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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§ucaba
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100
world-class

3,418 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,418
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 963
Gots: 1,999 | FT: 172
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

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)

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008)
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a dark murky red, but when you put it in the light it glows a gorgeous ruby. The beer’s body seems clean, but surprisingly full of carbonation bubbles. The beer pours with a decent sized white head that seems to be turning khaki colored. It mellows down to a half of a finger’s width as the beer sits in the glass. It features nice legs of alcohol as you swirl it in the glass, and leaves little dots of thin slippery lacing on the glass wall. On the nose, the beer smells big and boozy with wonderfully complex notes of plum fruit, toffee, slight raisin and bourbon sweet notes, and even some brown sugar notes. On the tongue, the beer tastes wonderfully sweet and complex with boozy alcohol and lovely mellow toffee and oak notes. The beer begins with caramelly malt that moves into toffee, light bourbon and then explodes into a medley of all those flavors, adding coconut, light oak, very faint char, raisins, dates, and brown sugar. The finish is a little harsh with booze, but also features a maple syrup sweet taste that travels into the sticky aftertaste. You can definitely feel this travelling down the back of your throat, but I think with a bit of age it could be beautifully mellowed, and as is I find the flavors wonderfully mellow while still being big and complex. As it warms up, this beer definitely builds in booziness. On the mouth, the beer feels thick and chewy, but soft and very mellow almost fluffy with the carbonation, almost syrupy. Its body sits on the mellower side of heavy. The mouth is left slightly dry with alcohol and sticky dry saliva. Overall, I’m definitely a fan of this beer. This is one of my favorite Barleywines right now, and I would love to find another bottle and set it away for a couple years. This stuff is thick, boozy, and complex, and definitely a sipper. You should try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 21:07:14 | More by Maxwell
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark ruby red. Head was a a little soapy and coarse-grained for my liking.

S - Predominantly sweet and fruity. Fruitiness is of raisins and sherry. Sweetness is of maple and caramel. My favourite part of this beer.

T - I'm picking up the sherry-fruitiness from the nose, although not any one fruit in particular. Not as sweet as I would have expected and not particularly sweet overall. I was hoping for a little more vanilla, a little more coconut and a little more spice. Where this beer is not found wanting is in tobacco flavours. This beer had me racking my brain to see if I had a cigar stashed somewhere in the house. It's sort of dirty and a tad leathery but I like it. A little bitter malt and bitter bourbon on the finish as well.

M - Thick enough, but like the rest of the beer it's just not quite there.

O - At first I was quite disappointed, however this beer definitely benefits from time spent in the glass. The most relatable beer I've had to Sucaba lately was Fremont's Bourbon Abominable, which for me, was clearly the superior beer. This was malty, sweet and sherry-like with nice tobacco notes, but I wanted more bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak and spice. Sadly it did not live up to expectation.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,418 ratings.