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RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2121) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
RBSG09 bottle on the bus after the grand tasting. cquiroga said this was the Heaven Hill barrel version, one of only 190 bottles. Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights and a tan head. Aroma is big on caramel and molasses with dark fruity notes and a very smooth vanilla bourbon note. Flavor is also very smooth with toffee, vanilla, light booze, almonds, black cherry, and brown sugar. Totally silky on the palate. I loved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2367) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Shared by jhenry04, I think, at RBSG’09 Grand Tasting. Has a thick dark brown color. Aroma is molasses, alcoholic raisin, and well more alcohol from the barrel I guess. All the alcohol becomes a bit astringent but the big sweet things underneath it are cool. The flavor is bit different where the alcohol becomes that astringent cherry but the underneath big sweet malts come off as brown sugar. In the end its a BA barley wine, so it is what it is...........

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 13, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2009 Bottle shared at GT 09. Aroma is bourbon with heat, sweet wood, molasses, caramel and hop syrup. Flavor is very much the same, with alcohol sharpening everything. Well balanced indeed, but a touch hot at the moment - not that it should stop anyone from drinking it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Light brown, no head. Aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon, toffee, malt and alcohol. Taste is earthy, oaky, toffee, alcohol, nice hop/malt balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ketchepillar (1058) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Huge thanks to pepsican, badbeer, and iowaherkeye. 20 year old fitzgerald barrels 110/180. Seemed simple at first but kept evolving. Nice hardwood character. Really alcoholic aroma, but not bad. Nice caramel, slightly chocolaty finish. Vanilla & hazelnut. Very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepsican (1440) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 13, 2009
20 year fitzi barrel, 110/180. Murky brown with a small tan head. Oak, raisin, plum, and tobacco. Flavor was loaded with caramel and toffee, some cherry, oak, chocolate, and a bit of plastic. Finished boozy, nice long rich finish. Decent carbonation. Thanks joey!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 7, 2009
22 oz. bottle - 2009 Heaven Hill version, bottle #139/180; thanks riversideak for this rare treat; drank side by side with the Pelican Perfect Storm; pours muddy, dark brown with musky aromas of sweet bourbon, oak, brown sugar and a touch of ethanol; yummy going down with toffee, tobacco, vanilla; texture is thinned out from the wood and bourbon is more mild than the Perfect Storm; dry finish and drinks stronger than 9%; quite subtle overall and while rich, it is not too sweet; i don’t care much for the base beer, so this was a big improvement though not quite up to the Perfect Storm level for me

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2009
8 month Heaven Hill edition. Poured a brownish red color with an off-white head. The bourbon barrel dominates but not over powering. Vanilla and bourbon nose. Sweet malt flavor. Fruity taste with some bourbon mixed in. Nice warming sensation but no alcohol taste. medium-full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2009
From a 22oz Bottle, 2009 Vintage. Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel, #33/180. Generously shared by rallison. Mostly transparent, ruddy mahagony colored body with a thin layer of tight bubbled beige head. Intense bourbon aromas dripping of vanilla and pretzel dough barrel qualities. Moderately alcoholic, with notes of fig, fruitcake, brown sugar, and a light peppery spice, although more cardamom-like than black pepper. No hop aroma. Full bodied, soft-moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a rich, silky texure. Sweet flavors of maple syrup and pecan brittle explode over the palate, softened by some of the oaky vanilla. Suggestions of english toffee and butterscotch, although not at all in a d-kind of way. Light fruity characters also emerge, although they have more of a fruitcake, spiced bready quality. Finishes sweet, but not cloyingly so, with the silky barrel flavors slowly fading on the tongue. Easily one of the best bourbon barrel beers I’ve had in a really long time. Thanks for sharing, Ryan!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Bomber from Joey (iowaherkeye) with an orange sticker so it was the Heavens’ Hill barrel. Thanks a ton Joey! Awesome light bourbon nose, with some toffee, dark fruit, and more light bourbon. Clear dark brown with a very small beige head receding into a ring of bubbles. Flavor is very oaky vanilla, light bourbon, and dark fruitiness. Finish is very oaky vanilla woodiness and only a hint of alcohol.

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