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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,917 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,917
Reviews: 760
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,049
Gots: 2,131 | FT: 195
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 Murrhey
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of the "Reserve Flight" at the Bruery Provisions for its Firestone Walker tap takeover. Poured in a 2oz taster. Reviewed from notes.

A- Nut brown color, no head which I can ascribe to the ABV. Has nice clarity.

S- Maltiness, booze, caramel and toffee. Warm smell and more pleasing than most Barleywines I have had.

T- Smooth malty flavor with a brandy flavor and nice toffee and toasty notes. Wonderful feel, and something to get drunk off of.

M- Vinous and thin. Dry feel.

O- Great beer.

Photo of bum732
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Bourbon soaked dark fruit, some oak, rich toffee and caramel.

L: Fairly clear, dark brown, no head with little apparent carbonation.

T: Rich caramel and toffee with bourbon soaked oak backbone. Low bitterness yields to loads of bourbon sweetness and maltiness. Rich sweetness for the most part, not much fruitiness.

M: Rich medium-full body, without being cloying. Alcohol slightly noticeable.

Amazing. Not too boozy, sweet. Nice balance of bourbon and malt.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

During a blind taste test had both Abacus and sucaba. The review is of Abacus. I prefer this beer with a bit of age rather than fresh

Look: Pours a dark brown/caramel color with a small tan head and some spotty lace

Smell: Dark fruits oak and some booze

Taste: Much like the nose this one is full of dark fruit lots of raisin and figs and some plum. Mid palate is nice amount of american oak and caramel and toffee. The beer finishes with some nice bourbon

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and low carbonation a bit syrupy and sticky

Overall: I have had this beer several times and decided not to review this one until the blind tasting. I remember enjoying this one much more on draft and before the blind tasting. For me this one finished in the middle of the pack. Still a damn good beer and I will drink this every chance I get.

Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of portia99
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, batch 002 (§ucaba on the label) poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary glass.

A - Pours a deep brown color with strong mahogany tones. Low off white head, thick, foamy collar, light lacing.

S - Bourbon, sugar, caramelized sugar/creme brulee topping, a bit boozy, malty, low grassy hops.

T - Sweet, sugary, caramel, toffee, bourbon. Balanced by a lite bitterness, very smooth.

M - Smooth, sweet, touch of booze, mild carbonation, medium/full body.

O - Very enjoyable barleywine. Very smooth and creamy feeling, well balanced, not too boozy but enough to let you know its there. Definitely one of the better barleywines out there.

Photo of jburchett
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish red mahogany, about a quarter finger of foamy beige head, about average carbonation, slightly translucent but on the dark side.

S- Strong sweet smell of honey, a little bit of wine, molasses, rum, and some mixed fruits. One of the stronger smelling beers I've encountered.

T- A nice strong sweet taste of honey, molasses, rum mixed with a dark wine, and a mixture of dark fruits.

M- Heavy. Nice and creamy and a little bit syrupy. ABV very well hidden.

O- This was a very good Barleywine. I like Barleywines, but they've never been my favorite. Like most Barleywines this beer was a little bit too sweet and syrupy for my liking. That aside, this beer had a great taste and smell. The alcohol was very well hidden and mixed well with the beer. In a lot of barleywines the alcohol has too much of a burning taste that ruins the flavor, this is not the case in abacus. One of the best barleywines I've had, definitely recommended if you are a barleywine fan.

Photo of motorhed
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Shag
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of davesway10
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thydarkprevails
4.73/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a dark ruby brown with a finger length beige head that shrinks to nothing. Average lacing. Aroma is dark fruit. Raisins, figs, plums, and malt. Taste is more of the same. Raisin, plum, toffee, caramel, and slight citrus notes. Mouthfeel is sticky and chewy. Amazing beer, can't wait till i try a cellared one.

Photo of Casterbridge
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.63/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Abacus 2011 vintage

Pours deep maroon with a small off-white head leaving some lacing.

Some sweet burnt toffee in the aroma along with heavy barrel presence. A lot of oak, vanilla and general boozy sweetness.

Heavy toffee and barrel presence in the flavor as well. Some earthy hops peak in, but this one is malty. Still pretty hot even after a year.

Booze is not hidden well. Good body and carbonation though.

Maybe KH has raised my standard for this style, but I thought this was awful. A hot boozy.

Photo of EfilsGod
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zac16125
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650mL bottle poured into a snifter
Reserve Series 2012 No. 002

Big thanks to MarkVegas for sending this one over in a trade

A: Pours an opaque very dark brown with only the slightest light tan colored head, it actually very much resembles a slightly darker coke cola.  When poured out it has a soda like fizziness, which I don't recall ever experiencing in a beer.  Strange. The head that is present dissipates almost immediately and leaves zero lacing.  

S: The bourbon aroma smacks you in the face as soon as you pick this one up. Bourbon, oak, dark fruits (fig and raisin), some booze.  This aroma reminds me of why I love barleywines.  Awesome.

T: Like the nose, the taste starts off with a big bourbon punch, with coffee and cocoa notes on the back end.  I also get oak, black licorice, and roasted malts. The chocolate and coffee presence is bigger than most examples of the style.  Dark fruits try to come out but are masked by the (you guessed it) bourbon presence, although I do get some raisin and a hint of fig .  I've had glasses of bourbon with weaker bourbon profiles than this. There is a decent alcohol presence, but it acts as a balancing agent and is not overwhelming.  This beer didn't come off as hot to me, at all. What a complex palate profile.  Very nice.  

M/D: Warms the body quite impressively, so don't drink this on a hot summers day.  On the full side of medium bodied,  feels thicker than it pours, moderately low carbonation and a very chewy mouth feel.  ABV was present but well restrained.  Drinkable, but certainly a sipper as it took me quite some time to finish this.  Take your time and enjoy (and have a DD handy, as this one went straight to my head).  

O: What can I say, I'm a sucker for barleywines, and I love this one.  If you like the style, go get this, now.  If you don't like the style, or dislike bourbon, it may be  best to stay away cause this is one big,bourbon heavy, barleywine.  Awesome brew.  Again, a big thanks to MarkVegas for talking me into expanding our trade to include this.  

Photo of savagepm
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Etan
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a brandy snifter. 2012 bottle, batch 2.

A: Pours a rich, red-tinged black with a small white head. Minor lacing but surprisingly good retention.

S: Barrel shows up big in the nose. Hot, sweet liquor, vanilla bean, raisins, vinous grape, a bit of oak, figgy bread.

T: Pretty hot fresh, but nice and complex. Fig, milky chocolate, mushy raisin, dark grains, nutmeg, caramel, faint hop leaf, quickly overtaken by oaky vanilla and a spike of solvent alcohol. A bit of a burn in the throat as it goes down. Vanilla and some dark fruits in the finish.

M: Very soft body and carbonation.

O: Very complex and smooth, definitely up there with the best.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of shiningwizard
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Chico1985
4.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to be able to pick up a couple bottles of this recently. Split a bomber earlier this week, reviewed from notes. 2012 bottle, Batch 2.

Pours a dark reddish/brown with a slight haze to it. Small beige head turns to a ring after a bit and stays that way. Fine considering the beer.

Nice scent bringing lot of barley wine and barrel elements with other notes of goodness. Dark fruits come through the most, along with caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, light tobacco and alcohol.

Taste is similar to the scent, pretty great, but really brings on the booziness. Nice balance of dark fruits, roasted malt, caramel, cocoa and bourbon with a light hop presence as well. Great flavors somewhat masked by huge alcohol and big sweetness as well.

Good, slick mouthfeel, well-carbonated leaning towards the higher side, assaulting booze.

Nice but a bit disappointed with how boozy it was, this might fare better with some age on it.

Photo of Whimpers
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SuyoonShin
3.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of NYManc
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,917 ratings.