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§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§ucaba§ucaba
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#126
Reviews:
965
Ratings:
5,324
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
Wants:
1,349
Gots:
2,945
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,324 |  Reviews: 965
Photo of brittanylicious
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker's Sucaba is a really delicious Barley Wine. I had the 2019 version and I was blown away. Smooth, tasty, and sweet.

Look: dark brown with a fairly thick soft and fluffy tan head

Aroma: Vanilla, toffee, bourbon

Flavor: Sweet, toffee, caramel, significant vanilla, bourbon, maybe red wine. It is a delicious and complex blend of flavors, and very drinkable. Delicious.

Feel: full body a bit carbonated

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Photo of BrookW
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zbelair
4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eddiefl
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pstam87
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Parmesan
4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a slightly muddy brown color with a few hints of mahogany red, with a very small tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Sweet smell, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, mixes with some booze and vanilla, a bit of roast and toast.

T: Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, brown sugar, notes of the bourbon and booze, with notes of vanilla.

F: Big body, cola like carbonation

O: This is a very good barleywine.

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Photo of SANDSTORM
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of psdonnelly
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2019 bottle, 11.3% abv and a stupid cardboard box thats been taking up my fridge. poured into a tulip a dark brown, only some ruby notes separating it from a black void, with a tan fizzy head that slipped down to a nice ring, lots of little legs and spots. nose is a big blend of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and booze. It's sweet but very subdued. taste follows with a starting brown sugar, caramel and molasses sweetness that slowly turns into bits of vanilla and a booze warmth. full-bodied and nice to drink with a bit of warming lingers for a minute, which is nice to contrast just how subdued everything is here. would like to find another to let sit for a year or two, really glad i decided to clean the fridge.

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

Photo of Viaduck
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2018 edition. Dark mahogany color, puny tan head. Sweet aroma, brown sugar & caramel. Tastes sweet but not excessive. Very nice flavor: brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, barrel flavors with char being almost Smokey & a boozy finish. Medium body with just barely enough carbonation. Overall, it’s delicious!

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

Photo of mmoore9363
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

2011 Abacus. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly hazed mahogany pour with 1 finger of fizzy white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee.. sweet and boozy.

T/F: Sweet and boozy, just like it smells. Brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. Toffee and candi sugar. Modest residual hop flavor, which has largely aged off. Some notes of vanilla underneath. Full bodied and smooth... sticky on the tongue and warming.

O: A big boozy beast of a Barleywine... dangerously drinkable, and this bottle may have been past its prime but held up damned well at 8 years. Would love to snag a newer one for a side-by-side. One to seek out.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2018 bottle
Pours a dark brown with a finger of head that dissipated quickly.
Taste and smell are bourbon, toffee, caramel, some coconut and dark fruits.
Super smooth and creamy.
Excellent barleywine!

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Photo of Heftklammer
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Budlum
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gobuccos
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013. Poured with rich, full head that slowly dissipated. Mild to medium toffee, brown sugar nose with some BA noticeable. Taste is incredibly mellow and well-balanced. Unlike Bigfoot, I don't know if I'd age this any longer - although I am comparing a BA version to a non BA. Mouthfeel is amazing with creamy body. Very good beer but I was hoping for a little bit more edginess in the taste and feel. Not a knock for an amazingly mellow beer. A bit of residual sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of RobinLee
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,324 ratings