§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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Photo of thebigredone
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**Score based on edited review

2011 Vintage

Been waiting awhile to open this, in retrospect looks like I should have opened it sooner.

Pours an orangish brown in the glass with a decent off-white head.

Smell is pretty decent, some sweet caramel malts, a touch of bourbon. Not overly enticing though.

Taste is not quite right. Some sweetness, some oak, almost no bourbon. A weird bit of heat on the back end.

Mouthfeel is meh.

Overall, this tastes old. Did not age well in my basement. Oh well, I'll have to look for a fresher version of this to really give it a fair shake.

**Edit - Finally got to try a fresh bottle to see how this should taste. The short answer is: much better. Nice bourbon flavor, good sweetness from the malt. Fairly smooth, just a touch of heat. My only complaint is that this gets a bit one-dimensional about halfway through the bomber. A very nice BBBW, well done FW.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great Barleywine. Firestone knocked this beer out of the park. Cellars well. Hold on to this one for a few years to really get the most out of it. Rich and Malty beer with great balance. English yeast adds complexity to this beer that American Barleywines can lack.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,021 ratings.
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