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Drakes Reunion Barleywine

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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
Tremendous people and brewers come and go like last sips of our beers. In nearly 24 years of beer here in San Leandro some of our brewers have moved on, but they remain in our hearts as well-loved mash paddle wielding, Friday BBQing, washoe playing, champions of Drake’s past. Two years ago, a handful of the greats including Bert Boyce, Jeff O’Neil, Josh Miner, Brian Thorson, Melissa Myers, and Rodger Davis came together to make the Reunion Barleywine Ale. Ber offered up six Samuel Adams Utopias barrels in which to age their creation, and two years later this beer is ready for your tasting pleasure. Enjoy with old friends.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
popway (167) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Bottle bought at the brewery. Saved till this Thanksgiving day. Aroma of sherry, port, the Sam Adams barrel comes through. Mild to no carbonation.!Lightly sweet, honey, light alc burn, whispy clouds, apple cider appearance, medium mouthfeel, a lite version of Utopias.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Rick. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is strong booze, caramel, dark fruits, wood. Thick mouthfeel with nice booze, butterscotch, caramel, oak, nice sweetness, very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Thanks to errl for sharing this bottle. Brown pour with a white head. The aroma has some nice oak, maple and vanilla notes. The flavor is similar. I get some heavy toffee notes that are complemented by some maple, vanilla, dark fruit, oak and whiskey. The whiskey really stands out and is very enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2442) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark brown with a thin heas..Nose is caramel,barrel, spice, alcohol..Taste is caramel, barrel, alcohol, spice, utopias. ..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle shared by marcus at California 10K event. Pours dark brown. No head. Heavy brown sugar aroma. Med body? Flavor is hoppy brown sugar and dark fruit - sort of hoppy bitter. Yet arguably a sweet barley wine. Verygood drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1560) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle shared by marcus at california 10k event. Pours ruby with white head. Taste is a hop forward barely wine. Great beer with some dark fruits

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (732) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22 ounce bottle at Cap Tap’s 10 K celebration, very Boisish, sweet, Too drunk to rate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9219) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014 Bottle from Drakes Barrel House. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a fruity treacle aroma. There is a carbonated full-bodied dark molasses flavor with with rich malt sweetness and almost no bitterness. The alcohol is fairly well masked although there is a slight warming trail.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle from the source. It opens with a fierce pop and pours with a rather vigorous, fizzy light tan head which concerns me a little.. it settles to a nice small ring of tight foam. The aroma is excellent. Woody, nutty with lighter notes of sherry, cocoa and bourbon. It reminds me of the old BA barleywines from Drakes of yesteryear. You know, the ones in the nip bottles with the ship... God I miss those. A little butterscotch and raisin opens up on the nose as it warms. The flavor is surprisingly not as aggressive as the aroma. Sweet plum, dates and raisin with a touch of rum and bourbon alcohol. The nuts, caramel, sherry and cocoa flavors are on the back end and very subtle. It actually feels a tad light in the body for such a big barleywine, but I’m not complaining about that. Virtually no bitterness, except for some faint whispers of herbal hops. They managed to keep the barrel flavors in check and not make a big sweet mess here. Good job. Very tasty stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
From a tap at drakes.The pour has a strong butterscotch aroma with a brownish red appearence.I taste mostly butterscotch, alcohol , and clove.The texture is sticky.

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