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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,119
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,143
Gots: 2,358 | FT: 229
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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650ml 2013 bomber poured into tulip 18/12/13, big thanks towards OakedCanuck for the bottle

S clear maroon ruby when held to the light, two fingers of foam fizzes out in no time leaving no lace, just a few visible bubbles popping up here and there

S dried fruit, nutty toffee, vanilla, lots of wood and I'm not sure what barrel they use but I could see port, bourbon, and rum making sense, there's a little booze but what I'd expect from 8% not 12.5%, some herbal hops, plum, apple pie filling, and some coco powder, smells wonderful

T brown sugar, raisins, dried cherry, still plenty of wood, the faintest hint of smoke, loads of toffee and vanilla, long story short it mimics the smell and that's a good thing

M thick and creamy, some heat but again I'd never guess 12.5%, some herbal notes and barrel lingers strong

O the hypes for real with this one, super complex and this fresh bottle drinks like its aged, the booze pops up here and there but all things considered the liquors very well concealed

I'd seek this one out and after trying a fresh bottle I really want a couple to age, plenty going on and I'm going to sleep well tonight

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Served on tap at Nightmare Before Christmas event at itap Soulard
8oz pour split between 2
Just starting to get into barley wines and why not start with BCBW and Sucuba

A - Pours a deep dark color with partially see through dark brown purple edges around the glass. Poured on tap with a minimal to medium light tan head

S - chocolate, coffee, toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, decent amount of barrel presence smell

T - This was poured too cold so started sipping lightly until it warmed and wow did the flavors ever come out when it warmed. Starts like a stout with the heavy flavoring of vanilla, chocolate, maple, and as it warmed there was an eruption of fruit flavors that went down my throat that was quite delightful and boded well with the initial tastes. This was my one of my first BW's and man am I impressed.

M - Mouthfeel is slightly more carbonated than most of the stouts we had. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel really a treat.

O - I loved this style of barley wine it nearly resembles a world class stat except for the finish of these beers. I loved the dark fruits really erupting as it warmed and went down the back of my throat. World - Class Glad I was able to snag a bottle of this on Black Friday

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,119 ratings.