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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,787 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,787
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1,019
Gots: 2,110 | FT: 185
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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Photo of vkv822
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.
2012 vintage.

Pours a deep burgundy red with a light toffee colored head.

The aroma is of bourbon, vanilla and oak, predominately.

Starts with more oak, some caramel and toffee followed by some soft chocolate notes and finishes with a fair bit of bourbon.

A medium body with soft carbonation. Leaves a moderate boozy, warming sensation.

A really well done English barleywine. Definitely quite bourbon and barrel forward. With that said though, the bourbon is not overly hot or over-whelming.

vkv822, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -11.7%

drewone, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of theformula
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

theformula, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of vivasbeer
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Rate ever! COOL

Looks pretty dark, reddish when held up to light. Light off white head that dissipates to a ring for awhile then disappears forever.

Smell is a bourbon bomb. Vanilla comes through but mostly boozy, bourbon whiskey.

Taste is bourbon, booze, heat, bourbon, bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and some malt. Did I mention Bourbon?

Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin I think. Not as sticky as I would have liked.

Overall this is good if you like the fresh heat and very prominent bourbon taste. Look forward to stashing one for a year or two

vivasbeer, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Scout11
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Scout11, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of jkane101
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

jkane101, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Stumpy29er, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of musicforairports
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle. Into a snifter.

Dark amber. Clear. Smallish head and no real lacing.

Smells like charred wood, vanilla, toffee, bourbon.

Flavor is heavy on the barrel notes, which are fantastic--heavy char, vanilla and bourbon. Sweet toffee, caramel and light chocolate also evident. Smooth and a bit boozy in the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

Medium body. Creamy. Lightly carbonated.

Firestone Walker sure knows their barrels. This is a great beer.

musicforairports, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, dark red brown with a root beer head, which attenuates quickly. Oak bourbon, toffee, and coconut aroma. Silky, creamy mouthfeel and just a flood of magnificent flavor. Alternating chocolate, toffee, and coconut with overarching bourbon. Finishes with a little alcohol warmth, but it's not unappealing. This is a pricy beer, but it is worth it to try.

DocJitsu, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of BrewsoBrewco
4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a belgian tulip. Following in line of tasting after a Cantillon Kriek.

A- Deep mahogany/ dark brown. Really rich color with a head that dissipates to near minimal but then holds around the rim. The color show barrel aging for sure

S-I know this beer is aged in a numerous amount of barrels with different uses, but I get so much bourbon off this. I get oak and toffee and sweet luscious booze.

M-Creamy. The barrel aging real does this beer great. It feels so great going down and leaves a fantastic mouthfeel afterwards. The body lingers in the mouth for minutes afterwards.

T- Still a little cold the taste is good. Gets a hit of booze off the beginning and finishes heavily oaked with vanilla, a that toffee comes through as well. A really great English barley wine. No hop presence. The barrel aging is allowed to shine through. the maltiness is present and give a sweet finish.

O-A great barrel aged barley wine. FW does it right and does it again. Good job. Will try and pick up another bottle for cellaring. I think the booze may very well drop off and the barrel aging shine through. Hope to have one again soon.

BrewsoBrewco, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of bentonquest
5/5  rDev +10.4%

bentonquest, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Rconn006
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Rconn006, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of spicelab
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 oz glass from FW brewery@Paso Robles. Reviewed from notes.

Deep mahogany. Minimal head dies quickly.

Heavily fortified nose of stewed plums, toffee, and muscatels. Barrel notes are not particularly evident.

Now the barrel character comes through strongly, bringing vanilla, coconut and bourbon to join all the malty characteristics in the nose. Great stuff.

Appropriately syrupy and full, marred slightly by a touch of booze heat.

Feel slightly guilty for reviewing this based on such a small sample, as I needed a lot more to break down the flavours, but have previously enjoyed a bottle 0f 2011 Abacus with others and this certainly aligned with my memory. A barleywine with fantastic flavours that is very good fresh.

spicelab, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

ctc862, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of wmcconvi
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

wmcconvi, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50th Review (yes, I have a long way to go to catch up to some of you)

Bottled 1/5/2012, poured into crazy, newish designed Duvel glass

A: Nice finger and a half khaki head that disappears with a little bit of time, dark brown color, carbonation is good for 12.5% and style, bit of spotty lacing

S: A lot going on here, dark sweet fruits, sweet malts, bourbon and oakiness, chocolates

T: Much like the smell, a bit of booziness (but that's what I want with an English Barleywine), toffe, vanilla, warming and very good all around

M: Very smooth and viscous, good carbonation, medium to full bodied, very good mouthfeel

O: Very good stuff, I like it a lot and only have one bottle left, I doubt it will last very long

derkfromwi, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 001

Appearance: Deep ruby/ruddy brown. Head is minimal and khaki. Carbonation is still present. Depth of color is impressive.

Smell: Rich roasted malts with caramel, toffee, and a strong sweetness. Hints of vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Bourbon and booze. Crazy depth to the aroma. Sweet in good measure. Nice balance.

Taste: Toffee with a nice doughy malt base. Caramel and vanilla add a good kind of sweetness. Booze hits on the back and adds a lingering heat and dryness. Big cooked sugar flavors. Malts are huge and bring bread dough, crust, and caramel sweetness to the party. Brown sugar. Loads of malt complexity.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a nice carbonation. Feels a little thin at times but I chalk it up to the barrels. Leaves a lingering dryness from the alcohol.

Overall: A very well-crafted take on the style. The barrels really highlight the malts and allow the sweetness to blend with with flavors produced by the barrels. Very solid and clean.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of infi
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 release, courtesy of BA NYManc.

Poured into a brandy snifter.

Reddish, mahogany body. Thin cream colored head that quickly fizzles away. Translucent to the light.

Smells of potent, caramelized sugars and light bourbon. Good amount of oaky, barrel-aged tannin quality. Very sweet smelling– vanilla and milk chocolate. Some smokiness, like fresh leather too. Very awesome.

Opens equally as good. Sugary sweet but not cloying, minimally boozy, and hits of bourbon towards the end. Light bodied with small amount of carbonation. Leaves a nice warmth and bitterness on the palate as it finishes off. Well-rounded in flavors. Balanced between sweet, boozy and bitter. A fine-tuned, barrel-aged barleywine, for sure.

The barrel program at FSW is absolutely incredible. Both Abacus and Parabola are immensely delicious. Very glad to have tried this offering from them. It's definitely up there as one of my favorite barleywines.

infi, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Tmappin
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Tmappin, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Swervine44
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Swervine44, Mar 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

leeswagerty, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of arizcards
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of batch no 002 today from Bevmo for $14.99. I have a bomber of 001 in the wine fridge and look forward to comparing them!

Beer poured a reddish-brown with some head that quickly went away.

Nose is a little boozy with some oak, vanilla, and some hints of chocolate - quite nice!

Taste was hugely warming upon initial sip. Flavors picked up include chocolate, vanilla, light bourbon, and some raisins. The finish is very clean and not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel is full viscosity which helps make this brew satisfying for me. It is pretty smooth as well.

Overall this is a solid brew, i look forward to trying batch 001 with a year behing it!

arizcards, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of otrejo
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

otrejo, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of WankelEngine
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a murky dark brown with a light tan head. The head fades quickly to form a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S: The smell is malty and fruity. Toffee, brown sugar, raisins and alcohol. A little bit of oak.

T: Similar to the smell. Sweet fruit and malt dominate. Bourbon flavors come through clearly and give the finish a nice alcohol heat. Smoky oak flavor is more prominent than in the smell. Fairly sweet with molasses and toffee rounding out some of the bourbon.

M: Thinner than I expected with more carbonation than most barrel aged beers.

O: A fantastic example of what barrel aged barleywine should be. Warm, fruity, and with delicious notes of bourbon.

WankelEngine, Mar 02, 2012
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 3,787 ratings.