popery (1865) - 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). Iím 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. Itís a much more delicate and complex bourbon aroma than most bourbon barrel-aged beers. Bourbon and oak dominate a bit - not that Iím 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. Itís 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 Iíve come across. Delicious stuff.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Ruby colored beer. Nose lacks depth, but shows some malt and barrel elements of caramel, toast, toffee. Upon tasting, not a lot from the original beer. Sweet, fruity, barrel accented, but not complex or concentrated. One of the weaker examples of barrel aged strong ale at the fest.
wetherel (1860) - Cupertino, California, USA - APR 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchills. Big off-white foamy head. A little musty oaky aroma. I smell a little bit of yeasty auotlysis. Nice legs on glass. Sweetish. You can tast the alcohol.
koleminer20 (1857) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle shared with jasonn. 2013 vintage. The pour is a beautiful dark ruby brownish color with a thin khaki colored head and some spotty lacing. The aroma is beautiful. There are tons of malts and a beautiful vanilla character. Beyond that the dark fruits and a nice bourbon carry it through the end. The flavor is pretty malt forward, and very good. The caramel and vanilla mesh beautifully with the oak and light bourbon. The malts take a back seat to all of the alcohol heat. The mouth feel is velvety and nicely carbonated. Really smooth. The aftertaste is lingeringly malty with a good bourbon character and a nice vanilla. Excellent barleywine.
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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!
tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark copper/amber with a small yellow head, some retention/lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, coconut, light cocoa. Taste is moderately sweet; bourbon, coconut, vanilla, caramel, light booziness. Palate is lightly sticky, oily, boozy finish. Good.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma was sweet molasses, oak and fruity. Taste was so awesome. Fruity, woody, a little dry, sweet molasses. I drank this at cellar temp/55. The aroma and taste made you want to drink it slow so it wouldnít end. The foam clung to the side of the glass.
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle shared by Saeglopur at Vienna Tasting 02/2015. Thanks Thomas.brown color, almost no head, smells malty sweetness, brown sugar, liqueur, chocolate, alcoholic. full body, coconut, wood, alcoholic, liqueur, raisins, dried fruits. sweet alcoholic finish. good stuff.
Abio (1831) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Decent brew from firestone, with a lot of different tastes that gets trough. Some wood, vanilla and chocolate, but also something pleasant that I canít really name, but seems very familiar. Nice one.
Rustyham (1829) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smooth, Creamy, vanilla. The palate is very smooth, thick, and very warming, this fills your throat with heat. Color is deep brown, cloudy. Aroma of sweet brown sugar and fruity tropical nectars. Shared at Curtisís (Nashvilleís Sweetwarer Representative) tasting.