§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#122
Reviews:
942
Ratings:
5,252
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
Wants:
1,350
Gots:
2,939
Trade:
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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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Photo of Ben1313
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Dragginballs76
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours brownish ruby color with nice off white head that settles to a rocky cap.

Aroma - Huge caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, plum, vanilla, bourbon, sweet malts and toffee. Wonderful aroma.

Taste - Taste follows nose lots more plum and raisin, vanilla, bourbon, oak, burnt sugar, caramel and toffee.

Feel - Medium bodied but very smooth and creamy feel. Little heat but no sign other than that of the alcohol

Overall - Excellent barleywine, flavors are so well balanced nose is excellent super smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Blackop555
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown. Foamy, medium off-white head that Fades slowly.

Smells vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and dark fruit hints.

Taste brown sugar, dark fruits, brown sugar, vanilla, Bourbon and light citrus peel. Finish is semi-dry with an Oaky and brown sugar linger. Full body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of RollTide7
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of WheelOfTheLaw
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chadlossie
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolvmar
4.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 12oz bottle. 2018 vintage. Purchased in May cellered since then. Pours mahogany brown color with red tones on the edges. One finger tan head that leaves clouds through. Bubblenlacing as well. Really attractive.

Nose: toffee, bourbon, dark fruits. Sweet malts, as if added sugar like turbinado.

Taste: burnt caramel, dark fruit, dark chocolate. Alcohol is present but well balanced. Bourbon with maybe a hint of rum. Could also be coconut coming through. Vanilla/sugar/malt sweetness with slight bitterness on the backend. Complex, balanced, delicious. Not quite a desert beer but definitely on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. Viscous but not a mil shake leaving it an easy drinker. Clean finish.

Overall: a great BBA beer. Absolutely worth seeking out. I have one left that I will cellar for a few years. Can’t wait to try again!

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

Photo of SMITHAND
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeBogert53
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bum4ever
4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of xtonytx
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zknight
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgator3
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. 2014 vintage. Oak, bourbon, a peppery sweetness, and dark fruits make up the aroma. The taste has a lingering sweetness and warm boozy finish. Really solid barleywine!

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

Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emyers
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

Cloudy Amber brown with a half inch creamy off-white head.

Nose: caramelized sugar, bourbon, oak, and dark fruit.

Taste: balanced between caramel, bourbon, and fruit. Finish is smooth bourbon. No alcohol heat.

Feel: medium body, extremely smooth and drinkable for the abv.

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Photo of wshinevar
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivan52
4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,252 ratings