§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,357 | Reviews: 735 | Display Reviews Only:
4.89/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2013 Vintage purchased in January. Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
A - Pours a murky, semi-opaque, dark ruby-brown, with a wispy half-finger beige head. Tiny dots of lacing, but mostly just slides back into the glass.
S - Powerful aroma of toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, pipe tobacco, red wine, sandlewood, dark chocolate, and the slightest hint of spruce. Complex.
T - Extremely robust flavors of toffee, vanilla, anise, leather, toasted oak chips, bourbon, mint, date and black cherry. Rich dark chocolate flavor develops as it warms. Absolutely amazing. 6 out of 5. Surprisingly smooth for such a young barley wine. Unlike some barrel aged beers, the wood deepens and enriches the flavor profile as opposed to overwhelming it.
M - Medium bodied, but with very low carbonation. Works well for the small sips one surely takes when drinking this. Alcohol has a stinging effect on the back of the throat.
O - Wow. A masterpiece, and may be the single best barleywine I have tasted. World class all the way, and worth every penny of the purchase price. Nothing else to say besides if you haven't had it, get it.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2013 05:01:22 | More by TempeBeerMan
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,357 ratings.