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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 480   ABV: 16%
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Used White Labs WLP099 Super High Gravity Ale Yeast.


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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Sampled tonight at the new brewhouse. A really ice caramelized Barleywine. The barrel flavors are there and really drinks nice.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (423) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bomber. Pours a murky caramel color with some red hues, dusting of foam on the surface but that?s it. Sweet aroma, cherry, almond dominate, tootsie roll chocolate, faint scent of alcohol. Flavor: alcohol for sure, sweet malt, cherry, some roast and nutty qualities, ash. Long finish with the alcohol and ash components. Reminds me of Firestone-Walker XVI. Lots of flavors cranked to 11. A hedonistic beer. Far exceeded my expectations.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Bomber No. 012 of 700 from Star Grocery in Berkeley, CA. Pours dark ruddy copper with a transient beige head. Aroma of mild brown sugar, bourbon, and rather plummy dark fruit. Nearly full bodied. Flavor is brown sugar, vanilla, medium dark fruit - like dates - and finally some woody astringency. Not much of that, as itís rather malty, but somehow it just doesnít seem all that sweet. Even with a suggestion of treacle coming along. And whereís the heat? Iím not even getting much of a gullet burn. This is mouthsmacking ale. Finishing extremely delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Poured up at the 2010 Toronado Barleywine Festival with brownish amber body with weak tan head. The mild aroma has bourbon and aged caramel covered oak as well as a mild alcohol medicinal smell. The taste is definitely bourbon barrel aged with robust bourbon notes moving into a mixture of mild oakiness, molasses, prunes, ripe cherries and sugar stewed raisins. The sweet dark fruitiness is kind of subdued with the bourbon booze far more forward followed by mild smooth oak notes. Nice barrel forward beer that still allows rich tasty dark fruity esters to seep out.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2010
From tap at Toronado, Barley Wine Fest 2010. Pours cloudy dark orangeto deep hazzlenut brown with a fully gone head. Aroma is dark malty, slight phenolic and dry. Dry malty and distinct phenolic belgian yeasty flavoured. Dry and slight spiced into the finish. Slight spiced and dry.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
On tap at Toronado for Barleywine Fest 2010. As the top Devilís Canyon rater on this site (really impressive I know), I felt like I had to give this one a shot. I instantly regretted it, not because it was terrible, but because it was mediocre and there were a lot better options available. Pours clear dark brown with minimal head. Aroma is caramel malt, whiskey, and booze. Wow, lots of booze here. Flavor is also pretty hot and boozy. I love Heaven Hill rye, but it didnít do much here, although it was detectable. You canít save an unimpressive beer by -bal aging it in the barrels of a good rye I guess. Some caramel malt and roast as well. Medium-full body with the ABV not very well-hidden. This is 16% but seems like itís above 20%.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (824) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2008
On tap at Celebratorís 20th Anniv. party. Supposedly this batch is almost 18%! Aged for two years in oak barrels. Some sour, funky, pinot and chardonnay notes...strange fruit, slight rye and sour mash, alcohol, vanilla, wood. Rich and tasty overall...I went back for seconds!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Dark fruit and alcohol nose with a bit of indistinct spice. Vanilla, oak and alcoholic on the palate. Hot and cloying finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Tap at the Bistroís 1st Annual Barrel Aged Festival 11-11-2006. Cherry aroma with a tart fruit flavor. Smooth, vanilla and warming. Hides the 16% abv extremely well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Draft at the Bistroís Barrel-Aged Beer Fest 11/11/06; Nose of caramel, oak, and some dark fruit, mixed with alcohol; Deep copper with a tiny beige head; flavor of raisins, caramel, and alcohol! A big barleywine!


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