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RATINGS: 312   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%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Brown amber color aroma of toffee malts and just a zing of a fruit, flavor is rich malting,evident hops,at least more then a strict English BW, a very surprising take on the style well done, no evidence of barrel aging,but I was informed there shouldnt be,at least of the keg i had

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 15, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 A: A very rich mahogany red. Little carbonation, barely a ring on the outer perimeter of the glass. S: Really sweet, lots of malts, spice, bread, pit fruit e.g. plum maybe peach and bourbon. Is there some nutmeg in there? T: Similar to the smell, very sweet. I can feel the carbonation and taste it. This beer is not flat, although it does appear to be. The spices are very prevalent in the taste along with big, yet subtle bourbon notes. I am getting some oak here as well. M: Oily yet thick thus very smooth. Coats the mouth perfectly. O: Very well done. I was expecting a not so great barleywine yet this was phenomenal. I am beginning to realize that I love almost all of GIís special beers. Canít wait for the bottling.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Dark brown with a deep amber hue, a thin tan ring stays forever... The nose is super malty,TONS of dark fruits have me confused. Is this a quad wannabe?... Taste is way way way to sweet, generic candy syrup sweet, some tofee, no hops or bourbon at all... If you want a sweet bw get this, but its a pass for me re-rate latest version from the bottle, aroma is outstanding tastes good as well

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2012 Draft at last years GI tap invasion at hopleaf. This version was not aged in the used BCS rare barrels. Found the notes of this and now thereís a listing of this beer. pours dark ruby with small soapy off white head, nose of plums and grapefruit, flavors of raisin brown sugar small vanilla, thin body syrupy sweet finish, did not enjoy this at all. 3.1 bottle. Pours dark ruby with white small head nose big dark fruit, burnt smoked caramel, toasted nuts, vanilla bursts, some coconut, flavor sweet dark fruit vanilla bursts through some charred barrel and chocolate nibs, loads of raisin on the backend, really smooth and complex touch sweet but really tasty stuff. 4.3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MIBRomeo (2559) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Off brown pour wispy tan head. English style aroma toffee heavy light hops some sweet syrups. Full creamy palate. Syrupy sweet toffees caramel, lots of malt light roast lightly bitter and clean finish. This stuff is delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3370) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Sampled at FoBAB 2010. Murky brown pour with tan head. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, plums and other dark fruits. Bourbon, vanilla, oak as well. Flavor is strong oak and slight hop bitterness, combines with ripe fruit and caramel. Some sweet malt. Medium to full bodied, nice carbonation. Pretty delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2012 Sampled at fobab 2010. Pours a dark brown with a small tan froth. Aroma is sweet, fruity cherry and wood notes with some sweet chocolate and other sort of sugary candies. Flavor starts with with some bland cocoa characteristics before picking up some odd cider spicy and fruity notes. Some dark fruit and and oak in the finish. Medium to medium full body and a soft carbonation. Eh, kinda strange balance. Rerate bottle 2011. This is much better now! Rich and dark fruits cocoa nice rich English character, boozy to just the right level for warmth with the bourbon nicely in place.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Sample @ FoBAB. Pours murky brown. Dark fruit, caramel, bourbon in aroma and flavor. Sweet and syrupy. Average.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Draft sample at FOBAB 2010. Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a small khaki head. Notes of caramel malts, raisins, plums, sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and mild carbonation. Lots of booze and sweetness. Delivers exactly what it promises. Re-Rate: The bottled version of this is considerably better. Really nice barleywine with really nice bourbon barrel treatment. Nothing unusual; just one of the best at what itís doing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 sampled at GTMW 2010. gettin late in the day with this one so here goes... pours a murky/muddled caramel brown accompanied with a thin light beige head... aroma/flavors contained a bunch of dark fruits, caramel with too much residual sweetness that made it seem somewhat underattenuated. a little too cloying for me to thoroughly enjoy. barrelness wasnít too assertive.

Earlier Rating: 6/10/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Snifter at hopleaf... Poured a dark cloudy and opaque dark cola brown with a thin soapy tan head...Aroma of Flavors of sweet sacharine dark fruit semi-messy and not too refined. A little flabby and lacks refinement with very little barrel. Lacking in the barrel standpoint. Syrupy and very malt-forward and not too appealing

on tap today, 11/25/11, at the brewpub for black friday. this has no resemblance of its former self other than appearance. a ruddy mostly opaque reddish brown tint with a thin to medium very light beige head that is quick to recede.... bourbon toffee caramel and dark fruity nose. very nice barrel impartations, somewhat sweet, but showing some added depth with the deeper caramel and chewy toffee while hints of raisin and figs flirt underneath... flavors are more of the same with as much character and richness like the aforementioned aroma. hard to detect any heat so it went down smoothly. the barrel notes were not overdone and paired well with the base beer. just shy of medium bodied with a light carbonation. def an improvement from what i had on prior occasions.

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