§ucaba (Abacus) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by airohead2001:
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance is pretty standard for a barrel aged barleywine. Dark brown/red with a small head that fades to bubbles that line the edge of the snifter.
The smell is buttered popcorn, toffee, vanilla, booze, and a little bit of piney hops. Outstanding.
Taste is so rich, complex, and delicious. Wow - I was not expecting something this good. Butter toffee, coconut, and caramel up front with a nice bourbon sugariness through out. The finish is a combo of harsh roasts, harsh hops, and a whole lot of painful EtOH burn, just to remind you that this is a 13% ABV brew.
Mouthfeel is sticky, which is nice, but is just a little too thin.
Overall, this beer is what I would hope and expect a Harry Potter Butterbeer tastes like. It is sweet, nutty, and buttery. I had no idea that this beer would be this good. It is far better than Mother of All Storms and is much more on par with my favorites, Kuhnhenn BBBW and Central Waters BBBW. The EtOH burn is prominent in this one, but I would love to drink a bottle or two with Hermoine Granger and see where the night takes us. Excellent brew.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2011 03:17:21 | More by airohead2001
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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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