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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 325   ABV: 10.83%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zdk (1809) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6365) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (3924) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (3966) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2011
(draft, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels) Clear dark amber body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, Bourbon, some vanilla, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, Bourbon, caramel, light vanilla, vinous. Sticky medium-full body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Pours a beautiful rich purple with ample tan head. Nose of plum and rum soaked fruits. Flavor is not quite as nice. Astringent woody notes and caramel sweeteness. The whiskey shines through a bit strong right now. Will be interested to see how it ages.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10814) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark amber/brown with a 3 finger foamy beige head. Aromas of dark fruits, vanilla and oak? Full bodied. Foamy carb. Flavor is quite bourbon, with some dark fruit and nuts, but it’s alcohol and bourbon, primarily. Almost a cola touch. Oak astringency is very light. Finish is mildly sweet. It really tastes very good.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2011
22oz bottle.2011 Buffalo Trace barrels.Yum! Pours a cloudy light brown with a thin off white head.Nose is bourbon and oak.Taste is heavy bourbon followed by vanilla and malty notes.The bourbon extra long finish is awesome.Really solid barrel aged beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Shmaltz Brewing Company--Coney Island Human Blockhead Tough As Nails Lager--2009 22 oz. Bottle. 10.00% QABV. 35 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0) Doppelbock? No sediment. Lacy rich tannish head. Clear bright deep amber bronze color. Malty mild hop front. Rich sweet creamy caramel toffee cherry smooth big Doppelbock body. Mild hop Hot EtOH clean dry end. Nice, but too big. Mellows with chilling. Sampled 4/4/2009. 2 @ $5.49 Each.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chickencoop (188) - California, USA - APR 17, 2010
I used to be a fan of these guys but i must be on a bad streak of their stuff. These beers sure stand out on the shelf and are quite clever, but the pour and the beer are becoming as generic as Trader Joe’s private label stuff. Deep amber pour/ malty nose and then nothing. Yes, you appluad the 10% going down smooth, but that’s it, Thunderbird goes down great when you mix it with Sprite, but that doesn’t make it good. Sorry the artwork is great, but overall, not a fan.


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