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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Brewed by Fremont Brewing for Brouwer’s Café 7th Anniversary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarlacc83 (1084) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from FalconA. Thanks! A: Cloudy brown with some particulate. Creme colored head. Some lacing. N: Licorice, star anise, coriander, biscuit, some toffee, prune, touch of vanilla. Sawdust and bark. T: Sweet and bitter. Very bitter. M: Oily medium body, a bit of alcohol burn, light carbonation. O: A bit of an astringent licorice bomb. Also very hoppy in the American style. Decent, not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1829) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle brought to me by Prufrockstar - thanks Chris! Dark amber / light brown pour with a nice light tan head. Malty nose with a slight bourbon thing going on. Sweet toffee, vanilla and bourbon. Some raisin and fig in the sweetness too. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deekyn (1306) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2014
A - pours a hazy orangy mahogany with a little tan head that leaves a ring around the glass. S - nice barleywine. Balance of the graininess, malty tones and booze. Light feed grains and cereal grains, dried dates and prunes. The maltiness follows, rich and sweet. Nice booze on the end. M - rich nice palate. Sweet and complex. Watery mf to a booze burn end. T - not as rich or complex as the best if them but nice. Grains lead the way to sweet dried dark fruits (dates, prunes) some nuttiness (walnuts) lead to sweet dark malts. End is astringent booze. O - nice and pretty drinkable. Too astringent and hot

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2735) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Kevin. Swampy brown color, a lazy, bubbly collar with no real head ever forming. Sticky, toffee-lacquered prune & date aroma with backing notes of black licorice, star anise, residual brown sugar, dusty wood, faint perfume/floral notes, & just a very mild onset of oxidation. Lots of brown sugar in the flavor, perhaps with some added vanilla now. Caramelized, residual sugar-y notes. Very sweet. Again more anise & black licorice, heavy mid-palate with a finish containing earth, wood, toffee, & caramel. It is certainly very sweet but never gets cloying. Thick, sticky body. Flavor doesn’t contain the mild oxidation present in the aroma. A nice barley wine; it would be great if the black licorice & anise were a bit more muted, as I’m just not a huge fan of those flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2315) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to pailhead for sharing. Cloudy, muddy brown-copper pour with a small head that quickly fades to a small ring. Aroma is very nutty with some maple syrup, caramel, and dark fruit. Tastes moderate sweet. Molasses, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and some dark fruit. Maple and bourbon in the finish. Medium to thick body. Good barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5276) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, light vanilla, and bourbon. It pours a dark hazy brownish-orange with a small beige head that quickly fades to a soapy ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate caramel, toffee, and a hint of fruit. The finish has molasses, vanilla, coconut, light bourbon, and a touch of mint. It’s medium-full bodied with mild carbonation light-moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (9619) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
Bottle @ What the Funk Denver 2014. Pours an orange / copper appearance with a thin light brown head. Rich caramel and toffee nose. Pretty sweet. Some white fruits (apples / pears) in the aroma as well. Fairly boozy and kind of sweet. Body is a touch thin. Lots of caramel and light chocolate. Pretty good but not nearly as good as Bourbon Abominable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (9844) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Clear copper pour with a tiny, white head. The aroma is a well-integrated assortment of caramel, toffee and brown sugar accompanied by a splash of orange liqueur. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and gentle carbonation. The flavor is a lovely intermingling of gooey caramel and dark, sweet port. Smooth as silk with no rough edges. Lengthy, malty-sweet finish. Thanks to 50belair for sharing this fantastic, world class, English-style barley wine!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 26, 2014
22oz black waxed bomber courtesy of riversideAK, thanks again Alex! This pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up malts and smooth sweet estery prunes and dates and then a pleasing mix of molasses and soft smooth sweet bourbon. Wow! The taste is smooth rich goodness with molasses, malts and then brown sugar stewed prunes and dates and ripe dark red cherries. It then gets into a smooth sweet bourbon goodness as the finish approaches creating a terrific depth and balance to this stellar sipper of a beer. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9797) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Clear brown pour. Wispy beige head. Nice sweet barleywine. Toffee, apples, pears, sugar cookies, brown sugar. Not bad.

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