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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,994
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 2,222 | FT: 204
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Duff27
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 02/18/11

A- Minimal head on a brownish red body. Nice alcohol legs! Minimal lacing.

S- Smooth bourbon booziness.

T- Caramel malts. More smoothness from the bourbon barrels. Very tasty. Some hop presence.

M- Syrupy, thicker mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- Well hidden alcohol, doesn't drink its 13%abv. Top tier barleywine although I've had better. Worth a try if you can get it!

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.18/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 8/26/11; shared by MbpBugeye

2011 vintage

Medium brown pour; very dark brown in the glass. One finger head thins out quickly to a sporadic patch and collar retention. Basically no lace.

The aroma is weak sauce; I'll give it tame at the very best. Hardly any oak, but the vanilla note is ok. Dark fruits are most notable - raisins and plum. A bit juicy and watery. Roasted cocoa ghost note. Faint overtones of bourbon. Begins to smell a bit better as it warms.

Tastes every bit as potent as the aroma isn't. Alcohol heat immediately molds bourbon and vanilla. From there it becomes heavy with sugars, often hanging in burnt territory. Some faint chocolate tones. Notes of molasses. Lots of dark fruits - raisins, prune and such. Tastes pretty good, even of on the sweet side.

Pretty much full bodied; fairly coating, too. Decent shot of carbonation keeps the beer from becoming tiresome. Finishes sugary with a touch of vanilla and oak.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle, 13,0% Abv.
Served chilled in an over sized wine glass.
2011, No. 001

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for hooking me up with this bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful pour, thick mahogany brown body with stunning deep ruby highlights when held to the light. A small cream coloured head forms slowly; retention and lacing are average, but that is expected from a barrel aged beer of 13%. A light swirl yields stunning alcohol legs - it would seem the bourbon has even had an impact on the appearance.

Smell: Good lord, I knew this was going to be a good beer, but I had no idea it would smell this delicious! It is just so rich and complex - basically it is perfect!
Sweet caramel, toffee, maple syrup, butterscotch, quality bourbon, lots of oak, sweet vanilla, a stunning array of sweet fruits including cherries, plums, figs and golden raisins, toasted coconut and a light nuttiness are all present. Alcohol is noted, but it has a quality bourbon feel and fits perfectly with the rest of the nose.
The combination of sweet caramel, bourbon and vanilla is to die for!

Taste: I do not think there exist enough adjectives to describe just how good this beer tastes! The nose seemed perfect, but the taste just seems to be that little bit better.
Again sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, bourbon, oak and sweet dark fruits are dominant. Alcohol is noted through a lovely warming at the back of the throat and all the way down to the stomach. The finish has a moderate bitterness that helps to keep the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel: Again pretty much perfect! Full, chewy body with super smooth, mild carbonation. I just seem to be continually reaching for the glass to take another sip.

Overall: An absolutely stunning beer, one of my all time favorites. I will have to make a concerted effort to get a whole lot more of this!

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.22/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage.

Dark brown with ruby highlights and a 1/2 finger light tan head which disappeared almost immediately with no lacing. The aroma has caramel, raisins, vanilla, and oak. Smells like it should be a very sweet beer.

The taste is quite sweet with caramel, raisins, vanilla, and a little oak. Has a classic English Barleywine flavor. No real hop presence to speak of, which is no problem for me.

Full bodied, low carbonation, chewy, and the alcohol is well hidden for 13.00 %. A nice solid Barleywine.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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2/5  rDev -55.8%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of jeonseh
4.09/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a friend for sharing this with me

A - dark cola colored with a sligh red tinge. Reminds me of the color of a soda fountain cherry cola. It has a small dirty white head that quickly dissipates.

S - Strong nose of dark fruits and honey. On the dark fruit side, I mostly note raisins. There is also a slight bready note to it. There is a slight spiceyness that gives a hint of the beer's BA aspects.

T - taste is sweet at first as I note candided dates and raisins. There are also notes of vanilla. There is a twinge of the alcohol that cuts into the sweeter flavors. The finish has a nice, strong barrel aged note to it as I note the oakyness which leaves a nice spice lingering on the tongue.

MF - this has a nice stickiness to it that matches well with the sweetness. Originally there isn't too much carbonation upfront but as the beer develops the carbonation arises that goes with the bourbon flavors that arises.

O - Overall a nice sweet Barleywine that has some BA aspects, especially the spicyness that shines through. A nice offering from Firestone walker and excited to try a few more by them.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of ChrisPro
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind on 12/23/11 as part of a "BA barleywine" tasting.

Note: have had from tap and bottle multiple times and this is nowhere near as good as it was. I have definite reservations about this beer holding up much longer.

A - Pours dark brown with very little head.

S - fig, vanillla are present, but it is dominated by rich caramel. Also some fusel alcohols in the nose.

T - Pretty sweet with a really nice hoppy bitter backbone.

M - a bit thin, with light carb and only a touch of heat

O - overall, pretty good, but not amazing. Extremely drinkable. Ranked 2 out of 6 in our blind tasting.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a brownish, cloudy copper color without much of a head

S - the nose consists of caramel malts, figs, loads of vanilla, and some bourbon

T - sweet caramel malts up front give way to a lot of vanilla - the vanilla dominates a majority of the palate. There is also some whiskey/bourbon spiciness and heat on the backend.

M - medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation through the body.

D - pretty solid barrel aged barleywine. A lot of the flavors are masked by the vanilla bourbon barrel aging, which is good and bad. Good thing I bought a couple of these for aging as there still was a decent amount of heat. Recommended!

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4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: The appearance of this beer is more similar to an old ale than a barleywine. A dark chocolate brown is a bit transparent in the thinner parts of the glass. A small off-white head struggles to form originally and fades to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: The aroma simply bursts out of the glass. Tons of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of spice.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a very nice and complex gooey caramel that never gets too intense or cloying. A bit of roasted malt, some spice, and then a smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak presence that carries through the finish. Incredibly smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Although the alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor, the alcohol creates a tingling sensation on my tongue and warms the back of my throat and stomach. The carbonation is pretty much perfect; creamy and moderate. Definitely on the full side of the body spectrum. Slightly sticky.

Overall: This is not one of those beers that has nearly infinite separate components; it is a relatively simple beer that is made impressively well. The bourbon really accentuates the wonderful flavors and adds some complexity itself.

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,994 ratings.