§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TruePerception:
4.26/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Firestone's §ucaba 2014, a barrel-aged barley wine. 13.5% ABV.
A: Just the thinnest bit of head. Very deep red/brown. You can see some VERY fine, active bubbles in the dimple, which shows yellow, and very bright at the very bottom. Clear/faint yellow meniscus.
S: Dark caramel and bourbon, right off the bat! Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa cereal. Woody notes. I'm loving the smell. Raisin starting to come out, as it warms.
T/MF: Starts out really bitter, but then the flavors start to pop out. Char. Burnt caramel. Sweet toffee. Extra dark chocolate. Hints of date or fig. Backing sweetness lingers, alongside some char and caramel notes. Fairly decent carbonation for a stronger beer.
This is a beer that could put people off if they go with their immediate reaction, but it has some nice qualities if you stick around. I could imagine this being very good after a couple of years.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 09:27:50 | More by TruePerception
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4.3/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 08:51:42 | More by abeeronthebeach
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,431 ratings.