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RATINGS: 348   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MarinaMarket (254) - 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 (1462) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - APR 13, 2012
Pours deep brown with amber and red hues, an aggressive pour rendered only about a half finger of light tan head that quickly diminished to a whispy film, there is no lacing to speak of. Big pungent sweet nose, big dark fruits, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, notes of dough, I also pick up some berry with a bit of booze at the end. The flavor is pretty close to the nose. First sip I get nice notes of plum, caramel, cocoa, raspberry, hints of bourbon, sweet malt with a warming alcohol finish. The carbonation is light and tingly, with a big sticky body. What a treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2012
bottle shared at rbwg ’12. deep brown with a cream head. sweet, sticky, malts, caramel, dough, and smoke. excellent on the palate, sweet, caramel, sticky, yum.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHawBeerClub (9) - USA - APR 12, 2012 does not count
Barleywine with a strong feel of bourbon which this was fermented in 23 year ild barrells of top bourbon out there. I enjoyed it after the fifth sip. Dry to the palate with non lacing head and sweet aroma. Not a drink fast beer. How can u consider this beer when its more hard liquor and wine then beer. On that note a barleywine is what it is. 100% rating gets a 4.6 from me on ratebeer.com. I did enjoy it mostly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2012 22oz bottle - 2011 vintage. Deep amber brew with some tan head. I could smell this beer all day - aromas of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Crazy complex, especially as it warmed. Flavor is just as good - brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel, toffee, and tons of bourbon. Wow!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
reggiedunlop (3669) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours deep brown with a thin mocha head...dissipates quickly. Aroma is bourbon forward but not too hot...some dark fruit and a hint of vanilla. Flavor is complex...nice bourbon and vanilla...light candied fruit but not too sweet...faint oak and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a warming with a bourbony cherry chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 5, 2012
Brown pour with no head or lace. Aroma is large dried fruit, abv, and caramel malt. Flavor mirrors aroma with a very nice abv warmth that is sweetly balanced. Smooth body with good carbonation. A top notch beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 5, 2012
650 ml bottle generously shared by redmagik99. Thanks Matt. Pours a dark reddish copper with a small head disappears relatively quickly. The aroma is vanilla, some chocolate, a bit of bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee, and tootsie roll, as well as a bit of alcohol. Quite nice. The taste is very sweet with vanilla oak and bourbon. There is also caramel, toffee and tootsie roll. The finish has light alcohol as well as a light bitterness. Full bodied. A bit sweeter than I would prefer, but not syrupy. Low carbonation. An enjoyable beer. I can certainly see how people love it, but a bit too sweet for me. I preferred the Arctic Devil that I drank next to it. T 9.

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