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RATINGS: 864   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goodgrief (1965) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2012
Dark brown pour with thinnish head. Aroma of bourbon and cocoa, with a flavor similar. Cocoa and vanilla accent a big bourbon base. Hints of oak and and vanilla. Silky smooth. Well done.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1964) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
bottle 2012 sucaba. pours dark brown thin head. aroma of vanilla and oak. taste is sweet bourbon and coconut slight coco

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1955) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
Bomber at Jerryís. Dark amber with whispy tan head / Big nose of coconut, oak, toffee, chocolate / Full body, sweet, slightly hot but with good balance and long finish / Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, dark cherry, dates, coconut, hazelnuts, oak, and bourbon / Fantastic. Give it a year.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1945) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2016
Aromas of toffee, caramel, cocoa. Hazy bronze with a mostly lasting off-white head. Sweet, boozy, caramel, red fruit. Full bodied.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Sampled several times at the 2010 AZ strong beer fest. Dark amber pour. Oak, bourbon, hops, dark fruit, vanilla. Fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Had this brew at GABF on 9/24/09. Color is a muddy brown with light carbonation and small head. Aroma is rich with a little oak coming out. This is a full bodied brew with a rich feel and a finish of raisins and plums with oak and vanilla on the end. Overall its a very good Barley Wine.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1926) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2015
A beautiful deep blood red color with a small soapy beige head. Exquisite aroma. Powerful, full of character and complexity, and so cohesive. Jam, dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, along with super well integrated barrel character. Flavor follows but is not as distinctly. Lighter full body. Warm alcohol.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
topherh (1919) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is big caramel, vanilla, boozy. Flavor is much the same with a good bit of earthy oak.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage. Thanks to psiweaver for this. 3.5 A: Clear (I think) deep brown, nearly black color. One finger of fizzy head falls quickly and leaves no lacing. 4.5 S: This nose has it all and by that I mean it has a big hit of bourbon AND a very respectable beer underneath. The bourbon is lightly leathery with perhaps a touch of peat. Also included is a moderate fruitiness that borders on the floral, good bit of vanilla, and nearly as much oak. Lots of caramel and toffee with plum, prune, date, and fig fruitiness. Brown sugar and a very reasonable booze level for the ABV. Really complex and pleasant. Borderline 5.0. 3.0 T: I canít believe what Iím tasting. This beer has such a nice nose, but the taste is straight up boring. Boozy bourbon with a light charred, peaty flavor. Still a decent amount of vanilla and oak. The beer itself is the problem with the taste. The taste follows the nose for the most part, but all the dials are turned down to a three from what were eights. All subtlety is lost behind the booze. Really disappointing and certainly not better than average. 3.5 M: The mouthfeel is indicative of what is problematic with this brew. A 13% barleywine had me thinking thick, velvety, and rich. Having had Parabola a few times, I figured that was the route this would go as well. Instead, this has a medium body and a moderate creaminess. Seems like the potential malt flavor went away with the potential heavy body. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. 3.5 D: Totally disappointed. I loved the hell out of Parabola and thought this would be the barleywine version of that. It isnít. Not quite sure how this is getting the scores it does. Maybe bottle variation. Who knows? Not confident this will age well, but I have another bottle and Iím going to give it a go. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 01:48:32


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