§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 3,449 | Reviews: 739 | Display Reviews Only:
4.97/5 rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Bottle served in a Stone 15th Anniversary glass. Thanks to SpdKilz for the bottle!
Appearance -- Beautiful dark brown transitions to a dark ruby red at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Head is very persistent at about half a finger and a creamy, buttermilk color.
Smell -- Incredible. Very, very happy that this was my 23rd birthday beer. Initially I get a very vanilla-based sweetness that is quickly surrounded by the barrel notes, most notably the toasted coconut and bourbon sweetness that you expect from good barrels.
Taste -- I love bourbon barrel aged beers and I knew this would be top-notch. This beer is so smooth that it is almost impossible to pick out specific taste characteristics. Initially I taste the sweetness of the bourbon barrels and the vanilla and oak that it imparts on the beer, followed by toffee/caramel sweetness. Little bit of toasted coconut in there as well. At 13% this is easily the smoothest double-digit ABV beer I have ever had.
Mouthfeel -- Abacus is so smooth and drinkable. The carbonation is spot-on and perfect for a brew of this size.
Overall -- Abacus is basically the perfect BA Barleywine IMO. Definitely the best I have ever had. I'm very happy that I was able to try this.
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2011 05:33:56 | More by mullenpc
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,449 ratings.