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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of carmel, toffee, plum, raisin, light oak, light vanilla and light molasses. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of carmel, prune, raisin, toffee, oak and light vanilla with a smooth warming lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (9541) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2013 Very nice barleywine. I didnít get the stout notes that people usually associate with it. It was tamer than I was expecting which led to a nice drinkability. Had this several times, just not as huge of fan as others. Overhyped beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JAXSON (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2012 Pours a dark, dark burgundy with a thin ring around the edges. Nose is dripping with an intense, heavy barrel quality. Candied dates, figs, honey, even red apple, slight old leather and tobacco leaf. Plums and brown sugar. Bourbon is so neatly integrated it expresses itself plainly in all these other flavors. Mouth is thick, rich, sweet. Candied dark fruits, leather, orange liqueur, pleasant heat in the finish. Lots of plum and brown sugar character. Round malt, some tobacco dust on the mid to back palate. Intense, rich, super refined. Any fan of big barrel aged beers should adore this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2012
On-tap at Goose Invasion @ Small Bar Fullterton. A - Pours a rusty reddish color, cream head, thick collar that leaves no lacing or retention. S - Sweet dark fruits, burnt sugars, caramel, candy. Very sweet and the alcohol is nearly undetectable...very rich. T - Goose has this listed at 13% on the tap menu, which I really canít believe, I barley get any alcohol from this beer. Super sweet, sugars, light bourbon, oak, big dark fruits. Sweet candy finish. M - Full, good carbonation, uber rich. O - I think this might be too sweet for some people, but I really loved this one. The rich sweetness was amazing and if this beer is really 13%, Iím amazed at how well they hid the alcohol. Def want this one again...hope it pops up somewhere soon!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
From 22oz. bottle, small 3-4oz. taster glass @ G.I. Beer School. Nose of rich, sweet, dark sugary malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, alcohol, cherry, molasses, some faint sherryish notes, raisin and faint toast. Clear deep dark red-brown color with a fine, lasting tan head. Flavor profile is hugely sweet, with dark, rich sugars, dark fruits, oak, alcohol, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, faint amounts of fruitcake, roast and cherryish fruit, with sweet, candyish overtones and a moderate degree of bitterness at the finish, which is hugely lasting and warming. Aftertaste shows plenty of lingering bourbon character. Smooth, warming, syrupy, almost sticky mouthfeel, body is just massive. Excellent stuff! Sad, though, that the presenter told us that this would probably never be made again, I sure hope thatís not true.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2012
750ml Bottle (Bottled 10/8/11. #1015.): Complex, sweet aroma of malt, raisins, dark ripe fruit, rye, spicy oak, Bourbon, tobacco, vanilla, charred wood, and tar. Poured brown/very deep orange in color with a small, loose, brown head that disappeared and was replaced with s small, creamy, dense, tan head around the edges only. Cloudy. Lightly sparkling. Full of small and tiny-sized particles throughout. Flavor is heavily sweet. Tastes of malt, caramel, raisins, honey, maple syrup, Bourbon, figs, Earth, vanilla, and spicy oak. Full body. Viscous, syrupy, slightly sticky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Very complex, heavily sweet, malt, dark ripe fruit, honey, raisin, maple syrup, Bourbon, spicy oak finish is slightly sticky. 13.4%ABV is dangerously well hidden throughout. A little too sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Poured from 22oz bottle dated 10/8/11 into taster glass. Aroma: dark fruits (raisins and plums), bourbon, sweetness, maple syrup, vanilla, a bit boozy Appearance: Fairly clear, dark reddish brown, little to no head Taste: Very sweet! mild bitter Palate: lots of carbonation, very sweet and a bit bitter on the aftertaste. extremely smooth and a bit of heat from the bourbon Overall: So much flavor in this. Just amazing. Exceeded all of my expectations. Was much sweeter than I expected. Really enjoyed the syrupy consistency and the carbonation. Like liquid candy in a glass. Wish I could have had more than the small sample I was given at a Goose Island tasting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/18/2011. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass at Monkís Pub. 2011 bottle. A relatively small tan froth is touched with a few large rocky bubbles. The beer itself has a full brown color with some ruby edges. Mostly opaque with just a few transparent edges, this looks like a good barleywine. The aroma is full of vanilla, oak, caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate, figs, dates, and a large dose of bourbon for good measure. There is a great bit of vanilla in the flavor. Vanilla sticks to the gooey caramel malt and brown sugar, coats the figs and dates, and leaves a good bit of residual flavor. Some cocoa adds a bit of further sweetness with a toasted bready malt before a strong bourbon and oak presence almost overwhelms my palate. I enjoy this flavor, but I was not quite as excited about it as the other two I shared the bottle with. There is a fairly strong sweetness up front that rests on the tongue and adds a sticky feel, but this sensation is more than balanced out by the dry bourbon and oak toward the end. The carbonation is about 75% smooth and creamy and 25% adding a bit of bubbly crispness. This beer has quickly gained a name for itself, from festivals last year and FOBAB this year. The bottles drink very well, and I imagine this will get even better as some of the flavors blend together over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Bomber. Poured very deep garnet with a short-lived khaki head. The aroma picked up rich vanilla, bourbon, and molasses with some oak too.. deep, dark, and welcoming.. large and in charge. The flavor found molasses, aged caramel, figs, and bourbon-laced raisins at the core.. tangy bourbon and oak plus peppery spices around.. more fruits, vanilla, barrel, and warmth on the long finish. Heavy-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. lots of deep, resonating warmth.. came together really well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drabmuh (194) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2012
I figured Iíd write a few reviews tonight so I thought Iíd start with this. At the time of this review, this is the #1 American Barleywine on the "Top Beers - American Barleywine" -- serve in a Stone IRS snifter because it was handy. Beer is dark brown, mostly clear, lazy thin head, no real lacing, low carbonation, low everything. Aroma is sweet, nice, overall, a good liquor level, mildly oaky, sweet mostly. Beer is fucking amazing, seriously so. Smooth as anything Iíve ever drank, at first bright sweetness, strong palate, i was worried for about a second, then boom, liquor, oak, malt sweetness, nice yeast presence, strong, great finish perhaps a little dryer than i like it but this beer? Seriously? wow. Just wow.

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