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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,132
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,152
Gots: 2,368 | FT: 232
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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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A - Murky dark brown w/ light highlights on the edges. Light tan head, very minimal that fades to nothing.

S - Nice bourbon aromas. Coconut, vanilla, brown sugar. Very niiiice! (Borat)

T - Has really mellowed out from what I remember the fresh version to be. Coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, some dates, figs. Dries enough on the finish to really balance it out.

M - Like all the strong Firestone beers (to me), mouthfeel is a little thin for these big beers. Carbonation is a little low, but I kind of like it with these intense bourbon barrel beers (ala flat Angel's Share)

O - Great beer. Bourbon character and smoothness are spot on. Only detraction is the thin mouthfeel.

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Just opened an aged 2012 Sucaba, already did a review and gave it a 4.25 overall.

Poured this refrigerated treat into a central waters snifter, and it at first , after a swirl, gave off a Bruery-big alcohol smell, then after a second swirl with a more in-depth inquiry into the aroma , I still get a big alcohol sniff, then you canick out the caramel-toffee sweetness that will come out in your taste buds after a nice mouth-swirl and chew.

As this warms up you lose the heavier alcohol, and get the sweet, toffee, caramel candy smell, a real treat to enjoy through your sniffer.

Yeah, the taste is sweet toffee, caramel, some would probably say the dark , sweet fruit taste, too.

Glad I still have a couple of these to age further, just a real treat to sit down and enjoy, while pondering the world of craft beers.

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4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2012 bottle

Appearance: pours a dark crimson, with a 1/4 finger of off-white head that quickly leaves. There's a bunch of stuff floating around in here, not quite as bad as if you poured a Heady into a glass, but this definitely looks unfiltered.

Smell: Barrel notes with dates, figs, caramel, hops, vanilla and some toffee. Delicious.

Taste: Dark fruit sweetness hits right up front then subsides as the barrel character creeps in over it. After the barrel's part in the profile reaches its plateau, it fades out and gives way to booze, paired with some spiciness at the end. After the drink is done, you still have that dark fruit and slight caramel lingering on the palate, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Very nice combo of carbonation and velvety body that is just right. This is extremely drinkable for the abv.

Overall: Definitely a unique Barleywine that I'm glad I could try. Be forewarned that it's indeed boozy and probably doesn't hide it as well as some others in its class. This is last year's bottle, so I'll definitely seek out a fresh one in a few months to compare. This company has yet to let me down and are one of the best out there.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,132 ratings.