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Abacus, Not Sucaba

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by HuskyinPDX, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. HuskyinPDX

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    I know there are conflicting opinons on this one, but anybody try the orginal release recently?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jegross2

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    Yes. It was better fresh IMO but still tasty. Not boozy at all.
     
  3. stx00lax

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    Had one last week next to a 2013 arctic devil. It was definitely better fresh like most of FWs barrel aged beers in my opinion. It still had a little bit of heat, not harsh though, with a tiny bit of oxidation creeping through. Overall pretty smooth and enjoyable. That said, i much preferred the fresh arctic devil in comparison.
     
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    Good timing. I just had my last one Saturday and I thought it was great. Definitely a little smoother than fresh with a little less of the barrel character, which IMO is a good thing. The bourbon and coconut/vanilla was still there, just subdued from where it is fresh.
     
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    I had one a couple of months ago. It's difficult to compare a beer you're currently drinking to a distant memory, but I did think the aged one was better. The fresh one was a bit boozy while the aged one was much smoother and well balanced while still retaining a strong barrel/bourbon flavor.
     
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    Had a 2011 yesterday, it was ok but no where as good as fresh. I would not age any longer
     
  7. HuskyinPDX

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    Thanks for all the info. Looks like I will opening these soon.
     
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    Definitely open soon. Most FW beers all age pretty poorly because the barrel character when fresh disappears. Fresh Abacus/Sucaba are one of my favorite EBW's of all time. With even a year on them they become less than stellar IMHO.
     
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    Totally agree with you, had Abacus 3 month ago and I was disappointing. The barrel character had vanish to leave a too sweet boosy beer. Fresh is way better!
     
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    Interesting, I have one bottle left of 2011 Abacus. I guess I'll be drinking it up!
     
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    while the Abacus (2011) may not be as great now compared to fresh, it's still one of the better ba barleywines
     
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    What was Abacus expecting from you? ;)
     
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    *it!
     
  14. eatabagofbooger

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    Just realized I still have an Abacus in the cellar. If I can track down a bottle of the current release, I'll do a side-by-side and report back
     
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