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RATINGS: 826   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gramity (1575) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2014
Dark reddish brown in color with a bubbly tan head. Sweet marzipan, lots of dark bready notes. Taste has similar notes, bready sweetyness, some vinous notes as well. Smooth and rich tasting as well throughout the whole time.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
Very nice barley wine. Hides the ABV quite well, which is no small feat for 12.5%. A little syrupy mouthfeel, with a bit of bourbon overtones, and some fruit notes. I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep amber pour with some off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, and coconut. Flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, bits of chocolate, lots of wood and bourbon. Crazy good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1558) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Wow. Smells of bourbon, warming alcohol finish, dark fruit flavors, some oak notes, chocolate, slightly bitter. A lot going on here.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and sweet caramelized sugars, with some plum and other dark fruit, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some raisin, plum, and other dark fruits, and some vanilla and toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon comes through with some light chocolate and roast. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruit, English yeast, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch syrupy with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Great barleywine with really nice Bourbon coming through. Amazing overall balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1554) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle (2012) from SL... Pours a brown color with a small head. Nose of slight raisons, dark fruit. Taste is classic big barley wine.... tons of malt...dark fruit. slight oak presence. Smooth for a beer that is over 12%... definitely a sipper... glad I shared it with a couple friends. Overall, good barleywine

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Vintage 2011 A: Pours a dark cherry mahogany ale. Less than single finger of light tan head falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lacing. When agitated, head replenishes and then falls once again. S: I like the way this smells. Sweet vanilla, nougats and caramel. Some hints of cherry. It reminds me of a white chocolate Idaho Potato Cherry flavored candy bar, if you know what I mean... T: Plenty of sweet butterscotch, vanilla, oak, cherries. The alcohol is a bit hot here. The taste profile is less than impressive, but with a year or two on it, presuming the toffee tones in the malts would come thru, this would be world class. As it warms, the alcohol continues to have more and more presence, not cool. M: A bit thin for the style IMO. Carbonation is moderate and persistent, not bad, would prefer a little lower. O: I think this is a nearly exceptional barley wine. I might pick up a few more just to age them, but I have less than high expectations for this to continue to excel. It will either thin out and fail to build the smooth feel I really appreciate from good BW’s, but then again, you never know. I’m nearly on the fence with this. It’s good, but not terrific. Serving type: bottle 06-26-2011

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (1551) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2010
sampled at az strong beer festival. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, raisins, caramel, malt, hops. Flavor is chewy raisins, caramel, bourbon, molasses, oak. Nice BA Barleywine.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1532) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 4, 2009
GABF Saturday. I had tried this before, but was not able to rate it. Pours dark dark brown, with a wispy chocolate head. Menacingly dark, even for a Barley Wine. Rich dark fruit and raisin on the nose, with similar flavors plus chocolate in the body. Very well rounded, despite the intensity of it all. I enjoyed every drop of this, and have to say that Abacus is a better “extreme” beer than Parabola (Barrel-aged RIS).


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