§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.48/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a deep, rich brown (almost black) with ruby highlights. Not a lot of foam on this one. Less than a finger of tan head.
Smell: Where to start?! An intoxicating aroma of bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, black licorice, light tobacco, and subtle hints of Montmorency cherries, red wine, coconut, and raisins. A heavenly experience for the olfactory lobes.
Taste: Follows the nose fairly closely. If I were to sum up the flavor with just three words, they would be "bourbon", "oak", and "vanilla". But there's also a little bit of baking chocolate and some caramel as well as fleeting hints of the aromas mentioned above. At 12.5% its not surprising that there's a good deal of alcohol heat, making this a slow sipper.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied with fairly low carbonation. Goes down smooth with a little kick in the finish.
Overall, this was a stunning and wonderfully complex barrel-aged English-style barleywine. I've had quality beer from Firestone Walker in the past but this is on a whole other level of greatness.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2013 21:26:18 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
4.59/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Box says 2013.
A- Pours a semi-opaque dark brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains slightly before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small streak of surface foam. Slippery lacing leaves a broken ring behind on the glass.
S- Chocolate, caramel and cookie dough dominate the nose very pleasantly. Booze is present but distant except when deep sniffs are taken.
T- Malt is teetering between toasty and roasty with a firm but non-intrusive alcohol flavor. The hops provide just enough bitterness to balance the caramel-like sweetness of the malt. Quite smooth for the ABV. There's a slight smoke flavor but it commingles with the sweetness enough to make for a hickory/honey/maple barbecue sauce note. Hard to pin down but enjoyable. Man, is this complex. Becomes more boozy as it warms.
M- Not as full as expected given the color but that's not a bad thing. The alcohol brings a bit of a sting but is subdued enough to be overlooked. Medium-low carbonation.
O- Not the first FW beer to leave me pretty much speechless and I'm sure it won't be the last.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2013 03:15:52 | More by Immortale25
4.54/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2013 vintage served to me with a deep ruby body and a ring of bubbly off-white/khaki head.
The nose is full of rich caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood, and bourbon.
This tastes exquisite. Caramel ,toffee, vanilla, coconut, bourbon/alcohol peeks through a bit as well as a touch of chocolate and cherry fruitiness. Damn.
Subtle bubbly carbonation with a nice smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Easily the best barleywine I have had.
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2013 02:35:13 | More by MattSweatshirt
4.55/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
A: Very dark amber/brown with a moderate light khaki head.
S: Tons of carmel, bourbon, brown sugar, french vanilla, toffee. Some wood/oak and a bit of wine/tannins. Some leather, a bit of tobacco, dates and figs as well. Really malty, bourbony and complex.
T: Tons of rich toffee, carmel and big malty notes up front with a good hit of really nice bourbon. Some tannins coming through from the wine barrels adds a really nice touch. Its got that great firestone walker barrel flavor near the finish, a nice woody/bourbon and toasted coconut taste. Lots of vanilla, oak and bourbon in the finish as the palate slowly dries. The bourbon is very present and frontal, but its never boozy or overpowering.
M: On the upper side of medium/lower side of full. Softer carbonation. Fairly smooth.
O: Drinks a lot less than 12.5%. A sipper, but only because its really complex and you want to savor it. Best barrel aged beer I've had that hasn't been a Imperial Stout.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2013 00:33:24 | More by herman77
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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