drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sucaba pours a dark brown with a small tan head. No lacing and basically no retention.
When I poured this bottle I was instantly hit with greatness. This smelled totally different than the first bottle I had. Wasn’t even the same beer. You’re hit with bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. It’s rich, deep, and complex. I could sit here and just take it in all night.
The taste is just as amazing. Sweet caramel and bourbon sit on the lips and coat the mouth. Slightly roasted malt and vanilla dance on the tongue. Vanilla and charred wood hit the palette mid way. A slight bitterness hits on the end and aftertaste. Just fantastic. A different beast than the first time I had it and I can definitely say, have this as fresh as you can.
Mouthfeel is just as amazing as the taste. On the thicker side, very sticky, coats the mouth and just sits there.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer pours a translucent, deep, dark ruby color with an average, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a fully lasting, firm, frothy layer and leaves some similar lace. The nose is very nice, very smooth for a 13% beer; plenty of coconut, bourbon oak all over, Belgian chocolate, light peppery spice, faint cherry, toasty vanilla, and some tobacco. The flavor is drastically different with a prominent spicy bourbon role that lingers all the way to your belly; tobacco, vanilla bean, toasted oak, molasses, light Belgian chocolate, some coconut, and a slight raisin note. The palate is full, silky, creamy, warming, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long, warming, oaky, filled with spicy bourbon, some coconut, and toasty notes lingering. Where to begin... Just a very well built, blended, bourbon-aged, strong, BW with unique character, unique complexity, and a prominent bourbon strength that only accentuates the uniqueness of the beer. It was amazing how the nose was rich and smooth yet the flavor carried so much of the spicy bourbon notes and warmth. This one was so smooth in the nose and bold in the flavor, it makes me curious how it will age. But even with the high pricetag, I do want to try one in some years to see if I find it as entertaining as this version is. Only time will tell. Great work from Firestone.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is bright caramel apple, vanilla, oak. Woah. This is beautiful!
Taste is caramel, vanilla, strong, woodsy oak chips, booze, and faded piny hops.
Finish is sweet, slightly bitter hops, vanilla astringency, caramel, and some burnt sugar.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma was sweet molasses, oak and fruity. Taste was so awesome. Fruity, woody, a little dry, sweet molasses. I drank this at cellar temp/55. The aroma and taste made you want to drink it slow so it wouldn’t end. The foam clung to the side of the glass.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured to a snifter, deep brownish red almost a plumb color it held a half finger light tan head for about a minute that dissolved thin film and then to nothing.
Very rich aroma. Very sweet, dark fruits, burnt sugar and carmal. Just a little bit of alcohol.
First sip is I get a lot of sweet flavors blended together. Lots of sweet malt, tart strawberry, tiny bit of bitterness there is defiantly some alcohol in the finish which is paired with oak flavors.
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmmm this one is amazing. Pours a mahogany color with a thin head. Heavy smell of bourbon, sugar and hops. Taste is very delicious. Molasses and brown sugar with some hops. Lots of bourbon. Such a great taste. Lovin’ it.
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
650 ml botte;. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head that quickly diminishes to a fine ring. The aroma is strong with whiskey, vanilla and dark fruits. The taste is complex with bourbon, vanilla, sherry, leather, raisins, dates and brown sugar. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes incredibly long with lingering tobacco and bourbon aftertaste. Overall: A nice little sipper, I wish I could get more.
thehoplocal (10) - Sykesville, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Room was a little dark when poured so color was tough to judge. But there was very little head, and what was there disapated quickly. The nose is incredible, I could live in there. At first it’s overwhelming, but you can quickly go through the layers of complexity. Taste is similar, complex, wonderful. Like drinking a bourbon, wine, and beer all at the same time. The finish lasts for what felt like hours. The only negative is accessibility.
Reynolds314 (2331) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Courtesy of Wavers1, Thanks Baker! A fantastic bourbon aged barleywine that has more flavor components then I could even pick out. Vanilla, Leather, dark fruit, and a nice nuttyness. Really good stuff here.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/26/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.
The appearance of this beer is more similar to an old ale than a barleywine. A dark chocolate brown is a bit transparent in the thinner parts of the glass. A small off-white head struggles to form originally and fades to nothing fairly quickly.
The aroma simply bursts out of the glass. Tons of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of spice.
The flavor starts out with a very nice and complex gooey caramel that never gets too intense or cloying. A bit of roasted malt, some spice, and then a smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak presence that carries through the finish. Incredibly smooth and balanced.
Although the alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor, the alcohol creates a tingling sensation on my tongue and warms the back of my throat and stomach. The carbonation is pretty much perfect; creamy and moderate. Definitely on the full side of the body spectrum. Slightly sticky.
This is not one of those beers that has nearly infinite separate components; it is a relatively simple beer that is made impressively well. The bourbon really accentuates the wonderful flavors and adds some complexity itself.