§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:
5,012
Reviews:
881
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.52%
 
 
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1,350
Gots:
2,895
For Trade:
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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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Photo of Gtwreck45
4.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WolverineFan1243
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSiegs
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My 200th review! A dark, murky reddish brown with one finger of slightly off-white head. Retention is superb. The aroma is a fantastic mix of bourbon, oak, raisin, fig, caramel, spice, vanilla, and molasses. Complex and prepares you for a treat. Quite simply, the best bourbon barrel aged barleywine I have tasted. Same notes -- dark fruit, caramel, spice, vanilla, molasses -- with a perfect blend of bourbon and barrel. Full bodied, low-moderate carbonation, balanced, and moderately dry. An absolutely phenomenal beer.

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Photo of lloydboss
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition, enjoyed January 2017

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Photo of Radcpa
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great flavor slightly sweet with a nice caramel flavor and a smell to match Golden rose appearance. This barleywine lived up to its reputation. A little more aging should improve it even further.

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Photo of soco89ziegler
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew_V_dt
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 5,012 ratings.
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