RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Sample Coles Barleywine Competition 2012. dark copper, rather flat, little head. Tons of complexity. Oak, vanilla, raisins, rich maltiness.Big big flavor. Barrel aging really shines here. Very enjoyable

arkurzynski (2415) - 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!

Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sticky sweet barleywine with lots of bourbon character. Thick and caramelly. Another port winish BA beer

Plovmand (8266) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle at hallinghansen grand tasting. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a medium off white head. The aroma is loads of dark fruits, tobacco, bourbon, vanilla and oak. The flavour is dark fruit, chocolate, oak, tobacco, berries and has some boozy notes. Dark fruity finish. Bit too boozy.

MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2012
dark chestnut, thin cream ring. Nose is cocoa, roast, caramel, and heat. Flavor is caramel and sugar, light booze through finish, bit of wood and heat, heavy sugar chewy throughout.

madvike (3250) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle shared at a tasting - Pours cola color with a ring of tan head. Pretty sharp and boozy on the nose. Sweet malty notes, but really hard to tell cause this one is so hot. Taste is the same--hot and oaky, with toffee and caramel, but lots of strong, sharp heat takes over and remains through the finish. Butterscotch on the long finish. Burns the mouth a bit. Wow...this was terrible, and I was expecting it to be fantastic.

Fred82 (2315) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
Bomber thanks to PintPlease.
Appearance : Deep clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Big sweet malt with fruity hops. Light resinous notes. Very light oxidation maybe. Light licorice.
Taste : Licorice with sweet fruity plums and raisins. Awesome caramel with some resinous hops. Finish has a lot of raisins with light resinous hops. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Wow this was good. Awesome sweetness balanced with the resinous hops ans the light alcohol. Delightful caramel. The Bourbon is not very present but adds to the complexity and to the richness. Very well balanced and very tasty. My kind of Barley Wine.

Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Smooth, Creamy, vanilla. The palate is very smooth, thick, and very warming, this fills your throat with heat. Color is deep brown, cloudy. Aroma of sweet brown sugar and fruity tropical nectars. Shared at Curtis’s (Nashville’s Sweetwarer Representative) tasting.

48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
UPDATED: APR 7, 2014 2011 bottle enjoyed around release time. Brownish copper pour with streaks of white head and lacing. Nose of caramel, toffee, malt, and all of the usual BW suspects. Taste adds vanilla, and darker fruits. Slight bitterness that will likely go away with time. Good BW. Updated - cracked a 2011 on 4/7/14. Aging has not really added anything to this beer. If anything it has maybe lost some of its original sharp tasting notes. Now that I have had several BA BWs I find this to be a bit thin in comparison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 5, 2012
Bottle, 2011. Pours a dark clear brown with a thin offwhite head. Smells phenomenal. Brandy. Lots of malt. Dried dark fruits. Cream. Vanilla. Wood. Sweet something I cannot identify. Cotton candy?. All very mellowed and insanely drinkable. Tastes very sweet, b t tempered with some balanced bitterness and Bourbon smokiness. Full bodied. Soft to flat carbonation. Finishes cloyingly sweet. A very interesting beer, and one I’d happily drink again.

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