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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Our award winning barley wine which has been aged two ways – in wooden bourbon barrels and Cabernet barrels. It will benefit with aging.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BVery (5616) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Murky reddish brown pour with a soapy head. Amazing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, wood, and maybe a bit of chocolate? So good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jmagnus87 (2220) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with vanilla, caramel and oak. I would gladly drink this again.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2830) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2013
650 ml bottle
This was a fine barrel aged release and worth trying once. This particular bottle had about two years on it and has held up reasonably well. The next time I buy one though I may just drink it fresh. If you are a fan of the style pick up an affordable and relatively accessible bottle.

Aroma / Appearance - The bottle poured with lots of sediment. A thin short lived head collapsed downwards. Thick caramel, vanilla, and chocolate are like a sundae in a glass. Dense and chewy the ABV is hardly subtle.

Flavor / Palate - The taste of warm maple syrup matches the thick chewy mouthfeel. Warm hits of midrange bourbon sweep across the palate before the oaky finish. This is heavy - one or two pours was enough for me. That said it was also a great deal at about $7.99 and something worth trying again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bbbeer (539) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Dark brown with medium-small tan head. Aroma caramel/malt, bit of wood, dark fruits. Full body, some alcohol but pretty smooth anyway. Flavor sweet, brown sugar, some oak, dark fruit, vanilla. Warm off dry finish. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4127) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2013
22oz bottle shared by Brad. Really nice caramel, smooth malt tones. Classic English Barleywine notes. Big oak tones. Easy drinking and quite balanced for the style. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1478) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2013
2012 bottle pours deep mahogany amber, quick tan head that reduces to a cap. nose is mostly biscuit, toast, light oak, slight bourbon. taste follows this theme as the bourbon is more subtle... wish it had a little more. oak is very present. finish lingers and the abv makes me happy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tastybeer (1607) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle, 2010 ed, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Copper pour, off-white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, molasses. Palate is soft, oily, slick.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scubatrip (596) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
From the bottle, pours deep red with a thinner white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity, smooth and alcoholic. Taste is smooth, cherries, alcohol, malt, very good beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Sampled on draft at Ginger Man with Ben. Pours a light amber body with thick white lacing. Aroma is sweet booze, caramel, toffee and malt. Mouthfeel is thin with notes of sweet booze, caramel malt, light vanilla and oak.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
streve (95) - Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2013
22oz bomber. Pour was a deep dark syrup color with a tan ring of head. Aroma was sweet malt, caramel and whiskey. Mouth was a bit dry with flavors of caramel and vanilla. The finish was very boozy. Not bad.


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