§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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2013 edition

The beer pours some off-white head that dissipates very quickly but still leaves a ring around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is an opaque dark plum color. The beer has notes of very dark purple with black that strongly resemble plum. The smell is fairly complex with chocolate and caramel notes. Dark fruit smell that resembles plums with a bit of oak and a very concealed note of alcohol with a bit of barely smell. The strong notes are definitely the dark fruits. The taste is similar to the smell. Caramel and plum notes dominate the taste. The alcohol and oak make an appearance and compliment the stronger notes very well and end up creating a nice caramel taste in some places. Notes of vanilla from the barrel also appear. The beer is heavy bodied but very smooth to the point where it feels silky. Overall, a fantastic barleywine and one that I'll go looking for each year.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Dull, dark red in color. Looks nice but isn't amazing. Not like it matters that much though because this is one beast of an ale.

S: Wow. Chocolate, plums, figs, oak, some alcohol.

T: This thing tastes incredible. A lot of plums and figs with some chocolate, coconut and oak. The alcohol is covered up so unbelievably well, it's almost dangerous. Keep in mind the 2014 is 13.5%, not 12.5%.

M: Medium mouthfeel with pretty low carbonation. There is absolutely no sting or bite from the alcohol whatsoever.

O: I had my doubts that this beer would live up to the hype, but it definitely did and then some. If it weren't for the price and availability I would be drinking this every day.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,028 ratings.
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