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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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.

Ungstrup's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (28458) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (1232) - 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 (1100) - 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 (1404) - 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 (1006) - 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 (6719) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pinball (10610) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2012
clear brown, small head aroma is malty, nutty, dry, wood, bourbon? flavor is malty, sourish note, caramel, candy, citrussy note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 24, 2012
FLÖSKA: Clear brown like colour, small beige head. Quite sweet caramel dark like fruity and woody alco pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel. Quite sweet a flavour too, dark like fruits, caramel, malt, wood, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15588) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle at yespr. Vintage 2011 #833. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly sweetish malty caramel aroma with woody hints. Sweetish malty dry woody caramel and dark fruit flavor. has a sweetish malty woody wine and caramel finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Vintage 2011 - Bottle #833 ]. Unclear matt medium to dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, alcohol - wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet, light acidic and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, tart berrry, wood, dark malt, roasted, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120920]

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