§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,362 | Reviews: 735 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by seaoflament:
4.7/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Finally! I've wanted to try this one for so long and it's been around in a couple bars in San Diego but I've just never been able to make it over to taste this. After sharing a few beers with fellow BAs floydster and hophead84 on Oct.31st we decided to head over to Hamilton's for a pint or two. I had been checking Hamilton's tap list pretty much every day for at least a month because they had Abacus on their "On Deck" list and to my good fortune something tapped out while we were there and what do they replace it with? Abacus! I still wasn't done drinking my first pint but I went over to the bar right away and got me a nice 10oz pour of Abacus to warm up while I finished my first round.
This beer was pitch black for a barleywine, seemed more like a stout than a bw. No head adorned the top of the beer as it was poured too cold.
The aroma was pretty darn good and the beer first greeted me with some roasted malts, toast, chocolate, vanilla, oak, bourbon, raisins, brown sugar, and hints of grapes. A subtle note of alcohol hid in the background.
Wow, didn't think the taste would be better than the aroma but it was. Bold toast flavor, chocolate, raisins, toffee, almonds, flaked toasted coconut in the finish with vanilla and oak. Notes of bakers chocolate. This beer was delicious. A low carbonation helped to bring a creaminess to the beer, making it run down smoothly down the tongue. I could have easily had another one of these if we didn't have to leave so early. Will have to try harder to make it to any bar that has this one next time.
Serving type: on-tap
11-24-2009 21:24:28 | More by seaoflament
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5/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: The beer was a cloudy shade of black with an off-white colored head crowning the glass.
Smell: The nutty notes jump to the front, but malt and bourbon are also very detectable.
Taste: I love the nuttiness that starts the taste. Nuts, caramel, sweet milk chocolate notes balance in the taste. The bourbon does not overwhelm the taste, but lends itself to balance. The warming aftertaste makes each of the taste notes glow a little brighter. This is orgasmic!
Moutheel; The mouthfeel is a little syrupy and resembles a port. Of course, this allows the taste to linger for an exceptional amount of time.
Overall: This is my first perfect score on BA; I really can not say anything bad about it. I certainly wish it was more accessible.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 15:43:12 | More by JohnnyHopps
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,362 ratings.