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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCametron (2285) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 3, 2016
Bottle brought to Prague by Benh and shared with Wolfcarnival. Cheers pals. beer of the night in my opinion and it was keeping some pretty outrageous company. It was so complex and rich. A real heavywight beer. The sheer balance of wood, bourbon, caramel and booze was heavenly. It spells like Shakespeare if Shakespeare was a damn cowboy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1451) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 23, 2016
22oz bottle 2013 vintage pours dark reddish brown with light edges and a small head. Lots of rich sweet dark fruit, malty cherry, cocoa, spice, toast, vanilla, caramel, syrup. Big, rich, sweet, complex, creamy. Very delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mfhennig (275) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2016
On tap at Mackeys Hideout. Reddish brown pour, no head to speak of. Aroma is big time bourbon. Flavor is sweet, dark fruit and slightly bready. Big warm, boozy finish. I like it!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (1109) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2016
Un immense merci à Marc-Olivier pour cette bière dégustée lors d’une verticale de 6 ans 2011-2016! Cheers M-O! Bien que la Sucaba soit une bière qui change peu avec le temps et qui vieillit dont très bien, celle qui m’a plu le plus dans cette folle série est celle issue du Vintage 2014. C’est donc sur cette dernière que je choisis de me pencher. Le liquide est ambré et coule dans mon verre sans y laisser la moindre trace, tel une eau-de-vie. Des arômes riches et complexes de mélasse, de caramel, de ganache, costade, vanille... Un riche et onctueux dessert où bois, alcool vieux et fruits confits sont en parfaite harmonie. Une texture collante par le sucre résiduel inhérent à ce type de breuvage, un liquide sirupeux et chargé de cuir, de pipe en bois, de fruits confits et séchés, d’un alcool chaud et fruité, de caramel. C’est long en bouche et chaud dans l’oesophage. Les discussions s’animent, les verres se succèdent, on passe de 2012 à 2015 en repassant par 2011 pour mieux regoûter 2014... Un élixir qui m’a rendu tous profondément joyeux!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (2492) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2016
Draft pour at Brouwers, left over from Hard Liver. Pours a reddish brown with a lasting fizz head. Aroma is viciously sweet with vanilla notes. Flavor is bready, raisin up front, with a huge dominant play dough addition and heavy linger. Kind of a weird beer for me. High expectations met with an odd, cringing play dough flavor. I’ll be the odd guy out and say I had a rough time with this. Will retry soon.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (688) - - FEB 28, 2016
Clear, copper color. Full body, intense flavor, very hot mouthfeel, lingering flavor. Sweet, moderate bitterness. Barley drops malt flavor. Very pleasant. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (2930) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. 2013 vintage. Pours a dark brown with light head. Aromas of sticky brown sugar, sweet malts and caramel. Flavors of drambuie, grass, brown sugar, light wood and alcohol without the heat. Ready to drink. Really nice. On tap 2010 Abacus. Pours a dark brown with light head. Aromas of dak sugar/caramel and sweetened liquorice. Flavors of cane sugar, brown sugar, sweet bready malts and dry sweet chocolate. Still sweet and hot but tasty. 8/4/8/3/16

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (698) - Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2016
2014 draft on tap at 2SP Barleywine Event..pours a crimson red color..however hard to tell with bad light..nose is complex with vanilla, oak, toffee as billed, not getting any chocolate though..smokey bourbon mash really comes through with a deeper whiff..taste is really layered which is what I appreciate in offerings such as this..malty toffee, sweetness and bourbon heat shine through on the mouthfeel..the high abv is well hidden at first but then bam that bourbon heat and warmth provides a punch at the end..don’t really enjoy barleywines that much but after having this all other barleywines don’t reallly compare to the bourbon goodness present here..not much in terms of head or carbonation but to be expected from the style..quite enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (1100) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle - loads of vanilla and oak aromas . Toffee , vanilla , oak and dried fruits are the dominate flavors . Excellent ale ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wrlangin (108) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
Draft at Holsteins in Las Vegas. Pretty good, but did not "wow" me. Almost no head and strong boozy overtones. Barley wine was pretty good, but barrel aging overpowered the underlying flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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