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RATINGS: 874   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Cola brown with minimal tan head, and a bit of yeasty sediment Aroma is. marshmallowy, chocolatey and bourbony in the most devine sense of the word. Taste is the same, and finishes in cherry cordial notes, with boozy warming. I could drink this at room temperature, and be quite happy. $15/220z (celebratory: "Modernist Cuisine" arrived) Edit: Now that it’s called Sucaba, it seems a bit hot and harsh in the alcohol department, without the mellow refinement I recall from before. Still very good, but just not great. Rating stays, along with my fond memory. (celebratory: Rammstein Concert!)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and booze. Flavor starts with English toffee and cherry, then moves to sweet caramel and bourbon before a malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Poured 22 oz into a sniffer glass. The Abacus has a burnt caramel color. Oak favors with a hint of coconut, which goes well with this big boozy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 17, 2011
651mL thanks to peteinsd. Pours a flattish clear deep mahogany. Yellow bubbles. Looks like FW10, FW11. Nose is big maple, toasted coconut, toffee maltiness. As it warms it exhibits more savoriness/umami with rich coconut. Taste is rich, big coconut bourbon, lovely dessert profile with mild heat. Not too much sugar, beautiful coconut. Very beautiful palate- not too sticky with a nice fruit juicy character and mild sugar. Super yummy dessert beer. Similar to FW11. Shame it doesn’t pour with a head. Moderate alcohol heat is not distracting at all. Still, Parabola is the Cuvee de Firestone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21167) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Depp and clear ruby color, small beige edge head. Aroma is boozy vanilla and pancake syrup. Taste is carbonated tawny port, whiskey, dark fruits. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (11314) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
This beer pours a hazy ruby-brown color with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of oaky vanilla, dark fruit and brown sugar. Rich body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla, booze-infused fruit and a little smoke. The finish is ripe fruits and dark chocolate. Good beer all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
750 ml bottle pour. I really enjoyed this one. Dark amber color with a nice head. The sweetness goes well with the bourbon. Very smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Dark amber, small frothy tan head. Aroma of light bourbon, soy, molasses, leather, nutty toffee, rum soaked fruit, woody bitterness. Taste is mostly sweet with some woody earthy bitterness, light cola flavor and a light alcohol taste. Really silky texture, not much carbonation. One of those beers that has an aroma that is so good that I don’t even want to drink it. This beer seriously reminds me of a really complex Belgian Quad like Rochefort 10 or a Belgian Strong like Pannepot without the Belgian yeast and with Bourbon barrel instead, The aroma is very complex and the flavor is very strong yet filled with nuance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
adnielsen (10475) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 vintage. Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78 into my new Cigar City snifter, courtesy of markwise. Thanks guys! Very deep brown/ruby appearance with a tiny tan head that dissipates in no time. Really a nice, smooth, tobacco, fig, plum, caramel-toffee malty, somewhat sweet aroma that’s exquisite. Tobacco, date, plum, fig, dark fruity, moderate toffee, lighter caramel, fairly malty, bourbon, somewhat woody flavor. Dark fruity, cherry, plum, toffee aftertaste. No hint of the 13% booze- are you kidding me??? In a way, it kind of reminds me of HOTD Matt in its complexity. Simply unbelievable.

2012 vintage. Bottle @ home. Last time around I was blown away by this baby, so I’m really looking forward to trying it again. Dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head without much lasting power. There’s initially some notes of booze in the nose which isn’t all that unpleasant. Besides that, rich toffee, thick caramel malts, vanilla, oak, mild to moderate bourbon, and dark fruits (fig, plum) are also noticeable in the aroma. Creamy, nutty, rich caramel/chocolate malty flavor initially that is like tasting a liquid turtle chocolate candy. More vanilla, oak, and bourbon towards the back of the mouth and despite the overall sweetness of the beer, it’s balanced incredibly well. There’s also notes of tobacco, fig, and vanilla with a warming, dessert-like finish. Simply unbelievable. Easily one of the five best beers I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Tap at pap. 3/18/11 Tastes like bs,oak and medicine pills. Dark auburn-ish porter brown. No head. A= wood, near burnt caramel, barrel spices, florals, floral alcohol, F= the same plus very noticable alcohol, toasted nuts, chocolate, malt, berry like fruityness, vanilla. Very mild bitterness on the finish. Lighter feeling than expected but still a bit oily... 7.5/4/7/3/15... tastes like ba bw

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