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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,106
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,136
Gots: 2,354 | FT: 228
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

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)

Matured for 1 year in a blend of Heaven Hill, 4 Roses, and Old Fitzgerald barrels.
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 edition

A - Pours out a beautiful dark reddish brown, some ruby highlights and a sticky looking head. Some lacing is following the sides of my glass.

S - Smells like whisky with notes of caramel and vanilla.

T - Tastes very complex with some burn in the finish, which is welcome for this BBA. I am getting lots of butterscotch, vanilla, toffee and some coconut. Sort of sweet and rich from heavy malts, a bit of leafy hop flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is rich and full.

O - Overall a delicious beer, lots and lots of bourbon in there but nothing seems out of whack. Has a bit of heat which makes me want to age some for a while cause this one would just get better and better.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark ruby with hints of light brown colors. Maybe some chestnut or hazelnut colors in there. This beer pours with little head at all, but what appears is not not long living and cream in color.

S- Extremely complex. Boozy comes to mind first in a good way. Sweet caramel and toffee notes prevail, followed by the barrel aging notes which probably contribute to the booziness. Lots of fresh cut oak wood mixed with a nice pleasant nuttiness. There is so much going on here. Fruity, nutty, oaky, boozy, sweet.

T- Wow! This one hits it out of the park. Follows nose perfectly. The complexity turns into layers of flavor that challenge the palate. Sweet malty flavors mixed with oak and bourbon, followed by a toffee sweetness that is unmatched. It has a very unique aftertaste of toffee mixed with breakfast blend roasted coffee. The only way to describe this is to eat a Heath candy bar and take a drink of medium roasted coffee. Fantastic.

M- Wonderful mouth coating thickness. Silky smoothness that is amazing considering the ABV.

O- Fantastic. Glad I got to try this. Even happier that I have another bottle downstairs.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another big thanks to jzeilinger for cracking a bottle of this brew for us to try. This was one I've wanted to try for a while and I'm honored to say that I finally had it. The beer poured out as a deep amber color with some brown hues to it. The head was white and actually stuck around for a little while. There was a light lacing on the glass too. The smell of the beer is sweet and earthy, lots of caramel and toffee notes along with some hops too that I am a bit surprised to pick up. The barrel aging also comes in on the nose too. The taste of this beer is awesome. I can't even explain the kind of flavors I experienced here. There is some serious complexity here. The mouthfeel is very good too, it's super smooth with a nice subtle carbonation to it,. Overall this was great, There is no doubt that I will buy this for myself one day to have it again. I miss this beer already and it's only been a few hours since i had it. Very very good stuff.

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,106 ratings.