§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§ucaba§ucaba
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Abacus

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.

Added by SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#119
Reviews:
945
Ratings:
5,275
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square, a few days after their 'tap takeover' here.

This beer appears a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with a thin cap of wispy and faintly bubbly off-white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as things slowly progress.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, some of that under the basement stairs mustiness, muddled domestic pome fruit, and faint earthy, leafy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, toffee pudding, baked apples and pears, some estery yeastiness, plain Kentucky barrel notes, molasses, and more understated earthy, herbal, and lit-up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly low-key in its innocuous-seeming frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, but for a subtle booze astringency slowly evolving as things warm up a tad at this particular juncture. It finishes off-dry, the malt pretty much holding all of the lingering cards.

Overall - this comes across as a fairly good representation of the old-school style, nice and malty, with a well-concealed 25-proof wowee sauce quotient. Another stellar big-ass brew from this Cali outfit.

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Photo of doremite
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of izzyismyrott
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeneralBurden
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
4.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a brown head. Head retention is low.

Smell: Very deep malty rich aroma with chocolate and bourbon. There are some toffee notes with oak and dark fruits.

Taste: The malty flavors blend well with the bourbon and some oak. The malt is toffee with a bit of chocolate. There are some tobacco background notes with hints of vanilla. It also has dark fruit elements that are a bit plum like with some dark cherry.

Feel: It has a full body that is not quite chewy. There is strong alcohol warming that borders on hot, but isn't.

Overall, this is quite a strong warming beer with plenty of malty flavors and great background support.

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Photo of chillin
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TylerJ
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jheimbigner
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lsthwy
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of driftlessbeer
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of y2kawakami
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dentist666
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 on tap

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Photo of Reinmogard
3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PeterPGH
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dirtyjerk
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stephenlee
4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of santig0nzalez
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nedster10
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikaveli
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsm45
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vidblain
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle. My review is to be taken with a grain of salt, as I'll admit that judging this beer based on the 2018 release may be misleading as it speaks to older vintages... this may not apply at all.

I was a bit surprised by how malty Sucaba is - and I'd expected a thicker pour with more toffee and caramel notes. It's certainly sweet enough, and fairly rich, but there isn't very much barrel, and (as noted) the trademark characteristics of a barleywine aren't very strongly represented. It's a good beer, but it's not the epic spokesman of the style that I'd been expecting. For my money, I'll take King Henry any day... then again, I haven't had a Sucaba of that vintage. TBD!

Good beer - a bit overhyped though. Curious to see how it ages.

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bmf5581
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

I've been wanting to try this for a long time and it lives up to its reputation, about as good as a strong, English barleywine can be. Nose of vanilla and bourbon, mellow age oak flavor (this is the 2012 in a 22 oz.). Very smooth and sweet. Pricey, but good enough to be worth it (if only as a reminder to put some Arctic Devil away where I won't drink it for 6 years!).

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,275 ratings