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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Barrel Aged Barleywine Style Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Smurf2055 (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Pours dark, dark red with a huge off white head. Smell incredibly strong brandy and rum soaked raisins. It smells like a spirit. Taste boozy, sweet rum, cake, and fig. Lots of heat. Chewy. Bit of molasses on the tail, fair amount of burn. Body more carbonated than I’d like. Full You can tell there was a lot of barrel to this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9224) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 31, 2013
JW with the awesome share on the 4th of July. Thanks John. Pours an amber color, tan head. Boozy, sweet, vanilla, toasted oak, brown sugar, golden raisins, caramel. Pretty good but not mind blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4400) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark copper pour, small head. Brown sugar, burnt toffee, raisin, brandy, wood, and light vanilla. Pretty sweet and lots of barrel aged character. Overall good, but not fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (806) - Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12oz bottle from Shane. Thanks! A: Pours a very dark mahogany with a fluffy creme head that starts to cave in on itself. Not much in the way of legs. N: Intense burnt caramel, some cherry and sherry, oak, pecan, and vanilla. Honey and brown sugar, raisin and more of the charcoaled wood. Very sweet and the descriptions sound very good, but there’s an element missing to tie everything together. T: Lots of sweet and burnt sugars, tobacco and cigarette ash. Moderate bitterness and a hefty pecan nutiness. Decent, but not outstanding for the style. M: Very boozy. Tad light, but it has a decent stickiness. O: Not bad, but it’s pretty average given the competition and it lacks in refinement. Too much astringency, though I really dig the inherent nuttiness. Gets better as it warms, and it came out of my cellar around 55 degrees already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rando7 (741) - Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle pours dark brown with thick very persistent head, really coats the glass. Aroma sweet, almost maple. taste sweet with caramel/toffee, dark fruits and brandy. Finish with hop and oak bitterness with a nice tingle of carbonation, hops and alcohol. Thick palate. Pretty good, glad I tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (1491) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep brown very carbonated! Toffee and burnt sugar nose. Taste is brownie and brown sugar, some caramels too. Very boozy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
big brandy nose as soon as the bottle opens. Nice deep maroon color. About a finger of dark tan head, that dissipates to lacing. Huge oak, candy apple brandy nose. Other aromatics of fig, plum, raisin and alcohol. No alcohol heat though, likely due to the extended aging. Thick mouthfeel. Tons of oak tannin and green apple flavor. Lingering and finishing alcohol burn, and a note of dry chocolate. Good, and complex, but seems like a close but no cigar beer, as far as big barrel aged offerings go

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3325) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Bottle at tasting, Pours brownish orange with light head and lacing. Aromas and flavor of sugary barrel, booze, plum, fig, and caramel. Medium body with a sticky mouth.Tastes like it was aged for a bit. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to Larry, dark brown pour with red hues, off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, and brandy. Taste is dark fruit, some nutty character, caramel, quite a boozy kick, could use a bit of age. Syrupy mouth feel, not bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Poured into a snifter. 4.0 A: Deep mahogany brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy/creamy beige head. Retention is good given the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left. 3.75 S: This is a fruity sohmbitch in a "rustic" way. By this I mean there’s tons of raisin and tobacco in here. Brandy adds a boozy dark grape component. Some mineral with earthy hops. Plum, currants, and molasses. Layers of caramel and toffee. Overall, the booze is pretty well hidden. 3.5 T: Like the nose, this is full of raisin, tobacco, and brandy. Light astringency accompanies vanilla, oak, mineral, dark grape, and a hint of leather. Plenty of caramel and toffee with plum, currants, and molasses. Basically tastes like it smells with a bit more booze and astringency. 3.25 M: Heavier medium body. A bit too much carbonation that "blows up" a bit in the mouth. Somewhat sticky. Decent, but nothing special here. 3.5 D: Decent beer, but I’m not crazy about it. Those with a love for raisin and tobacco should enjoy more than I have. Definitely worth a try either way. Serving type: bottle 05-24-2013 00:26:51

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