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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 453   ABV: 15.1%
Big N Bold aged in bourbon barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3495) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (5394) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
Keg at the Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014, red session. 03/05/2014. Red/ amber coloured oour with a halo of cream head. Aroma is bourbon vanilla, oak. Flavour is Full bodied, unrefined sugars, brown sugar, hot alcohol. Some dired fruits. Palare is full bodied with fine carbonation.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
355mL thanks to ryan I think at DC Elite. Hard to believe this turns out so well with such a mediocre base. Rich rum raisin, mellow bourbon, vanilla nose. Taste is full of hot, warming bourbon; vanilla; rich maltiness. Still a little syrupy sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4969) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2010
Thanks to Dalzale for sharing this one. Lots of caramel and toffee in the aroma. Alcohol is present in the flavor and on the palate, but I didnít realize it is quite as strong as it is. Some vanilla. While the alcohol is present throughout, I donít pick up the bourbon. Overall a sweet, alcohol-laden barleywine. Not a bad bourbon aged beer, perhaps because I donít taste the bourbon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (35101) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2010
Bottle, blind #37. Pours hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is cheesy and fruity. Dark malty and overripe fruity. Caramelish and dark breadish roasted malty. Sweet caramelish into a dry and bitter to bone dry finish. Boozy. Caramelish and sweet into the far finish. Dry and bitter hoppy too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle: † Deep caramel, a bit of an amberish hue, thin to moderate sudsy white off-white head, sparce lacing. † Soft bourbon on the nose, slight aged cheese and dank basement. † Reminds me a bit of Deschutes Mirror Mirror. † Loads of sweet caramel like molasses on the tongue. † Very sweet. † Some honey and vanilla as well. † Somewhat reminds me of Honeycomb cereal. † Its also very warming... coming at 14.5%. † Thankfully its not really thick, but the mouthfeel is a bit velvety. † Lingering heat, bourbon, heavy molasses, and aged cheese. † I canít escape that cheese aspect. † Not many aged Barley Wines have this, but it reminds me a lot of Mirror Mirror. † Lingering molasses, caramel, burnt brown sugar, and cheese. † Thanks to alexsdad06 for this one!

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