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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,284 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,284
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,201
Gots: 2,523 | FT: 251
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

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.
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Ratings: 4,284 | Reviews: 818
Photo of martinimike82
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best barley wines out there.

Photo of Sparty1224
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 22 oz. bomber poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. No bottling date, but it's likely just under 4 months old at this point.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a reddish hue. A faint 1/4-finger off-white head with an aggressive pour that dissipates quickly. Appears a bit thin.

S: Vanilla, molasses, brown sugar. Plum, chocolate-covered cherries, raisins. Also a bit of a cinnamon french toast quality here as well. Bourbon integrates well here, it's very smooth and has some fruity notes that complement it well. It's not an overwhelming or powerful aroma, but it's still very nice.

T: Lots of sweet molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits. Some maple syrup, vanilla, oak. The bourbon integrates so well with the natural flavors from the barleywine that you almost forget it's barrel-aged. They really play off each other nicely here.

M: This is where the beer falls from elite status for me. It's very, very thin. Almost has the consistency of water, and that's no good. Also, it is extremely boozy. 13.3% is high to start, but there's a way to work it in and it's been done before, but just not here. It's very hot on the finish, almost like a dry red wine.

O: So this is my 2nd review of a "boxed" beer from FW, and I've encountered the same problem twice now: poor, poor mouthfeel. This beer is way too thin and way too boozy. And that's a shame, because it takes away from an otherwise stellar beer. Great, great aroma here. Great flavors, with the bourbon complementing the rich sweetness and dark fruit flavors of the English-style BW. But the mouthfeel just prevents it from getting to that next level for me. I even let it sit for 4 months, and it still came out hot!

Recommendation: Don't let my review scare you, this is still a great beer. Definitely seek it out or trade for it, but maybe let it sit for 6+ months. Maybe at that point some of the heat has faded, making this beer much more drinkable.

Photo of Boccu
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2015 version. Hands down the best barley wine I've come across. Full of flavor all the way through. Gives off amazing aroma out of the snifter.

Photo of Budinetz
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2014 vintage. Poured from the bomber Into a wide snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a half inch head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little thin foam at te surface.very little to no lacing present around the glass. Smells of Madeira, port wine and fig. Tastes of dates, figs, caramel, subtle oak, whiskey, port wine. Great mouthfeel, solid malt base, and overall very drinkable for a 13.5% abv brew. Would absolutely seek this one out!

Cheers!

Photo of everyman
4.71/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This 'Suca' is packing heat! Beware, if you don't give her some time to mellow out, it's gonna be boozy. Pour as hard as you like - resulting head will be minimal. However, that's not bad. This beer has no intention of being highly carbonated. The focus seems to be on body and aroma. Genetically, Ssucaba probably isn't actually a beer at all. Barley wine is really something between beer and liquor. It's 'barely' beer;) For example, the liquid itself is thick (liquor like). Instead of lacing the glass as a sticky double IPA would, Sucaba slowly slides down and the thickness drags all residue with it (almost like a whiskey that's been sloshed around in a glass). <--not a turn off. Just expect strong; '15 at least. On the nose it's sweet and inviting. A little hard for me to pick apart, but I think the bourbon and vanilla come through first. One might deduce that toasted coconut or cocoa - not likely through the heat though. As for taste and mouth feel, think quad. This one is heavy, and the forward encounter is slightly sweet and near syrupy. Toward the back, it warms in Booz-like fashion. Share. It's better that way.
Cheers!

Photo of Skagnetti
3.7/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Super boozy 2015 on tap. Going to hold onto my 2015 for quite a while.

Photo of kenmyers70
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sweet toasted coconut. Strong alcohol notes. Very tasty.

Photo of ZombieHead
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

favorite barleywine ive ever had

Photo of dboon
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Dark brown with no head. Caramel and dark fruit aromas. Caramel, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla flavors. So much going on here, and it’s all GOOD..........

Photo of shelt11
4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Probably the best barleywine I've ever had (2015).

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage on tap at blind tiger nyc

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

although sweeter than my palate prefers....I really enjoyed the look/aroma/flavor overall...thick, tasty

Photo of JMS1512
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sight: A dark amber, with an SRM of maybe 30 or so. Red highlights. Tan head that sits smooth and creamy. It eventually dies down. Lacing thick and generous.

Smell: Oak, vanilla, caramel. Malty sweetness. Dark fruit suggesting raisins, dates, or figs. All the hallmarks of a BBA English Barleywine.

Taste: Mimics the aroma, plus a mature presence of booze, more evident as it warms up. The chill I had on it makes it a little crisper, as it were.

Feel: Smooth, creamy. Long finish, due in part to the barrel aging. Luxury in a glass. Pulling air through it a-la a “wine taste” gets me a little more length, and even makes me cough a little from the booze. A confusing treat.

Overall: FW, I commend you, and now, I can let this one go. Excellent example of the style.

Photo of unklemike
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice oaky buttery smell. Taste complex With the bourbon up front and a beautiful Carmel finish

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really tasty, surprisingly nice. Drank our of a goblet shared 1/2 of 22oz bottle

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Brown sugar, toffee, caramel, subtle coffee grounds, dried fig/date. This is one of the most complex and best tasting barleywines I've ever had.

As it warms, A hint of vanilla and oak shine. I can only assume this is the bourbon barrels. As a normal barleywine doesn't have this level of complexity. This is by a long shot, one of the best barleywines I've ever had. Thanks FW crew!

Photo of Tbone2131
2.98/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Too strong for my liking

Photo of hopsputin
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Batch. Drank 3/6/15

a: a murky dark brown color with some deep purple and ruby red notes. no real head, just some off-white bubbles hovering around the side of the glass - probably being kept there by the etching at the bottom of the glass

s: a very rich and luxurious aroma. vanilla, oak, tannins up front. baking chocolate. plums, fig, raisins. dark rich sticky caramel. dark sweet cherries, a very small hint of licorice. ends with the mellow barrel character

t: oak and vanilla tickle the front of the tongue. dark cherries, fig, prunes, raisins. sweet caramel, some of that bitter baking chocolate. there is a tingle of alcohol on the tongue, and it is there on the back end of the flavor along with the (bourbon?) barrel - but it isn't harsh, which is amazing given that this is coming in at 13.3%. very well crafted beer. if left to sit, and the the alcohol mellowed this would be taken to a whole different level

m: surprising light. its medium with a lot more carbonation than i expected. no head, but definitely a bit fizzy in the mouth

o: my impression is that drinking this fresh (as i am) i can tell this beer is extremely well-made, and on its own its really good. very nice base flavors in here that are harmonized well. also the fact that this is 13.3% and drinks as well is it does is super-impressive. well done. i would definitely recommend getting one and sitting on it for at least 1 year. if allowed to blend in the bottle further, this will be something extremely special

Photo of taylor714914
3.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mediocre at best. Just seemed to lack the big barleywine flavor

Photo of cshafer7
2.67/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a fan of Barleywines, so rating is biased

Photo of uvachief
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Really disappointed. Poured a light opaque brown with head that dissipated very quickly. Little lacing. Smells of coconut, vanilla, dried fruit, caramelized sugars, malts and a few other things I couldn't identify. Tasted thin in the mouth like most barley wines. Flavors are as above but it didn't knock my socks off. Over hyped before drinking maybe? After taste is vanilla, dried fruit and Barley. Good but not out of this world good.

Photo of Eziel
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Easily the best barleywine I've ever had. Can't imagine a better one.

Photo of badgustav
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A remarkable Barleywine. Great color, aroman, and flavor. Head dissipates quickly, no lingering foam. Flavour follows the wonderful aroma. Hints of honey, Madeira, whiskey, and toffee. Sweet, malty, and smooth. Enjoyed the 2013.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky mohagoney beer with a thin head. Boozy sweet, mint leaves, pear, green apple, molasses.

Photo of NavyGoat
4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I stopped by a neighborhood friend's house today to drop off some Ballast Point Sculpin Grapefruit (would recommend this brand also) and boy did he treat me to Sucaba! The bottle looks really neat and the barley wine inside was yummy! Smooth, great scent and wonderful taste! I am very appreciative to have been treated to such a top-notch beer!!

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,284 ratings.