SLOambic | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4.37/5
302 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We are fortunate to have great relationships with our local growers who provide us with superb fruit for our beers. Like last year, we had the opportunity to purchase fresh marionberries and boysenberries, both close cousins to the blackberry, so we pounced. For this vintage, fresh berries were added to Sour Opal, a beer matured up to 24 months in oak barrels, and then fermented using our proprietary blend of microflora for an additional 3 months. Bursting with ripe berries and brambles, as well as hints of jam, the fruit gives way to a rustic funk and soft oak flavors, finishing with a mouth-watering acidity.

Added by Thorpe429 on 08-10-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#538
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
302
pDev:
7.78%
Bros Score:
4.71
 
 
Wants:
118
Gots:
61
Trade:
10
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 11/8/16
Palate Contaminants: other beer

The look is like liquid cranberry sauce. I'd call it clear-ish because it's neither truly opaque nor clear. Head is fine-medium.

The scent is like a funky blackberry cobbler, including the crust. Were blackberry Warheads ever a thought in anyone's head?

Tart, tart, tart. Certainly a sipper. There is a lot of concentrated blackberry. It's worth waiting a few seconds for the initial blow to disperse. What's there is pretty good, but I'd love a little more depth and complexity.

Not a whole lot of carbonation. There's a bit of warming feeling. The tartness just hangs around. Pleasant enough.

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark reddish brown, with a small head, and no lacing.

This is pretty acidic on the nose, with a soft raspberry fruitiness, some blackberry, and some bready malt.

This is pretty exceptional, and super wonderful. It's very fruit forward, but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's 'jammy.' There's an almost bready and 'crunchy' malt character to this, kind of like pie. There's a very lemon-forward acidity- it's quite, quite sour, but in a great way.

This is light bodied, and amazingly crisp and clean.

FW very quietly puts out some absolutely amazing sours. This is exceptional.

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4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 3 ABV 6%

A: Pours a reddish/purple color with a slight bright pink head, no retention or lacing, lots of carbonation, very hazy.

A: Lots of tart berry aroma, sourness, oakiness, fruity, almost like blackberry jam, very aromatic, slight barnyard funk, it's more sour and tart than it is funky.

T: Blackberry tartness hits up front and lingers for quite a bit, then there's a hit of sour notes along with some oak from the barrels, finish is very dry, berries come through really strong with soft sour and barrel notes, picking up a slight grape note along with more berry jam goodness, very nice.

M: Light bodied with a very dry dark wine like finish, lots of carbonation.

O: A lovely beer with lots of berry tartness and soft sour notes, it really taste like Firestone Walker did not hold back on the berries, could use more presence from the oak and it may emerge as it ages, overall, a world class wild American ale.

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4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this was a delightful sour beer, but i found it somewhat one dimensional, especially compared to the other special firestone wild beers, and as much as i liked it, its not that different, and it didnt impress me like i wanted it to. the beer is deep purple in color, really intense and dense looking, yet rather clear and heady at the same time, really nice looking from the tap. i expected a little more of a bretty profile, but it may be so mature that its all gone sour, they say 27 months all together, which may have lead to this almost astringent acidity, its a lot, even a small glass. the berry flavor is amazing, and if i didnt read the description closely, i would have said blackberry for sure. the fruit is thus apparently not as distinct as it could be, and sort of rounds down to blackberry, super jammy and full though, sweet for a moment, ripe and fresh, real fruit for sure, giving way to a flash of a more vinegary sort of sourness before the bacterial acidity kicks in. it does have a lot of oak on it, but i think its done up to the point of losing some of the base beers magic and at the same time giving me an almost sour juice beer, as much as i like it, thats the obvious criticism. hard to be negative though about a beer of this quality, cool to drink it on tap, i just wish for more funk and less acidic, even some more malt flavor to this would help it i think. i look forward to trying the bottled edition some day. nice to see these beers showing up in colorado!

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4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine #124 (May 2017):

I recently bought a bottle of Batch #3 (bottled on November 8, 2016) at The Propagator in Marina del Rey, Calif. It has a gorgeous hazy plum color with a striking, dark pink-stained creamy head and lacing that lasts until the end, which is impressive. Far too many so-called “sour” beers land flat and lifeless almost immediately after pouring. The first sip brings big, bright, bursting notes of blackberries to the palate with an underlying vinous quality and oakiness, some savory spice suggestions, and prickly carbonation. And the piquant sourness brings a tart character with lemon, raspberry, and a tannic edge. It’s not overbearing, though, and allows the fruit, farmhouse-y funk, and soft breadiness to come through. The finish is super dry, leaving the palate thirsting for more. SLOambic is an American Wild Ale done right and hands down one of the best that I’ve had in recent years.

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2.41/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

**
06/11/17

Cinder.

LOOK: red-purple, no head.
AROMA: raspberry,...not strong.
TASTE: raspberry, baking soda,. Strong sour taste.
FEEL: mostly flat, touch of carbonation.



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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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SLOambic from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.37 out of 5 with 302 ratings
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