TheHOFF43 (2039) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a cola colored, could pass for coke. Aroma is awesome. Caramel, malt and hops. Flavor is boozy caramel, oak, toffee and malts. Fuck, this beer is incredible. Not really boozy, but the alcohol is there.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is very dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, and bourbon, but it is faint. Flavor is chocoalte, vanilla, coconut, tobacco, caramel, and booze. Finish is hot.
Emeister84 (2029) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of toffee, caramel, cocoa. Hazy bronze with a mostly lasting off-white head. Sweet, boozy, caramel, red fruit. Full bodied.
DalzAle (2020) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Dan. Clear, very dark brown pour and an aroma of plums, raisins and booze. Flavor is very spicey, boozy prunes, and a little hops along with a hot alcohol aftertaste. Still hot as a young beer, but can only get better with age.
Beerdrinker79 (2004) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage- Pours very hazy dark orange to brown with a thin head that I had to force that reduces to a collar and a few islands. Aroma is prominent vanilla, coconut, toasted masrshmallow, getting honey, massively complex and wonderful. The taste is very similar, strong coconut, vanilla, caramel, not overly bitter or harsh like most barley wines seem to be. Body is thick and chewy yet easy drinking, tasty shit for sure! At this price ($8.99 a bottle plus 10% discount!) I really wish i’d have picked up a few more for the cellar.
Goodgrief (1990) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown pour with thinnish head. Aroma of bourbon and cocoa, with a flavor similar. Cocoa and vanilla accent a big bourbon base. Hints of oak and and vanilla. Silky smooth. Well done.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of molasses, vanilla chocolate, and slight black cherry. Pours brown and heavily carbonated. Taste is intense. Oak, chocolate, cherry and vanilla balance wonderfully in a malty bed. Delicious.
sir__v (1982) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 Bottle bring from the brewery and share with a friend. Color: nice dark brown beer with small carbonation and medium ivory foam. Smell: malt, caramel, peat. Amazing work on the malt, really complex with a good balance. Some vanilla notes. Taste: amazing complexity on mouth really interesting with good equilibrium of malt and hops. Aftertaste: high malty taste with good complexity of vanilla aroma.
On tap @ Amsterdam café, San Francisco - CA. Color: dark brown beer with no carbonation and small ivory head. Smell: caramel, toffee and malt complexity. Notes of wood and hoppy presence. Domination of roasted malt and toffee. Vanilla finish. Taste: oily sensation with good toffee and caramel taste. Malt domination well balanced and brown sugar. Finish vanilla. Aftertaste: malty taste with caramel and alcohol finish.
mikem409 (1976) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2012 sucaba. pours dark brown thin head. aroma of vanilla and oak. taste is sweet bourbon and coconut slight coco
popery (1974) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
City Beer Store. This was my third time drinking Abacus (past two at Toronado). I’m not the biggest fan of bourbon barrel-aged barleywines, but this is an awesome beer. It pours a deep brownish purplish murk. Virtually no head. Somewhat ominous. The aroma is strong on wonderful bourbon. It’s a much more delicate and complex bourbon aroma than most bourbon barrel-aged beers. Bourbon and oak dominate a bit - not that I’m complaining in this particular case - but there are some wonderful malty fruit flavors lurking beneath and even some chocolate and vanilla. The fruit notes come out even more in the flavor. It’s sweet but not cloying. It tastes of malt sugars refined by barrel-aging. The beer is thick and warming. Abacus is probably the best barrel-aged barleywine that I’ve come across. Delicious stuff.