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Driftwood Old Barrel Dweller Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine

Formerly brewed at Driftwood Brewery (Canada)
Style: Barley Wine
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
LarryBeast (611) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5465) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2015
Bottle: Poured a murky brown color ale with a large foamy head with ok retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of residual sugar notes is pretty dominant with some vanilla and bourbon notes also easily noticeable. Taste is a mix of sweet caramelized malt notes with some toffee, some oak, and bourbon and vanilla notes. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation with some light warming alcohol notes also perceptible. Quite the nightcap with a heavy dose of sugar and loads of barrel notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10327) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
Better than expected. Liam’s bottle. Bourbon, dark, yet still good drinkability. Boozy from 12%. Big mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
aquenne (3) - Paris, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015 does not count
2012 bottle shared... Classic barleywine, huge cherry wood character on the aroma. Dark chocolate and fig l taste.. Strong alcohol heat... Nice mouthful slightly balanced to the bitter... Very enjoyable.. Wish we had another to age another couple yes!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (16281) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 Sunday tasting at Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Vintage 2012. Pours clear, rich amber with a creamy tan head. The nose smacks of alcohol, with some ripe fruits and wood, along with fruitcake. Medium sweet flavor with some crunchy grains, bread, aged fruits, toffee. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with gooey malts, dried fruits. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 9, 2015
Bottle, via trade with dresden (thanks Steve!)-- shared on game night with phantomhennes, heavylaevy, and TvM. Very hazy dark amber with a creamy golden head. Thick toffee malts, vanilla/butterscotch bourbon notes. Chewy and malty, very full bodied. Loved this beer, not sure why it doesn’t score higher within its style category.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (7253) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2431) - Oosterzele, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4317) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (6539) - 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.

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