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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,757
Reviews: 755
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1,016
Gots: 2,105 | FT: 183
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%


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.

guityler83, Sep 25, 2014
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Review taken in late spring 2014. 2014 release.

22 oz brown bottle with an elegant black foil covering the cap and just barely running down the neck. Off white label with old gold and deep red colors giving it an amazing style. This thing comes in a box! These FW barrel aged brews just scream quality and class. Poured into an authentic Firestone Walker stemmed proprietors tulip glass.

A - deep brown in color with dark ruby highlights running through In magnificent fashion. Tan head pours decent in size but settles quickly into a thin ring of cover leaving minimal stick. §ucuba poured into a proprietor glass is one of the best looks you'll find in the craft beer world. Stunning and beautiful.

S - rich dark fruits, coconut, sweet bourbon character, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate make this wonderful on the nose. A real nuttiness in the back end with sweet barrel notes laying off shot after shot in your nose.

T - sweet bourbon and whisky barrel flavor up front. A touch of dark fruit, coconut, hints of layered chocolate, and toffee. Slight nuttiness And a mild toasted malt character are found if you dig deep for it. Almost like a candied dark fruit with more sweet barrel notes are hit just before a alcohol like spice finish. Layer upon layer of barrel aged goodies are rolled gracefully over the palate leaving you remembering the prior sip before the next slurp even touches your tongue. Absolutely incredible flavor.

M - big, full body though as smooth as anything you'll ever experience. Thickness is out of this world and apply to its easy going smooth texture. Coats and coats and coats with its brilliant notes of goodness. Alcohol is perfectly hidden and only adds to its flavor.

O - §ucuba is a damn fine brew and world class on any planet in our galaxy. It may be my favorite in fact. If there was one I could have every evening after dinner without question it would be this lovely majesterial barley wine, §ucuba. Brilliant

BradtheGreat7, Thursday at 01:34 PM
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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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