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RATINGS: 738   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle 2011. Aroma has notes of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, dark dried fruits. Dark brown that sits almost black in the sniffer. No head and no lace. This beer looks like flat coke. Flavor is very sweet. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a good bourbon bomb Barley Wine that smells and tastes great but looks like shit.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
gendv138 (1192) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2014 From notes, consumed on 4/9/13. Bottle (2013) poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours dark brown with half a finger of off-white head receding into a ring around the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, coconut, booze, bourbon, vanilla. Tasting notes of dark fruit, oak, vanilla, coconut, bourbon. Warm boozy finish. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Had a bottle of 2014 on 3/15/14 and it was pretty much as I remember in my 2013 notes. ABV was upped from 12.5% for 2013 to 13.5% for 2014.

Bottle (2013) poured into a Belgian snifter, consumed on 3/16/14 so around 14 months old I believe. Pours dark brown with just over a finger of off-white head receding into a ring around the glass. More dark fruit on the aroma, faded notes of bourbon, coconut, and vanilla. Tasting notes of dark fruit, dark chocolate, light bourbon, light coconut, light vanilla. Still very enjoyable with a year on it but I prefer this one fresh with the bolder barrel character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1167) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
A- pours a burnt red with a thin egg shell white head and faint lacing. S- pungent aromas of brown sugar, molasses, pie crust, dark fruits, grainy malts, whiskey, tonic, cider, vanilla and oak tannins. M- medium body with medium to heavy palate with a good carbonation and tackiness. T- strong notes of cider, alcohol, chocolate liqueur and malts at first. Grains, oak, molasses, vanilla and toffee next. Ending is a little dry and efficient with notes of cocoa, dark fruits, stinging alcohol and mineral water.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1164) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
On tap at Battleship. Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is full of oak, vanilla, some bourbon and malts. Full bodied palate. Flavor is smooth for 13% abv. There’s malts, bourbon, oak and a little booziness. Leaves an oaked bourbon finish. Impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1163) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2013
(bottle from Sparky, thanks E!) Pours out a clear ruby color. There was a head displayed briefly that was yellow-tan, but this quickly dissipated and all that is left is a sheen which serves as a hint to this beer’s expected viscosity and high abv. Aroma is a wallop of sweetness coming in at all angles. Candies abound of the butterscotch, caramel, and toffee variety. An undercurrent of searing booze hides underneath the decadent aroma, and it adds another component of booze-soaked dark fruit (cherries). Further scents of oak and vanilla arise. The flavor pretty well follows suit with the aroma, but the booze is in greater abundance particularly in the finish than the aroma had led it on to be. Flavors here are a strong dose of coconut, toffee, sugared raisins, possibly dates, caramels, oak and bourbon. Very sweet and cloying. Mouthfeel is far thinner than expected, carbonation is a bit higher than expected, and the searing heat of booze that carries on through the finish was expected. Not bad, but it went a little too overboard with the sweetness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
The beer pours a translucent, deep, dark ruby color with an average, khaki, pillowy head which settles to a fully lasting, firm, frothy layer and leaves some similar lace. The nose is very nice, very smooth for a 13% beer; plenty of coconut, bourbon oak all over, Belgian chocolate, light peppery spice, faint cherry, toasty vanilla, and some tobacco. The flavor is drastically different with a prominent spicy bourbon role that lingers all the way to your belly; tobacco, vanilla bean, toasted oak, molasses, light Belgian chocolate, some coconut, and a slight raisin note. The palate is full, silky, creamy, warming, round, and soft to lively. The finish is long, warming, oaky, filled with spicy bourbon, some coconut, and toasty notes lingering. Where to begin... Just a very well built, blended, bourbon-aged, strong, BW with unique character, unique complexity, and a prominent bourbon strength that only accentuates the uniqueness of the beer. It was amazing how the nose was rich and smooth yet the flavor carried so much of the spicy bourbon notes and warmth. This one was so smooth in the nose and bold in the flavor, it makes me curious how it will age. But even with the high pricetag, I do want to try one in some years to see if I find it as entertaining as this version is. Only time will tell. Great work from Firestone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
Boxed and black foil-wrapped bomber from 2012, opened in celebration of being granted permission to write my dissertation. Pours garnet red and brown with a short-lived brownish-beige head. Aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, butter, and orange/vanilla. Dark fruit and some alcohol creep in as it warms. The flavor is sweet, sugared fruit, soaked in bourbon. Smoky oak, tons of buttery toast, and light berry are present, with moderate bitterness, cherry/bourbon, and burnt sugar in the finish. Low/medium carbonation, medium/full body, warming, and creamy. Really well done, delicious! [1021]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1148) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2013
Very nice barley wine. Hides the ABV quite well, which is no small feat for 12.5%. A little syrupy mouthfeel, with a bit of bourbon overtones, and some fruit notes. I like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1144) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Draft at Hops and Pie. Hot nose of coconut, oak, and vanilla. Full bodied, but thinned by the alcohol, sweet with some wood and a hot finish. This is young and fresh, but it was a disappointment-I think it needs to come together with some time. Terrific, rich toffee burst in the aftertaste long after you think it’s done. I have some ’11 I’ve been laying down. Will need to revisit one of those in about a year and take some more time with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerathon (1133) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Wow. Smells of bourbon, warming alcohol finish, dark fruit flavors, some oak notes, chocolate, slightly bitter. A lot going on here.

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