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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine is a version of our Old Dipsea Barleywine that has been aged in Bourbon Barrels for about a year. This ageing contributes wood and bourbon flavors to the beer. The micro-oxygenation that occurs in the barrels mellows and smoothes out the high alcohol as dried and over-rip fruit characters evolve. Sometimes we add wild yeast for another layer of complexity.

2008 Vintage: Aged in 12-year Old Fitzgerald Barrels for 10 Weeks. *Unfiltered.
2009 Vintage: Aged in 20-year Old Fitzgerald Barrels for 10 months - bottled 01/09/09

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is candied sugar, bourbon, vanilla. Taste is sweet with a touch of sour. Medium bodied and somewhat slick. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Blairgus (4122) - California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
15 mar 2013, bottle. Light but brown. Nose s balsamic vinaigrette. Tastes of balsamic vinaigrette and bacon. Something is the matter with this beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Huhzubendah (3477) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad. 2009 vintage The beer is a hazy orange hue with a small, oily, beige head. The aroma offers plenty of oak, with additional notes of bourbon, butter, caramels, roast. The flavor brings lots of wood, a light tannic quality, caramels. Medium bodied with moderatley low carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Overall, this was pretty good. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-13-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Lots of tannic barrel even at 3 years old. Very delicious rum raisins and bourbon. Not as smooth as it could be but that’s just me...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bomber, 2009 Vintage. Poured deep amber with a short, swirly beige head. The aroma was deep and seductive, with a blend of aged molasses, Port wine, spiked caramels, and dulce de leche.. warm bourbon was almost perfectly integrated.. I love when barrel treatments complement base beers, and this nailed it! The flavor held serve.. tangy and lightly acidic bourbon and oak opened on the tip of the tongue.. warm Port, caramel, and vanilla followed.. the bourbon rolled through and kept the drink bright (not allowing it to turn into a sugary malt bomb).. finished with delicious, softly aged malts, bourbon tang, and a hint of coconut. Heavy-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. very good balance.. awesome brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2009 bottle purchased at Toronado and shared with Bryan. Really a stunning beer. Nose and flavor rife with gorgeous port and madeira vinous tones, mellowed-bourbon vanilla and very little heat after 3.5 years of age, and amazing molasses, caramel, plum, and raisin. Touches of nuttiness and lighter stone fruit shines through as well. Awesome, glad I spotted it on their list.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
23rd June 2010
Cloudy brown beer. No real head. Minerally nose with sherry and coca cola notes. Softish palate, a tad dry. Sweet coconut and malt. Subtle cherry in the undertone. Moderate and smooth bourbon with a little unsweet wood. Smooth finish with mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Bomber from City Beer. Pours murky brown with small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, booze, and thick malts. Flavors of thick caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, and underlying tartness. Little hot and thick but this was pretty tasty..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours dark ruby-brown-black with a thin tan head, fast to dissipate. Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, slightly acidic. Taste is dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and funk. The funkiness here is very nice and a credit to the quality of the beer. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and nice. I liked it. Overall, a very nice barley wine. Very enjoyable. Would certainly get this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2012
Bottle@Home, vintage 2009. Sweet, complex and very well balanced Barley Wine, slightly oxidized (in a good way). Barrel Ageing did have some effect but 10 months wasn’t noticeable.

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