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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 396   ABV: 13.2%
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Blonde barley wine hopped with Eldorado hops.


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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2013 So, I have not rated a beer in a long time,but I have found my new favorite beer. Clear golden, dark fruits, vanilla, citrus hops, little toffee, little white grape.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (397) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle (22oz $17): Cloud golden with thin white head. Sweet caramel aroma. Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat sticky. Some burn. Very little bitterness.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3019) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2015
The aroma is boozy, fruity, bread. The appearance is clear amber, thin white head. The flavor is booze, bread, fruit. The finish is booze burn. Medium thick in body. Nice overall. Nicely done.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Padron4KM (690) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2015
2015 vintage 750 ml bottle.
Hazy golden, with a thin, rapidly fading head, no lace.
Aroma is fruity, vanilla, honey, very little hop aroma detected.
Flavor is sweet, honey, vanilla, tropical fruit, prickly alcohol.
Body is very light for a barley-wine, and very low IBUs . Glad I didn’t try to cellar it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclemike (2567) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Dark yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is barley wine but it’s light. Weird! Med/full body and mildly fizzy. White grapes and fruitcake. Crazy that this is a light barley wine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Hazy honey pour with a bright white ivory cap that left a spot or two of lacing inside of the glass. Loads of cotton candy, vanilla, caramel, candied citrus, oak, and barrel. The alcohol is noticeable but not terribly distracting. A good brew but not earth shattering...and I somewhat expect that from the brewery. A great beer to blend into their anniversary but not distinguishable on its’ own!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2015
Poured up on tap at Whole Foods Chandler, AZ where it exhibits a clear deep gold body that supports a thin near white head. The modest aroma offers up some bourbon, vanilla and a sense sugary oak nuanced cotton candy. The taste delivers smooth forward bourbon booze and soft vanilla. Behind the boozy curtain are notes of oak, boozy sugary malts and some pear like sweet fruity esters. Boozy booze that seems on the boozy side. I get very little beer in this beer. This beer makes me miss beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (3333) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Draft at Brewer’s Republic. Pours hazy golden amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like strong booze, dried dark fruits, vanilla, and light dry hops. Very intense. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like booze, dried dark fruits, and hops.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (556) - brooklynzzzzz, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2015
Nose is cookie dough, vanilla, booze. Flavor is same plus golden raisin, pineapple upside down cake, whiskey, very prominent oak, very faint lemon zest in background.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2975) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Shared 2015 bomber poured to snifters, displaying a hazed, orangey gold color, with a modest layer of bubbly, off white head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was malt sweetness, fruity, with a hint of cherry, and a combination of vanilla & coconut scent. The taste was booze, barrel hints, less esters than the aroma, and moderate, earthy bitterness. Flavor was as a mild bourbon. Tasty enough.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryecatcher (1030) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Bomber (for the record, this says 13.2%, not 12% on the label). Shared this with Heather in Perrysburg, Ohio on our getaway 8-18-15. Pour is a golden brown, color of sugar cookies, medium head. Nose is caramel, butter toffee, whiskey barrel, date sugar, vanilla. Mouth is full and sticky, medium sweetness, all kinds of candy and booze, buttery and delicious. Tastes even better in a dimly lit hotel room with the woman of your dreams sharing it with you while Tesla is playing in the background. Just saying.


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