GMCC2181 (1539) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2012) from SL... Pours a brown color with a small head. Nose of slight raisons, dark fruit. Taste is classic big barley wine.... tons of malt...dark fruit. slight oak presence. Smooth for a beer that is over 12%... definitely a sipper... glad I shared it with a couple friends. Overall, good barleywine
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sampled at az strong beer festival. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, raisins, caramel, malt, hops. Flavor is chewy raisins, caramel, bourbon, molasses, oak. Nice BA Barleywine.
harrymel (1536) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pours a dark cherry mahogany ale. Less than single finger of light tan head falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lacing. When agitated, head replenishes and then falls once again.
S: I like the way this smells. Sweet vanilla, nougats and caramel. Some hints of cherry. It reminds me of a white chocolate Idaho Potato Cherry flavored candy bar, if you know what I mean...
T: Plenty of sweet butterscotch, vanilla, oak, cherries. The alcohol is a bit hot here. The taste profile is less than impressive, but with a year or two on it, presuming the toffee tones in the malts would come thru, this would be world class. As it warms, the alcohol continues to have more and more presence, not cool.
M: A bit thin for the style IMO. Carbonation is moderate and persistent, not bad, would prefer a little lower.
O: I think this is a nearly exceptional barley wine. I might pick up a few more just to age them, but I have less than high expectations for this to continue to excel. It will either thin out and fail to build the smooth feel I really appreciate from good BWís, but then again, you never know. Iím nearly on the fence with this. Itís good, but not terrific.
Serving type: bottle
GothGargoyle (1536) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light ruby brown with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, honey, bourbon. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a touch of booze on the finish. Taste is caramel, honey, dates, raisins. Great.
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF Saturday. I had tried this before, but was not able to rate it. Pours dark dark brown, with a wispy chocolate head. Menacingly dark, even for a Barley Wine. Rich dark fruit and raisin on the nose, with similar flavors plus chocolate in the body. Very well rounded, despite the intensity of it all. I enjoyed every drop of this, and have to say that Abacus is a better ďextremeĒ beer than Parabola (Barrel-aged RIS).
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish brown in color with a bubbly tan head. Sweet marzipan, lots of dark bready notes. Taste has similar notes, bready sweetyness, some vinous notes as well. Smooth and rich tasting as well throughout the whole time.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light-bodied in appearance, this bottle of perfection is dark brown in color with a soda-like carbonation that adheres to the sides of my glass. I could smell this all day long. Itís sweet, woody, alcoholic, and slightly of Bourbon. When I die I want this on my death bed... in my hand. Itís amazing in the mouth, the perfect balance of light bodiedness, maltiness, alcohol and hops, all perfectly blended. Itís smooth, with a touch of dark, candy like sweetness.
This is godly. Itís the perfect balance of all worlds. Just the right amount of everything, with enough hair on its chest to be beefy - but not so much that you get hair in your teeth. I wish I could drink this every day... for breakfast, lunch, dinner, second lunch, second dinner, midnight snack... Iím in love.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep amber hue with a very clear body. The aromas are creamy vanilla, silky smooth bourbon, and some fruity booze. The flavors are strong with the vanilla bean, some sweet bread, and bourbon with a touch of french oak. There is a booziness to it at times that isnít bad but could use some rounding. The mouth is really smooth. Great brew. Keep them coming Firestone.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the SF Barleywine fest at Toronado. Deep brown pour with a small white head. Very sweet for a barleywine, full of vanilla and a bunch of hop goodness as well. Nice molasses as well and some oaky goodness. Extremely tasty and so damn smooth!
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Might be one of the best beers iíve ever had, iíd quite possibly punch my mom for another drank. Huge milk chocolate flavor, no noticable heat, body was thick enough to hold the flavor, thin enough not to be cloying, somewhat one note, but depth to the chocolate flavor and roast. iíd say its the west coast sexual chocolate.