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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,452 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,452
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 962
Gots: 2,013 | FT: 177
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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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-29-2013 03:23:41 | More by JamLand
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-28-2013 19:55:45 | More by paulys55
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jwk7324

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-28-2013 18:49:46 | More by jwk7324
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mscudder

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-28-2013 02:48:48 | More by mscudder
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-28-2013 02:22:51 | More by CesarLopes
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stampfler07

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-28-2013 02:02:52 | More by stampfler07
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grendelfly73

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-28-2013 00:36:05 | More by grendelfly73
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c64person

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-27-2013 23:48:15 | More by c64person
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vintage 2013
Served in a snifter

A - Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with red highlights. 1 finger of off-white head forms a thin collection of wispy patterned bubbles below a solid collar.

S - Sweet whiskey, vanilla, buttery cotton candy, toasted coconut, caramel and toffee, sugar coated nuts roasted, amaretto, scorched oak wood and cherries, strawberry and rhubarb preserve.

T - A swirl of roasted wood, sweet vanilla, dense toffee, sticky caramel, toasted fruit bread, leather, spicy hops, whiskey swirls around notes of chocolate cherry cordial, amaretto, and rum. The whiskey components grow stronger as it warms, making the finish drier and drier. Some spiciness shows up toward the warming finish.

M - Starts out firm and full but turns medium and softens out, low and fine carbonation.

One of the best aromas I've ever smelled from a beer. Complexity is an over-used word but this is complex. The transitions of aroma, taste, and feel over the course of the bottle are incredible. Full barrel flavors the meld beautifully. Don't know how this could get any better with age.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 23:25:12 | More by StaveHooks
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Ted

Texas

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2013 22:42:59 | More by Ted
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anhigdon

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-27-2013 20:59:40 | More by anhigdon
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this is as good as a barleywine can get for me, a style of beer I don't always rush to score because of the heavy fusel alcohols and mess of grains usually accompanying American versions. this however, is a masterpiece! thanks to claystation for hooking it up. 2013 release. it pours a deep mahogany color, dense but not particularly cloudy, with a tall and fairly long lasting off white head. the nose is very complex, but also mellow. I definitely get red wine, charcoal, bourbon, rye malt, caramel, and alcohol. the different barrel blends really come out in the nose and the taste, giving a lot of layers to this monster. the flavor features some vanilla and some toffee, brown sugar, but its not too sweet, and some dried fruits in the date or fig range. again, the complexity is stunning. furthermore, the alcohol content of this beer in not caustic or hot like I expected it to be. its in fact quite tame, just warming, appropriate. this is also oddly drinkable for its magnitude. its soft in feel, but very well carbonated, and the body is full but not filling per se. I cant say enough about this one, everything is dialed in, and its a beer only firestone walker could pull off. its got their signature all over it. I was hesitant and skeptical to see a barleywine so high in the BA rankings, but this makes perfect sense now that ive had it. I will look forward to my next bottle with great enthusiasm! a must try. this is pretty much the end all and be all of the style for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 17:05:34 | More by StonedTrippin
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jdklks

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-27-2013 12:51:20 | More by jdklks
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -11.7%

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Heard & McDonald Islands

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Grfilwett

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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erialbill

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-27-2013 00:27:54 | More by erialbill
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Pedrovc

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-26-2013 18:15:36 | More by Pedrovc
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SchuStar

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

05-26-2013 01:41:35 | More by SchuStar
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Pours a dark amber approaching brownish, decent light tan head but fizzes away surprisingly quick, no cap on top and not much lacing either.

Smell has a nice caramel malt backbone, lots of dark fruit hitting the nose, definitely a touch of vanilla to sweeten it up before the boozy barrel aged aroma creeps in.

Taste has a very malt mixed with dark fruity raisin-y flavor going on, sweetness in the aftertaste but nothing too cloying, body is nice and full, carbonation is soft but active which lends a hand with the full body, the boozy alcohol burn is present but surprisingly is really only hits the back of the throat and not so much in the mouth which is nice, a very nice sipper indeed.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 00:18:13 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Gargamel92886

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-25-2013 19:08:11 | More by Gargamel92886
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +10.4%

05-25-2013 17:49:26 | More by Hallertau
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ajzy

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

05-25-2013 17:06:29 | More by ajzy
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SDStoneEnthusiast

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

05-25-2013 05:54:20 | More by SDStoneEnthusiast
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2011 vintage opened on 5/24/13.

A-Pours a lovely ruby brown, low to moderate carbonation leaves a thin tan ring and a small pool of tan head in the middle of the glass.

S-Some nice boozy head overwhelms the nose with some dark figgy fruit underneath. A hint of marshmallow.

T-A perfect barleywine. Sweet and rich, moderate booziness and a nice hop underbite. Sweet raisins, marshmallow, alcohol. Terrific.

M-Medium bodied, rich but not wearying on the palate. Right on.

O-Outstanding, even better with a bit of age.

HV

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 00:02:15 | More by sholland119
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,452 ratings.