§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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§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
Ranking:
#87
Reviews:
936
Ratings:
5,225
pDev:
8.19%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Croppbe
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EamonnB
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattSn
3.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hogbeater18
4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid beer. Im not gonna write paragraph after paragraph, just try it, you wont be disappointed. On point for style.

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Photo of wanderingpints
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of berto714
4.29/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JOldewurtel
4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Juggerr
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dafla67
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of polloenfuego
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna make this quick, so I can get back to this amazing beer...

Look is like a porto,deep ruby tinges and just oh so nice. Thin head that broke leaving a tiny cap.

Smell is caramel malts, more malts, and then some malts for good measure. Fruity with a bit of hop on the end.

Taste is sweet and luscious with those malts making things just sweet enough. Barrel, Dark fruits, molasses and then a wee touch of hops.

Feel is spot on. Towards the heavy end of full, with a nice creamy coating feel. Carbonation is medium and finish is a bit boozy, but that is what I wanted.

Yep. This is everything they say it is. Fine beer. Well done. Need more.

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Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChittyChambers
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of wood, . Fits the style of an English Barleywine. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, sweet malt, hint of wood, hint of liquor, slight syrup, and a hint of hops. Overall, strong malt and alcohol blend, smooth, low complexity.

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Photo of thebeers
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy brown with a fat finger of light tan head. Modest sheets of lacing.

Earthy hop bitterness, caramel malts, brown bread and creamy bourbon with light vanilla and a whiff of alcohol in the nose.

Caramel, toffee and shortbread malts and some light prune up front in the taste; some more vanilla bourbon mid-palate; and a strong hop bitterness throughout, lingering into the aftertaste.

Lightly creamy, sticky feel with strong carbonation.

Definitely very "American." The hops partially obscure any underlying complexity. I'm drinking the 2018, and suspect I would prefer it with a year or two on it.

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Photo of Jkolls
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2016 vintage, 8oz glass. Pours deep and dark with a little reddish hue to it. The smell was oakey with a little bit of dark fruit and some toffee and vanilla. THe taste was caramel, toffee, and a little chocolate at the end. The alcohol really cuts through it all but not in a way that it dominates. The mouthfeel was rich and creamy. Overall this was a outstanding beer. What i liked best is that it was so well balanced. So much going on and with a high ABV it would have been easy for the booze to dominate all the other flavors. But that did not happen. Every flavor seemed to have it's place and play it's part.

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Photo of TheWolf
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I’m all in

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Photo of Eldyr
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great barleywine slightly above Old Ruffian and maybe the best one out there!

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Photo of peterpunk15
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome dark cherry notes and thick pour

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really excited to try this. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Pours out cola in color. Has a thin khaki colored crown that barely completed covering the top of the beer. But as it sits more and more bubbles come, making it dense. Very clear beer. Even with the darkness in color I can see through it to the other side of the glass well.
The smell is beautiful. Oak, barrels, bourbon, vanilla and caramel are all coming through.
The taste is the oak and bourbon with some vanilla tangling in there as well. I was expecting a lot more flavor from this, especially with reading what people say about it being too hot. But this lies in the more balanced brews for me.
The mouthfeel is so good and creamy getting through the dense crown. It has a nice warming sensation to it but I definitely don't think it's too warm.
Overall, this is a really well made and balanced brew but I was expecting a little more. On dimensions, complexity and overall taste.

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Photo of goalie35
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreBonez
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,225 ratings