§ucaba (Abacus) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TruePerception:
4.26/5 rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Firestone's §ucaba 2014, a barrel-aged barley wine. 13.5% ABV.
A: Just the thinnest bit of head. Very deep red/brown. You can see some VERY fine, active bubbles in the dimple, which shows yellow, and very bright at the very bottom. Clear/faint yellow meniscus.
S: Dark caramel and bourbon, right off the bat! Bittersweet chocolate/cocoa cereal. Woody notes. I'm loving the smell. Raisin starting to come out, as it warms.
T/MF: Starts out really bitter, but then the flavors start to pop out. Char. Burnt caramel. Sweet toffee. Extra dark chocolate. Hints of date or fig. Backing sweetness lingers, alongside some char and caramel notes. Fairly decent carbonation for a stronger beer.
This is a beer that could put people off if they go with their immediate reaction, but it has some nice qualities if you stick around. I could imagine this being very good after a couple of years.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 09:27:50 | More by TruePerception
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4.81/5 rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Nice color with a slight lacing.
Smell is oak and alcohol might be the weakest link here.
Taste oak is there, blending in very nicely with the high abv. Vanilla with light fruity taste.
Overall : English Barleywine where ya been all my life?
My first English Barleywine won't be my last. What difference does it matter what I say it is a limited production run so if you get your hands on a bottle do yourself a favor.
Overall a great beer I would put this on par with some of the finest Scotch Whiskys.
Very complex there is a whole lot going on in this bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2014 20:36:14 | More by Buannaich
§ucaba (Abacus) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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