§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

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

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2013 vintage. on 10.15.14
Deep ruddy mahogany with a little brown head. Dissipates, but lacing down the sides.

The bourbon barrel steps forward offering itself first. Sweet and boozy dark fruits, vanilla and tobacco.

Taste follows suit: sweet bourbon starts us off, with some oak and vanilla Prunes, leather, raisins... all the things you want and more! Yummm

Super smoothe. Alcohol is incredibly well blended in, as it manifests itself more as a light spice than any sort of heat. Not sure if that's it being a year old or if that's just the masters at FW doing their thing. Mild carbonation doesn't get in the way of the sticky, medium body. Finish 1s sweet initially (thanks Abbey), but has a touch of bitter... closer to the tobacco on the nose than a particularly hoppy note.

I love barleywines. I've never had a bad beer from FW. I thoroughly enjoy BA beers, and bourbon in general. All of this comes together about as you'd expect: this is an amazing beer, and I will continue to pick a couple up each year. I suggest you do the same.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,022 ratings.
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