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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - DEC 27, 2012
Bottled as Abacus. Thick fudge and bourbon in the aroma - dark fruits, syrup, coconut, cocoa, chocolate. Amazing aroma, a true 10. Tastes pretty good as well. Just like Parabola, 13 and 14, I could use a bit more body here, in order for it to blow my mind completely. Aroma and taste are amazing, but the dryness, alcohol presence and the lack of body makes it shy of amazing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle. 2012. Plum, copper, whiskey-like pour. Beige head that leaves some lacing. Caramel, brown sugar, American oak, dried fruit. Sweet, full body and complex. Nice beer to sip and relax during a cold winter.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - DEC 20, 2012
One of the bottles of Abacus I have. Delicious. Dark plum/brown pour. Minimal head, beige in color. Sweet, leathery aroma, caramel. Alcohol, sweet, rich, lingering and thick on certain parts of the palate. Ages with beauty, complex and cannot wait to try the other with more age. Yum!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11284) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2012
Bottled.thx to sarro. Dark amber coloured. Dense beige head. Aroma: sweetness, vanilla, oak, barrel, Wood, caramel. Flavour. Caramel, ripe fruits, Loads of sweetness, vanilla, wood, alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Ends sweet and fruity with Nice alcoholwarmth on lips and Palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle through trade. Pour has a Brown amber color and a very thin off white head that fell away quickly. Aroma has hefty bourbon, vanilla, oak, thick sweet malt, alcohol heat, and light oxidation. This is really a thick beast and it just whacks you with the barrel treatments unforgivably. Mouth feel is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation is on the lower side. Flavor hits you with big boozy malt, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, some oxidation, a bit of heat, and a long hanging finish. This makes no effort to cover up the bruiser that it is and the barrel treatments really take the center stage.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Aroma- caramel, toffee, light fruits, tobacco Appearance- classic barleywine look, nice alcohol presence Taste- slight bourbon upfront, some toffee and medicinal hints follow, red wine barrel, some tobacco Palate- very nice body, mouthfeel, and balance on this one Overall- Nice take on the barleywine from FW. While it’s no Parabola, this was a very complex and balanced BA beer that I wouldn’t mind trying again.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 From 2011 bottle (Abacus). The aroma is absolutely fantastic. Strong malt with a bourbon barrel scent. The appearance is dark ruby with an off-white head. Taste is spectacular. Lots of oak aged complexity with hints of the various malts involved as well as the bourbon components. It may be a high rating but keep in mind this bottle had 2 years of age on it at the time of tasting.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle to snifter. Pour is a clear dark copper with gold highlights, light head, decent lacing. Aroma is awesome, lots of hops pushing through a malty backbone and slathered in boozy goodness. Taste is pine hops, bready malt, toffee, light dark fruit, caramel, tons of brown sugar. Lots of wood and barrel notes. Lively mouthfeel, not much noticeable alcohol even at 13%. Really nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBeerFanatic (996) - Friona, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle from henrietta store, 17$. Pours a dark amber looking similar to maple syrup without the syrup. Head fades rather quick. Aromas of coconut, whiskey, cherry, bourbon, and a little cake. When going down the hatch, the alcohol comes through upfront almost strong. The coconut, cherry, caramel and oak/whiskey come through mostly. Little notes of vanilla as well. The alcohol really burns through the nose with sips so the smaller the sip the better, as it will be harder to enjoy and find the complexities. Medium sweet with almost no aftertaste and nothing that lingers. The oak/whiskey flavors are more subdued here. This is a malty brute that should be aged to enjoy it as it should be enjoyed. Bottled 1-5-12.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (18577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
Bottle at Aces & Ales, Las Vegas, vintage 2012, 12.5% ABV
Dark amber color, small head. Very nice aroma of malt, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak. Full bodied; sweet malt and toffee flavor, toasted oak, sweet, almost buttery; strong bitterness, with some hop resins.
Wonderful.


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