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RATINGS: 682   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma: massive oak, vanilla, bourbon .notes. also getting a dark fruit note. Appearance: reddish-brown, 1/2 finger off-white head. No lacing and a massive amount of alcohol legs. Taste: Wow!!! Sweet but not too sweet. Not a lot of bitterness. This is the smoothest beer I ever had. Overall: The best barleywine I ever had. The best beer Iíve had period. The only reason this is not a 5.0 score is wish it was in a 12 ounce bottle. This will creep up on you, definitely a sipper.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 2013 fresh A: Deep, dark, dank murky ruby/mahogany with a beige barrel-aged head - big bubbles, spotty lacing, great retention S: Incredible. Huge vanilla, coconut, caramel. Lots of wood, tobacco and leather earthy notes. So incredibly rich. T: Huge, hits you in waves. Big caramel, dark fruit; oak, bourbon; vanilla coconut. As it warms the caramel increases and chocolate presents itself P: Incredibly smooth, slightly chewy. Does not at all feel like a 12.5 beer - medium to full in body. Complements everything else O: Really incredible

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a cloudy, dark red brown with a root beer head, which attenuates quickly. Oak bourbon, toffee, and coconut aroma. Silky, creamy mouthfeel and just a flood of magnificent flavor. Alternating chocolate, toffee, and coconut with overarching bourbon. Finishes with a little alcohol warmth, but itís not unappealing. This is a pricy beer, but it is worth it to try

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Holy Shitballs! That is one well crafted beer. Iíd be broke if it was available in Michigan.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
poisoneddwarf (1622) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Boxed bomber. Aroma is packed with toasted coconut first, then almonds, wet river rock, caramel, earth. Pours hazy amber with a collapsing beige head. Taste is sweet and savory, like what cashew brittle might taste like in heaven, if I can say that without sounding like a pretentious asshole. No? I canít? I donít really care. This is so good. Licorice pops out after it warms a bit. If this represents the new guard in the modern definition of barleywine (and I think it does), Iím all for it. Flat out, knock you on your ass delicious, just like all the FW barrel-aged components of the Anniversary blends. Pretentious or not, everything comes together near perfectly here. If this had a better head formation, this would be complete perfection. This is what I look for in a five star beer.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fitwitchik (179) - USA - MAR 29, 2014
2012 bottle poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker snifter a mahogany brown with a tan head that stayed around a bit longer than other "serious" English barley wines. Aroma is booze followed by a sweet vanilla molasses. Flavor is straight up sugar adoration. A blend of coconut, dark fruit, booze, chocolate. WOWza. The balance of with higher ABV is bull eyes perfect. DAMN!! Again another top 5 barley wine bucket list. So glad to have this beverage & another 2012 laying down like a good soldier.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftbeerdesign (2140) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 2012 vintage bomber. pours a deep red / brown with a nice 1+ finger off white head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. med body with a very smooth balance between the barrel notes and the malts. sweet caramel malts, dark fruits play off the lingering bourbon and oak notes from the wood. sweet dark fruit finish with some heat and a touch of citrus. this is one of the best beers around. worth every penny.

sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pours a dark brown... lots of wood on the nose... big smooth body with dark fruit notes blended with a perfect level of oak. really nice Barley Wine...

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2012 2011 vintage. Bottle @ home, courtesy of foppa78 into my new Cigar City snifter, courtesy of markwise. Thanks guys! Very deep brown/ruby appearance with a tiny tan head that dissipates in no time. Really a nice, smooth, tobacco, fig, plum, caramel-toffee malty, somewhat sweet aroma thatís exquisite. Tobacco, date, plum, fig, dark fruity, moderate toffee, lighter caramel, fairly malty, bourbon, somewhat woody flavor. Dark fruity, cherry, plum, toffee aftertaste. No hint of the 13% booze- are you kidding me??? In a way, it kind of reminds me of HOTD Matt in its complexity. Simply unbelievable.

2012 vintage. Bottle @ home. Last time around I was blown away by this baby, so Iím really looking forward to trying it again. Dark reddish brown appearance with a brown head without much lasting power. Thereís initially some notes of booze in the nose which isnít all that unpleasant. Besides that, rich toffee, thick caramel malts, vanilla, oak, mild to moderate bourbon, and dark fruits (fig, plum) are also noticeable in the aroma. Creamy, nutty, rich caramel/chocolate malty flavor initially that is like tasting a liquid turtle chocolate candy. More vanilla, oak, and bourbon towards the back of the mouth and despite the overall sweetness of the beer, itís balanced incredibly well. Thereís also notes of tobacco, fig, and vanilla with a warming, dessert-like finish. Simply unbelievable. Easily one of the five best beers Iíve ever had.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerzila (7) - Sumner, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2012 does not count
Dark brown color. Aroma of toasted malt, oak, vanilla. Flavor of oak, caramel/toffee, vanilla, licorice. Nicely balanced and complex; Very good barleywine. Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
superspak (2206) - Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2000th review! Got in a trade with cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2013 vintage, bottled on 1/9/2013. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby brown color with a small dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big vanilla, molasses, toffee, caramel, raisin, toast, chocolate, coconut, oak, bourbon, tobacco, clove, and toast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of malt and barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge molasses, vanilla, raisin, caramel, toffee, toast, coconut, chocolate, oak, bourbon, tobacco, light clove, and toast/oak earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of molasses, vanilla, raisin, toast, caramel, toffee, coconut, chocolate, oak, bourbon, tobacco, and toast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Insane complexity of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a perfect malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and full bodied; with an very creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is amazing. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane BA English Barelywine style. All around insane complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on for the high ABV. Absolutely unbelievable stuff, Wow.


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