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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,981
Reviews: 770
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,100
Gots: 2,200 | FT: 201
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)
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tilley4
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to screamforme for sending this my way in a trade a while back...

Into a CBS snifter... 2011 version

Dead still with a deep ruby/brown shade and no head or carbonation at all... Barrel aging, baby...

Huge aromas of pineapple, bourbon, chocolate, oak, some vanilla... Not a hint of that booze either... Simply amazing... The aromas are incredible and intense... Those pineapple hops are still unreal after all this time... The barrel is present and takes this barleywine above and beyond into the ethereal planes of what other barleywines only aspire to be... Its freaking unreal...

I'm speechless... I'm usually fairly critical of barleywines with any age on them at all as I like that sharp contrast between the bitterness and sweetness but this is a different story altogeher. Sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, stinging bourbon, earthy oak... No booze at all... This is just stupid... Stupid... At 13%, it's that ass in a hurry if not careful but I find myself not caring... It's in the upper 80's here today and I wish it was in the 30s as I'd sit out on the porch with my snifter and sublimely cruise into unconsciousness...

Easily the best barleywine I've ever had... Head and shoulders above all others... Thanks, Mark!!!

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bsimms
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of carlitosbronson1
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jbuddle
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reserve Series #2 - 2012 bottle. Poured in to FW tulip.

A - Dark amber colour with half a finger of bubbly light brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - An amazing bourbon aroma up front full of toasted oak and vanilla. The background offers some aromas of the base beer with some brown sugar and toffee notes coming through.

T - Big barrel flavours up front with massive toasted oak, bourbon and more muted vanilla flavours. The middle adds the base beer flavours with plenty of sweet brown sugar, molasses, toffee and some lighter raisin/date/fig notes. The alcohol is slightly warming throughout but not overly so for the ABV. The bourbon and oak flavours return in the finish. The toasted/charred oak really shines in this ale, even overshadowing the bourbon, which is a really nice change for a bourbon barrel aged ale.

M - Medium to full body. Thick and sludgy at times. Light carbonation is perfect. Great mouth feel.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A;Pours a deep, dark, ruby-brown with a finger of whitish tan head that quickly fades.

S:The nose is robust with bourbon. Mild vanilla and oak notes are present. Toasted malt and hops linger in the finish.

T: The taste is incredible. The balance of bourbon, roasted malt and sweetness is excellent. There's a bit of alcohol apparent, but it doesn't betray the 12.5% ABV.

M: The mouthfeel is well carbonated, but it feels bit thin for the style and flavor. Not bad, just a bit underwhelming.

Overall, this is an excellent barleywine and widely available for a barrel aged beer. Other than a slightly underwhelming mouthfeel, there's not much to complain about with this one. I can't wait to try one with a year or two of age on it.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of skullsplitter
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of funkel81
3.25/5  rDev -28.3%

Photo of millelacsmark
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of korguy123
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle into tulip. Special thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this!

A- Slightly hazy dark brown with ruby highlights. Three fingers of large bubbled off white head. Lacing is magical.

S- Right off the bat you get a nice sweet brown sugar and caramel smell. The barrel adds vanilla and oak that helps compliment the little bit of alcohol heat that you get in the nose. Dark fruits and nice biscuit.

T- Sweet caramel, vanilla and brown sugar. Dark fruits with a little char and coffee in the back. Slightly boozy but it really works with this, nothing over the top in the alcohol.

M- This is a beefy barleywine. Heavy with a nice creaminess, slight carbonation, slight warmth with an excellent chew.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this. Tasting this now I can see why I like the 15th anniversary so much, this smells and tastes a lot like that.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of iadler
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. From notes taken on 4/13. Thanks to Matt I believe for opening this up the night prior to KBS day.

A- Pours a murky brown with a thin off white head bubbly head.

S- Lot's of sweet caramel, vanilla, coconut, caramelized pineapple, dark chocolate and a hint of roasted malt.

T- Sweet and tropical fruit upfront with pineapple and coconut followed by caramel, citrus hops, dark chocolate, vanilla and some sweet bourbon.

M- Low to medium carbonation with a slightly sticky body with some heat.

O- Quite a sweet barleywine. There is some citrus hop presence, but this one is full of caramel and fruit sweetness that does get a bit cloying, but overall, a good barleywine that is quite tasty.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: dark, almost opaque amber brown, foam one-finger head, leaves a collar and some film; quick swirl stirs it up again; motes, not laces, on the inside of the glass

S: malt, then some bourbon and vanilla; almost wine-like

T: wow. Good beer day for me. This beer warmed magically fast, and I was able to appreciate great tastes of caramel malts, sweet candy and spices; there are some dark fruit and bourbon notes as well; some chocolate, toffee, oak, and cherry

M: thin, slick, some stickiness

O: probably my favorite barleywine to-date - American or English. This a sweet, delicious, high abv drink - but I did not detect any of the alcohol - it was masterfully hidden in the rich flavors and decadent feel of this great drink


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4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured form a 22oz. bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass. Pours deep, dark brown, almost black, with a chocolate mousse, 2-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. No noticeable lacing. This one only lets a small amount of light through, and is truly dark.

S: Right as you crack the bottle cap, it's hard not to smell the aromas wafting out of this bottle. Potent aromas of licorice, prunes, vanilla bean, molasses, and leather abound in this complex, deeply aromatic brew.

T: Strong and hardy up-front with big toasted English malts; smooth and warm over the tongue with some molasses, and finishing sweet and dry at the same time with some powdered chocolate notes. Big flavor without any one overpowering characteristic, I get lots of molasses, licorice, roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit juices, alcohol esters cut with a nice vanilla coating, and a touch of espresso on the aftertaste.

M: Many English Barleywines I find too syrupy in their feel, but this one has a beautiful balance of being silky, without being slimy. Smooth and robust in your mouth, and definitely with the feel of a sipping beer, but not uncomfortable. A good balance overall, maybe the best "feeling" barleywine I've had...

O: A special treat beer that befits its limited release status. This thing is well worth whatever you've saved it for. It's complex, but drinkable, and has some truly beautiful flavors that occur in perfect harmony. As it warms, it just gets more mellow and tasty. This one is the real deal.

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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