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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Clear dark mahogany ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is a decadent swirl of singed caramel, light molasses, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is boozy, caramely and loaded with bourbon. Finishes bittersweet - then the malty sweetness sticks around a good while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Countbeer (5584) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Bottle: Thanks to Womencantsail & Joes: Some creamy brown bubbles on top of a deep dark amber colored beer. The aroma of this beer is so balanced: lots of creamy syrup barrel aged barley malts. Just really smooth, thick and creamy. The flavour is another superb thing, wow: full creamy rich barley malts, creamy oatmeal, spicy, vanilla, some liquor, cream, some raisin, light hint of hops, some wood and woody spices, lots of soft smooth creamy barleys and deep and balanced. A desert kind of aftertaste: sticky sweet bitter with loads of creamy barley malts. Low carbo, soft creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. Extreme well balanced! Bombastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Bottle pours a deep Brown hint of red in light. Maybe 1/16" of tan head. Smells and taste of molasses bruwn sugar raisins bourbon vinillia sweet. Warms as it goes down your throat. Not as hot as I expected. Fairly mellow. It’s a good beer however maybe a tad too sweet. Would I want it again prob not however I enjoyed every sip.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2012
A clear dark brown colored beer, with almost no head. The aroma of vanilla, wood, dark fruits and alcohol. The taste of dark fruits, vanilla, wood and burning alcohol. The aftertaste has some gentle bitter, sweet fruits and burny alcohol. A great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (36878) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2012
22 fl oz bottle, thanks to the US ticker brigade at Borefts :). Pours clear and golden brown with a small tan head. Aroma is smoothmalty, caramelish and wooden to vanilla bourbon. Smooth malty, caramelish and bourbon vanilla. Mellow, roasted, caramelish and toffee with vanilla. Lingering smooth malt and caramelish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3582) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bottle at home for my Birthday! Pour is dark cola in appearance with a small brown head and good lacing. Huge malt in the aroma. Bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, cocoa, raisins, coconut, and coffee. Taste is heavy with barrel characteristics wood, bourbon, rum, and vanilla. Very sweet upfront with notes of caramel, candi sugar, plums, toffee, and molasses leading to a smooth middle, ending with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish. Sticky and mouth-coating mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The alcohol is not present, except for a light burn on the finish, however, it is thoroughly enjoyable, like a fine bourbon. Just so much going on in this beer, dark fruit, oak, cocoa, sweet syrup and espresso. Sweet yet roasty; super smooth for +13% ABV. Well-done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
joes (91) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
sample @ Borefts ’12 (thanks to womencantsail). Dark red-brown beer, dark beige head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee, bourbon/vanilla, quite sweet. Well balanced taste, on the sweet side, with roasted malts, molasses, sweet coffee, some licorice, alcohol, vanilla. Light silky mouthfeel. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madsberg (11018) - 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 (8062) - 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 (11307) - 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!

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