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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BoostIPA (1110) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours an almost clear amber with a small off white head. Strong aromas of bourbon in the nose, along with some fig. Taste is not overly sweet, but heavy on the bourbon. Not boozy though, just bourbon-y. Alcohol hidden, not hot. Light carbonation. Very nice. Buzzed quick.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1090) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
on draft poured a bit lighter than its sister beer the cabernet. the light aroma of bourbon over the sweetness of the malts. almost had a sweet candy flavor mixed with the bourbon. quite different for a barley wine and wonder if aging does anything for this. leaves you wanting more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2012
22 oz Bomber-Brownish pour w/good lacing. Bourbon aroma. Flavors of wood chips, Bourbon Barrels, some peat....mostly Bourbon. Solid brew, enjoyable.....not as good as the Cabernet Barrell, but good. Long Finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottw86 (1070) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Poured a murky brown with lots of bubbles. Aroma has bourbon and hops. Taste is slightly watery, which is a little surprising for the style and the amount of alcohol. It makes it very smooth, however. Lots of bourbon flavor and some fruit, not the most complex barley wine. Overall enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2010
22oz bottle. Pours deep brownish-orange with thin head. Aroma is caramel and wood - complex, malty oak. Flavor is malty caramel, toffee, and oak/vanilla. Dry spritzy hop leads to an earthy bitter finish with chocolate+caramel aftertaste. Mouthfeel is briskly carbonated with a full body. Slightly astringent from oak and alcohol. Overall, rich and interesting, caramel and malty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle pours murky brown color with off white head. Aroma is booze, vanilla, brown sugar, and wood. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes smooth. Its not hot. All the flavors meld together well and has a smooth finish. I really enjoyed the cab version of this as well. I enjoyed this one a touch more. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1018) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
22 oz bottle courtesy of Dan, served in a stem glass. Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves no lace. The nose has notes of molasses, caramel, smoke, oak, and subtle fruit. The flavour is fairly sweet with brown sugar, oak, vanilla and chocolate, along with roasty malts and toasted oak notes. The finish is long and toasty with vanilla and brown sugar. On the palate, it is medium-full in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a decent barley wine with nice barrel notes. 2014-01-04

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (907) - Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Pours a very dark color with a thin head. Smells of bourbon and some sort of spice. Similar in taste to a octoberfest. Does not taste much like a barleywine but still good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiereLuc (770) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2013
Brune aux reflets rubis. Nez très puissant de sucre cuit, d’alcool et de fruits rouges. Le boisé du baril perce avec évidence. Bouche très sucrées et boisée avec une finale étonnante qui me fait penser au chipotle (un peu fumé et piquant).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2010
22oz bottle. Thanks to Hopscotch for sharing this one. Pours a reddish orange. Nose is sweet malt and bourbon with some definite fruit character. This is a damn fruity barley wine. Which doesn’t bother me that much. I bet the cab version is very nice though. Vinous but lacking body to back it up. Nice caramel notes and lingering bourbon cherry caramel finish. This one has alot of potential but needs more body and needs to be pulled together a little better. Still better than I expected.


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