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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 Aroma is very barreled, almost vegetal. Lots of vanilla, oak, caramel, and bourbon. Wow! Aroma is a lot of new oak, higher alcohols. Very unusual. Taste is sweet bourbon, lighter alcohols, vanilla, caramel, sweet maltiness, more alcohol. Not tannic, not charred, just strange! Lots of vanilla, Kuhnhenn yeast profile, and strangeness. Itís this ineffable strangeness. I canít explain it, but it is really good. Wow. Finish is sweet, slightly alcoholic and dry, and just, I donít know! This beer is a mystery. Luckily I still have another 09, which this is (consumed 15510), and an 05 brewery aged, and an 05 bottle. 2010 bottle: Same as above but much, much more heat all over this beer. Damn!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 15, 2010
12oz bottle from George. Bright orange pour with not much of a head. Caramel and a little cardboard in the aroma. Light hops and some fruitiness, but pretty nice overall. (1250)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Rating #1800! Hell yeah - I have really wasted a lot of time on this site! Huge thanks to bring on BA, who was generous enough to share 12oz bottles of the 2005 and 2009 vintages for a vertical tasting. Thisíll be big review #800 for me, and Iím pretty sure Iím the only person who cares about that. 2005 pours hazy dark amber with minimal head. 2009 pours hazy medium amber with a minimal head. Both have an excellent aroma - sweet malt, caramel, toffee, oak, bourbon, and vanilla. More oxidative notes in the 2005 and some leather and sherry. Both flavors are intense. Sweet caramel and toffee, bourbon, and lots of -bal notes of oak and vanilla. 2005 has some leather, molasses, and sherry oxidation notes as well. More barrel and vanilla too. 2009 has more alcohol, as the 2005 has almost no booze to it. Just a tad boozy on the palate, less so with the 2005. Medium-bodied and smooth with appropriately low carbonation. Overall both were great, but the aged version was really special. Extremely drinkable for the ABV. Really enjoyed this one (or these ones).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Thanks to Stopbarking for this one! Hazy copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is creamy, vanilla, bourbon and toffee. Caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and dates. Nice warming finish!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2010
bottle shared at RBWG, pours murky brown. Aroma is vanilla some bourbon and wood tones. Flavor is more of the same. Very mellow bourbon and vanilla with a strong caramel malt flavor. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2010
Hazed orange/brown pour with tan head and lace. Bourbon, dried dates on the aroma. Dried fruit, and bourbon barrel dominate the flavor. A tad thin and watery. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5808) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2010
Thanks to Dalzale for sharing this one. Lots of caramel and toffee in the aroma. Alcohol is present in the flavor and on the palate, but I didnít realize it is quite as strong as it is. Some vanilla. While the alcohol is present throughout, I donít pick up the bourbon. Overall a sweet, alcohol-laden barleywine. Not a bad bourbon aged beer, perhaps because I donít taste the bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 9, 2010
12oz bottle pours a watery, opaque brown with zero head. Aroma is apples, brandy, wood pulp. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, slightly pulpy. Finish is a little hot and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Rich sherry and caramel aromas with great vanilla notes. Pours a reddish amber with no head. Creamy vanilla with caramel, very smooth, finishes sweet and spicy with alcohol notes. Awesome sipping beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
355mL thanks to ryan I think at DC Elite. Hard to believe this turns out so well with such a mediocre base. Rich rum raisin, mellow bourbon, vanilla nose. Taste is full of hot, warming bourbon; vanilla; rich maltiness. Still a little syrupy sweet.

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