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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (653) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
At Stephens House with Stephen, Aaron, and Dave. Pours dark murky bronze. Aroma is huge pungent awesome caramel fig raison, old malt. Taste is rounded caramel malt, nice old musky notes, burnt sugars.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Big thanks to Ibrew2or3 for sharing this treat.

This beer pours a brown body with some red highlights, very still with no head. Nose of malts, candied sugars, dark fruits and some heat from the alcohol. Flavor is sweet, notes of vanilla, bourbon and plums, finishing with a very slight burn. Palate is thin to medium, lightly astringent. Finish is medium lenght and slightly sweet. Nice brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 This beer is huge. Pours deep brown with no head. Thick and daunting. The taste is huge. Fills your mouth. Tons of caramel and malt, with a big sweet finish. Not a beer I’d drink everyday, but definitely a nice one. Re-rate: so, they brought this to the winterfest. Who would have figured. Incredibly well balanced at this point. Unbelievable rich and smooth. HIdes the alcohol really well. This was much better than the last bottle I tried.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle shared w/ J, K, and Simon at the 6/27 Del Mar Doom. Thanks Derek! F me...this is unreal. Silly, stupid, ridiculous. You know those beers you crack, sniff, and laugh? What you’d expect in the nose - but to perfection. Oak, bourbon, sweet malt/toffee, mellowed and powerful. Flavor boasts PLUM, sweet (a good sweet), oak, bourbon, raisin, toffee, candy apple, caramel, slight roast in the finish ... a really pleasant heat. Palate is aged to perfection and soft... beginning to push the limits of a "beer". This was a ’wow’ type beer in every way. You guys should probably make this again.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (599) - Alpine, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Pours dark like cola with just a big of carbonation, but not much. Aroma is caramel, toffee, prunes, vanilla, bourbon and dried fruits. Taste is slightly sweet, like caramel. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. I would have expected a bit more sweetness. This is one of my favorite styles...but it is just not as good as some other BA Barleywines I have had recently.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner (568) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Big thanks to HisBoyElroy on this split. Extremely good beer. Very good smell taste and feel. So all around great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2010
Dark brown with a lovely reddish glow, only a small ring is left on top, looks heavy and inviting. Aroma is simply mindblowing, just oh so nutty and toffe loaded with slick lovely creamy sweet buttery vanilla, caramell and cookie dough notes. Some lovely fruity black currants, dark berrys, integrated bourbon and some raisins. Flavor is about the same but with "less" unfortunately, still lovely but with a fairly noticable alcohol presence, especially in the finish which is slightly dry with lingering bourbon notes. Mouthfeel is smooth, quite sticky and fat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Had at the EBF in Boston. Dark reddish brown pour with no head. Amazing aromas of fruit, caramel, and hints of bourbon. Awesome beer along with all there others at the fest.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RespertFTW (482) - Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
At 2014 MBG Winterset. Deep hazy brown. Dried fruit, sugar, caramel and booze. Smooth and tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973 (477) - 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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