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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
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Top Fuel is a barrel aged American style Barley Wine brewed by Local Option Bierwerker. This super charged beer surges forward at 330 MPH; appearing hazy light copper with immediate notes of toffee, caramel, pine and earthy undertones. Full bodied with a velvety mouth feel, and lingering bitterness, Top Fuel is aged on Four Roses bourbon barrels, yielding a devastating barley wine worthy of its name. No adjuncts or extracts of any type are used in Top Fuel.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Big Barleywine given to me by Tony at Local Option. Hazy amber colour. Little head nose is big caramel, booze and bourbon. Smooth mouthfeel. Flavour is big caramel malt with some nice sweetness and bourbon. Well done beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ICEatALAMO (938) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 18, 2014
Bottle. The pour is a murky copper color. The aroma is strong, big bourbon and a mix between barley wine and an old ale. The taste is fairly complex, and kind of messy. Reminds me of a very light weight light 4D from a taste perspective. Not at all light in the booze arena, very boozy. Chalky taste. Hoping is gets a better taste as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodgrblu (607) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Timfoolery, toffee, caramel color, boozy, somewhat flat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2014
12oz bottle share courtesy of dcschiller. It pours with a deep murky copper body that supports a light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up molasses, caramel malts, cherries, prunes and a pleasing sherry rich fruitiness followed by some modest booze near the end of the draw. The taste is rich and yummy and it goes deep with goodness in the form of molasses and caramel malts rolling into prunes, cherries and brown sugar. I’m not sure I get any barrel in this but that doesn’t interfere with the experience one bit. This is a lovely sipper as it ends with a nectar sweet kiss amid a bit of booze. Yes!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @ Richard’s Tasting. Copper pour with a khaki head. This thing is hot. Really boozy. Peach, white sugar, brown sugar, and some booze. Bread, caramel, toffee, and a touch of bourbon. As with the nose, this thing is just boozy and cloying. Toffee, caramel, and tons of sugar. A bit of fruit, mostly golden raisin and peach. Mild bourbon, lots of alcohol, and some vanilla.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6370) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to caterwaul. Split with b3shine. Totally hazy amber brown color. Pours with pretty much no head, just a couple bubbles. Very light carbonation, almost flat. Bigger body. Lightly slick, very light dry in the finish. Big earthy hop, oak whiskey, some caramel, light vanilla, light spice. Some sweet, bigger bitter taste. Sort of a spicy bite in the finish. Toffee. Interesting, big intense barleywine. Smooths out considerably as it warms. Gets much more creamy, and the bite subsides. Funny how these big beers get noticeably better as they warm up. After a while a thin white film of head becomes visible on the surface, and some good dots of lace show up on the glass. Wow, it just got better and better. Started at a 3.2, finished off at a 3.7. Did I get buzzed that quick? Much hoppier and bitter than your typical barleywine, but in a bittering way, early addition hop, not aroma. For this reason I think it will age pretty well - probably won’t turn into a sweet mess a year or two down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5425) - Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a cloudy caramel brown with very thin off-white lacing and very soft carbonation. Smells solid; sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee and a big oak presence. Not a lot of bourbon though. Maybe a bit of vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel. Bourbon comes out more in the nose as it warms. Good, not great.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20 (596) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2014
On draft at the special tap room at Dark Horse. The pour is a thick coppery amber with ends of brown work a white filmy head. The aroma is extraordinarily complex. The vanilla dominates the nose. Boozy note, dark fruits, lovely. The flavor is a bit boozy, but incredibly like the aroma. The mouth feel is perfectly thick and wonderful. The booziness is well concealed on the back end and it's very warming ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (714) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Really bursting in alcohol aroma. Very nice flavor. Really smooth for the style. Big hop flavor comes in late and stays throughout.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1078) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2014
12oz bottle pours a copper orange with a tiny brown head. toffee and vanilla aroma. taste is the same with a bit of a oak barrel finish


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