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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.24   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 402   ABV: 13.4%
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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Big thanks to whoever shared this fantastic BW with me at Hunahpu day. I really was impressed by the complexity of rich malt flavors, from plums and cherries to a molasses sort of syrupy quality. I had no idea this was supposed to be anything special when I drank it, but it was really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2012
I missed out on this one a few weeks ago, and then my friend traded his remainder of bottles. For shame! Shock! Horror! Would I ever get a chance to try this one? Who knows! Then the almost unthinkable happened! Someone brought one to a tasting!

The pour was a hazy muddy red color with a small light brown head, almost wispy. Very little carbonation. Aroma was smooth, balanced dark fruits, with a toasted malt character with notes of vanilla and subtle bourbon notes. Flavor was... amazing. This one was so smooth, I mean SMOOTH. This was so enjoyable sipping away. Butterscotch, fruity, yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5318) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 1, 2012
66cl Bottle at AHBS. Deep dark brown colour, off white head. Aroma is sweet, very malty, dark fruits, bourbon, oak, some pipe tobacco. Flavour is very sweet, malty, bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, bittersweet finish. Fullbodied, very thick mouthfeel. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11813) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruity, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy dark bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekoerper (594) - Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2012
Aroma: sweet caramel and toffee, oak, toasty, bready malts, dark fruits. Lots of barrel character, pleasant bourbon with a hefty dose of alcohol. Pours a deep ruby/brown color, thin tan head with decent retention, leaves little lacing. Flavor: bourbon and warming alcohol are very forward, big rich malt profile - dark sugars and fruits, toffee, toast, slightly nutty. Malt character is balanced well by alcohol and hop bitterness, it never really gets excessively sweet. Big barrel presence - oaky and plenty of bourbon. Full body, low-medium carbonation. Great brew, seemed overly sweet and boozy at first, but I thought it was very complex and well balanced as it warmed a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 27, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2012 65cl, at 13.4%Vol, new exclusive American brew Anno 2011, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly alcoholic/woody, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!, WOW!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2012
Pour is a dark brown with tiny head which thins quickly. Aroma is exactly like bourbon county stout - bourbon, vanilla, molasses, booze. Taste is also very similar to BCS - more sweet molasses, bourbon, and booze evident but very drinkable, mouthfeel typical of a barley wine. A great beer but definitely apparent was placed in used BCS barrels. Nonetheless a great beer as is BCS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinaMarket (219) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2012
What can I say? Unreal. Yes, I can taste the barrel’s history, smooth as can be, well balanced, and the grand daddy of barrel - aged barley wine style ales. Dark fruit, molasses, chocolate. Cherries,. Very complex yet so approachable. Beautiful. Tasted from the bottle @ 60°F.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2012
BIG thanks to MordorMongo on BA for hooking me up with this one. Poured from 22oz bomber to brandy snifter: Pours like a cup of fresh, black Colombia roast - barely any sense of clarity, and just a wisp of tan foam. No real lacing but thick, sexy legs. The nose is huge - caramel, raisins, whiskey, toffee, dark fruits, really pungent stuff. I can smell it sitting on the table in front of me. Little bits of cinnamon almost if you really look for it. The taste is nearly orgasmic. The booze isn’t nearly as pronounced as I’d heard from others, especially given its 13+ ABV. The whiskey character shows itself without too much heat, but still warming in the throat. There’s sweet syrup, raisin, fig, little booze, oak, maybe some dessert pudding or something? Evolving as it warms. Splendid. The mouthfeel is nice and thick, like motor oil. The concluding flavors definitely cling on stubbornly, which isn’t a bad thing at all. Given its high ABV, drinkability is quite high. Overall, very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. I hope Goose Island takes a stab at this concept again in the future, bravo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1431) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Bottle from Tim - thanks! Pours a clear but very dark brown with red hues and a ring of tan foam on the edges of the glass. Steady and active carbonation. Aroma is dominated by bourbon with vanilla and coconut, a slight but biting underlying alcohol edge, and rich, compound raisin and toffee notes in the background. Damn! As good as the aroma is the taste is better with thick and luxurious bourbon (prolonged vanilla/coconut), a pleasant contrasting edge from the alcohol, and dense malt and raisin flavors in the finish. The base barley wine beer is buried deep under the bourbon. Mouthfeel is coating and smooth. Excellent sipping beer and definitely worth seeking out if you enjoy a huge bourbon presence.

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