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Goose Island Batch 2000 Barleywine

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
This intensely flavorful ale was brewed for the 2000th batch made at the Fulton production brewery. Enormous malt is met with huge hop character (80 IBU’s), and additional dry-hopping with Crystal and Ahtanum varieties gives an even more complex fruity aroma. Quantity is extremely limited.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7494) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12oz bottle pours a hazy, copper brown with a clumpy, white head. Nose is sweet, boozy, brown sugar, apples, cinnamon. Flavor is sweet, cakey, brown sugar, sherry, port, lightly oxidized. Full bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
355mL courtesy of CaptainCougar. Quite possibly the coolest bottle label of all time. The pour is a hazy, dark, tawny amber with a thinning, whitish head. Aroma of cedar, slight oxidation, rich dried fruits (apricots, plums, nectarines). Taste is red fruits, sharp/spicy alcohol, sweet maple, spicy cinnamon, helado dulce de leche. Peppery hops and biting hops come into balance. Dryish, chalky palate. But what a knock-out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar, thanks! Nice variegated amber color. Aroma of caramel syrup. Taste is smooth, strong, straightforward.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Appearance: Pours a hazed, chestnut-hued body with a modestly-sized, white head. Smell: Sweet-smelling aroma, like a helping of caramel ice cream topping tossed with macerated fruits and sherry. Taste: Soothing, sugary mix of caramel and brown sugar rightly paired with mind-calming dose of alcohol. Actively fruity, with vibrant tastes of apricot, sweet cherry, and raisin. Pinch of fresh orange zest. No more than a hint remaining of the now decayed hop bitterness. Some spiciness picked up from the alcohol content. Warming, sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Notable stickiness on the mouthfeel. Drinkability: A real sweet maltiness vs. alcohol slugfest, this one. Though only an ambiguously labeled twelve ounce bottle, it’s good to have someone on hand to share this with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Bottle shared by FlandersNed at the Metro Detroit April ’10 tasting. Hazy, orange-brown pour with no head. The aroma is sweet candied figs with notes of toffee and vanilla. The flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma and showing some oxidation. It;s buttery and has a slight peppery bite on the finish. Sticky, medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2008
4/25/08 12 oz bottle with the white label. Big thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this rare treat. Pours clear orange with a beige head. Nose is oxidized and sweet with lots of caramels, cherries, and malts. Aged malt and alcohol flavors. Cherries, charred wood. Sweet and a little grassy from faded hops. Finishes charred and bitter. A good beer to start off this great DLD weekend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2008
12oz bottle. thanks to andrew for sharing this gem.... pours amber red, semi-transparent with small white suspended particles throughout. topped off with a thin non-persisting off-white head.... aroma of sweet, chewy caramel and dark fruit with some faded hops.... flavor was very smooth overall, sweet sugary dark fruity malt with a good sense of hops remaining. very nicely balanced and well aged for a 3 year old brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
12oz, pours hazy red with small off white head. aged 3 years. aroma has grapefruit and citrus hop notes. still pretty dang hoppy some aged tobacco malty aromas too. flavors are still very hoppy, citrus, piney, smooth caramel and tobacco notes. alcohol is well hidden. extremely tasty and isn’t showing signs of it going down hill anytime soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2007
Bottle. Reddish amber colour with a nice little creamy head. Wonderful hoppy aroma with a huge caramel notes. Great flavour of hops, citrus, melon and with a strong malty caramel notes, Very wonderful endeed.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 24, 2007
I haven’t been rating lately, I been drinking good beer but not putting the experience on paper or computer. So I grabbed this gem and decided to rate it. This beer has been taunting me for a year now and I always thought I would save it for some of my beer geek friends or similar special occasion. So a Tuesday night right after work “cocktail” seemed special enough. I went ahead and opened it up poured up half in a 8 ounce brandy snifter thinking of clever descriptions of the smells I was getting with the pour- butterscotch, vanilla, apricot fruitiness and alcohol. It was too cold which made it seem a bit syrupy, the white head didn’t linger, and the color was tawny with a definite haze that cleared as it warmed. The taste was a big hop bite up front; I was shocked that the hop character was so noticeable on a beer with that much age, big malty middle and some sweetness in the finish. As the beer warmed the sweetness moved to the front and a smooth bitterness to the back. I concur with previous descriptions of its “chewiness” for this bottle was a meal. So save your bottle for some friends and enjoy an ounce or two. I was struggling to get through a full twelve ounces but was pleased with characteristics similar to liquid Valium upon finishing it.

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