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RATINGS: 160   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (7494) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2011
On tap at Fireworks in Arlington VA. Pours a clear, root beer brown with a thin, creamy white head. Nose has some fruity, booziness of a dopplebock with some lurking sweetness, caramel, vanilla etc from the barrel. The nose is not bad though. The flavor is where things start to go downhill. There’s just too much residual sugar. It’s cloying, overly malty like an imperial pils. The barrel is there with vanilla, caramel, but it’s over the crappy lager base and it just doesn’t mesh. A little hot too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Batch 1 / 523 cases. Bottled on 06/01/2011
22oz bottle. Reddish brown pour, thick foam of light tan. Aroma of hot bourbon, sweet vanilla, lagered malts. It is all bourbon in the nose, nothing but alcohol from a barrel scent. Sticky texture of sweet rich malts. Caramelized sugars, some earthy hops add leather character. Then the Bourbon character takes over. Smooth soft vanilla essence, slight alcohol burn, nice oak, with a hint of dark (American-ized) Bock Beer. This bottle might be the smoothest, most balanced, Bourbon barrel-aged beer I’ve had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle pours dark brown/orange with brief beige head. Nice sweet aroma with bourbon and malts. Taste very boozy with bourbon prominent, sweet malts, vanilla and slight oak. Palate could be a bit thicker, slightly sticky. Finish bourbon and slight hops.

If you like sweet boozy bourbon-barrel beers (and I do) here you go. Really enjoyed the Buffalo Trace flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - 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 (7508) - 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 (3018) - 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 (5328) - 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 (10872) - 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!

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