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RATINGS: 826   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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 ale pairs well with dark chocolate and sturdy cheeses.

Note: Sucaba is the beer formerly known as Abacus until the Winter 2012 release.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Aromas of oak, maple, brown sugar and yeast. Deep, murky brown color with almost no foam. Strong burnt caramel, burnt sugar, toasted oak, maple and roasted cocoa characteristics. Finish leaves a big boozey burn with thick notes of dark fruits and syrupy molasses. Overall, sipping beer indeed. Very well rounded with assertively complex flavors and heavy alcohol on the finish. I like it, it’s really strong and well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ajax25g (66) - Washington DC, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
On tap at Uber. Dark hazy brown appearance with head that quickly disappears. Nose hits you with a bunch of oaky bourbonness, dark fruits, especially overripe cherries, and bitter chocolate. Low carb, kinda wish there was a bit more. Full bodied. Taste us much like the nose. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. A little vanilla in there with some port. Yummy stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
22oz bottle shared by biegaman with me and blankboy. Botlle is "Abacus - 2011" ... Murky reddish-brown, minimal off-white bubbly head. Some bourbon, nutty and fruity and boozy and lots going on - fruity, almost sweet. Taste follows, even sweeter, some mocha notes. Thick, mild carbonation, quick-ish finish, a bit boozy - really nice. Smooth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma: massive oak, vanilla, bourbon .notes. also getting a dark fruit note. Appearance: reddish-brown, 1/2 finger off-white head. No lacing and a massive amount of alcohol legs. Taste: Wow!!! Sweet but not too sweet. Not a lot of bitterness. This is the smoothest beer I ever had. Overall: The best barleywine I ever had. The best beer I’ve had period. The only reason this is not a 5.0 score is wish it was in a 12 ounce bottle. This will creep up on you, definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Deep ruby brown, small tan head. Aroma brown sugar, malt, dark fruit, chocolate. Full body. Alcohol is present but not dominant. Sweet bourbon like flavors. Dates, wood, roasted nuts, coffee, vanilla as well. Quite complex. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Camwip (1) - - FEB 1, 2013 does not count
Strong Dark Cherry notes, with a sweet bite that balances out the high alcohol notes. Very unique and full flavored Barley Wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (6212) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
19/I/13 -1Pt. 9Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2013 - BB: n/a - 2012 vintage (2013-61) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!

Clear ruby red beer, small off-white head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: lots and lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, bit fruity, sugar. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of chocolate, bit sugary, malts, caramel, vanilla, sweet, some alcohol noticeable. Aftertaste: more chocolate, caramel, vanilla, sugary, bit boozy, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1551) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Bottle shared by Phreddyboi. Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, sweet toffee, coconut, sweet cherry, vanilla, dark sweet berries and a lot of barrel qualities. Taste has a decent amount of warming alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, dark sweet berries and a big barrel quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Booze-soaked, sweet dry cherry taste. Deep brown color. Straight bourbon aroma...coconut, vanilla, and caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 24, 2013
Clear reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of caramel, malts, liquorice, sugar syrup, molasses, light roasted tones and alcohol. Sweet, light bitter flavour, caramel and raisins. Finish caramel and alcohol.
(From 66cL bottle @ RBBWG II, Wilrijk 2013. Courtesy of Benzai. Thanks Rene!)

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