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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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4.2
Swillbur (63) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a nice murky brown color. Aromas of booze, oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, chocolate with a nice oak finish. Very nice beer and easy drinking for 13%, very tastey and smooth as silk!

4.2
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a dark red with a small ring of bubbles. Aromas of oak, caramel, raisins. chocolate, tobacco and rum soaked cherries. Silky smooth, full bodied with some average carbonation. Overall a wonderful beer.

4.2
ryecatcher (1464) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2012
An excellent example of what a very good barley wine can be. Dark, brown with very thin head. Lots of toffee, butterscotch, chocolate and bourbon, sweetness, but not overdone. It’s like a dessert beer if there were such a thing. So good, it’ll be a long wait til next year’s batch.

4.2
User37895 (3085) - - APR 13, 2012
Fine, I won’t tick, I’ll rate this one. Dark brown mahoganey. The aroma was brandy, bourbon, cocoa, vanilla. The flavor was coconut, oak, vanilla, cocoa, faint slices, light fruits. Only flaw was a little heat. FW can do IT! Mouthfeel a tad light and lacking some carbonation spritz.

4.2
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Boxed and black foil-wrapped bomber from 2012, opened in celebration of being granted permission to write my dissertation. Pours garnet red and brown with a short-lived brownish-beige head. Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, butter, and orange/vanilla. Dark fruit and some alcohol creep in as it warms. The flavor is sweet, sugared fruit, soaked in bourbon. Smoky oak, tons of buttery toast, and light berry are present, with moderate bitterness, cherry/bourbon, and burnt sugar in the finish. Low/medium carbonation, medium/full body, warming, and creamy. Really well done, delicious! [1021]

4.2
b3shine (9138) - Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Batch 1 Abacus bottle to oversized snifter (thanks, daknole!). Looks good; boozy with low CO2 and thin lacing. Smells AWESOME! Big, sweet, and boozy! Tastes good too; vanilla, caramel, and bourbony (almost brandyish, but I think that’s just the sweet influence of the base beer). This is great stuff!

4.2
Westmeister (2127) - 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.

4.2
tiong (7620) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2014 660ml bottle @ vPBF

Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of raisins, strong malty notes, vanilla, oak, hints of sherry and spices. Taste is sweet syrup, raisin, malts, vanilla, tobacco, ash, oak, wooden notes, Strong malty and sweetish finish with notes of vanilla, fruits, oak, vanilla and spices. Quite complex and tasty barley wine. Not overly sweet, but well balanced and tasty. 4.1

Re-rated on 22.11. 2014 vintage. Smooth and exquisite barley wine. This is probably slightly fresher than the last bottle. Really really good.

4.2
olio (10546) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
65 cl bottle @ vPBF.
Pours deep dark ruby red color with small head on the sides. Aroma of ripe fruits, caramel, mild vanilla, bourbon notes, raisins, plums and some toffee. Flavor of ripe fruits, caramel, toffee, mild bourbon and vanilla flavors and some alcohol burn on the finish. Could have aged nicely and maybe should have been aged a bit more before tasting. Still quite excellent.
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4.2
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bottle. Cola pour with minimal head. Caramel and oak, vanilla, some peat. Oh man this is yummy. Moderate body.


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