§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -12.1%
Poured from a 650ml bottle of Abacus, not Sucaba, into a tulip glass and split with a friend.
A: Poured a deep brown, almost completely opaque with light only showing through around the edges. Quickly dissipating tan head.
S: Reminds me of a port wine, very fruity, dark fruits. Chocolate, roasted malts, oak and raison.
T: Grainy alcohol at the end, really sweet but mellow with caramel. Fruity raison notes throughout.
M: Thick syrupy like caramel with a lively fizzy carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this, but it was very sweet. It is incredibly complex, but unfortunately it doesn't live up to the hype I heard about it. I would love to try this again.
12-12-2011 17:59:16 | More by keanex
4.53/5 rDev 0%
22oz bottle split 2 ways into tulips. 2011 Abacus, generously traded to me by BA cadaugherty (not via ISO, but in response to me randomly mentioning that I missed Abacus this year in a Beer Talk thread). Thanks!
Appearance: Careful pour yields a one fourth inch offwhite head that dissipates immediately. Pours a semi translucent dark red brown. No lacing, very leggy.
Smell: Vanilla and coconut bourbon and oak. Malt and sugary fruit. Welcoming bourbon barrel aromas. Like the flavor, it's a large, sublimely well-integrated set of notes. Not bold, not particularly potent, but beautiful and enhances the flavor.
Taste: Bourbon and oak, spicy, vanilla, that "almost coconut" of strongly American oak influenced beer, with a hot finish. Slight roasted flavors, some mild dark fruit (raisin, date) and apple. Less distinct notes and more deep complexity that's superbly balanced.
Really, balance and oak aging are the stars here. Heat is there in the flavor (13% = not kidding around), but it only helps. It's amazing to have so much flavor without giving an impression of boldness... It's not subtle either, but nothing hits you over the head. Just tons of perfectly married flavor.
Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Good attenuation (just a little dry, and not sugary). Not as outstanding as the flavor, but well done enough.
Overall: This is my kind of beer. Lots of great barleywine (I would guess the base beer is delicious on its own) and oak bourbon barrel flavors. Hope I don't miss the 2012 version in February.
12-12-2011 01:19:08 | More by Pahn
4.13/5 rDev -8.8%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into my trusty snifter. Couldn't find a more specific date than "2011".
A: Pours a semi-hazy reddish-brown mahogany color. Minimal head that fades pretty quickly...not for lack of carbonation though as it can be seen floating up through the body of the beer. Massive alcohol legs as well.
S: Huge booze-soaked raisins and other dark fruits: plums, figs...bourbon is pleasantly in the background. Some brown sugar and confectionary sweetness noticeable. No hop aroma at all.
T&M: A big chewy version of the aroma. Raisins, figs and plums. The bourbon is quick to move through the palate, which I very much appreciate - definitely not one of the main flavors here, just compliments everything else. I also get something of a granola bar taste. Oaty and sweet. Such a smooth viscous beer that coats the mouth and throat long after the initial sip. Carbonation is low. Very much full-bodied. No astringency from the alcohol, but definitely get some heat in the chest.
O: This is really a brilliant beer. Truth be told, I forgot that this was a bourbon-barrel aged beer until I got a whiff of the aroma...and I was a little bummed. I don't seem to have the appreciation for bourbon-barrel aged beers that some others do. But it was so complimentary to the other flavors that were going on in this beer, that I didn't find it at all offensive as I normally do. In fact, this may have changed my opinion on bourbon-barrel aged beers. One of few beers that have opened my eyes recently. A fun take on a Barleywine.
12-10-2011 22:26:31 | More by kbuzz
4.65/5 rDev +2.6%
2011 Vintage, purchased in May of this year, brought back to Sydney Australia and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.
Pours a lovely deep brown, just flecked with hints of ruby. The body is a thick, glutinous blob of chewy malt, and the bubbly inconsistent head is really the subsistent, secondary part of the appearance. Nice fine carbonation. Looks very decent.
Nose is just lovely, and a brilliant archetype of the Firestone Walker barrel-aging genre. Lovely coconut-vanilla characters coming through above a gorgeously thick and sweet malt basis. Slight hints of earthy vegetation coming through, giving a touch of tea and a minerally hint of seaweed. Very nicely accentuated. Lovely.
Taste is smooth, luscious and gorgeous, with big sweetness beautifully worked off the oak tannins and faint acidity. Coconut comes through, along with hints of reduced bourbon, barley sugar and a slick resiny aftertaste. Really smooth, and gorgeously integrated—the characters all meld together really beautifully, and although the complexities are manifold, they form one coherence, blissful whole.
Feel is spectacularly smooth, while remaining quite fluid. The feel is pretty much the only way to truly detect the alcohol as well, sitting as it does as a warmth on the back of the throat.
A gorgeous beer from FW. I love their anniversary barrel blends, but this one shows that they can do something amazing and comparable with a single brew as well. Great stuff.
12-10-2011 07:44:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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