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RATINGS: 879   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Dark brown opaque pour w/ a thick small bubbled tan head with thick lacing. Sweet brown sugars, oak, chocolate, hints of vanilla. Full well coated palate, thick rich and creamy. Flavor is devine! Rich milk chocolates are the lead taste, a tiny hint of tart cherry, a good amount of vanilla, a dry oaky finish, warm swallow but a very well hidden alcohol and a surprising 13%. Aftertaste is almost a syruppy sweet quality. I wish I had more of this as I think it would pair well with a big cheese or something like that. Loved it!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nische (1988) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2016
Sample at CBC Green Session 2016. Dark amber with white head. Big, boozy caramel aroma and taste with vanilla, oak, coconut, dried figs and dark fruits. Long, boozy finish. Nice, but not overwhelming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pressboxjoe (437) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2016
On tap at Firkin Tavern. Aroma of wood, old houses. A mellow barleywine with usual dark stone fruit notes. The bourbon barrel is probably nicely balanced for most people. I like barrel-aged beers to be like getting hit over the head with a barrel. Could be more viscous.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rougeau13 (2660) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Tap at the Growler Spot in Fulshear. Dark hazy brown with amber highlights and pretty much no head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, gingerbread, and praline. Taste is sweet, moderately boozy and lightly bitter. Full bodied with low carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepatrickman (983) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 9, 2016
2013 bottle, courtesy of Will (wchesser) -- cheers! Huge is the only word to describe this. Huge bourbon aroma. Huge flavor from the high abv, the residual sugars, and especially all of that oak. Throw in the huge ABV, and youve got one beast of a beer here. Lots of barleywine flavor -- raisins, sugar, molasses -- but the dominating taste was oak from the barrel. Great stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BuckeyeBoy (6342) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 31, 2016
22oz bottle pours out a rich amber topped with a small tan head. Nose is big bourbon barrel notes vanilla brown sugar pit fruit sweetness toffee caramel spice. Taste is more of the heavy sweet malts plenty of candy notes big bourbon barrel vanilla and plenty of booze.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (1921) - - AUG 23, 2016
Bottle. Pours a copperish color. Aroma and taste are caramel, bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1319) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2016
2011 vintage 22oz bottle labeled as Abacus. Pours a very hazy, deep reddish brown color with a very small beige head that settles quickly and rejoins the body below. The aroma is really nice showing notes of dark fruits, sweet toffee, toasted caramel, a hint of chocolate, bourbon, and soft oak laden vanilla. Very smooth with very little heat. The flavor follows with the sweet toffee and toasted caramel malts up front followed by notes of dark fruits, dark chocolate, bourbon, soft oak, and toasted vanilla from the wood. Really complex flavors and very smooth with very little heat. Nearly full bodied and slick on the palate with subtle carbonation that leads to a lengthy and sweet bourbon caramel finish. Delicious stuff as this bottle has held up beautifully. Firestone Walker never seems to disappoint with their barrel aged offering. Awesome beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (5027) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
(Firestone Walker Sucaba) Bottle, 650 ml. Served into a snifter at home, ABV 12.5% Dark mahoganny brown colour on the body, almost a finger of dark tan head on top, with average retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, alcohol, dried figs, raisins, dates, vanilla, ligth leather. Taste has bourbon, vanilla, pretty sweet, some fudge and chocolate notes, plums dark fruits, caramel, toffee,alcohol, light wood, sugars. Medium thick body, soft carbonation. I will probably have a headache tomorrow if I dont stop drinking this now but I just cant, great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (4179) - NORWAY - AUG 5, 2016
CBC 2016 Green session. Dark brown body with a small tanned head. Aroma of dark fruit, nuts, cognac and chocolate. Taste of mocha, strawberry, chocolate and oak. Thick body, beautifully balanced palate, with a sweet malty backbone. An excellent barley wine!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Very good balance, the spirit of a scotch with the body of an ale. Very enjoyable.


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