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Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by beermeplz, Jan 18, 2016.
The one I waiver on in Merkin.
Finding even one of these, or Parabola, in MA, has long proved difficult. The price is pretty painful as well.
I grabbed a 2105 around Thanksgiving for $16.49, looking forward to seeing it again. Got to have it on draft too and it was spectacular.
Will this come to philly?
Yes it most definitely does.
The beer store
Just to make you more upset, Sucaba typically sits on shelves around here. It's not that difficult to score a bottle or 2 a few months after release. Cheers...
I'd take all the GoneAway IPA you could send my way. I miss my Midwest beers so damn much.
Have to respectfully disagree. The 1 year old Sucaba I had recently was better than the fresh one I had last year. However, this is very much a matter of personal taste.
I didn't think Merkin was all that great, honestly, so I have stopped chasing that one. I had it fresh (I liked it okay) and with a year on it (not as good). I don't think the base beer holds up to the bourbon and/or any subsequent aging very well.
Picked up a 2016 near Santa Barbara on 1/18/16. It wasn't on the shelves, but when I asked about it a guy went to the back and produced one. So, I guess that means it's out now?
What I meant to say is that the firestone beers are so well blended that they are just perfect fresh. Aging them, yes, is just up to personal taste.
Whenever I age a beer like that, they seem to have more caramel, toffee character than prior, and some oxidation as well. Sometimes the alcohol become more dominant for some reason.
Well...I have to say every FW boxed beer I've had has been terrific fresh and aged!
... no... it can't be true... It's IMPOSSIBLE! !
I still have tons of bcbs sitting on the shelves in 3 of my local stores.
Where are your local stores? I can't get enough BCBS.
purposely saved a ba bigfoot, bruery mash, and bc bw to have a barrel aged barley wine off against this beer.
I don't think I will ever be able to find one of these...
where are you in california?
More to the point, with such a great avatar, I'll personally try to make sure @Thecalmdrinker gets a bottle...
Temecula, which is in the south. I'm very soon moving back to Las Vegas, though.
Thanks, man. How much does a bottle cost?
Would be happy to send you some vintage Sucuba for a 13' or 14' prop (that chicago folks 'stock' up on ;-))
Sounds like a good time. I think the Sucaba will win and the Mash will come in second :-)
Mmmmmm. Too bad we wont see it for like 2 montha in st Louis.
This didn't knock me off my feet I still have one from last year left might buy one maybe but parabola or stickee monkee I'll buy all I can carry and afford.
I did a blind tasting involving Sucaba, Bourbon County BW, and Kuhnhenn BBBW last August. Sucaba came in last. I would like to try a bottle again this year, as so many people seem to enjoy Sucaba, and to see if it's one that's just not my taste, or if it was just a one-off thing. However, the only FW BA beer to really blow me away was the XVII.
That order sounds right to me. Sucaba is good but for the price and the difficulty to get here on the east coast it's not worth it
Bcbw will win.
So parabola and stickee monkey don't blow you away?
Already have mine on hold with my name on it when they come in. Since speakeasy also has their barrel aged barley wine coming out around now I'll probably also grab a big foot and see how they all match up as I have never managed to grab a sucaba. Will also be buying at least a couple more to put away.
thats one vote for bcbw, one vote for sucaba
any other takers? place your bets here folks
As long as the Sucaba doesnt taste like sour cherries and used pennies then consider it better than the recent batch of BCBBW. A better comparison would be Sucaba vs Straight Jacket.
I haven't had Stickee Monkey, so can't comment on it. I've had Parabola a couple times, once with 2 or 3 years of age on it and once with just about 6 months of age. Both times it was just way too big and hot for my taste. I would've guessed it still needed more time, which could make sense with the 6 month old version, but thought it was strange when I had the 2012 or 2013 last summer and found it to be similar. Perhaps just not my style.
Back to this year's Sucaba, though - anyone have info on when it's supposed to start hitting distribution, particularly for Chicago?
Anybody seen this in Denver yet (or heard when it is going to land)?
Had this on tap at FW. It was pretty damn good.
Sad to hear MN isn't getting any Sucaba then...
This has become my annual Super Bowl beer as I will usually drink one of my previous years bottles while stocking up on this years.
I just bought a bottle today for $16. Previous years, I've always managed to get some for $14 or even $12.79. Though people are catching on and it's disappearing faster, even right in FW's backyard...
While I love this beer and all of FW's boxed beers, the prices have grown at least 5 bucks per bottle in the last 2 years. Back in 2013 when I first came across Sucaba it was priced at $14.99. I bought a bottle back when the 2015 bottle came out and it was $19.99. And this was the trend for all of their boxed stuff. It really makes me think twice about anything that isn't Parabola.
It really sucks too because I really love Sucaba and I think it's a top 5 BA barleywine.
That's weird because when I search for Sucaba and touch English barley wine below it, it comes in as #2! But yeah it should be up there with the rest, cheers!
It's hitting Denver this week.
If your Sucaba bottle was the 2015 vintage, then it's definitely possible it was a "one-off." I heard on very good authority that there was a slight problem with the blend last year (Sucaba is actually 90% "Sucaba" and 10% something else), which left it tasting a little odd, a little off. I have no more details, unfortunately, but I absolutely trust my source. I learned this only after having a fresh bottle last January and not liking it nearly as much as I had before. Give it another shot this year. FW, and their barrel program in particular, are too consistently excellent to write off after a bad experience.