Rufus - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
3.03/5 rDev -27%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
11-07-2010 17:13:09 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
4.4/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
From EBF notes. Had a few pours of this one.
a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bourbon, caramel malts, some roasted malts, oak, vanilla, toffee, some sweet dark fruits, and toasted malts. Very nice; not quite what I was expecting from an amber ale.
t - Tastes of bourbon, roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, oak, toasted malts, grains, and bready malts. No fruit but sweet again. Reminds me of a BA barleywine.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is super smooth and doesn't feel like it is 12% ABV.
o - Overall I really liked this one, as did the others I was with; was one of the highlights for me at the Saturday session. Was hesitant with a BA amber ale as I've had a few and not liked them, but this was great. Nice bourbon to it; reminded me more of a barleywine to be honest. Would love to see them bottle this sometime.
Serving type: on-tap
04-02-2013 15:14:51 | More by mdfb79
Rufus from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.