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RATINGS: 771   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.07   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2348) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2014
[Bottle / 2013 / Batch 003] Muddled, almost completely opaque dark-ish brown & rusty copper body, capped with a small, off-white & beige tinted film that transcends neatly to a thin collar. Aroma is quite complex, standard barrel aged barley wine notes of raisins, booze-soaked dates, bourbon lathered oak staves, mild vanilla, rustic caramel, sweet black cherries, burnt toffee, & prunes smothered in a sweet, lightly burnt, brown sugar glaze. Definitely lots going on, commanding presence. Taste is the same, with lots of bourbon & oak soaked notes of dark fruit; prunes, raisins, dates, & a touch of licorice. Hints of maple mid-palate with a barrel induced vanilla presence, warm caramel, a mildly tannic finish, & a wispy note of anise left on the tongue. More prunes, raisins, & bourbon covered dark fruits as the beer warms up with a more boisterous bourbon presence & a big, balancing, brown sugar sweetness throughout. Sticky, warm, thick. This is definitely a monstrous barrel aged barley wine & a damn fine one at that... but I still think it may be slightly overpraised. I’ve definitely had more enjoyable -bal BW’s.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6865) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
[6820-20140926] 650mL bottle. Wooden fruity plum raisin aroma. Clear, red mahogany body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet grainy malt and fruity plum flavour. Full body. Delicious, not noticeably boozy, and a great example of the style. (7/3/8/4/16) 3.8
(c/o blankboy)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FestDecBeet (242) - - DEC 25, 2014
Look: pours a dark red. Very cloudy. Tan head. Smell: very sweet. Candy. Taste: very sweet. Candy caramel. Feel: very thick. Nice dryness. Overall: great beer. Love it. First drank: 12/25/14 mom and dads.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weihenweizen (1881) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Refrigerated 2011 brown bomber poured into a snifter. Dark brown with very small off-white head. Aroma is bourbon, medium body, low carbonation, and very little lacing. Taste is bourbon, dark fruit (raisins and prunes), vanilla, oak, some coconut, and hints of alcohol. I prefer gibcbw.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beardaxe (267) - - DEC 6, 2014
Poured from bomber into tulip glass about 8 months after bottling. Moderate fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Somewhat muted, but enticing aroma that doesn't really demonstrate the barrel aging. The flavor, however, is excellent. It tastes like a mature, refined barleywine. The barrel aging doesn't come through at first but that's because it is so well integrated. As you continue drinking and the beers warms, it comes through and reveals itself as a pleasant foundation of the beer. This isn't an aggressive, in your face beer, despite the abv. Rather it's elegant, beautifully simple, and subtle. Typical firestone walker deftness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bobhund (425) - - NOV 29, 2014
Drucken på Stoxkholm Beer & Whiskey Festival. En fin öl på många sätt, se betyget för mer info. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoworsummer (2503) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Draft at Barrel Republic. Pours a rich, deep brown with a creamy off white head. Smells strongly of fermenting raisins, strong dark fruity booze, slight earth and woodiness, light astringency. Tastes like raisin, prunes, very smooth, mild alcohol, light astringency, light chocolate. Pretty delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (2990) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 25, 2014
660ml bottle (tasting @VastActive place, thanks). Dark copper color. Tiny to almost no head. Malty, sweet, whisky, woody notes in aroma. Aroma rises eyebrows in a pleasant way. Malty, cocoa, nutty, sweet, coffee in taste. I can sense alcohol, but not quite taste it. Needs some age for sure, but still very drinkable. Nice brew!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9646) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 24, 2014
650ml bottle - thanks tiong, VastActive and the crowd from Hel!
Beautiful rich aroam, heady malts, some coconut. Normally that coconut would be a very bad sign, but this manages to get away with it somehow, and the richness of the roasted malts and woodiness are make up for almost everything. Very sweet sticky palate. Nice malty but a bit yeasty. Coconut less obvous in the taste. Smoothish, and a nice sipper. Did like coming back to this glass in between subsequent beers, as the aroma was a reset that would put a smile on my face. If I was being harsh, I’d flaw it for being a bit too sweet and strong, but I’m overlooking that.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2658) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
Flaske: Lige ovenpå 17eren er denne lidt tyndere i mundfylde og duft. Stadig er bourbon fadlagringen helt suveræn. Utrolig let og drikbar i forhold til 13 %. Super lækker amerikansk barleywine hvor lagringen er velintegreret.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4821) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
(Bottle, 0.65 l - 2014 vintage - BB 10.04.2019, courtesy of tiong, 20141122) The beer poured ruby port coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, raisins and hops. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, grass, coconut(!), raisins and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, malty, hoppy and bitter. A bit harsh but still tasty barley wine except the horrid coconut.


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