§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: English 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:
#86
Reviews:
935
Ratings:
5,214
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BeerBeak81
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

L-Pours a dark mahogany....some ruby red......1/2 inch off white head....thick lacing

S-in no order......aromas of......vanilla, barrel, brown sugar, caramel, booze, smoke,

T-just like the nose.......vanilla, barrel, caramel, maple syrup, smoke, malty sweetness,

F-medium to full.........moderate carbonation......boozy sweetness

O-Solid brew

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Photo of Cibsie
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nograinleftbehind
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 version

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Photo of BurtStL6
4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2018 on draft, dark, alcoholic, solid barley wine. Glad I tried it on draft to compare to the bottle I’ll open in a year or so.

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Photo of Virby44
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Badger2121
4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of coconut on the nose. Not too syrupy and a dry finish. Good balance of hops On the backend.

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

Photo of JamesLeung
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Snifter glass. 2018 vintage.

L: Cloudy brown, thin khaki head has little retention.

S: Dark fruit, plum, apricot, fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon.

T: Dark fruit is the main presence here, very rich and tasty, smooth caramel and toffee notes with nice vanilla from the bourbon. Excellent.

F: Medium body, crisp, lingering vanilla.

O: Magnificent.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try one of Firestone Walker's BA brews! I've also got a Parabola. Even more excited for that one, but I love a good Barleywine too.

L: This is beautiful. Not much head, as is expected, but dark ruby is an excellent description of the body color. Transparent, with a rich red glow in direct light. Otherwise, it appears dark brown.

S: Tons of molasses, raisins, prunes, booze, leather, vanilla, chocolate, toffee, tobacco and malt barley. Smells like a real quality barleywine.

T: Taste follows the nose pretty well. Again, sugar is first, but the bitter kicks in quick. Molasses sweetness, raisins, chocolate, butter, toffee, and vanilla, then that molasses bitterness, followed by a charcoal note and a woody dryness that just barely keeps the finish from being too sweet. That said, I still find it to be a little bit much.

F: Very soft and heavy. The bitterness and dryness help keep it drinkable, but the sweetness lasts just a touch too long, so each sip ends in faint gastric discomfort. Not enough to actually bother me, but enough to notice...

O: I can imagine this style done better. But the thing I'm thinking is that it could use more roast character...which would basically make it closer to a Barrel-Aged Stout? Maybe this isn't a great year for Sucaba. Maybe I just don't really love barleywines. I'll have to try some more to find out.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of EamonnB
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSn
3.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hogbeater18
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid beer. Im not gonna write paragraph after paragraph, just try it, you wont be disappointed. On point for style.

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4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of berto714
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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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4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,214 ratings