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RATINGS: 806   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4986) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2012
2011 Bottle thanks to errl. Chewy, sticky, vanilla, wood, chocolate, leather, and bourbon. chewy palate, sticky wood, alcohol, ridiculous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2012
Finally broke into it with my friend. Hype’d up but I’m trying to make it past it. Appearance: Sucaba pours a really dark reddish amber. A slightly muddled mahogany but when held the light it’s quite clear. There’s almost a purple hie inside. It’s quite mesmerizing. A beige finger head is gone in a flash. Smell:Oak, bourbon, chocolate, coffee and fig are all here and are dissected easily. It’s really sweet smelling but the burn of alcohol is still slightly present on the finish. Taste: The powerful flavors of oak, bourbon and figs stand up front and mix together well while easily being taken apart. As she crosses the center of the tongue, caramel and a flavor of pie crust start to shine. They’re quickly cut out but chocolate and oak rounding out the back. The alcohol is just barely there throughout it all. Remarkably smooth for 12.5% Mouthfeel. There’s a lot of substance here. It’s quite meaty and full. Absolutely amazing. Overall: It’s good but I’ve hyped it up a bit much. Still, I’m delighted I was able to get the bottle and it’s a wonderful stylistic picture. The folks at Firestone Walker have done it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrDibbs (2) - California, USA - JUN 2, 2012 does not count
I let this age for 4 months since purchasing. It's a rich, complex beer. Many flavors - chocolate, toffee, oak, bourbon. Really nice @ home sipping! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3874) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 2, 2012
Abacus bottle, not sure of the vintage probably 2010. Clear mahogany pour with slightly yellowish white foam. Aroma is typical of a good barleywine, lots of rich toasted malt, toffee, caramel, piney hops, a touch of oak, very subtle though, a hint of vanilla. Taste is rich and boozy, sweet, slightly roasty, cherry, some chocolate. Palate is rich, boozy, alcohol definitely present. Nice barleywine, slightly too boozy though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sonnycheeba (4093) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark ruby/brown with thin, fizzy off-white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is dark and sour fruit, caramel malt, floral hops, woody notes, and light booze. Flavor is balanced malt and dark fruit esters with faint hops; sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation with high warmth.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours amber coffee brown with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate aromas of sweet malt and toffee. Full nectar with good carbonation. I like how this beer has a high complex value while remaining classy. It’s not overdone. Most barleywines of this magnitude are much too sweet and unbalanced. This brew reaches a new pinnacle. This beer has gone where no beer has gone before. Much more English in style exhibiting flavors of toffee, butterscotch, coconut, and a hint of cherry. Big on Bourbon. Love this brew. I feel a TRUMP card comin’ on. Bamn!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber from Bevmo in North Phoenix. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with lively tan head. Aromas of bourbon, heavy vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavors of sweet vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and healthy dose of booze. Should saved this for a winter night around the fire, and not a hot summer day but oh well. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2012
2012 poured into snifter. Smells of hot alcohol, toffee, toasted marshmallow, brown sugar, light oak. Appears dark, clear brown with a light khaki head that beautifully laces the glass. Taste is again, first marked by alcohol of several varieties (bourbon, spiced rum notes), then a wash into toffee and caramel, coconut, strong malt,cereal grain, more bourbon. Really nice carbonation and a surprisingly medium, but enjoyably so, body. I like this beer and expect it to be more enjoyable in a couple years’ time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (6216) - Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Batch 1 Abacus bottle to oversized snifter (thanks, daknole!). Looks good; boozy with low CO2 and thin lacing. Smells AWESOME! Big, sweet, and boozy! Tastes good too; vanilla, caramel, and bourbony (almost brandyish, but I think that’s just the sweet influence of the base beer). This is great stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Bomber. Pours a dark copper and mahogany color with a half-inch of crème brûlée foam. Lots of potently strong and sweet bourbon, caramel, vanilla, oak and black cherry notes round out the aroma. The flavor starts with a heavy dose of caramelized sugars, dark fruits (candied dates, figs, raisins) and toffee before the bourbon, oak and booze kick in. Also in the mix are some coconut, plum and cocoa flavors. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium-bodied with soft carbonation and a final blast of sweet bourbon in the finish. Overall, one of the top barrel aged English style Barley Wines and an ideal sipping beer to savor.

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