§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
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
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-22-2012 21:51:06 | More by SkiBum22
4.97/5 rDev +9.7%
2011 reserve series in a brandy snifter.
Alcohol notes overwhelm the senses from the get-go. Like a fine brandy only better.
This is why I now prefer beer to other alcohol choices.
Mouthfeel and aftertaste leave a very pleasant taste and feel that makes each sip a joy to behold.
Life is good when one of these are at hand.
11-24-2011 21:46:53 | More by NWer
4.76/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
11-18-2013 02:09:22 | More by mverity
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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