Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Cola brown with minimal tan head, and a bit of yeasty sediment Aroma is. marshmallowy, chocolatey and bourbony in the most devine sense of the word. Taste is the same, and finishes in cherry cordial notes, with boozy warming. I could drink this at room temperature, and be quite happy. $15/220z (celebratory: "Modernist Cuisine" arrived)
Edit: Now that it’s called Sucaba, it seems a bit hot and harsh in the alcohol department, without the mellow refinement I recall from before. Still very good, but just not great. Rating stays, along with my fond memory. (celebratory: Rammstein Concert!) Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2014
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. Saeglopur (2178) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - FEB 15, 2015
650 ml bottle from bier-deluxe.de.
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Dark copper body, with a small, creamy, slightly yellow head.
Complex aroma of chocolate, caramel, wood, coconut, vanilla, dark and dried fruits.
Taste follows this, also very complex and with even more smooth coconut.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes malty, alcoholic, smooth.
Delicious! Heavy, complex, dark, full - simply a big beer! Also quite unique, with lovely, smooth coconut notes. The best Barley Wine I’ve had so far!
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. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesn’t create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and I’m not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?).
Bule (2164) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a dark brown color without much head. Burnt sugar and molasses. Alcohol harshness. Mild hops.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
[Bottle] Deep mahogany hue. Big raisin, prune, malty aroma. Deep complex palate, plenty of english toffee, pruney malts combined with a tempered citrussy finish. Notes of licorice and chocolate add some complexity and depth. Burnt treacly aftertaste too. mgajdaczewa (2144) - Katowice, POLAND - MAR 27, 2017
SBF #19 Piękne piwo. Cieliste, ale zwiewne, ciasteczkowe, z nutami wanilii i marcepanu. Półsłodkie. Z kakaowymi naleciałościami. Niezwykle złożone. Nieładnie je potraktowaliśmy pijąc w spartańskich warunkach, ale... i tak pokazało swój geniusz. dfearnley (2143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle to tulip
Oak, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and coconut but a bit boozy.
Dark brown, almost black, but an almost bare head.
Bourbon, malt, a little chocolate, and candied fruit. oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Thanks GT2! Extreme dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Massive vanilla bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, marshmallow, and tannic wood abound. Sweet and boozy with a thick body and low carb, finishing sticky.