§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 3,932
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 2,135 | FT: 194
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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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012 vintage, bomber into pint glass.

A: somewhat agressive pour gets NO HEAD, not even a cap. Beautiful claret red, looks like pinot noir. Fuckin sexy. (added later) As I poured the last 8oz into my glass everything had warmed up a bit. Another rather agressive pour gets 3 fingers of frothy almond colored head that fell to a 1/4in thick cap. No lacing but this leaves legs like a red wine too.

S: caramel notes, vanilla, delicious barleywine smells!

T: follows nose, caramel and vanilla, big malty backbone and a lots of alcohol.

M: thick and smooth. A little fizz makes it go down really nice.

O: despite being less than a year old this is fantastic. No regets on spending $14 on this. Was so overcome by the selection at the bottle shop so I had to s
ask for a reccomendation on an imperial stout or barleywine. The guy said this was one of his faves, glad I listened.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Bottle (Batch 002)

Pours a crisp clear ruby copper with a thin, 1/2 finger, off white head Really a nice color with great clarity.

Heavy on the bourbon with some sweet, tangy undertones, but definitely dominated by the barrel aging.

Wow, first time having this beer and I am impressed. I will certainly be grabbing more in the future. Very pleased with the sweetness that has been well balanced with the barrel. Hints of vanilla, cherry, sweet caramel. Fantastic!

Nice medium to heavily bodied beer with moderate carbonation, flavors linger on the tongue. I would have given it a 5 with a little less carbonation.

Man I am pleased with this beer. I didn't expect this to stand up to the Sebago BBBW that I had a week ago, but it certainly has. I have been quite impressed by FW yet again and this has turned be back into a barleywine fan again

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz boxed bottle poured into a snifter.
12.5% ABV, 27°P O.G., 42 IBUs, 3000 Cases, 4.7°P F.G., 36 SRM, 2012, No. 002, Bottled on: [Missing].

Major thanks to Thorpe429 for this beer!

A - Strong alcohol keeps the light khaki head from sticking around long but it leaves light clingy lace on the glass. Deep chestnut mahogany brown in color, §ucaba pours very clear.

S - Deep, rich maltiness floods the aroma with sweet caramel cube, milk chocolate, and toasted bread. Very mellow, smooth, but warm alcohol blends with complex undertones of dark fruit esters; raisin and fig. Earthy hops provide a nice balance through the finish.

T - Malt heavy, the sweet caramel blends perfectly with the chocolate flavor for a mouth-watering treat! Fruit esters remain in play as the soothing alcohol finishes out.

M - Soft as velvet, this smooth-drinking barleywine has an exceptional feel that is malt-heavy but still balanced and finishes with a warming, mellow alcohol presence that seems faint for how strong it really is.

O - Deep, complex, and balanced superbly, this barleywine showcases the wonderful malt and warm alcohol attributes without ever pushing the limits. §ucaba is world-class.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,932 ratings.