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DDBA is our flagship beer brewed at double strength. It is amazingly similar in many respects to our barrel fermented DBA and possesses everything we love about that beer times two. English caramel malts lend rich toffee character that pairs well with assertive medium toast American oak barrels.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
cafgen (134) - California, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Amber color with a one finger tan head. Aroma is bread, wood and malt with a hint of alcohol. Taste is sweet malt, slight roast notes and an alcohol finish. This could have been a great beer if the alcohol were not to present. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2980) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2014
22 ounce bottle poured into a Firestone Walker teku. Pours a clear, dark copper with a beige head of foam that starts big, but dissipates pretty quickly. As the beer warms up, notes of toasted nuts, toffee, raisins, and creme brle come through. The taste is sweet, a bit leathery, and dry. It has a big, juicy woody profile. The alcohol seems well hidden for the majority of the drink, but as the swallow works its way down the throat, there is a noticeable heat. Thicker mouthfeel that is a touch sticky. Low carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer. For 12 percent, it is nicely drinkable. Taking down the whole bottle wont be an issue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brigg (512) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 16, 2014
(Bottle) Dark, nearly opaque ruby-brown body with medium frothy head. Aroma of strong alcohol, candied malt, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, oak. Medium body, silky texture. Very sweet, strong alcohol with heat; vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (1246) - Rros, NORWAY - MAY 16, 2014
Deep golden with a white head - Good malt aroma - Good malt body with some hint of alcohol heat - Good malt finish - This was real good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2014
Bottled. 2011. Nose of oak, vanilla, oranges, toffee, restrained bourbon. Milky vanilla yogurt flavor, toffee, sweet but balances. Tobacco. Well, just a bit too sweet but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TylerGreenDC (294) - - MAY 9, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 On draft. Holy wow. Aroma of blocks of dark chocolate and red wine. Flavors of high-%age cacao chocolate, raisins and vanilla. More raisins as it warms. Serious experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Habanero (2615) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy and deep amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma of caramel, hoppy notes, toffee, bourbon notes, riped fruit,v anilla and and wood Sweet flavor that end up more dry with alcohol. Medium to full bodied, syrupy texture and flat carb. An excellent Barley.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lothore (550) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2014
A - Pours a hazy reddish brown color with a small, off white head. S- Caramel, dark fruit, fig, date T- Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, which moves into a light bitterness followed by lingering notes of deep, dark fruit. M- Thick and effervescent. D- Great barleywine. Excellent sipper that im glad I got the chance to try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (3763) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 25, 2014
[Courtesy of and thanks to Kraddel][650 ml. bottle][Consumed close to half] Gorgeous packaging. Pours a dark pomegranate copper amber that just screams barleywine. Almost clear beer with only bubbles for a head, beige bubbles. Smells heavily of sherry, good side of oxidation, oily pine nuts and walnuts, thick caramel, lots and lots of sherry with brown sugar sweetness. Taste is slightly metallic upfront followed by sherry, brown sugar and caramel sweet but nowhere near as sweet as quite a few beers of these style tend to be which is how I prefer them honestly & good oxidation reigns supreme here, lots of oily nuts, one again pine nut oil, dried old berries, faint dates, warming and mildly boozy. Not as thick as I had hopped and this feels a bit thinned out. Honestly, I had very high hopes for this one coming down from Abacus and Sucaba and it is not like it is the most common of beer here or anything but this was nowhere near as rich and decadent as I prefer my barleywines. This felt more tame than balanced with a kind of thinness and almost metallic character to it. Not bad but a definite downer for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (3107) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - APR 24, 2014
Bottle Pours clear redbrown , not much foam . Smell is sweet , malty , earthy . Full , sharp , sweet taste . Very intense , and very nice barleywine .

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