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RATINGS: 778   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 26, 2011
Bomber at Justinís. Pours a lovely brown-black, minimal lacey foam. Aroma is straight cinnamon and booze. Flavor is amazingly silky and the ABV is crazy well-hidden. Amazing brew.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
manuchampions (1238) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2011
650ml bottle split with McBerko. Pours a ruby brown with almost no head. Gorgeous aroma, mixed dried fruit, some wood. Amazing taste of aged fruit, caramel malt but not too sweet, booze is very well worked. Fantastic!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2587) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle, big thanks to Jtclockwork for sharing this at Dmacís. Pours out a somewhat clear ruby hued brown color with a small lacing head. Aroma is of nice vanilla, oak, and slight alcohol. Taste is very complex with notes of vanilla, oak, tobacco, and a lingering sweetness in there also. Slight tell of the alcohol on the finish, but it is very well hidden. Up there for the beer of the night. Very well done.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (7443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 24, 2011
22 oz. bottle, courtesy of Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), split with manuchampions, pours dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon barrels, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Flavour is very liqueur-like, with notes of sherry, port, caramel, brown sugar and sweetness. Very well-balanced with the sweetness just hit right. ABV is incredibly well-worked in. Outstanding.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (9068) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2011
Bottle from a generous trader. Shared by me at Dmacís tasting. Pours dark brown. Tan head. Nose/taste of bourbon barrel, wood, dates, fig, toffee, caramel and raisin. Some alcohol in finish. Full mouth feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
On tap as a guest draft at Dark Lord Day 2009. A: Fairly dark--especially for the style. Some reddish highlights with a light, cream-colored head. S: Oak, roasted malt, chocolate, and bits of vanilla. The oak definitely came through, as I had this not too longer after sampling the Oak Aged DL. T: Fairly-roasted malt with some caramel/toffee taste as well as a certain earthiness to the underlying malt. On top of this lies some of the oak/wood flavors as well as characteristics of chocolate and hints of vanilla. A bit of bourbon in there, too. M: Very chewy and quite heavy. Fairly low carbonation. D: Quite drinkable, as the alcohol is hidden, but not too much. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 05-01-2009

4.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Getbetter (905) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - APR 19, 2011
From a tap,dark red,vanilla,tobacco,hint of of dark cherry,a little boozey taste.I like it.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1088) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2011
On tap at Cloverleaf. What a BW. Pours a dark murky brown color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, and perhaps some earthiness. Has a sweet dark fruit taste with notes of caramel and chocolate. A nice hop layer. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2011
Another FW bottle courtesy of Richie. Pours deep, deep copper, darker than most barleywines, with a thin tan head that recedes slowly to small collar and some sticky legs on the sides. Aroma is spectacular, everything Iíd want in a BB barleywine. There is the deep, sweet caramel malts, toffee, vanilla and hints of hops, though this seems closer to an English BW than American. The bourbon is perfectly balanced in the nose, sweet vanilla, light wood notes and bourbon. Wow. The taste is almost as good with smooth bourbon and vanilla up front, meshing perfectly with the sugary malts, toffee and caramel underneath. Nice alcohol burn in the finish, just tingling the tongue. The mouthfeel is super smooth and medium bodied with lots of barrel character and soft carbonation. This is a fantastic BA barleywine, one of the best Iíve had in a long time. FW certainly knows their way around barrel aging. World class.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (8093) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2011
Beatiful boxed bomber from Caponeís. Pours into my Stone RIS snifter turbid mahogany/chestnut, with 1-finger clingy off-white head. Nose is heavy bourbon, oak, figgy fruit, cherry, blackberry, port. Gorgeous nose here. The flavor is on the sweet side initially, with a huge bourbon and oaky element, and tons of fruity notes of the blackberry and port wine variety, brown sugar, backup hops. as it warms, the sweetness goes away somewhat, and the oaky bourbon mixed with the port and blackberry emerges, plus backup hops and caramel notes, and some finishing rauchy and cognacy notes. Amazingly complex and with very well hidden alcohol, this is a beer for the ages, one of the finest beers I have ever quaffed, and a truly earth-shattering experience. As usual with these big beers, I need to remind lightweights and barleywine haters to leave this beer to those who can appreciate and understand it, while you go back to your parentís basement for a sixer of the new Miller Light with the corkscrew bottles..


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