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Firestone Walker Abacus

13% ABV. Barleywine from Firestone Walker Brewing in Paso Robles, California. Abacus is a barrel aged Barley Wine. Four barrels in total were selected for the blend. The base of this year’s offering was aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels for 3 years! The resulting beer is strong yet extremely elegant and smooth. 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. This is one of my favorite barleywines out there in addition to Three Floyd’s Behemoth and AleSmith Old Numbskull.
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2 comments on “Firestone Walker Abacus

  1. Malt Buzz
    December 12, 2011

    I loved this beer, one of my all time favorites. Just had the 15th anniversary, slightly disappointing at this time.

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