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RATINGS: 681   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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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.


GreatLibations' rating

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours amber coffee brown with a quickly dissipating head. Moderate aromas of sweet malt and toffee. Full nectar with good carbonation. I like how this beer has a high complex value while remaining classy. It’s not overdone. Most barleywines of this magnitude are much too sweet and unbalanced. This brew reaches a new pinnacle. This beer has gone where no beer has gone before. Much more English in style exhibiting flavors of toffee, butterscotch, coconut, and a hint of cherry. Big on Bourbon. Love this brew. I feel a TRUMP card comin’ on. Bamn!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3243) - Florida, USA - APR 12, 2014
A solid barley wine poured a dark amber with aromas of booze, toffee, caramel and malt. Flavors are the same boozy aftertaste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (799) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
2013 bottle share. Clear dark brown with settling specs of sediment. Aroma of brown sugar, fig, plum, raisin. Taste is sweet and easy bitterness. Gritty smoothness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wildbeercat (339) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2014
650ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cool. Aroma: Maple, brown sugar, booze. Soy sauce? Butterscotch. Appearance: Translucent, dark, blood-red body with no head. Little to no lacing. Taste: Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Not bitter, slightly sweet. Palate: Rich, medium+ body with a little bit of prickly carbonation. Long, bittersweet finish. Ends on a sort of chocolate. Overall: Excellent. Just delicious, excellent barelywine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1390) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2014
Draft at Good Dog. Slighty hazy burnt caramel pour with a slight off-white head. Have only had in bottles several years ago (then as Abacus) so now only rating upon this draft in April 2014. No surprise though - it is fantastic! Rich, heady and complex Barleywine. Molasses candy. Vanilla bourbon cigarettes. Milk chocolate grenache. Brandy drenched plum pudding. Dried blueberries. Burnt celery hearts. Fogs and liquorice. Toffee habeneros. Potent, but notably smooth for a 13% ABV. Very well blended malty dark fruit with a touch of chocolate and a spicy pepper finish. Different year to year, but never disappoints.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (991) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle thanks to webbshoney. Nose of toffee and booze. Taste is lots of sugar and burnt toffee. Minimal head. A little but of boost in this one. God my reviews suck

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lefossoyeur (428) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
2013 vintage. Dark brown with reddish hues, small brownish head, fading pretty quickly. Big malty aromas of caramel, tobacco, plums , spice box and dried raisins shining. Medium to full body, alcoholic at first with intense bourbon and liquor on the palate. Long warming and sweet finale with some vanilla and cherry notes. Almost like drinking a fine bourbon. Pretty nice stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeratarian (77) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
On tap at Holsteins in vegas. Vanilla, bourbon, butterscotch. Deep reddish orange with minimal head. Smooth bourbon, sweet dried fruit, really drinkable for the %. What an awesome beer. Soo complex. Over the top. Firestone walker is kicking serious butt with the big beers.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAR 30, 2014
Aroma is plums, confectionary sugar, molasses, raisins, Very light bodied, cinnamon, vanilla, smoke. Very nice body to sweetness balance. A really nice barley wine!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Salmoniform (258) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Poured from tap to glass. Brown hued with nice white head that dissipated to a thin ring. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, figs, raisins, sugar, biscuit. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium bidy and nice carbonation. Taste is initially sweet with a slightly astringent bitter following and ethanol finish . Overal this is a great Barleywine that runs the border between an Emglish and American.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (176) - USA - MAR 29, 2014
2012 bottle poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker snifter a mahogany brown with a tan head that stayed around a bit longer than other "serious" English barley wines. Aroma is booze followed by a sweet vanilla molasses. Flavor is straight up sugar adoration. A blend of coconut, dark fruit, booze, chocolate. WOWza. The balance of with higher ABV is bull eyes perfect. DAMN!! Again another top 5 barley wine bucket list. So glad to have this beverage & another 2012 laying down like a good soldier.


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