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RATINGS: 894   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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4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 2012 vintage bomber. pours a deep red / brown with a nice 1+ finger off white head. sweet nose with bourbon, oak, vanilla, and dark fruits. med body with a very smooth balance between the barrel notes and the malts. sweet caramel malts, dark fruits play off the lingering bourbon and oak notes from the wood. sweet dark fruit finish with some heat and a touch of citrus. this is one of the best beers around. worth every penny.

sample from the pitcher at GABF on 9/26/09... pours a dark brown... lots of wood on the nose... big smooth body with dark fruit notes blended with a perfect level of oak. really nice Barley Wine...

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2250) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2012
Bomber thanks to PintPlease.
Appearance : Deep clear amber with small white head.
Aroma : Big sweet malt with fruity hops. Light resinous notes. Very light oxidation maybe. Light licorice.
Taste : Licorice with sweet fruity plums and raisins. Awesome caramel with some resinous hops. Finish has a lot of raisins with light resinous hops. Not much alcohol.
Overall : Wow this was good. Awesome sweetness balanced with the resinous hops ans the light alcohol. Delightful caramel. The Bourbon is not very present but adds to the complexity and to the richness. Very well balanced and very tasty. My kind of Barley Wine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2010
On tap at the 2010 AZ Strong Beer Festival. One of the best at the Fest. Pours dark opaque brown with a thin tan head. The nose is bourbon, wood, citrus hops and brown sugar. The taste is oaky vanilla, bourbon, tart citrus and caramel malt. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (2231) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2015 Bottle thanks to artmcd8. Poured chunky reddish brown with light tan head. Aroma of some alcohol and spice. Kind of smooke with light smoke and barrel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robforbes (2228) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2012
what a nice brew for my 1500th rating! pours a dark brown with a ruby tint, a small beige head that dissipates, and a slight lacing that hangs out for a while. smell is of wood, bourbon, caramel, barley, a little sweetness, belgian chocolate, and some brown sugar. taste is a little sweet, caramel, a little chocolate, oak, coffee, grain, molasses, and dark fruit. ends sticky. overall very well done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber from Bevmo in North Phoenix. Pours slightly hazed reddish brown with lively tan head. Aromas of bourbon, heavy vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Flavors of sweet vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and healthy dose of booze. Should saved this for a winter night around the fire, and not a hot summer day but oh well. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (2223) - Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra at BSAF. Very nice. Bourbon complements nicely. Hops, balance, bourbon, nice. Dig it.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
csaso (2214) - Missouri, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle, 2012 vintage - small foamy head, very dark amber color, aroma is strong alcohol, malt, oak, vanilla; tase is similar with added coconut notes - very complex beer of course, but very good. Definitely strong in the alcohol department, so drink slow!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle share at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is very dark brown with a very small white head. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, and bourbon, but it is faint. Flavor is chocoalte, vanilla, coconut, tobacco, caramel, and booze. Finish is hot.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (2210) - - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep ruby with a big head that settles quickly. Nose is strong on bourbon with some deep caramel notes and candied fruit. Taste also highlights some oak and dark cherry notes with a slight chocolatey aftertaste. Rich and syrupy. Complex and delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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