Firestone Walker Brewing Company
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A Note on This Beer
For those of you familiar with the phrase “Barleywine is Life,” you know it’s not just a slogan — it’s a philosophy. Coined by notorious beer blogger Alex Kidd of DontDrinkBeers fame, it’s become an undying proclamation of love for this gloriously boozy, malt-driven style recognized by beer geeks far and wide.
Today we have BA’s #3 Ranked English Barleywine in the World: Sucaba. This bourbon barrel-aged beast from the legends at Firestone Walker has the power to make you adopt the dedicated mantra, or to remind you why you’ve taken the righteous path of a Barleywine Lifer.
To be perfectly clear: if you get your hands on Sucaba, don’t trade it. However desperately they plead, don’t share it with friends — you’ll regret every ounce you don’t savor yourself. Pour it in a snifter and revel in its decadent 11.3% ABV of bittersweet dark chocolate, spicy oak, rounded vanilla, and dark cherry depths.
Or, guard it ferociously. Sleep with the bottle under your pillow. Store it in a cellar protected by a three-headed dog. When you have Sucaba in your hands, you defend it with everything you’ve got.
So grab hold of this 2019 vintage of Sucaba, and prepare to embark on your journey as a Barleywine Lifer. After one taste of its luxurious, complex flavors, you’ll never look back.
*Enjoy Sucaba 2019 fresh to experience its full boozy punch, or cellar for up to 5 years to soften the edges and bring out unparalleled depths of stone fruit and dark caramel.
Ranked #3 English Barleywine in the World on BeerAdvocate with a 4.52 Rating
2019 Vintage Rated 4.30 on Untappd
99/100 Score from Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine