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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DutchDrebus (5473) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2013
Bottle @ joes. Dark red to copper colour with no real head. Smells barley wine, raisins, caramel, sweet, bourbon, vanilla, oak wood. Tastes sweet, bourbon, oak, wood, raisins, alcohol, vanilla. It’s a lovely beer. Full body, velvetty, soft carbo. Love it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2692) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - APR 17, 2013
On tap 10 oz. pour at Gilly's Craft Beer & Wine in Rockville, MD. Clear, but extremely dark rust brown with a khaki head and fair lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, port wine, brown sugar, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee and caramel. Taste of bourbon, alcohol, dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, oak, brown sugar and leather. Full body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Danyel (1606) - Colorado, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with minimal tan head. Smells oak, cherry. Tastes sweet, rich, creamy, oaky, bourbon, lot of cherry flavor, currants. Very very good. Extremely happy with this beer!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - APR 12, 2013
Pours like a semi-flat coke; also looks like coke. Big toffee, raisin and woody aroma. Not overly sweet, nor syrupy, nice dry finish. This is a great barley wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2013
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 On tap in a wine glass. 2013 edition. Aroma is of bourbon, oak, and some chocolate. Color is a very dark brown with an off white head. Minimal lacing. Front taste is chocolate and bourbon and fades into vanilla taste. Light carbonation with a thin finish and alcohol burn. Very good beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
Very nice barley wine. Hides the ABV quite well, which is no small feat for 12.5%. A little syrupy mouthfeel, with a bit of bourbon overtones, and some fruit notes. I like it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bacterial (2719) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
2013 Vintage - pours a dark amber with a slight tan head. Nose is dark fruits, wood, bourbon, vanilla. Mouthfeel is really nice, heavy, but not overbearing. Lovely complexity here without being a total mess. Fantastic beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is big caramel, vanilla, boozy. Flavor is much the same with a good bit of earthy oak.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1331) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Type: Draft Glass: 0.25l tulip From: Blind Lady Ale House in Normal Heights (San Diego, Calif.) Price: $6.50 Purchased: March 31, 2013 Consumed: March 31, 2013 Misc.: N/A Poured a black amber color with three fingers of khaki cream head. Nice amount of thick, sporadic, foamy lacing on the sides. Good retention all the way down. Smelled sweet, red wine, bourbon, sour cherries, caramel, light vanilla and light smoky tobacco. Tasted so smooth out of the gate as the alcohol is well hidden. Got sour cherries, vanilla and not as much bourbon as the nose. Some oak and toffee. Tasted a bit like warm Cherry Coke. Light smokiness. Medium body. Creamy texture. Soft (below average) carbonation. Warming, smooth finish. Wow! I finally got to try this and it didn’t disappoint. Smooth and flavorful all the way down. Would love to get my hands on this again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chris__hartley (376) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2013
It pours opaque mahogany with plum highlights on the edges; the head is off-white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: prunes, dates, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and tobacco. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: prunes, dates, tobacco, burnt sugar, and alcohol. The palate is full-bodied, thick, sticky, has light carbonation, and a long bitter finish. Overall, it’s a fierce and rough barley wine - but so flavourful.


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