§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

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Photo of Spica66
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 2011 bottle from randomdanger. Thanks, Will! Shared with gwuilliums after bottling a couple of his homebrews.

A: Dark blood red in the lights on the back porch. Decent head formation and wonderful legs and lacing. Very nice to look at.

S: Wow! Bourbon and fig and sweet malt and raisins. This really is an amazing nose full of barleywine.

T: Another wow! Really, really complex. Caramel sweetness and big oak and bourbon and dark fruits. Amazingly sweet at first, then the oak/bourbon kicks in.

M: Incredibly smooth, but hot! At 13%, this is not for the faint of heart! It is hot on your tongue and it stays hot all the way down.

O: If I could get my hands on another bottle, I would see if aging it would help with the heat v.s. sweetness battle that seemed to be raging on my tongue, but it sure was a treat to have this one to drink just the way it was.

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Photo of afksports
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank Firestone Walker's bourbon barrel aged barleywine "Abacus" a short few hours before sleeping in the bathtub again. I do not blame the brewer. But there may be something wrong with me, because nearly the same thing happened when I drank FW's Parabola.

Personal reflection aside, Abacus pours a red brown amber with a sticky head. It smells like bourbon, but it's tempered by thick and sweet candy malts, sugars, and dark fruits. Perhaps not the most complex smell, but fantastic.

The same goes for the taste. It's front-loaded with bourbon and sugar, and the dark fruits come in later. At the end of the sip, there is even some roastiness. The only knock on the beer may be just how overly sweet it is.

Sweet enough to land you in a bathtub by the end of the night.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a Captain Lawrence Goblet Glass

2011 Release

A- Pours a deep deep dark reddish brown that looks like blood in the light. Even with a vigorous pour no head bubbles up at all but leaves some really nice legs on the side of the glass as it slides down.

S- Very very interesting smelling, unlike any other barley wine I've put my nose in. Deep dark roastiness up front from the malts and possibly the barrel char which is quickly followed by a strong bourbon booziness that is so enticing. This beer has a lot of subtle notes like sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, and musty oak.

T- This is the type of beer that literally just blows you away the second it hits the tongue and leaves you speechless. Tastes just like the nose but so much better! Up front the barrel really comes through and dominates with strong flavors of delicious bourbon, musty oak, and sweet vanilla. Behind that you get flavors of roasted malts, caramel, toffee, and a slight bitterness from whats left of the hops.

M- Medium bodied with moderate to lower carbonation and a nice wet slightly bitter finish. Definitely has a nice warming feeling from the bourbon and higher ABV.

Overall this is just absolutely phenomenal. So complex and every sip just gets better and better as it warms. If you can, get this beer and as much of it as you can.


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Photo of eclipse54
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle with a black foil wrapping around the cap. Sent to me by leschkie, so a huge "thank you" goes out to him! Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

It pours deep brown, almost black as you watch it come out of the bottle, and it develops about a centimeter of cream/white head that consists of large bubbles. There is little retention, which is not surprising given the alcohol content. It smells wonderfully of caramel, toffee, toasted malt, some dark fruits (raisin, date), bourbon, and some faintly bitter hops. Very good first impression. The taste is great: hazelnut, toffee, toasted malt, caramel, and bourbon dominate. Some alcohol is detectable, as are some oak flavors and some muddled, floral hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, albeit thick, and the carbonation helps it slide off the tongue. There is a lingering warmness from the alcohol. Overall, an amazing barleywine that easily ranks amongst my all-time favorites.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
2011 batch
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with a garnet glow at the base of the glass. There is a bubbly tan head that soon fades to a thick ring and it the body is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The aroma of cream and vanilla oak notes have a soft bourbon note to follow. There is a dark toffee sweetness in the finish that grows as the beer opens. The oak character also grows a bit as the beer warms.

T- The dry bitterness in the finish has some qualities of roasted malt and a bit of hops in it. As the beer opens up there are some slightly sweet malt rich characters with oak notes and a soft bourbon that all blend together.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a thick texture that coats the back of the throat and a gentle alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- This well blended beer has some rich malt notes and bourbon notes that come through when it opens up but everything takes on a 1 dimensional character. It is a nice barleywine.

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Photo of craytonic
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark pour with ruby-red highlights, very small head

Smell: Lightly roasted malt, sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, fudge, toffee, bourbon, caramel,

Taste: Light roasted malts (not burned), sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak. Very faint oaky bourbon. Very enjoyable barlywine.

Mouthfeel: Nice, velvety smooth if not a bit undercarbonated

Overall: I think this one has moved up a notch from the prior years, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Tried this again in 2012, somehow improved and delicious!

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Photo of buffs9
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Poured dark brownish red with a small head that faded rather quickly. Some decent/small lacing as I manipulate the glass.

S- First thing I get is vanilla and bourbon. Also picked up some toffee and either fig or cherry.

T- Just like the smell, which is a great thing. The bourbon shines through, as does the vanilla and cherry with a bit of chocolate joining the party. Taste is amazing and boozy.

M- Smooth and just a tiny bit oily, which I dig.

O- Fired up to have finally cracked this bottle, need to get more.

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Photo of caskstrength
2.67/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Batch one with several months on it.

Gorgeous dark maroon pour with just the right carbonation. Can't get any better looking.

Boozy on the nose, barrels obvious but not rich and deep, more sharp and simple. Smells like other barrels too, not just bourbon, which the label confirms. Muddled hotness results. Maybe they should have just used whiskey barrels. Too much sharp and undefined alcohol ultimately.

And the tastes agree; too much booze here. Esters complement the alcohol in an unholy union. Hints of the rich carmel and dark fruit depth I crave in a barrel bw, but it doesn't deliver.
Aftertaste bites with unwelcome astringency and grainy ethanol.
Thickness cut down by the barrels, right in my sweet spot there.

Lots of reviewers I trust like this beer, and it sounds like something I'd love, a bourbon heavy barleywine. Oh well. At least I didn't trade for a case. (I have two more that are sitting in the cellar for at least 3 years.)

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Photo of fatmcb1
4.82/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter

Pours a very dark ruby, almost brown color. At first glance I would have assumed this is a stout. Head is off white, half a finger, and quickly fading into a light ring.

The nose starts with bourbon at first, with plenty of oak. From there, dark fruit and caramel take center place. There is a feint scent of vanilla as well. Alcohol hits the nose at the very end.

Wow! This is incredibly rich and complex. Abundant amounts of malt and bourbon hit up front. It starts very sweet, but is then balanced by a surprising amount of hops and spice. Bourbon and alcoholic warmth stays with you.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Carbonation is a bit on the lighter side.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, my first try from Firestone Walker. I am excited that there are two more of these sitting in my closet to age.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Drinking this because I've heard it's going downhill.

A - Deep ruby/brown body with small offwhite head settling to a dense ring.

S - bourbon, vanilla, big sweet toffee malts, chocolate, dry hops, tanned leather, smoked meats. Good

T - Lots of the barrel - bourbon, smoke, wood, vanilla. Some chocolatey and toffee malts, and grassy leathery hops. Nice flavor, wish a bit more of the base beer was in it.

M - Big thick and smooth. Quite nice.

O - Good beer. Doesn't seem to be too bad, but I haven't had it fresher, so, no way of knowing.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Dark ruby body. At first glance, it looks like a light stout. With some light, you can see the flecks of red in the body. Not a great head and no lacing. It's 13%, so that's expected.

Smell - Bourbon up front, followed by dark fruits. Plums and figs. The bulk of the aroma is caramel and brown sugar. Wonderful aroma. The best barleywine I've ever stuck my nose in.

Taste - Perhaps the slightest bit less interesting than the smell. Bourbon burn right at the front. A lot of caramel and brown sugar in the body. I get hints of dark fruits, but not as much as the smell. The finish has a hop bitterness and is boozy with a strong bourbon finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy at first, but it goes away at the end. It has a strong alcohol burn, which is really the only complaint.

Overall - The best barleywine I've had. Bourbon is the bacon of beer. It makes everything better.

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Photo of tewaris
3.57/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber (Spring 2011) into a Darkness tulip on August 13, 2011. Thanks drDogBeer! Dark wood to rust colored with good clarity. A small light tan head formed but left rather fast.

Aroma is signature barleywine - dark fruit, specifically raisins and figs with notes of chocolate and toast. Very restrained booze. Tastes flavorful with notes of dark, dried fruit; some chocolate and vanilla, but as with the aroma, the bourbon is very restrained. The finish is very clean and the feel of the beer in general is closer to a Quadrupel than a barleywine - light body (for the style!), cleaner flavors and high carbonation. I am not digging it all that much.

Overall it's certainly a good beer but it's not the ultimate barleywine. It's a shame that Mirror Mirror 2009 got infected, otherwise that would have been a much superior alternative. Well, I can always cough a few bucks more and go for J.W.

Appearance 3/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 4/5

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to Mess for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy light tan head, with sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, bourbon, slight chocolate/toffee. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate/toffee. Medium Body. OK, this is not an English Barleywine, since when do barleywines have bourbon in it.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - About 1-2 fingers of nice off white head. Color, about 36 srm's.

S - Some bourbon, toffee, bit of vanilla.

T - Initially the bourbon dominates, then I get toffee, vanilla, caramel, bready, slight burnt toast. There is a lot going on. I get something different with each sip. Fairly smooth.

M - Medium bodied, sightly too much carbonation for my tastes.

O - Great beer, this and Bourbon Angels Share are neck and neck for me.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Darkness snifter. Sharred with a fellow BA.

A- One finger off white/tan head dissipates to nice bubbly ring around the glass, dark brown with red tints, splotchy lacing.
S- The aroma is not what I expected, really sweet, strong caramel, sweet molasses, vanilla, alcohol is present, slight bourbon and oak aromas coming out as well.
T- Wow the taste is phenomenal, toffee, caramel, sweet brown sugar, slight dark fruit presence (raisins, plums) really warm as it goes down, alcohol is definitely present but not overpowering, really balanced overall, nice bourbon flavor and vanilla notes, amazing beer.
M- Big mouth feel, clean finish, every sip seems pretty thick and syrupy but does not detract from the beer.
O- I am really impressed with this brew, all the good reviews I’ve heard have been true, well balanced, big complex flavors, every sip is a delicious and different, I cannot wait to age this bad boy and see the difference down the road.

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Photo of Yagman3000
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler purchased at Superstar Beverage in North Babylon into an awesome tripel Karmeliet goblet.

Appears a pretty dark burgundy brown with a thin foamy rim.

Smells of burnt caramel with a bit of a red wine boozey background. A bit of bourbon in there with roasted fig.

Tastes like butterscotch and bourbon.

Mouthfeel is really pleasing. It goes down slowwww. It's a sipper you betcha! :) the bourbon flavors lays on the tongue really nicely.

Overall a really nice experience. I can only imagine the way I'll feel at the end of this goblet!

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Photo of zoolzoo
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: "Dirt brown", maybe a half finger head which quickly dissipates. Not much activity. I guess I didn't expect much anyway.

S: Bourbon, anise, cherry, tobacco. The alcohol is there but well integrated.

T: Vanilla bean ice cream, bourbon, drizzled with chocolate. Sweet as hell, but cloying? Is an ice cream sundae "cloying"? No, its just awesome. No medicinal qualities, even in the impressions of cherry as the glass warms. Nice woody undertones, and a FAINT hop bitterness compliment. Not over hopped, thankfully. Alcohol presence is complimenting, not really "boozy".

M: Enough carbonation to support and enhance drinkability. Body is velvety and smooth. Drinkability is right on, this is going down too fast @ 13%.

O: Overall, this is what a Barley Wine should taste like in my opinion. World Class!

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Photo of socon67
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours brown with a slight metallic shine. Very thin foam head, and slight lacing. Poured into a snifter.

S - Scents of carmelized sugar and dried fruit. Has a bit of chocolate scent as well. The lingering smells of bourbon is evident as it settles.

T - Wow. There is a taste of cherry and vanilla initially. Almost like tasting the syrup of a sundae. It then gives to a strong malty chocolate flavor that ends up with the boozy burn of bourbon. Just well blended and incredibly tasty.

M - Heavy, and a bit moreso because of the complexity. It is a true sipper, and after this you really won't enjoy fine flavors of other beers. End your drinking with this.

O - I actually am not a big barleywine fan but have tried to appreciate the quality types (like Old Ruffian). This is about the best I've had. I am finding FW to be a personal favorite brewery.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark brown root beer-like color and consistency. Not much head at all, but tan lacing throughout

S: Smells like bourbon. Get a bit of a sweetness in there as well. Tons of alcohol, and a bit of dark fruit as well. Almost smells like a quadrupel

T: Godly. Very unexpected. Doesn't taste like most barleywines, much sweeter, less hoppy, and full of bourbon, vanilla, and almost a hint of sort of a cabernet sauvignon. The alcohol hits a little bit at the end and you are left with a sort of vanilla-fig flavor

M: The perfect carbonation to compliment the flavor of it. Really thick also, kind of syrupy

Overall, I love this and it's the best barleywine I've ever had. If it was easier to find I would buy it by the case even at $15 a bottle. Can't wait to see what a bit of age does to this

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Photo of Auracom
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My offering for our Lollapalooza weekend throwdown on August 7th, 2011. Bomber into wine glass.

First of all, I'm saddened that FW is forced to find a new title to bestow on this brew just because of a bitchy Cali wine company. Abacus is a great name and I'll spend the next week crying over its unfortunate demise. Anyway... "Barleywine" pours a dark mahogany with very little head (despite my aggressive tip). Very good lacing with tons of legs. Alcohol feet cling to the sides throughout the 45 minutes I spent with this brew.

The nose is, well, bourbon. And extremely smooth bourbon at that. Vanilla comes second. A heap of other undertones come third, including figs, caramel, cinnamon, slight alcohol, and oak barrel. Somehow it all feels less than what I expected.

Ahh, the taste is more what I was anticipating. Virtually identical characters as in the nose but more pronounced while maintaining excellent blending. It's all about togetherness with these barrels. In addition to bourbon, oak , and vanilla there is a little dark chocolate and bready notes. Alcohol kicks in at the backend with a fair amount warming. Slightly tannic finish. Bourbon aftertaste coats my tongue and lingers for quite a while.

Appropriate feel. Heavy body, good carbonation. Again, extremely smooth throughout. Not quite as smooth as your ideal woman's legs, but not everything about this beer can be perfect.

I'm thinking my second bottle will need about a year on it before I consider a revisit. It is very well blended but I'd like to see mellowing out of the alcohol particularly on the finish. Great stuff, so far it's my #1 in this style.

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Photo of mltobin
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a dark copper color with an off-white head, not very tall. Taking in the nose of this barleywine is something else, there is quite a bit going on, all of it quite pleasant. I noticed coconut, cherry, vanilla, bourbon and caramel. Taking a sip and I taste brown sugar, caramel, more vanilla, brandy and well toasted marshmallow. MF is fairly creamy with an aftertaste of alcohol, ie some brandy and bourbon. If you come across this in bottle or on-tap, this is a fantastic barleywine.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy amber, pretty much light brown (which is dark for the style) with a small half inch eggshell cap that dissipates rather quickly leaving nice lacing. Already I can tell this is a big boy...

Aromas throw me off initially. The first thing I get is a distinct dark fruitiness (plums, figs, red grapes). As I dive back in I get nice barrel accents highlighted by vanilla and light toffee. As it warms the butterscotch smell becomes very apparent and almost dominant, with a hint of baker's cocoa in the background. Really really nice and inviting.

The tastes follow the nose and are equally intense. Sweeter malty notes show in flavor first with butterscotch and maple syrup being the most forward. Lesser notes of toffee and cocoa once again. Soon the Bourbon barrel ushers in powerful flavors of vanilla, light oak and light bourbon. Late flavors of alcohol and the dark fruits of plum and fig (that were present in the nose) appear once again, but they are not as strong here. Complex to say the least.

The mouthfeel is quite chewy with low carbonation, bordering syrupy but not quite there luckily, which is impressive because this is a 13% monster. This is about as low of a carbonation level as I can tolerate (I hate flat/still beers) but it works here.

Overall, this was an experience to say the least. Crazy complex Barley Wine that I can't compare to anything I have ever had because it was so unique. Definitely delicious and well recommended if you like barley wines and/or bourbon. Bourbon barrel definitely plays a significant role but it is so well integrated that boozy is not a fair term. This is meant to be sipped and savored (and more appropriately shared, even though for my first time around here I did not).

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Photo of KAP1356
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a pretty dark, cola-like color with some ruby highlights when held to the right light. A small, .5 finger tan head forms and recedes pretty quickly to a collar of the same color. Lacing is unremarkable. **EDIT: Just had this again and feel my previous score here was slightly low.

S - Really strong bourbon and vanilla mixed with caramel, butterscotch, and dark fruits (figs, dates, some cherry). Wood notes make an appearance from time to time. Some chocolate in there as well? Very nice complex nose.

T - Bourbon, vanilla and creamy butterscotch all the way here. Caramel and wood flavors come out as well. Some nice dark fruit and chocolate flavors add nicely to the profile along with a nice honey undertone. Alcohol definitely comes through on this one; pretty hot.

M - Butter-like smoothness (think butterscotch), syrupy, and some serious alcohol heat. Slight burn because of it. Medium-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Really enjoyed this one for the first time. Would love to see what a couple of years does to this one. Lower alcohol burn would definitely give this one higher marks in my opinion.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark. Almost black, with deep ruby red coming through on the edges when held to light. Hardly any head, what little there is, is a slightly off white color. Good lacing.

S: BIG bourbon. BIG butterscotch. Dark fruit, raisins, figs. Vanilla. Very light roasted coffee. Super complex. I'm sure I'm missing a lot.

T: Again huge bourbon qualities. Butterscotch from front to back and all the way through the finish. Raisins, figs. Kind of hot. Way to complex for my palette. Can't wait for a year or two on this one. Mellow out the alcohol and it's a 5.

M: Full Bodied. Very thick. Super creamy. Taste lingers for ever.

O: What can I say? Firestone's Reserve Series should be crowned! Get this beer!!! I'm out!

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Photo of scottfrie
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.

A: Pours a very very dark mahogany red with a finger of dark tan head that quickly faded into a thick collar that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: I knew this was going to be a good beer before I even opened (I know, biased much?), but this smells deeper and more complex than I could have imagined. I get notes of caramel, raisins, vanilla, mint, herbal hops, pepper, pine resin, bourbon, honey, coco nibs and even a splash of coffee. I mean this beer has everything, and I haven’t even taken my first sip.
T: Again, very rich and complex flavors. There is an amazing balance between sweet, spicy, and alcohol. I get dominant notes of spicy bourbon and woody cask flavors along with vanilla and a honey-like sweetness, but there are more subtle flavors of molasses, raisin and red grapes, caramel, and both herbal and pine hops. The vanilla in the finish reminds me of marshmallows, and that splash of coffee and chocolate I smelled is present in the aftertaste. I get a note or two of leather and tobacco in the aftertaste as well, and those flavors along with some warm bourbon linger long after I swallow.
M: Low, even carbonation over a thick body and slick, sticky mouthfeel. The bourbon and alcohol are warm but comfortable and work well with the boldness of the flavor.
O: Just an amazingly rich and bold beer with complex and well integrated flavors. I enjoyed this whole bottle over the course of a couple hours and savored every sip!

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 4,970 ratings.
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