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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 130   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Our focus was on both the malts and hops used during the brewing process. We chose to use double the amount of grain needed to provide the high ABV (we will never use adjuncts to lighten our grain bill - no sugars added). Thus our Barley Wine has a very rich, intense, and heavy body, the aroma and flavor of rye grain is very prominent . Our version is also very heavily hopped with a finishing IBU of 130 before barreling, thus balancing the sweetness of the body. This Barley Wine was brewed in January of 2012 and aged in Bourbon Barrels for 5 full months, thus imparting even more flavor to this very complex beer.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark clear brown color. Aroma of sweet brownies. Taste is extra sweet and roasty.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gendv138 (1329) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2014
22 oz bottle at the DC Local Tasting. Dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, spices. Tastes of spices, wheat, light chocolate. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
solidfunk (3997) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Lots of barrel, definitely oak. Why do so many breweries feel that barreling can improve a messy beer? Finishes like a bourbon show with lots of booze. Black pour with ok head and lacing. Bottle thanks to someone at tasting.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 17, 2014
22oz bottle pours a murky brown with some cloudy, white head. Nose is boozy, nail polish, bready, heavy caramel. Flavor is sweet, woody, nail polish, brandy, malt, caramel. Boozy finish. Messy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (3830) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Dates and bourbon nose. Cloudy copper, headless. Marzipan and date flavor. Full body and smooth. Balanced and flavorful, but not for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4641) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2014
22oz poured a dark orange amber color with a wispy white head. Aroma was vanilla, barrel with some barrel notes. Vanilla, barrel, wood, sweet malts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1718) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle from premier pours muted tan, hazy, small cream hued head. Nose of grains, mild hint of bourbon. Taste pretty much follows, some caramel, toffee and nut in there then the the bourbon treatment mildly washes over, adds slight vanilla. What hurts this one is the body. It’s like 69 camaro SS 396 that’s been filled in by bondo and primer. You know something cool is there, but the body is chewy, mealy.... Devoid of that finishing character.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2014
22 oz bottle Clear deep amber pour thin off white head and very light lacing ... Aroma of vanilla, nutty and caramel malts, hints of dark fruity yeast and light oak and bourbon ..... Taste is a bit boozy with flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, chewy caramel malts, nutty and def up there in the Ibus with a spicy bitter hop bite .... Has a sugary finish with notes of dry oak, bitter hops and caramel malts .... Def has a heavy body ... Nicely done

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2014
650ml bomber. Amberish pour. Bourbon notes and some pretty intense papery oxidation

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1045) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2014
22 oz bottle on a recommendation from a friend who had tried it recently. Not sure when this batch was bottled or whatnot. Definitely a bit of a boozy barleywine...sweet flavor, heavy on brown sugar. Has the barrel-aged flavor...bourbon, vanilla and whatnot, but not too heavy on it. Not overwhelming, but good.


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