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RATINGS: 362   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 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2009 courtesy of xmarcnolanx, thanks man! wow. this thing is huge, and scarily smooth. tastes like backwoods and utopias or something, crazy delicious! great finish, warm and fuzzy mouthfeel, great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2011
2012. Just bottled and shared by Brad at Kuhnhenn. Pours dark toffee colored brown with small tan head. Aromas of sweet caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut. Smelled amazing. Probably the best aroma I have ever experienced in a beer. Flavor of sweet caramel, rich bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and some molasses. There is some heat, but is insanely drinkable for such a big beer. Sweet and bourbony. So complex. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours an opaque dark brown, with deep auburn tones. Almost no head, but somehow it maintains decent lacing throughout the glass. With an aroma full of sweet dark malt, molasses, vanilla, and bourbon, this just may be the best smelling beer ever. Seriously. Although I was very eager to drink it, I really was content just to sit there and sniff it. And every time I did, I just smiled and smiled. And I wasn’t even lit. Yet. The flavor is full of caramel, sweet toffee, bitter oak, vanilla, and a huge raisin presence. And of course, bourbon. The bourbon flavor is oaky and almost cherry like straight into the finish, where it gives way to a straight mild bourbon aftertaste. Nice full body, gently carbonated, and emminently deceptive in its masking of the alcohol presence. By far the best bourbon beer I have ever had. This beer is changing the way I think of bourbon barrel beers. Although I do like them, my appreciation for them has always been along the lines of "interesting, tasty, but let’s move on to something else." I think for the first time I am experiencing the bourbon flavor as such an integral component of the overall character, rather than just a tasty ’added extra.’ This beer might even teach me to like bourbon. Uh oh

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2007
12’er. What nectar. Dark brown color. Outstanding aroma. Astonishingly complex flavor of absorbed wood (coconut, vanilla, soaked wood, light whiskey) and heavy malt (an array of cinnamon covered fruit, caramel and toffee. Very, very smooth. If anyone has any bottles of this for trade, I am willing to trade heavily for it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ibrew2or3 (7169) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 Rating #1100

Purchased at the brewery a few months back. I’ve been looking forward to trying this. The aroma can be detected from across the room. There is a great play between dark fruity goodness, sweet caramel, hints of alcohol and woody bourbon-ness. The flavor is a sweet kiss on the lips with figs, dates, minced raisins soaking in molasses and an absolutely delicious river of caramel candy. A pleasant warming sensation does show up around the finish. Competing with the barleywine flavors but a couple notches below in strength is a bourbon and wood sensation. Very nice compliment creating an enjoyable experience. The after taste is a mix of dark fruit, caramel and hints of wood. The only knock I could find would be the body. It’s a bit too thin. Sure hope they plan on making more this next winter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - DEC 1, 2008
Wow. Thanks Jon! Tasted at Jon’s 2000th tasting. I’ve been waiting a while to try this, drooling at it in Jon’s mini fridge. Excellent aroma. Crazy good. Rich buttery oaky brown sugar. sweet. Tastes as good as it smells.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernbourbon (1339) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkurzynski (1615) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle thanks to FlandersNed. Deep brown with red hues and a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Amazing aroma of sweet, dark cherry, bourbon-soaked, candied plums and raisins, sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruit, a hint of mustiness and some booze. Flavor is candied dark fruit, raisins, molasses, and woody bourbon. Thick, sticky mouthfeel that coats the palate. Lingering wood and sweet, dark fruit. Sweetness makes this a sipper. Booze, while fairly apparent in the aroma, is barely noticeable in the flavor or finish. Top notch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyCraft (3528) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
2011 Bottle with Bill during the birds game. Pours a deep brown with red hues, barely any head or lacing to note. Aromas of bourbon, wood, dark fruit, candy sugar, and malts. Taste is plums, cocoa, cherries, brown sugar, bourbon, and oak. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth slightly syrup. and layered with flavors. Reminds me of a perfectly cellared thomas hardy. Full bodied. Top 3 barleywine for me.

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