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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NachlamSie (3171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle of the 2013. Shared by my buddy. All I can say about this beer is wow. Barley wines are hit or miss for me. I usually stray away from sweeter beers. I don’t much care for many English-leaning beers. Sucaba is all of those things, yet so damn delicious. The beer is thick and ruby in appearance with a huge head. Time has cleared out the body. The massive aroma is sweet, but tastefully so and endlessly complex. There are notes of vanilla, oak, sherry, earth, dark fruits, raisins, toasted brown sugar and bread. The palate is huge and boozy in a very good way, not the way the burns, but rather nicely warms me up and commands slow-sipping enjoyment. All these sweet flavors don’t come across as sticky or sugary they just delightfully intermingle. All the character is harmonious and balanced with a tasteful oaken, sherry note. The flavor is much like the aroma but really brings out the notes of standing in a humidor. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how you do a classic barleywine. Phenomenal.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3246) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2015
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2015 No. 005. ABV 13.3% per the label. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled, light beige head, over a clear, ruby brown (SRM 22) effervescent, body.....nose is bourbon from the barrel, dried fruits, including plum, fig, raisin, hints of cocoa, chocolate, from the malts, minimal hops, balance to the malts and barrel......taste is bourbon, wood with hints of vanilla, sweet, with heavy dried fruits, including fig, raisin, plum, slight cherry, hints of tobacco, minimal hops, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, medium body, harsh, non fusel, alcohol heat, light carbonation after the initial pour. This Barley Wine is way too young and needs months to years to round up and mature. The forces used in it are tremendous. The fifth ingredient in Barley Wines which is time, is lacking. It needs copious aging. Technically it is a wonderfully made beer, but it is just too young, so why did they release it?. BJCP 9/3/13/3/7

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tcon25 (488) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Draft pour at Brouwer’s, the 2013 version, deep amber color pour, little head, nice oak aged aroma, taste very little sweetness, oak, raisin, you can taste the age. Very nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Syzzer (632) - Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Poured from bomber 3-7-15. Dark opaque brown color. Smell of over ripe cherry, plum, prune. Sweet taste with presence of alcohol. Slight weak head. 7.4bd maybe 9.7 in category. 6.8bryan

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PattyBat (81) - - MAR 7, 2015
Bomber poured into FW reserve glass. 2015 vintage. Beautiful maroon body with a nice off white head that dissipates. Smells of bourbon, malt, sugar and leathery tobacco. Tastes of milky coconut, thick leather polished off with some bourbon. Some heat on the tongue most likely because its a young beer. Also notes of chocolate left afterward. God, this might be the best beer I’ve ever had.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ngbaker05 (8) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2015 does not count
Bottle poured to pint glass. Bourbon smell. Tastes similar to dogfish head old skool but better. Heavy on the bourbon. 2015 vintage ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2676) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours a brownish mahogany color with a small yeasty tan head. Notes of coconut, whiskey, chocolate, and some dark fruit. Very sweet and tough to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Advocate_Ames (565) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2012 bottle. Pours dark with a slight reddish color. A nice head that dissipates to hug my glass and leaves a fine thin layer of foam on top of the beer. The aroma is of oak, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla, muted cherry fruit, bourbon booze, and a weak coconut scent. In tasting I noticed bourbon, vanilla, mild bitter chocolate, sweet malted grains, very weak tart cherry flavor, and defined coconut notes. The finish blends so well leaving a subtle tart cherry, chocolate, and boozy taste that lingers nicely. Overall a hell of a brew. A pleasant drinkable brew even with the higher abv. I’d have this again.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
adster (624) - HUNGARY - FEB 27, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2015 Mahagóni teste jelentéktelen méretű, ám annál izgalmasabb habot fejleszt a pohárba töltés során, karakteres, masszív italok habfedőjének képe ez. Roppant súlyos illatnyalábjai éretten elegáns főzetek lakhelyeként szolgáló fahordó rajzolatát veszik fel, tölgyes karakterek töltik meg tartalommal a kókuszos-vaníliás, mazsolás, szűnni nem akaróan összeszedett kompozíciót. Krémes, folyékony falatokkal fedezhetjük fel szikrázóan izgalmas, komplex szerkezetét, amiben a tagadhatatlanul angol modorú ízjegyek táncot járnak a hordóérlelés mesteri módon kivitelezett jellegének magával ragadó komponenseivel. Csípős, pergő kortyai szabályozott tüzes hangulatot árasztanak, minőségi alkoholok körvonala bontakozik ki a betyáros bourbon fonalától vezérelt, elgondolkodtatóan összetett és sima szerkezetben. Visszafogottan édes maláta alkoholos csintalansággal teletűzdelt jellege, markáns lecsengésű, angolszász stílusú képek ízletes összessége. Az egyik legjobb barley wine, amit valaha ittam.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerconnaiseur (166) - BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2015
Nose of hay, caramel, some lemon, almonds and old bread. Very rich in aroma. Boozy taste but very drinkable, has an etherical touch in the after, I taste malt, vanilla, medium zesty funk, some sweet cognac on the middle of the tongue and slight lemon zest on the sides of the palate. I love the drinkability. Really nice english barley wine, nothing like our European barleys.


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