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RATINGS: 529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
Flavors of bourbon, malt, and hops meld quite good
Served at cellar temp like it should
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An American Barleywine Ale aged in used oak Bourbon barrels, this beer develops rich flavors that deepen over time. Winner of the GOLD Medal in 2008 at the Great American Beer Festival!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11784) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle thanks to Manny G. It pours cloudy deep mahogany brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet, sticky, a whole load of dried fruit, fruit cake, candied stuff, spice and generic bourbon character. The taste is rich, oily, spicy, quite hot from the booze, fruit cake, vanilla, oily, toffee, fruit cake and ginger bread with a warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Pretty hot if truth be told. Decent... if a bit harsh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (5557) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle share at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Padraig. Amber orange, still, small foamy brown head. Aroma is orange, caramel, some harsh boozey astringency. Body is medium, smooth, low carbonation. Taste is sweet, sticky sugars, vanilla bourbon, tangy metallic notes and alcohol burn. It’s OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6782) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle @ The Clerkenwell Share. Thanks to whoever brought this along. Caramel-colored pour with a medium white head. Nose is pretty straight forward. Discernible bourbon character. Vanilla and plenty of caramel, boozy heat. Similar flavor. Caramel. Some toasted wood. Creamy grain. Hot finish. Simple, pleasing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (8289) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle shared at craft beer co JackL leaving drinks. Huge thanks to Manny G for this one. Aroma is subdued cakey. Caramel. Hot alcohol. Light hazed reddy orange coloured pour with a halo off white head. Flavor is composed if toffee. Hit alcohol. Caramel. Toffee. Varnish. Nail polish remover. Solvent. Palate is composed of sticky sweet. Solvent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mstrcrwly (934) - New York, USA - JUL 12, 2015
bottle poured into a tulip glass..amber/copper with a thin off white head..aroma of bourbon,caramel,vanilla,wood,brown sugar..tastes of bourbon,caramel,brown sugar,vanilla..good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1553) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 12, 2015
light beige head leaves lacing. darkbrown colour. aroma is oxidised, nuts, bourbon, vanilla, boozy. taste like aroma, sweet, very boozy, ash, bitter chocolate. dense syrupy mouthfeel, rather soft carbonation. delicious! bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (5313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Black poorly from 12oz bottle at home. Nose is bourbon, carmel, butterscotch, and cocoa. Sweet wine, bourbon, slight fruits and coconut, and just pretty strong. Very good beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (12596) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2015
Bottle @ home thanks to Mista. Slightly unclear red to dark red color, small to average sized beige to light brown head. Aroma is malts, sweetness, sugar, alcohol, bourbon, wood. Taste malts, quite boozy, strong bourbon but a bit alcoholic instead of smooth soft and sweetish vanilla wood flavors, sugar. A hint of bitter in the finish. Full body, suitable medium carbonation. Nice, but too boozy to be top notch imo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierenjoyer1 (96) - Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Malt with some bourbon scents, pours coppery red and clean with a thin tan foam that stays throughout. The taste is very nice with malt, bourbon, vanilla, with a alcohol burn at the end of the bourbon like palette. This is really good beer that purchased about 6 months ago and I will buy it again in next year’s vintage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1030) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2015
12-ounce bottle (2015 vintage marked) purchased at Bread & Honey in Manhattan while on a NYC business trip. Pours into shallow hotel glass a muddy dark amber / brown hue with a half finger of tan foam. AROMA of vanilla, toffee, bourbon, marshmallow, brown sugar, and candied dark fruit. FLAVOR of sticky caramel, smoky vanilla, oaky bourbon, pip tobacco, and some light chocolate. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. The really big ABV is very well concealed here. Not quite as nuanced (or outright bourbon-y as I prefer) as others in the BA Barleywine style, but this is still readily drinkable and enjoyable. (491, 968)

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