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RATINGS: 870   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2224) - 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 (7963) - 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 (800) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2012
2011 Bottle "Abacus" thanks to vtafro: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a clingy-lacing off-white head. Has a rich sweet caramelized sugar nose with good bourbon vanilla character and light fruity complexity. Starts with a rich, full body and light carbonation with plenty of initial sweetness revealing lots of complex brown sugar, vanilla and raisin flavors with a splash of bourbon before a slightly warming semi-sweet finish. Hides the alcohol fairly well and has good balance of flavors throughout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pet3rman (375) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Nose of fruit and caramel. Dark ruby pour. Figs, bourbon, vanilla bean and a hint of oak. Big alcohol on the back end. Lasting warmth and burn to finish. Sweet and complex, this is one I’m going to hoard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle. I knew this was going to be a serious beer. Pour murky brown with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit. Very sweet and there is vanilla in the flavor as well. Well done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (5486) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2012
On tap at Firestone Walker event with David Walker at Capones. Pours a deep deep murky crimson brown. Barely any head or lacing. Aromas are very impressive due to the three year aging in heaven hill bourbon barrels. Aromas of vanilla, oak, chocolate malt hints. Taste is so layered and rich with toffee, black cherry, candy sugar, caramel, toasted coconut. Boozey but I wouldnt expect anything else for a 12%+ barley. Aftertaste is bready, sweet malts, and slightly smokey tobacco. Amazing barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is super complex filled with barrel notes, I get lots of coconut and oak, bourbon like notes, vanilla, dark fruits, tobacco, toasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is equally complex and again filled with coconut and wood, I get vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, toasted malt, chocolate, dark cherry and vinous notes. The body is full with a creamy mouth feel. Overall an amazing Barley Wine, probably the best I have ever had. FW never sizes to amaze me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3716) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2012
I thought I had this back when it was Abacus but I guess the database doesn’t lie...bottle shared at pre-DLD evening. Tasty with big notes of vanilla and coconut. Way too easy drinking for 13 ABV.

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