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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Multifaceted and complex this Brewers’ Private Reserve has been cool-aged in Zinfandel barrels acquired from our friends at Mt. Vernon Winery. With over 6 months of aging this “wine-strength” ale has been greatly en­hanced by its long slumbering contact with the zinfan­del soaked barrels. A bouquet of soft oak, plumb and raisin give way to a peppery zin profile which balances nicely with the sweet malt and gentle hop finish. If you can find the will power, cellar this unique Ale as it will continue to mature and reward.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29335) - Citizen of the universe, - SEP 20, 2012
Bottled. An unclear dark red beer with a lazing tan head. The aroma has notes of caramel, spices, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits, malt, and caramel, leading toa dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirLimpsalot (2159) - SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2014
@Stordirren 14-8-13: ganska trevlig doft. Mycket frukt, malt och alkohol. Tyvärr försvinner mycket i smaken. Ganska spritig och med tydlig malt. Ganska torr munkänsla med mycket fat. Allt för obalanserad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ---- Soberness not garanteed!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1073) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pours dark copper. Nose big barleywine caramel malt, toffee, light wood, would almost guess bourbon barrel if blind tasting. The wine comes through in the initial taste, then the big malt profile. Toffee, raisin, then dank hop. Malty then high bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2014
22 oz waxed bottle from City Beer San Francisco shared with drsordr. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet caramel, toasted bready malts, vanilla, the Zin barrel adds vinous character and wood, a slight tart character, fairly strange and I spent too much for it, but it’s another big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (503) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2014
2012 Version Appearance: Dark brown with beige head Aroma: Raisins and Bread. After a while I’m picking up some vanilla and barrel aging Taste: Malty and syrupy with toffee, vanilla, cocoa nibs with a chewy pruny finish. Overall: It took some time and warmth from the initial pour for the complexity to develop. The barrel aging notes are very subtle. Nothing terribly unique in the taste but a easy drinking barley wine.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (1391) - Florida, USA - APR 7, 2014
I am going to vote no on basically every wine-barrel aged beer that isn’t a sour for the next few months. Weird grapey sweetness mixed with barleywine sweet malt character and a bit astringent. Blah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1220) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Pours half a finger of head on a dark brown body. The aroma is musty wood with grapes... and a touch of lemon. The taste is dark, boozy with strong bitterness, molasses, wine notes and a dry wood finish. The texture is smooth and soft with low carbonation. Fairly nice. This was a 2013 bottle, which will probably smooth out with age.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmikolich (1449) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2011 bottle, hand #’ered. Oh god what did I drink. I read barrel aged and assumed bourbon, when zinfandel hits my lips im shocked wretching in horror then the barley wine finish takes over and i’m back.. rinse and repeat over and over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
el_guapo (28) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Good, solid barleywine brew from local brewery. 2012 bottle. Glad I found it at a local market.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1113) - sacramento, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Bottle of 2012 at brewery. Pours ruby red with white head. Aroma is grapes. Taste is sweet and reminds me of grape. Some fig too

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Red wine and light tart aroma with caramel. Tart and red wine flavor with light sourness and light caramel. Medium bodied. Tartness and red wine linger with caramel and light burnt sugar.

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