§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.58/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-01-2011 03:46:29 | More by zhanson88
More User Reviews:
4.53/5 rDev 0%
A - Pours a rich, red-tinged black with a small white head. Minor lacing and retention.
S - Nice scent bringing lot of barley wine and barrel elements with other notes of goodness. Dark fruits come through the most, along with caramel, chocolate, bourbon, oak, light tobacco and alcohol.
T - Tons of maple and vanilla, a bit nutty, very similar to smell, some sips had some alcohol in the back of the nose
M - Surprisingly smooth. Packs a punch but in all the right ways.
O - An amazing barleywine and another amazing beer from Firestone. This to me is the second best barleywine behind King Henry right now. Glad I have a few extra bottles.
05-22-2012 21:51:06 | More by SkiBum22
4.97/5 rDev +9.7%
2011 reserve series in a brandy snifter.
Alcohol notes overwhelm the senses from the get-go. Like a fine brandy only better.
This is why I now prefer beer to other alcohol choices.
Mouthfeel and aftertaste leave a very pleasant taste and feel that makes each sip a joy to behold.
Life is good when one of these are at hand.
11-24-2011 21:46:53 | More by NWer
4.76/5 rDev +5.1%
Poured into a large snifter after about 20 minutes out of the ice bucket. Deep reddish brown with a fair amount of tan, creamy head. Good lacing, and the collar was thick at the edge of the glass. Aroma of toffee, caramel, some woody earthiness, sweet medium roasted malt too. Taste is of toffee/caramel, leather, woody-earthy, very lightly smokey (perhaps because of the campfire). So damn good. Mouthfeel is all that barleywines should be. Appropriately carbonated, medium creamy body. I could drink this til the cows come home; too bad I have to trade for it.
11-18-2013 02:09:22 | More by mverity
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.