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RATINGS: 295   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle sampled at my friends tasting. Awesomely huge thanks! Caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, dark fermented fruits and raisins. Awesome. One of my top beers on my bucket list.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Howlader (422) - - OCT 21, 2013
From the bottle at Meridian Pint for Goose Island’s Migration Week in Washington, DC. 2012 vintage.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dctriman (57) - USA - SEP 20, 2013
Loved this. Really amazing. Better than any BCBS variants. Great flavor and everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Small tan head atop clear dark-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some molasses, light vinous, cantaloupe. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some molasses, vinous. Sticky full body, minimal carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iphonephan (2686) - McLean, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From a bottle served at Church Key. Vintage 2011. Pours a clear cola brown with an ecru head. Aroma and flavors of bourbon, molasses, and caramel. Heavy and viscous mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Moderate alcohol finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (82) - DENMARK - SEP 6, 2013
Whats up King Henry you legend! The nose is to die for. Perfect depth perfect wood influence. So many candied, dry fruit aromas, licorice and fine pastries. After the beer settles in, the mouthfeel is creamy and yet lively enough to refresh. It tastes good. It tastes good. And it lingers. Hail the King

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MotherBrother (653) - Aalborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2013 Puff. Pour a beautiful nasty, murky brown, with a small fizzy tan head. Aroma is craazy complex, with a lot of vanilla, bourbon soaked prunes, banana, caramel, slight molasses, slight burnt sugar rounded up by some beautiful bourbon notes, with a little heat to it. This really is adult candy, and I’m all in on this bad boy. The taste is quite sweet, but is really well balanced. Puh I like this!! Medium and slightly oily body, with a surprisingly fizzy carbonation. This hides the alcohol very well, with only a little heat letting it know that this is more than 13%. A huge shout out to Mr. Dunt for giving me this SOB!! Putting a little thought into this day after drinking it, it really was a treat... A lot more complex than i described, with a lot more going on. DELICIOUS FFS!!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1022) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
finally getting around to cracking this one. bottle #1010, dated 10/8/2011, decanted into my bourbon county snifter. this one pours as imposing as it is beautiful with a rich, rusty, deep garnet color capped by a thin, creamy head of beige that leaves sharp rings of lace. aroma is simply spectacular with rich, decadent dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and date layered atop smoky bourbon, vanilla frosting, coconut, and toasted almonds with subtle notes of chocolate cake, roast, and molasses derived from the spent bourbon county rare that laced the barrels emerging as it warms. flavor lives up to every superlative that has been spoken about this brew. it begins as barleywine with rich caramel, pralines, and butterscotch layered atop sweet, slightly tart dark fruit notes of raisin, black cherry, and fig with just a hint of bourbon and then something amazing happens as the barleywine notes give way to decadent chocolate, smooth, silky coconut cream, vanilla beans, and dark roast with unabashed notes of the finest bourbon, toasted oak, and sweet toffee on the finish. palate is smooth as silk, never brash or harsh, with a dense yet restrained texture and just the perfect amount of boozy warmth to let you know this one is to be sipped and savored. this truly is the best barleywine I’ve ever tasted. bravo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (1169) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2014 Bottle: Dark brown and mahogany with a lighter tan head that settles to a collar quickly. Aroma is huge, full of sticky caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, figs, oak, prunes, light booze, raisins, and a dusting of cocoa powder. Huge, robust, sticky sweet and largely complex. Taste is fantastic. Oak, sticky toffee, molded vanilla, warm bourbon booze, caramel, brown sugar, sweet figs, prunes, mild cola, touch of chocolate and a bit of roast. Super layered, lots of flavors. Huge sipper, this beer is huge. Oak, dying dark fruit, and brunt brown sugar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7114) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2013 Bottle. Pours dark prune brown with tan head. Nose and taste of soy sauce, honey, bourbon, prune, oak, maple syrup, vanilla, caramel syrup, desert wine and toffee. Full bodied. Mouth coating. Thick. A little cloying in its sweetness. Overall, pretty bad. I was probably too kind giving this a .6 for taste. Should be closer to a .3 or .4.

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