§ucaba (Abacus) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TangTKE402:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A: Poured form a 22oz. bomber bottle into a stemless wine glass. Pours deep, dark brown, almost black, with a chocolate mousse, 2-finger head that dissipates rather quickly. No noticeable lacing. This one only lets a small amount of light through, and is truly dark.
S: Right as you crack the bottle cap, it's hard not to smell the aromas wafting out of this bottle. Potent aromas of licorice, prunes, vanilla bean, molasses, and leather abound in this complex, deeply aromatic brew.
T: Strong and hardy up-front with big toasted English malts; smooth and warm over the tongue with some molasses, and finishing sweet and dry at the same time with some powdered chocolate notes. Big flavor without any one overpowering characteristic, I get lots of molasses, licorice, roasted chocolate malts, dark fruit juices, alcohol esters cut with a nice vanilla coating, and a touch of espresso on the aftertaste.
M: Many English Barleywines I find too syrupy in their feel, but this one has a beautiful balance of being silky, without being slimy. Smooth and robust in your mouth, and definitely with the feel of a sipping beer, but not uncomfortable. A good balance overall, maybe the best "feeling" barleywine I've had...
O: A special treat beer that befits its limited release status. This thing is well worth whatever you've saved it for. It's complex, but drinkable, and has some truly beautiful flavors that occur in perfect harmony. As it warms, it just gets more mellow and tasty. This one is the real deal.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2012 23:05:43 | More by TangTKE402
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4.73/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
22 oz bottle, first time in a bottle after several times on tap. The pour is a dark brown, with a solid head at the beginning that fades pretty quickly. The smell is sweet caramel with light vanilla and oak. Surprisingly little alcohol for the ABV. The taste is similar, lots of caramel, minimal booze. I find this a lot less sweet than similar beers of this style (say Bourbon County Barleywine). This is really easy drinking due to the low sweetness and despite the ABV. Definitely my favorite barrel-aged barleywine.
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 00:46:04 | More by mc4z
§ucaba (Abacus) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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