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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,009 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,009
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,101
Gots: 2,243 | FT: 207
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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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany, pretty clear with nearly no head, a smallish cap of tan foam, no retention or lacing and bits of sediment on the bottom.

Deep caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla and wood. Sweet and dry, nearly no hop character. Wood and booze on the back end that lingers.

I was afraid that this was going to be too sweet but it's very balanced, toffee and grainy malt with subtleties of cocoa, peanut brittle and light caramel. Wood and bourbon contribute lighter notes of vanilla and char. Finishes beautifully and drying with light caramel sweetness, unsalted pop corn and toasted marshmallow.

Medium bodied considering the abv and dries well. Subdued carbonation, warming alcohol. Not sticky at all.

I recall this being a bit green that first time with alcohol being astringent and the malt being stickier. This is a rich treat that is drinking well after 9 months, balanced and complex. A must have for the cellar.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Edition shared with my Bro to celebrate new life!

A: Poured a 1/4 finger off-white head that settled to a thin ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Beer is a cloudy, murky ruby color that closely resembles liquefied caramel. Carbonation appears very fine. Kind of like Grammy’s china.

S: Blew me off the chair. Butterscotch, toffee, caramel, plum, prune, huge coconut, raison, bakers chocolate, FIG NEWTONS. The aroma is explosive. If they made a candle out of this, I would buy three.

T: The ABV asserts itself right away so you know Sucuba is not here to play games. There are multiple layers of flavor, unbelievable. To sum, it is the crispy caramelized edges of your favorite dessert. But wait, there is o so much more. In the first wave of flavor you get the ABV burn along with dark fruit, burnt sugar and sour yeast. The body of the beer is comprised of fermented medjool dates. Then the beer takes a wild turn for the third wave. You taste chocolate, vanilla, and coconut macaroons. One could describe it as toasted meringue.

M: Thick and chewy yet incredibly smooth. Coats your mouth with delicate dark fruits and a smoky char sweetness. Unfortunately, because you are obliterated from the heavenly aroma and complex flavor, mouthfeel is a second thought. At this point all you can hear is screams of "SUCUBA". You look around, but no one is there but you.

O: This beer is the epitome of deep satisfaction and mild arousal. Like a quicksand of layered flavors, it appears docile, but you will be taken down, down, down.

"You may resist at first, but her whispering call beckons you to imbibe"

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a dark red up to the light, with no head.

S: Red wine, vanilla, and a general bourbon character in the nose.

T: Bourbon, vanilla, a touch of red wine, a touch of alcohol, but it pulls it all together. Delicious.

M: Honestly I don't remember, but this beer was nearly perfect. I'm guessing full bodied and smooth.

O: Like I said, nearly perfect. It's comparable to Lost Abbey Angel's Share (bourbon edition) but with better carbonation.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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