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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,565 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,565
Reviews: 743
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 981
Gots: 2,058 | FT: 179
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%

04-11-2012 00:31:48 | More by MaseFace
Photo of sleuthdog


4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into tulip glass

A: Sucaba pours with a wonderful frothy light brown (think milk chocolate) head that is average in size (about 1 finger). It's head diminishes without staying around long at all. There is some lacing but does not stick to the glass very long. The color is murky brown to ruby red on the edges and bottom upon holding it up to the light.

S: Maple sweetness, vanilla, toasted oak, tobacco, and lots of bourbon. Wow lots going on here in the aroma. Next I get the dark fruits like raisin, plum and maybe some dark cherry. The sweetness is evident and wonderful. Brown sugar and toffee come to mind next. Lastly I do pick up some tobacco.

T: The taste does not disappoint and follows the nose like I was hoping! I first taste a wonderful combination of bourbon and sweetness that intermingle in perfect harmony together. The dark fruits (plum, raisin, prune and date) take center stage and then the vanilla and oak make their appearence. I must mention the alcohol is very much there and warms and stings the mouth and tongue urging me to take another sip!

M: This is medium on the palate but just right in my opinion. It is alcoholic like I mentioned in the taste but just awesome. Sticky comes to mind as I continue to sip as it does coat my mouth nicely. This allows the flavor to linger for a looong time and I'm lovin every minute of it.

O: King Henry is one of my favorite beers and let me tell you I'll take Sucaba as a decent substitute for the never brewed again King. This has shot to the top of my list of all time favorite sipping beers, but it is so hard to just sip this one.

04-10-2012 01:36:20 | More by sleuthdog
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%

Smell - oak and vanilla, maple, bourbon and a tad of booze

Appearance - dark brown, almost opaque, bottle says dark ruby, but I didn't see any red hues. Thick, 1 finger head in a Sam Adams glass, not too much carbonation

Taste - tons of maple and vanilla, a bit nutty, very similar to smell, some sips had some alcohol in the back of the nose

Mouthfeel - very smooth, full bodied

Overall - loved this beer, their barrels are magical. Only complaint was the boozyness that came through on a couple of sips, it was probably imagined.

04-10-2012 00:59:50 | More by parris
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-09-2012 19:08:30 | More by Dark33
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-09-2012 17:49:47 | More by Listers
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-09-2012 03:42:15 | More by wesley14
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4.35/5  rDev -4%

22oz bomber. Reserve Series No. 002. Pours a dark brownish black color with a small amount of tan head. Aromas of booze, cherries, malts and vanilla. Taste is a nice oaky bourbon up front with vanilla and cherry. Some malts and dark fruits as well. Nice warming alcohol burn. Certainly can taste the 12.5% Abv. Boozey oak finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. The flavors really come to life as it warms. Outstanding barleywine. Glad i got a chance to try it.

04-09-2012 03:08:22 | More by PicoPapa
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-08-2012 21:42:01 | More by jwat
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New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured into a 8 oz tulip glass. Pours a magnificent mahogany with a half inch of white head, with a little lace. Smell is French vanilla, carmel, oak, and bourbon. Taste is tons of vanilla in the start and bourbon and oak finish. Body is medium large, perfect carbonation for the style, not dry, and very drinkable. This is the best barleywine I have had so far. The barrel aging with this company is crazy good. Wow

04-08-2012 20:50:01 | More by SawDog505
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New York

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-08-2012 02:49:05 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of C2H5


4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-07-2012 20:10:49 | More by C2H5
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-07-2012 20:07:55 | More by AlexM
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

2012 Bottle into a FW Proprietors Reserve Series Tulip

A: Dark black with a cherry red hue. Very minimal head and little to no lacing.

S: Lots of bourbon and Vanilla with a hint of Oak.

T: Sweet and Boozy off the bat. The taste though is just sublime. Nice notes of bourbon, vanilla and chocolate. With a little more bourbon for good measure. Pretty boozy.

M: Surprisingly smooth. Packs a punch but in all the right ways.

O: While I could not drink this very often I thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice beer to split with a good friend. Can't wait to try my King Henry now.

04-07-2012 04:01:07 | More by jdhende
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4.05/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured a dark brown, almost black body with minimal lace patches. I pick up figs, barley, roasted malt at first sniff for some reason, a woodiness as well (I guess oak really), some sweet sugary and chocolatey malts as well as a pinch of dark fruit. A plethora of maltiness in as much as this is a thicker, fuller body that borders on syrupy stickiness at times. A bready/woodiness and some roasted malts balance real well with chocolate, careamel, vanilla even a touch of toffee (I think). Can't really say any hop or fruit notes come out, so it's more of just a malt beer so to say. Perhaps the stunner was the 12+ ABV% b/c they really hide it well other than that nice high and dry finish. A little pricey and def a sipper but worth a try by anyone.

04-06-2012 22:29:03 | More by clayrock81
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

04-06-2012 21:51:43 | More by Davit
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Firestone Walker Proprietors Reserve Series snifter

Pours a deep ruby amber with a half-finger off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin foam ring. Aromas of sweet dark fruit especially black cherry, oak, bourbon booziness, and toffee rises from the glass. Bourbon greets the tastebuds joined by a bit of sweet fig, plum, and caramel, finishing with tones of bourbon warmth and oak. Wonderful mouthfeel. Full syrupy body coats the mouth with silky smoothness. One of the top barrel-aged English barleywines available. A "must purchase" annually.

04-06-2012 03:56:37 | More by chanokokoro
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-06-2012 03:10:36 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-06-2012 02:03:06 | More by ShemRahBoo
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

04-05-2012 03:22:12 | More by kevgod
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Pours a dark ruby color with a super thin lacing ring and mild carbonation. During the pour the head was minimal and quickly died down.

S - Bourbon, oak, candied plum and raisins, roasted toffee and caramel. Sweet malt and bourbon forward.

T - The taste is intoxicating (literally). Up front is a hit of sweet roasted malt followed with a wave of dark fruit - raisons, plums, and layers of oak, bourbon, and vanilla. As I dig deeper into the glass, the oak comes through with more strength and the alcohol warmth subsides a little bit. In the beginning, the warming in the throat is very noticeable until things adjust. There's a hint of hop bitterness at the very end of the sip

M - Medium full body, somewhat thick, and leaves a sticky coating on the lips.

O - Nice depth and complexity, sweet and boozy, the next bomber will be shared with a friend, 22 oz of this goodness is too much for one person.

04-05-2012 01:34:37 | More by jzeilinger
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3.73/5  rDev -17.7%

Abacus 2011 served at cellar temp in a HF tulip to ensure it tastes better.

A - Ruby color with an off-white head that moves on to thick lacing. Sticks very well to the glass.

S - Sweet malts, some spice and almost a dark fruit note emerging. Only a slight note of oak in end (I may be imagining it).

T - Sweet malts smoothly transition into the barrel notes. Oak, toffee, then dry oak. The finish has a sweetness to it as well. Some heat comes through far into the finish. Some raisin/plum comes out in the middle. Bits of vanilla can be picked out as well once it gets coated on the tongue. Pretty smooth all around with the exception of the feeling on the throat.

M - Medium body, pretty nice for the style.

O - The aroma doesn't show much, if anything, of the barrel. Instead it provides a lot of malts. The flavor is mellow and nice, but lacks complexity until the finish. The finish is still a little bit hot. If you have some left, drink it.

04-04-2012 23:53:03 | More by claaark13
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

04-04-2012 22:38:39 | More by muchloveforhops3
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4.98/5  rDev +9.9%

This beer blew my mind! It is definitely one of the best beers I've had the pleasure of sharing with a friend.

A: Very deep brown with hints of red. Virtually no head.

S: After my first sniff, I knew this beer was going to be great. I smelled a lot of vanilla and oak up front and the malts came through nicely. There was also a hit of fruit. The kick of bourbon gave my nose a tingle...of excitement.

T: AMAZING! It was "hot", but I really enjoyed that sensation on my first sip when I got the blast of bourbon. It had a sweet, fruity, vanilla flavor with some chocolaty malts. Did I mention bourbon?

M: Smooth...incredibly smooth even without age. Great finish.

O: Hands down the best barley wine I've had. I loved it and I would be surprised if you don't. I have one sleeping in the box, in my basement, taking a long nap until I wake her up in a year or so. I cannot wait to see how she develops.

04-04-2012 00:42:19 | More by C13
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District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +3.8%

A: Poured a dark brown, almost port color.

S: Had a very classic barleywine nose, sweet, malty.

T: Sweet, with a little alcohol warmth. Not overpowering. Nice and balanced.

M: Smooth

Overall one of the best barleywines I've tasted. It's easy for this style to get out of control, but this was a very drinkable beer.

04-03-2012 19:50:17 | More by PopeXXIII
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

04-03-2012 03:29:28 | More by curly31989
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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