Review: Firestone Walker Brewing Company Sucaba | Craft Beer & Brewing

Style: Barrel Aged Barleywine

ABV: 13.5 IBU: 42

99/100
Aroma: 12
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 20
Mouthfeel: 5

Firestone Walker Brewing Company Sucaba

What the brewers say

“Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malt undertones. Complex malt avors framed in oak with hints of dark choc- olate, vanilla, toasted coconut, and a touch of dark cherry. A sipping beer.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Cinnamon, cloves, rum-like molasses, and tequila-like peppery spices. Vanilla and coconut. Some alcohol on the nose. Rich dark caramel notes with a nice hint of oak.”

Flavor: “Robust molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla accompany a nicely balanced bitterness. It’s almost like a barleywine spiced rum, but even spiced rum isn’t this good. Nice raisin/cherry highlights and a pleasant semisweet chocolate and cocoa flavor, followed by a hint of coconut. Pleasant alcohol warmth, spicy and soothing.”

Overall: “The rum-like character to this beer is intriguing. One gets the impression of sweetness without the physical sensation on the tongue. A well-executed barrel-aged sipper: The blend of rich candied character with the barrel and aging work well together. Nice sweet, warm finish that makes it very enjoyable for sipping.”

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