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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,747 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,747
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 1,013
Gots: 2,102 | FT: 181
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%

NYManc, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

DanGolfs86, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

atone315, Apr 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

bobv, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

TonyTalon, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

patmcd, Apr 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

MaseFace, Apr 11, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

sleuthdog, Apr 10, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

parris, Apr 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Dark33, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Listers, Apr 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

wesley14, Apr 09, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

PicoPapa, Apr 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

jwat, Apr 08, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

SawDog505, Apr 08, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

bluntedboywonder, Apr 08, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

C2H5, Apr 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

AlexM, Apr 07, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jdhende, Apr 07, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

clayrock81, Apr 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Davit, Apr 06, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

chanokokoro, Apr 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

rab53, Apr 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

ShemRahBoo, Apr 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

kevgod, Apr 05, 2012
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,747 ratings.