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RATINGS: 683   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, - FEB 12, 2013
22oz bottle shared by biegaman with me and blankboy. Botlle is "Abacus - 2011" ... Murky reddish-brown, minimal off-white bubbly head. Some bourbon, nutty and fruity and boozy and lots going on - fruity, almost sweet. Taste follows, even sweeter, some mocha notes. Thick, mild carbonation, quick-ish finish, a bit boozy - really nice. Smooth.


2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
lb4lb (2224) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
On tap at BB Rovers. Pours dark maroon to brown with no head. Looks muddy and still. Smell is caramel, dark fruit, sticky vanilla, Chinese food and soy sauce. Taste is a bit sweet with caramel and vanilla but finishes thin and dry with little aftertaste. Booze is hidden surprisingly well, but as it warms it quickly becomes hard to drink more because of the aroma and flavor than alcohol. Almost no carbonation. I didn’t even want to finish the last 1/2 of my 7 oz pour. Everybody else is jerking off on this beer, but I’d rather have just about anything else.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sitzds (266) - - APR 20, 2014
On draft at Simzy’s LB poured into tulip. Nearly opaque chocolate brown with a tan ring that revives with a swirl of the glass. Aroma is of coconut, dried fruit, bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Taste is outstanding with strong fruit and caramel sweetness and mild barrel wood bitterness. Full body, silky texture, surprisingly moderate carbonation, and a sweet boozy finish. Excellent!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3255) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
A solid barley wine poured a dark amber with aromas of booze, toffee, caramel and malt. Flavors are the same boozy aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (800) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
2013 bottle share. Clear dark brown with settling specs of sediment. Aroma of brown sugar, fig, plum, raisin. Taste is sweet and easy bitterness. Gritty smoothness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (339) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2014
650ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool. Aroma: Maple, brown sugar, booze. Soy sauce? Butterscotch. Appearance: Translucent, dark, blood-red body with no head. Little to no lacing. Taste: Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Not bitter, slightly sweet. Palate: Rich, medium+ body with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Long, bittersweet finish. Ends on a sort of chocolate. Overall: Excellent. Just delicious, excellent barelywine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1395) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
Draft at Good Dog. Slighty hazy burnt caramel pour with a slight off-white head. Have only had in bottles several years ago (then as Abacus) so now only rating upon this draft in April 2014. No surprise though - it is fantastic! Rich, heady and complex Barleywine. Molasses candy. Vanilla bourbon cigarettes. Milk chocolate grenache. Brandy drenched plum pudding. Dried blueberries. Burnt celery hearts. Fogs and liquorice. Toffee habeneros. Potent, but notably smooth for a 13% ABV. Very well blended malty dark fruit with a touch of chocolate and a spicy pepper finish. Different year to year, but never disappoints.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (1000) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to webbshoney. Nose of toffee and booze. Taste is lots of sugar and burnt toffee. Minimal head. A little but of boost in this one. God my reviews suck

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (430) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
2013 vintage. Dark brown with reddish hues, small brownish head, fading pretty quickly. Big malty aromas of caramel, tobacco, plums , spice box and dried raisins shining. Medium to full body, alcoholic at first with intense bourbon and liquor on the palate. Long warming and sweet finale with some vanilla and cherry notes. Almost like drinking a fine bourbon. Pretty nice stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeratarian (77) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
On tap at Holsteins in vegas. Vanilla, bourbon, butterscotch. Deep reddish orange with minimal head. Smooth bourbon, sweet dried fruit, really drinkable for the %. What an awesome beer. Soo complex. Over the top. Firestone walker is kicking serious butt with the big beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2014
Aroma is plums, confectionary sugar, molasses, raisins, Very light bodied, cinnamon, vanilla, smoke. Very nice body to sweetness balance. A really nice barley wine!


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