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RATINGS: 346   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
Barrel Aged Barleywine. 11% ABV, 60 IBUs. Loosely based off our 2000th brew at our production facility,we revived this hybrid American / English Barley Wine for a special treat. Coming out of the tanks we aged it in barrels previously used for Bourbon County Rare Stout (Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year) to add another layer of complexity.

Note: The original release of this beer (2010) was done in regular bourbon barrels. The 2011 and bottle release saw the use of the barrels formerly used for Bourbon County Rare. We are not seperating these as I do not believe the bottles will clarify this. The original release also saw an 11% ABV, with the bottling seeing closer to 13.4%

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Thanks Dave! Bomber bottle. This is great! Very well balanced nose and flavors of chocolates, Burbons, sweet malts. Clean finish. Very well made. It is hard to describe how good this beer is. Rich and strong and well balanced of all the best flavors I love!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (2609) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2016
wowza. this one is boozy, prune, somewhat tart. pours reddish brown with a tan head. had a bottle pour at sheffields. some grape notes and aroma of prunes. one of the if not the best barleywines out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Bottle thanks to my good friend duckfan’s cellar: Poured a caramel brown with a ring of tan. Super boozy but subtle malts. Taste is malts and vanilla. Boozy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hackobock (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
February 13, 2016. Bottle, received in a trade with craftbeer1over, thanks!
Clear deep purple with a very small off-white head. Aroma is caramel, bourbon, vanilla, toffee, prunes, raisins, figs, wood, warming alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, boozy and soft bitter. Finish is sweet caramel, vanilla, figs, toffee, very light roasted, warming bourbon alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, oily texture.
Great bourbon BA barley wine, well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jokestereo (276) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
Pours very dark brown woth a thin line of beige head. Aroma; Bourbon, dades, plumes, toffee, caramel, coconut and chocolate. Flavour; Coconut, vanilla, toffee, caramel, bourbon, raisins and chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (638) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2016
A: Deep brown, almost black with some red tones. Small light brown/white head that disappears right away N: Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee T: Vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee O: Bourbon bomb! Very very nice!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s completely opaque with mahogany edges and thin, off-white head that immediately fades. Not much in the way of lacing. Sweet boozy aroma with a really nice barrel presence that’s very nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Some toasted oak with lots of spicy bourbon and sweet brandy along with rye whiskey, vanilla bean and toasted coconut. Nice spirit presence with a faint touch of oak that isn’t too charred or toothpick-like. Underneath there is some leathery malt and dark fruit sweetness. Thankfully the barrel presence doesn’t completely obliterate the other notes. I’m slowly picking up hints of biscuit, toasted malt, plum, raisin and fig. The barrel notes are excellent but I would prefer a bit more barleywine character in the nose. Viscous and oily with a boozy barrel presence that has a ton of heat and spicy, sweet bourbon character that dominates the palate, lingering over the leathery malt and sweeter notes into a dry finish. Lots of vanilla bean, marshmallow and toasted coconut along with some dry, toasted oak but it’s somewhat faint at this point. Slightly harsh, boozy and hot but this beer has some really nice barrel flavor. Underneath, there is decent leathery malt presence along with vinous dark fruit and port-like notes. Hints of date, raisin, plum, fig and dark cherry but the booze is a bit too strong for my preference, killing off most of the barleywine characteristics. Solid with good barrel flavors but the spirit/booziness is a bit overwhelming for me. Lacking in balance and surprisingly still very hot and boozy this long after the release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11902) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2015 22oz bottle shared by Confluence Josh. Dissipating tan-sheeting mahogony with some red. A-hot bourbon/wood, brown sugar, dk fruit, med malt. T-follows. Smooth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdKing (2320) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2015
Bottle shared on Zwanze Day 2015 at The Kernel, very kind regards to Dave. This is one of those beers I’ve seen requests for on the trade forum, and thought to myself, ’I’d like to try that’. And so it comes to pass. Opaque very dark brown colour with a slight off white head. Nose is soft, musty, musky, soft orange citrous, brown sugar, barley grain mustiness, dark fruits, dried figs, bourbon barrel, vanilla, bourbon whiskey. Taste is very smooth and not hot at all. Caramel, soft orange citrous, vanilla, wood barrel, musty barley grain, Bourbon sweetness, dried fig. I really really like this. In fact so much I drank the last drop. Many many thanks Dave, this was a beer moment. What a tragedy it’s retired!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
teorn88 (5743) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2015
22oz bomber shared at Zwanze Day event at Kernel, Lodon. Huge thanks to Dave for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is big sweet bourbon notes of vanilla, ice cream, caramel, toffee, milk chocolate. Taste is sweet and bold, lightly boozy, with loads of bourbon notes, vanilla, leather, chocolate, caramel. Bold body with soft carbonation. Overall, very clean bourbon barrel notes and not too hot or boozy, very nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (16728) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to Dave. Dark brown beer. Malty bourbon on aroma . Too hot too boozy. Soy sauce. Way too boozy. Unintelligible malt. Too hot.

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