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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 450   ABV: 15%
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An "Alpine Style" Barleywine aged 12 months in select bourbon barrels. So... DRINK ALPINE ALE or GO TO BED!


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3514) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to cocoapuph. Pours cloudy chestnut, small tan head, some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak, raisin, figs, dates, toasted caramel, coconut. Flavor is fully sweet, rich and decadent, notes of cherry as well. Light bitterness. Full body, creamy mouth. Pretty solid, reminds me of the HOTD from the wood beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5634) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
(12oz bottle) clear amber/red, wispy tan bubbles. Nose of light pine and citrus, caramel, touch of bourbon, quite hoppy if swirled. Taste of graham cracker, saccharin, cream, caramel, light American hops, quite good. Medium thick body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8939) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle at tasting. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of bourbon, oak, sticky caramel, toffee and dark fruit cake. Full body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (3102) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle (12 oz). From cparles, thanks! Dark mahogany with a small bubbly ring of beige foam and no lacing. Aroma is quite boozy at first, but it then settle down a bit when it breathe a little... there’s bourbon, sweetness, dried fruits, raisins, toffee, chocolate and vanilla notes. Taste is very sweet with dried fruits, bourbon, boozy presence, toffee, raisins, light chocolate and vanilla notes. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Liquorous. Warming finish. Super complex. A very good sipper. Quite boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3480) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 19, 2014
Bottle at Tom’s, shared 3 ways. Deep mahogany pour with no head. Aroma is boozy, really rich toasty aromas, barley candy, raisins, rum, port wine. Taste is extremely sweet, rich caramel, brown sugar, boozy finish. Palate is full bodied but not as rich as I was expecting. Very nice sipper.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamJackson (2878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
12oz 2013 Bottle split a few ways with friends.

A - Burnt oaky reddish brown, no head. Small wisp when the cap popped.

S - Smells freaking amazing! So much boozy bourbon with a touch of vanilla and banana.

T - Whoa. so sweet, decadent, thick mouthfeel lots going on. There’s a decent amount of cigar smoke but honestly not intense.

M - Thick, very sweet and oily. coats every aspect of the mouth

O - this is a great beer. sorry for the lazy rating but this beer is really incredible! I would buy a case of this. Really incredible!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Pour is extremely dark burgundy with a small amount of tight tan head. Nose has some light bourbon notes up front, chocolate maltiness with figs and raisin. Taste is bright and tight, bourbon is subtle but helps balance the malt sweetness. Figs and raisin play a strong role with chocolate and dark malt presence with berry notes, caramel, and brown sugar in back. Full bodied with soft carbonation and a very creamy inviting palate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2014
12 oz Bottle: Pour is murky golden brown/amber with a very modest fine bubbled white head into this snifter. Retention is modest , with very light spotting presence. This one is boozy initial, moving to caramel, toffee, and biscuit presence. Earthy oak, brown sugar and vanilla. The flavor profile is burnt sugars, toffee, caramel malt presence, moving to booze and sticky buns. Dark fruits, dark malts, heavy booze, vanilla and earthen oak, with a long deep finish here. Nice

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tectactoe (2330) - Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Deep, dark brown - oily, thick, lazy.. even a straight-down pour produces no head. Aroma is HUGE; a thick, caramel river with more notes of molasses, wood, vanilla, cocoa dust, dates, prunes, buttery toffee, & faint coconut. Lovely barrel integration on the nose, this one should be a doozy... WOW. The first sip knocks me off my socks. Thick caramel, sticky sweet toffee, butterscotch, melted brown sugar, molasses & maple syrup, vanilla, oak, with just the smoothest bourbon inclusion you could imagine... Tastes like a crème brûlée dessert drizzled with a warm, toffee-bourbon infused maple syrup. Thick, huge body, with a mouth coating finish that lingers until the following morning. This truly blew me away, what a phenomenal beer. No doubt, this is the finest barley wine I’ve tasted to date.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
umich03jm (2177) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
2013 bottle thanks to Pailhead for sharing. Pours cloudy reddish-brown with a small head that fades to a thin ring. Mouthwatering aroma of sweet caramel, rich vanilla cake, butterscotch, and cookie dough. Taste is almost as good. Sweet syrupy butterscotch, toffee, and vanilla. Oak, brown sugar, and a hint of booze in the finish. This beer is appropriately named. The ratings for this are lower than I expected to see. Everyone was pretty blown away at the sharing.


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