PW's Year of Beer: Firestone Walker Sucaba

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note at tips@philadelphiaweekly.com.

When Firestone Walker creates its epic anniversary beers, the brewer blends an array of massive beers aged in a variety of spirits barrels. Traditionally, these were unavailable for sale individually, but now a handful of them are released in limited quantities each year. Sucaba, formerly Abacus—see what they did there?—is one of them. This gargantuan barleywine ale is aged for up to a year in bourbon barrels.  Stunning notes of roasted coconut, vanilla, soft chocolate and charred figs compete with oak, bourbon and alcohol heat to make for a heady brew you’ve got to sip to appreciate. They don’t get much more imposing, complex, and delicious than this. Try it during a special Black Friday tasting tonight at Capone’s.

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