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RATINGS: 184   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Fuck yeah rare beer rate. I fucking win! Nose of sweet boozy barrel whiskey a little brown sugar vanilla ligjter fruit apricot honey candied pear. Fuck yeah sweet and boozy. Pours golden viscuous w a white foam ring. Flavors of all the shit mentioned above sweet and fruity love the blonde barleywine take. Big full boozy. Good and rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cobaink2 (433) - seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Half Pint from super deli Mart Vintage 2015. Nice light Amber color and really complex taste. Little sugar and the alcohol is a bit more apparent. Really great but maybe not as super complex as other other barleywines that are around. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dr_MedievAle (205) - Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2016
2016 vintage from 650ml bomber. Aroma: dried honey and crumbled graham cracker on the top notes, with vanilla, cinnamon, and nondescript floral in the basenote. Appearance: pours a honey-hued apple cider (i.e., crystal clear, golden orange), with a quickly dissipating, bubbling ivory head. Medium lacing with slowly rising carb bubbles. Some flocculating yeast. Taste: sweet mead, shortbread, cinnamon spice upfront give way to mild alcohol spice and vanilla. Palate: smooth on the tongue with surprisingly crisp aftertaste. I would expect such a honey-forward attitude on this to end with a sickly sweet mouthfeel, but that isn’t the case. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (5682) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
650ml bottle (2016 Edition, 11.8%) pours a golden color with a finger of white head that leaves only a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is vanilla and oak with alcohol and sweet malts. Taste is a caramel and malty sweetness with vanilla and a mild hop bitterness finishing with alcohol burn. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, a boozy barley wine that is quite sweet on the tongue, but flavorful. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sebastokrator (70) - - SEP 15, 2016
2016 batch. Pours copper with minimal head. Nose is a sweet, bready malt with leather and wood. Taste is a caramel malt, toffee. The barrel is giving off some oak and vanilla, but it has soured somehow. Lightly carbonated, thin bodied. I got to admit, I’m disappointed. This is a couple of steps behind Firestone Walker’s other anniversary components.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13231) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2016
Draft. Small off-white head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grape, some bread, plum, vinous, light gin. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous/plum, some bread, light grape, gin. Sticky medium-full body, fairly smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (1173) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Bomber. Clear amber gold with a small, white head that lasts in a ring and laces. Aromas of bourbon, wood, vanilla, honey, light smoke, caramel and raisin. Flavor is honey, vanilla, wood, bourbon, caramel, light raisin, smoke, and toasted malt. Medium plus bodied, smooth with a dry finish. Slight carbonation and warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1853) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 9, 2016
Draught at Rose and Crown in Palo Alto. Moderately hazy (chill haze?) yellow with small white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate floral and honey aspect, and a rich malt support.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (3011) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 8, 2016
Pours a deep honey golden color with good clarity and two fingers of white foam. Nose is toasted honey wheat bread with whipped honey butter, soft vanilla , candy corn and light herbal floral notes. Palate is smooth and layered with notes of peanut brittle, buckwheat honey, blonde brownie, light bitterness creeps in on the sweetness and cleans up the finish as the alcohol evaporates and leaves a chewy blondie brownie flavor lingerings on the palate. Another solid FW offering !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3406) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2016
651 ml. bottle. Vintage 2016. ABV 11.8% per the label. Pours a thin, rapidly collapsing, ivory head, with no lacing, over a hazy, deep amber (SRM 11) body.....nose is heavy malt, with peach, apricot, tones, mild oak, vanilla, minimal hop notes, except for slight grass, balance to the malts......taste is moderately sweet, with honey tones, mild florality, multiple fruits, including golden raisin, peach, apricot, also hints of whiskey, oak, vanilla from the barrel, becoming almost dry with minimal hop spice and bitterness, balance to the malts......mouth feel, thick sticky body, alcohol burn present, low carbonation with slight acid. This is a rich, sweet, obviously barrel aged, quite alcoholic beer. The recipe is different from the initial, as shows up in the change of ABV. It really does not meet any of the style guidelines for a Barleywine, so it falls into the looser categories of Barrel Aged, and perhaps American Strong Ale. Rating above to pleasure, below to style. BJCP 7/2/13/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (2156) - Hagen, GERMANY - SEP 4, 2016
Sampled from 0.65 l bottle at RBBSG 2016 in Evergem, 2015 vintage. Almost clear, orangeish amber with a white head. Sweetish, malty and a little fruity aroma of caramel, honey, vanilla and some peach. Sweetish, malty taste of caramel, honey, vanilla and some alcohol, followed by a long, medium bitter, very warming and alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Nice, but unbalanced and not that complex.

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