Fire­stone Walker Su­caba 2016

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - Tasted -

LOC: Paso Robles, Cal­i­for­nia ABV: 13.4% | IBUS: 42 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“Big, boozy bour­bon and Amer­i­can oak aro­mas com­bine with soft choco­late malty un­der­tones. Com­plex malt fla­vors are framed in oak with hints of dark choco­late, vanilla, to­bacco, co­conut, and just a touch of dark cherry.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Cedar char­ac­ter up front com­ple­mented by a caramel note with a very light tof­fee note. Earthy hops aroma with brown sugar, rum, vanilla, and slight cin­na­mon on the nose as it warms. There’s grape and date, a touch of co­conut, and the more tra­di­tional tof­fee, burnt sugar, and even more tof­fee.” Fla­vor: “Rich caramel and bread crust malt. Well-placed hops bit­ter­ness with some al­co­hol warmth that cuts the sweet­ness. Won­der­fully bal­anced, strong fla­vors com­ple­ment rather than com­pete. Lighter body than ex­pected with medium carbonation. Still feels slightly re­strained—the bar­rel, choco­late, and fruit char­ac­ters could be am­pli­fied a bit.” Over­all: “Very rich, very boozy. Yet still bal­anced in the sense that it’s pretty over the top. May be best for shar­ing.”

AROMA: 12 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 19 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 9

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