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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 809
Hads: 4,510
Avg: 4.45
pDev: 20.45%
Wants: 1,243
Gots: 2,633 | FT: 263
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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 alcstradamus
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cola brown with a finger of head that dies down to some bubbles.

Aroma is ultra rich toffee, vanilla, and milk chocolate. Holy cow this is big, bold, clean, and appetizing. Notes of pine and floral hoppiness deep in the background.

The flavor is a stellar mix of the above mentioned characteristics--rearranged a bit. The pine hoppiness jumps out up front as well as lingers in the finish. The toffee and milk chocolate are present but are overtaken by the vanilla sweetness. A dry oaky characteristic in the finish. As it warms, the hops subside back down and the chocolate and toffee jump back into the forefront. This is a complex and evolving flavor profile, and is pretty much exactly what a barrel aged barleywine should taste like.

The body is in between medium to full and the carbonation is a bit stinging yet somehow finishes with a little bit of creaminess.

Overall this beer is one of the best barleywines on the planet for sure. Right up there with The Perfect Storm '09 and Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine '09 competing for the status of the best to ever cross my lips.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So glad to see FW get distributed to Mass! Got this at a local beer store. 22oz bottle, 2011 vintage...

A: Looks very dark with a small tan head that fades quickly to a nice bubbly lace atop the brew. Good.

S: A nice creamy bourbon character upfront with some nice caramel vanilla notes in the middle. Some nice toffee on the backend. Very good, love the bourbon character. Almost a strawberry character hidden here.

T: A nice creamy bourbon character upfront with some nice vanilla and coffee flavors quickly followed. Some nice chocolate notes on the back. Some toffee on the back. Very good.

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation. Creamy dry finish. Very good.

D: Goes down surprisingly easy. Very good.

All in all, this is a very good barleywine. Great for the style if you get the chance to try. So definitely try if you have the chance.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Be jealous...yes, be very jealous...SOMEONE in the Sonoma County area is going to be very upset that they didn't get their bottle, since I told the folks at BevMo! that they were holding some for me!!!

Beautiful reddish amber...Closer to red than amber or even brown. Beautiful, creamy head...Tiny bubbles of carbonation and plentiful they are. Nice sticky lacing..Very purty thus far...

Aromas are amazing, like many of the FW Barrel aged brews...I get toasted coconut, bourbon, vanilla, some roasted chocolate malt, but just a hint...very robust...A certain sweetness too, very nice...

Flavor is incredible..It's tough to describe...There's certainly alcohol in it...You get that late middle and in the finish, but it's not cloying...Initial burst shows off some of the brewing technique: nice carbonation sets up the blast of flavor...Early middle gets a large, sweet-roll going on: a chocolate and bourbon sweet roll! The sugary sweetness is fleeting, though, and quickly is replaced by the barrel aging notes: some char, some liquor (I get rum also, but that can't be right)...This is downright d-effin-licious...Finish is a TOUCH too bitter from the alcohol, that will mellow with age. This will be Earth shattering beer if cellared for a couple years...

Now the basics: Nearly impossible to find bottled, when you do it's $14.99/bomber (YOWZA!!) and 13% ABV (Holy Moley)...

What I like most: The awesome aroma profile and nice early flavors...

What I like least: Certainly the price and noticeable alcohol flavors...

Verdict: A touch below stuff like Xantus, but still top tier. If you can find it, try it...

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Armsby Abbey in Worchester, MA.

A- Poured a deep dark brownish red with a thin head that stays around for a little while and leaves some decent lace.

S- Bourbon, slight hops, and a giant slam of coconut. It was a pleasant surprise, the coconut was strong, but mixed right in and really complemented the bourbon flavors. A nice oaky vanilla aroma as well.

T- Wow, exactly like the smell. The only difference is that as it warms, the coconut dissapears and the bourbon shines through. The alchohol makes itself well known as it warms. Also, the vanilla comes out as well as it warms. Almost a different beer 30 minutes in.

MF- A nice smooth body that's about moderate to just about full.

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Photo of younger35
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just recently received a fresh load of brewski's from the PeprSprYoFace; included was this beauty. I've had this brew a couple of times (Dark Lord Day & Night of the Barrels) and it's mighty tasty. Barrel Aged Barleywines (especially English) are some of my favorite all time brews (Perfect Storm, Wooden Hell, etc...). Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby red brownish with a small quarter finger creamy off-white head. After a few minutes no cap or collar remains along with ZERO lacing.
Smell- Rich and caramely with that great sort of burnt Barleywine sweetness that oozes out of the nose. A fair bit of vanilla is detectable amongst the nice subtle wood and faintest booze. Maybe a touch of chocolate that adds a Tootsie Roll like aspect. Plenty of hops do make their way into the nose adding a bit of a dark fruitiness that gets more potent as the beer warms.
Taste- Starts out fairly soft with a sort of butterscotch sweetness that is lightly accented by the barrel. A touch of vanilla and maybe a bit of chocolate but its feint. Sort of a cola/root beer thing mixes in. The caramel is definitely dominate and I almost feel this brew is sort of one sided. The booze is very well hidden but the hops aren't as assertive as the nose led me to believe. I need something more to counteract that sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Nice rich mouthfeel with a light bit of carbonation. A bit cloying (nothing game ending) with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.
Drinkability- Definitely a tasty brewski but it might need a touch more time. At this point it's slightly too sweet and I don't find it as complex (or delicious) as PS or WH. Maybe that's an unfair comparison but that's what it's up against in my mind (right?). It's just not quite there yet. Thanks much Corey!

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Photo of crusian
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbtice0315, thanks a lot!
Pours with a strong vanilla bourbon and oak odor that permeates the room. Alcohol is present, but not overly so. Little head, and much darker than I thought it would be. Not much lacing down the side.
The nose makes me drool.
The first taste is all smooth oaky bourbon. The second shows the 13% but it is not that too strong. Some plum notes actually come out, but not very much. Best thing to compare to would be the mother of all storms. It is right up there, but I think the Moas is a bit better. I think a few years would make this unbelievable though. It is good now, but could use a bit more time.
Great beer, glad I got a chance to drink it, and hope I can try one in a few years. Thanks again jesse.
Edit: as this warms the booze really comes out of this. The nose is strong with alcohol... lowered my rating of the smell.

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Photo of UnknownKoger
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Naja's during their Firestone Walker event because their keg of 14th Anniversary blew in the hour and a half interim before I got there (insane!).

Poured into an 8 oz glass. Appearance is dark with shades of ruby and brown. Smells sweet and malty. It's making my mouth water.

Taste is absolutely exceptional. Very surprising. It's pretty sweet. There are definitely some fig or prune notes in there along with some malty maple syrup goodness and just a slight hint of coffee/toffee. At 13% the booze is there but not entirely noticeable

This is way too drinkable and dangerous. It's an eager sipper. Mouthfeel is great and it goes down smooth. This is an outstanding beer. Cheers

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a founders sniffer from a 22oz bottle. I'd never thought I'd say this but big ups to blanchards in Allston for the 3 bottles I got.

The beer pours a wonderful dark red hue. Similar to a coca cola on ice. Nice lace on the glass

The smell is intoxicating. Sweet, bready, oakyz, bourbony goodness. Some chocolate and coffe.overtones.

The brew goes done smooth and feels amazing on the tongue. I had it below cellar temp so the taste may have been off but I noticed little heat while enjoying the flavors of wood, cream laced bourbon, mocha flavoring as well.

An exceptional barely wine. Proud to have this be my first review.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.09/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was forunate to have a friend, and fellow BA (Thanks Brian) bring this to a tasting on Saint Patrick's Day to share.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Firestone walker taster tulip.

A:The beer pours a clear copper amber color, with a light red hue. Lightly carbonated, even on the intial pour, just a ring of bubbbles, no lacing at first.

S: A bit surprisingly, I get cherries in the nose. Followed by scents of toffee, bourbon, and vanilla. Booze come through as well.

T: The flavors in the taste were of lightly roasted caramel malt, maple syrup, vanilla bean, toffee, bourbon, and light oak.

M: Buttery, and a little heat. Lighly carbonated

O: Great barley wine, but for me, it needs some time to mellow out, as I also got what I would describe as a spice, or cinamon note in there, which was a bit off putting to me. No one elses at the tasting got that in this, so maybe it's just my palate, but it was subtle, so hopefully that note will fade out, and the other notes will have more promience. I Have three bottles in the cellar, so will what some age does to it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/11/11 notes. Had two samples of this on tap at NOTB up in Boston, MA. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with an inch of off white head and light to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, bourbon, oak, and toffee. Maybe a hint of chocolate as well.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, oak, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and toasted malts.

m - Full body and low carbonation, the body is insanely smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink for a 13% ABV barleywine. Perfect mouthfeel for a barleywine.

d - I thought this was an amazing barleywine. Lots of caramel and oak, mixing with some sweet vanill and bourbon, especially in the taste. The mouthfeel was great and this was scary drinkable for 13%. Can't wait to get bottles of this one when it comes to VA.

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Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deeply brown colored beer a very small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of bourbon. Vanilla, oak and chocolate are the next strongest scents. Smells sweet with coconut cake aroma. Some patent malt in here and a faint scent of ashes. Super complex scent probably 10 things I missed.

Starts out sweet with a strong bourbon whiskey flavor. Lots of chocolate, coconut, vanilla and caramel in the taste. This tastes more than a little bit like German Chocolate cake. After it gets warm it gets more boozy than cold but it is still quite tasty. This is very much a whiskey beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is OK. High alcohol level and the whiskey taste make this on a little problematic in the drinkability department. To bad this isn't in 7oz bottles.

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

Bomber into a tulip, 2011 batch. Clear ruddy brown in the pour, more foggy in the glass. Seems a shade or two lighter than batches of Abacus I've had on tap in the past, more of a traditional barleywine color than a near opaque dark brown. The off-white head doesn't last long, receding to a crown after a moment.

Smells good. Really good. Plenty of brown sugar and toasted coconut, with a leathery, earthy note of oxidation. Some alcohol is evident, but not much considering how fresh this is. There's a lot of barrel here, contributing the expected caramel-vanilla richness, and beneath that I pick up subtle dried fruit sweetness, somewhat date-like.

At this point, it tastes even better than it smells. Alcohol again is noticeable, but pushed aside by layers of caramel, coconut and and roasted nuts. Oxidation isn't as present on the tongue as it was on the nose, I only get a faint trace of cocoa and leather. It's a rich, sweet beer, but remarkably easy to drink - maybe because it isn't terribly syrupy or hot, but I find myself drinking this a lot faster than most barrel aged barleywines.

There is a slight heat to the finish, especially as it opens up, but it's nothing that a couple months of age won't solve. Toffee and tobacco linger in the finish, along with a slight woody/tannic note.

Overall, yeah, this is awesome. At $15 per bottle, there isn't much to complain about here. I wish it were easier to find, but that isn't the beer's fault. World class stuff.

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

2011 bomber into a Birra del Borgo tulip. Huge thanks to Tony for sharing this highly-anticipated beauty.

A: Clear, deep, radiant ruby-brown body underneath a solid head of super-fine tan bubbles. Great retention and lacing for such a big beer. Simply beautiful.

S: Surprising. Fruity and floral. Grapes, raisins, candied figs, and apple blossoms. I'm stretching to pick up the barrel aspects, but they just aren't coming. Still awesome.

T: Bourbon shows up right away here, backed up by rich toffee, dark fruit, oak, and butterscotch. Some booze on the finish, but ridiculously little for a 13% beer. Completely different from the aroma, and somewhat better - certainly more typical for a barrel-aged barleywine.

M: Soft, smooth full body with light but ever-present carbonation. Quite nice indeed.

O: I read the box after taking my notes, and the aroma makes way more sense to me now that I see it was aged in a mixture of wine and bourbon barrels. The wine completely dominates the smell, with the bourbon asserting itself on the palate. Both are lovely. What's most impressive about this beer is how supremely smooth and drinkable it is, despite being astronomically strong. I wouldn't have guessed it was anything over 10%, much less a full 13%. Wow.


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

Aroma: A huge bourbon barrel and deep oak nose right up front. There's no mistaking the barrel aging on this one. Alcohol spice is present but not overpowering or fusel. Black pepper and burnt caramel also come out if you dig for it.

Appearance: Deep brown to nearly black with ruby red highlights along the sides when held to the light. Head pours medium with rocky off-white bubbles, though this fades quickly to but a ring of head at the sides.

Flavor: Caramel and oak blended with a powerful alcohol and bourbon presence up front on the palate. Through the middle malt sweetness kicks in just for a moment with dark melanoidin character. Alcohol comes back in the finish with spicy pepper. Hop presence is noted only with a lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. The 13% alcohol content is providing quite a bit of warmth throughout the palate with a tingling presence on the roof of the mouth and a burn at the back of the throat.

Overall: The bourbon aroma coming off the top of this beer is outstanding! Though one could argue that the aroma is rather one-dimensional and you do have to look for the other aroma characteristics. But that's really being picky. Flavor and mouthfeel are balanced. The alcohol is a little hot, but this will tone down nicely with age. An excellent barleywine.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage.

pours a dark though translucent caramel tone, sits a deep mahogany in the glass. pour yields just shy of a finger's worth of head that, as expected, dissipated fairly quickly into a collar around the glass. lacing in patches.

nose is just exceptional. one of the best aromas off a barleywine i've come agross. assertive notes of caramel, vanilla, bourbon. a bit of coconut, maybe dark fruits. i'm not usually a big fan of the descriptor 'wow' but, well... wow. well bleepin' done.

taste is phenomenal, just really flavorful and well-blended. the caramel, boubon, vanilla, et al come together to produce a delicious melange; a few sips in and i'm already thinking this is probably my favorite barleywine - english or american - to date. nice hoppy presence in the finish, as well as some warming booziness. my one (slight) criticism would be that it is pretty hot (at 13% ABV this is to be expected). luckily i bought a second to throw in the cellar for a while.

medium-full bodied mouthfeel with some chew to it; average to slightly below average carbonation.

overall? world class, no question. just an amazing beer. well worth the cost IMO.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Draught's in Thousand Oak's.

Appearance - Given to me in a 10oz...mixed drink glass? A brown murky color with some nice ruby/mahogany shade. Slight lacing is on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Wonderful notes of vanilla, coconut, dark fruits, and bourbon. The aroma is just remarkable and FW seems to have nailed this quite often with their beers. The nose just gets you excited to taste the actual beer.

Taste - As the nose would indicate, vanilla and bourbon with a hint of the dark fruits. Raisins and plums are prevalent along with the slight coconut smelled in the aroma. This almost doesn't taste like a barlywine to be honest. The beer then has a big malty backbone with chocolate and toffee noticeable also.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, very creamy, and decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This is one of the best barlywine's I've ever had. Incredibly smooth and tasty. Another hit from FW and I'm glad I have plenty of bottles.

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

A:Dark brown color, much darker than any other barleywine I have seen. The head is quite thin, but what is there is off white and creamy.

S: Bourbon is front and center on the nose, which I love so my bias knocks this up another 0.5 points. Behind it is vanilla, caramel malts, and oak.

T: Carmelly and sweet, with a nice bourbon punch. I am a big fan of bourbon so this hit the spot for me. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 for me was that it is difficult to see what the base beer is like. This is one of the better beers I have tastted.

M: Very thick and creamy but very drinkable at the same time, especially with the high ABV. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. This was quite a treat. After having it on tap, I must get my hands on a couple bottles to age.

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

A great whisky barrel aged barleywine. Beer is dark brown with no head. Heavy warm whisky and sweet malt notes. Bought a bottle to age. The beer changed a lot as it warmed up. Very fruity notes as it warmed versus the more whisky type aroma at the colder temperature. An excellent beer.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is absolutely phenomenal. the beer pours a copperish color with light ruby hues and a decent white head. the smell is sweet bourbon and malts. the flavor is sweet and complex the bourbon is evident up front followed by a wonderfully complex malt and hop flavors. the mouthfeel is full, a little fuller than I was expecting bnut not a bad thing. overall this beer is definitely the best barley wine i have ever sampled by far. I will definitlely be stocking up on some bottles for aging.

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

Pour: Dark cola brown with a red hue and a small one finger off white head, slightly bubbly, slightly fluffy and slightly lasting, turning into a finely beaded ring around the glass.

Nose: toasted oak, vanilla, coconut, coffee, dark bakers chocolate, brown sugar, bourbon soaked cherries, some noticeable dark fruit like plum and dates.

Taste: God this is great. An amazingly well blended barleywine where the bourbon accentuates the great parts of the base beer. An English style barleywine that isn't overly malty sweet but just right. The initial flavors are bourbon cherries, brown sugar, coconut, dark chocolate and vanilla. This turns into slight coffee, slight plum and dates as well as some more bourbon. The malt is well balanced with the bourbon and the vanilla, coconut, cherry and dark bitter chocolate round out nicely with notes of charred oak.

Mouthfeel: Very well done, well blended and not overly syrupy or cloying but definitely in the medium-heavy thickness range. It is also nicely carbonated once it hits the back of your mouth.

Overall: an extremely well blended English barleywine and an exceptionally well crafted barrel aging masterpiece. My favorite barleywine. Great both on draft and in bottle. Wow! Cellaring should do wonders.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.37/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with thim head that recedes quickly. Nose is impressive with a hint of toasted coconut, dark rum booziness, and rum cake. Toasted coconut is there on palate too with some raisin jam flavors, minerals, roasted malty flavors, and rum infused dessert flavors at the end. A bit hot too.

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Photo of champ103
3.39/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to Dajtai007 for sharing a bottle.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby/brown color. The clarity is a bit surprising for me. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a lot of wood an barrel aromas. Very strong and sharp vanilla and sweetness. Fruit, molasses, and alcohol lingers. Lots of wood and alcohol.
T: Follows the nose. The barrel is up front and center. Wood, toffee, molasses. Very sweet.
M/D: A full body with good carbonation. So smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. This is a very nice treat.

I really do enjoy this, and am very thankful for being able to try this. Though there are other barrel aged Firestone Walker beers that I prefer. Still very much worth a try.

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

323rd review on BA
bottle to snifter

App- Dark garnet dark with a chocolatey look as it poured from the bottle. At the end of the drink looked very bourbon/whiskey like in color. A very quick one finger head was present then vanished. No lacing on cling.

Smell- More like a big stout to me which was fine and it smelled great. Had a big oaky, vanilla with a rich boozed infused scent.

Taste- This is finally the big GIANT barleywine I have been looking for. I always imagined barleywines to be a big beer and this hit it spot on. Big malts with a little chocolate. Dark fruits are very prevalant but well balanced against the stronger flavors.

Mouth- Full bodied with a medium carb level. The fruits and molasses tastes are thick to me but mellow down as this warms.

Drink- This was big, flavorful and very stout like. I have a couple more of these to sit on and I am very glad I picked the extras up. This was flavorful and powerful and I think it can only get better with age.

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

Tap at Armsby Abbey

Fluffy 1/2 finger head fades at med pace over super dark brown color

Nose lots if aged soft malts, dark malts, crystal, caramel, molasses, toffee, some dark fruits, lots of aged malt aromas, very light earthy hops.

Taste aged malts, dark fruits, light fig and raisin, light fluffy malts, crystal and caramel, molasses, toffee, bit of minerality but not much, bit of a very dark roast, some booze but not much for 12%, light earthy hops. Chewy, soft, light choc, tasty. Finishes a bit bitter, light minerality, aged malts lingering, drier, it gets a nice earthy and slight spicy hop on the finish.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied with decent carb.

Overall great, cross between old ale and barleywine. Very soft, delicate and tasty.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this bottle at Yankee Spirits in Stubridge today. I tried this last weekend at EBF, and was impressed, so lets see how it hold up from the bottle. It pours out a rosewood color, with half a finger of whitish heading. The color is nice, here; a mix of red and brown. Lots of caramel and alcohol come through in the nose, along with just a little bit of dark fruit. More of the same from the taste, but the alcohol is much more in the forefront than in the smell. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and chewy all at the same time. The ABV on the bottle is listed as 13% as opposed to the 12% I see above. In any event, the alcohol is pretty hot on this one right now. I am thinking this beer tastes great now, but will do even better with some age to it. This is a beer to buy two of; one to drink now and one to cellar for a while.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 809 ratings.