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RATINGS: 940   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Current bottles have a black front label and may also have a visible "Bourbon" screen printed on the neck.

Same base beer as The Angel’s Share, but aged in Heaven Hill Wheat Whiskey barrels instead of the Brandy barrels for the standard release.

Bottled beginning in 2008 in 375mL bottles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle, big thanks to kmweaver for this. Opened this Fin, Loz and Traci at the "Welcome Home Frank" tasting. Deep thick brown, fine tan head. Full dense gingerbread aroma, chocolate, toasty cracker edge, rummy fumes. So much aroma volume, and so nicely integrated together. Bourbon woody chocolate flavor, a rich sweetness that is deep and satisfying but never sticky. A nice warming presence after the swallow. Hard to picture a barleywine being nicer than this. Thanks again Ken!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Bottle, courtesy of SoLan. This pours brown with a lightly fuzzy tan head which leaves some lacing on the glass. The nose on this is fantastic, huge sweet oak and vanilla laced bourbon whiffs dancing around caramel almost bready malts. Not over the top or harsh with the bourbon at all, very balanced. In flavor the bourbon is even more subdued, though still apparent. Malty, bread pudding, praline nuts, some tannic oak and hints of vanilla and maple. Smooth and lucious in the mouth while slightly drying from the bourbon and oak. Wow! What a treat.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
bottle, rating #800!!! This bottle came from beastiefan2k. Wow what an experience this beer is. A nice brown pour leads to the best smelling beer I have ever smelled. As three friends and I sipped this aromas were described as vanilla, bourbon, oak, pecan pie, raisins, prunes, molasses, and more. The flavr is just beautiful. Sweetness and touches of bourbon are married seamlessly. The vanilla, raisins and maple syrup come out wonderfully. An amazing beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2758) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Courtesy SoLan, he rocks for sharing this! Big oaky aroma, touches of vanilla and musky sweaty locker room. Deep brown color. Fuzzy carbonation overtakes the palate at first but further in a big oakiness takes over, with some deep dark caramel and touches of bourbon. Finish is sem-sweet. Heady aroma, some sweet alcohols waft here and there. Deep raisiny character becomes apparent. The more I smell this the more it infects my soul.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 22, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Bottle (375ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Wow, what a rare treat!! Pours a very dark brown with an average size somewhat-lasting fluffy light-brown head. Good lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, oak, lots of bourbon, brown sugar, molasses and more. Thick, sweet, malty flavour with lots of bourbon, some fruit, oak, vanilla, hops and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied. This is a fantastic beer but it’s also a BIG beer, so even though it comes in a small bottle, you’ll want to share it. Thanks for sharing Harry!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (4110) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 13, 2008
Spcially good, a nice smoked alike taste and awesome head. Had it on tap. Had it at GBBF 2008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 9, 2008
(375ml) Thanks to Enniskillen for sharing. Pours a thin, white dissipating head atop a brown copper body. Nose of burnt brown sugar, wood chips, molasses and soya sauce. Flavour of solid stout, sour cherries, iodine, toffee. Good. 8/4/8/4/17

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10420) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2008
Hazy brown with medium beige head. Sweet vinious aroma with caramel, bourbon, chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet flavor with caramel, roasted malt, bourbon, oak and dark overripe fruits. Ends sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
Deep brown color with a tan head. molasses, vanilla sweet aroma with notes of fruit, alcohol and bourbon. Molassses and light chocolate sweet flavor with fruity notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (15272) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 Cask at GBBF08. Good roasted aroma, some vanilla, and a vinous hint. Very dark brown colour, small frothy light brown head. The flavour is quite strong and alcoholic, but also sweet enough to balance it. Again plenty of vanilla. Sweet vinous aftertaste with some burning alcohol.

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