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RATINGS: 738   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2012
Sweet vanilla and coconut. Oh so inviting. Little bit of bourbon on the mouth but follows the vanilla and coconut. Pretty amazinh

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1934) - Odense S, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2012
Bottle. Redish body with a small offwhite head. Aroma is sugar, caramel, dark fruit, oak, bourbon. Flavor is caramel, sugar, raisins, bourbon, dark fruit, oak.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pouring at the Night of the Barrels on the Friday night of EBF 2012. Pours a clear ruby with a thin to medium sized beige head. Sweet malt, brown sugar. Oxidized malt, toast. Medium bodied, lots of oxidized malt. Plums and malt, toast. Lingering alcohol, plums and oxidized malt on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sample Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. dark copper, rather flat, little head. Tons of complexity. Oak, vanilla, raisins, rich maltiness.Big big flavor. Barrel aging really shines here. Very enjoyable

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1497) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Abacus bottle shared by motortoddhead. Deep red-brown with fading head. Awesome aroma of earthy, must oak, dark cherries, sweet caramel, toasted malt, syrup, and mild booze. Flavor is sweet cherry, plum, brown sugar, syrup, oaky goodness and finishing with light bourbon and more malt goodness. Some mild alcohol residual. Lingering cherry, vanllia. Thick and sticky. Amazing!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (2817) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sticky sweet barleywine with lots of bourbon character. Thick and caramelly. Another port winish BA beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6348) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at hallinghansen grand tasting. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a medium off white head. The aroma is loads of dark fruits, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The flavour is dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, berries and has some boozy notes. Dark fruity finish. Bit too boozy.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrChopin (3258) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
dark chestnut, thin cream ring. Nose is cocoa, roast, caramel, and heat. Flavor is caramel and sugar, light booze through finish, bit of wood and heat, heavy sugar chewy throughout.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
madvike (2693) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting - Pours cola color with a ring of tan head. Pretty sharp and boozy on the nose. Sweet malty notes, but really hard to tell cause this one is so hot. Taste is the same--hot and oaky, with toffee and caramel, but lots of strong, sharp heat takes over and remains through the finish. Butterscotch on the long finish. Burns the mouth a bit. Wow...this was terrible, and I was expecting it to be fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2114) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
Bomber thanks to PintPlease.
Appearance : Deep clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Big sweet malt with fruity hops. Light resinous notes. Very light oxidation maybe. Light licorice.
Taste : Licorice with sweet fruity plums and raisins. Awesome caramel with some resinous hops. Finish has a lot of raisins with light resinous hops. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Wow this was good. Awesome sweetness balanced with the resinous hops ans the light alcohol. Delightful caramel. The Bourbon is not very present but adds to the complexity and to the richness. Very well balanced and very tasty. My kind of Barley Wine.


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