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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Deep, mahogany American barleywine. Bourbon, barrel-aged for several months.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle:   Fiery amber, copper hued, thin sudsy off-white head, sparse lacing.   Seems aged.   Huge bourbony aroma, otherwise caramel malt character.   Slight vanilla and graham cracker.   Similar tongue, a little heat but not hot.   Caramel, vanilla, graham cracker, bourbon... certainly tasty but seems a little one dimensional.   Very smooth, warming but not hot.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Smooth caramel malt finish, bourbon and vanilla.   Pretty simple, but well balanced and very tasty.   Thanks Trevor for sharing this rare gem!


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
dreddy (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Wooden Hell pours an attractive chestnut-amber body with a nice depth to the hazy hue. The manila head vanishes quickly, leaving a thin wisp of foam on top. Rich nutty caramel and toffee sweetness greets the nose, followed by earthy hops and dried fruit notes of fig and prune. A flash of boozy bourbon, but more subtle than most. No real signs of oxidation--I think it’s safe to say this beer is holding up well. The flavor is something to fawn over. Gooey caramel candies coat the palate; beneath that are layers of butterscotch and dusty chocolate crumbles. Booze tastes sharp and still quite green despite Wooden Hell’s age. Whisky wood and vanilla linger on the finish, but the heat is nicely restrained. Carbonation is tight, making for a creamy mouthfeel that keeps the thick body in check. Both spritzy and vinous on the finish with a flash of alcohol. No overpowering heat, cloying sweetness, or laboriously thick body. Everything is in perfect balance in this beer. Amazing stuff, worth the hype. Thanks again Chuck (thickfreakness)!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2010
For starters, my notes contain the wrod "lovely", and I never use the word lovely. So, y’know, it already has that in it’s corner. Anyway, it actually looks more like a whiskey than a beer - clear, golden brown, no head. It’s basically a mix bourbon, cherry, smoke, vanilla - each sip seemed to revel a new aroma or flavor. Really nice stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2010
sampled at RBSG grand tasting - oaky and woody earthen. Caramel and sweet toffee, roasted molasses and prunes. delicious... bourbon and vanilla finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle courtesy of brewengineer on 04/17/2010 at the 11th Richmond RateBeer Gathering. Clear ruby amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet vanilla, oak, caramel, light yeast and molasses aroma. Sweet caramel, vanilla, light oak and yeast flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Finally! Thank you again Charles! Two weekends of tastings that destroyed my wants list. Cell phone notes Pours a cloudy caramel with thin tan head, decent lacing. Smell is what I imagined; toffee, malt, caramel, slight alcohol presence, and brown sugar. Taste is more of the nose, with a beautiful balance. The heat is still present at 2 years, but welcomed in a BA barleywine, almost expected. This is my favorite to date, I just wish I could have had a perfect storm next to it. Serving type: bottle

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16225) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle. Rating #5400. Pours a brownish amber color with a small off-white head. Has a smooth malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with some woody hints. Sweetish malty woody vanilla flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish smooth woody vanilla finish with hints of caramel in the aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jblauvs (1339) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2010
FINALLY. One of my personal whales for as long as Ive been on this site. Pours deep mahogany with twinges of red on the edges. Only a tiny bit of offwhite head shows its face. Aroma is Huge sweet caramel, toffee, burnt sugar, large amounts of woodiness, some slight booziness, vanilla, a touch of maple and a flutter of apricot fruit. Flavor doesnt dissapoint either, a small mouthfull reveals a deeply complex weave of caramel, toffee, lots of oak, bourbon, light fruitiness, cracker, a flutter of breadiness. Rich and Decadent. Interesting and unique barleywine with intensity of flavor and brightness after quite a while in the bottle. Cheers

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle, thanks to Sleestack at the RBSG Grand Tasting 2010. Pours clear brown/amber, no head, no lacing. Nose is amaretto, sweet walnuts, man I’ve never had anyting smell quite like this! OR hell, I’ve never really had much that smelled ANYTHING like this! Flavours are bitter walnuts, honey, oak, bourbon, flecks of cinnamon and ginger towards the finish. Rich & Awesome!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2357) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
22oz bottle, with stupid wax. The beer is headless unless I agitate my glass but that fades quickly as well. Color of the beer is a very reddish dark copper with little clarity. Aroma is STRONG, sticky malts with alcoholic sticky bourbon but not "hot." Its a bit burnt and light autolysis. Sweet with light chewy chocolate. Flavor is similar, not as heavy as I thought it would be. Yet the booze, autolysis, and heat are a bit much but still drinkable. Its not bad but not my type of beer.


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