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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,411 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 737
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 962
Gots: 1,999 | FT: 173
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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MrNate

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

05-05-2013 15:37:33 | More by MrNate
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injuredreserve

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

05-05-2013 01:28:29 | More by injuredreserve
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MrBoh

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extremely high hopes here, the last 48hrs of waiting were ridiculous.

Poured into a sampling snifter...

A little head, pretty dark that dissipated quickly. Pretty dark, almost a soda color. Soda-y fizz. Enticing appearance, but wasn't "beer-y" enough for me to give a very high score.

Strong smell of wood, not astringent at all really. I get some kind of cheery scent also.

Strong wood flavor. Then I get a little wine-y character, followed by a black cherry, chocolate kind of taste. The oak taste brings both charred and fresh character. You know it's strong by tasting, but it presents it very well. A really strong smoke flavor starts to develop, replacing a lot of the fruitiness, chocolate has been gone. Not as strong as a smoked beer, but a lot even for a beer aged this long. It all works well together, which may be the best part (because it is the most important)

This is thick. Full freakin' bodied. Not a fizzy taste (luckily). A little bitter, and a little alcohol feel in the back of the throat.

To say the least, I'm excited to try aging one. Very original beer. A Fun try, one of the better BW's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 23:28:03 | More by MrBoh
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LinusBohman

Sweden

4/5  rDev -11.9%

05-04-2013 19:51:35 | More by LinusBohman
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

05-04-2013 16:44:38 | More by pearljam118
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Dburke

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

05-04-2013 00:22:34 | More by Dburke
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JxExM

New York

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

05-04-2013 00:10:17 | More by JxExM
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toneigh

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.9%

05-03-2013 23:39:55 | More by toneigh
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guytyping

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-03-2013 23:21:10 | More by guytyping
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captainbearcat

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-03-2013 22:53:24 | More by captainbearcat
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KevinmusPrime

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-03-2013 16:20:16 | More by KevinmusPrime
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hatfulofhollow

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.1%

05-03-2013 14:59:56 | More by hatfulofhollow
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GOGRANDE

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-03-2013 07:01:14 | More by GOGRANDE
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

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
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Bluecane

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-03-2013 02:46:10 | More by Bluecane
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phishbfm

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

05-03-2013 01:04:51 | More by phishbfm
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IPAyForHops

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-02-2013 23:33:08 | More by IPAyForHops
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

05-02-2013 02:40:03 | More by KevinGordon
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HopFace

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

05-01-2013 19:20:12 | More by HopFace
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chefbrew211

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

04-30-2013 23:32:33 | More by chefbrew211
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aslamm75

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

04-30-2013 12:30:07 | More by aslamm75
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bbfc

Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-30-2013 02:47:05 | More by bbfc
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KAMOO

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.9%

04-29-2013 21:10:59 | More by KAMOO
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

04-29-2013 20:39:22 | More by smooth_aleing
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pinnser

Colorado

5/5  rDev +10.1%

04-29-2013 19:01:13 | More by pinnser
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,411 ratings.