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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
An Imperial Blonde Ale or Blonde Barley Wine; Helldorado has the lightest color of any of the beers in our barrel program but carries a great deal of interesting barrel character: vanilla, light char and amazing lavender-honey notes. Rich boozy honey liqueur character and loads of smooth sweet toasted malt to finish. The El Dorado hops dance in the background without playing a dominant role in the flavor profile. This beer gets better and better the longer it is in barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bulk_Carrier (3887) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - OCT 26, 2016
2016 vintage. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was not of this world, but just like Firestone Walker says on their bottle, yes, this is a blonde barleywine. A finger’s worth of white foamy head dissipates fairly quick. Lace is barely there. The aroma starts off with a thick sweet honey, vanilla, toffee, caramel, cashews, roasty chestnuts, slight floral hops (there’s the bitterness). The flavor is what leans honey sweet embracing a refined dry toffee/caramel backbone hitting it’s aftertaste full and appropriate with a clean mature slightly oaky dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium bodied. Sipping quality yields a soft carbonation that feels really nice and low. Overall, hmmmm....my final thoughts on this one, well, American or English, well, that leaves a bit up to moderation since it’s color is no where close nor do any tobacco-esque hops come out to play. What we have here is not a failure to communicate to everyone who rates to style but to show the creative blessings of Firestone Walker yet still showing some of the Barleywine features in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle. Crystal clear pale amber pour, with a thin fuzzy head. Bourbon, boozy, vanilla, sweetness, watery, oak, and a really thin flabby finish. Somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ahuth (339) - - OCT 20, 2016
This beer is very interesting. Aroma is big bourbon taste. The appearance is cloudy orange. The taste is sweet blonde ale. Malty hay taste slight fruit hops. The after taste is bourbon. Very interesting and worth the try if u find it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (5809) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2016
Bottle from Bryan. Copper color. Sweet sugary malt and hot alcohol. Sharp bite to rhe palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2016
Bomber. Golden pour with a white head. Boozy, vanilla, some wood, dark fruit. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomashall (710) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2016
Bomber shared by Bvery, thanks buddy. Cloudy copper pour. Aroma is mostly booze. Some brown sugar and booze. Pretty good, a little hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8219) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 14, 2016
3/IX/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBSG V (Klaas’ place) - 2015 vintage (2016-992) Thanks to ElManana+1 for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, creamy irregular off-white head, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, malty, quite some vanilla, sweet. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: lots of alcohol, vanilla, bourbon, sugary, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: sweet, malty, more bourbon, vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Nice golden color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, oak, vanilla, floral/fruit, some honey, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, oak, caramel, honey, vinous fruit, some hops, and bourbon notes; Warm/hot finish; Fairly well balanced; This one grew on me - pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3597) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2016
Tap at Cicero’s in St Louis Pours hazy orange hue with barely any head. Glass served was not clean. Nose is huge vanilla massive woody notes. Flavors of woody vanilla toasted oak and massive alcohol heat. Body is somewhat lite considering the abv. Damn this is a struggle to drink at times. More barrel age and maybe more age overall may do this beer well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (6827) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle at Smithfield; hazy golden amber pour with a thin off white head, aroma has floral action with some sweet honey, taste has hints of vanilla, lavender honey, big alcohol, sweet caramel, almond nuts.

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