§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
99
world-class
5,027 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
§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
Ratings:
5,027
Reviews:
884
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
Wants:
1,346
Gots:
2,898
For Trade:
270
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 5,027 |  Reviews: 884
Photo of Oakhtar
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of berkshire413
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of 1up
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ford0626
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Birdlegs
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Soccken
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of WiserBud
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DavidHume
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of dannyhead
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of smutty33
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TahoeTweezed
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of McNazz
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Btip1969
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Bartos
5/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of SourAddict
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ArdyExfor
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 2,267 characters

Photo of patrick802
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of jayluf
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Tafyob41
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,027 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston 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.