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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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3,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,625
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 993
Gots: 2,074 | 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%

whartontallboy, Dec 27, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev -12.1%

A - pours a brownish, cloudy copper color without much of a head

S - the nose consists of caramel malts, figs, loads of vanilla, and some bourbon

T - sweet caramel malts up front give way to a lot of vanilla - the vanilla dominates a majority of the palate. There is also some whiskey/bourbon spiciness and heat on the backend.

M - medium bodied with a little bit of carbonation through the body.

D - pretty solid barrel aged barleywine. A lot of the flavors are masked by the vanilla bourbon barrel aging, which is good and bad. Good thing I bought a couple of these for aging as there still was a decent amount of heat. Recommended!

birchstick, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: The appearance of this beer is more similar to an old ale than a barleywine. A dark chocolate brown is a bit transparent in the thinner parts of the glass. A small off-white head struggles to form originally and fades to nothing fairly quickly.

Smell: The aroma simply bursts out of the glass. Tons of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of spice.

Taste: The flavor starts out with a very nice and complex gooey caramel that never gets too intense or cloying. A bit of roasted malt, some spice, and then a smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak presence that carries through the finish. Incredibly smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Although the alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor, the alcohol creates a tingling sensation on my tongue and warms the back of my throat and stomach. The carbonation is pretty much perfect; creamy and moderate. Definitely on the full side of the body spectrum. Slightly sticky.

Overall: This is not one of those beers that has nearly infinite separate components; it is a relatively simple beer that is made impressively well. The bourbon really accentuates the wonderful flavors and adds some complexity itself.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

davidbowers13, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

alano, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

metalgdog, Dec 25, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured on tap at Belmont Station into a Short, wide pilsner glass. Body is a deep red/amber color, topped by a solid finger of creamy, off-white head that sticks around for a while. Aroma of caramel and toffee with some notes of dark fruit and a whiff of citrusy hops.
Palate is big on caramel malt up front, with touches of maple and dark fruit. A big dose of mellow hops help to offset the sweetness, imparting a mild citrusy note, along with some prune and/or cherry notes from the malt base.
Body is rich but still a little thin for such a strong beer. The flavor is carried pretty well, but the super strong brew goes down a little too easy without a robust mouthfeel. Still, this is a thoroughly enjoyable offering, and I highly recommend seeking it out.

ElGordo, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

MrHirschybar, Dec 23, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -4%

2011 Abacus, served in a brandy snifter. From 11/18/2011 notes.

A - Deep red/brown body. Small white head which quickly dissipates to a still body. Legs, but there is minimal lacing or retention.

S - The bourbon and oak are very dominant. The finish is fruity. Caramelized figs and plums and sweet malts.

T - Alcohol is dominant but smooth and not overpowering. Taste is heavy on the bourbon and dark fruits. Medium carbonation and body. Maybe lighter than I would have liked.

O - A very delicious barrel aged barleywine. The only fault I found was that I wished the body was a bit heavier to support the flavors.

2012 §ucaba (the beer formerly known as Abacus), Batch 2. Poured into a tulip glass and reviewed on 09-01-2012.

A - Same as the 2011 but with a longer lasting head.

S - So chewy and toffee heavy. Smell is just very much in the english style with some fantastic barrel notes of bourbon heavy vanilla. Finishes with an alcohol warmth and some caramelized fruits and some spice.

T - Chewy toffee, burnt caramel, vanilla, oak, dark fruits. Still just as tasty as the first batch. Mouth feel is also still a tad on the light size.

O - This beer is very much a booze bomb. Its one of the hottest beers I've ever had, but it works the same that a fine bourbon or scotch works. You just sip and enjoy the deep complexity. Its very english with a strong and chewy toffee aroma and flavor that seems to meld right into strong bourbon barrel notes. This remains to be a top three barleywine for me.

davey101, Dec 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

clegolfski, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jophish17, Dec 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

NFStaproom, Dec 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -11.7%

dannyhipps, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ObeMaltKinobee, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

ncaudle, Dec 19, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev -2.2%

Very dark, opaque mahogany brown colour with a small, smooth and creamy, light tan head. Fair head retention but really as expected for style and alcohol content.

Nutty and richly caramelised malt aroma with some fruit and earthy character. Not as complex as it could be but still very good. The darker, more caramelised malt notes and well developed on both the palate and the nose. Some minerally character comes through on the palate.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Fairly good with just a hint of dryness on the palate.

A really nice English style Barleywine. I don't find it to be the best beer I've ever had but it is certainly solid and deserving of it's status as a great beer.

dgilks, Dec 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

hopburster, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Jakers90, Dec 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -33.8%

rpaul2012, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Romulux, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

StayWhatYouAre2, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

beerhan, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +10.4%

sukwonee, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

jackie7787, Dec 17, 2011
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,625 ratings.