§ucaba | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
5,021
Reviews:
883
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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1,348
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Photo of shareallthebeer
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 2012 - 2016 vertical at a share in mid-January 2017. Easily one of my favorite barleywines to date.

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Photo of raspy22
4.99/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sankykid
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ccg
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 Sucaba, opened 2017-02-17. Side-by-side comparison with a 2015 Central Waters BA Barleywine and a 2014 Bourbon County Barleywine.

Cloudy with a medium-brown color. Slight carbonation. Not as dense and goopy-looking as the BCBBW.

Smell is dominated by oak and bourbon with plenty of sweet malt. Also caramel and vanilla. The sweetness comes through almost like cola. Hint of sweet dark fruit in the background, like red grapes.

Flavor is similar to smell but mellower and more subtle. Lots of caramelized sugar, vanilla, oak, bourbon, and malt.

It feels fairly dense and oily, but it doesn't have the viscosity of the BCBBW. Alcohol is well-integrated It's listed as 13.3% ABV -- higher than the BCBBW -- but there's no bite or burning.

This is probably the second-best BA barleywine I've had. It's quite good, but in a side-by-side with Bourbon County, it doesn't have quite the smoothness, richness, or density to come out on top.

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Photo of robertm2152
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Markyg21
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BostonHoppa
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RajaSTL
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PC_Principal
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mpontiakos
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheBlueJerzzzz
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kbgratz
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rammed96
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a deep ruby with a nice velvet lacing & gentle carbonation. The nose, as you would expect, is chock-full of caramel & toffee aromas, with warm bourbon quaffs floating in underneath. Lots of bourbon upfront, but on the mid-palate it shifts into decadent toffee flavors with vanilla and burnt sugar. Finishes with a boomerang of the bourbon heat but it is very smooth.

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Photo of Brendonkingsbury
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of codytwo
4.27/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yellolab2010
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grackos
4.04/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stardusthotel83
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason1221
4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GOBLIN
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth . . .
This barleywine is soooo smooth. In fact it's the smoothest ba barleywine I've had. Pours the usual dark and murky seductive amber brown with a slight foamy khaki tan head that dissipates quickly.
Aromas are aren't necessarily anything unique or special but the usual and expected scents of dark fruits, bourbon, oak and leather do indicate a well made Barlywine nonetheless.
Mmm, delicious . . . Taste is superb. Initial flavors of spicy malts and dark fruits along the lines of dates, raisins, figs and plums and a touch of cherries give way to a subtle blend vanilla and heat from the bourbon. Which in turn gives way to it's dry barrel aged oaky finish.
Overall, Sucaba has been a very long want of mine and it may not be the best I've had it still did not disappoint.
1) Open a bottle of this.
2) Pop in a Mozart piano Concerto.
3) Enjoy your day.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,021 ratings.
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