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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,103 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,103
Reviews: 791
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,134
Gots: 2,353 | FT: 228
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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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Couldn't find a more specific date than "2011".

A: Pours a semi-hazy reddish-brown mahogany color. Minimal head that fades pretty quickly...not for lack of carbonation though as it can be seen floating up through the body of the beer. Massive alcohol legs as well.

S: Huge booze-soaked raisins and other dark fruits: plums, figs...bourbon is pleasantly in the background. Some brown sugar and confectionary sweetness noticeable. No hop aroma at all.

T&M: A big chewy version of the aroma. Raisins, figs and plums. The bourbon is quick to move through the palate, which I very much appreciate - definitely not one of the main flavors here, just compliments everything else. I also get something of a granola bar taste. Oaty and sweet. Such a smooth viscous beer that coats the mouth and throat long after the initial sip. Carbonation is low. Very much full-bodied. No astringency from the alcohol, but definitely get some heat in the chest.

O: This is really a brilliant beer. Truth be told, I forgot that this was a bourbon-barrel aged beer until I got a whiff of the aroma...and I was a little bummed. I don't seem to have the appreciation for bourbon-barrel aged beers that some others do. But it was so complimentary to the other flavors that were going on in this beer, that I didn't find it at all offensive as I normally do. In fact, this may have changed my opinion on bourbon-barrel aged beers. One of few beers that have opened my eyes recently. A fun take on a Barleywine.

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3/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage, purchased in May of this year, brought back to Sydney Australia and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a lovely deep brown, just flecked with hints of ruby. The body is a thick, glutinous blob of chewy malt, and the bubbly inconsistent head is really the subsistent, secondary part of the appearance. Nice fine carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is just lovely, and a brilliant archetype of the Firestone Walker barrel-aging genre. Lovely coconut-vanilla characters coming through above a gorgeously thick and sweet malt basis. Slight hints of earthy vegetation coming through, giving a touch of tea and a minerally hint of seaweed. Very nicely accentuated. Lovely.

Taste is smooth, luscious and gorgeous, with big sweetness beautifully worked off the oak tannins and faint acidity. Coconut comes through, along with hints of reduced bourbon, barley sugar and a slick resiny aftertaste. Really smooth, and gorgeously integrated—the characters all meld together really beautifully, and although the complexities are manifold, they form one coherence, blissful whole.

Feel is spectacularly smooth, while remaining quite fluid. The feel is pretty much the only way to truly detect the alcohol as well, sitting as it does as a warmth on the back of the throat.

A gorgeous beer from FW. I love their anniversary barrel blends, but this one shows that they can do something amazing and comparable with a single brew as well. Great stuff.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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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%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a Tyranena tulip. Heard this one was going downhill, so here we go!

A: A murky dark brown caramel color that pours with very little head, if any at all. Beer leaves no lacing and does not appear to be sticky.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel. This beer has been sitting around for a little while now and seems to have mellowed out a bit.

T: Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak...pretty much the smell. Tastes absolutely wonderful. All of the flavors are balanced nicely.

M: Heavy bodied, the faintest hint of carbonation. It's sticky, the taste lingers.

O: While it has faded some, this is still a top notch barleywine. Love this one, can't wait for the next batch!

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,103 ratings.