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Drakes Barley Wine Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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This was an extremely hoppy Barleywine that has been aging in a Bourbon barrel for 12 months. The hops have mellowed in the barrel and have paved the way for the malt and bourbon note to take over. Intense vanilla and toffee aromas lead to a deep caramel and chocolate flavor with a touch of maple. Lightly refermented in this bottle to achieve a small amount of carbonation. Enjoy this as you would any after dinner drink. Cheers!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14312) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
26th January 2013
Almost opaque dark brown beer, no real head. Zero carbonation in the otherwise neutral palate. Slightly sour wood with mild coconut, not too sweet. Mellow bourbon. Simple stuff but beautifully mellow.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (9999) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 29, 2011
Wenig süßlicher, sehr malziger Antrunk mit leichten Röstkomponenten. Süffig trotz der drückenden und sehr starken Malzigkeit, ausgewogen, die besonderen Fassnoten kommen aber nicht wirklich hervor. Würzig, natürlich weiterhin stark süß-malzig und alkoholisch. Gutes, aber nicht übermäßiges Bier. /11/11/12/13/11

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (5996) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2011
Thanks tyler. Nice hazy reddish brown pour with no head. Aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, some oxidized hops. Taste is sweet vanilla and bourbon, touch of chocolate, with a slight boozy finish. Awesome brew, nice balanced notes. Nice brew!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
[Bottle] shared by Tyler. Thanks! Pours clearish caramel with no head. Aroma is slightly vinous, I get more brandy than bourbon, caramel, light infection, and a touch of vanilla. Flavor is not quite as nice, but I did get the yeast pour. Spicy alcohol, plenty of caramel, a touch of fruitiness, presumably from the light infection. But it’s actually not too bad.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle shared by tyler. Thanks! Slightly hazy brown pour, no head, no lacing. Aroma is slight booze, oxidized hops, some sweet malt. Quite a bit of dark fruit character. Raisins, dates, dark fruits, and lots of them. Really interesting flavor. Perhaps slightly infected, with an odd funk and slightly sour character. Actually quite boozy on the end. Not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2011
4-5 year old bottle shared by Tyler. Clear dark brown pour, no carbonation and an aroma of alcohol and raisins. Flavor is silky prunes, raisins, leather, very sweet caramel and still finishes pretty hot for being an older beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4553) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Mini 7oz bottle pours a hazy brown with zero head. Nose is sweet, boozy, rum, woody, light vanilla, oak, cognac, figs. A touch oxidized. Flavor is sweet, boozy, rum, whiskey, chocolate, caramel, apple. Full bodied. Finish is still hot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
6oz ultra mini bottle at DC Elite. The final beer of the night after about 40+ beers tried. So needless to say, I have no recollection of ever trying this beer; but here are the notes jotted down in what I would consider still legible handwriting.

Poured a clear, flat, deep amber to mahogany with no head formation. Aroma of leather, rich malt, intense bourbon, toffee, mild oxidation. Taste is boozy, rich leather, powerfully viscous maple, toffee, and malt syrup. Brown sugar and slight vinous qualities come through. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle. Brown. Flat. Aroma. Caramel. Taste. Caramel. Some. Vanilla. Pretty. Straightforward. Stuff. Not. Bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 15, 2010
$13 nip from monument. this pours pretty much flat, a few large surface bubbles maybe. murky dark brown. the nose is intense,earthy, seep sweetness of oak, bourbon, and brown sugar. bown sugar and maple are huge in the taste, very sweet, drinking like a port really. except much smoother than any port ive ever had. the body is nice, thick and oily, but not too over powering. my rating is basically comparing this to ports, not barleywines.


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