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RATINGS: 755   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.


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2000th review! Got in a trade with cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled on 1/9/2013. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big vanilla, molasses, toffee, caramel, raisin, toast, chocolate, coconut, oak, bourbon, tobacco, clove, and toast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge molasses, vanilla, raisin, caramel, toffee, toast, coconut, chocolate, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light clove, and toast/oak earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, vanilla, raisin, toast, caramel, toffee, coconut, chocolate, oak, bourbon, tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a perfect malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with an very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is amazing. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane BA English Barelywine style. All around insane complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the high ABV. Absolutely unbelievable stuff, Wow.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (1038) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Lectvay, thanks a million! Beautiful copper pour with a light beige head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, dates, raisins, brown sugar, plums, and fig. I wish I had a candle that smelled like this beer it smells incredible! Taste is sweet dark fruits at first with notes of vanilla and molasses. Slight pipe tobacco notes in there as well. Just amazing. Slightly warming from the abv in the finish but just the right amount. A true gem.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Barley69 (26) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2011
This beer was amazing Love the fact the several people were willing to trade for it tons of bourbon(go big or go home) Fruits and bourbon malt and bourbon bourbon and bourbon would love to try a cask Ba barleywine this would be the best love this amazing Barleywine.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1450) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet (purchased in April 2011). Pours a cola-like brown with a thin layer of quickly fading bubbles. Incredible aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, coconut cake, dark fruit, and probably some other aromas I have missed. Incredibly smooth flavor showcasing the bourbon, vanilla, and coconut and with layers of chocolate and smoke underneath. Every bit of the 13% alcohol is felt in the warmth yet this is a surprisingly thinner offering than you would expect from a beer with this complexity and depth. As it warms the background flavors find their way to the front just a bit more. This is an outstanding offering from an outstanding brewery.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1543) - 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!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (507) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Dark brown-publish color with thin white head. Aroma of chocolate malt, biscuits, maple syrup and bourbon. Taste is...hello flavor country, we’ve got a whole lot of complexity going on here: Vanilla, raisins, toasted malt, molasses, bourbon. The finish has another layer of oakiness followed by a tart sweetness. Surprisingly light body for a barleywine. More please.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Amazing. 2011 vintage. Dark brown color with a thick white head. 6oz snifter. The nose shows roasted nuts, a variety of pit fruit and some spice. Layered and complex palate showing figs, mocha, citrus and berries. Perfect mouthfeel and absolutely no heat on the long finish.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 From 2011 bottle (Abacus). The aroma is absolutely fantastic. Strong malt with a bourbon barrel scent. The appearance is dark ruby with an off-white head. Taste is spectacular. Lots of oak aged complexity with hints of the various malts involved as well as the bourbon components. It may be a high rating but keep in mind this bottle had 2 years of age on it at the time of tasting.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Beautiful dark ruby red pour with a soda-like fizzy brownish head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is so complex that I just want to keep sniffing it over and over. Bourbon, vanilla, plums, coffee, cherries, caramel, and plenty of alcohol. The flavor is just as it smells, very sweet and extremely smooth. You definitely notice the alcohol present though. I get a lot more of the bourbon lingering on the palate with a hint of vanilla. This is a very bold yet subtle beer. There are a lot of very strong flavors present, but none seems to override the others. I would recommend picking this up as often as you can find it. This is a special beer

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
On tap at Uno’s Hamilton during Philly Beer Week. This was my favorite beer of all for the Big Wood Event. Super complex. Chocolate Vanilla and Cherries, Oh My!


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