§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:
947
Ratings:
5,277
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.92/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2018 Vintage. Pours a murky caramel brown with a thin cream cap that lingers and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is faint bourbon, caramel malts and oak. Flavor follows the nose but is rather weak. Feel is thick. Overall not one of my favorites in the style and something of a disappointment given the price point.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2018 vintage from a 12oz bottle

A - Very deep dark Mahogany colour that almost lends itself to a stout. The head is large bubbled and sttles to a thin creamy head that laces.

S - Very big aromas of caramel, bourbon, vanilla all mixed in.

T - Well the flavour is all at the back end. Up front some mild malty aromas. Mid palate the caramel and vanilla kick in with the warming spice at the very end. This is a very well crafted beer indeed. The taste is not really classic Barley Wine as it lacks the malt, however the bourbon and wood really add some value to this style.

M - Full body and low carbonation which is what you would expect from a beer of this type

O - Not a cheap beer by any means. However this beer really goes to another level with the balanced flavours subduing the sheer grunt of this beer which makes it a masterpiece in its own right.

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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

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,277 ratings