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Lompoc Old Tavern Rat - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Tavern Rat Barley Wine was originally brewed in December 2009, then aged in Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels for 10 months and cellared for another 13. The dark amber-colored barley wine features a soft oak character with notes of raisins and figs. Get a designated driver, this beer comes in at 9.7% ABV. This beer was named in honor of legendary publican Don Younger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1136) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2015
13 on tap at oaks bottom. I can drink quickly, especially the first one, but this one i was happy just to sip. Aromas of alcohol, brown sugar, prunes. Sippin smooth. some resiny hops coming up to keep the balance with the complex malt, and a little smoke. rich finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Awesome beer. Very underrated. Pours a reddish color with a small white head. A massive fresh bourbon nose, some cherries. The flavor is big malts, sweet, huge bourbon, heat, woody. A massive barrel and the base is more than big enough to compete.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1808) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 9, 2014
On tap. A: Dark brown with a wispy head. Good lacing. N: Pleasant caramel, vanilla, toffee, quick breads, touch of prune, some cherry overtones. T: Malty with a backend hop bitterness. Some astringency and alcohol flavor. M: Sticky and full. O: A pretty nice beer that would do well to lose the astringency. Similar to Hellshire I.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39955) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and caramelish, toffee and whiskey. Sweet, whiskey, caramelish and toasted dark malty. Sweet malty and whiskey smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4042) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Bottle. Thanks deftim13. This is a nice beer, in a style Im not always fond of. Deep plum brown with, low carbonation with a some light white lace that fades, leaving it looking more like a thin port. Nose is sweet bourbon and oak, dark fruits, brown sugar, lots of caramel, nice. Similar flavor, lots of dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness, bourbon. Its a little rough at the end with some sharp bitterness but overall pretty good. Wow, the bitterness at the end is kinda fruity and sorta juniper like but it makes the beer very hard to drink when its not a little too cold which is very unfortunate for a barley wine as i like them at a warmer temp than most beers. Tastes like Im 11 years old wandering through the forrest and i just ate some nasty fruit skin and its bitter as shit. Otherwise, this beer showed promise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (15570) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 3, 2012
Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. A nice bourbon and oak aroma followed by plenty of toffee and brown sugar. Just a mild booze notes and a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is surprisingly woody and hoppy. Quite a bit of pine and earthy hop flavor, which is also a bit of a surprise. Lots of oxidation, but not so much in the cardboard sense. A hint of bourbon on the palate along with good malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
boFNjackson (4199) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Bottle shared at the big Hair of the Dog PreSale Tasting... Poured darkish, burnt orange with a thin, beige head. Some really wonderful woody, oak, and bourbon tones with dark, toasted grains and dark fruit flavors. They improved on an already exceptional beer.

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