16 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%

2011 edition.

Poured into a tulip glass, served at 52º cellar temperature.
Frothy spotty lace around the edges, sturdy collar of foam and a wispy broken skim across the surface after a few minutes. Glinting highlights of saturated crimson where the light gets through.

Aromas of English toffee with crushed almonds, maple syrup and freshly toasted creme brulee. Traces of oak and sweet vanilla. Spec-fucking-tacular.

Flavors of toffee, toasted almonds, syrupy maple, caramel, almond toffee. Light woody bitterness on the back end. Chewy, fudgy, decadent... smooth and luxurious. This is some serious stuff to get lost in. Full bodied and packing a punch, the alcohol heat is well integrated but still lurking in the periphery. A frostbitten winter beast that's a real treat to sit with and sip over an hour or two.

Far from "fallen off" this is as good as it was 8 months ago when I had it last.

12-17-2011 04:29:29 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Poured out a dark, dark burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. Nice retention with a soapy residue of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet caramel malt with some floral notes and sweet citrus fruits.

T - It tasted spicy with a sweet caramel maltiness. It had a nice toasty flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry, snappy finish.

O - This is a really good barleywine. Delicious on tap.

03-17-2011 01:25:30 | More by zeff80
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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,564 ratings.