GIJOE (342) - Monterey, California, USA - JUN 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Snifter at the brewery tasting room. Pours golden brown with a filmy head and moderate lacing. Smells of oaky bourbon, dried fruits, and coconut. Taste is very balanced honey-like, chocolaty sweetness with subtle hop bitter tones. Full bodied, delicious barley wine! Love it!
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sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle, generously shared by Guerde. Old rating--was still Abacus at this point] Pours reddish-brown with no head. Aroma has a blast of coconut with a good dose of vanilla as well. Taste is coconut, chocolate, and alcohol comes out as it warms. Medium mouthfeel. Nicely done, and although my rating may not reflect it, the barrel was not overpowering and actually integrated quite nicely. Thanks, Andy!
pcstuck (42) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber into FFF Teku. Pours a dark amber, little to no head. Nose of bourbon, vanilla, oak. Light and fairly carbonated. Fairly sweet tasting. Bourbon, malt. vanilla and slight chocolate. Good barley wine
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A nice complex aroma with a vanilla and deep raisin and prune. RIch and delightful with a full body.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic label--looks like a Martini ingredient. Great aroma with a lot of vanilla, raisin, and rum. The flavor is less scintillating, with a quick finish that suppresses the multidimensional potential of the beer. Woody, vanilla, cherry, Really solid. Maybe not triumphant. But Jazz88 is triumphant, a hero among heroes and a wonderful human...all that for having shared beers with me today.
wheresyourball (369) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into a tulip. Pours caramel color, with a small beige head. Nose is bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate. Taste is sweet caramel followed by oak, chocolate, booze. Iím not normally a fan of barleywines, but this was fantastic. Seriously, does FW make any bad beers?
Errl (1086) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Abacus 2011 Bottle from Pollack..Thanks bro..Pour is dark black with a dark head..Nose is sweet vanilla, chocolate brownie, bourbon, coconut..Taste is Sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, powder sugar, wet wood, very balanced
Aniela (2228) - SkŲvde, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Redbrownish beer. Dark dried fruits, malty, caramell, hoppy and earthy aroma with some chocolate notes. Dried dark fruits, caramell, malty, vanilla, chocolate and oaky flabvour.
pilgrimoutlaw (639) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Whole Foods. Pours dark reddish brown with two finger off white head. Oak, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, coffee. Thick syrupy creamy body with some particulate matter. Very sweet. Itís really good in small quantities, but too sweet to drink more than 4 or 5 oz.
BMMillsy (952) - Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rate #700! 2012 Bottle from trade with dak. Thanks! Pours a murky brownish with some ruby reddish purple at the edges. Small brownish yellow head that recedes quickly. Aroma if huge vanilla and. Aramel biscuits, sweet brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Awesome! Flavor is caramel vanilla up front, bready malts, molasses, more vanilla and a bit of licorice, and ending with hot bourbon notes. Lingering dry oak and bourbon on the palate. Finishes surprisingly smooth and easy. A great balance of sweet and oakiness. Plenty of rich hearty body to handle the barrels. Low to medium carbonation. A sipper and oh so yum. Glad I got some of this for the 700 milestone!