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Rufus - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Rufus
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale w/ Brettanomyces (aged five years in a Old Fitzgerald Bourbon barrel)

(Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 11-07-2010)
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.03/5  rDev -26.8%

From Firestone's website: "This Imperial Amber Ale (is there really such a thing?) had been aged in rye whiskey and bourbon barrels..." (http://beta.firestonebeer.com/blogs/otherside/files/12_fact_sheet.pdf)

Sampled this at the Firestone 14 release yesterday in Paso Robles, CA. The following review is based on notes taken by me, Wiseman Nick.

Served in a small (~5oz.) Firestone Walker snifter.

Appearance: Bright amber, translucent body with a tight, off-white halo perched atop. Really like the color. Great head retention.

Smell: Sweet crystal malts, booze, leafy vegetation, and semi-astringent esters. Bourbon and rye whiskey really shine through, but sort of work with the large grainy backbone.

Taste: Follows the smell almost exactly: crystal malt backbone with leafy greens and lots of booze. High alcohol makes for a hot and dry finish that lingers deep into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Warm, malty, sweet, and medium-bodied. A bit too much boozy heat for an imperial amber; the body and flavor profile aren't enough to match it.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, but also an intense and seemingly incomplete one. I can understand why Firestone doesn't release this one too often.

11-07-2010 17:13:09 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Rufus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.