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RATINGS: 760   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle at Yazoo Fortuitous release. Pours deep copper brown with a beige head. Aroma of vanilla and caramel. Medium to full bodied with a slight sticky texture. Flavor of caramel and vanilla, but with a spicy bitterness and nice wood nuance. Sweet without going over the top. One of the best barleywines I have had in a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1477) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. This has a lot going on. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4095) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2014
2013 bottle in a teku. Pours very deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of toffee and caramel and nutty malts, oak and bourbon and vanilla, some light bitterness, and more oak and malts. Flavor the same with a great blend of the barrel and the barley wine. Smooth texture. A really good beer, but not the best barley wine ever.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - This is just insane how great this beer is on nearly every level. The intense amount of flavor depth combined with the olfactory input is really something to appreciate and admire. Waves of rich, butter-toffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate, thick caramel syrup, and coconut cake batter fill the nose with just a light twinge of alcohol showing up. Stunning. The complexity on this is just mind blowing. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Apis Póltorak Jadwiga, with it’s multiple layers of flavors, each meshing with each other in an orchestra of wonderful flavors. Bounding flavors of bourbon, oak, vanillin, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, butter-scotch, leather, and Captain Black pipe tobacco. There are very few beers as defining to a category as this is to the barleywine style. It’s simply, simply amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1033) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Well done. Aroma of oak, molasses and bourbon. Dark brown color with a thin head. Smooth brandy-like palate with light carbonation. A blend of strong flavors from caramel to vanilla to burn sugar with sweet finish and bourbon burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Light ruby brown with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, honey, bourbon. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a touch of booze on the finish. Taste is caramel, honey, dates, raisins. Great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (327) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, malts. Taste is bourbon, malts, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerhunter111 (8053) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Orangebraune Farbe, fast kein Schaum. Geruch nach reifen Früchten, Holzfass, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack schokoladig, Vanille, reife Früchte, holzig, einfach gut!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1325) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
I am at hater of this top rated beer. Way too strong. The bourbon has a huge bite and it almost has no stout flavoring. Pours dark brown in color. Had at bittles and cans ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
c0fein (221) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2014
650 ml bottle from Bier-Deluxe. Vintage 2014.

Very dark red colour. Aroma of strong berries and fullness. Flavour is woody, strong and rich. Full x 6 bodied. Superb. I love this brewery!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kemoarps (23) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 15, 2014
2013 vintage. on 10.15.14 Deep ruddy mahogany with a little brown head. Dissipates, but lacing down the sides. The bourbon barrel steps forward offering itself first. Sweet and boozy dark fruits, vanilla and tobacco. Taste follows suit: sweet bourbon starts us off, with some oak and vanilla Prunes, leather, raisins... all the things you want and more! Yummm Super smoothe. Alcohol is incredibly well blended in, as it manifests itself more as a light spice than any sort of heat. Not sure if that’s it being a year old or if that’s just the masters at FW doing their thing. Mild carbonation doesn’t get in the way of the sticky, medium body. Finish 1s sweet initially (thanks Abbey), but has a touch of bitter... closer to the tobacco on the nose than a particularly hoppy note.

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