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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA on 5/19/11. Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee, toasted wood, coconut and a bitter hop finish. The taste is bourbon, toffee, caramel, toasted malts and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied with some warming alcohol notes. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6032) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Courtesy of northernbrews

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, light fruit, banana bread, and a touch of vanilla. It pours a dark reddish-brown with a one finger khaki head. The flavor starts with lots of caramel, toffee, and light banana bread. The finish has muted citrus notes, vanilla, and a touch of bourbon. Medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Overall, a barrel aged beer without a lot of barrel influence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Thanks Paul for sharing. Bottle pours caramel color with off white head. Aroma is caramel and bourbon. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is well balanced between the caramel and booze. A touch hot. But a great beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Shared by turd. Pours a dark ruddy brown with one finger of sandstone head. Rich bourbony nose, very dextrinous with lots of vanilla and wood with caramel and raisiny notes in the background. Flavor is rich and raisiny with some caramel and tannic wood. Very full and velvety palate with a spicy alcoholic note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Bottle from a trade with daknole. Thanks Dakine. Pours dark brown with a thin mocha head. Nose is sweet bourbon, vanilla, oak. Flavor is sweet, heat isn’t all too noticeable, some more oak, brown sugar, tobacco. Body seems a little thin for such a big beer. Certainly not a bad beer, but it seems kind of one-dimensional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7309) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Bought for me by a guy names Chip @ Waldo’s Pizza in KC .. . Pours a deep burnt caramel brown .. . this was wonderful- from molasses, caramel, pastry, fudge, and dark minced fruits .. . sticky mouthfeel and smooth- great now and will be great in ten years .. . i loved every drop! .. . he’s got stupid cool hiphop style!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bourbon nose with some sweetness, cotton candy, and stuff. No lasting head, brown head. Sweet cotton candy, bourbon sweetness, sharp grassy hoppiness...sweet dessertish, lightly boozy but sweetness and hoppiness of the underlying beer overshadows the bourbon influence..some pineyness...just a little overwhelming with the strong influence of everything going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pushkinwow (2345) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2011
On tap at beachwood. red/dark brown with thin biege head. Big bourbon nose with vanilla and oak, some plum, milk chocolate and prune undertones. Very smooth, well carbonated, full bodied, but the bourbon and booze is too strong with a harsh bite, needs some age to mellow and balance out. However still a very good beer and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (6619) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle thanks to Bleeg, shared at the May tasting. Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is vanilla, oak, and smoke. Thick mouthfeel with a vanilla malt flavor with the alcohol present but not overpowering. Enjoyed this barley wine from Firestone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours dark amber with notes of dried fruits (think plum and raisin). The palate shows off the abv but also give serious depth to the bourbon and vanilla flavors from the char of the barrel. You get some deep fruit hints here as well such as plums and dried figs.

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