§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,454 | Reviews: 739 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by zhanson88:
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance: Pours a clear, very dark plum color. If it weren't for the clarity, there would be slim chance of seeing through it. About 1/3" of khaki colored head forms, which has reasonable retention considering the ABV. Lacing is nonexistent, but the legs are pretty good.
Smell: Very nice smell. Initially what hits me is a ton of candied sugar, along with vanilla. Very sweet caramel malt and toffee. The barrel aging certainly shines through; I get some bourbon, but I can tell this beer was partially wine barrel aged. I get some dark fruit character (fig, a bit of raisin) that I believe is enhanced by the wine barrel aging. Very complex, and about as good as it gets to my nose.
Taste: Sweet toffee and caramel malts show first, as well as vanilla and brown sugar. Very sweet malt base, but very pleasant as well. On the back end, the barrels kick in. Some bourbon is present, but also fig and a bit of raisin. A touch of port character, even.
Mouthfeel/Overall: Body is between medium and full, and gets exponentially smoother as the beer warms towards room temperature. I have heard several people mention that there is a lot of variation in Abacus bottles; I will agree with this. I have had one other bottle before this and was not nearly as impressed. Interested to see how the others I have turn out. Overall though, this is an exemplary barrel aged barleywine. Very complex and well integrated flavors.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2011 03:46:29 | More by zhanson88
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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
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,454 ratings.