§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.7/5 rDev -18.3%
a: This was a dark cola brown. It poured with a short lived big bubbled head.
s: Charred brown sugar and molasses, woody vanilla, and some astringent alcohol. Appealing enough, but this is all barrel. More balance would have been welcome.
t: Sweet and boozy are the first words that come to mind. Sweet up front with plenty of bourbon. It quickly becomes sweeter with brown sugar and vanilla. The finish is sweet and boozy with some astringent woodiness. I might have tasted a bit of chocolate at the end.
m: Big and creamy with gentle carbonation.
o: Given the hype and the price I expected a hell of a lot more out of this one. It isn't bad or anything, but there plenty of better BA b-wines at more reasonable prices out there.
02-03-2012 00:10:20 | More by DIM
4.43/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance: With a 13% ABV, it is a rare beer that will produce much of a head, so it is not surprise that this one fades quickly, leaving the caramel-colored liquid denuded
Smell: What it lacks in head, it makes up in aroma, with a rich combination of fruit (hints of fig, date and black cherry) and spice cake (brown sugar, toffee, cinnamon and vanilla), ensconced in the Bourbon barrel
Taste: Spice cake favors, up front, followed by the fruit and budding vanilla/brown sugar elements; earthy hops add some balance, at mid-palate, with the Bourbon barrel adding complexity to the finish
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet
Overall: This is a really nice English Barleywine that is brimming with complexity and hides the alcohol mysteriously well
Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity
01-31-2012 02:00:26 | More by brentk56
4.22/5 rDev -6.8%
A 650 mL bottle in a goblet. From Foofaa.
A: Still and murky, the barleywine sits tranquilly, a few isolated wisps of off-white head. The underlying ale is dark, a deep brown color that is opaque, verging on black occasionally.
S: Oak, molasses, anise, raisins, brown sugar, rich caramel, lightly toasted breads. I'm getting cramps typing all that out. The varied aromas are a treat, sweet and spicy with a strength that can't be hidden. Bourbony vanilla is a pleasing crescendo.
T: The bourbon, the last full measure of the nose, brings its strength immediately to the fore. The vanilla and oak, sweet and plodding and strong, are majestic. The boozy heat isn't that strong as I was expecting. Spices follow, the anise (black licorice) and brown sugar mixing with a bit of heat. Caramel, and a lot of it, is a recurring theme, running throughout each sip. The relatively low levels of carbonation (another tale for another time, I suppose) is a blessing and a curse, thick malts against the sweetness of the body. An astounding barleywine, the age has made the bourbon a star. Quite nice.
M: Thick and smooth, the bourbon even lending some cinnamon heat to the mix. Thanks, Dan, for this bottle; the howling winds outside give it a seasonal appropriateness.
01-27-2012 23:59:27 | More by akorsak
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,554 ratings.