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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,751 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,751
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 2,106 | FT: 183
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

eawolff99, Jul 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

pixieskid, Jun 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

RandyKemka, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - this barleywine is a deep crimson hue, with the appearance of a high viscosity, sitting atop is little to no head

S - the smell of this beer punched me in the face as soon as the cap popped off. huge bourbon sweetness, all the vanilla, oaky, toffee and vanilla aromas I have come to love from bourbon barrel aged beers, and it's easy to tell right away that this is a quality example.

T - what else would I expect? The flavors that assaulted me in the aroma pack an equal punch on the palate. especially the vanilla and oak. You can understand that this spent more time in barrels than just a bourbon one. a malt and mild hop profile do become present, but as a mere formality and vehicle for the awesomeness

M&D - smooth, rich, velvety, sweet, powerful; this beer is all those. I am headed to get some more of this. Want to put some age on one. This beer hides a 12.5% punch very well, and behind some incredible flavors. Find it. Buy it. Try it.

sinstaineddemon, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Rinkor16
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to enjoy this with animortician, my brother and a buddy from work. We tasted this alongside Mother of all Storms and King Henry.

A: A very nice deep brown. Very little head that dissipated rather quicly.

S: Like my other 2 reviews of English Barleywines... BOURBON. Very sweet smelling.

T: The bourbon is fantastic. Nice rich malt and toffee with a nice bourbon finish.

M: Medium carbonation. The alcohol is hidden pretty well.

O: A fantastic English Barleywine. I would actually rate it higher than MoaS.

Rinkor16, Jun 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

POTABLE83, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Just picked this one up yesterday. Nice very dark brown color with a half inch fluffy light tan head.

The aroma has nice toffee and caramel. There are some dark fruit notes and vanilla also.

The taste is very vanillaey. There is a lot of toffee. A finish with oak and a touch of bourbon add complexity.

This is nice and full bodied, with smooth carbonation. Really tasty. I will get more at a later date.

andrewinski1, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a muddy amber color with a small cap of beige head that fades quickly leaving some spotty lace.

The aroma has a nice boozy raisin profile with hints of toffee and nice bourbon edge. Lots of dark fruits on the pallet with raisins and some toffee sweetness. Very mellow bourbon edge to the finish.

Full chewy feel with soft carbonation. Overall this one is solid. Simply a well done barely wine with lots of great flavors that are well balanced.

Bendurgin, Jun 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

run4b33r, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

100th review! It's been fun, and I've gotten to try some seriously amazing beer; but it's just beginning. Huge thanks to my bro tjkinate for sending this one. From a 22oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 Vintage

Pours a absolutely gorgeous, deep, dark garnet. Great clarity. Produced a nice one-finger khaki head. Quick to dissipate, but is actually leaving a bit of lacing. Very nice.

Heavy nose. A lot of barrel characters initially, followed up by a balance of dark fruit, caramel vanilla and some more wood. A definite hit of spicy booze rounds it all out.

Wow, just wow. This is seriously tasty. Tons of bourbon barrel upfront, but somehow in no way overpowering. The middle is all malt. Super complex; this is hitting all the dark malt notes. Caramel and toffee meet with some figs and raisins. More barrel with wood and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and coffee, even a touch of tobacco. Then a whiff of clean alcohol evaporates off the tongue.

Heavy in body for sure. The light carbonation helps coat the mouth well and keep it on the tongue. Far from cloying, this beer finishes surprisingly clean. While the alcohol is definitely perceptible, it isn't as "hot" as most other fresh BA Barley Wines. I have to say this is easily the most drinkable BA Barley Wine I've ever had.

Overall this is a true work of brewing art, and the best Barrel-Aged Barely Wine I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. The fact that this is so balanced and clean while still so fresh is astounding. I opened this one at around 45 degrees, and it is now most likely around 55 and it is just perfect. This is now almost six months old and is damn near perfect; I don't see anything more then a year on this bottle being beneficial. This is highly recommended to any fan of Barley Wines or barrel-aged beers. Thanks again TJ, I owe you for this one. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Cowcakes, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jun 20, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby brown body; small beige head- not long lasting.

S: Vanilla; bourbon; dark fruits, but especially cherries; caramel.

T: Cherry; vanilla; caramel; bourbon; molasses; raisins; toasted malts.

M: Full body; thick, creamy, almost heavy mouth feel; mild carbonation.

O: Great example of the style. Nice blend of flavors that's not only complex, but balance. Highly drinkable!

BrewCrew2010, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ant880, Jun 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

beergorrilla, Jun 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

apocalypsezombie, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of markmiller
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was so excited to get this! Poured deep red, ruby-black. Foamed a little, but quickly dissipated. Hardly any carbonation to this.

The instant the liquid swirled in the bottom of the glass the strong bourbon scent wafted above. Sweet, inviting with a touch of cherries and vanilla and heavy on the bourbon on the nose.

The taste is incredible. Almost like eating a chocolate covered cherry that is filled with bourbon. Intense complexity laces every sip. Oak, dark fruit, and crazy sweetness, vanilla. Incredibly warming.

Coats the mouth in melted chocolate and bourbon, yet remains thin enough to let you finish it. Amazing.

If I could find any faults, it would be that it is hot and the bourbon is really fresh in this.

I find this beer more complex and amazing than Parabola. I have one tucked in the cellar, hopefully it mellows out in a few years. A must have!

markmiller, Jun 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

mjr2377, Jun 15, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a deep ruby around the edges with a thin head that doesn't stick around long.
s- deep roasted malts, toffee, cooked coconut meat, and vanilla bean are some of the first aromas present. a very fine old leather book sitting against some beautiful mahogany wood.
t- toffee, leather, tobacco, dark chocolate...a bit of burn at the end from the alcohol. this is a definite after dessert sipper...
m- smooth. not much carbonation, there is some though. it definitely leaves its mark on your mouth. sorta makes my salivary glands stand at attention on its way down.
o- overall, this is a beautiful beer that only got better in the barrel. definitely save this one for after dinner. great beer!!! i would like to come back to it in a couple of years.

edproctor, Jun 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

bmur112, Jun 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

daves1186, Jun 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

kslsc400, Jun 13, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As advertised - deep ruby with the faintest wisp of head. Great clarity.

S: Wow! Lots of oak, toffee, vanilla, raisins, cherries, bourbon, cinnamon, pipe tobacco. Big fruitiness, big barrel, this smells amazing.

T: Big fruit and caramel up front, spices and booze in the middle with a long, lingering toasty vanilla oak finish. Spectacular, this beer has a balance like few others.

M: A gargantuan beer with high drinkability. Tenacious carbonation keeps this at just the right level. A sipper to be sure, but beer doesn't get better balanced than this.

This is my first barrel aged barleywine and Firestone absolutely crushed it. Amazing!

mattsander, Jun 12, 2012
5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.9/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review 200. I've been saving the notes for this one for my 200th review. Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A Pours a dark red that is topped off with a 2 finger off white head.

S Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol accompanied by notes of raisins, caramel, and toffee. Very sweet with a lot going on.

T Starts with a strong bourbon flavor followed by vanilla, rumsoaked fruit then finishes with a strong caramel flavor. The 12.5% is virtually unnoticeable.

M Nice thick full body with a good amount of carbonation. Excellent for a barley wine.

Overall this is an amazing barley wine and one of my favorite beers regardless of style.

beerandcycling88, Jun 11, 2012
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,751 ratings.