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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2570) - 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 (6299) - 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 (5319) - 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 (1816) - 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 (6869) - 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 (4282) - 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 (4703) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11736) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3869) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11685) - 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.

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