AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Pours attractive deep brown with some red highlights. Big, sweet toffee, caramel and vanilla nose and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Damn this beer is sick, sick sick. Thanks so much to Scottoale for telling me about it even though at the time (at alesmith I was like dude, I don’t need this I want to go home, I’m glad I got to have it. Tap @ O’brien’s. Pours blackish red with a tan ring. Nose is light and ok, really too cold to get much. Taste is wow, f’ing wow. Sweet, malty, rich slick with bourbon and oak and vanilla, yummers! trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured hazy copper-brown with a flat ring of white bubbles. No lacing. Earthy caramel and bread dough aroma with vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Boozy. Viscous, non-carbonated mouthfeel gave it the character of a liquer. Strong caramel and cherry flavors up front, then moves into the earthy, alcoholic oaken malt flavors. Somewhat of a mix between whiskey and cognac in the background. Long, sticky finish that tastes resiny, but without the bite. Definitely a sipper, but a great one at that. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Big bourbon aroma. Mid brown coloured sweet and rich on the palate. Strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a very bitter chocolate malt finish. Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Sample from Tim’s growler at Woodshop 5.0. Deep caramel brown with a wispy beige head, nice lacing. Deep nose of red apples, brown sugar and light booze. Great carbonation and mouth feel.
SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Sampled several times at the 2010 AZ strong beer fest. Dark amber pour. Oak, bourbon, hops, dark fruit, vanilla. Fantastic! popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
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. tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Might be one of the best beers i’ve ever had, i’d 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. i’d say its the west coast sexual chocolate. bhensonb (15745) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Tap at Samuel Horne. Pours very black with a slight creamy head. Aroma is mostly malty with light darkish fruit hints. Full bodied. It is sweet with lots of dark fruit - more cherry than date. Bourbon and fruit. Could be some floral hop. Oak seems blended in. It finishes sweet but not sticky. Liquid food. Fruit juice du jour. Lovin it. thornecb (6055) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Pours deep brown into a snifter. Off-white head with excellent retention recedes to hug rim. Pit fruit, vanilla and oak aromas. Sweet coconut and almonds upfront turning hot and boozy in the lasting dark caramel covered pit fruit and oak finish.