§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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:
#81
Reviews:
893
Ratings:
5,075
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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.

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