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RATINGS: 309   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%


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VsXsV (2246) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Deep brown liquid with small tan head. Aroma of bourbon, raw sugar, toffee, raisins, dried fruit, wood, vanilla, caramel and light port wine. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with notes of raw sugar, toffee, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Really, really delicious. Full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Really viscous. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3rd of 3 GI specialty bottles on 12/23/13, label says bottled on: 10/08/11 0802. Dark brown pour with fast fading khaki head. Aroma is vanilla, booze, oak and hints of dark fruit. Flavor is dark fruits, toffee, vanilla and some bourbon. Somewhat dry with well hidden alcohol. Minimal carbonation and dangerously drinkable. Wish I had more!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2153) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a deep umber color with a minimal khaki foam that settles out quickly. the nose is pure bourbon soaked tootsie roll, rich caramel and toffee, touch of dark fruit. The palate follows the nose with lots of underlying complexity under the big tootsie roll... bits of charred nuts, vanilla, raisin, maple sap, sweet bourbon burn mingles with a touch of bitterness and earthy tannic leather on the finish. Lingering chewiness ! Legit.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alliance100 (650) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle - glad I waited to drink this one . Super smooth body with tons of caramel , mild whiskey with a very faint hop presence. Aged very well, drank my last bottle the night before my wedding. Stunning !

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrymel (1500) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
You know when this was bottled. Pours ugly. Looks like a dark, tawny port. No carb, brown with ruby tones. Vanilla, nougat, booze, bourbon, sex. Very nice and lovely nose. Bourbon, vanilla, sugar, barley, dark sugar, molasses, prune, raisin, and other stuff I can’t articulate. This is exceptionally well produced beer. A nice, velvet body with moderate carb and a near dry finish effervesces to a lovely bouquet in the mouth. Some bitterness on the finish. I gotta say, this is the best well defined BBA barleywine I’ve ever had. But it’s ugly. That being said, I would absolutely drink more of this and the alcohol is dangerously hidden in this beer. Danger. Serving type: bottle 01-13-2012

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ataraxia (366) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Deep amber brown, translucent, no lacing whatsoever. Sweet malty aroma of raisin, caramel, vanilla, roasted malt, and oak. Balanced sweetness with tannic fruit and bourbon soaked wood. Smooth and full-bodied with pleasant carbonation. Mild to moderate alcohol presence.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2033) - Odense S, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle @ Danish Summer Gathering Ulfborg, 2012. Dark brown body with a small offwhite head. Toffee, vanilla, oak and caramel. Some dark fruit. Smooth and slick. Vinous. Really delicious and tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wheresyourball (510) - El Cajon, California, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle at a share, poured into a tulip. Pours a caramel color with small head. Nose is brown sugar, caramel, molasses, bourbon. Flavor follows and is very sweet; you can taste the similarity to Rare. Great mouthfeel. Several guys thought this has started to fall off in terms of flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2013
22oz bottle, thanks to jmborggren for sharing. Bottled 10/08/11, batch 0831. Very awesome nose. Big chocolate, caramel malt, light molasses, plenty dark fruit, good vanilla in the nose. Dark brown / red color. Minimal head, virtually none. No lace. Bigger body. Smooth, lighter carbonation. Kind of crisp, lightly dry with the alcohol warmth. Good barley wine texture. Moderate sweet taste, some bigger alcohol warmth. Warm, dry finish. Great big vanilla, bourbon barrel, caramel. A bit of a bite, but a very rich, sweet flavor. Awesome stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2055) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Aroma: Raisins, Bourbon, Vanilla Appearance: Dark Brown/Ruby Hue, Passes Mild Light, Off White Head Ring, No Lacing Taste: Raisins, Vanilla, Bourbon, Sweet Bread Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Semi Boozy


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