Firestone Walker Brewing (Paso Robles, CA) has been spending this week bottling Sucaba, the brewery’s barrel aged barleywine. You knew it once as Abacus, but we can’t say that anymore. This would be Vintage #4. Releases at the brewery on February 1, 2013.
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.