§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,922 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,922
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,048
Gots: 2,133 | FT: 195
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.8/5  rDev +6%
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

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Brandywine
5/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ghostwalker
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,922 ratings.