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RATINGS: 881   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Thanks GT2! Extreme dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Massive vanilla bourbon, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, marshmallow, and tannic wood abound. Sweet and boozy with a thick body and low carb, finishing sticky.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2131) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesnt create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and Im not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Bottle. Had this a couple times now and love more each try. Pours an dark amber with a thinner tan head touches of lace. The smell is big sweet caramel, toffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, dark fruits, some tobacco. The flavor is pretty much the same but there is a creamy richness full of the vanilla and toffee and bouron that makes this so delicate and decadent. Started slightly chilled and worked to room temp and the flavors evolve and get better with this one. Damn love this brew. For 13% it is also scary because the booze is hidden perfectly with the warming sensation in the gut.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle through trade. Pour has a Brown amber color and a very thin off white head that fell away quickly. Aroma has hefty bourbon, vanilla, oak, thick sweet malt, alcohol heat, and light oxidation. This is really a thick beast and it just whacks you with the barrel treatments unforgivably. Mouth feel is on the heavy side of medium and the carbonation is on the lower side. Flavor hits you with big boozy malt, oak, vanilla, sweet bourbon, some oxidation, a bit of heat, and a long hanging finish. This makes no effort to cover up the bruiser that it is and the barrel treatments really take the center stage.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerdrinker79 (2116) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2014
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage- Pours very hazy dark orange to brown with a thin head that I had to force that reduces to a collar and a few islands. Aroma is prominent vanilla, coconut, toasted masrshmallow, getting honey, massively complex and wonderful. The taste is very similar, strong coconut, vanilla, caramel, not overly bitter or harsh like most barley wines seem to be. Body is thick and chewy yet easy drinking, tasty shit for sure! At this price ($8.99 a bottle plus 10% discount!) I really wish id have picked up a few more for the cellar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Sampled at DLD 12. Thanks to drew I believe. Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Roasty sweet malt aromas some toffee and dough with some red fruit underneath. Dough brown sugar flavors with dark cherries and plums buried in there. Nice bitterness but too sweet. 7/3/7/3/14

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (2091) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2013
22 oz bottle from Belmont Station. Reviewed from notes. A: Ruddy mahogany with a firm creme colored head. Some particles land on the glass when this is swirled. N: Caramel, vanilla, malt, oak, and toffee. Bourbon is well-integrated. Brown sugar, honey, and syrup. Some cola. Has a lot of rich flavors. T: Tastes of bourbon mixed with a round sweetness and a tempering bitterness. Lots of flavors of the wood are showing through here. DOesnt destroy the palate, and thats a good thing. M: Not as heavy as expected, and theres a high amount of carbonation which I dont enjoy. Alcohol is somewhat pronounced. O: A very solid beer that seems to be missing a little extra oomph. Enjoying it, even if it reminds me a bit of a low-end bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Nice smooth cinnamon/barrel scent. Sweet is a nice toffee with a nice roast flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2073) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
City Beer Store. This was my third time drinking Abacus (past two at Toronado). Im not the biggest fan of bourbon barrel-aged barleywines, but this is an awesome beer. It pours a deep brownish purplish murk. Virtually no head. Somewhat ominous. The aroma is strong on wonderful bourbon. Its a much more delicate and complex bourbon aroma than most bourbon barrel-aged beers. Bourbon and oak dominate a bit - not that Im complaining in this particular case - but there are some wonderful malty fruit flavors lurking beneath and even some chocolate and vanilla. The fruit notes come out even more in the flavor. Its sweet but not cloying. It tastes of malt sugars refined by barrel-aging. The beer is thick and warming. Abacus is probably the best barrel-aged barleywine that Ive come across. Delicious stuff.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2071) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Very good balance, the spirit of a scotch with the body of an ale. Very enjoyable.


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