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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Thanks go out to Chris for the chance to try this beer. Served in a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle that says 14.5% alc. Not the 12% the site has it listed at. Poured very vigorously to try to agitate it and get some sort of head from the beer....but nonetheless it formed a nice caramel dark toffee colored head for all of a couple seconds than falls out very quickly to no head what so ever. The aroma is VERY good on this brew...lots of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, sweet dark fruits, brandy/bourbon notes with a little bit of oak woodsiness that leads to a small amount of vanilla. The alcohol is also pretty dominant in the aroma. On to the flavors...this truly is a sipping beer that could be enjoyed for an hour before finishing the bottle. The flavor is sweet and thick with lots of molasses, dark brown sugars, a nice amount of vanilla and oak from the barrel comes through in the flavor. And then is a really warming sensation from the strong alcohol presence melding with the bourbon barrel. Overall a really great barleywine that I can only hope to try again. Thanks Chris!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Sampled at Kuhnhenn. We told them we were from NJ and they pulled this out for us. Bourbon flavor was present but not overpowering and balanced out very well with the base brew. Have to get this one again. Rerate: didn’t enjoy this beer anywhere near as much.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Everything works together for this beer. Wonderful flavor and aroma. Like drinking oak and whiskey aged candy (though the sweetness is not over the top).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Michbeerlover (140) - - DEC 21, 2013
Picked up a 2013 bottle from the brewery's Winter Solstice event today. Pours a very dark red, almost black with no head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla ,dark fruits, chocolate fudge and slight alcohol. Getting a lot of coconut, vanilla and dark cherries in the taste. No real alcohol in the taste, which is hard to believe at 14%. Medium mouthfeel. Coconut after taste lingers for some time. World class brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BARLEYWINEO (106) - Tacoma, USA - APR 28, 2012
A: Poured a murky reddish brown color with good carbonation and a nice tan cap S: Big bourbon influence, plenty of heat with some big dark fruits: i can literally pick them out...figs,prunes and a fresh raisin. Some toffee and, wood and vanilla T: Heat but not as bad as many beer from this brewery. The sugary sweetness of 4d turned me off but this beer is a bit more balanced and rounded if you can call this balanced lol. Figs, plums, raisins, with toffee, caramel and brown sugar and some Earthy wood notes. M: Big body, a bit thin on the mouthfeel with heat going down. I felt the body should have been a bit bigger for a beer of this weight O: Good but not the best. Worth a try for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
readbaron (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Nose chock full of alcohol - underneath there’s vanilla, sweet caramel, buttescotch and bready malts. Pours a nearly flat clear dark amber. It’s sweet, full of alcohol with substantial vanilla, bourbon and malt component. A bit too boozy for my liking, but still quite tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bierotherapeut (43) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 11, 2007
Coup de coeur du Mondial de la bière 2007. De l’alcool, du caramel, du fut de bourbon (vanille) bien balancé. Une finale sucre. Se rapproche d’un vin fortifié. Wow!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
vferg (17) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2008
My favorite beer. Had it a total of 3 times, once at the brewery, once at Spuyten Duyvil, and also at EBF. All three times tasted just as good as the last which is normally very rare. For 14.5% Alcohol you would expect a bite but its more towards a sweet malty finish which works great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Xilgrin (6) - - APR 3, 2014 does not count
Strong aroma and quite rightly so! 2010 vintage, with singing flavours. Drink with a glass of water as this is serious. Look at the legs running down the side of the glass as it’s so strong


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