§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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4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

2015 vintage poured in April 2017 from fridge temp to FW tulip. Pours a murky brown with good lacing. Smell is incredible. All caramel candy (Werther's) and barrel. Smells sweet. Taste is out of this world. Has always been my favorite BA barleywine, and it still is. Lots of barrel, malty sweetness, caramel, vanilla. I get a hint of smoke on the back end. A very slight bitterness as well. However, the dominant flavors are sweet caramel and bourbon. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Overall, amazing beer that appears to get better with age.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle.

The beer pours a ruddy ruby red. The murky beer offers no head and only a faint whisper of a mocha colored ring at the edges. The scent is very complex and intriguing. Notes of toffee, prunes, a touch of sherry (pleasantly so), and generally malt driven with a slight touch of alcohol presence. Hints of wood come through with the scent of vanilla and tropical fruit.

The beer has a curious and medium bodied mouthfeel. It begin with a good amount of carbonation, but finishes with a slick almost oily feel. The oily feel is very brief and unfavorable, but I'm really only nitpicking here. Just something I have not experienced before. The taste begins with a warming impression of strong malt flavor that fades to the dark fruit that was strong in the nose consisting of prunes and raisins. Just a hint of vanilla on the finish with a slight reemergence of the alcohol. Very consistent to the English barley wine style with then barrel aging providing layers of complexity. Very good beer and wonderfully done blending and using the various barrels.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,215 ratings