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RATINGS: 870   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
The beer pours a translucent, deep, dark ruby color with an average, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a fully lasting, firm, frothy layer and leaves some similar lace. The nose is very nice, very smooth for a 13% beer; plenty of coconut, bourbon oak all over, Belgian chocolate, light peppery spice, faint cherry, toasty vanilla, and some tobacco. The flavor is drastically different with a prominent spicy bourbon role that lingers all the way to your belly; tobacco, vanilla bean, toasted oak, molasses, light Belgian chocolate, some coconut, and a slight raisin note. The palate is full, silky, creamy, warming, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long, warming, oaky, filled with spicy bourbon, some coconut, and toasty notes lingering. Where to begin... Just a very well built, blended, bourbon-aged, strong, BW with unique character, unique complexity, and a prominent bourbon strength that only accentuates the uniqueness of the beer. It was amazing how the nose was rich and smooth yet the flavor carried so much of the spicy bourbon notes and warmth. This one was so smooth in the nose and bold in the flavor, it makes me curious how it will age. But even with the high pricetag, I do want to try one in some years to see if I find it as entertaining as this version is. Only time will tell. Great work from Firestone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Aroma is bright caramel apple, vanilla, oak. Woah. This is beautiful! Taste is caramel, vanilla, strong, woodsy oak chips, booze, and faded piny hops. Finish is sweet, slightly bitter hops, vanilla astringency, caramel, and some burnt sugar. Wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Reddish-brown pour with a tan head. Aroma was sweet molasses, oak and fruity. Taste was so awesome. Fruity, woody, a little dry, sweet molasses. I drank this at cellar temp/55. The aroma and taste made you want to drink it slow so it wouldn’t end. The foam clung to the side of the glass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 19, 2012
From notes. Poured to a snifter, deep brownish red almost a plumb color it held a half finger light tan head for about a minute that dissolved thin film and then to nothing. Very rich aroma. Very sweet, dark fruits, burnt sugar and carmal. Just a little bit of alcohol. First sip is I get a lot of sweet flavors blended together. Lots of sweet malt, tart strawberry, tiny bit of bitterness there is defiantly some alcohol in the finish which is paired with oak flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arone12 (925) - Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Mmmmm this one is amazing. Pours a mahogany color with a thin head. Heavy smell of bourbon, sugar and hops. Taste is very delicious. Molasses and brown sugar with some hops. Lots of bourbon. Such a great taste. Lovin’ it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StefanSD (2335) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2012
650 ml botte;. Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head that quickly diminishes to a fine ring. The aroma is strong with whiskey, vanilla and dark fruits. The taste is complex with bourbon, vanilla, sherry, leather, raisins, dates and brown sugar. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes incredibly long with lingering tobacco and bourbon aftertaste. Overall: A nice little sipper, I wish I could get more.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thehoplocal (11) - Sykesville, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Room was a little dark when poured so color was tough to judge. But there was very little head, and what was there disapated quickly. The nose is incredible, I could live in there. At first it’s overwhelming, but you can quickly go through the layers of complexity. Taste is similar, complex, wonderful. Like drinking a bourbon, wine, and beer all at the same time. The finish lasts for what felt like hours. The only negative is accessibility.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (3269) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle Courtesy of Wavers1, Thanks Baker! A fantastic bourbon aged barleywine that has more flavor components then I could even pick out. Vanilla, Leather, dark fruit, and a nice nuttyness. Really good stuff here.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/26/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. The appearance of this beer is more similar to an old ale than a barleywine. A dark chocolate brown is a bit transparent in the thinner parts of the glass. A small off-white head struggles to form originally and fades to nothing fairly quickly. The aroma simply bursts out of the glass. Tons of vanilla, caramel, bourbon, oak, and a bit of spice. The flavor starts out with a very nice and complex gooey caramel that never gets too intense or cloying. A bit of roasted malt, some spice, and then a smooth bourbon, vanilla, and oak presence that carries through the finish. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Although the alcohol is well-hidden in the flavor, the alcohol creates a tingling sensation on my tongue and warms the back of my throat and stomach. The carbonation is pretty much perfect; creamy and moderate. Definitely on the full side of the body spectrum. Slightly sticky. This is not one of those beers that has nearly infinite separate components; it is a relatively simple beer that is made impressively well. The bourbon really accentuates the wonderful flavors and adds some complexity itself.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Fuxk this is impressive. Same barrel aging as firestone parabola. Big sweet barley wine and one if my favorite barrel aging treatments

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