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RATINGS: 795   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2207) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2014 Rerate 3/17/14: On tap at Beercraft in Rohnert Park. Dark copper with a thin tan head. Deep pudding and coconut aroma. If I liked coconut at all this would be outta sight. But I donít. Flavor has rich caramel and wood, vanilla and coconut. Really well balanced and smooth for such a massive beer. Hedonically I canít get too excited due to the coconut but otherwise this is a pretty perfect barleywine. Changing my old score of 3.8. Original rating 3/6/08: On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. 10 oz pour into a small tulip pint glass. Deep auburn in color, with a certain coppery shimmer that only high alcohol beers have. Minimal head with no lacing. Smell is very strong and sweet, sort of like a less extreme Utopias. Whiskey is the main note, maybe with some dark fruits. The flavor here is really similar to scotch but with less alcohol bite. Peaty and oaky, with lots of sweet malt and booze-soaked fruit. Mouthfeel is too low on carbonation but the viscosity is spot-on for a big bad barleywine and the finish is shockingly dry on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
On tap at the SF Barleywine fest at Toronado. Deep brown pour with a small white head. Very sweet for a barleywine, full of vanilla and a bunch of hop goodness as well. Nice molasses as well and some oaky goodness. Extremely tasty and so damn smooth!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Fred Fest 2009 Ė Portland, OR
Aroma: Dark sweet malt with tons of dried fruit in the aroma with an odd chocolate addition.
Appearance: Dark Brown in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Malty sweet this was a big beer. Tons of alcohol, Chocolate, dried fruit in the flavor
Palate: Dry fruit sweet finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was a very nice huge beer. Loved the sweetness. This beer held up well and was a delight to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Date: April 25, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Tasting, DLD
Appearance: clear dark brown, wispy beige head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate and caramel aroma, lots of bourbon and vanilla sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, lots of bourbon and vanilla, light balancing oak

Date: September 16, 2011
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
much more the sweet vanilla and caramel, fruity,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ***+ /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3592) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Tap at Toronado 22nd Anniversary. Dark brown color with purplish hues and a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, oak, roast, bourbon, and dark fruits. Flavor is caramel malt, roasted malt, bourbon, plum, fig, raisin, vanilla, oak, and alcohol. Really complex and good. Palate creamy with low carbonation.

   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 ďextremeĒ beer than Parabola (Barrel-aged RIS).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3586) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sampled at GABF. Murky brown pour with a bit of tan head. Strong, sweet aroma of caramel, toffee, raisins, oak. Flavor is vinous and thick. An orgy of vanilla, maple syrup, oak. Chewy palate, like you want in a huge barley wine. Really impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12022) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, rich amber color with a small off-white (perhaps beige) head. S: The nose has an incredibly rich fruitiness to it which I really was not expecting. Plenty of sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose as well. T: The nose gave this one a lot to live up to, and Iím happy to say the flavors delivered! A lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, obviously, but also some really great barrel character as well. The bourbon, vanilla, oak, and even some hop bitterness really round this beer out. M: The body is very full with a low level of carbonation that works well here. D: Normally you donít associate barleywines with easy drinking, but this one is so smooth and delicious that itís easy to keep going back for more. I canít wait until this is bottled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Served from a 22 oz bottle from OTM. The appearance is a deep amber hue with a very clear body. The aromas are creamy vanilla, silky smooth bourbon, and some fruity booze. The flavors are strong with the vanilla bean, some sweet bread, and bourbon with a touch of french oak. There is a booziness to it at times that isnít bad but could use some rounding. The mouth is really smooth. Great brew. Keep them coming Firestone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from Bleeng. Thanks!
Pours a deep, dark, and sexy black with a nose of gently aged bourbon and oak, roasted sweet chocolate, and a touch of pipe tobacco. Flavor follows suit but the bourbon and oak is deeper and a tad musty. Thick and chewy on the tongue. Awesome beer.

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