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RATINGS: 834   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cpetrone84 (1733) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pour is dark cola brown with a dark tan head. Nose is wood, light bourbon, cooked brown sugar, lightly roasted malt and a touch of ash. Taste is strong barrel and bourbon, chocolate and brown sugar, slightly burnt. A bit of green hops in back. A hint too much sugar. Full bodied, thins in finish, strong carb, a hint slick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1729) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 Bottle shared by Phreddyboi. Pours dark brown with a tiny brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, sweet toffee, coconut, sweet cherry, vanilla, dark sweet berries and a lot of barrel qualities. Taste has a decent amount of warming alcohol, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate, dark sweet berries and a big barrel quality.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
changeup45 (1725) - 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. Thereís 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. Thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1710) - Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on January 22nd, 2012.

Appearance: Pours a opaque maroon brown.
Aroma: Aroma of oak, cherry, boozy faint chocolate.
Taste: Oak, cherry, caramel malt, chocolate overtones.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste, covers 12.5% well.

Summary: Pretty impressive stuff. Definitely a sipper, with complex flavors that are more than most beers. A great treat, not an everyday thing.

   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!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (1703) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
City Beer Store. This was my third time drinking Abacus (past two at Toronado). Iím not the biggest fan of bourbon barrel-aged barleywines, but this is an awesome beer. It pours a deep brownish purplish murk. Virtually no head. Somewhat ominous. The aroma is strong on wonderful bourbon. Itís a much more delicate and complex bourbon aroma than most bourbon barrel-aged beers. Bourbon and oak dominate a bit - not that Iím complaining in this particular case - but there are some wonderful malty fruit flavors lurking beneath and even some chocolate and vanilla. The fruit notes come out even more in the flavor. Itís sweet but not cloying. It tastes of malt sugars refined by barrel-aging. The beer is thick and warming. Abacus is probably the best barrel-aged barleywine that Iíve come across. Delicious stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1695) - Hšllefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours brown with a small Brown head. Smells and tastes nutty, abit coffee and alot of candy malty, abit figs and sadly to much alcohol.

   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 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JPDurden24 (1664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2012
2012 version. Draft and bottle. Bourbon, vanilla, and oaky on the nose. Add a little toffee to the flavor and you get one heck of a barley wine with some dark fruitiness on the back end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Pours attractive deep brown with some red highlights. Big, sweet toffee, caramel and vanilla nose and flavor. Smooth mouthfeel.

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