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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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Three months in Kentucky Bourbon barrels has added an extra layer of complexity to this potent Winter favourite. Enjoy now, or cellar away!


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (515) - - JAN 20, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013 650ml bottle. Ruddy mahogany with thin beige head. Aroma galore: smokey oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark berry, caramel, baked bread, hazelnut. Malt-forward with a very rich sweetness that carries nicely over the high alcohol. Gently hop-tempered at the end, giving it a nice finish. Warming, delicious and deeply inebriating. The best way to kill some brain cells on a cold winter night.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (3275) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2014
How: Bottle, 2012 vintage.
Where: RBESG 14 not so grand tasting.
Appearance: Hazy amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, alcohol, bourbon.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Sweet malt, sugar, bourbon, alcohol, dried fruit, vanilla.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Desverger (2094) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle@Craft Clerkenwell (RBESG 10/08/2014) - amber coloured pour with off-white head. Medium sweet malty aroma and taste, caramel, toffee, some dried fruit (sultana) some nice spice in there as well. Decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
10th August 2014
RBESG pt 19. Craft Clerkenwell. Grandish Tasting. Hazy amber beer, good pale cream colour head. Palate is light and dry with mild fine carbonation. Lovely dark toffee and well integrated bourbon. Touch of spice. Dried fruits and a little barrel vanilla. Light dry finish. Spicy linger. Very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (4682) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2014
RBESG, grand tasting part 2
Clear mahogany with a off-white head, light lacing. Aroma is woody, toasted malts and oak. Taste is woody and oak, bourbon
Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scopey (6831) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle during RBESG 2014. It pours deep red-brown with a decent yellow-white head. The nose is sweet, fruit cake, gingerbread, vanilla, toasted coconut, bourbon, raisin and toffee. The taste is bitter, hot, varnish, big wood, vanilla , spicy heat, oak, leather with a dry, hot finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Oily. Hot, woody...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (13711) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle Craft Clerkenwell tasting RBESG14. Barley wine aroma. Hot in mouth. Bit too strong for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (4147) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Light toffee, milk chocolate and light barrel notes. Deep clear amber with a yellowish head. Toffee, burnt sugars, barrel and some booze. Not bad, maybe better with even more age.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Ruby brown with a light brown head. Aroma is raisins, honey, golden syrup, dates, hint of anise. Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied, sweet and boozy on the palate. Flavours are brown sugar, raisins, honey, hint of pine, toffee, burnt orange. Nicer than Cellar Dweller.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt! Pours a near clear deep orangish amber with a brown hue and a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of vanilla and bourbon with a backing earthiness and sweet grains. Flavor is full of caramel with some toffee that kind of over power the bourbon at first but it does come through in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrFecesious (959) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
Before I drink all of the stash, I should record some notes. 2012 bomber that's been sittin in my cellar for a while now I guess. Pure hazy ruby, no retaining cap. Aroma of raisin, licorice, wood. Taste is quite sweet. Boozy, sticky.


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