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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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours mahogany color with minimal head. Aroma of bourbon, oak, vanilla and caramel. Taste is sweet with loads of vanilla and bourbon. Medium to full bodied with a creamy/slick texture. Smooth finish. Delicious beer!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adasko (2207) - Poznan, POLAND - APR 10, 2015
Awesome huge beer. Its so complex, so big in every way. Perfect beer, to take a glass and spend with it half of the evening.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mariuspoenari (2203) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2016 2015 vintage, 13.3% ABV. Very dark ruby-brown pour with a modest head that gives way to a thin tan head. Smells of bourbon, caramel and a bit of barrel sourness., followed by more delicate notes of chocolate, raisins and cocoa, and some macerated cherries too - very complex smell. The taste is dominated by bourbon and caramel and well balanced by hop bitterness. The alcohol is quite present in the taste, but in a pleasant way. Hot aftertaste due to the alcohol. Soft mouthfeel, medium body. It would have been a bit better if it were thicker.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (2197) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2013
22 oz bottle from Belmont Station. Reviewed from notes. A: Ruddy mahogany with a firm creme colored head. Some particles land on the glass when this is swirled. N: Caramel, vanilla, malt, oak, and toffee. Bourbon is well-integrated. Brown sugar, honey, and syrup. Some cola. Has a lot of rich flavors. T: Tastes of bourbon mixed with a round sweetness and a tempering bitterness. Lots of flavors of the wood are showing through here. DOesnt destroy the palate, and thats a good thing. M: Not as heavy as expected, and theres a high amount of carbonation which I dont enjoy. Alcohol is somewhat pronounced. O: A very solid beer that seems to be missing a little extra oomph. Enjoying it, even if it reminds me a bit of a low-end bourbon.

2.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazed ruby brown with a big whitish head that goes away fast One of the worst smelling beers Ive encountered in a while. Smells of nail polish remover old meat and farts. Strangely tastes not too fucking shabby. Vanilla and a savory wood note accent the Chocolate covered cherry note well. Just cant get past that smell.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Arayaga2 (2183) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2012 Cola brown with minimal tan head, and a bit of yeasty sediment Aroma is. marshmallowy, chocolatey and bourbony in the most devine sense of the word. Taste is the same, and finishes in cherry cordial notes, with boozy warming. I could drink this at room temperature, and be quite happy. $15/220z (celebratory: "Modernist Cuisine" arrived) Edit: Now that its called Sucaba, it seems a bit hot and harsh in the alcohol department, without the mellow refinement I recall from before. Still very good, but just not great. Rating stays, along with my fond memory. (celebratory: Rammstein Concert!)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beerdrinker79 (2173) - Idaho, USA - MAY 2, 2014
22 oz bottle, 2014 vintage- Pours very hazy dark orange to brown with a thin head that I had to force that reduces to a collar and a few islands. Aroma is prominent vanilla, coconut, toasted masrshmallow, getting honey, massively complex and wonderful. The taste is very similar, strong coconut, vanilla, caramel, not overly bitter or harsh like most barley wines seem to be. Body is thick and chewy yet easy drinking, tasty shit for sure! At this price ($8.99 a bottle plus 10% discount!) I really wish id have picked up a few more for the cellar.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kevinator (2171) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (2159) - Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
In typical Firestone fashion, this beer does barrel-aging the right way. Just the right amount of sweet, hot bourbon to blend well with rich malt sweetness and a totally subdued hop character that doesnt create a harsh, overly bitter finish. Manages to be rich and velvety without cloying sweetness. Darn impressive, and Im not big on BA Barley Wines (why is Wooden Hell my number one want, again?).

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 30, 2011
[Bottle] Deep mahogany hue. Big raisin, prune, malty aroma. Deep complex palate, plenty of english toffee, pruney malts combined with a tempered citrussy finish. Notes of licorice and chocolate add some complexity and depth. Burnt treacly aftertaste too.


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