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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,200
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,175
Gots: 2,435 | FT: 238
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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Imbibed at Wine Affairs on 3/4/13.

Deep amber, clear in appearance with a very creamy half finger tan head. Spots cling to the glass sparingly. Lots of caramel with toffee candy, rich chocolate, vanilla, and strong oak (not overpowering). Toasted wheat bread is also prevalent. Caramel and vanilla dominate the palate with dark chocolate, candied sugar, and lot of booze to end. Feel is slightly viscous with a dry finish. Great, but I can't have more than a snifter since it's so sweet.

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22oz bomber

A - very dark ruby red. The label calls is "dark rust", which I would say is correct. Looks almost black away from the light, held to light, the red comes out. Not much head unless you really pour down the middle, then about an inch or so that retains for a bit.

S - a lot of caramel and vanilla dominate. Some bourbon and alcohol on the edges.

T - Taste follows the nose. Sticky vanilla and caramel up front. Very very smooth, with some light toasty malt type flavor next. Finishes with medium hop bitterness. It seems to lack a little bit of complexity somewhere, but its more than made up for with the smoothness.

M - just on the thick side of medium. Very low carb. Excellent.

O - really great beer. Super easy drinking, hides the ABV no problem. Could drink this every night. Only gripe would be a little lack of depth in the flavor profile, but overall an A/A+ beer

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this beer up at All-Star Pizza and Pub in Parkville. Just stopped in for one beer, and I had heard this was a good one. So I gave it a shot. From a tulip glass.

Appearance - Poured a deep ruby, almost black, with a thin, half finger head of quickly receding head that left outstanding lacing. I personally don't think it was presented well by bar staff, but thats just me.

Smell - Big time dark fruits, oak, booze, and some vanilla and other sweetness. This was a complex smell, lots of layers to it that all kind of merged together. Really good.

Taste - Follows the nose quite well, but I think it improves on the nose even. The dark fruits and vanilla are the big time players on the palate. Oak, dark fruits, and toffee/caramel wash the palate at the start, with the vanilla sweetness bringing up the rear with a slight malty backbone. This was an outstanding beer, for sure.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, like a big stout, creamy, and rich. There is certainly a boozy, bourbon element on the finish, you know this is a high ABV beer. Coats the throat with warmth and goodness.

Overall - This is truly one of the best beers I have ever had. Firestone Walker is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries, in that their line is so varied and robust. This is an exceptional beer. I thought it was a stout at first, and put it on line with BCBS. I wasn't until I reviewed it that I learned it was considered an English Barleywine. You need to go get this brew as soon as possible.

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2013 Version.

A - Dark Ruby, pencil thin head - dissipates quickly, say 2 min.

S - Sweet bourbon - but not overpowering, carmel malt, dried plums/dates. overall not real potent other than the bourbon.

T - Oh wow. This is real nice. sweet malt with great bourbon. Carmel, molasses, barley, oak/woody. Hop level is low. Sweet all the way thru- but certainly not a syrupy taste that could rise with such a sweet brew. 12.5 ABVs hidden completely. very impressed.

M - Thick feel, not as velvety as a stout but very nice, froth tingles on the tongue. lingers for 1-2 min. coats mouth very well

O - Amazing. Everything a person is looking for in an english barelywine. If i really had to pick out a downfall (and im nit picking) is a more potent scent.

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2012 bottle

Pours into a tulip glass. Head disappears quickly. Very dark in color.
Smells very strongly of booze, cherries, maybe some oak and vanilla
Taste hits you hard up front with the booze, follows with some sweet, more mellow vanilla flavors. Delicious and complex. That previous statement makes me feel like an asshole, but hey, that's how it comes off.
Mouthfeel is creamy and thick.
Overall I really love this one. I will probably grab the 2013 and maybe try to age it longer than I did this one.

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