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RATINGS: 806   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2011
Bottle from Bleeng. Thanks!
Pours a deep, dark, and sexy black with a nose of gently aged bourbon and oak, roasted sweet chocolate, and a touch of pipe tobacco. Flavor follows suit but the bourbon and oak is deeper and a tad musty. Thick and chewy on the tongue. Awesome beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
Bottle thanks to Owen. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark dark brown with a rocky cream coloured head. Amazing nose shows plenty of sweet malt and dark caramel. As it warms slightly vanilla, coconut, dark stone fruits and some dark chocolate becomes more apparent. Great stuff. Flavours are very much in line with the nose. Sweet dark and very intense. Full mouthfeel. Amazing beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11335) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
@dmacs-750ml bottle-thanks to jtclockwork for sharing–pours a dissipating tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is dark malt-anise/licorice, roasty, secondary earthy. Taste is bourbon/wood, dark malt-anise/licorice, roasty, secondary earthy/smoke, dark fruit. 3.8 *110523- 22oz bottle-thanks to hbmason for sharing-pours a retining thin tan head and brown color. Aroma is sweet dark fruit-cherry, dark malt, bourbon. Taste is sweet dark fruit-cherry, dark malt, bourbon. 4.1 So 4.1

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (737) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2012 Bottle at CAH. Pours a brown withwitn a red hewwith with some head. The nose is leather and whisky and black strap molasses. First sip is sweet with malted barley, coffee, bourbon, molasses & smoke. A nice mouth feel that will get nothing but better with age. The finish is whisky but not too boozy

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (2766) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2011
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and served to a snifter with a dark mahogany hue, a modest amount of fluffy, off white/light tan head foam that diminished rather quickly to a ring and film, and left some spotty cling to the lacing. The aroma was toasty/ rich malt, dark fruit as raisin, plum, and cherry, with vanilla, caramel, and subtle but sturdy notes of cask wood and bourbon. The flavor continued this sensory barrage with some syrupy sweetness and warming alcohol, all in a dense, full body. Extremely impressive, Matt!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2860) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark mahogany with a thin tan head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon and some toffee. Flavor was super smooth with vanilla, toffee, bourbon, oak/wood, dark fruit and caramel. awesome barleywine

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bomber. Pours a dark brown color with some reddish hints and a nice large thick white head. The aroma is massive sweet bourbon; vanilla, toffee, even a bit of the cherries from red wine barrels. The flavor is amazing; super sweet vanilla, oak, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, lots of heat, dark sour cherries, earthy and very dry. Superb.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5026) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Bottle thanks to Bleeg, shared at the May tasting. Pours a dark ruby with a small off white head that diminishes quickly to nothing. The aroma is vanilla, oak, and smoke. Thick mouthfeel with a vanilla malt flavor with the alcohol present but not overpowering. Enjoyed this barley wine from Firestone.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (766) - Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle pours thick amber brown with a very brief tan head that fades quickly to a ring. Sweet aroma of malt and bourbon. Big taste of sweet caramel malt followed by oak and bourbon. Hints of tobacco and vanilla. I would describe this as an American Strong barleywine. The front is typical sweet barleywine followed by almost a umami flavor with the tobacco and bourbon. Palate thick without becoming syrupy. Finish a little peppery with some carbonation and an alcohol burn. Alcohol very evident.

Very nice beer, reminds of a stronger version of Founders Backwoods Bastard.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 750ml Bottle: Complex aroma of oak, dark ripe fruit, plum, malt, slight red wine, toasted caramel, slight coconut, and some vanilla. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with no head at all. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny and small-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, coconut, slight alcohol, vanilla, light Bourbon, light toasted caramel, and some dark ripe fruit. Medium to full body. Oily, slick texture. Average carbonation. Malt, dark ripe fruit, coconut, light Bourbon, light toasted caramel finish is a tad sticky. 13%ABV is slightly noticeable in the flavor, but not hot or overwhelming.


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