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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,456 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,456
Reviews: 739
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%
Wants: 966
Gots: 2,015 | 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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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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California

5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-29-2011 21:08:30 | More by ksherry112
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paulozanello

Brazil

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color almost black, with red and violet hues.
Almost no head, just a faint ring of foam around the surface. Retention is low to almost none. Very viscous looking.

Aroma is extremely complex and powerful with vanilla, oak, whisky, malt and alcohol.

Taste is malty with caramel, molasses and nuts. Loads of oak aged notes soon follow with vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark malts. Finish is smooth and lasting.

Body is very heavy and licorous with a medium level of carbonation and an amazingly smooth mouthfeel. Warming sensation follows.

Top notch oak aged barleywine from FW. Very balanced, great flavor and an even better mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 04:12:52 | More by paulozanello
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Kansas

5/5  rDev +10.1%

11-29-2011 00:13:26 | More by kansascitytrader
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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Indiana

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby, light brown creamy head, hard pour in SA perfect pint glass leaves little lasting head. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Strong bourbon, oak, alcohol. Faint bit of vanilla and toffee/caramel. Very nice.

Taste: Bourbon, malty, and generally sweet. There's a lot going on here, but it's very well mingled together - kind of a situation where picking out the individual flavors doesn't do justice to the sum of the parts.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, kind of high on the carb.

Drinkability: It is what it is - a boozy alcohol bomb of a thick syrupy style of beer. Split your bomber with a friend - one glass is plenty.

Overall: This is an excellent beer. But, following up a Pelican MoaS, it really fell short of that bar. That speaks more to the MoaS than it does to the Abacus though. A touch on the boozy side for my liking, and we're about 7 months old at this point. I also had a bottle fresh and don't notice a discernible difference to my memory.

Serving type: bottle

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Illinois

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Texas

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Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +10.1%

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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Tulip glass, Thanksgiving 2011.

A: Pours dark coffee brown with an amber tint around the ring of the glass. Some faint swirls on the surface, with a ring of largish sand colored bubbles. No lacing. Retention is good for what it is.

S: Wow, up front is bourbon, rich toasted oak and toffee, and vanilla. Underneath, dark chocolate, cherries, and some dried dark fruit. Candied orange. Sweetish. A little alcohol and tobacco come through at it warms. Gorgeous.

T: Caramel malt, pretty mellow bourbon, dark chocolate, bright but subtle orange, fig, long finish with some nice vanilla. Slightly sweet. Alcohol is noticeable and could be a little more hidden.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation, a little high for the style. Warms the body, making it superb for cool weather.

O: Decadent and delicious with a phenomenal, complex aroma. If the flavors had melded together a little more on the palate (like I remember the tap version having done), this would have been 5's across the board. In any case, this is an awesome English-style barleywine.
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2012 vintage (enjoyed June 2014): Some of the flavors have mellowed/receded, esp. the richness that you get fresh. Consequently, the sweetness comes out a bit more, but the booze has mellowed as well. This is still delicious and even more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 05:02:22 | More by pmarlowe
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,456 ratings.