§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: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, 2013 bottling. Split into tulips with my brother -

A: Chill-hazed body clears as it warms, leaving behind a clear amber, with a light tan head and good lace.

S: Big notes of malt, sweetness, and barrels all collide - initially pretty subdued, but unfolding as it warms with notes of vanilla, toasted almond, faint toasted coconut, darker fruits, raisins, oak, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and figs. Hops are pretty buried.

T: Follows the nose, supremely drinkable too this fresh. Caramel and toffee sweet malt characters bordering on decadent...faint oaky vanilla blended with toasted coconut and almond. Figs, raisins make up the dark fruit component. Again, hops are pretty minimal, as is the heat, which is surprising me for this vintage.

MF: Creamy medium-to-full body, lighter carbonation, good viscosity for 12.5% beer. Minimal alcohol booziness.

O: Doesn't quite live up to the hype for me, but still one of the best barleywines I've ever tasted.

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

Type: Draft
Glass: 0.25L tulip
From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.)
Price: $6.50
Purchased: March 31, 2013
Consumed: March 31, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a black amber color with three fingers of khaki cream head. Nice amount of thick, sporadic, foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down.

Smelled sweet, red wine, bourbon, sour cherries, caramel, light vanilla and light smoky tobacco.

Tasted so smooth out of the gate as the alcohol is well hidden. Got sour cherries, vanilla and not as much bourbon as the nose. Some oak and toffee. Tasted a bit like warm Cherry Coke. Light smokiness.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Warming, smooth finish.

Wow! I finally got to try this and it didn’t disappoint. Smooth and flavorful all the way down. Would love to get my hands on this again. Wanted to go a 4.75 for the overall but couldn't quite pull the trigger.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,171 ratings