§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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4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #50

2013 Vintage served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours an extremely deep dark ruby red. About 2 fingers of a light khaki head that dissipated to thin collar. When held up to light there's some fine but visible sediment floating in the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, dates, vanilla, milk chocolate, whiskey, coconut. As with so many of the FW barrel aged beers the aroma is super complex and inviting.

Taste: Vanilla, dark fruits, dates, plums, caramel, sweet bourbon, oak.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Carbonation is on the higher side of light. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. Inanely smooth for 12.5%

Overall: One of the best barleywines I've ever had. Incredibly complex and insanely smooth. Seek out a bottle to drink now and a few more to age.

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4.41/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Series poured from a 650 mL bottle into a 3 Floyd's Teku Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown (almost black) and leaves about a half finger of tan head.

Smell: Lots of chocolate and bourbon come out right away. Definitely some toffee and caramel in there as well. Very pleasant aroma, not overbearing at all.

Taste: Matches the nose completely (chocolate, bourbon, toffee, caramel and perhaps some dark fruits), but then finishes with some alcohol which is definitely there but doesn't kill it or overpower the other flavors.

Mouth-feel: Surprisingly thin for this type of beer and for the flavors involved. Some carbonation, but not a whole lot.

Overall: A pretty good barrel-aged barleywine. This one has a whole lot of heat to it however which can always bring some mixed reactions. I don't think it kills it, but adds some interesting character.

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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

22 oz bottle, 2013, poured into a tulip

A- A dark ruby red with a two finger off-white head.

S- Cherries/dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, some chocolate, caramel.

T- Cherries, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, oak, really wowed me. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M- Smooth, medium to full body, creamy.

O- I am not the biggest Barelywine fan, but I am a big fan of this beer. Very well done and easy to drink for 12.5% ABV. Can't wait to pick up another bottle or two.

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4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

2013. Pours dark amber with a quickly fading eggshell head. Aroma is of caramel and bourbon barrel. Flavor is sweet with bourbon notes that finishes with wood and smoke. Some fusel alcohol on the back end. Palate is a bit thin for such a big beer. Light carbonation. Overall, this is one of the finest English-style barleywines I've ever had!

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from jpaco47 (awesome, thanks man!). 2012 release. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep garnet hued chestnut with one and a quarter finger sandy head. No lace.

Smells of rich caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon.

The sweet, rich nose did not disappoint. Nice bourbon character with layers of toffee, vanilla, oak, caramel, burnt sugars, dark fruit, wine, butterscotch, toast and a smidge of cinnamon. There's a little nip of booze but this is sweet and smooth.

Creamy, semi-oily, medium thick body with nice light carbonation. Sweet, slick bourbon toffee finish.

An outstanding barley wine. Excellent balance between barrel, bourbon and caramelly malty goodness. I tend to like the hoppy barley wines (Hog Heaven, Behemoth, etc) but this is fantastic. Another must try offering from Firestone Walker.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pors a reddish brown muddy color with a bit pov a red hue 1 finger of khaki head with good retention and lacing

S: get a good amount of stone fruit vanilla coconut and oak

T: up front good malt character some stone fruit and vanilla hop bitterness finishes with a bit of a tobacco hint there is a bit of alcohol

M: full bodied and lingers for awhile a bit sticky

O: great beer good example of an English style barley malt forward and the barrel aging is slightly hinted on this years

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4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! SOOO close to a perfect score from me, but I had to knock off a few ticks for the thin mouthfeel and muted aroma. Otherwise, this brew is out of this world. Pours a deep ruby color with a moderate 1-finger head. Smells of sweet malt with bourbon and vanilla overtones. The typical mellow oakiness is also present from the barrel aging. Overall, the flavors are perfectly balanced without any single one overpowering the others. A tad heavy on the sweetness, but absolutely nothing offensive. The 12.5% ABV is present, but fits into the overall flavor profile like the last piece of a jigsaw puzzle. The sweet heat and bite is a welcomed finale to each outstanding sip. A solid A+ for this brew, nothing less. Easily worth the $15/bomber and I'll be looking to stock up on this each and every release.

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2013 Sucuba

Pours a crimson brown with a little bit of head that quickly faded away into nothing. The smell is extrodinary with a lot of toffee, vanilla, bourbon and I want to say cinnomon but, it might just be a spiceness. The taste of this beer is other worldly, it is another absolutly fantastic addition to FW's Rep. It is sweet but not too sweet. Bourbon and wine barrells really mellowed this beer. Not a lot of taste from the wine barrells which I like. Overall an excellent beer that I will enjoy from time to time. Not trading this one.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 5,078 ratings
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