Firestone Walker Abacus

Firestone Walker Abacus

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Brewed by Firestone Walker Brewing Company

Paso Robles, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

12% Alcohol by Volume

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Abacus is a barrel aged Barley Wine. Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combined with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak, with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. This is definitely a sipping beer, best served in a brandy snifter. Abacus pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses. Malts - Munton's Pale, Crisp Maris Otter Pale, Munich, Dark & Light Crystal, Chocolate Hops - Bittering — Bravo; Late Kettle — East Kent Golding Editor's note: Firestone Walker Brewing changed the name, Abacus, due to being served a cease-and-desist from a winemaker. 2012 was the first year of this new name, and is now known as §ucaba

ID: 42361 Last updated 11 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Most noted beer attributes

flat 100%
dry-hop 50%
licorice 50%
perfumy 50%
woody 50%
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Overall Rank47
Overall Percentile99.9
Style Rank2 of 512
Style Percentile99.6
Lowest Score3.4
Highest Score5.0
Average Score4.369
Weighted Score4.112
Standard Deviation0.431

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 5 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Had as Sucaba ("Abacus" backwards). Pours barely translucent chocolate with a thin pale buff head. Aroma offers chocolate, roast malt and caramel tones. Flavor echoes the aroma with stronger notes. Mouthfeel features firm body and peppy fizz. Sucaba one down.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.5 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    Sampled with good frineds - 2013 Version - "Sucaba". Deep brown lightly murky pour with little head nor lacing. Deep and rich ripe dark pitted fruits, tobacco, smoke, but mostly Bourbon. Helluva beer.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.3 8 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Another SUPER kind trade from Slowrunner77 - MANY THANKS! I split this 4-ways during guys week in OCMD2015. This beer was great and it probably gets marks too low from me, but that is likely because barleywines are not my favorite style. That being said, this one is top flight and I know it is a work of art. Sweet malty flavors, figs, and other dark fruit. The beer is full weight and is more like a fine scotch. Hops are ever present, bourbon barreling did wonders to this beer. Many thanks - fantastic beer.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 4.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pours light brown color with a small tan head in a snifter. Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, wood and bourbon on the nose and the tongue. Very complex! An amazing balance of aromas and flavors. Came very cold and was forced to wrapped my hands around it to warm it up a bit. One of the best beers I have yet to taste. Unfortunately, I got the last pour from the tap. Very pricey and worth every penny. Fantastic! A must try.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Well, I will have some more of that. The smell is like straight vanilla extract, sharp alcohol and intense vanilla. Unfortunately is pours like a light brown coke, but that is the only thing against it. The mouthfeel is like velvet, can't think of anything that has been more impressive. The flavors that come out are pretty amazing, sort of belgian strong, sort of barleywine, and lots of bourbon barrel.

  • MISSSIPLESS 165 reviews
    rated 3.4 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    One of the problems with the craft beer revolution is that beer is becoming hard liquor instead of beer, and it is killing beer for me. I heard a lot of good things about this beer but I want a beer, not bourbon, and there is too much of a bourbon character in this.

  • HANNAH 1021 reviews
    rated 4.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This beer is incredible. I cellared it for about a year and I don't have a before and after analysis to offer, but it has certainly proven worth the wait. Sweet molasses, whiskey, and wood are strong in the aroma. Flavor is complex with hints of nearly any malty attribute you can imagine; notable are vanilla, oak, bourbon raison, tobacco, and hints of chocolate. It's like grape nuts on steroids: hearty, rich, delicious. Full bodied with gentle carbonation and subtle warming. I wish I had another bottle stashed away.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 5.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    22oz bottle -

    This is just insane how great this beer is on nearly every level. The intense amount of flavor depth combined with the olfactory input is really something to appreciate and admire. Waves of rich, butter-toffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate, thick caramel syrup, and coconut cake batter fill the nose with just a light twinge of alcohol showing up. Stunning.

    The complexity on this is just mind blowing. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Apis Póltorak Jadwiga, with it's multiple layers of flavors, each meshing with each other in an orchestra of wonderful flavors. Bounding flavors of bourbon, oak, vanillin, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, butter-scotch, leather, and Captain Black pipe tobacco. There are very few beers as defining to a category as this is to the barleywine style. It's simply, simply amazing.

  • GGRUMET 311 reviews
    rated 4.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 10

    Review for 2011 - Abacus - poured at 55 degrees into a snifter presents a brownish black with a soapy off white head. Very little head retention or lacing, however. The nose is full of oakiness and loads of bourbon even on this 1+ year old bottle. Vanilla and subtle bourbon pave the way for raisins, dates, and figs along with a punchy sweetness. This is sheer bliss - a truly excellent beer fresh but with age the 'hotness' lets the base beer through and it is downright epic. A must try.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.0 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bought for me by a guy names Chip @ Waldo's Pizza in KC .. . Pours a deep burnt caramel brown .. . this was wonderful- from molasses, caramel, pastry, fudge, and dark minced fruits .. . sticky mouthfeel and smooth- great now and will be great in ten years .. . i loved every drop! .. . he's got stupid cool hiphop style!!

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