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RATINGS: 877   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Winter 2012 22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful ruby mahogany with a smallish bubbly white head. Nose and flavor are absolutely lovely, with notes of caramel, marzipan, madeira, molasses, tawny port, hazelnut; just a lovely complex of sweet malt character, with a stunning dry finish and very easy drinking for a 12.5% brew. Masterfully made. I dig quite a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nocturne (1833) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2013
650ml bottle, as Abacus. Pours a dark brownish red with a quickly-dissipating ring of head. Smells earthy, roasty and chocolatey. Lots of bourbon in the aroma and you can really smell the corn initially. Tastes of booze-soaked dark fruit, toffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel falls somewhat shy of what I’d expect of a beer of this strength in terms of thickness, but the sweetness doesn’t become cloying and the flavours are nicely balanced. There’s a slight heat remaining but I suspect this has mellowed considerably and it’s very drinkable at this stage. A really good barley wine overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
scooter520 (185) - - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle 2012. Appearance: dark brown with ruby tinted edges with very minimal tan head. Aroma: big toffee, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Taste: sweet toffee, bourbon booze, oak, chocolate, vanilla, graininess...delicious. Mouthfeel: thinnish body with medium carbonation. Overall: like usual, FW barrel aged quality. It's an amazing barleywine with strong bourbon barrel attributes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1308) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle from Jeffo

head: small
Colour: somewhat dark redish amber
Smell: some wheats, sweet, little bit of coconut, lots of oak and vanilla
Taste: start is very smooth with beautifful balance between sweetness and the hints and flavour of the barrels, very very nice !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5186) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Marheb qui m’échange ce vintage 2012. Mille mercis! Une robe bien ambrée et un simple anneau de mousse. Un nez obèse de caramel fruité avec des notes boisées, du bourbon vanillé et une pointe chocolatée. Des saveurs maltées très riches qui supportent la présence marquée du bois et du bourbon. Un alcool poivré et chaud qui transporte des notes fruitées. Une bouche grasse avec des bulles heureusement actives. Une finale qui s’accroche longuement, amère par son alcool résineux et boisé. Définitivement une affaire monstrueusement riche qui semble être construire pour faire face à la rigueur du bourbon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (4254) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
Bouteille de 660ml dans une boîte de carton. Bière brune foncée, la mousse a laissé place au liquide assez rapidement. Les arômes boisés sont très présentes au nez. Le sucre caramélisé se mêle aux accents de vanille, de bourbon et d’alcool. La bouche est lourde, chaude, sucrée, elle manque de finesse et de raffinement. Le liquide est sirupeux. L’alcool brule le palais et la finale chaude nous rappelle que les bières vieillies en fûts de chêne peuvent être de vrai succès comme de véritable caricature. Une bête de concours pour épater un certain public qui a malheureusement oublié que la bière est avant tout un produit désaltérant. Version 2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Dark brown opaque pour w/ a thick small bubbled tan head with thick lacing. Sweet brown sugars, oak, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Full well coated palate, thick rich and creamy. Flavor is devine! Rich milk chocolates are the lead taste, a tiny hint of tart cherry, a good amount of vanilla, a dry oaky finish, warm swallow but a very well hidden alcohol and a surprising 13%. Aftertaste is almost a syruppy sweet quality. I wish I had more of this as I think it would pair well with a big cheese or something like that. Loved it!

   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.

   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.

   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!

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