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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5737) - 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 (397) - 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 (8353) - 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 don’t 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 (20303) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (3051) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Kind of a strange brew that grew on me. The aroma had a lot of the barrel. The flavor had a bit of butterscotch. Burn hits the throat mid swallow. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (12596) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2016
Bottle [from trade with iggywh] @ home. Clear orange color, average to medium sized fizzy white to off-white head that completely disappears very quickly. Aroma is malts, bourbon, vanilla. Taste malts, bourbon, vanilla, booze, caramelised sugar and honey. Mostly dominant is the boozy honey-sweetish vanilla. Unfortunately that’s not exactly what I like, guess I should have read the commercial deScription a bit better. Happy to have tried it though. Average to decent body, slight oily yet sort of thin texture, a bit fizzy carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (2999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Hazy golden yellow pour. Aromas of caramel and candied orange. Some booze. Sweet taste. Very well done.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
palner (21) - - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle 2015 vintage. Hazy golden color with a light head. Quite boosy when cold, but strong Honey and oak notes. When it warm up the boosy dissapear, and the honey warm sweetness appear.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9022) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle, shared with Grippitis, Parksy, Faysal, Mike G, and PQ. Clear medium golden, average white head. Aroma has notes of vanilla and honey and sherry, with hot alcohol fumes. Very sweet, with loads of buttery oak, vanilla, honey, cooked pineapple, very heavy mouthfeel, low bitterness, warming alcohol in the finish. Quite alcoholic, but a nice sipper to be shared.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3788) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle at tasting. Golden color. Great aroma of vanilla, bourbon booze and some caramelised malt. Rich thick taste of lots of bourbon vanilla, cream, ripe fruit, raisin and a long flavorful finish. Fantastic.


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