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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3483) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2013
Dark brown of color with a fast disappering beige head. An aroma of sweets, prunes, port, vanilla, raisins and dark sugar. A flavor of alcohol, prunes, liqurice, spice, caramel, chocolate, nuts, woody and alcohol in the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Dark brown pour with almost no head. Aromas of dark fruit, oak, cocoa, bourbon, and some yeast notes. Initial flavor is of raisin with notes of cocoa and dark fruit. Finishes with the oak and bourbon character. Very complex. Abv is well-hidden, barely noticeable in the finish but even then in that nice warming way. Truly a great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StefanSD (2191) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
12 oz bottle. 2011 bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a minimal head that soon disappears . The aroma is big and bold with dark fruits, bourbon and sherry. The taste is similar to the nose, I get bourbon, sherry, raisins, walnuts and dates. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering sherry. Overall: A bit boozy but still excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leighton (11876) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle at THE Barley Wine Tasting - East Croydon. Thanks to Kenny for this 2009 vintage bottle. Pours cloudy amber with a faint, creamy foam head. Deep, dark sugary malt nose, some cheese notes. Big sweet flavor with hefty alcohol kick, coffee ice cream, caramel, dates. Big in body with finely carbonated. Hot finish with further coffee ice cream, lots of alcohol, chewy ripe fruits, salt, figs. Loads of alcohol heat here. Nothing special

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mittenator (1390) - Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2013
2012 bottle. Deep brown with some haze and no head. Plum, sugar, caramel and booze. Holy wow. Just amazing. Completely hides the ABV. First 20 overall I've ever given.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JStax (3244) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Pours a darker brown with a beige head of foam. Aroma is bread, chocolate, bourbon, fig, raisin, malt. Tastes very sweet and malty. Really nice stuff overall.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Tempting aroma and dark pour with a smoother than expected taste and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mathieuc (1516) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2013 Bottle thanks to tom10101 again, someone stop this guy!! Thanks! Pours a clear copper with a low carbonation level hence almost no head. Not really a defect for a barleywine. Aroma is really and rich, with a lot of brown sugar and a little rubbing alcohol. Taste is more of the same but now with toffee, syrup and various sweets notes. As mentionned earlier the carbonation was soft so texture was oily, thick, sticky... quite fun! Overall a really nice BW, bourbon was discrete but this is how we like it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6169) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle shared by someone during RBWG-JAX. Thanks! Dark amber brown pour with a small tan head. Rich BA aroma, fudge, coconut, etc. melds well with underlying dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, etc. The flavor shows nice BA intermingling with tasty barleywine, maybe a hint of booze and oxidation. Still tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brystmar (1289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2013
2011. Body is dark brown/black, minimal beads of white head & lace. Boozy, complex aroma showcases the bourbon character amidst sweet malts. Alcoholic, yet age-y and fantastic. Plenty of bourbon against the barleywine backbone. Tons going on here: caramel sweetness, bready, barrel character, boozy warmth. Arguably the best barleywine I've ever tasted; I actually prefer this over KH. Truly unfortunate that I don't have any more of these :( 2010 is more boozy and leathery, lacks the same magic found in the '11. Need more of the '11 ASAP!


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