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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3685) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bomber shared by maniac. Pours a murky dull orange with creamy khaki long lasting head. Nose is sweet vanilla and malty backbone. Flavor is woodsy light bourbon and residual foresty hoppy notes. Great sweet character. Rockin’ brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors.
Aroma: The nose is musty with notes of oak, paper, earth, and a slight bourbon note as the beer warms.
Appearance: It pours a very cloudy amber brown with a very frothy, light tan head. Great head retention given the alcohol content.
Taste: The flavor is sweet malt upfront with some malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes. Think waffles with syrup and walnuts while drinking this one. Really tasty stuff.
Palate: Medium to rich in body with lower carbonation leading to a medium to long sweet finish.
Overall: I really enjoyed this brew and it is my favorite of the two.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (1584) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle 650ml. Pours brown/mahogany with nice creamy beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of figs, bread, dark fruits, sweetness, butterscotch, alcohol, malt, bourbon. Taste is of bread, figs, dark fruits, warming alcohol, malt, bourbon. Palate: oily mouthfeel, full bodied, malty. Very good. Impressive. This is my kind of beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Nose is pretty blase standard bourbon barleywine, taste is fantastic, deep caramel base, shit ton of vanilla and oak, hint of sweet bourbon, they really are magicians with barrels.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bomber courtesy of Fiver29 – thanks J! Pours a slightly hazy amber with a half finger light tan head. The nose is caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and sweet bourbon. The taste is oaky vanilla, molasses, toffee and bourbon. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Draft. Poured reddish brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, toasted malt, alcohol and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bourbon bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of bourbon and oak, with some brown sugar, maple and alcohol. There is no doubt that this beer was bourbon-barrel aged. The flavor is also heavy on the bourbon. I get a lot of maple, vanilla and brown sugar, as well as some bourbon and oak notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was sampled alongside the cabernet barrel-aged version, and I thought this was the superior beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle on 10/11/2010. Slightly hazy deep copper amber body with a medium creamy tan head. Sweet vanilla, caramel, light oak and fruit aroma. Sweet caramel flavor, some vanilla, oak and faint fruit with a light hop background. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandemonian (32) - USA - JAN 5, 2012
The main aroma is alcohol. The taste is malty with some oxidised flavours. There is definite bourbon flavour at the end that I like.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1655) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Aroma is all bourbon notes: vanilla, creme egg, oak and slight hazelnut. Pours deep red/brown with a small foamy lace. Taste is big with lots of bourbon notes, mostly oak and vanilla with just a hint of root beer. Strong booze feel but the taste compliments. Pretty solid.


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