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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 808
Hads: 4,508
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 1,242
Gots: 2,630 | FT: 262
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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Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle

appearance - dark ruby color. lots of black in the ruby. nice head.

smell - brown sugar, vanilla, oak, toffee and caramel

taste - wow that vanilla is something, oak and bourbon come in, brown sugar and toffee and caramel

mouthfeel - incredibly smooth. for such a fresh barleywine its drinking so well. tasty little fellow

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Photo of argock
4.72/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. 2011 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $15.99.

A: Rusty brown burned caramel color with solid 1-finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly but leaves a few scraps of lace.

S: Sumptuous caramel-toffee aroma mixed with vanilla and coconut, chocolate, and espresso. Herbal and citrus floral hopes make an appearance along with smooth whiskey.

T: A stellar barleywine to be sure. Layered caramel and toffee flavors with a lot of sweetness but plenty of slightly burnt toast dominate, and the vanilla, whiskey, and coconut really accent the huge maltiness and maintain this from becoming cloying. The alcohol is powerful, but it does not detract in the least - it stays pretty neutral and mostly provides warming. The barrel-aged notes add spice and bourbon notes with the coconut. The citrus hops bitterness with mango and pineapple coupled with the amazingly medium-dry finish are instrumental to this beer treading the fine line of over-sweet syrupy and greatness, finally landing on greatness. I had 2011 Parabola last week and really enjoyed it, but Abacus really outshines it with its complexity and roundness.

M: Smooth and silky with low carbonation and a giant body behind the 13% ABV.

O: One of the best two or three beers I have tried this year. It is different than FW Anniversary 14 but just as enjoyable. I don't tell myself to go out and buy too many $15.99 bombers, but this is one I am going to try to find a couple more of to lay down for 4-5 years. A superb barrel-aged beer. Nice job FW. Highly recommended.

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Photo of unitmonster
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Hollinghead's and Beachwood BBQ. Also have had one bottle of 2011 edition.

A - Very dark red color -- almost chestnut. Very little head quickly dissipates as soon as that alcohol starts to breath.

S - Vanilla, figs, dates, bourbon, and wood. I love the smell of this beer.

T - Sweet, caramel tasting malt on the front with hints of vanilla, dried fruits (dates, figs), a slight hint of tobacco, and of course bourbon. Finishes nice and dry without any heat from the alcohol content.

M - Light/Medium body with mild carbonation. For a beer with this much alcohol, I think its incredibly balanced.
Reviewed on: 07-17-2011 19:45:40

Note: I love this beer, but I prefer it on tap vs bottle. I think it should also be served around 40-45 degrees and slowly sipped as it warms up. The spectrum of flavor is amazing !

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Photo of chugalug06
4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Decent pourability foams very fast with loose bubbles... Mildly disappointing head. Lots of great roasted coffee-caramel color.

S - Very tobacco! Great raisin scent too. Vanilla is strong too. Very little heat coming through.

T - Great oak! Big brew with awesome flavor. Coconut, red grapes, roasty, vanilla, Definitely the best b-wine out there. Quite sweet from all of the oak.

M - Great carbonation! Mild heat, no bitterness, and wonderful sweetness. .

O - An amazing brew. Hand down one of my all time favorites. If anyone wants some, let me know. I believe everyone should try Sucaba at some point in their life. Beyond recommended.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.53/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Caramel brown color. Two finger beige head. Good lacing and retention. Looks great.

Smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, hints of oak, and a touch of bourbon. A solid dose of booziness too, but not off putting.

Taste follows smell, only more intense. Also, a really nice dose of bitter and earthy hops balance out the sweet flavors. Some coffee and black licorice flavor in addition to what was in the nose. Finish is tobacco, leather, caramel, and vanilla fudge. Awesome. Solid smack of booze as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but light on it's feet. Carbonation isn't high, but kinda high for a barrel aged beer, and it breaks up the stickiness and heaviness of the body. Perhaps could have been a little less carbonated and more viscous. Acidity could be a little more restrained as well, but it sort of adds a sharpness and brightness to the beer that is kinda nice. Alcohol is there, and makes itself known, and kinda helps balance the sweet flavors.

One of the best barrel aged barleywines I have ever tried. Top 5 for sure. Just a great beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 13% abv. 2011 edition. Darker chestnut color. Off white head falls to a thin ring immediately.

Big notes of bourbon, vanilla, dark ripe fruit, caramel, fig, and wood. All melds together perfectly.

Lots of malt up front. Caramel and fig flavors. Great bourbon barrel feel. Underlying vanilla and oak. Some ripe fruit, soaked in booze. Drying as it finishes.

Medium body, lighter carbonation. Some warmth, but not overly hot. Great range of flavors here. What a fantastic beer.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

drank last night with friends; reviewed from notes.

poured into snifter glass.

Appearance: Amber bodied beer that is slightly cloudy yet brilliant at the same time. Very small cap of whitish head that dissaptes to no head at all after pouring.

Smell: This beer is really sweet smelling. Bourbon and vanilla are huge; caramel malt and oak.

Taste: Bourbon and Oak. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, rasins, and figs. This beer is pretty hot and boozy.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and sticky. Full bodied beer has low carbonation.

Overall: One of the best barleywines that i have had! Firestone Walker does an impressive job with barrell aged beers!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep dark amber with ruby highlights, slightly cloudy, no head

S: thick molasses followed by waves of vanilla and oak, everything is bold but perfectly balanced making for a somewhat mellow aroma

T: notes of smoke come through on the taste which I didn't expect, rich caramel and vanilla character, very spirit like, a warming on the finish

MF: medium to high carbonation, huge body

O: aside from this brew being a touch on the hot side, it is an excellent pairing of Barleywine and bourbon barrel. The malt holds up to barrel character and the hints of smoke make for a unique experience.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.54/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks to psiweaver for this.

3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep brown, nearly black color. One finger of fizzy head falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.5 S: This nose has it all and by that I mean it has a big hit of bourbon AND a very respectable beer underneath. The bourbon is lightly leathery with perhaps a touch of peat. Also included is a moderate fruitiness that borders on the floral, good bit of vanilla, and nearly as much oak. Lots of caramel and toffee with plum, prune, date, and fig fruitiness. Brown sugar and a very reasonable booze level for the ABV. Really complex and pleasant. Borderline 5.0.

3.0 T: I can't believe what I'm tasting. This beer has such a nice nose, but the taste is straight up boring. Boozy bourbon with a light charred, peaty flavor. Still a decent amount of vanilla and oak. The beer itself is the problem with the taste. The taste follows the nose for the most part, but all the dials are turned down to a three from what were eights. All subtlety is lost behind the booze. Really disappointing and certainly not better than average.

3.5 M: The mouthfeel is indicative of what is problematic with this brew. A 13% barleywine had me thinking thick, velvety, and rich. Having had Parabola a few times, I figured that was the route this would go as well. Instead, this has a medium body and a moderate creaminess. Seems like the potential malt flavor went away with the potential heavy body. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.

3.5 D: Totally disappointed. I loved the hell out of Parabola and thought this would be the barleywine version of that. It isn't. Not quite sure how this is getting the scores it does. Maybe bottle variation. Who knows? Not confident this will age well, but I have another bottle and I'm going to give it a go.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into my Sierra Nevada snifter

A - dark chocolate body with an off white head on top. The head perks up when it is swirled but then dies back down

S - Sweet caramel notes, smells like stick toffee. The barrel aged notes mingle really well with the base beer. Noticeable but not overpowering

T - A nice beer for sure. Sweet, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, hints of vanilla and oak from the barrel but doesn't overpower. The barrel aging is really well integrated and doesn't overpower but rather adds another layer of complexity.

M - pretty heavy, thick, syrupy a little bit of carbonation

O - A really nice beer. The barrel doesn't dominate but makes its presence known. Crazy smooth for the ABV. I mean 13% really? I would never know. A really nice BA Barleywine for sure. Not the very top of its class but does belong near the top.

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Photo of Gfunk720
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A deep brown color with touches of ruby. It appears clear,but too dark to really see through. The beer has a 1 finger tannish head that retreats rather quickly.

S- It's a sweet malty blend, with hints of vanilla and bourbon. I do get some straight alcohol, along with some molassas and figs.

T- This beer is everything I look for in a bourbon barrel barleywine. It is very smooth upfront, and transitions to a very complex flavor of hops and bourbon. Brown sugar, molassas, vanilla, and oak dance in my mouth. The hops are perfectly balanced.

M- Pretty stupendous. It does have a bit of carbonation, but I like it. It helps keep the beer from being to syrupy. Very tasty, and an amazing aftertaste.

O- Overall this is one of my favorite beers I've had in the last year. I've had some of the more popular BBBW's lately, and this one definitely stands out to me as at the top. Going to need to stash some of these away.


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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into an Inland Empire Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours mahogany with a one finger tan head on a fairly passive pour. Head dissipates at a quick pace, and lacing is nonexistent...

S - Lots of sweet notes come through. Caramel, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Very inticing...

T - Caramel, toffee, raisins, oak, and a touch of vanilla. Ends on a smooth bourbon note with some lingering vanilla. Very smooth and well balanced(especially considering the abv).Nothing is over the top or out of place...

M - Goes down extremely smooth. Medium bodied with a medium/moderate amount of carbonation...

O - One of the better american barleywines I have tasted to date. Definitely something that I am looking foward to trying again in the near future. Firestone comes through big again with another exceptional brew...


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Photo of ptykozoon
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, red highlights. Negligible head/lacing.

A thick candy apple caramel maple concoction. My ABV detection is going off. Molasses, cherry, this one smells great.

Yes! Sweet vanilla and chocolate and chewy caramel, raisin with only the faintest hint of hops.

The hops linger a bit more in the finish. Alcohol is apparent at this one, I was guesstimating 14%. Could probably use some time in the cellar.

A great sipping/dessert beer. Bravo.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Abacus, 13% Barley Wine

A: Amazing deep amber hues with some yellowing at the edges. Great carbonation out of the bottle and the lacing looks like a Gallagher show, just mess everywhere, in a good way.

S: There are sweet hot notes with cinnamon and dark fruits. It’s tough to take in with nutmeg and some sort of hot currant smells going on. I usually hate barley wines but this smells nothing short of amazing.

T: Just wow, this is the best barley wine that I have ever had. There is an amazing great hot finish with sweet licorice and figs. The heat rolls through and finishes a juicy plum note.

M: The mouthfeel isn’t too heavy and really impressed me. Again, I really dislike this style in all its iteration and if this is this good now, I shudder to think what a couple years would do to a 2011. The coating has a great finish with deep dark turbinado sugar and nutmeg. In short, it is very complex.

D: This is scary drinkable for 13% abv. I shared this with some friends and they all demurred and preferred their Pliny, which, for good reason I can understand. But for a beer this huge, its tough to argue with. The interplay of all of the elements at once feels like a Mars Volta record where you aren’t sure how they did it, but you are satisfied to be left in the dark as long as it tastes amazing. This is exceptional and well worthy of the hype.

Narrative: Tyler Folsom was a nice person. Sure he was a 4 sport athlete, donated time on weekends to explicitly blind orphans, adopted 5 shelter cats, ran makeshift sickle cell anemia cure test centers in his garage, and had a laundry list of acceptance letters to a litany of schools, but, he was a nice guy. Some would say that he had too much on his plate. He never knew what was going on with Pretty Little Liars, his record collection was woefully wanting for a 17 year old guy, but somehow, his rough translations from Aramaic to Latin to hexidecimal for a new kernel that he was debugging made it all worth it. “Oh sure, we could run scripts under English syntax, if you want spaghetti loops in your DLLs!” He exclaimed in a rare moment of tension while nursing a Koala deftly. “But ultimately, if the kids don’t eat, I don’t eat.” He meant this literally. He had adopted Peter Singer’s theory of ethics and regularly starved himself for days on end, still outperforming all other student athletes. “It’s basically just about being a NICE GUY.” He noted as he put the finishing touches on his double fermented 4Loko batch that was 0 calorie and 0 carb, a gift for his friends for an upcoming soiree against teen inebriation.

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Photo of azdback
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial glass. Dark redwood or Mahogany colored and pretty hazy. Highlights are a bright amber. Head is one finger and creamy tan in color. Lace is minimal, probably due to the high ABV.

Smell is bourbon barrels in your face. Huge amounts of sweet caramel malts, and some spicyiness from either the alcohol, or maybe some molasses. I get maybe some tobacco and wood. Did I mention the alcohol?

Taste is hugely complex. Extremely sweet from the malts. A lot of those barrels come through with vanilla, and bourbon. The sweetness comes from blackstrap molasses as does some of the spiciness. The ABV is integrated perfectly. There is a subtle warming sensation on the back of the throat. I am not getting any of the coffee or chocolate that were promised on the box.

Mouthfeel is sublime. This is the bar by which all others should be judged. Perfectly carbonated. The bubbles dance all over your tongue and mouth. It is smooth, rich, and creamy. That alcohol is there as well, just as well integrated as ever.

Overall this beer was worth the wait. I am very happy that I have another one to cellar for awhile. I am sure that it will only grow in complexity over time. Everyone should do whatever they can to get ahold of one or better two, or three...you get the idea. Thanks to matttYCE for picking this up for me before it was sold out.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im splitting a room temp bottle with fish113d. Poured into a snifter the beer pours a clear mahogany hue with very little beige head and only the thinnest of edge layers remaining in the glass.
Aroma is big with figs, prunes, red grapes, general hot booze, some caramel and molasses. I dont get any real hop presence, but this beer doesnt hide the fact that it is a heavy hitter.
The first sip reveals a thick heavy brew with very minimal gentle carbonation.
Flavor is as the nose advertised with fgis and plums dominant with some molasses and a bit of caramel mixing in. The booze is warm on the finish as this one doesnt hide the "umph!" on each sip. I definitely put this in the sipper category but it is thoroughly enjoyed as well by this malty beer drinker.
The hops dont really show up anywhere and this is driven by the malt profile. I enjoy it and wish I had a 2nd bottle for aging.

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Photo of Pencible
4.59/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a bit of light tan head.
S: It smelled like strong vanilla and oak and toffee, with some coconut and chocolate and oranges.
T: It tasted like sweet caramel and orange and rich chocolate, with vanilla and dry oak and toffee and a bit of coconut. It had a smooth and dry sweet aftertaste that lasted quite a while and had a some alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and viscous with a little carbonation. Very full and fantastic body.
D: This was a fantastic barleywine with huge bourbon influence, but great hops and malts too. The scent and taste were clean, bold, and complex while the body was wonderfully huge. The alcohol was hidden decently for its strength, so I had to use some restraint to sip instead of gulping this treat. It could age well, I'm sure, but it was excellent fresh. A top beer that meets the hype.

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Photo of olmatty
4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded deep amber brown with a light, thin head. Aromas of vanilla, oak barrel, sweet caramel, biscuit, dark fruits and moderately phenolic. Flavor is sweet toast, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, oak barrel, vanilla and significantly phenolic. Mouthfeel is chunky and thick with moderate to light carbonation. Overall barrel plays a big factor here in a very nice beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Mild head quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is brandy soaked dark fruit. Mildly sweet with generous alcohol heat. Slight woody notes.

Taste is sweet caramel malt and toffee up front. Rich dark fruit - notably raisin and date. mild Smoke quality. There is also a strong oak character with plenty of spicy oak notes and vanilla. Finishes with a more dark fruit and alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Thick and viscous.

Overall a very flavorful experience. Intensely fruity and boozy. Dark fruit, oak, and alcohol heat come on strong. A wonderful beer.

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Photo of unseenbyyou
4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the opportunity to taste this in the quiet of day 2 of 38 degree's barrel aged week. It was the first beer of the afternoon and the one I was most excited to try (since I haven't been able to score a bottle!)

My experience with Firestone Walker barrel aged beers(Parabola) and their worthy other efforts--Velvet Merlin, Union Jack, Double Jack, DBA...led me to expect greatness.

It was great, but in comparison to a Firestone Walker 14 right after, I could tell that this one needed a year or 2 to reach its potential.

First, the appearance was on the money...little carbonation...nice dark syrup....

Smell was a bit sweet, with some tobacco in the background

Taste..like brown sugar, a hint of tobacco and a beautiful warm alcohol aftertaste (definitely complex that should get better with time)

Mouthfeel was the beginning of greatness...not as smooth as I wanted it to be, but again...a year will make a difference with this beer

If only I had one to age!

Thanks to my local beer bar 38 degrees for having this on tap!

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper, very clean, almost no head, nothing but a soapy ring.

The smell is full of dark fruit and light bit of vanilla and bourbon.

The flavor is very full and complex and with light bourbon and vanilla notes, rich dark fruits, very sweet and malty. Big sweet alcohol notes. Rich and Raisony with a big chocolaty finish.

Thick and chewy mouthfeel, a bit hot.

Good, so much, almost to big and complex.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most def a top tier beer. Very fortunate to have got 2 bottles...much moreso appreciating that now that I'm diving into my first. Probably the best Barleywine I've ever had. 2007 Bigfoot the next best but not really apples to apples, and I'm sitting on my 2010 Midnight Sun Arctic Devil for a few more months before opening that.

A - Darkest of Ruby Red - excellent 1 and 1/2 finger head from a semi-aggressive pour. lacing pretty good in the tulip glass it's poured into. Slim to no activation in the tulip which led me to want to give a 4 but what barrel aged beer has much activation??? Still - 4.5

S - WOW! Just WOW! Toffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, sweet bourbon but not at all overpowering. As it warms the dark fruits come into play, plumbs and raisins specifically. COMPLEX!!

T - See the smell. Matches it to perfection. The only reason the smell gets a 5 and the taste gets a 4.5 is because after you get past the first 12 ounces, it starts to become a little (I don't want to say tooo sweet) but sweet. This should mellow out with age.

M - Pretty spot on but I could have used a wee bit more carbonation but that's just getting picky with a beer this high in quality, especially for the style. Still though..my only real complaint was that it could have used a little more. Sticky but not at all syrupy. A crafted masterpiece with a barleywine at this ABV. Alcohol at 13% noticeable but WOW, drinks like a 10% and I will kill this bomber no problem on my own. Having a pretty big grin at the end of this bomber on my face of course...

O - Highly recommended. Never had a better Barleywine. This really is a sipper. One to open for special occasions. Would not want to drink this beer all the time, savor for a treat.

Now, to conclude, let's talk about balance. This beer is still relatively fresh. Bourbon and alcohol heat this recent from the barrel should be more overpowering. It's pretty mellow. one year, maybe a year and 1/2 should be about the perfect age I'd imagine with this. Well done FW. You've nailed the Barrel aging program above all else I'd say. (Although I've yet to open my BCBSRare) but until then, I'll give you the nod. Well freaking done!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A deep copper and auburn with golden edges. Little carbonation and nearly no head.

A mind-blowing, exceptionally good smelling beer. A wonderful combination of vanilla, oak, caramel, citrus, sweet and dark fruits, and just a touch of warm alcohol presence. Tremendous! When is Firestone Walker coming out with this in a spray-on cologne?

A sweet barleywine with lots of cherry and orange flavor, as well as vanilla and an oaken earthiness from the barreling. It all comes together remarkably well, and is certainly the easiest beer to drink I've ever had of this strength. While still a sipper, this one finds it's way to my lips so often because I can't stop sniffing it. A marvelous effort and a very special beer.

Medium to thick beer, a touch oily, though it isn't a problem at all with a beer this style. A fine sipper.

An incredible barrel aged barleywine. The aroma is one of a kind and out of this world, while the flavor is close behind! Bravo!

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Photo of dvsbizzyb
4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark reddish brown and when held to the light it gives off an almost ruby color.

Smell - Complex hints of vanilla, malts, bourbon, and more. I couldn't count the smells in my head that I had here.

Taste - Numbers of flavors hit you all at once. I couldn't calculate it. Then it calms down and I taste a little raisin, oak, and bourbon. Flavors start to smooth out as you drink this over time.

Mouthfeel - The frame is perfect... nice and smooth.

Overall - I can count on this beer at all times...

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.82/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 16 oz snifter.

A- Dark copper around the edge of glass, mahogany appearance in glass. Very little lacing and almost no head.

S- Dark fruits, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla a perfect blend of aromas.

T- Bourbon and caramel malts, dark fruits and a hint of dark chocolate. Vanilla and oak also apparent in the middle with a slight alcohol burn at the finish, although I don't mind the burn as much as other high abv beers.

M- Medium bodied, velvety with low carbonation. Alcohol tingles the tongue a little in the aftertaste.

O- Absolutely amazing beer! The flavors come alive and have a beautiful blend that can only be described as wow. Can't wait to see what this tastes like in a year or two.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 808 ratings.