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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,858
Reviews: 756
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1,024
Gots: 2,128 | FT: 192
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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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

SpectralAbyss, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Veazus
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2013 25oz...I own multiple bottles for aging, but I find myself caving and opening a bottle whenever a friend questions barleywines or cites KBS as the best barrel-aged; this beer is far superior to most bourbon aged beers...the craftsmanship is ridiculous.

A - pours a ruby red; as you pour you can see the medium to thick body. A 1/4 inch head with perfect carbonation.

S - boozy with vanilla, with a yeast undertone throughout...the sweetness is apparent as well.

T - the booze is upfront, not pushy but not secondary. Vanilla hits immediately after the bourbon, followed by some dark fruit, with a constant sweetbread undertone. The bourbon lasts and is the first to the party and the last to leave; inhabiting the chest as it goes down and exiting the nose as a bourbon vapor should.

M - thicker than medium, but won't choke you. Perfect carbonation...slight fizz to the swallow; much more carbonation than people are citing.

Overall - its a 5. I dont feel this way lightly. Many beers are so close to great, but not quite there. The presentation begins the experience: the box packaging, the bottle size (12oz would be entirely too small), the label, and the ruby-red color...all build a respectful anticipation. Like awaiting a world series game 7.

Once you begin to taste the beer you fully realize the skill in creating this old ale. It's layered perfectly, begging for a drinker to revisit and pick out it's characteristics...Sucaba begs you to share, showing people what passion and craftsmanship, when married, will produce.

This beer is exquisite.

Veazus, Apr 22, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

3 year vertical of 2013, 2012, and 2011 bottles.

2013: pours dark brown with a finger of beige head thades into a bubbly ring with a little lacing.
2012: about the same.
2011: also about the same.

2013: lots of caramel, vanilla, dates, citrus, oak, vanilla, oak, and bourbon dominate along with sweet breads.
2012: lots more vanilla and caramel in the nose here. Oak and smooth rum-like aromas follow with slight dark fruit notes as well.
2011: loads of vanilla and caramel with oak, Port-like aromas and sweet rum.

2013: similar to the aroma, tons of vanilla and caramel with dates, oak and bourbon following suit. The finish is sweet and hearty with surprisingly little alcohol burn.
2012: vanilla and caramel dominate here as well with oak and bourbon being a bit more subdued. Sweet breads and slight alcohol warmth bring up the finish.
2011: loads of sticky sweet caramel and vanilla with oak, Port, and rum flavors. The finish sticky sweet with almost no alcohol burn.

2013: medium-thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet, but not overly so.
2012: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit less watery and more sticky than the 2013.
2011: medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is sticky sweet and coats the mouth.

2013: delicious and tastes great. Super smooth for a fresh bbal barleywine.
2012: still delicious. The 2012 is sweeter and smoother than the 2013. Still very enjoyable.
2011: still quite tasty, though bordering on too sweet.

Overall, I'd say between 0-1 years is best for this beer. It gets a bit sweet with two years.

n2185, Apr 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

jaxon53, Apr 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

drgonzo2k2, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Deepak for breaking out a batch #1 at a recent tasting.

Deep darker amber pour, with a small beige head that retained as a thin ringlet. Nice sugary nose, toffee and brown sugar, raisins, bourbon, and surprisingly, quite a bit of the wood/barrel profile remained even after aging for a couple years. The aroma was reflected in the taste, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, bourbon barrel, raisins, herbal and earthy hops in the distance. Chewy mouthfeel, full body. A great barleywine overall. I have a few bottles of other vintages that I'm looking forward to sampling soon.

Rifugium, Apr 21, 2013
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4.76/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2012 poured into a tulip style glass

A: Pours a deep, dark, murky brown with a tiny 1/4" head. Little to no retention or lacing.

S: Tons of barrel (oak, vanilla) and some lingering malts.

T: Wow. Bang on the nose. Plenty of barrel followed by a big hit of malt sweetness finished by some caramel/toffee sweetness.

M: Full body, minor carbonation. The smallest hit of burn trickles down the throat into the stomach.

O: This is outstanding. Remember this review is based on a beer that is pushing 6-8months old. Huge drinkable, layered barrel aged barley wine. Drink one fresh, save one for later. Trust me, it's worth it.

WesM63, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Derekg, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

palphen, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

cdmillard, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

mattparsons, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Cyclone8, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Tom-Peters, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Valleyview06, Apr 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

AlphaKingKegger, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

GregoryMo, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

profbobo, Apr 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Jd2391, Apr 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Ak555667, Apr 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

JohnK17, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Paonz, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

singingninkasi, Apr 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

mcdonald422, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

rudylaw, Apr 17, 2013
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4.86/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 barrel aged Sucaba

A: deep cola-like appearance
S: port wine, dried fruit, notes of hot alcohol
T: raisin, almost root-beer like. The alcohol isn't nearly as hot as you might expect from a 12.5% bottle
M: a lot of carbonation helps to keep it from being too cloying

O: I have been looking forward to trying this one, and I'm glad I did. It is sweet, but not disappointingly sweet. A great example of American Barley Wine; it kept me coming back for more. Firestone Walker does not disappoint

smerrell, Apr 17, 2013
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,858 ratings.