§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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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good Dog Bar, Philadelphia, PA.
8-6-16 - Enjoyed a 2014 bottle in a tulip glass. Aroma is OUTSTANDING! Color is Dark Ruby, as described. Slight caramel head. Flavors are intense for this sipping beer. I have one more 2014 bottle to have in a few months. Awesome.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is big, bold, and has an absolutely lovely finish. Honestly the best barley wine I have had to date (thoughts are its the bourbon influence). The alcohol is extremely well hidden and the nose is mainly comprised of rich fruits including dates, figs, and plums (brown sugar compliments as well). Firestone has again done a fabulous job with their barrel aging program.

A-deep amber with a slight cream colored head that stays consistently throughout drinking the beer.

S-again sweet with rich fruits and brown sugar.

T-the most balanced bourbon barrel aged beer I have experienced. The alcohol is so well hidden its scary.

M-great level of carbonation. No flavor bullys the others into submission.

O-oh man. This is a top notch beer. Worth every penny. Interested to see how aging a bottle will turn out. Cheers from Oak Street Draft House in Denton, Tx!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage.

A - Looks beautiful in the glass. Nice dark brown color with tints of orange and copper. Beautiful, foamy head, thick and tight.

S - Tons of vanilla, caramel, mild pepper. The bourbon is fairly mild but still noticeable after a year of aging.

T - Caramel, mild sweetness, malty backbone. As smooth as a beer can get. Oak flavors still come through.

M - Just the right feel, not too full and not too light. Almost a sticky feel, but nice anyway.

O - While aging this may mellow the alcohol, it also probably mellows the sweetness. Almost like a rare bourbon. Just outstanding.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All my lifetime boners combined still do not add up to the love I have for this beer.

Looks beautiful. Brown and red, with a trace of white head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is tremendous. You get bourbon, vanilla, tons of oak, toffee, that classic english barleywine style smell.

The taste blew my mind. It follows the nose, times 10. There is absolutely nothing lacking in this beer. It is so incredibly well-balanced with the sweet, the booze, and wood, and mouthfeel. Just to die for.

Overall, don't buy this beer. I want them all.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mud, blood, light colored head sticking to the glass in a taunting manner.

Rich and warm, sweet like caramel or toffee. The alcohol slips in and out.

Flavor bomb that follows the nose, and the barrel accents really start to jump out. Once again, the alcohol is deceptive and hides well.

Rich and sticky, like a barley wine should be.

An excellent barleywine, grab it if you see it. A big shout out to my buddy who snatched it up at Hopscotch Bar in Franklin Park, to share with me.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.8% out of 100 with 5,043 ratings
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