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Rufus - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 9
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:
Beer added by: ThreeWiseMen on 11-07-2010

Imperial Red Ale w/ Brettanomyces (aged five years in a Old Fitzgerald Bourbon barrel)
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3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Flavor is relatively light and sweet. Evaporative, almost. Some oak notes and a touch of caramel and crystal malt. Vague resiny character (from hops?) but very restrained. As the bottom of the glass gets closer, booze notes and more bitter and herbal hop flavors emerge.

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Rufus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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