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RATINGS: 894   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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4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popery (2141) - 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.

4
   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.

4.2
   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 (2120) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
holdenn (2113) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (2109) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2016
Sample at CBC Green Session 2016. Dark amber with white head. Big, boozy caramel aroma and taste with vanilla, oak, coconut, dried figs and dark fruits. Long, boozy finish. Nice, but not overwhelming.

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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (2079) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, malts. Taste is bourbon, malts, caramel.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2079) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Very good balance, the spirit of a scotch with the body of an ale. Very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (2075) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
On tap at Beercraft. Pours a dark brown color without much head. Burnt sugar and molasses. Alcohol harshness. Mild hops.


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