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RATINGS: 816   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 8, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, rich amber color with a small off-white (perhaps beige) head. S: The nose has an incredibly rich fruitiness to it which I really was not expecting. Plenty of sugar, caramel, bourbon, vanilla and oak in the nose as well. T: The nose gave this one a lot to live up to, and I’m happy to say the flavors delivered! A lot of caramel and toffee sweetness, obviously, but also some really great barrel character as well. The bourbon, vanilla, oak, and even some hop bitterness really round this beer out. M: The body is very full with a low level of carbonation that works well here. D: Normally you don’t associate barleywines with easy drinking, but this one is so smooth and delicious that it’s easy to keep going back for more. I can’t wait until this is bottled.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (743) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tmoreau (2823) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2901) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6927) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (5307) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italianjohn (2447) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Deep ruby red pour thin off white head .... aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak and cherry .... amazing taste of oak, vanilla and bourbon some chocolate and tobacco little boozy with a malty backbone .... mouthfeel is smooth and very balanced with a bitter finish that lingers ... unreal

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