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RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
Aroma of molasses, vanilla chocolate, and slight black cherry. Pours brown and heavily carbonated. Taste is intense. Oak, chocolate, cherry and vanilla balance wonderfully in a malty bed. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1821) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - APR 8, 2012
(from notes just found) On tap at Fourth Avenue Pub. Dark brown with dense ring. Maple syrup vanilla and wood aroma. Toasted caramel maple syrup mild dark fruit vanilla wood with fairly clean finish and minimal burn. Excellent. On par with Angelsí Share.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryecatcher (813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
An excellent example of what a very good barley wine can be. Dark, brown with very thin head. Lots of toffee, butterscotch, chocolate and bourbon, sweetness, but not overdone. Itís like a dessert beer if there were such a thing. So good, itíll be a long wait til next yearís batch.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1064) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
This is for Sucaba. Was lazy and never rated Abacus from bottle or tap. On tap at the brew house. Pours a black to deep brown with next to no head. Toffee, dark chocolate, bourbon and coconut in the nose. Taste is coconut, dark chocolate, some cherry and a light earthy note that I canít place and donít remember from the past batch. Overall, bourbon forward barleywine that I wish had more hop profile being as "young" as you can really get.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from good ol' Nugget. Aroma is of Sam Adams Utopia...brandy/bourbon-alcohol soaked barleywine notes. Flavor has coconut, cherry and pipe-tobacco notes. This one was definitely hot on first pour. As it warmed, it was muy enjoyabley...actually, still muy enjoyabley! This is 12.5% Utopia btw...Damn good beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
waf07 (7) - USA - MAR 31, 2012 does not count
Best barley wine Iíve had. Dark dark brown color, sweet aroma. Strong Bourbon taste when itís cold but the flavors really show themselves after it sits for a few minutes. Wonderful sipping beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Pours a ribbon of silky onyx with chestnut highlights under a rich dark tan head. Aroma of molasses, butterscotch and lightly roasted coffee. Big, sweet, rich butterscotch flavor right up front that blends with toffee, milk chocolate, plums and other dark fruits all atop a hearty malty center. Creamy mouthfeel and a long, sweet, pleasing finish. Wonderfully complex but deceptively drinkable, especially with such a high ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Poured in the appropriate small snifter at Surly Goat. Very dark brown in color. Big vanilla taste. Extremely smooth. The alcohol is not in your face. I get some chocolate at the back. Overall, a smooth sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a dark red with a small ring of bubbles. Aromas of oak, caramel, raisins. chocolate, tobacco and rum soaked cherries. Silky smooth, full bodied with some average carbonation. Overall a wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a nice murky brown color. Aromas of booze, oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, chocolate with a nice oak finish. Very nice beer and easy drinking for 13%, very tastey and smooth as silk!


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