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RATINGS: 365   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12oz. bottle, 2005 vintage, "Brewery Aged" noted on the label, with a big thanks to rbridges01 from over on BA for the chance to finally try this one! Pours a burgundy-caramel color with a moderate tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring with no lacing. Aroma is loaded with malty goodness - overripe dark fruits, toffee, caramel, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and brown sugar. Quite a heady nose that is very enjoyable to spend time with. Flavor is equally impressive, with a large variety of ripe and overripe dark fruits, caramel, toffee, and nicely complimentary barrel notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and a hint of brown sugar sweetness. A nice lasting palate and some gentle warmth, but the ABV stays surprisingly well hidden. Well worth the wait and very glad for the chance to finally try. Thanks again Ron!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy of markwise. Pours a hazy amber color to brown with orange to reddish highlights and off-white head. Aroma is intoxicating--sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, candy sugar, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, raisins, figs, dark ripe fruit, sweet goodness. Flavor is even better than the aroma with more intensity. Medium body with a sweet and syrupy finish. One of the best BA barleywines I have had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
markwise (4601) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Holy mackarel! Thanks to goryshkewych for this bottle. This was amazing! Pours slightly hazy orange-copper with an off-white head. Nose is cotton candy, roast, caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, slight brandy, raisin, almost no booze, and lots of wonder. Flavor is virtually the same and lingers with sugar, fruit, brandy, and raisins. Exceptional barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours brown. Nose is big dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, wood, sweet toffee, brown sugar, figs, dates, plum, raisin the whole gamut. Flavor is super rich sweet fruits, cane sugar, plum, beets, bourbon, oak, vanilla, sweet ripe cherries, apple, grapes. So much going on in there. beautiful beautiful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10041) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Bottle provided by hoppymeal. Thank you! Clear brown color. Barely any head. Vanilla, dates, figs, honey, agave, brown sugar, light bourbon and woody notes. Flavor is sweet with dates, figs, bourbon, syrup, alcohol, wood, and a really nice hop finish. Really a wonderful beer. I am guessing this one will get better over the next year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 13, 2010
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! An intense fruity nose that brings me back to the essence of Barleywine. Honey-drenched graham cracker, rum-macerated dried figs, and bourbon soaked peaches. Absolutely glowing and delightful. Froths up a thin rim of white. Lying beneath, a murky brew cloaked in henna and amber, fringing golden. Alcoholic bursts forward, taking within a strong mix of malts, fruits, and barrel. Oak, apricots, and oat crackers all tumble out of a brandy bottle, spilling the lugubrious vapors all over my palate. The alcohols really keep this one fresh. I expected sickening sweetness and instead got airy oak-balanced liquid toffee. This beer has a great balance of flavors and none of those rancid characters I might expected from such a beer, such as, bubblegum, early-stage infection, or oxidation. There’s a deep pithiness to the oak that elevates to vanilla and cream. This beer really and truly is an epic barleywine, one that reminds me that I do, in fact, enjoy the style (when done well). What a pleasant, lovely surprise.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a dark caramel toffee brown color with burnt amber edges. Completely still with a faint, very thing ring that quickly fades. Sweet boozy aroma with a very prominent bourbon presence. Hints of caramel and toffee along with some dark fruit, especially fig, plum and raisin. Again, the bourbon is dominant but you can still smell the oak and other notes. Very hot and extremely boozy with a ton of bourbon that dominates the flavor and lingers into a long warm finish. Subtle vanilla from the barrel along with some slick caramel toffee sweetness and dark fruit, namely fig, date and raisin. A bit too hot and bourbony and not as well balanced as I prefer but it’s a very nice sipping beer that should be savoured slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2009 bottle. Rusty-brown colored pour with minimal head. Rich candied fig aroma with hints of plum, oak, vanilla, red grapes, red apples, and balanced bourbon. The flavor is candied fruit, rum raisin bread, a little spice, vanilla and a strong oaky finish with lots of booziness. This really drinks a nice mellow bourbon instead of an assertive barley wine. The body is full and velvety with low carbonation and a kick of alcohol warming after you swallow a sip. I wouldn’t really try to pair this with anything, but it make a great aperitif after a nice steak dinner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (7534) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2009
On tap at the brewpub during ’09 Winter Solstice. ’09 version. Poured a burnt sienna with a tint of yellow and no head. A huge aroma that was full of sweet grain notes and a strong note of bourbon. Flavor starts quite sweet with grainy and caramel notes, but bourbon and booze take over in the finish. Nice and thick on the tongue.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (478) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2009
On draft at 2009 Winter Solstice party. 10 oz snifter. Deep caramel brown with no head. Aroma of strong bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruit. Taste is sweet and sugary. Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation, slight alcohol burn. Delicious!

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