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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice dark caramel amber color with a beige head. Aroma is really complex, lots of oak, bourbon, vanilla, almost stout like qualities of roasted malt and chocolate, some sweet and caramel malt, toffee, charred oak, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar. The flavor follows the nose and is amazing, lots of oak, bourbon and vanilla, with the stouty notes of roasted and toasted malt and chocolate, some sweet and caramel malt, charred oak, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar and toffee. The body is full with a sticky mouth feel. Overall an amazing Barley Wine, and probably the best I have had!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Maarten1993 (400) - - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. Like the Barleywine but a lot richer. Very nice beer. Lots of tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmgreenuk (5132) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle at the De Molen Bourbon County tasting, Jan 2015. Poured a clear dark brown with a reddish hue. The aroma is rich sweet malt, light molasses. The flavour is moderate sweet, light bitter with a big rich malty, alcoholic bitter palate and a rich oily mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark caramel brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, dark fruit, and toffee. Flavor is rich and complex with caramel, raisins, bourbon barrel, vanilla, oak, toffee, and dark fruit. Sticky texture, full body, nice warming finish. A world class barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
artmcd8 (1847) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle shared big thanks to charule. Pours a dark caramel brown without any head. Aromas of bourbon, light vanilla, candied dark fruits. Drank this side by side with one year old BCBBW and they are pretty much the same beer. Little difference if any between them. Pretty smooth with a light bourbon heat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
charule (1328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from Chicago trade. Poured deep dark brown minimizing beige head. Aroma light caramel dark fruits apples. Light carb med bod. Sweet dark fruity boozy bourbon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (963) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 26, 2014
22oz bottle pours dark chesnut brown with small head. Nose is deep rich dark fruit, lots of bourbony raisin and plum with touches of sweet malt bread undertones, enveloping. Taste is soft and chewy on the palate, layered caramel, boozy maple, soft bread, plum, raisin, tootsie roll, some light sweetness, bourbon spice, oak. Finish is lingering semi sweet dark fruit, caramel, bourbon, wood, complex. Wonderful, a treat to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"this dark ruby hued brew went head to head with Firestone Walker Abacus and lived to tell the tale. Abacus held a slight edge only at first due to the aroma but man oh man did this beer open up nicely. two of the best barleywines i;ve ever had. this one manages to taste sticky sweet without actually being sticky sweet. as smooth as a beer can be at over 13%. fruity esters, malty, no real hop presence, and a distinct bourbon (pappy 23!) aroma and flavor, with a little kick of sweet and spice at the end that puts this one over the top in the head to head. they are both elite brews for sure. this has a complexity that defies beleife and will go down (maybe forever if they don’t ever redo it) as the best barleywine ever. i can see myself bumping this up a point if the next bottle is as good as the first!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1356) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Huge thanks to the Goose Island crew for passing tastes of this around at Brouwer’s for Migration Week. Never thought I’d try it. Nice brown barley wine. Very, very sweet nose. Brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cookie dough... sweet Jesus. Flavor follows, adding raisins and a hint of that lovely lovely bourbon, but there’s a hint of some oxidation about midway through. Goes on to finish beautifully. Matt was right; this is just a bit past its prime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattkorsgaard (24) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle pour at brouwers. Dark brown color. Light carbonation. Subtle whiskey aroma. Flavor is sickly sweet with modest whiskey flavor. Potentially past its prime. Great beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (123) - seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
The layering of this is quite interesting. There are real complex notes there. Lots and lots of caramel. You can vaguely taste the pappy van winkle barrels. It's pretty un expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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