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RATINGS: 344   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (7244) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle as shown shared at RBWG 2012. Pours a dark brown with light beige head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Thin mouthfeel with light roast oak and vanilla. Hides the alcohol well with a nice smooth finish. Wow really enjoyed this one, a very impressive barley wine from Goose Island.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2012
750 mil bottle from Fastpass! Big thick pour with a light brown head. Heavy bourbon front end that transforms to cherry chocholet spice. A very nice beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Bottle. Maple syrup and vanilla notes nose. Deep brown. Wow. Just, wow. this is one of the most interesting things Iíve ever tasted. The first sensation is pure maple syrup but without the sweetness. Chocolate, toffee, and caramel comes next. Silky and sticky and smooth. Possibly one of the best beers Iíve ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Errl (2401) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle shared at RBWG- Nose is vanilla,chocolate, dark candy...Taste is wood, vanilla, chocolate, light alcohol and malts..Palate is thick and bold..Damn i love this beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Smeade (80) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
S: slightly opaque, garnet, rusty A: strong boozy nose, rich sweet vanilla, maybe even a little tart cherry T: solid oak, bourbon, mellow vanilla, sweet & sour, as beer warms, less sweet & more tart O: a fantastic brew, one of the best from GI, this beer rocks ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle into a snifter. Iím glad I didnt share this one. brown with little head. Aroma is vanilla, dried dark fruits, coconut, brown sugar, and bourbon. Flavor is sweet ( but not cloying) with brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, dates, figs and a little bit of chocolate. Very little carbonation and full body. This is so smooth. If you like heavy, sweet and indulgent barleywines, it does not get much better than this. Very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle shared at the RBWG in Austin. Deep brown pour with a small head. Aroma is chocolate, wood spice, alcohol, and bread. Taste is Chocolate, alcohol, and Christmas cookies.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Huge thanks to dcschiller. Pour is mahogany with a quickly disappearing khaki head. Aroma is cocoa powder, maple, brown sugar, dates, dried fig, and crancherry. Flavor is just as complex with additional notes of burnt caramel/toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Overall body is moderate to full and finishes with some boozy warmth. I must say that this one definately exceeded my expectations.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tkrjukoff (4243) - SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
Courtesy of pantanap. Pours murky maho no head. †Aroma is great fruity raisins fidges malty plus the great bourbon imp stout from barrels. Flavor is a fantastic †mix of same as aroma, great bw, imp stout, totally different. Finishes longlived fruity †malty and warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bomber shared by Justin in DC. Pours dark like it was an imperial stout. Almost no foam, just a lacing around the edges of the glass. Aroma is like a rum cake, loads of bread and booze, but not overwhelming. Taste is shockingly smooth. Thereís a definite ABV burn, but it is so well blended with the rest that it is only a strong suit. This is truly the BEST barley wine Iíve ever had. Amazing.

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