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RATINGS: 824   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Amazing. 2011 vintage. Dark brown color with a thick white head. 6oz snifter. The nose shows roasted nuts, a variety of pit fruit and some spice. Layered and complex palate showing figs, mocha, citrus and berries. Perfect mouthfeel and absolutely no heat on the long finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (3027) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2012 Assez épeurant, l’alcool est complètement dissimulé derrière son corps caramélisé style bonbon à la tire. Un côté fruité, cerise noire est également présent. Les différents vieillissements en baril accomplissent un travail magistral de liaison entre les saveurs. Chocolat, vanille et café font également parti de la fête. Sans grande surprise, simplement à la hauteur.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maledictum (713) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - FEB 25, 2012
UPDATED: APR 5, 2012 Pours a ruby red/brown with fine lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, and bourbon. Flavour reflects this, highlighting the bourbon as the main characteristic.Really sweet to begin with, but very well balanced with a woody after taste. Lovely.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (525) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Dark brown-publish color with thin white head. Aroma of chocolate malt, biscuits, maple syrup and bourbon. Taste is...hello flavor country, we’ve got a whole lot of complexity going on here: Vanilla, raisins, toasted malt, molasses, bourbon. The finish has another layer of oakiness followed by a tart sweetness. Surprisingly light body for a barleywine. More please.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Sampled at the prebrewvival tasting. Clear amber brown pour with ring of tan head. Complex dogfood, scotch, chocoate. Flavor of leather, honey, dark chocolate, smooth booziness. Oaky vanilla finish. Red wine characteristics. Good complexity, but it wasn’t really taylored to my personal taste or anything.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 24, 2012
At HallingHansen Grand Tasting, thanks for sharing. Pours a clear and dark brown beer with a weak offwhite head. The aroma is malt, sweetness, fruit, dried fruit, vanilla and wood. The flavor follows the nose with additional alcohol. The palate is sweetness with alcoholwarmth. Overall a really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2012
2012 release, new name, same beer. Bottle pours clear reddish brown with no head. Aromas are faint, and a a little booze and some wood. Taste is chocolate, booze, oak, caramel, some fruit like raisin or black cherry, and vanilla. Very complex, very delicious. Not overly sweet or dry, not overly hopped. The complexity really makes this beer. Body is medium and a bit thin, but the beer is viscous and pretty highly carbonated. Overall, a delicious beer that is great as a sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 22, 2012
Brassin 2011. Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une souper Ratebeer Montréal. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe de vanille et de fruité. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de vanille avec une pointe boisée. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de caramel en arrière goût. (Rating #4145)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear reddish brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy chocolate, wood, coconut and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex chocolate sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is another standout beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Indra (2700) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 20, 2012
2011 vintage. Incredibly rich, sweet, malty aroma, full of dark sugars, faint bourbon, vanilla, cherry, almost roasted caramel sweetness, cotton candy, wood, fiery alcohol and raisin. Deep, cloudy mahogany color, head forming a fine ring around the edge of the glass. Flavor shows a profoundly rich, caramelized sugary sweetness, dark, dried fruits, bourbon hints, more vanilla and oak along with dark chocolate, nut, brown sugar and cocoa appearing at the finish. Low in effervescence but still buoys the huge flavors well, smooth, thick, syrupy and warming, body is just gigantic. Incredible stuff, avoids being overly sweet and cloying, somehow. Highly impressive. Absolutely made for wintertime and for Barleywine fans such as myself.


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