§ucaba (Abacus) - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kojevergas:
3.08/5 rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
Served on-draught into a snifter at Firestone Walker's taproom in Paso Robles (NOT tasting room) on its grand opening day. This was my first beer there as I was really excited to try it given its reputation. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours no head at all. Not even a floater about the edges. Colour is a murky dark caramel brown-black; maybe black cherry (though that makes it sound far more appealing than it is). Not horribly appealing.
Sm: Fruit esters - perhaps cherry. Mulled wine, spice, a bit of vinegar, and fresh yeast. An attractive aroma. Mild in strength.
T: Black cherry alongside almond, alcohol, caramelized malt, and other clean malts. Decently balanced but far from impressive. Decently built, but nothing to write home about. How did this beer get such a good reputation? Very strange as a barleywine, and not in a good or experimental way. Warm alcohol comes through. Neither complex nor subtle.
Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours okay. Far from good. Not tailored to the flavours by any stretch. Way too thin for the style. Fails to adequately support the flavours.
Dr: Drinkable but not exceptional. Hardly hides its ABV at all. I expected far better given its reputation. I wouldn't have it again. People pay $20.00 a bottle for this? Trade your bottles away, lads. Get something worth your time.
I really hope this gets better with age. This isn't worth seeking out. As a fan of barleywines, I'm very disappointed.
Serving type: on-tap
03-23-2012 04:14:13 | More by kojevergas
More User Reviews:
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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