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Sucaba (Formerly Known as Abacus) by Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
American Barleywine
12.50 % ABV

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Review by younger35 on 03/25/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 4 7 2011
Just recently received a fresh load of brewski’s from the PeprSprYoFace; included was this beauty. I’ve had this brew a couple of times (Dark Lord Day & Night of the Barrels) and it’s mighty tasty. Barrel Aged Barleywines (especially English) are some of my favorite all time brews (Perfect Storm, Wooden Hell, etc…). Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby red brownish with a small quarter finger creamy off-white head. After a few minutes no cap or collar remains along with ZERO lacing.
Smell- Rich and caramely with that great sort of burnt Barleywine sweetness that oozes out of the nose. A fair bit of vanilla is detectable amongst the nice subtle wood and faintest booze. Maybe a touch of chocolate that adds a Tootsie Roll like aspect. Plenty of hops do make their way into the nose adding a bit of a dark fruitiness that gets more potent as the beer warms.
Taste- Starts out fairly soft with a sort of butterscotch sweetness that is lightly accented by the barrel. A touch of vanilla and maybe a bit of chocolate but its feint. Sort of a cola/root beer thing mixes in. The caramel is definitely dominate and I almost feel this brew is sort of one sided. The booze is very well hidden but the hops aren’t as assertive as the nose led me to believe. I need something more to counteract that sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Nice rich mouthfeel with a light bit of carbonation. A bit cloying (nothing game ending) with a touch of alcohol warmth in the finish.
Drinkability- Definitely a tasty brewski but it might need a touch more time. At this point it’s slightly too sweet and I don’t find it as complex (or delicious) as PS or WH. Maybe that’s an unfair comparison but that’s what it’s up against in my mind (right?). It’s just not quite there yet. Thanks much Corey!

Served In: Flute Glass

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