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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2012
Poured into tulip glass A: Sucaba pours with a wonderful frothy light brown (think milk chocolate) head that is average in size (about 1 finger). Itís head diminishes without staying around long at all. There is some lacing but does not stick to the glass very long. The color is murky brown to ruby red on the edges and bottom upon holding it up to the light. S: Maple sweetness, vanilla, toasted oak, tobacco, and lots of bourbon. Wow lots going on here in the aroma. Next I get the dark fruits like raisin, plum and maybe some dark cherry. The sweetness is evident and wonderful. Brown sugar and toffee come to mind next. Lastly I do pick up some tobacco. T: The taste does not disappoint and follows the nose like I was hoping! I first taste a wonderful combination of bourbon and sweetness that intermingle in perfect harmony together. The dark fruits (plum, raisin, prune and date) take center stage and then the vanilla and oak make their appearence. I must mention the alcohol is very much there and warms and stings the mouth and tongue urging me to take another sip! M: This is medium on the palate but just right in my opinion. It is alcoholic like I mentioned in the taste but just awesome. Sticky comes to mind as I continue to sip as it does coat my mouth nicely. This allows the flavor to linger for a looong time and Iím lovin every minute of it. O: King Henry is one of my favorite beers and let me tell you Iíll take Sucaba as a decent substitute for the never brewed again King. This has shot to the top of my list of all time favorite sipping beers, but it is so hard to just sip this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3590) - Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2012
22 oz bomber purchased at Royal Liquor in Kansas City, Missouri. (2012) Vintage. The pour is a deep brown, with light ruby highlights and a thick khaki head. The aroma is vanilla, sweet toffee, caramel, malty, oak wood and warmly boozy. The alcohol of the nose melds nicely with the giant malt aroma. The taste is the big malt sweetness (vanilla, caramel, dark fruits) along with a really nice full leafy earthiness and mineral. As with the nose, the alcohol complements the big flavors rather than detracts. The palate is medium to heavy bodied, creamy, and has a pleasant lingering maltiness. Generally I donít love these gigantic Barley Wines, but this one managed to be big and classy. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4789) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - APR 9, 2012
As Abacus@HallingHansen tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours copper with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, plum and alcohol. Flavour is caramel, sweet, raisin, plum, heavy alcohol and light hop. A litle to sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2242) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1246) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
timfoolery (1125) - 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

   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.

   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.

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