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RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Deep, mahogany American barleywine. Bourbon, barrel-aged for several months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3895) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
Sampled at the Richmond Eleventh. Near clear dark copper brown with ring of tan head. Extremely woody. Bourbon notes. Tons of vanilla. and EXTREMELY sweet. Almost too sweet. The hop spiciness helps to balance. But definitely enjoyable, and I imagine this would mellow quite nicely. Cool name and bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 4/17/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Dark fruits and caramelized sugars. Classic aroma. Clear dark copper golden with little head. Caramel with notes of wood and lots of sweet vanilla. Finish is sweet with hefty bitterness. Alcohol warming is subtle but perceptible. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3395) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
Deep amber, clear, little head. Rich caramel aroma, a little bit of anise hops presence as well. Flavor is beautifully thick and rich caramel malts, a little bit of bread as well. Finish is anise, pine tar hops, but faint. Really, really good stuff. The oak and barrel are very faint on the finish, but present and integrated. Awesome stuff really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheEpeeist (3429) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2010
22 oz bottle. My rating #1600 and my 100th Barley Wine. Clear crimson brown with a few bubbles. Nose a luscious caramel and bourbon melange with hints of vanilla and grass. Soft medium body with a gentle sparkle. Taste delivers on the nose with caramel, vanilla, cardamom and bourbon beautifully blended showing port-like complexity. Dry woody finish with a hint of burnt sugar. Likely will continue to improve with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
markwise (4565) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Sample at RBWG thanks to Maltzilla. Pours hazy orange with an off-white head. Nose is raisin, malt, caramel, brandy, dates, vanilla, maple, and barrel. Flavor is similar with tons of sweetness, vanilla, caramel, and balanced barrel. One of the best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Bottle at RBWG. Pours brownish color with red highlights and minimal lacing. Nose has lots of heat from the bourbon with a fair amount of oak, vanilla and caramel. Flavor has thick, sinuous caramel and lots of bourbon-soaked wood and oak, vanilla and dark fruits in the finish. Full-bodied, intense but still surprisingly drinkable. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7029) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2010
RBWG10 cheers to Diego for opening this one. pours brown/amber, no head. Aroma nice bourbon nose, oak and wood, caramel falvors, nice oaky bourbon mouthfeel, barrel goodness, lots of thck grainy palate, caramel/butterysotch, bready and malts with a deep warming boozy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
(22oz bottle and Draught) Pours a clear deep amber body with small tan head. Aroma of caramel, wood, vanilla, chocolate, coconut, and bourbon. Flavor of wood, coconut, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, butterscotch, and caramel malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Diego, I owe you brother. Nice dark caramel color with a frothy tan head. Flavor is loaded with brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, oak, honey, and syrup. Flavor is sweet and up front with bourbon followed by toffee, oak, brown sugar, and my god its good. REALLY good. LIves up to the hype.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle shared by Diego at RBWG. This one was killer. Nose is huge dark fruit and cherry, strong bourbon. No hops here! Massive chewy body of intense caramel, cherry, a little vanilla and even some chocolate. Dark Cherry and Vanilla linger along with some bourbon and light alcohol. This is terrific. Very impressive.

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