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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,000 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,000
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,106
Gots: 2,236 | FT: 208
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

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)

Matured for 1 year in a blend of Heaven Hill, 4 Roses, and Old Fitzgerald barrels.
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4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Got this one in a trade and was one of my top wants!

A- Pours a deep deep garnet with a good degree of clarity considering the deep color. With an aggressive pour a surprisingly high light tan head forms and dissipates rather slowly to a thin film. Looks to be of a high viscosity.

S- Medium level of barrel character in this one. Vanilla, coconut, dark dried fruits, alcohol, then oak.

T- The ABV is very present in this beer. Getting more of the vanilla, coconut, oak, and some tannin. Also getting some hops in here which I wasn't expecting but this must be more of a West Coast barleywine along the lines of Bigfoot as opposed to Third Coast Old Ale. Bitterness on the tongue as it leaves the mouth.

M- Nice heavy mouthfeel but not too heavy. Surprisingly high carb for a strong barleywine.

O- A great beer but I have to say the big alcohol presence was a bit of a turn off and unexpected. I was assuming I'd get something a bit smoother. Had this a few days after having Goose Island's BCBW and that was one of the best beers I've ever and may ever have. And this kind of paled in comparison to be honest. And BCBW is 12.1% and Sucaba is 12.5% but the alcohol prescence would lead me to believe it is more like 15% and a could barely detect the ABV in BCBW. Also the bourbon barrel presence is there but at a medium level compared to other big BA beers I've had. Barelywines and Old Ales along with Scotch Ales are my favorite beer styles and hope to see more barrel aged ones.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear dark ruby, tall offwhite head receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Ripe dark fruit.

t: Ripe dark fruit under smoke. Smoky ash taste lingers at first, later gives way to the ripe fruit. High ABV seems well covered, even to minimal initial throat burn, although that does build somewhat later.

m: Medium and very smooth.

o: Wonderful taste treat! Refined and definitely a top representation of the style.

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smells very sweet, a bit of vanilla and toffee, caramel and grape. oak.
taste is toasted coconut to start, as it lays in the mouth for a few seconds. some brown sugar. fig? definitely some alcohol in there, particularly as it warms....
very nice, high abv brew... in line with the 16 and 17....

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,000 ratings.