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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,452 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,452
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.17%
Wants: 965
Gots: 2,012 | FT: 177
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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Romulux

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-18-2011 15:51:45 | More by Romulux
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StayWhatYouAre2

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-18-2011 14:27:16 | More by StayWhatYouAre2
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Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-18-2011 02:42:33 | More by beerhan
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sukwonee

Washington

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-17-2011 20:35:31 | More by sukwonee
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jackie7787

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-17-2011 20:17:59 | More by jackie7787
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tclapper

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-17-2011 19:28:53 | More by tclapper
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emerge077

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2011 edition.

Poured into a tulip glass, served at 52º cellar temperature.
Frothy spotty lace around the edges, sturdy collar of foam and a wispy broken skim across the surface after a few minutes. Glinting highlights of saturated crimson where the light gets through.

Aromas of English toffee with crushed almonds, maple syrup and freshly toasted creme brulee. Traces of oak and sweet vanilla. Spec-fucking-tacular.

Flavors of toffee, toasted almonds, syrupy maple, caramel, almond toffee. Light woody bitterness on the back end. Chewy, fudgy, decadent... smooth and luxurious. This is some serious stuff to get lost in. Full bodied and packing a punch, the alcohol heat is well integrated but still lurking in the periphery. A frostbitten winter beast that's a real treat to sit with and sip over an hour or two.

Far from "fallen off" this is as good as it was 8 months ago when I had it last.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:29:29 | More by emerge077
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pmlondrigan

New York

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

Awesome and amazing. Deep earth brownish red, almost garnet. Tiny, tiny carb bubbles rise to the top. Loose carbonation makes an apperance but eventually retreats leaving the surface unblemished. Sweet bourbon, rich burnt caramel, crystal malts and toasted oak assault your nose in a great way. Just a great woody, malty bourbon bomb. As expected the taste is in lock step with the nose. Wood (oak), sweet malty caramel, brown sugar bourbon, hit of vanilla, tasting a touch of booze, good times. Pretty full bodied and lightly syrupy. Slightly sweet at the end. Great. So, so, sad I don't have any more of these gems to see how they are in a year or so.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 02:47:32 | More by pmlondrigan
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Harvey98

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-16-2011 23:02:22 | More by Harvey98
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emdawg

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-16-2011 18:06:51 | More by emdawg
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TurboQuattro

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-16-2011 02:07:49 | More by TurboQuattro
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timc13

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-16-2011 01:51:37 | More by timc13
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BeachRez

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-15-2011 20:47:46 | More by BeachRez
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

12-15-2011 18:11:30 | More by IrishColonial
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-14-2011 18:22:33 | More by photomike
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CelticAleMan

California

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-14-2011 07:32:23 | More by CelticAleMan
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PhineasGage

Iowa

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-14-2011 05:04:14 | More by PhineasGage
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

12-13-2011 20:20:05 | More by DeutschesBier
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-13-2011 07:16:12 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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jodan

California

4/5  rDev -11.7%

12-13-2011 02:52:44 | More by jodan
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keanex

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle of Abacus, not Sucaba, into a tulip glass and split with a friend.

A: Poured a deep brown, almost completely opaque with light only showing through around the edges. Quickly dissipating tan head.

S: Reminds me of a port wine, very fruity, dark fruits. Chocolate, roasted malts, oak and raison.

T: Grainy alcohol at the end, really sweet but mellow with caramel. Fruity raison notes throughout.

M: Thick syrupy like caramel with a lively fizzy carbonation.

O: I enjoyed this, but it was very sweet. It is incredibly complex, but unfortunately it doesn't live up to the hype I heard about it. I would love to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 17:59:16 | More by keanex
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penginpunk

California

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-12-2011 08:58:22 | More by penginpunk
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Pahn

New York

4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle split 2 ways into tulips. 2011 Abacus, generously traded to me by BA cadaugherty (not via ISO, but in response to me randomly mentioning that I missed Abacus this year in a Beer Talk thread). Thanks!

Appearance: Careful pour yields a one fourth inch offwhite head that dissipates immediately. Pours a semi translucent dark red brown. No lacing, very leggy.

Smell: Vanilla and coconut bourbon and oak. Malt and sugary fruit. Welcoming bourbon barrel aromas. Like the flavor, it's a large, sublimely well-integrated set of notes. Not bold, not particularly potent, but beautiful and enhances the flavor.

Taste: Bourbon and oak, spicy, vanilla, that "almost coconut" of strongly American oak influenced beer, with a hot finish. Slight roasted flavors, some mild dark fruit (raisin, date) and apple. Less distinct notes and more deep complexity that's superbly balanced.

Really, balance and oak aging are the stars here. Heat is there in the flavor (13% = not kidding around), but it only helps. It's amazing to have so much flavor without giving an impression of boldness... It's not subtle either, but nothing hits you over the head. Just tons of perfectly married flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Good attenuation (just a little dry, and not sugary). Not as outstanding as the flavor, but well done enough.

Overall: This is my kind of beer. Lots of great barleywine (I would guess the base beer is delicious on its own) and oak bourbon barrel flavors. Hope I don't miss the 2012 version in February.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 01:19:08 | More by Pahn
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twelveinches

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

12-11-2011 06:57:28 | More by twelveinches
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Scoot1969

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.4%

12-11-2011 00:31:20 | More by Scoot1969
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,452 ratings.