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§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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4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 07-06-2013
Freshness: 2013 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Received in a trade

Appearance is a murky, dark brown beer. The head is nicely sized, off-white in color, and shows a good amount of lacing and fair retention.

The smells are big and bold, with an alcohol sweetness like in a holiday cake drenched in whiskey. Aromas include oak woodiness, sweet caramel malts, figs, molasses, spices and tobacco.

The taste follows the nose, with an extremely rich palate of bourbon whiskey and sweet malts. Other flavors remind me of brown sugar, molasses, maple and vanilla. There's an earthy hop character as well, but I don't really taste any bitterness, even though the FW website lists the beer as having 42 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is full in body with a moderate carbonation level. The finish is rich, sweet and malty, with aftertastes of wood and whiskey.

Overall a real gem. A slow sipping beer due to the intensity of flavors and alcohol. My only quibble would be that it may be a touch too sweet. Recommended!

Thanks to my cousin Brian for this one!

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4.25/5  rDev -6%

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4.59/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #500
2013 Vintage poured into a snifter

A- Pours incredibly dark amber colored. Surprisingly clear. A one finger off tan eggshell color. Little retention. Some alcohol legs..

S- A caramel sweet smelling beer. A big breaddy malt profile. A nice oak, and char on the nose. A touch of bourbon and a hint of dark fruit. A sweet and syrupy smell.

T- A nice big bourbon up front. An intense sour mash flavor. Followed up by a nice charred oak character. A lingering woody taste. Bourbon dominates the tongue but you wont hear me complaining. A slight hint of cocoa and chocolate in this one. Maybe a chocolate covered cherry. Some fig and a touch of raisin in this beer. A breaddy sweet malt backbone, a touch of caramel and nice bit of toffee. Some roasted nut perhaps, and earthy flavor. Not what I was expecting but very very good stuff here.

M- Good carbonation, a well balanced beer. I would like a touch more body out of something this size however.

O- An epic beer. Really emphasizes on the bourbon barrels. The beer itself provides a very nice base for the barrel program. Wish I could get this one in my area.

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
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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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,060 ratings
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