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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,587 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,587
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 984
Gots: 2,066 | FT: 179
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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sentomaster

Connecticut

4.98/5  rDev +9.9%

2012 release poured into Stone IRS snifter.

A- pours into the glass a beautiful deep garnett and gives off an almost wine like appearance until the carbonation kicks in . Semi opaque; holding it up to a bright light reveals some bright ruby highlights playing amongst the vinaceous shadows. A modicum of soft bubbles create a modest 1-2 finger head which quickly dies and leaves patches of sticky lace. Fantastic.

S- Wowzers. No one does barrels like FW. So smooth and complex. Beautifully mellowed bourbony vanilla notes mix with a slightly sweet caramel and a fantastic berry like vinous aroma. Lesser notes of port, tart cherry, licorice, toast, and chocolate.

T/M- Smooth and complex doesn't even begin to describe how sublimely perfect this beer is. Big smack of bourbony vanilla, oak, and toasted sweet bread- especially as it warms. Follows almost lockstep with the nose- light fruit flavors of tart and sweet cherry, pineapple, apple and vinous twang that imparts some dark fruit as well. A rich and decadent sweet dark chocolate flavor also mixes with a slight nuttiness. The flavors seem to intermingle endlessly; new flavors emerging with each sip. As it warms the alcohol makes itself known with a light pepperiness and play nicely with the ever-so-slight tannic astringency.

O- I believe FW adds wine barrels to many of their BA lineup and I think they are what adds another level of complexity that absolutely blows my mind. With a year on it this beer is unbelievably awesome.

02-03-2013 17:39:14 | More by sentomaster
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volta

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

02-03-2013 17:28:09 | More by volta
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thedoer

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-03-2013 08:03:28 | More by thedoer
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-03-2013 04:14:57 | More by DerekMorgan
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tjdemon

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

02-03-2013 03:13:49 | More by tjdemon
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JimMuttleyHass

Montana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-03-2013 00:50:53 | More by JimMuttleyHass
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2GOOFY

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-02-2013 23:43:45 | More by 2GOOFY
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Pete27lax

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

02-02-2013 16:19:44 | More by Pete27lax
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jvillefan

California

4.89/5  rDev +7.9%

On tap at Firestone-Walker

A: A very deep brown/ruby color with a laced ivory white head.

S: Very strong caramel and toffee aromas in the front of this beer. There is a nice bourbon finish on the back end.

T: Very sweet, but not overdone, caramel, toffee, fig flavor on the front end. The flavor then transitions to a smooth oaky bourbon finish. Very well done.

M: Great carbonation for the ABV and great smooth viscosity as it moves across the palate.

O: The best Barleywine out there. This beats King Henry and Mother of All Storms in my opinion.

02-02-2013 02:25:23 | More by jvillefan
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whachagott


4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

02-01-2013 01:35:17 | More by whachagott
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CityofBals

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

01-31-2013 23:27:10 | More by CityofBals
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Reserve series 002. Bal-aged barley wine vintage 2012.

A: Deep otter brown is the pour upon exit with a bready dark khaki head thats moderately sized but holds its own in terms of lengthy stay. Quickly paced micro-efference bubbles rise to the top while a small marginal amount of splashy lace is left behind on the glass walls.

S: Nice wiff of whiskey upon first uncapping as with thier parabola. Whiskey barrel highlights alogn with dark fruit and a sweet touch of burnt molasses. Again the abv% seems well behaved, feeling much, much lower then its 12.5%.

T: Burnt molasses caramelized whiskey laced dark fruit and dark malt sweetness first comes to the taste senses. Soothing, charred nature, again a very refined and eloquently brewed example that was velvety with chocolate malts that just melted in your mouth. Let this warm up thoughout the drinking session to fully experience its spectrum with signs of figs, raisins, and prunes coming about at warmer temperatures.

M: Malty smooth mouthful, velvetly viscose nature with a quiet demeanor of carbonation.Whiskey breath on the swallow.

O: Overall another winner by Firestone. Having just had thier Parabola yesterday, anything would be a hard act to follow but this holds steady on its own. Impressive.

01-31-2013 23:02:22 | More by beerthulhu
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Ravenacht

Florida

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-31-2013 18:27:47 | More by Ravenacht
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nucmedmario

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-30-2013 14:03:52 | More by nucmedmario
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dman5400

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-30-2013 02:24:07 | More by dman5400
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pmoore311

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-29-2013 18:39:15 | More by pmoore311
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CanisMajor

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

01-29-2013 17:52:50 | More by CanisMajor
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nkeckhar

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-29-2013 01:41:35 | More by nkeckhar
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AngusOg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-28-2013 16:32:44 | More by AngusOg
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heteroscedastic

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

01-28-2013 07:31:53 | More by heteroscedastic
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jsanford

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

01-27-2013 19:48:01 | More by jsanford
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

01-27-2013 19:40:16 | More by KiMiRaiK
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Gretlawn

Ohio

4/5  rDev -11.7%

01-26-2013 22:29:05 | More by Gretlawn
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TorsHammer

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2013 17:13:09 | More by TorsHammer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

01-26-2013 16:59:02 | More by DrunkinYogi
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.