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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

4,127 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,127
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 232
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: 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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Extremely high hopes here, the last 48hrs of waiting were ridiculous.

Poured into a sampling snifter...

A little head, pretty dark that dissipated quickly. Pretty dark, almost a soda color. Soda-y fizz. Enticing appearance, but wasn't "beer-y" enough for me to give a very high score.

Strong smell of wood, not astringent at all really. I get some kind of cheery scent also.

Strong wood flavor. Then I get a little wine-y character, followed by a black cherry, chocolate kind of taste. The oak taste brings both charred and fresh character. You know it's strong by tasting, but it presents it very well. A really strong smoke flavor starts to develop, replacing a lot of the fruitiness, chocolate has been gone. Not as strong as a smoked beer, but a lot even for a beer aged this long. It all works well together, which may be the best part (because it is the most important)

This is thick. Full freakin' bodied. Not a fizzy taste (luckily). A little bitter, and a little alcohol feel in the back of the throat.

To say the least, I'm excited to try aging one. Very original beer. A Fun try, one of the better BW's I've had.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,127 ratings.