Abacus, Not Sucaba

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

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  1. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Poo-Bah (2,483) Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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    I know there are conflicting opinons on this one, but anybody try the orginal release recently?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jegross2

    jegross2 Meyvn (1,210) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Yes. It was better fresh IMO but still tasty. Not boozy at all.
     
  3. stx00lax

    stx00lax Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Washington
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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.
     
  4. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    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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  5. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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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.
     
  6. hooliganlife

    hooliganlife Meyvn (1,302) Apr 12, 2007 Missouri
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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

    HuskyinPDX Poo-Bah (2,483) Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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    Thanks for all the info. Looks like I will opening these soon.
     
  8. waltersrj

    waltersrj Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2010 Washington

    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.
     
  9. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Initiate (115) Oct 20, 2010 Quebec (Canada)
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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!
     
  10. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,626) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Interesting, I have one bottle left of 2011 Abacus. I guess I'll be drinking it up!
     
  11. ncaudle

    ncaudle Defender (601) May 28, 2010 Virginia
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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
     
  12. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    What was Abacus expecting from you? ;)
     
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  13. unibroue4ever

    unibroue4ever Initiate (115) Oct 20, 2010 Quebec (Canada)
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    *it!
     
  14. eatabagofbooger

    eatabagofbooger Initiate (60) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon
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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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