A true English Barley wine. Big boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malt undertones. Complex malt flavors framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut and a touch of dark cherry. A sipping beer best served in a Brandy snifter.
Final Rating: 4.53/5
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Acquired in a trade from spambum, thanks buddy! 2013 vintage.
Appearance- Pours a rust colored body with a very small head that reduces quickly to a white ring. Dark and nearly opaque, can’t tell if it’s hazy but I think it is.
Smell- French vanilla coffee, bourbon, toffee, vanilla beans, butterscotch candy, white chocolate. Definitely smells like a dessert beer. Very nice.
Taste- Upfront there are sweet caramel, vanilla, bourbon notes. This develops into coffee and dark fruit notes, finishing slightly roasty. Warming booze definitely present. The aftertaste is amazing, toasted malt and vanilla cake.
Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, medium-heavy body. Split this one.
I’ve waited a long time to try Sucaba and it didn’t let me down! This is such a complex brew, and the bourbon really stands out and makes a grand presence. It’s a heavier version of Founders Backwoods Bastard in my opinion, and that’s one of my favorite beers.