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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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Barrel Aged Barleywine Style Ale.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TigerBrew (1) - California, USA - FEB 2, 2013 does not count
On draft at Green Flash release event. Pours a hazy caramel color with an off-white head. Nose is big caramel, brandy, and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with brandy barrel oak tannin backbone. With a caramel finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drowland (5953) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2013
During RBWG 2013. Bottle shared by me from a trade with TigerBrew, I think. Deep amber brown pour with a nice tan head. Awesome rich BA aroma and flavor - fudge, wood, whiskey, vanilla, oak, etc. - with lots of dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, and goodness underneath from the base. I’m digging their BA stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick (7243) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
This brew pours a dark mahogany color with a medium thick and foamy khaki head that diminishes slowly. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, brandy and molasses. Full, rich and boozy body with flavors of roasted malt, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The finish is oaky bourbon and burnt malt with a lingering boozy aftertaste. Very good beer all around.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2089) - Linda Vista, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Bine and Vine: Created thick fluffy foam of head which eventually fizzed downwards while an opaque dark mahogany colored liquid rested below. Aroma is bold with a hefty serving of syrupy like malts that suggest melted caramel and sticky sweet maple syrup, however, only minor notes of wood barrel comes through. The flavor is initially sweet yet has a bite of bitterness that probably stems from the wood barrels. The drink is chewy with thick syrupy malts that resemble caramel maple syrup while allowing some room for fig or dates. It’s only after taking sips did the brandy barrel reach the spot light and seems as though it suppressed the original flavor of this beer but I mean that in a good experimental way. Certainly a big heavy hitting barley wine and glad this was only a 12 oz bottle instead of a bomber or 4 pack.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sledutah (4113) - Utah, USA - APR 12, 2013
12oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Dark ruby with a medium sized beige head and good lacing
Aroma: Vanilla, brandy, woody and brown sugar
Taste: Brandy, grapes and woody
Great barley wine, great aroma

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (943) - New York, USA - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle, 03/21/2013. Pours deep dark brown, thick tan head settles respectably to the surface, nice lacing with active carbonation feeding the edge of the glass. Complex aroma- boozy candied fruits, cherry, chocolate toffee with some roast elements, sweeter caramel and brandy notes on top.Taste follows suit, though perhaps would be better with less carbonation- chocolate caramel toffee with roasted bitterness, booze, a little smoky too with sweeter barrel notes floating on top, lots of wood, drying out the finish. Thick, chewy palate. Really nice, reminds me in some respects of HotD offerings like Matt or Cherry Adam.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Big thanks to yourefragile for sharing this one. Nose has nice brandy and accompanying fruit. Mild sweetness and caramel. Flavor is brandy forward with nice sweetness. Quite smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
12 oz bottle from bev4less. pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is big and bold with molasses, toffee, cherries and some booze. The flavor, like the nose, has lots of toffee backed up by raisins, dates, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and some brandy. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with a bit of lingering brandy. Overall: Fine stuff, me like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5553) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2013
12 ounce bottle thanks to Stawn. Pours a deep red/brown color with a large creamy beige head. A wonderful fruity brandy nose, superb, sugary and woody. Rich dry flavors with huge grapes, heat, caramel, brown sugar, some berries. Very good, the nose is amazing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1112) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 Almost exactly a year later, this has completely changed. Beautiful pour with dirty white lace. Brandy barrels are big and bold. Fruity booze, hearty barleywine malts, intensely flavored. Really damn good; head and shoulders above where it was a year ago.

Original review (2013-02-26):
Oaky, boozy, dark fruits, brandy too? Dry and biscuity to finish. Doesn’t have the caramely malt I want from a barleywine. Didn’t impress me at all. [2.9 total]


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