§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,362 | Reviews: 735 | Display Reviews Only:
4.35/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Huge props go out to wyatt13 for sending this bottle my way. Big time 'want.' Cracked this one on my birthday. Poured into a tulip glass.
Pour yields a much darker appearance than expected. Dark plum color. Lots of bubbles creeping up the glass edge slowly feeding the frothy beige cap. Rings of lace left after each wonderful sip.
Aromas of sweet oaky bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, slight ethanol burn.
This beer is surprisingly creamy and smooth. Full mouth if there ever is one. This beer is meant to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. Yet, I couldn't help slowly gulping it as the flavors melded so well. The bourbon is present, imparting a mellow sweetness, but it holds back from really overtaking the base. Toasted vanilla beans, fig, plum, toffee finish. The alcohol is dangerously underplayed.
This beer was a treat. Sweeter than expected, but not overbearingly so. Loved this one.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2013 19:41:56 | More by Onenote81
4.96/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I had the pleasure of having Firestone Walker's English-style Barleywine, Sucaba, at Lord Hobo in Cambridge, MA in late-March (yes, I have quite the backlog of reviews to do...they're coming along). It was incredible, to say the least. Read on to hear just HOW good.
Appearance (5/5): Sucaba pours a very dark brown with a small off-white/light khaki head. The head doesn't stay around too long, not that I would expect that from a beer of its strength. Pretty red highlights against the light; this is a good-looking barleywine, for sure.
Smell (5/5): This barleywine has a wonderful barrel character to it: I'm getting some vanilla and bourbony-boozy notes. One of the most noticeable aromas actually is toasted coconut, which you don't get too often in a beer. It's a fantastic note that I wish showed up more often in imperial stout. You can tell that this beer is sweet but has nicely rounded edges; it's not a sticky, sickly sweet mess.
Taste (5/5): Sucaba has serious barrel aged characteristics: I'm getting bourbon, vanilla, coconut, but no serious alcohol heat. That comes on after you've already swallowed and manifests itself, rather tamely, as a warming sensation in the chest. Leather, dark chocolate. Very very malty, but not syrupy or cloyingly sweet, which is incredible. Lingering bitterness and burnt sugar flavors finish this baby off. Incredible complexity. The best tasting barleywine that I have ever had.
Mouthfeel (5/5): Sucaba is smoothness incarnate. Not a jagged edge on this beer to be found, and it's disturbingly easy to drink–but DON'T drink this one quickly...let it warm and savor the changing character as the beer creeps toward room temperature. The body is appropriately full and the carbonation level is right where it should be–low, that is. This beer has the velvet touch. It's not aggressive even though it packs a ton of flavor.
Overall (5/5): Absolutely outstanding. Easily one of the best beers in the style. Take this one slow and appreciate true craftsmanship.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2013 20:36:46 | More by hagbergl
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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