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RATINGS: 157   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 325   ABV: 10.83%
This might be the most unique barrel aged lager you will find. Brewed like a barley wine but fermented as a lager then aged on fresh wet Buffalo Trace barrels for 5 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Batch No. 001, Cases 523. Bottling Date: 6/1/2011 (I wish other labels were so informative).

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber body with a very tall, lasting, light beige head despite a fairly gentle pour. Small smattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Wood staves brushed with a caramel coating, moistened raisin bread, accents of vanilla and dried coconut with the Buffalo Trace bourbon being fairly prominent in the nose.

Taste: Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee overneath a vibrantly bready maltiness, then, a bit of vanilla, rum raisin, and a sprinkling of toasted coconut shavings before the soothing bourbon rolls in. A bit of spiciness darts in and out and amongst the various flavors. Malty, smooth, drying finish with a lingering bourbon element.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: While still sweet, the barrel treatment has most definitely curtailed the strong sweetness from the original brew. Now, to sit and enjoy this while my shepherd’s pie is finishing off in the oven.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
very deep amber body with a tan medium bodied head. very smooth Bourbon aroma with slight boozy notes and a bit of hops. very sweet smooth caramel flavor with nice vanilla notes. a little too carbonated in my opinion. nice malty finish, but short-lived. good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7465) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Bomber. Poured crystal-clear, fiery reddish-amber with a creamy, sticky beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up sweet and persistent bourbon paired with vanilla, sweet caramel, and some berries.. quite a bit of barrel, but it sure smelled tasty. The flavor opened with tangy and peppery bourbon on the tip of the tongue.. warm drawn caramel, vanilla, and sweet bourbon behind.. peppery again on the spicy, warm finish.. remarkably sweet, but I very much enjoyed it. Heavier-bodied and very barrel-ly on the palate.. the bourbon (and related notes) were a little overweight, but they were complementary to the base beer. Overall very good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Bomber. Big foam head. Medium amber in color. Strong barrel nose. Lots of bourbon. A little vinous as well. Rich and smooth. Malty with a strong bourbon presence. Some booziness. Warms going down. Good quality brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Dark brown in color. than head and clear. Nice aroma and spices. Thick malt and very spicy in the flavor. Loved the barrel flavor and aromas this gave off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thanimal (29) - Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Dark brown pour. I got lots of vanilla and toffee . Hints of caramel make this beer delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Brown pour, small off white head. Sweet aroma, toffee, vanilla, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet, caramel, Christmas cookies. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (540) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Light brown orange color with beige foamy head. Bready aroma with mellow notes of bourbon barrels. Wonderful smooth bourbon and cherry profile. Finish has a really nice vanilla oak flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3111) - Brandon, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
A Strong full flavored beer all the way. aroma is with a nutty toffee quality, very heavy on the malt and hops. with thick mouth feel and lots of bready, malt flavors. hops are exuberant. strong flavor and everything. the this a special beer for a special occasion, drink lightly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4334) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
The aroma is very rich and boozy with toffee, caramel, oak, and whisky. The appearance is deep amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a very strong and impressive beer.

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