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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
10% ABV (per bottle label - No. 12 bottling)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle:   Heavy reddish caramel, somewhat hazy, large frothy light beige head, fairly sticky lacing.   Nose is a little odd.   Has some cereal aspects, a smidgen of alcohol, with a soft hop presense.   I can tell that its a bit malty, but it doesn’t have that sweetness I usually associate with the style.   Moderate malt background on the tongue, a little astringent, very little sweetness, minor hop background, without really any Bourbon aspect that I can pick out.   I might be able to say Oakish, at the very most.   Backend has a little bit of cardboard on it.   Decent amount of hops, but this beer really needs to be a touch maltier and sweeter.   I just don’t see this one aging for too long.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Could easily be bigger, with more malt.   There is a certain astringency that lingers.   It has a chemical like youngness to it. &Nbsp I would almost call this green but its not biting.   Oh, and where the hell is the Bourbon?   I was soo looking forward to this one especially after doing so well with their Harvest Ale.   Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2009
Pours a transparent copper amber with a small froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel nose with some oaky bourbon and light fruits. Starts with good fullness and some toasty sweet caramel malt with a decent fresh grapefruity hop balance with some soft oaky bourbon and black cherry notes before a drier bittersweet finish. A pretty good bourbon aged barleywine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Barley Wine Tasting with Hophead22. Aroma faint bourbon and sweet sugars. Taste of oak, malt sweetness, didn’t pick up much bourbon in taste. Poured golden copper hue color with small bubbly head. Pallet was low-medium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 14, 2009
22oz bottle. Rating #83. Dark brown with an orange tint. Aroma is slightly sweet, nice and malty. Slightly bitter, not much bourbon present, but a very nice barley wine. (1066)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009

9/27/2009: BridgePort Bourbon Barrel Old Knucklehead (No 12)... Aroma: Cherry-vanilla bourbon with some caramel maltiness. Appearance: Bright reddish amber; collapsing beige head. Flavor: Caramel, prune, vanilla, hint of bourbon; decent hoppiness. Palate: Medium-bodied; mellow; cask-like mouthfeel; creamy. Overall: Decent attempt, but the regular Old Knucklehead is better.

22 fl. oz. bottle shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #82 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (11173) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Lasting soapy head on medium cloudy golden body. Expecting it darker, really. Bourbon aroma. Above average mouthfeel. A bit drying and boozy. But essentially, this is ale conidtioned in wood, it works, though it is one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bomber. Poured a rather clear, rich medium amber with a swirly cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up aged caramel spiked by some alcohol.. bourbon and vanilla rode up the sides of the nose and this was quite strong when it all came together.. oak and a bouquet of redder fruits showed as it breathed a bit. The flavor opened with tangy oak and whiskey on the tip of the tongue, with sweeter aged caramel not far behind.. berries and redder fruits hit more on the latter half.. finished dry and spicy with a warm impression. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. lots of residual sugars and oaky character at the end.. solid stuff, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Courtesy of fishingnet, you know what I like. Pours copper with tan head. The aroma is a bit bourbony to go along with pine, malt sweetness and fresh wood. The taste has yummy rich sweet malt notes mixing with wood, a couple of dashes of vanilla and a moderate thick layer of caramel. Pretty damn good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2009
2008 Bottle #12 - Pours a beautiful ambery brown, slight off-white head, Brown sugar dominates the aroma, tastes of dried fruit, Redman and booze. There is a definite alcohol presence, but isn’t the burn that alot of other fortified brews have. Pleasant bitterness balanced with a malty goodness, I will drink this again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23012) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head Has a sweetish malty slightly hoppy aroma wit hsome hints of bourbon and caramel. Fruity malty caramel and vanilla flavor with some oaky hints and also some hoppy bitter hints. Has a sweetish malty caramel and vanilla finish with some hoppy hints in the aftertaste.

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