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100
100
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RATINGS: 889   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
The beer pours a translucent, deep, dark ruby color with an average, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a fully lasting, firm, frothy layer and leaves some similar lace. The nose is very nice, very smooth for a 13% beer; plenty of coconut, bourbon oak all over, Belgian chocolate, light peppery spice, faint cherry, toasty vanilla, and some tobacco. The flavor is drastically different with a prominent spicy bourbon role that lingers all the way to your belly; tobacco, vanilla bean, toasted oak, molasses, light Belgian chocolate, some coconut, and a slight raisin note. The palate is full, silky, creamy, warming, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long, warming, oaky, filled with spicy bourbon, some coconut, and toasty notes lingering. Where to begin... Just a very well built, blended, bourbon-aged, strong, BW with unique character, unique complexity, and a prominent bourbon strength that only accentuates the uniqueness of the beer. It was amazing how the nose was rich and smooth yet the flavor carried so much of the spicy bourbon notes and warmth. This one was so smooth in the nose and bold in the flavor, it makes me curious how it will age. But even with the high pricetag, I do want to try one in some years to see if I find it as entertaining as this version is. Only time will tell. Great work from Firestone.


4.1
islay (3045) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Tiny pour from a bottle at a tasting. Consumed on 9-23-17. Pours a hazy dark amber with beige head. Very nice, malty, leathery aroma. Wonderful, delicious taste features flavors of vanilla and chocolate. Boozy. Full body. 8.4.8.4.17=>4.1

4.4
Chalumeaux (1764) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Poured from 22oz bottle 2015 vintage 11th Anniversary celebration beer. Pours clear deep amber not much carbonation nice lacing. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, cocoa powder, sweet coconut, fudge and toffee. Nice caramel toffee maple syrup crème brûlée character. Light overall bitterness, some tannins coming out in the finish. Totally enjoyable. Wonderful beer.

4
pictoman (1232) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2017
Poured from 650mL bottle (2016 vintage - ABV 13.4% - Batch No. 006). Dark amber brown with beige head and a tiny bit of sediment. Caramel, lots of dried stone fruit, light wood and bourbon. Well balanced, smooth.

4
beerplace (2158) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2017
650ml bottle from Elizabeth Station shared with George at Ilya's. Pours a dark brown with a white head. Aroma is sugared fruits, figs, bourbon. Similar taste with slight booziness. Oily and bourbon aftertaste. Great stuff.

4
tightslice (1450) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 3, 2017
4 oz pour at Harry's Hofbrau in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is caramel, rum soaked raisins, bourbon soaked cherries, creme brulee, some tobacco and oak. Taste is creamy creme brulee, sharp but smooth booze, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits. This is seriously deep and smooth stuff.

4.1
jinroh (2377) - ESTONIA - SEP 20, 2017
2016 version. Pours deep amber, quite clear actually, not much carbonation. Huge bourbon vanilla nose, cocoa powder, sweet coconut, creamy, lots of fugue and toffee. Nice caramel cake, glazed caramel on ice-cream, taste brings out that caramelised maple syrup, more like crème brûlée character. Light overall bitterness, some tannins coming out in the finish. Totally enjoyable.

4.3
Iznogud (4534) - CROATIA - AUG 15, 2017
On tap at Firestone Walker Barrelworks. Pours hazy chestnut brown with off-white head. Malty, caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, dried fruit, plums, raisins, vanilla, wood. Sweet with some underlying bitterness. Warming. Full bodied. Very nice.

4.3
S_Side_Smitty (802) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2017
Pours deep amber with a minimal off white head. Aroma is vanilla & oak with a hint of alcohol. Taste is exactly that and very smooth. Very, very balanced flavors. Exquisite.

4.1
Tognetta (953) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 30, 2017
#2016
Marrom avermelhada de leve turbidez, espuma bege avermelhada de média formação e média/pouca persistencia.
No aroma vinho, caramelo, lupulo inglês terroso, alcool muito bem inserido.
No paladar dulçor intenso e leve/médio amargor lupulado.
Corpo licoroso de baixa carbonatação.
Final tende ao vinho adocicado, alcoolica, malte fica mais evidente, tudo formando um conjunto muito prazeroso.

4.6
rami_pl (4594) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 29, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking an Abacus (2011) by Firestone Walker Brewing Company at Chmielarnia Marszałkowska

Jest wow! Megabeczkowo, wanilia, marcepan, migdaly, kandyzowane figi, melasa, slodkie, likierowe, geste, megaulozone, pychotka


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