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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mittenator (1612) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ineedbeer (1610) - Oakland, California, USA - AUG 11, 2014
12 oz bottle from 2013 Winter Solstice coming in at 14.0% ABV. Aroma is failry rich and malty with lots of dark caramel and toffee with some lighter roast and medium light chocolate to balance the caramel. Some medium light bourbon notes with some light alcohol spice. Medium light raisins, figs and prunes. Faint hop notes. Pours dark brown with some lighter brown and amber hues on the edges. Small, somewhat thin, tan head recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Medium light lacing and fairly long legs. Flavor has a light sweetness with some moderate dark caramel and toffee notes; not as super sweet as a lot of barley wines which is nice. Some light roast and medium light chocolate notes. Medium bitterness with faint pine hop notes. Medium bourbon character with light oak and medium light alcohol spice. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and medium alcohol warmth. Overall a really nice barley wine; I really enjoy that it has a slightly darker malt profile and avoids the overly strong burnt sugar note that lots of barley wines have to them. Well balanced bitterness with faint hop character. A nice balanced beer with a lot of malt complexity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle; 2009 vintage; thanks to Derek for the trade; slight hiss upon opening and pours a flat, murky orange-brown mix; vanilla cookies, sweet bourbon, thick caramel malt and a little chocolate mixed in too; aromas has as yummy doughy, sweetness to it; dark fruits, yummy bourbon and a slight burn going down; still very drinkable for 14%; murky mouthfeel with dried fruits, plums, brandy sweetness and cookies; oranges, bourbon, doughy malt, slight oxidation that seems to work; yummy and decadent desert beer

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeadMe (1590) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2010
A: Pours a dark orangish brown hue with a small head. No retention but it does have some legs. S: Huge aromas here. Tons of coconut, caramel, brown sugar. The barrel stands out in a big way as well with fresh oak, vanilla, and booze. T: Crazy good brew. Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee. Coconut macaroons, hints of dark fruit and lots of oak, vanilla, and light booze. M: Medium in body, perfect carbonation, smooth, with a nice boozy finish. D: Out of this world.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Ah, the beauty of the RBSG grand tasting. After sampling PP Le Woody Brune and Mo Betta Betta, I turned around to find AlohaC pouring samples of this, so much thanks to Christian for this one. Deep amber pour, loose soapy head. Rich caramel and bourbon aroma , heavy sweet malts, spicy alcohol tones, but the whole package is rich enough that it comes together. The taste is reined in, surprising due to the alcohol content, plus it’s Kuhnhenn. Rich fruity taste, dark fruits, oak, moderate bourbon. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DietPepsican (1578) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Stud tasting 1.0 held at general_gaos. Thanks for putting up with us colin! Pours a brownish red with no head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, strong malts, and cherry. Flavor is up front celery, blood/minerals, sea weed, booze, cherry, foot, funk. Finishes boozy, warming, some tartness. I guess even at a stud tasting you get one turd. I think the other two guests enjoyed this one, so it was just me, not the bottle

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Courtesy Ibrew2or3. Clear, dark ruby/amber. Zero head, just a few bubbles. Smell dat bourbon. A ton of vanilla, old wood, whiskey, rich caramel, with a couple pieces of tropical fruit thrown in there. Not as complex as I had hoped, but very tasty, impactful. Full body, smooth, lightly viscous. Excellent barleywine.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1495) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle shared by John at DLD pre-party, thanks man. Pour is insanely viscous deep rich caramel color with a very very thin ring of white bubbles. This pours like maple syrup, my god it looks good. Aroma is way huge toffee malt with loads of brown sugar and light bourbon. Palate = awesome and smooth. Flavor is also like maple syrup with notes of bourbon and almost no alcohol to be found. Hell yes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2011
Bottle pours hazy orange-amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows notes of caramel, dried fig and bourbon. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of brown sugar covered dates, agave, and oak.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1451) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
’10 bottle courtesy Sean - thank you! Thin and quickly fading head with minimal and sparse carbonation. Dark and somewhat transparent ruby/brown in the glass. Aroma is rich bourbon up front with marshmallow followed by oak, minor coconut, and a slightly alcoholic raisin/date finish. Taste is huge rounded bourbon, rich and sweet malt, raisin/date, and prickly alcohol on the very tail end. Smooth feel in the mouth and the minimal carbonation does not seem to be an issue with the high ABV and huge flavor profile. The transition from the bourbon up front to the sweeter barley wine on the finish is smooth. There’s a lingering chewiness after each sip from the raisin/date and alcohol notes but the finish compliments rather than distracts. Tremendous beer.


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