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RATINGS: 877   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2909) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Deep ruby in color... Aroma is oak, bourbon... Flavor is extremely complex, notes of tobacoo, alcohol, sugars, oak, dates.... Very nice beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VivasBeer (2) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2012 does not count
My first Rate ever! COOL Looks pretty dark, reddish when held up to light. Light off white head that dissipates to a ring for awhile then disappears forever. Smell is a bourbon bomb. Vanilla comes through but mostly boozy, bourbon whiskey. Taste is bourbon, booze, heat, bourbon, bourbon, vanilla, bourbon, caramel and some malt. Did I mention Bourbon? Mouthfeel is ok, a bit thin I think. Not as sticky as I would have liked. Overall this is good if you like the fresh heat and very prominent bourbon taste. Look forward to stashing one for a year or two

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Strawberry jam, wood, caramel and alcohol heat coalesce in this classy behemoth, as leafy hop bitterness builds a levelled finish.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the blood red.
-The soft effervescence gives a lot of room for the malts to express themselves.
-The mouthfeel is not too fat, which I appreciate. I would not call this a lean Barley Wine either though…
-The flavor profile may be powerful, but all flavors remain in line.
-This was not a most mémorable Barley Wine, but it remained a mighty efficient example of the style.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bomber at Jerry’s. Dark amber with whispy tan head / Big nose of coconut, oak, toffee, chocolate / Full body, sweet, slightly hot but with good balance and long finish / Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, dark cherry, dates, coconut, hazelnuts, oak, and bourbon / Fantastic. Give it a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2639) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Abacus 2011 Version
Tasted on 3/7/12 from a 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Sun Devil. Pours an opaque dark amber with a thin tan head that leaves thin, even lace. The nose is dominated by caramel, toffee, coconut, and vanilla bourbon, with tons of oak, and a touch of sweet, wet tobacco and unidentifiable fruits. The flavor is just the same, with the dark fruits and wet tobacco, moving to caramel, toffee, vanilla, coconut, and oaky bourbon. The body is full and oily with just lighter than average carbonation and a long caramel, toffee, and oaky bourbon finish. At 13% alcohol, this beer is scary drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
What a nice brew, thanks to NorCalgrowler for this one. Aromas consist of a lot of vanilla, some brandy and bourbon, cherries, alcohol, light molasses. This one pours out a nice brown body with ruby accents and a khaki head. Sweet. Taste wise, this one is insanely appealing with loads of bourbon, caramel, molasses, butterscotch, dark fruits, and chocolate. A fine BA barley wine that everyone needs to try at least once! Cheers!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Crrrazy brew thanks to OmegaX. It pours a nice ruby body, and a nice plush off-white head that is very appealing. Aromas of cherries, molasses, cocoa, bourbon and vanilla entice the senses - quite the complex scent. With a mouthful of caramel, chocolate, cherries and brown sugar, this brew is complex and intense as it warms up. Finishes with a hint of wood and bitter/dry hops, the palate is complete on this one. Yay.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
suprchunk (2964) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Mine says Abacus. It’s older. Very dark mahogany colored pour. Nice, medium-sized, khaki head that fades quickly and leaves just a bit of lacing. Huge peppery, woody aroma. Smells of bourbon, malt, dirt, and wood. Taste is big on pepper, vanilla, bourbon, malt. Smooth, sweet, with a slight alcohol presence on the back. Does not drink like 13%. Better watch out if you have more than a couple on hand. They are that smooth. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 7, 2012
This is an absolutely exquisite barleywine. It has an understated bourbon and vanilla blend up front. There is a gradual transition into sweet chocolate & caramel malts with dark fruit spices coming out in the finish. The taste is amazingly clean, with no lingering sweetness or booziness; which is surprising because it has an abv of 12.0%

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Camons (10468) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle @ Aarons place, Thanks. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite ring of foam along the glassides. Aroma is malty, caramel, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit. Taste is full and very complax with malts, caramel, toffee, rich bourbon flavors, oak, vanilla, plums and other dark fruit. Full body, low carbonation, rich lasting sweet oaky bourbon finish. Fantastic. 020312

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