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RATINGS: 881   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
waf07 (7) - USA - MAR 31, 2012 does not count
Best barley wine Ive had. Dark dark brown color, sweet aroma. Strong Bourbon taste when its cold but the flavors really show themselves after it sits for a few minutes. Wonderful sipping beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle from Beer Heaven in Philly. Pours a ribbon of silky onyx with chestnut highlights under a rich dark tan head. Aroma of molasses, butterscotch and lightly roasted coffee. Big, sweet, rich butterscotch flavor right up front that blends with toffee, milk chocolate, plums and other dark fruits all atop a hearty malty center. Creamy mouthfeel and a long, sweet, pleasing finish. Wonderfully complex but deceptively drinkable, especially with such a high ABV.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Poured in the appropriate small snifter at Surly Goat. Very dark brown in color. Big vanilla taste. Extremely smooth. The alcohol is not in your face. I get some chocolate at the back. Overall, a smooth sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a dark red with a small ring of bubbles. Aromas of oak, caramel, raisins. chocolate, tobacco and rum soaked cherries. Silky smooth, full bodied with some average carbonation. Overall a wonderful beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours a nice murky brown color. Aromas of booze, oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavors of caramel, vanilla, chocolate with a nice oak finish. Very nice beer and easy drinking for 13%, very tastey and smooth as silk!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 25, 2012
WOW. This is an incredible brew, simply put. Pours dark, dark brown with a ta head. Aroma of toasted marshmallows, booze, caramel, and chocolate. Essentially, big, boozy smores on the nose, I guess. The palate is great as it mixes light carbonation and silky viscous alcohol. The flavors are nice and you can tell that this was aged in multiple barrels as you get some really nice complexities from the different barrels. This beer is very well-made, but at the end of it one thing remains true - BA Barleywines are just hard to make in a way that excels over the top. The Barleywine style just poses such a lack of complexity in the brew itself that it is entirely dependent upon the barrels. This was very well-done, and my hat off to Firestone. I would love to see a stout done like this.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (11796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2013 650ml bottle 2012 vintage. It pours a dark reddish brown with a fizzy but foamy tan head that actually sticks for a little bit and then recedes with no lacing. The smell is great. Boozy and boubony, I am beginning to like hotter beers with more of a bourbon kick. This one has an ample malt and barelywine backing though, a ton of dark fruit, rich malt flavors, and a bit of hops shine through. The yeast character is indeed English giving it a profile that isnt often had in big BA barleywines, usually they are more american yeast tinged. This one is really thick, wow. It has a good vanilla, coconut, and oak vibe that is the main hit I am getting. Instead of boozy this one is as velvety smooth as it gets at first sip. The sweetness is never too cloying but it creeps up with the alcohol as you go. Nice hop, tobacco, and dark fruit flavors as well as a great malt bill. The bourbon itself is readily noticeable lending a spirit-like vibe. This is an exhibition of how to make a bourbon aged beer.

4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
scrubfish (46) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bomber in the dark, sweetness, chocolate caramel toffee molasses sugar cane , first a boozy sweetness, then the above mentioned .

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2012 Scuba Steve edition. 22oz bottle served in a snifter. Poured a clear reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head. Lots of chocolate and vanilla in the aroma along with a bit of alcohol and some hops. Really complex flavor with more chocolate and a bit of bourbon from the barrels. Not as boozy as the nose might suggest. Medium bodied without much carbonation. Really long finish of chocolate. Way to easy drinking for 12.5 ABV! Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Pours a murky dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, oak, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of vanilla, maple, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and chocolate with some oak in the finish. This is Heavenly!


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