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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 95   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

Ungstrup's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (32211) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1549) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Oneof the nice wine barrel aged beers we have had. Pours a beautiful deep red with a grey head. Smells of white wine and buttery biscuits. Taste starts out with wine and a bit of bitterness, then some pepper, caramel and vanilla. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6571) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 2, 2015
2013 bottle@ trailer. Clear copper color with light tan foam. Dark pit fruit, Dark caramel, dry wood, mild vanilla aromas. Smooth medium body. Oxidized caramel, mild cardboard flavors with pit fruits, dry wood___spicy dry vinous finish----good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joet (2463) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Clear deep amber, thin ivory colored head fine foam, aromas of deep dark caramels, vanilla, wood, herbal hops, bits of cedar, geranium, little bit of alcohol heat. Finishes lightly bitter. Feel is medium heft withightly creamy edges. Verynice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (9515) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
22oz bottle, big thanks to DanielCoor for sharing. Written on the bottle is 2013, and the label indicates that it’s Zin barrel-aged. Perfect, considering the only glasses we have on hand are wine glasses. Clear red brown color. Thin off-white ring of head. Couple loose dots of lace. Nice vanilla, light spiciness, wood, dark fruit. Earthy hop. Moderate bitter taste, light warmth and mild bite in the finish, light to moderate sweet. Hint of oxidiziation? Maybe it’s tannins. Not bad. Pretty nice, mildly boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (8406) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"I’d yet to see the regular barley wine in bottles so imagine my surprise when we spotted a wine barrel aged bottle at a Roseville, ca Whole Foods. Pours pretty dark, aroma and flavor fruity with heavy oak, pepper, and a real nice balance with the base beer. Slightly astringent with a tart finish. Just the right amount of sweetness with a pronounced vinous quality. One of their best!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirLimpsalot (3129) - 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 (1898) - 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 (7781) - 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 (540) - 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 (1914) - 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.

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