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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Hey, someone poured a Knob Creek in my Oaked Arrogant Bastard! Brown with ruby red highlights, small head and sticky oily lace. Bourbon is strong on the nose, accompanied by vanilla, coffee, and hints of chocolate and dark berries. The bourbon is gigantic on the palate, almost overwhelming the caramel malt, chocolate and dark toasted bread. Medium body, minimal carbonation, sticky mouthfeel, hot alcohol and the bourbon lingers smoothly.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
pdx77 (1193) - Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 On tap at Apex 11/4/12. Very sweet (in a good way) with bourbon overtones. Long pleasant aftertaste. On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom 1/25/14. 2011 vintage of Abacus. Burnt caramel color. Aroma is sticky toffee, citrusy caramel, tropical hops, and dark malts. Taste is bourbon, apple, sticky toffee, and molasses. Smooth and syrupy, too easy-drinking for 13%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rxeight (1192) - Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2013
Very dark crimson color. Nose of bourbon and vanilla with sweet hard cand. Perfect blend of bourbon and barley wine. Nice barley wine finish. Pleasantly suprised. This is good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (1183) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle at SBWF. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma has heavy malt, caramel, smooth chocolate, bourbon, cherries, dark fruits, light alcohol. Taste is medium bitter with a smooth malty backbone, dark berries and very light acidic cherries as well. Medium smooth body, light sticky carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Had this on tap at the Hard Liver fest in Seattle last weekend. Colour... carmelized brown sugar with no head. Nose... caramel and stone fruits. Palate... fairly frothy, nicely boozy, sweetly coating, plenty of Scottish toffee, burnt sugar, dark caramel, sailor jack and Christmas cake, with a very long finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AWISLguy (1163) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2014
750ml bomber given to me brought by ck1 for the Thousandth Night, and shared with ck1 and Jan. Thanks bro! Pours a dark brown/orange with a bit of a tan head leaving light streaks of lace. Aroma has roasted malt, sweet fruits, toffee, oak and vanilla, with light chocolate/coconut. Taste has toffee, sweet fruits and nuts, vanilla and a solid oak presence. Medium to full bodied and very sticky. Finishes sweetly long with a faint presence of bitter fruits. An excellent take on the style - perhaps the best had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
(bottle from Sparky, thanks E!) Pours out a clear ruby color. There was a head displayed briefly that was yellow-tan, but this quickly dissipated and all that is left is a sheen which serves as a hint to this beer’s expected viscosity and high abv. Aroma is a wallop of sweetness coming in at all angles. Candies abound of the butterscotch, caramel, and toffee variety. An undercurrent of searing booze hides underneath the decadent aroma, and it adds another component of booze-soaked dark fruit (cherries). Further scents of oak and vanilla arise. The flavor pretty well follows suit with the aroma, but the booze is in greater abundance particularly in the finish than the aroma had led it on to be. Flavors here are a strong dose of coconut, toffee, sugared raisins, possibly dates, caramels, oak and bourbon. Very sweet and cloying. Mouthfeel is far thinner than expected, carbonation is a bit higher than expected, and the searing heat of booze that carries on through the finish was expected. Not bad, but it went a little too overboard with the sweetness.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
The beer pours a translucent, deep, dark ruby color with an average, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a fully lasting, firm, frothy layer and leaves some similar lace. The nose is very nice, very smooth for a 13% beer; plenty of coconut, bourbon oak all over, Belgian chocolate, light peppery spice, faint cherry, toasty vanilla, and some tobacco. The flavor is drastically different with a prominent spicy bourbon role that lingers all the way to your belly; tobacco, vanilla bean, toasted oak, molasses, light Belgian chocolate, some coconut, and a slight raisin note. The palate is full, silky, creamy, warming, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long, warming, oaky, filled with spicy bourbon, some coconut, and toasty notes lingering. Where to begin... Just a very well built, blended, bourbon-aged, strong, BW with unique character, unique complexity, and a prominent bourbon strength that only accentuates the uniqueness of the beer. It was amazing how the nose was rich and smooth yet the flavor carried so much of the spicy bourbon notes and warmth. This one was so smooth in the nose and bold in the flavor, it makes me curious how it will age. But even with the high pricetag, I do want to try one in some years to see if I find it as entertaining as this version is. Only time will tell. Great work from Firestone.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1151) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at Battleship. Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is full of oak, vanilla, some bourbon and malts. Full bodied palate. Flavor is smooth for 13% abv. There’s malts, bourbon, oak and a little booziness. Leaves an oaked bourbon finish. Impressive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Boxed and black foil-wrapped bomber from 2012, opened in celebration of being granted permission to write my dissertation. Pours garnet red and brown with a short-lived brownish-beige head. Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, butter, and orange/vanilla. Dark fruit and some alcohol creep in as it warms. The flavor is sweet, sugared fruit, soaked in bourbon. Smoky oak, tons of buttery toast, and light berry are present, with moderate bitterness, cherry/bourbon, and burnt sugar in the finish. Low/medium carbonation, medium/full body, warming, and creamy. Really well done, delicious! [1021]


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