§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,924 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,924
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,048
Gots: 2,132 | FT: 194
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%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage

Pours deep ruby with a thin brownish head. Smell is huge bourbon, vanilla, caramel with a slight hint of alcohol. Tastes just as the nose let's on with burbon first that smooths out to a very pleasant sweetness almost like a toasted marshmellow. Mouthfeel and carbonation are just about as perfect as I can sk for with a barleywine. Overall very good beer. I have had this beer a few times in the last 6 months and always loved it...I have no idea why this sits around in stores.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.65/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Founders snifter. '12 vintage.

a- I immediately thought of tamarind juice when i poured this and saw the color. had a small head that disappears into a ring around the glass. no real lacing. It looks lively.

s- sweet-smelling. cinnamon, toffee, vanilla, a good deal of bourbon. great smelling beer.

t- wow, i'm very surprised by this. I get lots of a caramel-cinnamon blend, malts, bourbon. this taste-profile is sort of what i expected Southern Tier's Creme Brulee (unfortunately not the case). This is a delicious beer. Vanilla notes are the highlight, and there's some woodiness to it as well. there's also some heat coming but it's not overwhelming whatsoever.

m- not as heavy as I expected, which makes it pretty drinkable at 12%+ abv. Has a low-med carbonation.

o- delicious beer. great stuff from FW.

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4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Abacus bottle, not sure of the vintage probably 2010. Clear mahogany pour with slightly yellowish white foam. Aroma is typical of a good barleywine, lots of rich toasted malt, toffee, caramel, piney hops, a touch of oak, very subtle though, a hint of vanilla. Taste is rich and boozy, sweet, slightly roasty, cherry, some chocolate. Palate is rich, boozy, alcohol definitely present. Nice barleywine, slightly too boozy though.

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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.4/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Time to see how this one stacks up to Parabola...it's a cool, pleasant day for July standards, so why not?

A: Pours a dark ruby color with some hints of sediment hiding in the dark body. The head starts off as a one finger heavy cream color, before fading into an extremely thin ring in no time flat. Not the prettiest beer by any stretch, but it works well enough.

S: Nicely complex - darker fruits, some orange flesh, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, sherry (I saw a little rust on the cap, might be a sign of oxidation), and booze. I have to give points for its interesting aromatic qualities, even if all the notes aren't quite my cup of tea.

T: Strong dark chocolate, coconut, and vanilla notes comprise the flavor on its initial sips. The bourbon barrel qualities are the best part of the experience - which is good, because the barrel infuence kind of overpowers the barleywine itself. Caramel, toffee, tobacco, and dark fruit intermingle with the barrel flavors, with different sips accentuating the barleywine and barrel at different intervals. It's balanced nicely. The finish lacks staying power; a little more in the way of lingering residual sugar would be welcomed here, though some caramel notes can be found on the aftertaste. Overall, it's enjoyable and decently complex - but also pretty damn disappointing.

M: It suffers the same problem as Parabola, it's too thin and overcarbonated. This one seems to warm the orifices with booze a little more than its sister, and the feel lacks the richness and decadence I wanted it to feature. On the plus side, it's easy to drink/sip this one. This one improves as it warms up (both in flavor and mouthfeel), though it becomes boozier, as well. Best course of action? Serve it from the fridge, and let it warm up a bit before drinking, so the oaky tannins help provide a decent lingering dryness before the booze becomes too evidently expressive.

O: Did someone say hype? The barrel flavors imparted into this are fantastic, but the beer itself fell WAY short in comparison. Altogether, it makes this one good, but it sure as hell isn't the end all be all. I'd still bite the $17 bullet again, if only because I want to see how future batches compare.

Comparing Sucaba to Parabola, the latter wins handily, though that might be due to my bias towards imperial stouts talking. Note to self: find out what brand of bourbon barrels FW use, because I'm really liking the general bourbon flavors the two beers impart, more than the base beers, in fact. I still finished the whole bottle in a sitting - that must mean Sucaba did something right for my tastebuds.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  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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3.93/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, Dark brown and a quickly fading head. The smell is chocolate with hints of oak and Alcohol upfront. Taste is chewy, chocolate, vanilla with alcohol, almost too hot. This one was difficult to rate, very complex. I could not figure out this beer but I really enjoyed this as a scotch type sipper. I’ll let the Sucaba bottle age for a year or so and then try it again.

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,924 ratings.