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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 Ė in wooden bourbon barrels and Cabernet barrels. It will benefit with aging.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 8, 2010
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some vanilla/Bourbon, some orange. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some vanilla/Bourbon, light vinous, alcohol. Medium-full body, some stickiness. Nice use of Bourbon barrels -- to complement rather than dominate the beer. Quite different (and much better) than the Cab version, tasted back-to-back.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a fluffy bubbly light tan head that leaves a good lacing on the glass. S-the oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through nicely up front., toasted caramel malts, slightly burnt brown sugar, and faint notes of sweet dark fruits. T-the taste is quite sweet up front, lots of caramel and carmelized sugars, a nice plum and cherry sweetness come in behind. the oak is present, a good bit of bourbon, with a nice vanilla sweetness to balance on the barrels. hints of fusels in the back with a touch of heat. M-smooth on the palate, good carbonation, a little prickly on the back of the throat, medium body and coats the mouth a little. D-i really enjoy this, the malty sweetness has a nice amount of depth and the barrel aging adds a nice balance to it. the bourbon lingers in the back with notes of fusel alcohol that detract slightly but still well done.

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 doesnít 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2143) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of caramel and milk chocolate, moderate hop note of cooked orange, light earth for the yeast, with background notes of brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, off-white with some pretty good slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark murky brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then the short finish is moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and finishes heavily alcoholic with a strong whiskey and coffee aftertaste. This beer really smells like a chocolate candy bar. Maybe a little to sweet and a touch watery in the end, but this is still a stand up Barley Wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. amber with a cream head. bourbon, vanilla, caramel malts. thick chewy palate, vanilla, caramel, malts, very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Wow, this is all bourbon! Iím afraid itís just overwhelmingly bourbon, lacking the complexity of a good barley wine style ale. The nose is rich with bourbon, brown sugar, and vanilla, but it lacks some key fruitiness. The flavor is very sweet and very bourbony. Itís missing the pepperiness and bite of a really good barley wine style ale. The sweetness borders on cloying, but the palate is too watery for the style to push it over the edge. Nevertheless it was fun to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3175) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2010
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thin splotchy head.. Nose is bourbon and caramel with a hint of grass. Medium body but feeling a bit thin. Taste is caramel and bourbon with some hops in the finish. A touch metallic and woody.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6023) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, a little muddy, moderate foamy head, off-white, fairly nice lacing.   Soft bourbon on the nose, a little fruity even, bready, sweet caramel, mild hopiness.   Smells inviting!   A bit more alcoholic than I expected, that and chocolate cherry covered like flavorings up front.   It really comes across as a rum of sorts, with chocolate and dark cherries.   Mild maltiness on the backside, smidgen of bourbon and woodiness.   Not bad, not a lot of depth and it does seem to end rather quickly.   Fairly clean.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full, seems pretty silky.   Warming after the finish.   Sweet caramel maltiness lingers, with some light alcohol.   Not as hot as the Cabernet bottle at least.   Thanks to lukin013 for the bottle!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bomber into my Narke glass...Murky dark brown, lots of amber in the light. The head is light tan, but doesnít show much of head. There is a thick ring around the rim, ok lacing...The aroma is too light and almost exclusively just shows off the bourbon barrels. Light toffee and vanilla too, canít tell its a barleywine. Like most in this series, the bw is too light and dominated by the barrel...The taste is all bourbon, light bourbon, at that. A hint of vanilla, tastes good, like a watered down bourbon, no hint of barleywine or beer though...The feel is light on the palate, no burn or aftertaste...Easy to drink. Another decent bw, but again a Heavy Seas light bw that couldnít hold up and took on all the character of the barrel. If you like bourbon its worth drinking, otherwise skip it.


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