§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by charlzm:
4.35/5 rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Consumed April 13th, 2011 in a Triple Petrus snifter.
Beer appears a clear mahogany in the glass until held to strong light, when it becomes a clear, prune-colored affair. Virtually no head, just a tiny crown of off-white bubbles clinging to the edges of the glass.
Vanilla and rum greet the nose. Brown sugar? Or just a dark rum? Delicious either way. Sweet, with a caramel note.
Flavor is rum and raisin with some bitter oak and sweet brown sugar notes. Coconut. Vanilla. Slightly herbal and medicinal. Alcohol is a component as well, and brings heat as well as flavor. Pretty easy to sip, regardless.
Beer is silky smooth and thick.
One of the best barleywines I have had, I have no doubt this will age wonderfully (if I can let it).
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2011 21:22:02 | More by charlzm
More User Reviews:
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.
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