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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,421 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,421
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 962
Gots: 2,002 | FT: 172
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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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

12-02-2012 03:34:50 | More by Hugonaut13
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giants24

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-30-2012 19:37:01 | More by giants24
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Pelican5

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

11-29-2012 22:52:26 | More by Pelican5
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server222

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-28-2012 00:28:26 | More by server222
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beerdave

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

11-25-2012 03:25:47 | More by beerdave
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DreamsOfMarshallWharf

Wyoming

5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-24-2012 21:27:32 | More by DreamsOfMarshallWharf
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into snifter at cellar temp.

Pours w/a thin film of tan head over a very deep, yet fairly clear (when held to the light) ruby body. Just a touch of lacing.

Aromas are all sweet liquor. Very cordial-like. Smells hot. Deep cherry, oak, vanilla bean. The unabashed alcohol is the only reason this is not a 5.

Incredibly smooth, but hot. This is a sipper, no doubt. Deep fruit quality... lots of marachino cherry, vanilla/oak barrel, English hops, cocoa... maybe even a touch of brandy. Delicious, clean, and smooth.

Very glad I popped this one, as I have another 2012 waiting in the wings for some day far down the line. This would be an awesome 10 year comparison, but not sure if I have the willpower.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 03:57:37 | More by BeerImmediately
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lostandwandering

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

11-23-2012 19:02:23 | More by lostandwandering
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StoryOfTheGhost

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from my favorite brewery. This is my go-to, when I have a few extra bucks to spend, because there is a store that has a ton in stock around me- because most people that go there have no clue what this beer is.

A- Reddish gold, very thin lacing, viscous, sticky on the glass

S- Booze, ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon, caramel

T- Very boozy forward, has a kick right up front. Huge bourbon flavors, vanilla, sweetness like a honey/caramel combo, fruity finish

M- The booziness is noticable and stays on the palate, leaves a thick, chewy feeling in the mouth, flavor stays with you long after the sip is gone

O- great beer. It is my favorite barley wine

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:09:11 | More by StoryOfTheGhost
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hansgruber

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-21-2012 06:56:34 | More by hansgruber
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Chris_Cali_2o9


3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

11-20-2012 06:01:54 | More by Chris_Cali_2o9
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Dirty25

Germany

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

11-20-2012 00:26:14 | More by Dirty25
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musicman575

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

11-18-2012 03:11:08 | More by musicman575
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Brandywine

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep crimson with barley a fingers worth of a tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Tons of alcohol legs. lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, rum soaked fruits, cherry, charred oak, sweet malt, vanilla, fruity esters, plum, fig.

Taste: Huge bourbon and vanilla notes, middle of the mouth fills with caramel and toffee, rum soaked fruit adds depth to the toffee and caramel notes, raspberry. Tip of the tongue has subtle toasted coconut overlaid with bourbon. End of the tongue has a nice tannic dryness that clears the palate from the initial and middle sweetness. Milk chocolate appears at the end as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Viscous and sweet without being cloying.

Overall: A massively complex beer. Huge dark fruit notes covered in bourbon and sweet toffee. Just enough carbonation and tannins to clear the palate and make you want to come back for more. Expertly balanced between huge sweet notes and strong bourbon and heat but it remains extremely smooth even as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 09:23:15 | More by Brandywine
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zrab11

Indiana

4/5  rDev -11.9%

11-15-2012 19:09:06 | More by zrab11
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sneaks2210

New York

5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-15-2012 03:10:58 | More by sneaks2210
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gshak

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

11-14-2012 21:52:29 | More by gshak
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CAPorter

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-13-2012 19:18:58 | More by CAPorter
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-12-2012 03:36:51 | More by funkyaudio
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Popeye2012


5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-12-2012 00:42:00 | More by Popeye2012
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark reddish-brown body. Thin tan head, doesn't last long.

Nose is rich carmelized sugar with a distinct barrel note. I hate to say it, but it's reminiscent of King Henry.

Flavors: carmelized sugar, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, rich, earthy hops. Just a treat for my palate. I absolutely love this stuff! Once again, I have to compare favorably with KH.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating, low carb.

Overall, this is fantastic. This is the first time I've tried it, and I'm glad I bought a few to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:11:46 | More by ghostwalker
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Graviz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

11-11-2012 04:07:22 | More by Graviz
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ThrewRedButter

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-10-2012 19:35:47 | More by ThrewRedButter
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

11-10-2012 19:30:26 | More by hopswap1
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ejhansen7


3.75/5  rDev -17.4%

11-08-2012 19:07:51 | More by ejhansen7
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,421 ratings.