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High Water Old & In The Way Barley Wine (Buffalo Trace Barrel)

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Aged for nearly six months in a Buffalo Trace barrel that was hand-picked by Healthy Spirits and sold exclusively at Healthy Spirits to celebrate San Francisco Beer Week 2012.
Yield = 216 bottles (22 oz.)


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Pours a still, deep brown with no head. Malts and chocolate are full., but the overwhelming influence is bourbon. Considerable heat as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illidurit (2104) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle shared at Woodshop 7. A modest improvement over the original. Roasty burnt toffee with a sweet bourbon note, dark fruits including prune, wood, and a touch of savory character.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (16245) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty woody vanilla and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon vanilla finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Man this was great! Brown pour, tan head. Vanilla, oak, brown sugar, glazed donuts. Flavor is sweet, lots of vanilla and bourbon notes, creme brulee. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7813) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Healthy Spirits bottling number 48/216 thanks to bu11zeye. Insanely good stuff! Pours with a very low carbed body with a small tan head over a very deep brown hued body that leaves legs on the side of the glass. Aromas are of maple, huge bourbon barrel notes, boozy, bourbon, brown sugar, vanillin, raisins, rich malt, tannins, nutty and earthy. Smells great. Flavors are of bourbon, wood, brown sugar. Smooth yet very warming. Tannin, caramelization, vanillin. Light dark fruits, some boozy notes. Sandalwood, melanoidins. Medium to full viscosity. Light carbonation, tannin, quite warming. Pretty decadent and amazing. Great barrel character!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6302) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle from Healthy spirits. Pours brown with a tiny beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a cola-like dark molasses and bourbon flavor with no carbonation. Complex and tasty.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10688) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bomber shared by Marcus (#128 of 216). Pours very dark brown with vry little head. Aromas of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, and dark malt. Dark fruit. Near med body. Flavor is cola, a little smoke, some dark fruit, chocolate and burnt malt. It’s very complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle shared by Marcus. Nose is golden raisins, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, and spice. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is vanilla with bourbon, and dark fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
22oz bottle, bottle #145/216, purchased at Healthy Spirits. Definitely needed a bit of time to carbonate, but this turned out nicely. Pours a deep, slightly hazy cola-brown color; a light perimeter of bubbles. Alcohol-forward nose, with brown sugar, dark fruits, and plenty of barrel character; lightly charred, and too forward with the booze; plenty of warming alcohol heat coming off of this one. Very light carbonation, with medium-full body (perceived lighter because of the CO2) and nicely warming alcohol: strikes a vibrant balance in the mouth. Loads of brown sugar, vinous alcohol, and lightly chewy caramel: a layered barrel-aged barley wine that ends up relying a touch too much on its alcohol. More CO2 (it’s still light) would have been a plus. Definitely looking forward to trying the standard version. Lengthy, warming finish of dark fruits and viscous brown sugar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (496) - California, USA - MAY 3, 2012
Cloud brown color with not head or carbonation. Strong but not overwhelming whiskey aroma. Wow, the taste is like licking a whiskey barrel. Notes of vanilla, butter and oak. The palate is a bit flat.


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