§ucaba - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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4.4/5 rDev -2.9%
22oz. bomber poured into a Tyranena tulip. Heard this one was going downhill, so here we go!
A: A murky dark brown caramel color that pours with very little head, if any at all. Beer leaves no lacing and does not appear to be sticky.
S: Vanilla, bourbon, oak, caramel. This beer has been sitting around for a little while now and seems to have mellowed out a bit.
T: Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, oak...pretty much the smell. Tastes absolutely wonderful. All of the flavors are balanced nicely.
M: Heavy bodied, the faintest hint of carbonation. It's sticky, the taste lingers.
O: While it has faded some, this is still a top notch barleywine. Love this one, can't wait for the next batch!
12-05-2011 02:07:13 | More by mrand01
4.53/5 rDev 0%
Pours a dark brown color almost black, with red and violet hues.
Almost no head, just a faint ring of foam around the surface. Retention is low to almost none. Very viscous looking.
Aroma is extremely complex and powerful with vanilla, oak, whisky, malt and alcohol.
Taste is malty with caramel, molasses and nuts. Loads of oak aged notes soon follow with vanilla, dark chocolate, and dark malts. Finish is smooth and lasting.
Body is very heavy and licorous with a medium level of carbonation and an amazingly smooth mouthfeel. Warming sensation follows.
Top notch oak aged barleywine from FW. Very balanced, great flavor and an even better mouthfeel.
11-29-2011 04:12:52 | More by paulozanello
4.33/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Dark ruby, light brown creamy head, hard pour in SA perfect pint glass leaves little lasting head. No lacing to speak of.
Smell: Strong bourbon, oak, alcohol. Faint bit of vanilla and toffee/caramel. Very nice.
Taste: Bourbon, malty, and generally sweet. There's a lot going on here, but it's very well mingled together - kind of a situation where picking out the individual flavors doesn't do justice to the sum of the parts.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, kind of high on the carb.
Drinkability: It is what it is - a boozy alcohol bomb of a thick syrupy style of beer. Split your bomber with a friend - one glass is plenty.
Overall: This is an excellent beer. But, following up a Pelican MoaS, it really fell short of that bar. That speaks more to the MoaS than it does to the Abacus though. A touch on the boozy side for my liking, and we're about 7 months old at this point. I also had a bottle fresh and don't notice a discernible difference to my memory.
11-27-2011 20:45:50 | More by cbeer88
§ucaba from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 3,564 ratings.