§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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2013 bottle poured into a FSW tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark Ruby red, that I can slightly see through. VERY thin white head, that dissipates quickly. Surprised by the lack of alcohol legs on this one, for such a high Alcohol %.

S: BIG barrel, bourbon sweetness, medicinal dark cherry. Not very aromatic for me which is surprising. Vanilla striking in as well.

T: Vanilla, caramel up front. Very smooth with light maltyness.Getting slight medicinal cherry on the tongue as well.

M: Medium bodied, slight alcohol burn warming the mouth, minimal carbonation, sticky sweetness coats the mouth.

O: A home run from FSW. Fantastic beer, that I can't wait to see how it develops.

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Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from spambum, thanks buddy! 2013 vintage.

A- Pours a rust colored body with a very small head that reduces quickly to a white ring. Dark and nearly opaque, can't tell if it's hazy but I think it is.

S- French vanilla coffee, bourbon, toffee, vanilla beans, butterscotch candy, white chocolate. Definitely smells like a dessert beer. Very nice.

T- Upfront there are sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon notes. This develops into coffee and dark fruit notes, finishing slightly roasty. Warming booze definitely present. The aftertaste is amazing, toasted malt and vanilla cake.

M- Low carbonation, medium-heavy body. Split this one.

I've waited a long time to try Sucaba and it didn't let me down! This is such a complex brew, and the bourbon really stands out and makes a grand presence. It's a heavier version of Founders Backwoods Bastard in my opinion, and that's one of my favorite beers.

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S: Vanilla, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, cherries.

T: Wood, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, alcohol, cherries, toffee.

M: Medium viscosity and a low level of carbonation. Some drying.

O: Beautiful. Can't believe it took me this long to try it.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.8% out of 100 with 5,045 ratings
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