§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 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Firestone Walker Sucaba:

Appearance: Nice amber dark brown, lovely. Little head, but I poured gently out of reverence.

Smell: Absolutely wonderful. Raisin, plum cherry on chocolate. Brown sugar, and just a hint of alcohol on the back end. This is a very fragrant beer.

Taste&Mouthfeel:Wow this is like a liquid burnt caramel and brown sugar filled chocolate from Sees Candy! The liquid is thick, rich, full in body and mouth coating. Every crevice on my tongue screams with taste. Low carbonation, as there should be, is just enough. This is like a dark fruit molasses syrup and just tiny hints of chocolate nips. Not too sweet though, the alcohol from the strength of the beer greatly curbs any residual sugars that overwhelm the tongue. It's layered and complex, with great power in the mouth.

Overall: This could be poured over ice cream as a high end dessert it's so delicious! Probably one of the best beers I've even had. For me it's a little heavy, so not an every evening type of beer, but I feel very lucky I tried it, and cannot wait for the second one to age a few years. With the depth of what I tasted today, that will be one special bottle!

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

This is the ultimate barley wine...Oh my God!!!
This is far and away one of the best beers the world has seen - yes better than Westvleteren 12.
Get one of these - if you can - and impress your friends with a taste or two.
It pours a dark brown with a thin white head.
The smell is out of this world Carmel, Vanilla, Bourbon, and holy moly awesomeness.
Mouth feel is full, rich and thick.
Taste is incredible - like it smells but far more complex. I could drink this everyday and be happy...very happy - but drunk, and needing a liver transplant in short order as it is 13,5% alcohol content...but you'd never know it as it is well hidden.
One bottle of this to yourself and you have thoroughly enjoyed every second of it, you have a healthy buzz and you won't be up pissing 5 times that night like you would have been if you drank a case of Corona or Bud.
This is a beer for the ages.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Extremely highly recommended!

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark cherry with an off white head. Lots of great bourbon in the nose, some vanilla, dark fruits, caramel. Flavor follows suit. Fuller mouthfeel. Overall, not a barleywine fan from my limited experience but quite enjoyed this one a lot. Not sure I care to bother with more barleywines, but would definitely drink this one again.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 vintage. Bought two bottles. One to devour now and one to age until I acquire next year's vintage. Very familiar and a huge fan of FW, however, first time trying §ucaba. I've heard great things. Let's hope it lives up to the hype for $18.99/22oz.

A: Dark red, cherry like appearance. Slight lacing around the glass. It has the color of cherry coke syrup, just obviously not as thick. Look's like Bigfoot on crack.

S: Bourbon dominates in the beginning, followed by caramel, cinammon, fig, dark cherries, vanilla and some unidentifiable dark fruits.

T: Very bitter upfront with a slight malt flavor, then just explodes with everything the nose promises. A bit of toffee in there too that lingers nice on the palate.

M: Heavy. Good amount of carbonation. Bitterness is present throughout the entire sip and beyond.

O: By far the best Barrel-aged Barleywine I've ever had. Exceeded expectations. Cannot wait to try that other bottle next year to see how it has aged. Well forth the price.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.8% out of 100 with 5,045 ratings
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