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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: 49   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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

[ Courtesy of fiulijn ]. Light unclear medium to dark amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, alcohol, resin, bourbon, laberlarver, wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet with a long duration, laberlarver, alcohol, buzzy. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20130315]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (40836) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is wooden, caramelish and light herbal. Dry caramelish and wooden, tanin. Sweet, caramelish and tanin wooden. Dry wooden and malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34666) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
Bottled. A red beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt and straw. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt and straw, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of alcohol. Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and licorice with notes of oak and alcohol. Sweet and warming alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of fiulijn. Pours a hazy nutty brown with a small off-white head. Spicy, boozy nose, quite some barrel notes. Very rich body, thick caramel and toffee, rough barrel notes, glue and wood. Very boozy finish. Quite too much wood - and booze. 150313

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (23363) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 9, 2013
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty vanilla bourbon caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy bourbon and caramel flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty woody vanilla and bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22400) - , 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Legacy Liquor Store, Vancouver
So, the guys at Driftwood have traveled and discovered that with wax all over the cap of the bottle they can seriously annoy the customers. The color is dark mahogany, with small compact head, and nice lace. Mild aroma of caramel and apple peel, unexpected and weird. Very good caramel and malt flavor, with a touch of chocolate; full bodied, with a good amount of sweetness but not thick or syrupy; some fruity impression (it becomes more evident if the beer is paired with salty and savory food); there is a pleasant alcohol kick, more evident that the light Bourbon vanilla touch; mild nuttiness in the end, and more alcohol.
Good beer, but less good than the original, and not very elegant with all that booze. Mixed feelings…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18719) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18323) - 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.

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