§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: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle into snifter.

A - Dark reddish brown with a small off white head.

S - Vanilla, cream, bourbon, dark fruit, sweet caramel. Very complex and inviting.

T - An awesome blend of toasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and cherry. Hints of bourbon, molasses and oak. Finishes sweet with a touch of spicy alcohol.

M - Smooth and creamy, full bodied. Crisp, mild carbonation. Warming alcohol heat.

O - This is an excellent, delicious barleywine. Lots of sweetness throughout, but there is a nice balance between flavors. One of the best examples I've had.

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Decided to wait on my beer ticking and make my 300th beer a special one. I think this definitely qualifies. I have been searching for this beer for forever and am so happy I finally get to try it. Thanks to 'whiskey' for the trade hook up.

The aroma on this beer is ridiculous. Reminds me a little of BCBS in how the bourbon is prevalent, but doesn't steal the show. It definitely helps hold the other nuances of dark fruit, chocolate, toffee and caramel up nice and tall. An expert touch.

Flavor is along the same lines. The time spent in the barrels definitely helped smooth this monster out and has made it less cloyingly sweet. Dangerously drinkable for a 12.5% ABV barley wine. Vanilla, oak, dark cherries, caramel and toasty malt all coincide gracefully in the glass with a nice mouthfilling effect on your palate. Long finish leaves you tasting it for minutes and all the while pining for just one more sip.

What an epic 300th review and another personal whale slain.


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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,085 ratings