Lafayette Big Boris Barleywine
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 274   ABV: 9.12%
Our own cult classic, Big Boris sports subtle changes in each year’s brew. This year’s version was brewed with pale and crystal malts and hopped with Chinook. Aged for a full 6 months prior to serving, this year’s brew bursts with ripe fruit flavors followed by a firm bitterness and a touch of alcohol warmth. Great today, should be much better in 5 or 10 years- if we can wait that long!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2007
Thanks to Bob, Michelle, and mostly my baby Jana for the 12th annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival today! From the bottle @ the fest. Had both the ’97 and ’98 offerings. Nose of caramel, fruit, candy, vanilla, flowers, alcohol, and toffee. The brew is a cloudy amber with yeasmen floating about like sea monkeys in my glass. The tall off-white creamy head is fully lasting with exceptional lace. This brew is extremely complex. Nothing really missing...it’s all there. The full soft body is syrupy. The finish feels alcoholic. My favorite sample of the fest, definitely over the top!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
purduebacchus (39) - USA - JUL 15, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2008 Thin lacy head. dark and Hazy, rich on the palate, Flavors of fruit and honey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2008
1997 version on tap at the Indiana Brewer’s Guild Festival. I’ve had this once before, a fresh version, and wasn’t taken with it. However, 10+ years of age revealed this to be a marvelous beer, and a highlight of the festival. In hindsight, I should have kept drinking this rather than standing in line for Dark Lord. Onto the beer: notes of raisin and fig dominate the nose and the palate, where a sweet English style barleywine enters the picture with caramel, toffee, and vanilla mingled with dried cherry and more fig. Chewy, rich, and I imagine a wonderful complement to a creme brulee or flan. Superb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival - 2004 from draft and 1997 from a bottle back to back - Aroma is honey, caramel and earthy hops. Pours muddy brown with no head. Flavor matches aroma with the earthy flavors going more towards wet mulch. Palate is crisp and tart. The difference between the two vintages (besides 7 years) would be that the hops had faded in both aroma and flavor. The palate on the 97 was very smooth and creamy. A tasty brew at 3 years and a damn fine brew after 10!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2004
The aroma was bitter. The appearance reminded me of dark urine. There was no carbonation. It had an overwhelming alcohol taste. But it was overall very smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2005
Tap @ GTMW. Mostly hazy with a bright orange glow and a thin, icy white head. Hoppy aroma for the majority, teaming with honey, pine, peat and a lemon grass undercurrent. Medium to full bodied. Accentuated hop profile couples with a rich caramel presence. Some cherry toffee chews add character to the palate clinging substance. Rich and sweet and well balanced. Hints of orange rind and rosemary creep up on the tail end. Fairly complex and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2004
Poured a hazy gold with a small off white head and some nice lacing on the glass. Perfumey citrus hops (both sweet and tart), more fruit, and alcohol as well in the aroma. Sweet and burning alcohol taste, taste of sweet malt, orange peel, dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12883) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2004
(draft- Indiana brewers fest) Hazy gold brown ale with a nice grapey hopey aroma. Great vinous tatste with sweet malts and a nice grapefruit hops finish. Good body and balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 30, 2004
Festival Tap: A bit more body and this would be a really fine barleywine along the lines of Three Floyds & Victory’s hoppy BW’s. Grapefruit and orange rind all over mixed with a slight alcohol touch. Malts are sweet but just a bit light. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Had a hazy dark gold body. The aroma was caramel, honey with some light oranges. The taste is rich. This has tobacco, milk chocolate and peanuts. Nice.

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