§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,928 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,928
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,047
Gots: 2,132 | FT: 194
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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Reviews by jdhowe:
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been sitting on this bottle for a couple months but have been looking for excuses to crack it open and finally manufactured one and invited friends over to help consume it this evening. I wanted to get an idea of how this beer is fresh so that subsequent tastings of it aged can be duly informed.

2013 vintage, "fresh" 10 May 2013

A: Deep red, ruby, burgundy color, transparent through the glass to a light source. A light khaki head forms a thin layer and quickly dissipates to minor sticky lacing. I don't expect much head stability in a 12.5% abv beer like this.

S: Oh my damn. This is fantastic. Strong coconut, bourbon, vanilla, toffee notes immediately assault the nose. A sugary sweetness of candy is present... this beer is going to be indulgent. Blind this doesn't smell too far off from Parabola (some things are missing, of course, and others present), leaving me to suspect I'm picking up almost entirely barrel character over beer character, but I don't mind, because it's absolutely amazing. The alcohol is masked perfectly.

T: After the nose, the flavor comes on just a little weak in comparison, but holds the same character. The vanilla steps up to take the lead followed closely by bourbon and coconut and everything else behind, and only in the finish (and more on warming) do I get the barleywine character in the taste... otherwise this beer seems more like a vehicle for delivery of delicious barrel flavors. Alcohol warms the finish enough that you know this beer is high in alcohol content, and is a primary contributor to the "weaker" flavor in comparison to the nose... which isn't to say anything bad about the flavor, because it's also delicious.

M: Sucaba drinks smoothly with minimal carbonation. The mouthfeel is very appropriate to the style and pleasant for such a nice sipping beer.

O: I quite enjoyed this, despite typically not liking barleywines very much. The barrel aged character of this beer imparted wonderful flavors that balanced beautifully with the beer, although they did seem to take over the beer and mostly use it as a vehicle for barrel deliciousness delivery. I was glad that I was able to split this bottle 5 ways, because with that size of pour I am left excited to revisit another bottle in 6 months or a year. I definitely could not have enjoyed it as much had I finished a bottle by myself, even if the alcohol content was not an issue. Another great barrel-aged offering from Firestone Walker that I would advocate anyone trying.

More User Reviews:
Photo of guityler83
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

2012

A: One finger of head formed when poured from the bomber into a snifter glass and fell in under a minute leaving behind a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. The foam is tan in color and made of medium sized bubbles mostly. Nice alcohol legs are kicked up on the edge of the glass when swirled, but very little foam. The beer is a deep mahogany color and that color only comes through with a back lite.

S: Sweet bourbon dominates the nose with oak and vanilla right behind it, medium levels. Raisins and prunes with sweet plums come next at mild levels. A light spicy hop character. Candy raisins and toffee notes also present. Alcohol is mellow and mostly in the form of bourbon. Nicely developed after the 2 years it was cellared.

T: Wow, beautiful bourbon barrel character. Smooth and tobacco tasting bourbon with vanilla, caramel oak flavor - very developed and up front. Sweetness is kept to a minimum and seems to be reduced by the bourbon. Bitterness is medium with a more neutral hop character. Malty flavors come through as the beer warms up with prunes and plums consistent with the aroma. Some milk chocolate notes come out as well.

M: A big tingly tongue sensation from the bourbon that leads to a nice warming sensation from the alcohol. Carbonation is on the lower side and very complimentary with the style. The tannins from the wood provide a slight drying sensation on the mouth and the body of the beer is in the medium range.

O: Fantastic BA Barley Wine, The barrel is up front with tons of character from the bourbon left over. The alcohol is there, but not offensive or difficult to drink. This beer aged perfectly. I would like to try a fresh version to compare, but as it stands this was superb.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -33.8%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich, red-tinged black with a small white head. Minor lacing and retention.

S - Nice scent bringing lot of barley wine and barrel elements with other notes of goodness. Dark fruits come through the most, along with caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, light tobacco and alcohol.

T - Tons of maple and vanilla, a bit nutty, very similar to smell, some sips had some alcohol in the back of the nose

M - Surprisingly smooth. Packs a punch but in all the right ways.

O - An amazing barleywine and another amazing beer from Firestone. This to me is the second best barleywine behind King Henry right now. Glad I have a few extra bottles.

Photo of steelerguy
3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark walnut brown, can only see a bit of light around the edges. Small head that fades quickly and ends up looking like flat cola after a few mins.

S - Lots of vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, hop aroma absent. Can smell that this has spent some time in oak.

T - The smell translates to the taste very well. Very complex, again you can tell this has been aged in bourbon barrels, the vanilla flavor really comes through. Lots of chocolate malt and a bit of dark fruit, almost reminds me of a port. Again, lacking in hop character and bitterness which should be present in an American barleywine.

M - Nice, smooth, and warming. A little alcohol bite at the end. Wish it had a little more body to help balance the 13% ABV.

O - This is a good barleywine, would be even better if judged as an English style, but it is a bit lacking as an American style in the hop category. Definitely a barelywine to be tried by all loves of the strong style.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 reserve series in a brandy snifter.
Alcohol notes overwhelm the senses from the get-go. Like a fine brandy only better.
This is why I now prefer beer to other alcohol choices.
Mouthfeel and aftertaste leave a very pleasant taste and feel that makes each sip a joy to behold.
Life is good when one of these are at hand.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,928 ratings.