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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

4,000 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 4,000
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 1,106
Gots: 2,236 | FT: 208
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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Photo of Weaselbob74
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SP1_FLA
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jofroi
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MystikCelt
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of riotontheroad
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of esktime
4.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sanderson
4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerisUber
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of philbe311
4.06/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 004

A finger's of tightly packed crisp rich velvety light khaki colored head... Limited retention gives way to an ultra inviting full perfectly uniform veil of lacing which ultimately turns a bit splotchy with a small collar... The color is a deep slightly brooding garnet... A light to moderate bit of carbonation rises at a slightly sluggish pace towards the top of the glass... The nose is deep, rich and inviting... Loaded with warm bready malts... Vanilla... Brown sugar... Light oak notes... Fig... Raisins... Sweet plums... Well rounded... Deep and complex... The palate is not nearly as deep nor complex... It is loaded with oak and booze... Both of which slightly overwhelm the barleywine beneath which I'm fairly certain is trying to shine... Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light yet sharply carbonated... A touch of lushness to start before a wave of dryness overcomes and lasts throughout... An astringent booziness rises on the finish... A solid English Barleywine (though if given a blind taste test I would have considered this either an American Barleywine or American Strong Ale)... Given all the praise for this brew, I expected world class but this one falls a bit short... Perhaps more time in the bottle would do this justice and the barrel aging seems to obscure the base brew... As is, the end result is a bit less than the sum of its parts...

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucoli
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerIsntBad
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breadwinner
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BIll_Currie
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jon_Gamer
2.89/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time with the Firestone Sucaba/Abacus 2014.

Looks: very deep amber ruby color with a slight creamy white head the encircles the glass

Smell: Smells of wood and alcohol, the amount of alcohol I smell has me worried I tend to not like Beers that are to heavy on the alcohol.

Taste: Can't get past the amount of bourbon and alcohol. This beer may be a favorite for many but definitely not for me.

Mouth Feel: Gotta say though, I like the mouth feel. very soft and has a nice warming sensation.

If you're looking for a really deep, bourbon like ale than Firestone Sucaba/Abacus would be a strong choice. If you're not a fan of strong alcoholic beverages that taste like bourbon and wood I'd stay away.

Photo of phuntasy
3.5/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First try not my favorite. I would try it again.

Photo of cheah
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of robgage
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wonothesane42
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dailyminefield
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of diamondlie
4.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 4,000 ratings.