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RATINGS: 769   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
QCBWarlock (44) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2013
On tap at Unoís Hamilton during Philly Beer Week. This was my favorite beer of all for the Big Wood Event. Super complex. Chocolate Vanilla and Cherries, Oh My!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
574deadzone (1088) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mverity (268) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Poured into a large snifter after about 20 minutes out of the ice bucket. Deep reddish brown with a fair amount of tan, creamy head. Good lacing, and the collar was thick at the edge of the glass. Aroma of toffee, caramel, some woody earthiness, sweet medium roasted malt too. Taste is of toffee/caramel, leather, woody-earthy, very lightly smokey (perhaps because of the campfire). So damn good. Mouthfeel is all that barleywines should be. Appropriately carbonated, medium creamy body. I could drink this til the cows come home; too bad I have to trade for it.

4.7
   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 Iíve 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. Donít know how this could get any better with age. Serving type: bottle 05-27-2013

4.7
   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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GenDV138 (1785) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cernjoh (142) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
This is one fabulous Barleywine. Drinking a 2012 bottle poured into a Firestone Walker snifter. Aroma is bourbon and vanilla yumminess. Appearance is a semi transparent reddish brown letting just a bit of light pass through it. Head was 1/2 finger and a light tan in color. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, cherries, prunes, and liquorice. Palate is very pleasant with the just right amount of carbonation. Overall a great BW and at the top of my top 5. A sipper for sure. The alcohol will catch up to you over time. Pairs great with peanuts and yes peanut butter. :)

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
hopwine (385) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Very dark brown, mahogany hues on edges, off white thin head. Nose is vanilla, tobacco, chocolate, coconut. Flavor is same plus toffee pudding, roasted hazelnut, amaretto, apple-y British ale esters, mild earthy hoppyness for balance.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2012 Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival. This is the second beer Iíve had at this event that has simply floored me with its silky rich yummy goodness. Pours deep amber to near dark brown and micro thin tan head. Wow! Another knee buckler aroma with a smooth blended mixture of wood, molasses, rich dark fruity esters and more rich molasses. The wood notes become mildly brighter upon further inspection. The taste is just amazing with some smooth bourbon flowing into deep rich dark fruity esters accented with well rounded smooth wood notes. Just a smooth beer that gets almost velvety for a while. It dries out a tad into the finish.
Seems to be way barrel forward in 2012 as compared to the draft version I had back in 2009. Iím not liking it nearly as much.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2009
2008 on tap at Brouwerís Hard Liver í09. Surprise addition to the tap list. This stuff was great. Pours dark dark brown with a decent off-white head. Intense nose of bourbon, oatmeal, and buttery toffee. Floral hops come through in the taste with a little bit of tobacco as well. Full mouthfeel, nice bourbon/oatmeal component on the finish.


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