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RATINGS: 816   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1580) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dazz3 (1575) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at UCTS testing. Pours brown with a small Brown head. Smells and tastes nutty, abit coffee and alot of candy malty, abit figs and sadly to much alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jorn69 (1566) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Tap @ Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen 15/7-14. Sweet and caramelish, coconut and Bounty-chocolate, chocolate with vanilla notes, some light alcoholic notes. The finish is long, dry with notes of coconuts. A really nice one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bleeng (1565) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottle shared at the May 2011 Houston RB tasting-thanks to me. Dark brown but clear. Nose is chocolate with hints of barrel and alcohol upfront. Taste is chewy, fluffy, chocolate, barrel, vanilla with alcohol almost too hot. This one was difficult to get my hands around-I could not figure out this beer but I really enjoyed this as a scotch/brandy type sipper. Seems a bit young. I’ll let the other bottle age for a year or so and then return to it.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep amber pour with some off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, and coconut. Flavors of dark fruit, vanilla, bits of chocolate, lots of wood and bourbon. Crazy good!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mittenator (1559) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Draft at tap n handle. Garnet with a small head. Deep toffee and vanilla. Candi and sticky. Delicious.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 10, 2012
A - Pours a dark ruby-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate head. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some light lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of caramel malts and sweet caramelized sugars, with some plum and other dark fruit, vanilla, oak, toasted coconut, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts and caramelized sugars with some raisin, plum, and other dark fruits, and some vanilla and toasted coconut. Through the middle, the oak and Bourbon comes through with some light chocolate and roast. The finish is a mix of sweet caramelized sugars, vanilla, oak, Bourbon, dark fruit, English yeast, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with light carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch syrupy with a sweet and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Great barleywine with really nice Bourbon coming through. Amazing overall balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1552) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle (2012) from SL... Pours a brown color with a small head. Nose of slight raisons, dark fruit. Taste is classic big barley wine.... tons of malt...dark fruit. slight oak presence. Smooth for a beer that is over 12%... definitely a sipper... glad I shared it with a couple friends. Overall, good barleywine

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1549) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Vintage 2011 A: Pours a dark cherry mahogany ale. Less than single finger of light tan head falls to a broken sheet of the same. No lacing. When agitated, head replenishes and then falls once again. S: I like the way this smells. Sweet vanilla, nougats and caramel. Some hints of cherry. It reminds me of a white chocolate Idaho Potato Cherry flavored candy bar, if you know what I mean... T: Plenty of sweet butterscotch, vanilla, oak, cherries. The alcohol is a bit hot here. The taste profile is less than impressive, but with a year or two on it, presuming the toffee tones in the malts would come thru, this would be world class. As it warms, the alcohol continues to have more and more presence, not cool. M: A bit thin for the style IMO. Carbonation is moderate and persistent, not bad, would prefer a little lower. O: I think this is a nearly exceptional barley wine. I might pick up a few more just to age them, but I have less than high expectations for this to continue to excel. It will either thin out and fail to build the smooth feel I really appreciate from good BW’s, but then again, you never know. I’m nearly on the fence with this. It’s good, but not terrific. Serving type: bottle 06-26-2011

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1543) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2010
sampled at az strong beer festival. Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is bourbon, raisins, caramel, malt, hops. Flavor is chewy raisins, caramel, bourbon, molasses, oak. Nice BA Barleywine.


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