§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

§ucaba§ucaba
BA SCORE
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4.52 w/ 5,046 ratings
§ucaba§ucaba
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#84
Reviews:
888
Ratings:
5,046
Liked:
4,933
Avg:
4.52/5
pDev:
8.19%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1,345
Gots:
2,896
Trade:
270
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Ratings: 5,046 |  Reviews: 888
Photo of Robomunky
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jonbonfondle
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kontraband
4.35/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djgustafson
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.02/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage.
Poured dark and fizzy, smells boozy, no head.
Fairly thin and not enough sweet to my palate. Pretty dry and oaky.
Probably perfectly within style guidelines, but a bit svelte for my American tastes. Wishing for more caramel, toffee, raisin and sweetness.

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Photo of Derek
3.57/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2016 Vintage.

Reddish brown, very little head, no retention or lace.

Big boozy aroma, bourbon, sherry, field berry.

I think the barrel has spoiled this one. It's not sour, but it's incredibly dry with plenty of oak and leather. Some roasted nut and raspberry, but it's overcome with bourbon.

Mouthfeel is relatively light and overly dry.

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Photo of pda22
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of liquorpig
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

2012 vintage

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of madelf66
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MHurley
4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pcshotsauce33
4.83/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Barnchaser
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at flying saucer Kansas city. Pretty ruby beer, no head of course. Not to sweet, with rounded caramel notes. Balanced and not perfumy like American ones tend to be. Like a nice madeira wine. Will age my bottle as long as possible.

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Photo of Bandi
3.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Philcassella
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gopens44
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beauty of a beer, as the firm two finger beige head formed on top this opaque burgundy body.

I was immediately struck by how no nonsense the nose is. The barrel was eager to escape, as bourbon, vanilla, tobacco and leathery tannins blended together near perfectly. After warming up a bit, the Bourbon dominates but brings along sugar and dates.

First sip brings massive hot bourbon raisins. Second swig, I know what is coming enough to dismiss the obvious and focus on the tobacco, which is hiding under an astringent heat. Third swig opens up with a bit of the date thing that was in the nose, but one thing all of the swigs have in common is the astringency on exit. Only a touch of aftertaste, and not overly dry despite being fairly hot.

Very happy to have finally get a chance to check this one out, as I'd classify it as a heavy duty barley wine for sure

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Photo of Jmalo
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noles9585
4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TravisMason
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of berben30
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97.8% out of 100 with 5,046 ratings
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