Block 15 Hypnosis
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Barley wine matured in bourbon barrles, 50% aged nealy a year. Brewed with 100% malted barely, Hypnosis pours a shimmering burnt caramel glass. Aromas of vanilla, oak, plum, caramel and bourbon begin the hypnotizing process. Amazing flavors of malted barley, hops, plum, fig and bourbon mesmerize even the most hardened hearts.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 On draught at BeerMongers 2/10/13. One of the "lightest" barleywines I have had. Nice caramelized fruit flavor cleverly hides the alcohol content. Dangerous. On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom 1/25/14. 2009 vintage. Hazy golden amber color. Aroma is oxidation, citrus hops, and molasses. Taste is pronounced citrus hoppiness, molasses, light malt, and candi sugar. Oxidation rules on the finish, but a hoppy sweetness lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (14059) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
On tap at Tin Bucket, pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma brings out sweet stone fruits and light caramel. Flavour is quite sweet, with sweet stone fruits, light hop resins and caramel. High residual sweetness to the point of cloying. It’s pleasant but too sweet. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12422) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Draft - Lots of caramel and some boozy barrel notes. Cloudy copper with a small beige head. Lots of nice sweet caramel, apple, tons of sweet barrel notes and only a touch of booze. A bit hot, but nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (1272) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Poured from tap to glass. Clear copper hue with creamy off white head that dissipated to a ring. Aroma is prune, toffee, caramel, tobacco, leather. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet with an ethanol finish. Overall this is a big brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2015
Tap at brewery. A: Brown with reddish highlights, thin ring of creme colored head. Some lacing. N: Bourbon, butterscotch, some prune and vanilla, hint of vinegar, caramel and toffee, licorice and leather. T: Sweet and lightly tart. M: Medium body, no alcohol, fuzzy carbonation. O: Decent barleywine marred by some sourness. Not sure if it’s infection or the bourbon used.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Review 900. I love this brewery, as I love beermongers, where I drank this. Aromas of whiskey, orange, non-maple syrup, vanilla. I taste brown sugar, candied fruit, slight resin rasp--like the essence of an excellent fruitcake distilled. A little on the sweet side. Syrupy thick. Enough alcohol to keep the finish from cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8332) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Vintage draft of tap at Baileys. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is sweet candies, some barrel. The flavor is mild oxidation, candied fruit, oranges, vanilla, not a ton of barrel and little bourbon. Smooth, big barley. Good beer. Very much an English BW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21190) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Draft at Baileys. Hazy deep amber color. Aroma of fruit, caramel, booze. Taste is smooth, sweet and strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
neepsntatties (1750) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2013
On tap. Colour...burnt golden amber with no head. Nose...quite hoppy with oak and Bourbon. Palate...lightly frothy with vanillin, oak and a tanginess ip front. The tanginess holds holds on and then comes a wave of sweet citrus and dried orchard fruits. There’s caramel as well but the tangy thing keeps coming back. The ABV is well hidden but there’s just something about that tangy thang that has me thrown off a bit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (1007) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 17, 2013
1 of Block 15’s 4 bourbon-barrel-age beers on tap for "bourbon month" (February) of 2013. This was my least favorite of the bunch, but still a great beer (especially for 5$, or 4.25$ during happy hour when I got it). Amber, fairly bright, not much head. Aroma is a sort of zinginess that I associate with sours. It’s present in the flavor too, and I guess that it’s just an unusual hop-bourbon combination. The bourbon notes (in both the aroma and flavor) are moderate; not massive like in the Super Nebula, or light like in the Enchantment. The hops are kept in check, even undermined, by the bourbon, yet the earthy bitterness and even some grain twang still characterize the aftertaste. I guess I’m just not into the bourbon barrel in combination with American barley wines. I’d stick with European (check out Weyerbacher’s Insanity).

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