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RATINGS: 816   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. This ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.

Note: Sucaba is the beer formerly known as Abacus until the Winter 2012 release.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Really impressed...one of the better barleywines I’ve had. Pours dark red, clear, minimal carbonation. Nose of oak, cherry, sugar. There’s a really full mouthfeel that has a lot of dark fruit, chocolate and oaky dryness at the finish. It’s great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1664) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on January 22nd, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a opaque maroon brown.
Aroma: Aroma of oak, cherry, boozy faint chocolate.
Taste: Oak, cherry, caramel malt, chocolate overtones.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste, covers 12.5% well.

Summary: Pretty impressive stuff. Definitely a sipper, with complex flavors that are more than most beers. A great treat, not an everyday thing.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sebletitje (7411) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
66cl bottle sample @ RBBWG 2013, courtesy of Benzai. Acajou, col beige léger. Arôme est tout de suite prenant avec un plein de barrique suivi de suite par un malté généreux caramel/toffee. Palais est ici aussi complexe et savoureux. Malt, grains, biscuité à souhait avec un ajout parfait de barrique, note grillé et le tout s’entrechoque pour une bière franchement dinie. Caramel et ce côté toffee est profond, pointe sucré collant au palais et à chaque gorgée. D’ailleurs c’est bien là le mal, chaque gorgée est somptueuse avec ce mariage parfait de barrique, bourbon, douceur de vanille. Houblon est là rajoutant une pointe d’amertume très discrète mais utile au développent de cette bière. Rien à redire, et FW démontre encore une fois que au contraire de tant de brasseurs qui font de tout et n’importe quoi avec de la barrique, les gars de FW maîtrisent vraiment leur outil.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4940) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. to Benzai / Rene for this one. 65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Damn this was good, easily one of the best barley wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting & the best one in American style. Pours a slick copper brown. Smells of delicious slick, slightly sticky bourbon blended with sweet caramel & toffee, creamy, sweet thick rich malts. Caramel, toffee, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, slick goodness, only a little touch of bitterness (herb) in the back coupled with light alcohol, ripe fruits. Creamy bourbon mouthfeel, vanilla. I am giving this 4.9 – every Firestone Walker beer I have so far, has been so good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demmbonz (643) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Shared bomber to snifter. Strong booze aroma. Lovely bourbon malty balanced deliciousness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9758) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 Sampled from bottle @ RBBWG 2013. (Bottle from trade with Boltz7555, Reserve series No. 002) Dark red to red-brown color with a red glare coming through. Aroma of malts, alcohol, fruits, red fruit. Taste malts, alcohol, some sweetness, some overripe fruits, raisins. Full body, full carbonation.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (4086) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Thanks Jason! Pours a dark copper with a small off-white head. Nice aroma of of malt, bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Taste is bourbon, caramel, malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, and hops. Big and bold.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (3254) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle at home in mourning of the Denver Bronco loss. I think this bottle has exactly one year on it. Pour is deep crimson/mahogany with a small cream head and great lacing. Big raisins, figs, caramelized sugar, vanilla, wood, coconut, dark fruits, and roast in the aroma. Taste is toffee, rum, raisins, red licorice, coconut, chocolate, caramel, and figs with a light alcoholic burn on the finish. Syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Really begins sweet upfront with big vanilla and toffee notes, leading to a nutty and woody middle, with great bourbon and roast notes on the backend. There is no doubt that this is an English-style barleywine, yet somehow it doesn’t feel sweet because of the amazing balance presented from the bourbon and roast. Super easy-to-drink and hard to believe its 12%+ ABV. Wow!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffMan (7616) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Pours a gorgeous rich mahogany red. Thickly malty sweet and oaky nose. Sweet chewy malts: toasted coconut, chocolate, oaky vanilla, dark cherries, hints of leather and tobacco. This is so fucking good! Firestone Walker you sons o’ bitches, you’ve done it again! If I could choose my death, it would be to fall into a vat of this...

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Winter 2012 22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby mahogany with a smallish bubbly white head. Nose and flavor are absolutely lovely, with notes of caramel, marzipan, madeira, molasses, tawny port, hazelnut; just a lovely complex of sweet malt character, with a stunning dry finish and very easy drinking for a 12.5% brew. Masterfully made. I dig quite a bit.


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