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RATINGS: 533   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle bought at discount liquors in Milwaukee 2009 vintage pours a dark copper withaverage size thick tan head aromas are of caramel malts cotton candy,bourbon,and hops but not to hoppy which is the way i like my barley wines hence the name barley wine not hop wine taste of sweet malted nector from the gods with a very nice bourbon presence very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
12 ounce bottle- 2009 vintage. Pours a ruby chestnut with good clarity and a one finger light brown head. Nose- ripe dark fruit, fig, big toasty malts, vanilla and sweet bourbon. Taste- very sweet blast of bourbon and caramel malts followed by raisins and spruce. Pretty boozy. Mouthfeel- low carbonation, thick and chewy from the huge malt bill. Drying finish from alcohol heat and reasonably high hopping. An interesting brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2009 Bottle Mahogany pour with white head. Aroma is full of bourbon, raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Taste a boozy, but you get many of the sweet flavors too. Just starting to get into Barley Wines, but this one makes me want to try many more if they are anything like this!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6743) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Bottle. Mahogany pour with white head. Aroma is overpowered by bourbon and malts. Harsh flavors, malts, caramel, bourbon , dark fruits, and some hops. Alcohol is evident wouldn’t really say it hidden at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Bourbon is not at all overpowering, probably the most well adjusted barrel I have ever had over sweet malty goodness. Very nice aroma. Pour leaves a little to be desired, a dark red with very little head only gets bonus point for looking viscous as hell. Mouth is just amazing on this one, I don’t know that I’ve ever tasted something so thick and smooth. The taste is good, not great, but it is rather pleasant. A tad on the sweet side.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle - Mahogany pour with a small head. Beautiful. Smells of butterscotch, bourbon, raisins, and just a little warmth. Taste is big and sweet, with caramel, bourbon, dark fruit, and just enough hops on the finish. This beer is smooth and velvety in the mouth, and even though you’ve got a little burn it hides the 11.2% pretty well. If this wasn’t $5/bottle, I’d drink it all the time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Bottle said "Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 2009" but the link directed me here. Deep brownish amber color with a light and foamy tan head. Strong aroma of bourbon, alcohol and vanilla. Boozy but dry and malty taste with hints of toffee, raisins and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks to CaptainCougar. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Sweetness, candy, bourbon, vanilla, coconut, alcoholic, sharpness, dryness, licorice, grassy, grainy, roasted, toasted. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 5, 2009
GTMW 2009. Poured a hazy dark orange color with an off white head. Smelled of booze, fig, raisin, and caramel. Nice. Full bodied with mild bitterness. Sweet, but not overly so. The sugars were opposed by a bit of acidity. The flavors were well balanced with vanilla, caramel apple, toffee, and molasses elements. There was a splash of bourbon, but thankfully, this one was not over-bourbonated. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 30, 2009
courtesy from a good BA trade. Pours dark orange with thin off white head. Aroma is filled with bourbon, notes of caramel, brown sugar and malts. Flavor, caramel, malts, some chocolate and plenty of bourbon palate while the overall wood is very mild. Medium carbonation with a boozy mouthfeel. Another outstanding CW beer.

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