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RATINGS: 824   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1768) - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Abio (1767) - Waasland, BELGIUM - JUN 21, 2015
Decent brew from firestone, with a lot of different tastes that gets trough. Some wood, vanilla and chocolate, but also something pleasant that I can’t really name, but seems very familiar. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2014
@ Mikkeller and Friends. Hel del choklad och en del kokos. Lite vanilj och kokos i smaken.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMMillsy (1739) - Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2014 Rate #700! 2012 Bottle from trade with dak. Thanks! Pours a murky brownish with some ruby reddish purple at the edges. Small brownish yellow head that recedes quickly. Aroma if huge vanilla and. Aramel biscuits, sweet brown sugar, molasses, and bourbon. Awesome! Flavor is caramel vanilla up front, bready malts, molasses, more vanilla and a bit of licorice, and ending with hot bourbon notes. Lingering dry oak and bourbon on the palate. Finishes surprisingly smooth and easy. A great balance of sweet and oakiness. Plenty of rich hearty body to handle the barrels. Low to medium carbonation. A sipper and oh so yum. Glad I got some of this for the 700 milestone! Trying a relatively fresh 2014 bottle on 6/9/14 courtesy of Doug. Amazing lasting vanilla finish on this with more dark fruit than I remember from the last time, less caramel and more bready toffee. Still as yummy as before. Mmmm.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1735) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, and fruit. Flavor is bourbon, malt, alcohol, fruit, brown sugar, and vanilla. Fairly on the heavy side.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is very dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, and bourbon, but it is faint. Flavor is chocoalte, vanilla, coconut, tobacco, caramel, and booze. Finish is hot.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2011
This pours a dark mahogany color with a thin bubbly head that quickly gets shoved to the sides. There’s still some thin spotty lacing that slides along the sides of the glass after each sip. Mostly bourbon, caramel, and plum in the aroma but also notes of leather, tobacco, and licorice. Sweet and smooth going down with quite a bit of caramel and toffee malt flavor to go with oak barrel notes. There’s certainly a lot of controlled bourbon boozy flavors here providing plenty of warmth. Tobacco, cherry, and vanilla integrate nicely. The carbonation seems about right. A gentle alcohol sting sits on the back of the tongue but this drinks probably about as smooth as 13% can. Nice stuff, one to be enjoyed slowly, very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. Pours nearly opaque russet, with a tawny flash. Nose is not bourbon, loads of toffee, caramel, smoke, and barrel. Very sticky but very excellent nose. Flavours of big bourbon cask, a bit hot, but with surprising balance and weight. Big, bourbony, but surprisingly pleasant to drink!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
brenn79 (1705) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2014
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage- Pours very hazy dark orange to brown with a thin head that I had to force that reduces to a collar and a few islands. Aroma is prominent vanilla, coconut, toasted masrshmallow, getting honey, massively complex and wonderful. The taste is very similar, strong coconut, vanilla, caramel, not overly bitter or harsh like most barley wines seem to be. Body is thick and chewy yet easy drinking, tasty shit for sure! At this price ($8.99 a bottle plus 10% discount!) I really wish i’d have picked up a few more for the cellar.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1701) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesn’t create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and I’m not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?).


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