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RATINGS: 305   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%


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
properhops (88) - - FEB 20, 2012
Appearance: Opaque mahogany w/ red transparencies, minimal head, average lacing Aroma: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, bleach/chlorine, lavandar, maple syrup, powdered cinnamon, thick musky aroma Taste: Full body, bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, bourbon, oak, butteriness, walnut, maple syrup, coca-cola sweetness, cake batter on finish, cheesecake/cream cheese residual, viscous mouthfeel, gentle warming, mild/medium carbonation, rich + complex Pairings: Lamb, falafel, Mediterranean, Greek, Indian, Pizza, Smoked gouda + bread, anything cause this brew is awesome

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bootsjohn (68) - Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2012 22oz poured into snifter, shared with great company. This is unbelievably good. Aroma is wicked. Toasted marshmallow, bourbon, vanilla, biscuit, caramel. Head is gone in 5 seconds. Beautiful hue; reddish mahogany. Flavor is outstanding. Never tasted a bourbon barrel aged brew that’s so balanced. Chewy caramel, toasted coconut, exquisite bourbon (thanks Pappy!), raisin, charred oak, dark chocolate. New top 5 beer. Edit 10/23/12: this is definitely a perfect beer for me. In the five months since I first tried it, flavors have mellowed ever so slightly and more nuances have emerged. I pray I can land another bottle or two to try after another year. Best beer I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Huhzubendah (2431) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul. The beer is dark brown with russet highlights. Atop the beer rests an oily beige head. The aroma brings roast, bourbon, malt, oak, booze. Fantastic flavor. Alcoholic warmth but unobtrusive. Well balanced and teeming with delicious flavor. Every drink begs another. I doubt I could ever grow tired of this beer. Medium to full bodied with a silky smooth feel on the palate. Simply put, this is easily one of the best beers I have ever had. My highest recommendation.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle dated 10/08/11 and bottle number 811 poured into tulip Appearance: King pours a slightly darker than mahagany brown in color with a one half finger size cream to light brown head. The small amount of head that does form dissapates fast. Held directly up to the light the color changes around the edges to a beautiful ruby red. There is some small tight bubbles rising along the side of the glass to a tiny ring around the edge. There is a decent amount of lacing present. Smell: One of the best smelling beers. Very sweet bourbon hits me first followed up by dark fruits (raisin, plum, dates) and vanilla. There is molasses, caramel,toffee and butter evident and some obvious oak. I also get a brown sugar sweetness too. The smell on this is oh so intoxicating! Taste: Wow the taste does not disappoint one bit! I am tasting the bourbon layered with the sweet dark fruits and the oak with a malty backbone. Vanilla mingling with brown sugar, caramel and toffee. The alcohol shows itself but does not burn in the slightest way. It is oh so smooth!! This is an outstanding complex tasting beer that has left me amazed! Mouthfeel: The feel on this is pure velvet and smooth to the highest degree. It is superbly sticky and thick to the point where it sticks to my entire mouth including my lips. I feel like I should be chewing this instead of drinking it. The alcohol is present but again is so well hidden that it makes this so damn dangerous. Overall: What more can I say? Best English-style barleywine I have ever had without a doubt and best beer I have ever had to date. I know this is impossible to get now but if there is any way possible to get this, GET IT!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bomber. Smells like buttered pancakes with syrup. Tasts just as good. Quite possibly my favorite beer I’ve ever tried. Too bad they’re not making any more. If you get the chance, try it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ksurkin (1021) - 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.

5
   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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
UPDATED: APR 12, 2012 Bottle, thanks again to Brad for hooking this up. Pours a deep, and dark brown shade. Head was small to medium with a decent amt of lacing. Lightly carbonated and velvety in texture. Aromas are circus peanuts(bannana sweetness), vanilla, oak, bourbon, cloves, caramel, cinnamon, blueberries, and other sugary goodness. Flavor is similiar with vanilla bean, bannana, buttery oak, toffee, cheesecake. Pleasantly warming, and perfectly balanced for a 13.4% beer. I think this is what the Rare will be more like after another year or two of aging. Rare was way too hot but this is easily the best goose island beer I have tried. Cheers.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a nice dark caramel amber color with a beige head. Aroma is really complex, lots of oak, bourbon, vanilla, almost stout like qualities of roasted malt and chocolate, some sweet and caramel malt, toffee, charred oak, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar. The flavor follows the nose and is amazing, lots of oak, bourbon and vanilla, with the stouty notes of roasted and toasted malt and chocolate, some sweet and caramel malt, charred oak, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar and toffee. The body is full with a sticky mouth feel. Overall an amazing Barley Wine, and probably the best I have had!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
onedawger (60) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Clear dark mahogany ale with a small, fizzy, white head. The aroma is a decadent swirl of singed caramel, light molasses, pouch tobacco and vanilla. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is boozy, caramely and loaded with bourbon. Finishes bittersweet - then the malty sweetness sticks around a good while.


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