Firestone Walker §ucaba (Abacus)

Firestone Walker §ucaba (Abacus)

This next beer is part of Firestone Walker’s Proprietor’s Reserve series and had it’s annual release in February of this year. It’s big, boozy, delicious English Style Barley Wine aged in American oak barrels.

This one comes in at a respectable 13% alcohol which make it a good candidate for cellaring, so buy a couple and throw one in a dark, cool spot for a year or two.

Overall Rating: 4.36/5

look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.  2013 vintage.

A- Pours a rust colored body with a very small head that reduces quickly to a white ring. Dark and nearly opaque, can’t tell if it’s hazy but I think it is.

S- French vanilla coffee, bourbon, toffee, vanilla beans, butterscotch candy, white chocolate. Definitely smells like a dessert beer. Very nice.

T- Upfront there are sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon notes. This develops into coffee and dark fruit notes, finishing slightly roasty. Warming booze definitely present. Somewhat harsh aftertaste.

M- Low carbonation, medium-heavy body. Split this one.

I’ve waited a long time to try Sucaba and it didn’t let me down! This is such a complex brew, and the bourbon really stands out and makes a grand presence. It’s a heavier version of Founders Backwoods Bastard in my opinion, and that’s one of my favorite beers. I am cellaring one of these to see how it ages, maybe the harshness will lessen. Get a few while they’re still on the shelves!


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