phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 27, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled as Abacus. Thick fudge and bourbon in the aroma - dark fruits, syrup, coconut, cocoa, chocolate. Amazing aroma, a true 10. Tastes pretty good as well. Just like Parabola, 13 and 14, I could use a bit more body here, in order for it to blow my mind completely. Aroma and taste are amazing, but the dryness, alcohol presence and the lack of body makes it shy of amazing.
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2012. Plum, copper, whiskey-like pour. Beige head that leaves some lacing. Caramel, brown sugar, American oak, dried fruit. Sweet, full body and complex. Nice beer to sip and relax during a cold winter.
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the bottles of Abacus I have. Delicious. Dark plum/brown pour. Minimal head, beige in color. Sweet, leathery aroma, caramel. Alcohol, sweet, rich, lingering and thick on certain parts of the palate. Ages with beauty, complex and cannot wait to try the other with more age. Yum!
madsberg (11284) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled.thx to sarro. Dark amber coloured. Dense beige head. Aroma: sweetness, vanilla, oak, barrel, Wood, caramel. Flavour. Caramel, ripe fruits, Loads of sweetness, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends sweet and fruity with Nice alcoholwarmth on lips and Palate.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle through trade. Pour has a Brown amber color and a very thin off white head that fell away quickly. Aroma has hefty bourbon, vanilla, oak, thick sweet malt, alcohol heat, and light oxidation. This is really a thick beast and it just whacks you with the barrel treatments unforgivably. Mouth feel is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation is on the lower side. Flavor hits you with big boozy malt, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, some oxidation, a bit of heat, and a long hanging finish. This makes no effort to cover up the bruiser that it is and the barrel treatments really take the center stage.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma- caramel, toffee, light fruits, tobacco
Appearance- classic barleywine look, nice alcohol presence
Taste- slight bourbon upfront, some toffee and medicinal hints follow, red wine barrel, some tobacco
Palate- very nice body, mouthfeel, and balance on this one
Overall- Nice take on the barleywine from FW. While it’s no Parabola, this was a very complex and balanced BA beer that I wouldn’t mind trying again.
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 27, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 From 2011 bottle (Abacus). The aroma is absolutely fantastic. Strong malt with a bourbon barrel scent. The appearance is dark ruby with an off-white head. Taste is spectacular. Lots of oak aged complexity with hints of the various malts involved as well as the bourbon components. It may be a high rating but keep in mind this bottle had 2 years of age on it at the time of tasting.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle to snifter. Pour is a clear dark copper with gold highlights, light head, decent lacing. Aroma is awesome, lots of hops pushing through a malty backbone and slathered in boozy goodness. Taste is pine hops, bready malt, toffee, light dark fruit, caramel, tons of brown sugar. Lots of wood and barrel notes. Lively mouthfeel, not much noticeable alcohol even at 13%. Really nice beer!
MrBeerFanatic (996) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from henrietta store, 17$. Pours a dark amber looking similar to maple syrup without the syrup. Head fades rather quick. Aromas of coconut, whiskey, cherry, bourbon, and a little cake. When going down the hatch, the alcohol comes through upfront almost strong. The coconut, cherry, caramel and oak/whiskey come through mostly. Little notes of vanilla as well. The alcohol really burns through the nose with sips so the smaller the sip the better, as it will be harder to enjoy and find the complexities. Medium sweet with almost no aftertaste and nothing that lingers. The oak/whiskey flavors are more subdued here. This is a malty brute that should be aged to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed. Bottled 1-5-12.
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas, vintage 2012, 12.5% ABV
Dark amber color, small head. Very nice aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak. Full bodied; sweet malt and toffee flavor, toasted oak, sweet, almost buttery; strong bitterness, with some hop resins.