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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

3,628 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 993
Gots: 2,070 | FT: 181
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2011 Reserve Series Bottle Notes:
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 1500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

2014 Bottle Notes
O.G. 27 Plato
F.G. 4.7 Plato
I.B.U. 42 units
Yeast: British Ale (House)
Cases: 3500 produced
Color: 36SRM (Dark Ruby)

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008)
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Reviews by ChadQuest:
Photo of ChadQuest
4.1/5  rDev -9.5%

So this is like my 6 or 7th solo bottle of Abacus in the last month or two, i got alot of it and figured i'd get around to a review at some point, i guess it's that time.
First off a quick note, it seems like there is some differance in the bottles, some bottles are rich and full with great bourbon tone, warmth, and depth of richness, and some bottles just seem hollow and shallow overall. it is split about 50/50 or so, just want to point that out. This bottle i'm drinking now is one of the better ones, even though im sitting in a 85f room without AC drinking a 13% BW, i'm really digging it. Anyway...

Color is a rich decadent mahogany hue with an antique tan colored head fading to a collar.
The aroma on this bottle is excellent, The bourbon had strength to balance and cut through the luscious caramel, and there is woody notes of oak and the barrel acting as a canvas that the other aromas build off of.
On the palate this is great, not as exceptional as the aroma, but that is probally my preferance as the heat is more integrated in the flavors then aroma. The richness of caramel is allowed to take the lead role with some maple and toffee whispers and the bourbon, while perceptable, plays support, along with the barrel and wood which pokes more on the finish.
The body has some viscosity to it yet is not near syrupy thanks to the 13% keeping it clean.

I dig this BW, and i am always undecided what to score it given the bottle variation i have experianced. Bottles have honestly ranged from A+ though C. I guess Abacus is like a box of chocolates, never know what your going to get.

Update: !!!
12/18/11 this beer has lost some richness of caramel flavors and toffee, the heat has not faded out at all, and lost some depth. This one was best fresh, Fo Sho. I still have 3 more bottle to drink, will report any further changes.

ChadQuest, Jun 19, 2011
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A - Pours a rich, red-tinged black with a small white head. Minor lacing and retention.

S - Nice scent bringing lot of barley wine and barrel elements with other notes of goodness. Dark fruits come through the most, along with caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, light tobacco and alcohol.

T - Tons of maple and vanilla, a bit nutty, very similar to smell, some sips had some alcohol in the back of the nose

M - Surprisingly smooth. Packs a punch but in all the right ways.

O - An amazing barleywine and another amazing beer from Firestone. This to me is the second best barleywine behind King Henry right now. Glad I have a few extra bottles.

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Life is good when one of these are at hand.

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Poured into a large snifter after about 20 minutes out of the ice bucket. Deep reddish brown with a fair amount of tan, creamy head. Good lacing, and the collar was thick at the edge of the glass. Aroma of toffee, caramel, some woody earthiness, sweet medium roasted malt too. Taste is of toffee/caramel, leather, woody-earthy, very lightly smokey (perhaps because of the campfire). So damn good. Mouthfeel is all that barleywines should be. Appropriately carbonated, medium creamy body. I could drink this til the cows come home; too bad I have to trade for it.

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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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