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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,932 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 3,932
Reviews: 761
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 2,135 | 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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Photo of TangTKE402
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured form a 22oz. bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass. Pours deep, dark brown, almost black, with a chocolate mousse, 2-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. No noticeable lacing. This one only lets a small amount of light through, and is truly dark.

S: Right as you crack the bottle cap, it's hard not to smell the aromas wafting out of this bottle. Potent aromas of licorice, prunes, vanilla bean, molasses, and leather abound in this complex, deeply aromatic brew.

T: Strong and hardy up-front with big toasted English malts; smooth and warm over the tongue with some molasses, and finishing sweet and dry at the same time with some powdered chocolate notes. Big flavor without any one overpowering characteristic, I get lots of molasses, licorice, roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit juices, alcohol esters cut with a nice vanilla coating, and a touch of espresso on the aftertaste.

M: Many English Barleywines I find too syrupy in their feel, but this one has a beautiful balance of being silky, without being slimy. Smooth and robust in your mouth, and definitely with the feel of a sipping beer, but not uncomfortable. A good balance overall, maybe the best "feeling" barleywine I've had...

O: A special treat beer that befits its limited release status. This thing is well worth whatever you've saved it for. It's complex, but drinkable, and has some truly beautiful flavors that occur in perfect harmony. As it warms, it just gets more mellow and tasty. This one is the real deal.

Photo of Mag00n
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ajramirez1
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass. Excellent appearance for a barleywine, just crisp clean copper look. Smell is strong but pleasant. Initial chilled taste is quite pleasing, excellent taste for a barleywine at 12.5%. just got better and better with warmth (as it should). Beer is just incredible, straight $$$. One of the best beers I ever had, which is roughly 1000 beers deep. Best barley to date which is only 24-30 barleywines...best FW beer
A-

Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 version--poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: caramel brown in color, clear, 1/4 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: oak, vanilla, and toffee

Taste: oak, vanilla, slight citrus hops, big caramel and toffee with big alcohol burn at the end

Mouthfeel: very sweet with slight bitterness in the back and alcohol burn at the end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: I loved this one and am curious to see this one aged. This really lives up to the hype. I love the oakiness here and the sweetness is not overpowering. A nice malty treat and one of the best beers I have had in a while.

Photo of nknauz
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of VonZipper
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of bhir
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of brystmar
3.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottle labeled "Sucaba".

Boring appearance, minimal head, poor retention. Kinda fits the style, though some of its peers definitely excel in this category.

Malts, dark fruit, and booze in the nose. Some oak notes to supplement, but nothing remarkable.

Plenty of malt and fruits, also plenty of booze. Lots of barrel character from a spirit I cannot finger. Bourbon, oak, and something else. Regardless, the beer itself is an above-average English barleywine but nothing to write home about.

I've had Abacus (and now Sucaba) a number of times each, and I never understand why these receive so much praise. There are MANY superior barleywines out there; don't waste your liver capacity on this one.

Photo of scubahood
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of uustal
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very deep mahogany brown with a one finger, tan head. Goes quickly. Aroma of dark fruits and cherries predominately. Also a bit of vanilla and booze. Absolutely delicious flavor. Awesome amounts of dark fruits, figs and great cherry kicks. Moves flawlessly into smooth caramel, mocha and vanilla notes. Bourbon and molasses too. Really great flavor, showcases nearly all the wonderful aspects of a barleywine flavor profile while integrating them seamlessly. The alcohol flavor is hidden and this beer does not need any aging. Smooth, sweet and delicious. Top notch for the style.

Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: No head tops this ruby-deep ruddy beer. Barely translucent and gorgeous.

S: Big and malty. Fruit. Wine? I'm actually not that impressed.

T: Cognac and huge fruit. Boozy grapes and a malty-strong backbone makes this an incredibly impressive brew. Bourbon-y vanilla and molasses...the bourbon influence is increasingly obvious as the beer warms. Obviously strong, but no less good for that.

M: Smooth and dull/matte.

O: A damn fine beer, but a bit boozy for me. Not one-dimensional, but...monochromatic. What it does, it does very well. Recommended, but probably not worth the money.

Notes
Reserved Series No. 002
OG: 27p
FG: 4.7p
IBU: 42
Yeast: British Ale
SRM: 36
Cases: 3000

Photo of jegross2
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of olympicgatorade
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Zeller12
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bigaltemple
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful mahogany brew. Small, tan head appears for only a moment. Leaves sort of a thin film.

S - Yes! Makes me want to dive right in. Tons of sweet vanilla and plums. Some oak, and a good sense of alcohol.

T/M - Follows the nose really well. Vanilla, slight coconut, and raisins plump with booze. Hints at some brown sugar notes. Medium to full-bodied. Low carbonation. Definite sipper, or split with a buddy or two.

O - So glad Colorado finally gets FW. Can't wait to revisit this on a cold winter evening. Will definitely get more next time.

Photo of Canesfan22
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Yabev15
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jnikkel
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of scott2269
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear deep ruby amber, one finger head

S-Bourbon, oak, wood, toffee and caramel.

T-Oak and bourbon, caramel even some coffee, darker fruits and chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, chewy not much carbonation

O-A top notch barleywine, the barrel aging was a great addition. A great brew.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.4%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,932 ratings.