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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,991
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,104
Gots: 2,212 | FT: 203
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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4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a peerless BA comrade, enjoyed at a recent beer tasting. Cheers Brad! Something about a brew whose bottle is displayed in a box that instantly raises one's spirits. Fortunately, for this brew, the box was well deserved.

Poured into a goblet, our final brew to cap off the evening. Nice rich amber-copper in colour, with a thin but stable head of white foam.

The nose is eight different varieties of amazing. Rich caramel, sugar, oak, bourbon, vanilla, spice, a hint of smoke, and some terrific complexity. The first whiff is truly something else.

This is an absolutely stellar barleywine, that does everything I want a barleywine to do. Similar tasting notes as in the nose, with hints of chocolate, vanilla, cherry and some other pleasant unidentifiables that work together to make each sip something else. Traditional english hops finish things off.

Carbonation is a touch hot, but this brew has a nice body and coats the tongue with terrific each time. Alcohol is well-masked.

In three words: buy this beer. In a few more words: this is a terrific barleywine that was a real pleasure to sip and enjoy. Will be looking for this again.

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Real thick malts on the nose of this one. Figs are in there as well, but as an accent. Flavor is nice. Smooth and fairly sweet with a bit of a boozy thing to it. Maple seems evident on here as well. Smooth, certainly. But as it's a 2011, it could probably use some age to harness some complexity. As it stands now though, it's quite good. Few barleywines are able to get to this point so fresh. And that is worth noting. After several beers before this, and drinking them "too fast," I wanted a sipper. This is that. Something to relax with, savor, and enjoy. A notable beer.

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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bottle poured into a tulip glass on 7/4/12.

Pour: Deep mahogany with a finger and a half of tan head that recedes to a rim.

Smell: Vanilla bourbon to the max. Maybe dark fruit, but barely if at all.

Taste: Bourbon and vanilla with a milk chocolate mixed in. Some oaky woodiness is also present. As it warms, cinnamon and baking spices begin to flare out on the nose and the taste.

Mouthfeel: A sipper for sure. Warm but not overly so.

Overall: Wow. This is damn good. The best barleywine I've ever had and up there on the list of best beer period.

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4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

Pours deep ruby with a thin brownish head. Smell is huge bourbon, vanilla, caramel with a slight hint of alcohol. Tastes just as the nose let's on with burbon first that smooths out to a very pleasant sweetness almost like a toasted marshmellow. Mouthfeel and carbonation are just about as perfect as I can sk for with a barleywine. Overall very good beer. I have had this beer a few times in the last 6 months and always loved it...I have no idea why this sits around in stores.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,991 ratings.