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RATINGS: 682   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Fred Fest 2009 – Portland, OR
Aroma: Dark sweet malt with tons of dried fruit in the aroma with an odd chocolate addition.
Appearance: Dark Brown in color, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor: Malty sweet this was a big beer. Tons of alcohol, Chocolate, dried fruit in the flavor
Palate: Dry fruit sweet finish, with a Good Mouthfeel.
Overall: This was a very nice huge beer. Loved the sweetness. This beer held up well and was a delight to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2009
On tap at DLD. Dark brown pour with some bright ruby highlights and a thin film of tan foam. The aroma had burnt caramel and chocolate with pitted fruits. The flavor was all over the place. Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and oak, maybe a bit of molasses. A bit boozy. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had minimal carbonation. A cool experiment, but this beer seemed to have a hard time finding it’s identity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured hazy copper-brown with a flat ring of white bubbles. No lacing. Earthy caramel and bread dough aroma with vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Boozy. Viscous, non-carbonated mouthfeel gave it the character of a liquer. Strong caramel and cherry flavors up front, then moves into the earthy, alcoholic oaken malt flavors. Somewhat of a mix between whiskey and cognac in the background. Long, sticky finish that tastes resiny, but without the bite. Definitely a sipper, but a great one at that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 Damn this beer is sick, sick sick. Thanks so much to Scottoale for telling me about it even though at the time (at alesmith I was like dude, I don’t need this I want to go home, I’m glad I got to have it. Tap @ O’brien’s. Pours blackish red with a tan ring. Nose is light and ok, really too cold to get much. Taste is wow, f’ing wow. Sweet, malty, rich slick with bourbon and oak and vanilla, yummers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
Aroma: Bourbon, toffee, caramel, hops and chocolate. Appearance: Leather brown with a smallish head. Flavor: Bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, butter scotch. Also some wood and hops tucked inbetween all that sweetness and bourbon. Palate: Smooth and silky. Overall: As good as an anniversary offering, if not better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
draft @ hard liver ’09 - dark brown with spotty white head; thick, woody aromas of sugar, molasses, vanilla; thin, strong and silky smooth; not as full bodied as i like, but overall a pretty dope BW that lived up to my excitement when this was spotted on the menu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (5937) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
On tap at Hard Liver Barleywine Festival 09, Brouwer’s Cafe. Murky very dark brown with a loose tan head. Doughy, woody nose. Creamy medium body. Wood, vanilla, and doughy malts on the mid-palate. Mild dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2008 on tap at Brouwer’s Hard Liver ’09. Surprise addition to the tap list. This stuff was great. Pours dark dark brown with a decent off-white head. Intense nose of bourbon, oatmeal, and buttery toffee. Floral hops come through in the taste with a little bit of tobacco as well. Full mouthfeel, nice bourbon/oatmeal component on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2009
On tap at the SF Barleywine fest at Toronado. Deep brown pour with a small white head. Very sweet for a barleywine, full of vanilla and a bunch of hop goodness as well. Nice molasses as well and some oaky goodness. Extremely tasty and so damn smooth!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Draught at Toronado. Lots of bourbon in this. Rich and full of vanilla and complete flavors. Very enjoyable.

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