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§ucaba (Abacus) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

§ucaba (Abacus)§ucaba (Abacus)

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

2,960 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2960
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 4.54
pDev: 8.15%


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)

(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 02-21-2008)
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Reviews by eclipse54:
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle with a black foil wrapping around the cap. Sent to me by leschkie, so a huge "thank you" goes out to him! Into a Deschutes tulip glass...

It pours deep brown, almost black as you watch it come out of the bottle, and it develops about a centimeter of cream/white head that consists of large bubbles. There is little retention, which is not surprising given the alcohol content. It smells wonderfully of caramel, toffee, toasted malt, some dark fruits (raisin, date), bourbon, and some faintly bitter hops. Very good first impression. The taste is great: hazelnut, toffee, toasted malt, caramel, and bourbon dominate. Some alcohol is detectable, as are some oak flavors and some muddled, floral hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth, albeit thick, and the carbonation helps it slide off the tongue. There is a lingering warmness from the alcohol. Overall, an amazing barleywine that easily ranks amongst my all-time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:03:49 | More by eclipse54
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jeezie

California

4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

04-19-2014 05:13:15 | More by jeezie
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into Duvel tulip from bottle. Pours a dark brownish red with a thin foamy cap that quickly dissipates to a slight lacing.

Aroma: Vanilla, subtle banana character, smooth bourbon notes, slight alcoholic twinge, rich stone fruits.

Taste: Follows nose almost exactly, bourbon character becomes more apparent as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation.

Overall: Very nice barrel-aged barleywine. Slight lighter-bodied and perhaps more vivacious than GI BCBW. Undeniably excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:58:45 | More by jhawth
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite barleywines, and it never lets you down as far as barrel aged beers and that wonderful vanilla flavor they can impart. This beer goes down too easy for being 13%.
It pours a dark orange color with a very small head that falls to not much.

Smell is toffee, bourbon, caramel, toasted barley, vanilla, and coconut.

Taste is the same, but add in the alc taste that just seems to accompany the beer flavors instead of overpower it. It doesn't taste hot really, but you do notice it. Perhaps gets better with age.

Feel is low carb and full of calories. Just a huge beer.

Get this one while you can. Its world class.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:37:38 | More by BastardKing24
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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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This beer is huge! I've had a few tastings of this beer & it never disappoints!! Very dark in color, great mouth feel & opens up quite nicely at room temp.

If you're lucky enough to get your hands on this beer I suggest you grab 2. One to try & one to age for 10 months.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 06:54:57 | More by Circles413
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§ucaba (Abacus) from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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