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Brewed by Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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!


LarryBeast's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (536) - - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 24, 2014
25/X/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ The Autumn Gathering formerly known as RBBAG Mons (Gent) - BB: n/a, 2014 vintage (2014-1261) Thanks to JefVerstraete for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brownish beer, aery irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: caramel, alcohol, bit chemical, some vanilla, sugary. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: alcohol, bit chemical, more alcohol, sugary, sweet, malty, some chocolate, vanilla touch. Aftertaste: sweet, alcohol, vanilla, bit chemical, bitter hops, sour touch.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 10/08/2014 Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell. Golden / light amber coloured pour with a lasting cream head. Aroma is smoked malts, honey and some hot alcohol. Flavour is more solvent, hot alcohol, varnish, brown sugars. A bit headache inducing. Palate is semi sweet, thick bodied and a bit chewy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (1592) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 28, 2014
Bottle from Taylor. Thanks! Shared @ Belgian Autumn Gathering 2014. Amber colour, white foam. Sweet fruity nose of peach, honey and brown sugar. Strange bitter taste. Not bad but a bit unbalanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3062) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - OCT 27, 2014
Reddish brown colour, beige head. Aroma of red fruits, thinner, caramel and chocolate. Quite alcoholic flavour, rather sweet. Sweet finish, alcohol, thinner. Did I mention sweet? Same vintage as the one @ RBESG London, but not nearly as nice.
(From 65cL bottle @ TAGFKARM, Gent 2014. 2012 vintage. Thanks for sharing, JefVerstraete!)
6-3-6-3-12: 3

Clear reddish brown colour, white head. Aroma of red fruits, marmelade, bourbon, caramel and chocolate. Sweet malty flavour, wood, caramel, bitter orange zest. Bitter finish, malts, marmelade, bourbon, quite alcoholic.
(From 65cL bottle @ The Not-so-Grand-Tasting, Craft Clerkenwell - RBESG 2014, London. Thanks for sharing, Ferris!)
8-4-8-4-15: 3.9

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (4300) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Thank you JefVerstraete! 2012 Vintage. Tasting glass from 650 ml. bottle consumed @ “The Tasting formerly known as Mons RBBAG I (2014)”. Reddish brown, little tanned head. Nose is too boozy with lots of varnish oak. Taste is thick sweet sugar, exotic sugar with lots of plastic, thick varnish, boozy, marzipan, lots of alcohol, heavy on varnish, amarena cherries,… Little carbonation, sugar body. This doesn’t feel right. It drinks still but why all the varnish etc.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jfb (4081) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 25, 2014
(bottle) slightly hazy deep ruby colour with a frothy light-beige head. aroma of talcum powder, floral hops and peaches, with a hint of pear and some caramel. flavour is mostly caramel, strawberries and alcohol, with a hint of mango and a herbal-hoppy light-bitter finish. heavy-bodied with soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (11489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2014
RBESG 2014, Sunday tasting at Craft Clerkenwell, London. Deep amber beer with a nice beige head. Malty caramel aroma, raisins, figs, hay, vanilla, toffee notes, a bit vinous. Caramel flavor, licorice, vinous, woody, toffe, raisins, figs, some alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4084) - 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 (2386) - 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 (16111) - , 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.


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