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RATINGS: 308   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.22   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%


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
huskerben (15) - - DEC 16, 2011
Poured from a bomber down the middle of my Dogfish snifter. Barely any head or lacing although there is balanced carbonation in the mouth. Aroma is figs and bourbon. Taste is rich malty and bourbon with an alcohol finish. Not overly strong though, smooth considering how big this beer is. Only complaint is the bourbon flavor overtakes this beer a little. Would love to try the same beer without the barrel aging.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Appearance: Pours dark brown/amber, little to no head Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, fruit. Taste: Bourbon, fruit, chocolate. Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little thick. Overall: The best barleywine and one of the best beers Iíve ever tried. Looking forward to the bottles Iím aging.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4467) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks to Tooch4231 for sending this one along. Cheers, Adam! Pours a clear caramel gold with a small white head. Nose is bourbon, caramel, toffee, brandy, and some vanilla. Flavor is similar with some heat, bourbon, toffee, vanilla, brandy, and some really smooth fruit notes. This is an enjoyable and seductively drinkable beer for the amount of heat and the high abv nature of the barleywine. Medium-bodied for such a beast and very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours dark red with a tan ring.

Aroma: Bourbon, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, wood.

Taste: Brown sugar, bourbon. Dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied sticky.

Overall: One of the best aged barleywines Iíve ever had. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (10785) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Thanks for sharing, Dan. Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. Rich bourbon aroma as well as plenty of dark fruits such as raisins and plums. A nice caramel and brown sugar aroma, too. A strong flavor of bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. Heavy on the brown sugar and toffee as well as some dark fruit notes. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle shared by LTDAN at pizza port strong ale fest. Dark copper port with thin head. Aroma is sweet sugars, hops, caramel and roast. Taste is alcohol, mild chocolate, sweet and burnt sugars. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (4911) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Cola looking. This smells nice with lots of malt and nice fruit. Something dark that must be dark complex fruit. Lots of malt that includes chocolate that is very nice. This is a delicious beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Poured from a 22oz bottle at the Goose Island Black Friday event. Murky brown colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown-tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is solid with sweeter and richer toffees with some caramel. Lots of dark fruits with raisins and dates as well as a nice bourbon behind the sweetness. There is some soft vanilla and a good amount of oak from the wood that definitely reminds me of the Rare. It cuts the sweetness nicely along with some toast. Flavor is similar. Sweeter and richer toffees up front with a good amount of bourbon. Lots of raisin dark fruits in the middle with a nice oaky vanilla. Smooth bourbon kicks it up at the end with a real nice toffee sweetness. The wood dries this while staying smooth and slightly sticky, but not overly so. Some toast and more raisin in a lengthy aftertaste with a touch of hops that leave a nice bitterness still after the aging. Some chocolate as well as a hint of alcohol heat shows up. Medium-full, very smooth, creamy, slightly sticky body with a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a really well done barrel aged barley wine. Sweet with lots of rich toffees and dark fruits, but a real nice oaky bourbon character that is soft yet prominent and very well balanced while a light bitterness makes its presence known. Great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc (1434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Enjoyed as a sampler at the Goose Island Clybourn brew pub on Black Friday. Unfortunately I wasnít able to buy a bottle, sold out in less than an hour. Appearance a very dark brown with rich off white/tan head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, spices, malts, not too barleywine like in aroma, smooth and doesnít sting. Taste is very very smooth considering the high abv, perhaps the smoothest barleywine Iíve had. Rich in vanilla and bourbon, can definitely taste the malts, slight syrup, sweet, powerful but not boozey. I can see why this sold out so quickly. Definitely the best barleywine Iíve had yet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Sampled on tap at GI Clybourn Black Friday 2011 (Chicago, IL). Had put out trying this for awhile, had some of the original at GTMW 2010. Pours a nice dark ruby brown pour, just a touch of haze, frothy smallish tan head dies to a small ring, laces small. Aromas are rich toffee and dark fruit, raisins and touches of brown sugar dance with toast, oak, vanilla. Solid notes of Bourbon, spirit, and sweetness mingle with a touch of butter, crisp whiskey, vanilla, and sweet sticky malts. Initial is medium a touch heavier, with sweet malts, caramel and toffee dance, crisp sweetness, oak and vanilla, spirit, and dark fruit. Plum, raisin, gentle brown sugar, and mellow ABV heat. Backend shows crisp sweetness, a touch thinned out with toast and sweetness, caramel and dark fruit, toffee, and vanilla, gentle spirit and touches of bitterness. Sweetness lingers into the finish, oak and malts play well. Very nice, good flavors, synergy.


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