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RATINGS: 476   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Launch into the exquisite flavors of bourbon with splashes of vanilla. Watch for currents of dark chocolate and dried fruit. Generous amounts of hops and malts make for a smooth journey from start to finish. Decadent desserts and aged cheeses make superb companions.


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Complex aroma that starts with wet hops and vanilla then falls into dark cocoa, raisins and oats. Deep amber brown in color with nice lacing against the glass. Deep notes of cocoa, roasted coffee, toffee, brown sugar and a distinct woody/oak-like flavor. Very difficult to pinpoint this exact flavor but it really defines the character of this brew. Overall, this is an absolutely fantastic beer with intensely complex and unique flavoring all topped off with a strong alcohol filled finish. Id give this an A+ rating.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomekboniek (237) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 8, 2015
Butelka. Barwa brunatna, lekko zamglona z niewysoką lecz utrzymującą się do samego końca pianą w kolorze ecru. Wspaniały aromat beczki, wanilii, czekolady, suszony owocw. Pojawiają się rwnież aromaty tostowe. Smak tak jak zapach intensywnie złożony. Przede wszystkim dominuje wanilia, suszone owoce, czekolada. Słodycz umiarkowana. Goryczka średnia do wysokiej niezalegająca z lekko wyczuwalnym alkoholem. Finisz długi i złożony. Wysycenie średnie, piwo pełne treściwe do długiej degustacji. Wyśmienite piwo.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coachd (324) - Missouri, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Aroma of dark fruit, sweet malt and booze. Decent, but I could have used more. Beautiful looking dark brown nearly black color with a white head of foam that shows a striking contrast. Definitely tastes like bourbon barrel with barley wine characteristics showing through. The bourbon adds sweetness and makes the flavor less hoppy and harsh than many other barley wines. Palate is silky and again not harsh like others in this style. This was very easy drinking for the ABV and good overall.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
S_Side_Smitty (594) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Pours deep murky brown with a thick tan head. Aroma is rich rich malts and alcohol with a tinge of old leather. Taste is rich rich malts and alcohol with a tinge of leather. Awesome awesome awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1794) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Reddish brown. Nose of light bourbon, booze, fruity malt and caramel. Flavor is caramel malt with some fruit and dry oak/bourbon. Sweet. Smooth considering this was bottled just a few months ago. Good, but did note some of the sulfur notes others have described. Not detracting. Good, but not a standout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3834) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber pour, thin beige head. Aroma of spicy malts, some bourbon, ripe fruits, caramel and somewhat spicy. Flavor is quite bitter, sweet malts and quite smooth. Nice spicy bourbon touch.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhilJackson80 (531) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Bomber. Tasted on 5/2/15. Bottle from Total Wine Dallas, TX. Shared with Espo. You definitely got a mild bourbon on the nose but it mellowed out when you tasted it. Very nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2549) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Slight hazy copper color, short head. Aroma is very biscuity bourbon, slight vanilla, lots of malt, caramel, hint of raisin, some alcohol. Medium sweet in taste, slight bitter, quite some alcohol burn in the finish. A bit too alcoholic to be really awesome

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBunker (931) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2015
750ml bottle. Pours burgundy with a big, foamy beige head. Aroma is of wood, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Also has a nice hop aroma to it as well. Taste is very sugary, with lots of caramel and wood. Some vanilla as well. The hop character is there as well, and is very grassy. The finish is all wood. The alcohol is there, but doesnt make it hard to drink at all. Mouthfeel is creamy, sticky, and decently carbonated. Its very sticky, but its so easy to drink. Goes down way too easy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (401) - Kansas, USA - MAY 14, 2015
A clear mahogany body offers vibrant crimson and amber highlights beneath a tall, creamy-tight, light khaki head creating lasting spots and short peninsulas of lace all around

Aromas and flavors with solid intensity and complexity, caramel and vanilla with drying oak and big thinning bourbon spirit spiked with citrus over a range of fruity, bready compliments, blueberry, strawberry, dates and raisins, toast and dough, graham cracker, marshmallow, aromatic and bright for the style, all on a warming, somewhat hot, slightly creamy, smooth medium body leading to citrus and oak bitters conjuring coffee cake and milk chocolate in addition to faint echoes of the previously mentioned components, a general sense of scotch and smores transitioning to crme brle on the extended residual

The heat and complexity suggests this is a strong candidate for aging, while also making for a warming after dinner drink with great depth tonight

750 ml cork and cage bottled on 10/20/14 served at 55 into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BucannonXC5 (1082) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Type: 750ml bottle (25.4 oz.) Glass: Karl Strauss 26th Anniversary snifter From: Utah State Liquor Store #06 in Logan, Utah Price: $12.99 Purchased: May 2, 2015 Consumed: May 12, 2015 Misc.: Bottled on Aug. 19, 2014; Champagne top (cork & twist) Poured a reddish amber, auburn color semi-clear color with 4-to-5 fingers of khaki tan, frothy head. Average amount of foamy lacing spots on the side of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 4.25) Smelled wood, vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, dried fruit, raisins, dates, grass hops, honey, light menthol and herbal hops. (Smell - 3.88) Tasted woody malts, caramel, toffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon barrels, faint Cascade hops, dates, raisins, dried fruit, herbal hops, honey and booziness late. (Taste - 4.00) Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, boozy finish. (Feel - 3.88) An unusual take on an American Barleywine, but very good nonetheless. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 3.88) 3.95 89 B+


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