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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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4,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,211
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 1,173
Gots: 2,456 | FT: 242
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

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)

Matured for 1 year in a blend of Heaven Hill, 4 Roses, and Old Fitzgerald barrels.
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4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer from my favorite brewery. This is my go-to, when I have a few extra bucks to spend, because there is a store that has a ton in stock around me- because most people that go there have no clue what this beer is.

A- Reddish gold, very thin lacing, viscous, sticky on the glass

S- Booze, ripe fruits, vanilla, bourbon, caramel

T- Very boozy forward, has a kick right up front. Huge bourbon flavors, vanilla, sweetness like a honey/caramel combo, fruity finish

M- The booziness is noticable and stays on the palate, leaves a thick, chewy feeling in the mouth, flavor stays with you long after the sip is gone

O- great beer. It is my favorite barley wine

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep crimson with barley a fingers worth of a tan head that dissipated almost immediately. Tons of alcohol legs. lots of lacing around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Bourbon, caramel, toffee, burnt brown sugar, rum soaked fruits, cherry, charred oak, sweet malt, vanilla, fruity esters, plum, fig.

Taste: Huge bourbon and vanilla notes, middle of the mouth fills with caramel and toffee, rum soaked fruit adds depth to the toffee and caramel notes, raspberry. Tip of the tongue has subtle toasted coconut overlaid with bourbon. End of the tongue has a nice tannic dryness that clears the palate from the initial and middle sweetness. Milk chocolate appears at the end as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Viscous and sweet without being cloying.

Overall: A massively complex beer. Huge dark fruit notes covered in bourbon and sweet toffee. Just enough carbonation and tannins to clear the palate and make you want to come back for more. Expertly balanced between huge sweet notes and strong bourbon and heat but it remains extremely smooth even as it warms.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark reddish-brown body. Thin tan head, doesn't last long.

Nose is rich carmelized sugar with a distinct barrel note. I hate to say it, but it's reminiscent of King Henry.

Flavors: carmelized sugar, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, rich, earthy hops. Just a treat for my palate. I absolutely love this stuff! Once again, I have to compare favorably with KH.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating, low carb.

Overall, this is fantastic. This is the first time I've tried it, and I'm glad I bought a few to cellar.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Blind review, via the blind bif round 7. Bottles 4a. & 4b. are bombers that say "share."

4a... Pours a deep, rich ruby color. Very little light gets through. A hard pour yields a few bubbles that retreat to a thin ring which leave a few spots of lacing.(4.5)

It has a pleasant sweet aroma. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, dates, as it warms I get some bourbon. Nice balance, not too sweet, alcohol is prominent yet in check. Dare I say that it is sophisticated? (5.0)

The bourbon carries over well. It has wonderful balance in the flavor department as well. Toffee, & whiskey (cognac) lead the way, vanilla, & caramel finish. (5.0)

Nice thick body, next to no carbonation, a bit sticky. Its body is perfectly paired to its flavors.(5.0)

It goes down easy for such a "big beer.". If I had one beer to drink for the rest of my life; it would be this one!(10.0)

4b. Pours root-beer brown, not much light passes through. 1/8" of tan head retreats quickly to a faint ring. Spots of lacing slide back in to the drink.(4.0)

It has a big, complex aroma. I smell whiskey / bourbon, tobacco, cherries soaked in vodka, caramel... Its not about any one component, it is the overall aroma that make this a winner.(5.0)

Taste like an adult beverage to me! The first sip tells me that there is a common denominator between this and 4a. Less booze, and more fruit, though it is still quite boozy.Tobacco is an added element as well. Its flavors do not seem to be as married, no complaints though...good to the last drop.(4.75)

Full bodied with a hint of carbonation, slightly bitter, warm, dry finish.(4.5)

This is a wonderful beer as well; too bad it had to go up against 4a.(4.75)

Im guessing that these are both English style Barleywines, same brand different vintages.

4a. = 2012 SUCABA.
4b. = 2011 ABACUS.

I was fucking floored with the reveal. Not only due to how buzzed that Buzzard and I were becoming, but also getting to share this great beer with a non b.a. At times I think he enjoyed this more than I did. He was more amazed than me with the depth, and complexity of these two beers. It didnt mater to him if he was drinking 4a, 4b. or AbacussucabA.

Kind of weird, I would have guessed that 4a. had more age than 4b.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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