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

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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.)


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3324) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22 oz. bottle from Healthy Spirits. It pours a dark chestnut brown with no head even nine months after its release. The aroma is nutty and earthy with notes of bourbon, salty raisins, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is still super hot and dead flat with notes of raisins, alcohol, plastic, whiskey, caramel. Im not a big fan of this, which surprises me since I love High Water.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Picked this bottle up earlier this evening at a Wholefoods in San Francisco ($13). Pours a dark red/brown with a froth of light tan foam. Aroma is bourbon, vanilla, alcohol spice, brown sugar, dark sweet malt, figs, plum and more bourbon through the finish. Taste is bourbon up front and through the finish with some alcohol heat and beneath there is a dense, chewy barley wine with caramel, toffee, and rich, sweet malt. Coating mouthfeel. The bourbon is slightly hot but the base beer (referenced as an 11 vintage on the label) is presenting as very smooth and decadent and its sweetness plays well off the bourbon. Exellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1627) - 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 (2157) - 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 (16927) - Malm, 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 (9225) - 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 (7867) - 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 (6586) - 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 (11251) - 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. Its very complex.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3854) - 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.


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