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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Blonde barley wine hopped with Eldorado hops.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
On tap at XVI Celebration, multiple samples.

Appearance: Pours a bright amber gold. White film and edges.

Aroma: Citrusy hop, honey, fruit punch.

Taste: Toasty malt, euro hops, banana esters, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Astringent, medium bodied, low carb.

Oveerall: A really odd barley wine. Didn’t get much barrel either. Doesn’t make it south often, so glad I could try it.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2015
Draft at Churchkey. Pretty, vibrant orange pour, slightly hazy, with small white head. Nose and flavor hold huge peach and apricot brandy, definitive booze even with ~1 year of age, oak, schnapps, sherry, molasses, and hints of candied tangerine. Big, bold, but not overbearing, and somehow not as in-your-face as Stickee Monkee or Double DBA. Sweet, but balanced and welcomed in its decadence. Pretty serious stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radagast83 (5381) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
Draft at Churchkey’s "Firestone Walker Full Portfolio Release Party" event. Poured a hazy golden yellow color, small white head. Very smooth, sweet candy toffee notes, notes of light brittle. Light vanilla, some golden raisins. Sweet malts. Smooth, no alcohol burn, but lots of warming sensations in the belly. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4911) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2015
This is a lot more tempered then some of their other big beers. Still a pretty large barrel aroma here, with some light citrus and something like plum. Pours golden amber with ok head and lacing. Light sweet finish with a hint of bitterness. Tap at Churchkey.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (316) - - MAR 31, 2015
Draft. A single-hopped, all-pale malt barleywine aged in brandy and bourbon barrels? Interesting. Molten gold in hue and slightly hazy, with a thin head of pure white. Peach, booze, plum, vanilla, butterscotch and caramel in the nose. The flavor is sweet, vibrant and very fruity, swirling with plum, juicyfruit, mango, pear, vanilla, caramelized sugar and peach. A nice booziness and hints of green oak emerge as well. The medium-light body has sugars that stick to the tongue, but the beer doesn’t come across as heavy. Fruity and flavorful.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrew_drinks (233) - Luxembourg, LUXEMBOURG - FEB 26, 2015
Sample at the brewery. Very pale, thin white head. Sweet malt with a tang of citrus, but both give way to the rich vanilla oak character, dominating the underlying beer. Some alcohol burn, but finish is smooth, coconutty and rich. Couldn’t drink more than a few ounces but very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 24, 2015
[ Tap ][ 4oz ][ FW Barrelworks ][ $2.50 ][ Tasting Snifter ][ 2.22.15 ]
>> Pours murky deep orange with okay foam. Slightly off nose with mildew and tequila..moves to butter pecan, white chocolate macadamia, something says bourbon barrel in the nose, but doesn’t look like this beer is even barrel aged. Taste is cookie dough, white chocolate macadamia dessert, honey butter. Really nice all around.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2014
On tap at HAF14. Pours a cloudy light brown color with a medium white head. A big sweet fruity malty tea nose. The flavor is huge mellow round malts, toffee, bready, sweeter cakes, a bit of fresh sweet hops. Clean. Very big and clean. Drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2014
GABF 2014. Gold color with no head. Strong vanilla aroma. Super carmelized sugar flavor. Big vanilla and oak, light bourbon. Full bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HIGHB4LL (799) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2014
On tap at World of Beer. Appearance: slight white head, cloudy, rich amber color, good lacing. Aroma: honey, raisin, light caramel, oak. Palate: medium body, light alcohol. Taste: honey and raisin sweet that lasts a long while, with a heavy booze coming in towards the end that is not well masked. Overall, not that impressive, too sweet for my taste. Low on my totem pole for this style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5662) - Utah, USA - OCT 6, 2014
On tap at WOB LoDo, GABF weekend
Cloudy orange with a small white head, good lacing. Aroma is woody, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is woody, bourbon with a touch of honey
Very good


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