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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
A rich, full bodied Barley Wine with a wonderfully warming character from the malts & dark brown sugars. Held to the light, its burgundy color is fitting for a bigger beer that has aromatics that hint of the oak, the whiskey, the somewhat sweet nature, and molasses that makes this beer truly unique. Using Stranahan’s Whiskey barrels, we aged this beer for 6 months to impart a small amount of oak tannins and the whiskey character that combine to elevate this beer beyond its original entry into this world.


2013 United States Open Beer Championship Gold Medal - Barley Wine
2010 World Beer Championships Bronze Medal – Barley Wine

2013 US Open Beer Championships – Bronze Medal – Barley Wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 10, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s
Cloudy amber color; almost no head. Aroma of malt, apple skins, butter; light alcohol. Medium-sized body, with a rather boozy malt flavor, caramel, light flavor of sweet liquorice too; the alcohol is indeed too evident. And it lacks the expected sweetness. Unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (19334) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle @ Papsø. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty and slightly vinous dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty woody dark fruit flavor with hints of vanilla. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and vanilla finish with hints of wood in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10850) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle shared by jcwattsrugger. Purplish brown. White head. Nose of plum, toffee, mango, funk, old muted nutmeg, caramel and wood. Taste is brown sugar, whiskey barrel, plum, toffee, vanilla and light grain alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (13243) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
A: The pour is almost flat and pours a murky orange-amber color. I don’t see any foam/head at all. S: This is a damn boozy beer. The nose is almost completely dominated by the whiskey aroma. In fact, that, coupled with the intense oakiness, brings out an almost sour aroma. Strangely, I get a bit of pineapple and maybe some green apple. T: There is a bit of bread, toffee, and caramel here. It’s decently sweet, but the whiskey aroma once again absolutely overwhelms this beer. Tons of oak and maybe a hint of vanilla. M: The body is medium with a very, very low level of carbonation. D: Kind of disappointing and difficult to drink with all the booze going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (6838) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2011
I believe I have made a significant find in the Kandarian ruins, a volume of ancient Sumarian burial practices and funerary incantations. It is entitled "Naturum De Montum", roughly translated: Book of the Dead. The book is bound in human flesh and inked in human blood. It deals with demons and demon resurrection and those forces which roam the forest and dark bowers of Man’s domain. The first few pages warn that these enduring creatures may lie dormant but are never truly dead. They may be recalled to active life through the incantations presented in this book. It is through the recitation of these passages that the demons are given license to possess the living.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2011
750ml bottle that has been aging for over a year now. thank to foppa78 for sending this my way.... pours a dark, mostly opaque, caramel brown pour with a quicly dissipating light off-white head... aroma has caramel, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, and a lighter whiskey component... flavors were much of the same with an emphasis on dark fruits, caramel, oak while vanilla and whiskey play a lesser role. age must have mellowed the barrel notes down some. body is a tad bit shy of medium with an adequate amount of carbonation. pretty sweet throughout but dies down towards the finish. not bad overall but not one that i would be actively seeking out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9829) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2011
750ml bottle. Poured a deep amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of whiskey, woody/oakines, vanilla, caramel, and maple. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, caramel, maple, brown sugar, wood, and dark fruits. I would say the whiskey is on the heavier side (but I like whiskey). Alcohol there but overall smooth for 11+%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2421) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle. First new beer of 2011 for me !! Pours a deep sandy brown caramel color with a small bubbly off white-light beige head. Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, oak wood, vanilla and dark brown sugars. Taste of whiskey notes, oak wood, vanilla and candied sugar. Sinus clearer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2010
750ml Bottle (10.8%ABV per the Bottle, though their press release says 11.3%ABV): Aroma of alcohol, whiskey, light vanilla, tannins, oak, slight dark ripe fruit, and more whiskey. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small to medium-sized, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished and only lasted as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and medium-sized particles throughout. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of whiskey, oak, alcohol, light vanilla, spicy wood, and slight dark ripe fruit. Medium body. Kinda thin texture. Average carbonation. Whiskey, oak, light vanilla, and alcohol finish is lightly dry. Despite the flavor and aroma of alcohol throughout, it is not hot or overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Big bottle brought back by a friend that visited Nebraska on a business trip. Dark mahogany with a full white head. Little to no carbonation. Sweet nose of raisins and prune given balance by a dry malt, some wood, and hints of alcohol. The flavor is sweeter, showing alcohol again but also more prune, wood, brown sugar, and dates. Warming and silky, rich and balanced.

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