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RATINGS: 887   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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4.9
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2012 Bottle. Pours a nice dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma is super complex filled with barrel notes, I get lots of coconut and oak, bourbon like notes, vanilla, dark fruits, tobacco, toasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is equally complex and again filled with coconut and wood, I get vanilla, dark fruits, brown sugar, tobacco, toasted malt, chocolate, dark cherry and vinous notes. The body is full with a creamy mouth feel. Overall an amazing Barley Wine, probably the best I have ever had. FW never sizes to amaze me!

4.9
77ships (10771) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. to Benzai / Rene for this one. 65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Damn this was good, easily one of the best barley wines I have ever had the pleasure of tasting & the best one in American style. Pours a slick copper brown. Smells of delicious slick, slightly sticky bourbon blended with sweet caramel & toffee, creamy, sweet thick rich malts. Caramel, toffee, sugar, bourbon, vanilla, slick goodness, only a little touch of bitterness (herb) in the back coupled with light alcohol, ripe fruits. Creamy bourbon mouthfeel, vanilla. I am giving this 4.9 – every Firestone Walker beer I have so far, has been so good.

4.9
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Aroma: massive oak, vanilla, bourbon .notes. also getting a dark fruit note. Appearance: reddish-brown, 1/2 finger off-white head. No lacing and a massive amount of alcohol legs. Taste: Wow!!! Sweet but not too sweet. Not a lot of bitterness. This is the smoothest beer I ever had. Overall: The best barleywine I ever had. The best beer I’ve had period. The only reason this is not a 5.0 score is wish it was in a 12 ounce bottle. This will creep up on you, definitely a sipper.

4.9
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 2013 fresh A: Deep, dark, dank murky ruby/mahogany with a beige barrel-aged head - big bubbles, spotty lacing, great retention S: Incredible. Huge vanilla, coconut, caramel. Lots of wood, tobacco and leather earthy notes. So incredibly rich. T: Huge, hits you in waves. Big caramel, dark fruit; oak, bourbon; vanilla coconut. As it warms the caramel increases and chocolate presents itself P: Incredibly smooth, slightly chewy. Does not at all feel like a 12.5 beer - medium to full in body. Complements everything else O: Really incredible

4.9
DocJitsu (2024) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a cloudy, dark red brown with a root beer head, which attenuates quickly. Oak bourbon, toffee, and coconut aroma. Silky, creamy mouthfeel and just a flood of magnificent flavor. Alternating chocolate, toffee, and coconut with overarching bourbon. Finishes with a little alcohol warmth, but it’s not unappealing. This is a pricy beer, but it is worth it to try

4.9
Cbuk1013 (247) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Holy Shitballs! That is one well crafted beer. I’d be broke if it was available in Michigan.

4.9
poisoneddwarf (2620) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Boxed bomber. Aroma is packed with toasted coconut first, then almonds, wet river rock, caramel, earth. Pours hazy amber with a collapsing beige head. Taste is sweet and savory, like what cashew brittle might taste like in heaven, if I can say that without sounding like a pretentious asshole. No? I can’t? I don’t really care. This is so good. Licorice pops out after it warms a bit. If this represents the new guard in the modern definition of barleywine (and I think it does), I’m all for it. Flat out, knock you on your ass delicious, just like all the FW barrel-aged components of the Anniversary blends. Pretentious or not, everything comes together near perfectly here. If this had a better head formation, this would be complete perfection. This is what I look for in a five star beer.

4.9
fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2014
2012 bottle poured from a bomber into a Firestone Walker snifter a mahogany brown with a tan head that stayed around a bit longer than other "serious" English barley wines. Aroma is booze followed by a sweet vanilla molasses. Flavor is straight up sugar adoration. A blend of coconut, dark fruit, booze, chocolate. WOWza. The balance of with higher ABV is bull eyes perfect. DAMN!! Again another top 5 barley wine bucket list. So glad to have this beverage & another 2012 laying down like a good soldier.


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