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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gluepot (407) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
On tap at the ChurchKey. A rich mahogany body with a monster fluffy white head (end of the tank?). Nice nose with dark fruit malt and a touch of citrus. A challenging BW considering it is the English variety. Taste profile includes caramel malt, citrus fruit and a touch of fruit rind and a touch of booze. Nice smooth mouth feel with medium carbonation. A slightly vegetal dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
September 25, 2015. Bottle at Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival.
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is malty with toffee, white bread, vanilla, sultanas, peach, apricots, sugar, toasted coconut, some oak and warming alcohol. Taste is sweet malty, soft bitter and warming alcohol. Finish is sweet malty and fruity with toffee, white sugar, peach, sultanas, light dry oak notes and some coconut, vanilla and warming alcohol. Medium to full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (4752) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
(Firestone Walker Helldorado) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 13.2% Vintage 2015 Orange coloured body, nicely hazy, with a small and a bit thin white head on top, with average retention. Malty aroma, with apricots, peaches, sugars, some alcohol, red fruits, wood. Taste is sweet and malty, again with sugars, lots of apricot, less peach, alcohol, some vinous notes even every here and there, brandy, sherry, wood. Medium body, high carbonation, dry on the palate. Great barley wine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jake65 (3413) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JUL 10, 2016
Bottle, 2015 vintage. Pours a deep golden orange with a finger of white head. Inviting aroma of honey, vanilla, oak barrel, and floral hoppy bits. Tastes devine. Sweet vanilla and honey blended with oak barrel. A bit of hoppy bitterness, but a lot of sweet. Thick and chewy. Iíd buy this again for sure. A beautiful beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alphadelic (2148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2016
A little oxidized but sweet and stick on the nose. Very grainy with a hint of booze.quite fizzy, got a lovely, rich sherry flavor. Massive vanilla and a little oaky smoke. I like it actually, it has a long smooth character that offers a boozy burn. A complex beer, surprisingly palatable for the style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (784) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Bottle at home (alone -- I definitely felt it the next day). Despite itís light color, this is as sweet and malty as the darkest barleywines out there. Lots of raisin and honey/caramel flavor on the tongue, which tricked me into thinking I was drinking a traditional barleywine. Still, the dominant flavor, even after a year, is the bourbon barrel -- strong oak and booze notes, which deepened everything else. Overall, this is fantastic.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5863) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle: Poured a dark golden color ale with a nice large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of strong residual sugar notes with some maple and vanilla notes. Taste is a heavy mix of strong residual sugar notes with some vanilla, maple and bourbon notes with strong cereal notes. Body is full with good carbonation and light alcohol notes are perceptible. Not bad but sweet as hell which makes it hard to drink in large quantities.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
euniceradio (414) - Worthington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2016
22 bomber to tulip. Pours clear copper, frothy white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, candied raisin, butterscotch. Taste of same with vanilla, maple, bourbon, smooth sweet oak. So good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
[8060-20160130] 650mL bottle. Sweet toasted caramel and light maple hints in the aroma. Clear, orange body with a quick foamy white head. Sweet oaked grainy maple syrup and boozy sweet pine nuts flavour. Medium body is sweet and smoothly boozy. Lovely and smooth. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8+
(c/o Radek Kliber)
Overheard: "Real women donít drink barley wine." -- Trying to get a rise out of me? Skip.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21205) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bottle at City Tap House. Clear golden color, white head. Aroma of boozy burnt caramel. Taste is hot hot hot and boozy.


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