§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,441 | Reviews: 739 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by seaoflament:
4.7/5 rDev +3.8%
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
More User Reviews:
4.73/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a dark ruby/rust red in appearance with a soft and plump two-finger head.
Aromas of raisins, plums, roasted malts, and bourbon are most prevalent, a little sharp in the nose for my taste.
Dark fruits, slight vanilla, mainly sweet malt, finished with a splash of bourbon.
Mouthfeel is the only score here that did worse off, though a delicious beer, the mouthfeel of this is too grainy (IMO).
Overall this is another delicious example of Firestone doing everything right.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 14:14:06 | More by larryarms847
4.3/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Very dark ruby red. Head was a a little soapy and coarse-grained for my liking.
S - Predominantly sweet and fruity. Fruitiness is of raisins and sherry. Sweetness is of maple and caramel. My favourite part of this beer.
T - I'm picking up the sherry-fruitiness from the nose, although not any one fruit in particular. Not as sweet as I would have expected and not particularly sweet overall. I was hoping for a little more vanilla, a little more coconut and a little more spice. Where this beer is not found wanting is in tobacco flavours. This beer had me racking my brain to see if I had a cigar stashed somewhere in the house. It's sort of dirty and a tad leathery but I like it. A little bitter malt and bitter bourbon on the finish as well.
M - Thick enough, but like the rest of the beer it's just not quite there.
O - At first I was quite disappointed, however this beer definitely benefits from time spent in the glass. The most relatable beer I've had to Sucaba lately was Fremont's Bourbon Abominable, which for me, was clearly the superior beer. This was malty, sweet and sherry-like with nice tobacco notes, but I wanted more bourbon, coconut, vanilla, oak and spice. Sadly it did not live up to expectation.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 08:51:42 | More by abeeronthebeach
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,441 ratings.