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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,456 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,456
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 965
Gots: 2,015 | FT: 177
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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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-19-2013 01:55:33 | More by NFMSKRS
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-18-2013 01:56:16 | More by beernads
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New York

4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition, consumed on 2/17/13, making this one about a year old. . . .

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is chestnut brown, with some ruby hues when backlit, and a small ivory head that's gone pretty quickly - not surprisingly so, given the 12.5% ABV on this one.

S: Really nice nose - the wood is there in full force (vanilla and oaky tannings), along with toffee, nougat and a boozy fruitiness, like some sort of liqueur. Some spice too - cinnamon and cloves (maybe - though maybe I'm thinking allspice).

T: This is good stuff. Dark fruits (I'm thinking of figs and dates), fruit (black cherries), booze, vanilla, brown sugar and toffee. Oaky tannins at the finish, along with drying ethanol heat. I can definitely feel the alcohol as heat on the way down and into the belly.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is really solid; I'd love to do the Pepsi Challenge with this and King Henry.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:01:37 | More by Kendo
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

02-17-2013 23:20:14 | More by Mscarpen
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

02-17-2013 22:19:15 | More by DogfishJoe
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4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 fresh

A: Deep, dark, dank murky ruby/mahogany with a beige barrel-aged head - big bubbles, spotty lacing, great retention

S: Incredible. Huge vanilla, coconut, caramel. Lots of wood, tobacco and leather earthy notes. So incredibly rich.

T: Huge, hits you in waves. Big caramel, dark fruit; oak, bourbon; vanilla coconut. As it warms the caramel increases and chocolate presents itself

P: Incredibly smooth, slightly chewy. Does not at all feel like a 12.5 beer - medium to full in body. Complements everything else

O: Really incredible

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 16:55:31 | More by timc100
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4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 Deep brown with ruby highlights. Thin tan, most unimpressive, head.

Aroma of bourbon soaked cherry but you have to go in and get it.

Getting an immediate bourbon head tic (I like that) but gotta sort through the booze here. There's a rootbeer like quality. Profiles of malt and oak. Some vanilla and toasted almonds. Nothing, though, really standing out strong as I'm searching for character. Cool whip cream finish and the alcohol lingers. Find the bourbon distracting at this young age.

I know this is young but I had to try it now. Last week I had the 2012 FSW Dbl DBA and it is a phenom. So I'm not concerned as much that this Sucaba has great potential because of the FSW barrel brilliance. This is a sipper and I'm getting a pretty good whack. Drinkable now and I got two for the cellar; we'll definitely see you next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:00:51 | More by joeseppy
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3/5  rDev -33.9%

02-16-2013 20:20:34 | More by cletusdog
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

02-16-2013 19:41:19 | More by cjohal85
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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New Jersey

4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle. 2012 vintage. Review from two tastings: one fresh, and this year-old bottle.

Striking dark mahogany with a thin layer of tan foam. It looks potent, and definitely smells the part. Huge aroma that's full of oak, concentrated malt sugars, and booze. Bourbon and cherry notes, too. After a year, fusel alcohols are much less present. A delicious cherry-vanilla sweetness dominates.

Nuclear malt bomb on the palate, but there's a sufficient amount of hop bitterness that steps in to maintain balance. Tons of oaky, malty sweetness, and a bourbon note that doesn't overpower like in some barrel-aged beers. Some tabacco and smokiness on the finish. Carbonation features very fine bubbles and is well-restrained. Sticky mouthfeel. Drinkability is good for such a strong brew, but this definitely has to be sipped and is too mighty for pretty much any dish. Alcohol is extremely well masked, especially on the year-old bottle.

This is an epic beer and worthy of all the praise it gets. Firestone Walker's mastery of barrel-aging is a joy to behold.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 00:35:35 | More by gr0g
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-15-2013 15:11:57 | More by leodarko
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District of Columbia

4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Huge thanks to Harrymel for sending me this one back a couple of years ago when we couldn't get it. Supposedly, we can get "Scuba" around here in limited quantities, but I've never seen it.

Presently the #1 ranked English BW here on BA. Can't wait!

Served in a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: Poured a dark, dark, prune juice color, without much of a head, if any. A tinge of light passed around the edges, but you really have to hunt for it.

S: Coconut, malt compound, very muted, balance, and EXTREMELY inviting.

T: OMG: This is truly the smoothest, non-sugary BW I've ever tasted. Simply remarkable collection of coconut, dark fruit, and intense malt (but not too). The finish is the true star here.

M: This was not a dessert beer like I was expecting. No alcohol detected at all (as long as you don't include the bourbon), and no lacing.

O: Simply remarkable. It's one of those beers that a) you need to try for yourself to truly understand its power, and b) you'll never forget.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:23:20 | More by Chaney
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4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking right now.

Appearance: pours a light reddish brown/copper color. with little head that dissipates rapidly

Smell: booze! great barrel nose with some sweet notes, maybe figs.

Taste: hits you up front with the barrels. booze up front and I love that. Some alcohol lingers towards the end . As it opens up and comes up in temp the booze falls off a bit and things start to change. It gets much easier to drink and the sweetness comes out

Mouthfeel: medium body with little resinous qualities.

Overall: an amazing beer. I think it needs time and I am glad I have more. I'll be back in a year. Cheers and Happy Fat Tuesday!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 07:48:22 | More by Lucho
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-14-2013 07:20:48 | More by RyanBeer13
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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

02-14-2013 03:48:46 | More by Sisky
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4.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Wispy head which drops quickly, little activity in terms of carbonation, muddy brown with a hint of burgundy and rust - 4.00, S: Initial whiffs of watered down whisky (not meant as a slight), a hint of caramel and candied figs, noticeable oak on the nose - 4.00, T: Alcohol soaked fruit cake, golden raisins and dates, a significant shot of vanilla and oak, the caramel on the nose comes through on the palate, nice tasting - 4.25, M: Mouthfeel is a little flacid and slightly runny, the lack of effervescence detracts a little - 3.50, O: 2013 Reserve Series No. 003. As a big fan of Firestone Walker and their work with barrel aging, I was excited to try the Abacus beer. Though a very solid beer all around I personally found a couple of undesirables that lessened it loftiness not the least the $16.99 price tag. Barrel aging can be finicky and I may have drank this early than the peak date but I will likely stick with other Firestone Walker beers - 4.00

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 23:00:27 | More by deereless
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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