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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,106
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,136
Gots: 2,354 | FT: 228
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

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)

Matured for 1 year in a blend of Heaven Hill, 4 Roses, and Old Fitzgerald barrels.
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3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of bigbeerfan
4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 220z bomber into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Dark mahogany with amber edges. Thin khaki head.

Smell - Sickly sweet vanilla, fig and bourbon.

Taste - Booze. Booze. Booze. Dark fruits and vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy with low carbonation.

Overall - This is possibly the best barley wine I've ever had. Definitely a sipper at 13.5%. If you find it... Buy two!

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was simply going to rate the beer but thought it was worth a review after reading a couple others.

I'm not going to go through the review motions and simply wanted to point out that this beer is definitely worth purchasing if it is ever available to you.

I was fortunate to get my hands on this year's 2014 release as my local bottle-shop that I frequent had 5 on hand. (wish they also got parabola which is what I initially asked about) but this is certainly better than nothing!

So the appearance is good but not spectacular. No head and no lacing for me due to very high alcohol.

Smell is killer. Deep caramel, brown sugar, malt, dark cherry, booze, butter, faint bourbon/ oak background.

Tase follows nose excellently.

Mouthfeel is nice thick and chewy with low carbonation.

Overall awesome beer that I really enjoyed and found worth the purchase ($18 at my shop)

I did want to say that as amazing as it is a beer less expensive still retains the top spot for me for English Barleywines. Our Finest Regards by Pretty Things Brewing while not barrel aged represents the top of this style for me to date.

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4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2014 Bottling - 004 In Series - 13.5% abv
Poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.
A - Pours a very dark carmel color with almost no head. Very thick, coating the glass well on tipping.
S - A very rich carmel smell, toasted oak, vanilla and a little marshmallow.
T - Boozy! Less sweet than the nose. Carmel, rich medium roast malt and a bite of hops and alcohol at the end.
M - Medium viscous with a moderate amount of carbonation. More so then the pour would indicate.
O - A very good barley wine. A tongue numbing amount of alcohol but very pleasant. Don't plan on doing much after polishing off 22oz of this!

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber, poured into a CBS snifter.

A: Dark, shows ruby when held to the light. No head, thin lacing along the edges of the glass.

S: Sweet, raisin, significant bourbon, nice.

T: Bourbon upfront, with raisins and dark fruits mid-sip. The finish is a lingering of bourbony-alcohol and raisin.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation.

O: Not very complex, but what's there is quite tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.89/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 bottling. Poured from a bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku. The pour is very clear, yet very dark as well. The color is a deep mahogany with intense ruby-red highlights. It sports a thin head (not unusual for barrel-aged beers) which quickly dies down to a thin lace. The nose is spectacular. Lots of rich malt, sweet toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. It's so sweet and rich and full, it defies description. It's like you're standing in a candy factory.

The beer has a very full body and a massive, sweet flavor profile. Up front are intense malt and caramel flavors, quickly followed up by bourbon, vanilla, hazelnuts, cocoa, and molasses. All the sweet flavors associated with the style just unfold perfectly on the palate, but the flavors never get so intense or rich as to betray the drinkability. There is a nicely metered alcohol warmth that greets you at the finish.

Overall, this is an amazing beer. There's nothing else I can compare it to except Bourbon County Brand Barleywine. In a head-to-head, I think I'd choose this one right now. The BCBBW is so unbelievably rich, it's difficult to drink. This one is also rich and intensely flavored, but much more smooth, refined, and balanced. With a little age, BCBBW might be more like this one, but right now it is not and I have to give a tip of the cap to this beer; my own personal champion of English-style Barleywines.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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1/5  rDev -77.9%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,106 ratings.