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§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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100
world-class

3,576 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,576
Reviews: 744
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 984
Gots: 2,061 | FT: 179
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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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.9/5  rDev +8.2%

Tried this on-tap at Firestone Walker night (02-18-09) at The Original Spike's in SLO. Have since tried it two other times: at the brewery (03-11-09) and at Spike's again (05-14-09). Following review was written by Wisemen Nick and Justin.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Body is almost totally opaque and cola-colored. A very thin, tight, brown halo sits on top and drags no lacing whatsoever. Looks slick and oily, much like an old ale. N: 3.5; J: 3.0
EDIT (03-11-09): We each had this on-tap at the brewery today and noted that it looked much nicer than before. A fluffy, tan head sat on top and drug pretty good lacing. Also, the body showed more transparency; notably, shades of deep amber and red. N: 4.0; J: 4.0

Smell: Bourbon, chewing tobacco, molasses, oak, vanilla, and something else. Oh, there it is! Cherries! Old, sour, sticky, mushed up, alcohol-soaked cherries. Fantastic! N: 5.0; J: 4.5

Taste: Unbelievable. "Dangerously delicious", claims Justin. (He stuck around and had three more of 'em after I left.) Bourbon, vanilla extract, oak syrup, loads of malt, sour cherries, and more. Not harsh at all for such a high ABV. We each wanted to give this a 4.75 on taste, but the site won't allow it. N: 4.5; J: 4.5

(Justin Edit: Call me crazy, but the more I drink Abacus the more I realize that it's my favorite beer of all time. February 17, 2010. I'm changing taste to 5.0; Wiseman Nick you can't fault me for this, it's so damn good.)

Mouthfeel: Oily, sugary, and definitely chewy. Low carbonation, full body, warm, and surprisingly smooth. Coats the entire mouth instantly, and then lingers. N: 4.5; J: 4.0

Drinkability: A definite sipper, and a marvelous one at that. Nick thought it was fantastic right off the bat, but we all agreed that it gets even better as it warms. This is downright dangerous. I (Nick) badly wanted another, but had previous engagements to attend to. Justin on the other hand... well... he got drunk off of Abacus. Bastard. N: 5.0; J: 5.0
EDIT (03-11-09): Justin and I each ordered a couple of snifters at the brewery today and were in heaven. The lady wasn't too happy about us ordering multiple Abaci, but either one of us would've happily stayed there all day drinking it. Fantastic!
EDIT (05-14-09): Justin and I got to try this again at Spike's last night (along with cask Walker's Reserve and cask Unfiltered DBA). Still phenomenal! Justin drank five of 'em. RJ (Grabbin2nd) had eight!

Wiseman Nick: A+ (4.55)
Wiseman Justin: A (4.40)

02-19-2009 17:52:25 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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