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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6047) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. I picked this up at The Wine and Cheese Place. Dark mahogany with a nice foam. A rich malty nose with rye and wood. This offers wood flavors and so much malt! It is also very hot and that ABV is not hidden at all. The wood and accompanying vanilla is nice but too much heat detracts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
robertjm (830) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Draft at Beer Revolution - nice head. Slightly off white. Minimal coconut flavor. Gorgeous clear ruby body. Flavir of lightly toasted coconut. Even slightly dummy. after taste a bit akcoholy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (4187) - Holbæk, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
Draught at Birch & Barley/Churchkey. Brown. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, roasted, lots of dark fruit, wood, chocolate). Flavor moderate to heavy sweet, light to moderate bitter. Almost full body, some alcohol felt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2692) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Ruddy copper, full foamy head. Big barrel nose with notes of caramel, vanilla and oak, but not a distinctly Jack Daniels nose. Fluffy smooth mouthfeel but then a harsh alcoholic presence all the way through to the finish, with lingering caramel and oak flavors at the end. Almost good but too harsh and abrasive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle:   Deep red, some copper hues, moderate off-white head, foamy, fairly nice lacing.   Big barrel aged character on the nose, it simply dominates.   Otherwise some big Toffee/Caramel notes.   Big caramel and vanilla notes up front, a bit woody, malty, bready, and just tasty.   Not too bright, flavors are there but they are a bit dull.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full, and it remains fairly smooth.   Not too heavy, but its heavy enough.   Finishes very malty, bready, with lingering notes of caramel, vanilla, and general woodiness.   Fairly tasty!   10% ABV is well hidden, but it certainly packs a punch!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5342) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Sampled on 8/20/2011. This dopplebock pours a dark amber color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is bready, fruity, caramel and sweet, some wood and bourbon. A medium bodied dopplebock. The malts are fruity and sweet, caramel, bourbon and wood. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation, Nice bourbon flavors, boozy, woody and sweet. Barrel aging really works well in this beer. Very nice. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1852) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Tap at RnH - Very sweet and syrupy. Ton of wood and oak that helps dry out the body. Bourbon and whiskey notes (Jack D barrels?). Almost cloying anyway, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (8299) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a toffee aroma. There is a sweet caramel flavor with a nice dose of Jack and a dry lingering alcohol finish. This is a heavy brew that is a pleasure for us bourbon lovers, but may be a bit much otherwise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5090) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Bomber from EZ. Poured a deep dark ruby/mahogany body underneath a slightly foamy off off white head. Aroma is nice with loads of bourbon, vanilla, fig, dates, wood, nutts, alcohol, caramel and toffee. The body is full and syrupy with light carbonation and a good dose of alcohol warming on the back of your throat that has some serious lingering effects. Flavor of alcohol, sherry, bourbon, vanilla, fruit, dry toast and wood. This is a solid beer that is seriously overlooked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6379) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2011
From a bottle during 2011 Craft Lager Fest. Dark clear coppery orange, with a small bubbly head. Smells strongly of whiskey, burnt caramel, oak char, and more caramel. Flavor was whiskey-tastic, but not overtly boozy. Just right amount. Warm booze, burnt caramel, oak, and sweet bittering maltiness. Some toffee as well. Definitely a barrel aged barleywine. Delicious, and not too strong, boozy, or whiskey’d. Not terribly nuanced, but very delightful.

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