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Mad River Bourbon Barrel John Barleycorn
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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Heaven Hill Bourbon, 30 weeks.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (15489) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2013
Draft @ Beer Revolution, Oakland, CA. Vintage 2011. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty woody bourbon and vanilla aroma. Sweetish malty woody bourbon and vanilla flavor with hints of caramel. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon and vanilla finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10340) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft at the Bistro West Coast Barrel Aged Beer Festival. Pours dark orange brown. Aroma is very bourbon. Med body. Flavor is very bourbon/brown sugar. Very nice barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9012) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2010
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a cloudy brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bourbon, oak, vanilla, carmel and fruittiness with a smooth lingring oaky carmel finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (6691) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Draft. Rich caramel beer with an off-white head. Caramel/toffee aroma with light bourbon. Bourbon flavor with caramel/toffee. Medium-plus bodied. Bourbon lingers with caramel/toffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6146) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Missing my notes here, but I do recall a sweet malty bourbon-kissed full-bodied beer that I liked quite a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6011) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at Bistro BA Fest. Pours dark brown with a bourbon and toffee aroma and a thin beige head. There is a carbonated raisin and bourbon flavor with a very warm alcohol trail.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (5715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pour on tap at Rackhouse, hazy dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought big notes of dark fruits, lots of caramel, toffee, slight roast into big bourbon, oak, and vanilla, slight coconut. Taste is a mix of earth, nice dark fruits, dark caramel, into big bourbon, oak, sweet vanilla, finishing sweet. Pretty nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
This one poured a murky light brown color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of old barrel, oak, maple, and dark fruits. falvor was caramel sweetness and fruits upfront, followed by mellowed barrel and wood with a maple finish oka, but seemed to be in the barrel too long.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3684) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2012
Sampled at the Day After Thanksgiving Tasting 2011. Notes of chocolate, oaky woody, molasses. A little hot. Tasty stuff.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (3668) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Tap at The Rackhouse, 12/17/2012. Clear dark tawny brown with a thin dissipating beige head. Aroma was intense and magical; lots of brown sugar, boozy bourbon, vanilla, caramel, raisins/figs, and a hint of dark cherry and port tones. Flavor was magnificent and full and balanced and smoothly carbonated. Lots of oaked bourbon an brown sugar on the front end, without being too sharp or boozy. Then it gets kinda syrupy and sweet for a moment before returning to an oaked and vanilla twinged wave of caramel, figs, toffee, and black cherries. Brown sugar and oak finish with some boozy warmth. Wonderfully made.


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