mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally broke into it with my friend. Hypeíd up but Iím trying to make it past it.
Appearance: Sucaba pours a really dark reddish amber. A slightly muddled mahogany but when held the light itís quite clear. Thereís almost a purple hie inside. Itís quite mesmerizing. A beige finger head is gone in a flash.
Smell:Oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee and fig are all here and are dissected easily. Itís really sweet smelling but the burn of alcohol is still slightly present on the finish.
Taste: The powerful flavors of oak, bourbon and figs stand up front and mix together well while easily being taken apart. As she crosses the center of the tongue, caramel and a flavor of pie crust start to shine. Theyíre quickly cut out but chocolate and oak rounding out the back. The alcohol is just barely there throughout it all. Remarkably smooth for 12.5%
Mouthfeel. Thereís a lot of substance here. Itís quite meaty and full. Absolutely amazing.
Overall: Itís good but Iíve hyped it up a bit much. Still, Iím delighted I was able to get the bottle and itís a wonderful stylistic picture. The folks at Firestone Walker have done it again.
MrDibbs (2) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I let this age for 4 months since purchasing. It's a rich, complex beer. Many flavors - chocolate, toffee, oak, bourbon. Really nice @ home sipping!
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JulienHuxley (3271) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Abacus bottle, not sure of the vintage probably 2010. Clear mahogany pour with slightly yellowish white foam. Aroma is typical of a good barleywine, lots of rich toasted malt, toffee, caramel, piney hops, a touch of oak, very subtle though, a hint of vanilla. Taste is rich and boozy, sweet, slightly roasty, cherry, some chocolate. Palate is rich, boozy, alcohol definitely present. Nice barleywine, slightly too boozy though.
sonnycheeba (3602) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby/brown with thin, fizzy off-white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is dark and sour fruit, caramel malt, floral hops, woody notes, and light booze. Flavor is balanced malt and dark fruit esters with faint hops; sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours amber coffee brown with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate aromas of sweet malt and toffee. Full nectar with good carbonation. I like how this beer has a high complex value while remaining classy. Itís not overdone. Most barleywines of this magnitude are much too sweet and unbalanced. This brew reaches a new pinnacle. This beer has gone where no beer has gone before. Much more English in style exhibiting flavors of toffee, butterscotch, coconut, and a hint of cherry. Big on Bourbon. Love this brew. I feel a TRUMP card cominí on. Bamn!
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bevmo in North Phoenix. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with lively tan head. Aromas of bourbon, heavy vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavors of sweet vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and healthy dose of booze. Should saved this for a winter night around the fire, and not a hot summer day but oh well. Nice beer.
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 poured into snifter. Smells of hot alcohol, toffee, toasted marshmallow, brown sugar, light oak. Appears dark, clear brown with a light khaki head that beautifully laces the glass. Taste is again, first marked by alcohol of several varieties (bourbon, spiced rum notes), then a wash into toffee and caramel, coconut, strong malt,cereal grain, more bourbon. Really nice carbonation and a surprisingly medium, but enjoyably so, body. I like this beer and expect it to be more enjoyable in a couple yearsí time.
b3shine (5576) - Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 1 Abacus bottle to oversized snifter (thanks, daknole!). Looks good; boozy with low CO2 and thin lacing. Smells AWESOME! Big, sweet, and boozy! Tastes good too; vanilla, caramel, and bourbony (almost brandyish, but I think thatís just the sweet influence of the base beer). This is great stuff!
CampesinoTino (770) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Pours a dark copper and mahogany color with a half-inch of crŤme brŻlťe foam. Lots of potently strong and sweet bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and black cherry notes round out the aroma. The flavor starts with a heavy dose of caramelized sugars, dark fruits (candied dates, figs, raisins) and toffee before the bourbon, oak and booze kick in. Also in the mix are some coconut, plum and cocoa flavors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a final blast of sweet bourbon in the finish. Overall, one of the top barrel aged English style Barley Wines and an ideal sipping beer to savor.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 Bottle "Abacus" thanks to vtafro: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a rich sweet caramelized sugar nose with good bourbon vanilla character and light fruity complexity. Starts with a rich, full body and light carbonation with plenty of initial sweetness revealing lots of complex brown sugar, vanilla and raisin flavors with a splash of bourbon before a slightly warming semi-sweet finish. Hides the alcohol fairly well and has good balance of flavors throughout.