§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
5,075 Ratings

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

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,075 |  Reviews: 893
Photo of TheBeerDad
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of EROCK75
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of illy0sis
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Can-In-Hand
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of PappyVans
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of jstout26
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of ZachKelly
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of rand
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From 22 oz bomber to snifter.

A: An almost perfect mahogany in color; the viscous, weighty brew forms almost no head on a moderate pour.

S: Caramelly, boozy bouquet. The aromas are anchored by the huge malt-backbone, with notes of oak and vanilla and anise adding complexity and layers. There's a hint of bubblegum at the edge of the bouquet.

T: Even more layered than the nose, the flavors slowly unravel in distinct components. The front is vanilla-sweet, with notes of licorice and bubblegum. Oaky, toasty in the middle, with drying spice notes, paprika and pepper. The finish is boozy, a little phenolic, and long, with sticky residuals between sips.

M: Actually, not quite as chewy as expected, but no question a full-bodied beer. Light carbonation amplifies the viscous complexion.

Some time ago I would have put barleywines at the bottom of my go-to list. I find beers like Bigfoot and Old Guardian somewhat of a chore to drink. Barrel-aging completely changed my opinion, and I look forward to Firestone's annual release of this incredible brew.

 1,064 characters

Photo of spham
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of mrhartounian
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kwkurdziel
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Moheban
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of TheSleepyMonkey
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Graffy
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of juhl31
4.25/5  rDev -6%

Photo of zerocrane
4/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of Dirt
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of MattGrimley
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had been looking for this beer for some time and was very happy to finally get ahold of a bottle. It lives up to the expectations. This is a lovely beer. The barrel effect is flavourful and adds a great deal, but does not overpower the base beer, which is terrific. Caramel, bread, bourbon, oak, vanilla and light fruits/berries. The flavour is big, but not the overpowering intensity that I expected - this is a good thing. It is remarkable how drinkable this beer is given its potency. First rate stuff - now I just have to try and find more. A lot more.

 558 characters

Photo of bcp5296d
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Quafftastic
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.25/5  rDev -6%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,075 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.