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RATINGS: 795   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.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gurthnar (2395) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle. Aroma toffeeish, biscuity, lots of sweet malt. Very clear reddish woody brown colour. Taste is very rich malty, toffee, caramel, lots of coconut, woody, really really delicious. Inspirational beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (2033) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle at Wien tasting 02/2015. Shared by Seaglopur, many thanks. Pours reddish color, lightly beige small head. Aroma of honey, red fruits, caramel, alcohol. Taste is sweet, honey, chocolate, coffee, red fruits, mostly raspberries, wood, whisky, coconut. Really nice sweet fruity finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cuso (5347) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 14, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 Bottle, kindly shared by Saeglopur, many thanks. Dark chestnut brown color with medium off-white head. Nice aroma of dark malt, vanilla, caramel, dark fruits. Sweet taste with caramel, malt, red fruits, vanilla, bourbon, raisins, coconut. Long alcoholic finish. Tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
skmikeg (1083) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Pours murky reddish brown with a half finger tan head with some lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, bourbon, oak, caramel, sweet malts, molasses, rum raisins, brandy, and some light booze. Taste is bourbon, dark fruits, rum raisins, brandy, caramel, sweet malts, toffee, oak, and some booze. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel and a mostly sweet, semi hot, warming, long, lingering. Overall, a excellent barley wine that is just a tad below the best of the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_Fellini (673) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a mostly clear medium brown reddish mahogany color with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of vanilla and bourbon with molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is big caramel malts with a creamy bourbon and vanilla character. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, long lingering molasses, brown sugar, vanilla. Absolutely wonderful!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1528) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle (2012) from SL... Pours a brown color with a small head. Nose of slight raisons, dark fruit. Taste is classic big barley wine.... tons of malt...dark fruit. slight oak presence. Smooth for a beer that is over 12%... definitely a sipper... glad I shared it with a couple friends. Overall, good barleywine

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeertourist (4973) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 30, 2015
From bottle at Monk’s Kettle, SF. Deep burgundy brown colour. Raisins, rum and chocolate aroma. Marcipane orange. Marcipane chocolate, fruity flavours, tart and sweet. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Zwiebel88 (285) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Karamell, dunkle Früchte, Bourbon, Vanille, Eiche, dunkler Zucker. Leicht fruchtige Noten, Holz, cremig, superstark.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChicagoGuy (6) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2015 does not count
Beautiful topaz color, toffee & maple aroma with bourbon present but not overpowering. Light-to-medium body. Fantastic caramel bread pudding flavor. Quite a bit of bourbon heat now, but I like that - makes this feel like a real after-dinner cordial. I'm sure it'll be nice when it mellows over time too.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
on draft at library ale house, no head, opaque dark Amber brown, like the color of wood, chestnut or mahogany, fig and baked prune, dark brown sugar and rich nutty oaky vanilla aromas, not boozy tho, flavor follows aroma, incredibly drinkable with a flavor that balloons outward and amplifies over time, not syrupy with good balancing carbonation


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