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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,644
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 999
Gots: 2,075 | FT: 182
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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Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +10.4%

brycevolk, Apr 30, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Yabev15, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jnikkel
5/5  rDev +10.4%

jnikkel, Apr 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

scott2269, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby amber, one finger head

S-Bourbon, oak, wood, toffee and caramel.

T-Oak and bourbon, caramel even some coffee, darker fruits and chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, chewy not much carbonation

O-A top notch barleywine, the barrel aging was a great addition. A great brew.

rlee1390, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

M1A2, Apr 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

joepais, Apr 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ejimhof, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

BethelLight, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

never reviewed this one from the bottle, and never had the 2012 Sucaba version of this beer...so why not kill two birds with one stone? picked up locally and enjoyed from a FW proprietors reserve series snifter.

a - deboxed, unwrapped, and popped the bottle. brew poured a crimson caramel plum with a finger full of cream colored head that exactly matched the color of the beer's label. the coloring was a dark core with shiny tints of maroon along the edge of the glass. deep, dark, ominous...

s - oh joy. smells like heaven. wonderful malty english barleywine with great barrel aged shine. plums, raisins, figs with some light vineous qualities.

t - just as the nose suggests...big dark fruit from the plum and raisin family soaked in oak. the wood brings along some alcoholic heat, but also carries very strong vanilla oak characteristics with a hint of caramel. reminds me more of an anniversary brew than last year's abacus. as it warmed, a lot of chocolate characteristics started to show. interesting and tasty.

m - surprisingly not as heavy as i remembered. the booze is there in full affect, but more white wine like and softer. easy drinker, but the heat is on. very silky. feels fantastic...almost juice like but thinner.

o - overall, a solid offering, but not as wonderful as i remembered, but still an amazing beer. since last year's batch many other big players have emerged in the barrel aged barleywine space and although i'm sure this one still holds a spot in the top 5 or 10, it is not the top spot. granted this is a different year and there will always be variation from year to year. i look forward to trying this side-by-side with last years.

cosmicevan, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of stxSS07
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter. Abacus B1.

A- Pours a syrupy dark brown with a finger of khaki head that recedes to a cap. Leaves a sticky film/legs. Great looking beer.

S- Smelled this upon opening. Rich barrel notes (wood, coconut, vanilla) coupled with bourbon soaked dark fruits - raisin, figs, cherries. Great.

T- Fruit and bourbon forward. Big dark fruits and booze up front followed up by waves of toffee/caramel, toasted coconut, and sugary sweetness. More bourbon and buttery sweetness as it warms.

M- Slick and oily with minimal but adequate carb.

O- A year has definitely changed this brew. Much smoother and more drinkable than fresh with better flavor integration. Much less heat than fresh. Great brew.

stxSS07, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of LaChupacabra
4/5  rDev -11.7%

LaChupacabra, Apr 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DruD, Apr 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Kevlee722, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of oline73
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish amber color with a layer of off white head that goes away completely as the beer sits.

Smell: This is a sweet one with some vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit and caramel notes. There is some warmth that you pick up when you smell it.

Taste: Lots of vanilla from the barrel along with bourbon, raisins, and caramel. The beer is a bit hot, but this is a fresh bottle, so I was expecting as much. Even with the head, it's still a pretty smooth drinker.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly thick body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: Very sweet and smooth. The notes from the barrel are very nice. This is a delicious beer and I would be happy to have another.

oline73, Apr 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

climbeer07, Apr 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

PowDay, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

mhenson42, Apr 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

woodjjacct, Apr 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

jayp82, Apr 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jacob4999, Apr 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Gary79, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of the "Reserve Flight" at the Bruery Provisions for its Firestone Walker tap takeover. Poured in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Nut brown color, no head which I can ascribe to the ABV. Has nice clarity.

S- Maltiness, booze, caramel and toffee. Warm smell and more pleasing than most Barleywines I have had.

T- Smooth malty flavor with a brandy flavor and nice toffee and toasty notes. Wonderful feel, and something to get drunk off of.

M- Vinous and thin. Dry feel.

O- Great beer.

Murrhey, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bourbon soaked dark fruit, some oak, rich toffee and caramel.

L: Fairly clear, dark brown, no head with little apparent carbonation.

T: Rich caramel and toffee with bourbon soaked oak backbone. Low bitterness yields to loads of bourbon sweetness and maltiness. Rich sweetness for the most part, not much fruitiness.

M: Rich medium-full body, without being cloying. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Amazing. Not too boozy, sweet. Nice balance of bourbon and malt.

bum732, Apr 23, 2012
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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