§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:
#83
Reviews:
896
Ratings:
5,085
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2018 Vintage.

Pours a burgundy-brown color with a 1/2 finger of head.

The aromas are just thought-worthy. Lots to ponder. Vinous notes, figs, caramel, dark chocolate, banana, grape, slight rum, slight bourbon.

Flavor is reminiscent of a quad actually; has a nice fig, prune, and caramel open - with a nice boozy interlude - tons of barrel, a light echo of oak. This follows with some tinny brown sugar and banana peel, rich hop character, and a finish of hot booze and grape.

Feel is somewhat thin due to the alcohol warmth, but plenty hot, with a hot, boozy finish.

Overall, Sucaba is worth the hype. Personally not as good as 2016 BCBW to me, but an absolutely groundbreaking, fantastic BBA BW nonetheless. Wow.

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

Photo of Harrison8
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a murky burgundy-orange with a hint of transparency around the edge. Head formation is one finger in height and buttery-khaki in color. Head retention is pour with no lacing left behind. Aroma is toffee, molasses, and caramel. Big hits of caramel, toasted, and biscuit malts, with bourbon, and barrel finishing out the aroma. No hints of over powering boozyness or barrel either. Flavor profile is toffee, caramel, and molasses, with caramel, biscuit, nutted, and a hint of earthy malts. Bourbon and barrel show up throughout, but never even border on boozy, just well balanced. Nice sweet characteristics, but exceptionally well balanced. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a smooth, semi-creamy texture. There isn't much to it as far as textures go. Overall, a hearty, well-crafted barleywine. Heavy doses of sweets, but balanced extremely well.

Served in a 12oz snifter of 22oz bottle. 2016 vintage, so aged about 2 years.

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

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

Look is a classic barleywine great color minimal head after pour.
Aroma is Heaven Sent candy like, Carmel ,vanilla ,coconut, chocolate, cherry and some booze.
Taste there's really no way to describe it is truly exceptional in fact I don't even need to talk about the feel either.
Overall this ranks with the best beers I've ever had

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4.01/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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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4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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

Photo of cpsfgd
4.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aleigator
3.92/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sucuba 2016 on 180106

Pours an ember-light brown color with smaller beige head, which abates to a glass coating lacing.

Has an incredibly oaken focus on the nose, with lots of old wood, earthy spices and a warm burn in the nostrils as a harbinger of what the taste will offer. Underneath there is a sweet blend of caramel and toffee, tamed by a surprisingly prominent appearance of more neutral white bread dough and a crackery rusticness. The nose gets completed by a nuance of wild currants and soy sauce, making this very intriguing and complex.

Has a lighter mouthfeel with a velvet mouthfeel, which inherits almost no carbonation at all. The barrel gets tamed a little by this silkness, which makes it unfold on the palate in all its richness even more slowly.

Tastes sweeter than the nose indicated with an initial burst of toffee, which gets warmed up by the spicy oak barrel. Offers lots of toasty spices, entangled into a late herb dryness. While the barrel is quite profound on itself, it gets perfectly integrated by the beers utmost silk, almost still but pleasantly thick mouthfeel, loosing some of its burn. Finishes with a long lasting barrel dryness, which gets well accompanied by the hops.

Doesn‘t taste as complex as the smell indicated, but brings a powerful bourbon flavor to the palate, which stays present from the beginning till the end.

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

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4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of oldn00b
4.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Cracked a 2016 bottle for the snow day. Everything about this one was absolutely on point with the exception of the look. The color was on point, beautiful ruby hue, but the beer looked pretty lifeless otherwise. Fortunately that was the only disappointment.

The nose was full of caramel with the bourbon and oak taking a backseat.

Flavor was more impressive and well rounded - loads of chocolate came through as it warmed, so it was a combination of caramel, vanilla, and chocolate. At about 2 years old, the booze on this was more subdued than I expected. I would not have guessed it was 13%+.

Feel was fantastic as well, none of the abrasive bitterness that some Barleywines can bring. The carbonation level was far greater than the appearance would suggest and the overall feel was warm, well rounded, and drying. I'm glad I finally cracked into this bottle but I'm sad I have no more.

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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

Photo of Daveshek28
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EdFed
4.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaneb818
4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.68/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cellared: 5/3/2013; opened 9/22/2017

Appearance: a beautiful chestnut brown when poured - almost luxurious. Chestnut-ruby highlights when held to light.

Aroma: brown sugar, dates, rum & Coke, or more specifically (rum-barrel, X-mas fruit cake) and a very slight bit of overripe banana. From the aroma, this beer could as much a quad. There is a lot going on here. The alcohol is well hidden, but subtle enough to let your know it packs a punch.

Flavor: cloyingly sweet! This will be hard to finish. This beer's sweetness is on par with Ovila Quad (with plums) or Carolous Blue. Way too sweet.

Mouthfeel: heavy-medium to light-heavy. Appropriate for the style and necessary to support the abv.

Overall: Not good at all. This is so over-the-top sweet, I quit after drinking after 1-2 oz. It would have been a drain pour, but dumping beer to me is akin to throwing away a book, so I re-capped it and gave it to a neighbor. I had this beer side by side with FW's Helldorado, which is light years superior to Sucaba.

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

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4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Jame515
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 5,085 ratings