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RATINGS: 681   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scrubfish (41) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bomber in the dark, sweetness, chocolate caramel toffee molasses sugar cane , first a boozy sweetness, then the above mentioned .

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1052) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 13, 2012
22oz bottle, 2012 vintage, purchased at Belmont Station. Pours a deep, dark, amber color with an off white head that fades quickly. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, oak. A little syrupy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, vanilla, oak, chocolate, a little booze, with a sweet, bourbon finish. Very tasty.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (942) - New York, USA - APR 16, 2012
Bottle, 04/16/2012. Pours ruby-tinged brown, short-lived beige head, thin lacing. Prominent wood and bourbon in the nose, caramel vanilla with coconut, wrapped around dark bread malts, touch of chocolate and dark fruits, subtle tartness. Taste is also barrel dominated, big coconut and molasses, dark grains and dried fruit, spicy character, bourbon vanilla booze to finish. Full palate, silky and bordering on creamy, long aftertaste, alcohol doesn’t detract. Pretty great barley wine here.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2012
Bottle shared at Dark Lord Day 2012 (Munster, IN). Pours a rich darker browninsh hue, deep with good lacing. Dies down to a film, small lacing. Aromas are rich spirit, bourbon and sweet caramel and toffee malts, touches of toast, vanilla, shaved coconut, oak. Gentle spirit, some sweet oxidation. Initial is sweeter and thicker, rich toffee and caramel, rich oak and spirit, gentle kisses of toast. Some warming elements. Initial is sweeter, toffee and caramel up front break way into toast, barrel elements, vanilla, and coconut, warming spirits grow. Spirit as it thins the body, warms the belly. Bourbon and whiskey, vanilla, oak, and toffee. Some sticky elements stick into the backend. Well balanced if a growing warmth into the back that might get a touch harsh. Still, it gives character and wins me over. Solid beer, light carbonation, good flavors and body.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2012
In short: The archetypical American Barley Wine
How: Bottle, consumed 8 months after purchase, split 4-way
The look: Cloudy bronze body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose has a moderate barrels presence and leafy hops over rich caramel. Taste starts with a wicked big rich caramelized malt backbone, just enough fruity flavors to increased complexity, vanilla, wood, toasted nuts and toasted cookies, enough resinous leafy hops to almost balance this monster beer. Alcohol is a little apparent but seems rather fitting to warm up this monster body. Huge body that doesn’t feel cloying or too heavy. This is a superior example of the style. The problem with this excellent beer is the hefty price tag, too pricey to make it a regular, and I wish I could make more money at work but so far I have failed to find a way to sleep my way to the top.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgianBeerGal (3013) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2012
I thought I had this back when it was Abacus but I guess the database doesn’t lie...bottle shared at pre-DLD evening. Tasty with big notes of vanilla and coconut. Way too easy drinking for 13 ABV.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2012
Bottle. I knew this was going to be a serious beer. Pour murky brown with a tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit. Very sweet and there is vanilla in the flavor as well. Well done.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2209) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber from Bevmo in North Phoenix. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with lively tan head. Aromas of bourbon, heavy vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavors of sweet vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and healthy dose of booze. Should saved this for a winter night around the fire, and not a hot summer day but oh well. Nice beer.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1461) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
bottle 2012 sucaba. pours dark brown thin head. aroma of vanilla and oak. taste is sweet bourbon and coconut slight coco

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (5325) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
650 ml bottle @ vPBF 2012.
Pours a dark amber colour with a small head on the edges. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and some wood. Flavour of strong malts, caramel, dark chocolate, vanilla, wood and floral hops. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long, warming, malty and dry woody finish. Really pleasant and quite a sipper.


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