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RATINGS: 804   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 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
superspak (3070) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Lectvay, thanks a million! Beautiful copper pour with a light beige head. Aromas of oak, bourbon, dates, raisins, brown sugar, plums, and fig. I wish I had a candle that smelled like this beer it smells incredible! Taste is sweet dark fruits at first with notes of vanilla and molasses. Slight pipe tobacco notes in there as well. Just amazing. Slightly warming from the abv in the finish but just the right amount. A true gem.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
AndrewGunnison (8) - - JAN 20, 2015 does not count
on draft at library ale house, no head, opaque dark Amber brown, like the color of wood, chestnut or mahogany, fig and baked prune, dark brown sugar and rich nutty oaky vanilla aromas, not boozy tho, flavor follows aroma, incredibly drinkable with a flavor that balloons outward and amplifies over time, not syrupy with good balancing carbonation

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (1138) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2013
An awesome surprise. 2012 vintage. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a thinner khaki head. Nose involves huge dark fruit notes, notably plum, with lots of vanilla and oak toast, some faint pine and herbal hops, molasses, raisin, and date bread. Very sweet flavor, quite bitter still also. Rich body, warm, heavier, syrupy, oily, viscous, soft carb, tingly, with a long warm whiskey finish. Absolutely world class brew, great combo of bourbon barrel and barleywine. This could easily sit for 2 or 3 more years and still be great. Fantastic experience.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Vintage 2013 Served in a snifter A - Pours a dark brown/mahogany color with red highlights. 1 finger of off-white head forms a thin collection of wispy patterned bubbles below a solid collar. S - Sweet whiskey, vanilla, buttery cotton candy, toasted coconut, caramel and toffee, sugar coated nuts roasted, amaretto, scorched oak wood and cherries, strawberry and rhubarb preserve. T - A swirl of roasted wood, sweet vanilla, dense toffee, sticky caramel, toasted fruit bread, leather, spicy hops, whiskey swirls around notes of chocolate cherry cordial, amaretto, and rum. The whiskey components grow stronger as it warms, making the finish drier and drier. Some spiciness shows up toward the warming finish. M - Starts out firm and full but turns medium and softens out, low and fine carbonation. One of the best aromas I’ve ever smelled from a beer. Complexity is an over-used word but this is complex. The transitions of aroma, taste, and feel over the course of the bottle are incredible. Full barrel flavors the meld beautifully. Don’t know how this could get any better with age. Serving type: bottle 05-27-2013

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dustpanman (4) - oak park, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2014 does not count
Pours strong. Light head that fades fast. Smells like butterscotch and toasted molasses. Tastes show more oak than expected. Residual sweetness and heavy malt profile take away all bitterness. Tasted somewhat like banana bread. Surprised me to not be at all hoppy as a Barleywine.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (2580) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PattyBat (77) - - MAR 7, 2015
Bomber poured into FW reserve glass. 2015 vintage. Beautiful maroon body with a nice off white head that dissipates. Smells of bourbon, malt, sugar and leathery tobacco. Tastes of milky coconut, thick leather polished off with some bourbon. Some heat on the tongue most likely because its a young beer. Also notes of chocolate left afterward. God, this might be the best beer I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerbaaron (1497) - 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.

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