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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,629
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 993
Gots: 2,072 | 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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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -23.2%

Tuesdays with Doopie turned into the Beer-In-A-Box showdown. FW Abacus vs. Parabola 002. Let the best boxed beer win!

From a boxed bomber into a snifter.
Brewers Reserve 2011

Note: Drinking an $ucaba no.002 right now and making a few comparison notes as I go. Got a couple of these from SliverX and Stupac. Thanks gents! Scores are still for the 2011 Abacus.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, super fizzy, thinner looking, light bronze colored head with horrible retention. Head quickly fizzes down to a ring only. I think this is fizzier than Coke. Transparent dark ruby body with no carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Fizzy and fizzy. By comparison, the 002 has a more normal head and isn't at all fizzy. Much nicer to look at.

SMELL: Big nose on this one, with lots of barrel. Bourbon, oak, vanilla from the barrel aging, with some caramel and toffee in there from the barelywine. A hint of raisins as well. The barrel is more present but doesn’t dominate the base beer. Good nose. The 002 was slightly more mild but had all the same elements.

TASTE: Still quite hot. Bourbon barrel with oak and vanilla up front, then lots of caramel and toffee sweetness through the middle into the finish. A big dose of alcohol at the finish as well. Bold but relatively dry aftertaste of sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, vanilla, a touch of mik chocolate, and plenty of alcohol linger mildly. Despite the boozy barrel, the base beer still shows through. Nicely done, though a bit too hot for my liking. The 002 followed suit exactly here.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter on the palate than hoped, but creamy enough. Goes down fine with a scratch and burn at the swallow, and finishes somewhat sticky. Plenty of heat lingers. The 002 was perhaps even lighter on the palate here, amazingly enough.

OVERALL: Good thing this one came in a box. An enjoyable beer, and the base beer was still able to play a role in the flavor profile despite the big barrel presence. However, this one is till too hot to be top class in my books, being much hotter than the Parabola 002 we drank immediately afterwards. Moreover, the head on this one was just atrocious, reminding me of Rice Krispies doused in Coke. Noisy and obnoxious stuff. While this was an enjoyable beer I’d drink again if it were convenient, for me, Parabola 002 was the superiorly crafted beer in a box. Thanks again for sharing Doops. Good times! As far as the $ucuba 002 goes, it's a solid brew, but nothing worth going nuts over. I would probably still score it the same, though the scores for look and feel would be reversed. Cheers!

Jeffo, Feb 15, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev -4%

Abacus 2011. Shared with tasting group.

Appearance: Mahogany Brown with no head.

Smell: Straight up boozy.

Taste: Sweet Caramel/Toffee with a good balance smoothness courtesy of barrel aging. Way too easy to mask the 13%

Mouthfeel: This one's a super smooth drinker. Again the alcohol is well hidden for the 13%!

Overall: A very good BA Barleywine. No longer in my Top 5 with newer BA Barleywines like King Henry, BA Naked Evil and MOAS 2011. But still a very solid beer I'd happily come back to enjoy.

TATURBO, Feb 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Buick222, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ezperkins2, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Gtreid, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Heavenisbeer, Feb 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

hoserking, Feb 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Jules11788, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

sliverX, Feb 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

tonyrl26, Feb 12, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

kpattonunc, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Adrianized, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

JVan, Feb 10, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev -1.3%

2011 - abacus (4.5/5)

A: a clear dark brown, with almost zero head just a quick lacing from poor that faded when pouring into a sniffer.

S: a nice sweet bourbon malty goodness, no real hop scent apparent.

T: malty goodness of roast, with a little bourbon profile of vanilla, toffee, a little chocolate.

M: not as warm, as it was last year. a year of age makes this taste less hot. no real bite of carbonation here.

O: pretty damn good, look forward to having another one in 2013 with a '11 and '12.

2012 - Sucaba (4.2/5)

A: again a dark brown that is clear, but this one had some head with a lacing that remained in the sniffer.

S: a more heavier bourbon aroma with lovely malt scents.

T: this one has more hop character then abacus, which is welcomed. Kind of reminds me a bit of the 15th anni blend.

M: a little carbonation tickle in the back of the throat, with a mildly bitter after taste.

O: definitely a nice brew, a tad different from the '11, but i am curious how this one develops.

GrumpyJunglist, Feb 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

CheapBeerBuzz, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

pumptrick, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

BillHilly, Feb 08, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -7.7%

Served on tap (6oz snifter) at Firestone Brewery on Feb-04-2012.

A: Muddy, silty grey and brown. Looks like murky swamp water. Head rings around the glass. Lacing is medium.

S: Sweet roll/bread, raisins, kind of woody. Smokey, malty. Inviting and really enjoyable.

T: Again, sweet bread. Strong, dark fruits. Alcohol is hidden but subtly present. Very flavorful and delicious. Definitely a sipper.

M: Medium carbonation medium body. Warming sensation on the end. Delightful.

O: Overall very tasty and appealing to the nose and palate. Really, quite excellent. Enjoy.

McD0uche, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

nmann08, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

SoCalStout, Feb 07, 2012
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

Marti403, Feb 07, 2012
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,629 ratings.