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RATINGS: 334   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
Barrel Aged Barleywine. 11% ABV, 60 IBUs. Loosely based off our 2000th brew at our production facility,we revived this hybrid American / English Barley Wine for a special treat. Coming out of the tanks we aged it in barrels previously used for Bourbon County Rare Stout (Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year) to add another layer of complexity.

Note: The original release of this beer (2010) was done in regular bourbon barrels. The 2011 and bottle release saw the use of the barrels formerly used for Bourbon County Rare. We are not seperating these as I do not believe the bottles will clarify this. The original release also saw an 11% ABV, with the bottling seeing closer to 13.4%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (10804) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2012
Bottled. Dark burgundy coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma: Ripe fruits, spice, sweetness, vanilla. Flavour. Chocolate, ripe fruits, alcohol, vanilla, bourbon barrels, sweetness, vague molasses. Medium to full bodied. Ends smoothly sweet and light bitter. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kermis (7201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle sampled. Pours clear brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, candy. Flavour is heavy sweet and light bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Benzai (10618) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2012
Sampled from bottle thanks to Joes. Clear red to amber color, no head. Smell alcohol, sweetness, superb barrel aged, wood, slightly sweet and alcohol. Taste malts, again clearly and superbly barrel aged, a bit alcoholic, wood, softly and superbly vanilla and some fruityness. Full body, medium to full carbo. Wow, fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (14404) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2012
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting, London, thanks to Bruce. Pours ruby-brown, clear, with a fine tan head. Nose rife with berries, some alcohol, caramel, cranberry. Big sweet flavor though not at all cloying, with candied fruits, big fruit cake, toast, toffee, slight cocoa, some wood, currants. Full bodied with fine carbonation, and faintly vinous. Moderate warmth to finish, lots of rich and toasty sugars, toffee, brown sugar, modest bourbon. Quite smooth, very flavorful, and well balanced. Definitely world-class stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
beerbastard (794) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Thanks Dave! Bomber bottle. This is great! Very well balanced nose and flavors of chocolates, Burbons, sweet malts. Clean finish. Very well made. It is hard to describe how good this beer is. Rich and strong and well balanced of all the best flavors I love!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2012
31st August 2012
THE Barleywine tasting. Thanks very much Bruce for this monster. Slightly haze on this darkish amber beer. Little tan head. Smooth palate, slightly dry. Touch of vanilla and toasted coconut. Lots of smooth bourbon - well integrated. Underneath is a lovely rich toffee malt. Semi dry finish. About what you would expect from a BA Barleywine but somehow superior in every aspect. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ The Danish Summer Gathering, TFODRBSG12, Ulfborg.

Clear medium to dark brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, chocolate, wood, licorice - laber laver, bourbon, dried fruit, vanilla notes. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dark berries - fruit, raisin, prune, bourbon, chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20120818]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2273) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
Bomber. Brown with a creamy mocha ring. Very sweet, burnt brown sugar, lots of caramel and booze, did not find this balanced in terms of aroma - although interesting I wonder if I should have tried it earlier (although I didn’t really have a chance) - still good on the snoof but maybe my expectations had just built up too much. Low to moderate carbonation, full body, very sweet, lots of caramel, more booze, apple notes in a bad way - sorta like an overripe apple juice box left on the radiator - lots of toffee, velvet on the palate but a little syrupy on the finish. Worth trying but not worth paying a ransom for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (5821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle @ THE Barley Wine Tasting. Cheers deeblo. Pours deep brown with a tiny tan head. The aroma’s big bouncy caramel, vanilla, boozy wood and bourbon. Some sugar-fortified cherry and plum. THe taste is thick caramel, plenty of spiced fruit cake .Notes of chocolate-covered cherry. Mild booze-soaked wood and accents of vanilla. A shock of cocoa powder on the long finish. Substantial body, viscous. Very smooth for a 13.4% beer. Though lightly boozy, the alcohol’s obscured well. I finished my sample with little trouble. Overall, a great barley wine. Not a revelation for me, but I can see why people like this so much. This was the best barley wine I tried at the tasting. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (5652) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle shared by a friend for my birthday celebration. Clear brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, toffee, vanilla and light chocolate. Caramel and bourbon flavor with toffee and light chocolate before a vanilla and booze finish. Outstanding stuff.

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