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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29084) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin off-white head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, caramel, wood, and whiskey. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, caramel sauce, alcohol, wood, and chocolate, leading to a dry finish. In the very finish the alcohol show up with a slight bite in the tongue. Thanks anders37 for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (10686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
clear brown, no head. rather mild aroma, malty, nutty. flavor is nice , lots of wood, vanilla, malts, spices, sweet and spicy barley wine

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2011
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of anders37. Pours amber with a slight haze and an off-white head. Sweet toffee, overripe fruit and heavy sweet oak. Very solid body, thick caramel notes, overripe fruit and sweet, luscious Bourbon. No real bitterness but quite some warming alcohol. Delicious. 080911

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
22oz, boxed and black foiled bottle, dated 2/18/11 from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, hazy, mahogany with a smooth, thin beige head that has great retention and leaves sticky drips of lace on the edges. aroma is outstanding with rich, sticky dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and red berry backed by brown sugar, toffee, and light floral esters with the subtle bourbon barrel notes of oak, vanilla, tobacco, and toast emerging as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well with bold, boozy notes of bourbon, toasted oak, and toffee up front backed by sweet dark fruit notes of black cherry, plum, and fig with subtle notes of angel’s food cake, toasted malts, and creme brulee on the finish. palate is rich, full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with a great balance of sweetness and boozy, bourbon warmth. overall, a great barrel aged barleywine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Bomber. Poured clear, fiery garnet with a lovely, but unfortunately short-lived beige head.. great color and clarity. The aroma was powerful, with sweet and delectable bourbon, tobacco, and dark fruits over a rich base of molasses, drawn caramel, maple, and vanilla bean.. the barrel was very well integrated.. loved it! The flavor found a warm base of darker fruits, molasses, and maple.. black pepper, vanilla bean, aged oak and tasty bourbon around.. vanilla and bourbon led the drive through the finish.. earthy and peppery at the end, but the alcohol balance was perfect. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. spicy and engaging throughout.. excellent feel and flow. This was a masterpiece, and I’d love to try it again sometime.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (726) - Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle pours thick amber brown with a very brief tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Sweet aroma of malt and bourbon. Big taste of sweet caramel malt followed by oak and bourbon. Hints of tobacco and vanilla. I would describe this as an American Strong barleywine. The front is typical sweet barleywine followed by almost a umami flavor with the tobacco and bourbon. Palate thick without becoming syrupy. Finish a little peppery with some carbonation and an alcohol burn. Alcohol very evident.

Very nice beer, reminds of a stronger version of Founders Backwoods Bastard.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1811) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Tap, Black Squirrel. Poured with little to no head, bar’s fault on a darker muddy ruby brown body. Toffee, prunes, toast, caramel, and a bit of fruity sweetness in the aroma. Dark prune flavors, not a major hop presence but some leaves, raisines, toffee and caramel. Warming, medium body and coating. Would be a great nightcap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours brown, with a tan head. Aroma is bourbon, malt, and fruit. Flavor is bourbon, malt, alcohol, fruit, brown sugar, and vanilla. Fairly on the heavy side.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (2485) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Deep brown black body. Tight khaki head. Quickly receded into a thin collar. No lacing. S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, a little generic alcohol fumes. T: A very restrained bourbon barrel barleywine. Certainly plenty of flavor from the bourbon barrels, but nothing abrasive or hot about this offering. Lots of oaky vanilla. Rich malt backbone. M: Silky smooth medium-heavy body. Just a pinch of heat in the finish. Appropriately carbonated. O: One of the best bourbon barrel aged barleywines out there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3281) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with edgy tan froth. Nose is caramel, dark berries, rum, fig and musty wood. Medium to full body, slightly sticky, with a light tingle but still reminds me of cough syrup. Taste is orange, cherry and bourbon. Hints of chocolate, caramel, coconut and red licorice. Oddly hoppy and vegetal with building heat.


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