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RATINGS: 793   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7223) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (762) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1900) - Washington, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1728) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (3163) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3428) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686 (4834) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
This poured a medium brown colorw ith a beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of bourbon, but not much alcohol perse, caramel and toffee, vanilla as well. Flavor much like the aroma, lots of bourbon there, sweet malt, can definitely get the nuances of the barley under the bourbon, and hardly any hints of alcohol either. Just great stuff all around!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2411) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Deep ruby red pour thin off white head .... aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak and cherry .... amazing taste of oak, vanilla and bourbon some chocolate and tobacco little boozy with a malty backbone .... mouthfeel is smooth and very balanced with a bitter finish that lingers ... unreal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
orangesol (937) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Served on-tap at Capone’s during the Firestone Walker Lunch party. Enjoyed with Dave Walker himself! Served into a snifter. A - Pours deep brown with a thin film of white head, dissipating down to nothing at all, leaving no lacing down the glass. This was served WAY too cold. Once it warmed up a bit it got a little better. S - Smells of warm bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits, tobacco, and chocolate sweetness offer some contrast to the typical caramel / toffee sweetness in most barleywines. The heat began to creep in more and more as it came to room temperature. T - Lots of toffee sweetness up front quickly giving way to a mix of bourbon heat, tobacco, chocolate, and vanilla. Finish is a mix of sweetness and alcohol burn, lingering for some time. This one is still a little raw but I can see it developing over the next few years into something amazing. I need to grab a bottle of this one as soon as I can. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. It was pretty thin at the beginning but it really developed once it warmed up into a rich, creamy, feel with plenty of lingering sweet heat in the finish. O - Very good beer. It is still pretty hot at the moment but it is still a very easy drinking barrel aged barleywine. I am really glad I made the long trek down to Capone’s to try it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5670) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
(22oz bottle thanks to Jyoungsbcp) deep ruby brown with ring of tan bubbles but sparse. Alcohol coating the glass like none other. Nose of rich caramel, vanilla, raisin, subtle bourbon, Complex and decadent. Taste is a bit alcoholic, vanilla, toasty, subtle chocolate, bourbon. Great linger. Excellent!

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