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Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2003
Mmmm. Quite nice. I had this at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Buttery, scotchy, and generally overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle sampled on 3/12/07: Pours a transparent copper orange with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of sweet aged caramel malt with a big earthy, toasty butterscotch vanilla character. Body starts with a viscous sticky caramel sweetness with some brown sugar and raisin complexity toward a very warming sweet viscous finish. A nice barleywine, but a little over the top, cloying and alcoholic.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with a ring of offwhite lace. Complex aroma of mild hops, malt, bourbon and mild alcohol. Solid flavor of malt, bourbon, mild hops and mild alcohol with a bitter finish, very intense but pleasant to drink.The body is medium with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6011) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2008 2006 Barley Wine in bottle. Clean mahogany hue with a small foamy ring and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of plum, mango and starfruit esters, sweet honey, bready and caramel malts, herbal and resiny hops. Was this dry-hopped or something prior to re-release for it is shockingly hoppier than any of us expected. Besides the hop forward taste I also got tropical fruit, sweet caramel, toffee, mint leaves and a hint of clove on the finish. Warming and biting with a sticky mouth feel, astringent finish. This is really nice and I still wanted to know what is up with the bitterness. Glad I got one bottle for later.

Bourbon barrel: Tasted at the Kuhnhenn Winter Solstice: Deep murky brown with a minimal amount of bubbles but oily upon the glass. The aroma has a big woody and bourbon character with some wet grains, molasses, caramel, and herbal hop vapours. The taste has an oxidized and cardboard tone up front with notes of prune, chocolate, caramel, anise, clove, and plenty of bourbon barrel. The mouth feel is sharp and biting, lush and dry. Seems a bit too long in the barrel IMO.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 Draft special at the solstice party. Someone said this was the bourbon barrel and then the brandy barrel. Iím not sure. It could have been both because Iíd seen old ales and barley wines on bourbon come off a little fruity/sweet like this. This one smells downright amazing, with a huge red grape and plum and wine-stained oak note along with some bread and peat notes in the nose. Lots of wood tannins at play, and slightly oxidized. Very low carbonation, sweet, spicy, velvety, very amazing. Reminds me of sherry, sour brown ales, red wine, and potpourri.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
12oz bottle thanks again to jeremy for bringing this one along....a dark toffee brown pour with wispy light brown swirls in terms of head.... aroma was very assertive on the bourbon along with sticky chewy caramel and toffee. a really nice nose i must say....flavor was somewhat oxidized but still had lots of wood, bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruit. mouthfeel felt somewhat thin. carbonation was a little lacking. overall, it was still pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (2072) - FINLAND - MAY 16, 2014
Tap @ CBC14-red. Dark mahogany. Very bourbony vanilla, rich plummy malty nose. Full body. Soft, with raisins, caramel sweetness. Bourbony oaky vanilla. Bit too much though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bourbon and some strong caramel malt in the aroma. Black with no head. Full palate. Bourbon warmth hits right away and slowly reveals some thick, syrupy, sugary malt flavors. Interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2008
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil: Muddy, headless amber pour. Nice color. Has a big bouquet. Fruity and sweet; boozy with tons of vanilla, maple soaked fruits (berries) and toffee. Rich body, kinda slick mouth feel. Huge sweet flavor. Rummy with lots of vanilla with toffee soaked berries and raisins. Residual maple qualities as well. A monster of a Barley Wine. Didnít get much Bourbon, more rummy. A bit sweet in my opinion.


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