§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.66/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big old thanks to sleuthdog for hooking me up with a long-time want. 2013 vintage:
The body is a murky red brown, with a touch of visible beading... almost like a port. Above that, there's a boozy looking set of carb - half finger of beige head retains well, leaving behind both spotty lace and imposing looking alcohol legs.
Huge vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, toffee, dark red fruits, licorice or molasses, brown sugar maybe... mushy cherries, more vanilla... smells fantastic.
Wow. So... yeah. Wow. All the complexities of the nose converge on the palate to form something entirely unique. Like a bourbon/vanilla/cherry sundae with a perfectly reserved sense of sweetness. There's a nice underlying biscuit flavor that provides a great base flavor for an otherwise rather extreme beer.
This is exceptional stuff. Far exceeded my expectations, as I haven't been wowed by a barleywine in many moons. Well done Firestone Walker. Well done indeed.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2013 01:05:13 | More by yamar68
4.73/5 rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Had on tap a few months ago at twisted spoke, and from a bomber last night. Not sure the year on tap, bottle is from 2013.
The Sucaba I had on tap was delicious. Very strong bourbon notes, vanilla.. appearance was a very dark black, but not opaque. Thin lacing of head, and smelled very similar to BCS which I had on the side. The taste is spectacular, probably my favorite barleywine, but I don't typically drink this style of beer. Out of a bottle, it is not so complex, a little thinner, but the flavor is there. It is also quite boozy in comparison to the tap. Makes me think the Sucaba on tap was from a year or more ago. Definitely excited to try the other bottles I have in the cellar.
Serving type: on-tap
05-14-2013 04:43:38 | More by 4amepiphany
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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