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RATINGS: 763   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Really impressed...one of the better barleywines I’ve had. Pours dark red, clear, minimal carbonation. Nose of oak, cherry, sugar. There’s a really full mouthfeel that has a lot of dark fruit, chocolate and oaky dryness at the finish. It’s great.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2645) - Husum, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2014
Flaske: Lige ovenpå 17eren er denne lidt tyndere i mundfylde og duft. Stadig er bourbon fadlagringen helt suveræn. Utrolig let og drikbar i forhold til 13 %. Super lækker amerikansk barleywine hvor lagringen er velintegreret.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (4742) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
(Bottle, 0.65 l - 2014 vintage - BB 10.04.2019, courtesy of tiong, 20141122) The beer poured ruby port coloured and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, raisins and hops. Palate was full bodied and warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, grass, coconut(!), raisins and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, malty, hoppy and bitter. A bit harsh but still tasty barley wine except the horrid coconut.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VastActiv (3033) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottle 0.65l at home, Helsinki. 2014 vintage - BB 10.04.2019. Thanks to tiong! Colour is dark brown with very small head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, dry fruits, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, some wood, hops and malts. Excellent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1478) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Caramel, toffee, vanilla, and some dark fruits on the nose; follows onto the palate. This has a lot going on. Pretty solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (4117) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 7, 2014
2013 bottle in a teku. Pours very deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of toffee and caramel and nutty malts, oak and bourbon and vanilla, some light bitterness, and more oak and malts. Flavor the same with a great blend of the barrel and the barley wine. Smooth texture. A really good beer, but not the best barley wine ever.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 5, 2014
22oz bottle - This is just insane how great this beer is on nearly every level. The intense amount of flavor depth combined with the olfactory input is really something to appreciate and admire. Waves of rich, butter-toffee, vanilla, wood, chocolate, thick caramel syrup, and coconut cake batter fill the nose with just a light twinge of alcohol showing up. Stunning. The complexity on this is just mind blowing. It reminded me in a lot of ways of Apis Póltorak Jadwiga, with it’s multiple layers of flavors, each meshing with each other in an orchestra of wonderful flavors. Bounding flavors of bourbon, oak, vanillin, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, butter-scotch, leather, and Captain Black pipe tobacco. There are very few beers as defining to a category as this is to the barleywine style. It’s simply, simply amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (1034) - The Colony, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Well done. Aroma of oak, molasses and bourbon. Dark brown color with a thin head. Smooth brandy-like palate with light carbonation. A blend of strong flavors from caramel to vanilla to burn sugar with sweet finish and bourbon burn.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1364) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Light ruby brown with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, honey, bourbon. Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with a touch of booze on the finish. Taste is caramel, honey, dates, raisins. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElManana (331) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - OCT 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with no head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, malts. Taste is bourbon, malts, caramel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerhunter111 (8067) - Hasborn, GERMANY - OCT 19, 2014
Sampled @ Finest Spirits and Beer Convention Bochum 2014: Orangebraune Farbe, fast kein Schaum. Geruch nach reifen Früchten, Holzfass, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack schokoladig, Vanille, reife Früchte, holzig, einfach gut!


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