§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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One of the bottles sent along by deschutes_fan in a great trade. Enjoyed out of a brown 22 oz bomber with no bottling date, but a vintage of "2013" marked clearly on the label along with other beer stats like OG, FG, IBU and more. Poured into a large 20 oz snifter.

Appearance - Pours a murky chestnut brown with a twinge of clay red giving the hue some warmth. Atop the body sits a khaki cream colored frothy head, about a finger thick. The foam dissipates after a few minutes, leaving just spots of film intermittently along the surface of the glass, and a faint ringlet around the edge. Lacing is nonexistent.

Smell - Heavy notes of caramel (of course), but this one goes deeper, with richer, sweeter notes of toffee, brown sugar and molasses. Alongside the sweetness are flavors of coconut, vanilla bean, and dried fruit, like figs and golden raisins. The heat of the barrel is there as well, with faint notes of bourbon and oak tannins. So rich and succulent, I'm almost remiss to begin drinking it. Almost.

Taste - While I loved the aroma, the taste somehow kicks it up a notch. Every flavor that seemed to waft out of the glass is present on the tongue as well. Rich, creme brulee toffee and caramel and coconut, with a heavier influence from the barrel this time around, preventing the wonderfully sweet aroma from becoming cloying or off-putting. Finish has a healthy amount of heat that creates a warming sensation. I also pick up more of the grains in the taste than I did in the aroma. Rustic barley and oats are a subtle compliment to the sweet and estery profiles.

Mouthfeel - Medium-to-full bodied and moderate carbonation. Honestly, I'm surprised/impressed by how dynamic the mouthfeel is from the carbonation. Much more tingling feel than I expected. There is also the warming note in the chest from the alcohol--I guess that would be chestfeel?

Overall, it's yet another BA take on a style that I'm quickly falling in love with. Were it not for the unconventionally unique take on the style that GI released in 2013, this would be the benchmark. Heck, it probably still is, especially as they continue to release it every year when BCBW will likely be a one time thing. I will have to make a point of getting my hands on this as often as I can.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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